Last week marked 20 years since Matthew Shepard’s death on October 12, 1998. Then 21, he was a first-year college student at the University of Wyoming.
I realize, however, in a culture that constantly sexualizes the coupling of same-gender relationships as gay, we ignore our friendships with our “best friends forever” (BFF) – which is what Sesame Street’s producers are stating about Bert and Ernie.
The question not asked by the church’s governing body is why does sexual abuse persist as it does among its clerics?
President Donald Trump traffics in racial epithets. Since his first year in office, Trump’s displays of xenophobic, misogynistic, LGBTQ-phobic, and racist remarks (to name just a few from his laundry list of bigotries) appear to have no cutoff point. The Republican Party under Trump doesn’t seem to have one, either. In a recent YouGov poll, […]
I contend that you cannot conjugate the word, because it is firmly embedded in the lexicon of racist language that was, and still is, used to disparage African Americans. Many slaveholders pronounced the word with the “a” ending, and in the 1920s many African Americans used the “a” version as a pejorative denoting class difference.
I like to say there was something in the air at Pride 2017, as it was one of the most contentious in the event’s history. Many, however, in our LGBTQ communities say the tension was always present.
The 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination is, sadly, a searing reminder of unaddressed gun violence in America. Because gun violence has gone unaddressed for half a century, now and future generations of children live in fear of guns when the children are not running scared for their lives. They […]
A Wrinkle in Time was a must-see film for me, and a must-see flick worldly different from dashing out to see Black Panther. It doesn’t mean, however, Ava Duvernay’s $100 million film with a multicultural cast isn’t without problems. It is, which is one reason why the film has received mixed reviews — unlike Black Panther’s […]
The Reverend William (Billy) Franklin Graham Jr. (1918 – 2018) has died at the age of 99. Too often, hagiographies are painted when people die, especially of ministers. The televangelist, however, is not deserving of such high praises. While Graham’s inarguably the most influential minister of the 20th Century, his ministry — which provided pastoral counseling […]
Frederick Douglas is dead. Last year this time, however, President Donald J. Trump didn’t appear to know that fact. In kicking off Black History Month 2017, Trump hosted a “listening session” at the White House leaving listeners scratching their heads wondering if he knew Douglass — a self-liberated former slave turned abolitionist — died in […]