We won’t move to our new house in Winchester for another week—but I’ve already written my first grumpy message to the editor of the local flagship newspaper. Lord help me. I read my soon-to-be-hometown paper for the first time and, lo and behold, 4 of the 5 editorial pieces are slamming gay people. Are you kidding me?Continue reading “Becoming the Guy Who Yells At the Small Town Newspaper”
Have you seen Abraham Lincoln/Illinois Outline/Marriage Equality pictures on Facebook recently? That’s because the Illinois General Assembly holds its first “veto session” next week: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday (Oct. 22-24). That means we have yet another chance to finally allow same-sex couples to marry. You’ll likely be hearing a lot about this in the next fewContinue reading “Let’s Do This Already; I’m Getting Exhausted”
Earlier this week a GOP State Representative from the Naperville-Wheaton area, Jeanne Ives, said this in a radio interview with the Catholic Conference of Illinois: “ It’s a completely disordered relationship and when you have a disordered relationship, you don’t ever get order out of that. So I’m more than happy to take a ‘no’Continue reading “Weasels”
“In the end we remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – MLK Jr. Large church congregations are sending mass emails, calls, and flyers to Illinois legislators urging them to ensure gay couples remain less than under the law. The leading anti-gay organization in the state, the Illinois Family Institute,Continue reading “Others Are Yelling – Don’t Stay Silent”
“We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts transform the world.” My dear family & friends- I spent the first twenty years of my life berating myself over whether I should keep quiet about my sexual orientation. What would people think? Would I be ridiculed?Continue reading “Let’s Win This”
A beautiful wedding video. It’s long-ish (13 minutes), but one of the best of this sort that I have seen. These things are great reminders that this isn’t about “winning” or “politics” but love and respect. “We do not live in a silo; we live in a community. If they like our decisions or theyContinue reading “Push Us Together”
Last Wednesday my Facebook feed–like yours–was filled with images of ecstatic faces jammed in long lines at Chick-fil-A stores. “Chik-fil-A Appreciation Day” was a resounding success judging by the repeated cheers of record profits and stores that literally ran out of chicken. It should be easy to brush off as yet another silly charade inContinue reading “It Hurts”
I babble often on gay issues. The audience, I’m sure, are folks who agree with me nearly 95% of the time. Here is a remider that people all across the country, a majority in fact, disagree. Do they persuade you?