I am fascinated by the subject of transgender men and women and their stories. Earlier this year I read Janet Mock’s new book, Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More. It was a wonderful book that I could not put it down. I am now reading another autobiography by a transgender woman, A Queer and Pleasant Danger: A Memoir by Kate Bornstein. This is a very different kind of book, but also quite enjoyable. Continue reading
I never wanted to be a woman, but I do remember identifying and finding strength with certain women growing up. Three women in particular had a powerful impact on me: roller derby star Judy Arnold of Philadelphia Warriors; Tina Turner who I loved from the first time I saw her on television; and Alberta Hunter, the great blues and jazz singer. Continue reading
I spent the weekend watching my two and a half year old niece while my brother and sister-in-law were in London. I admit I came with a bit of trepidation, not knowing how my niece would take to me, since we have not spent much time together, as I live in a different city. But she had been well prepared by her mother and started jumping on the bed with excitement when I arrived. She turned out to be delightful, smart and talkative, easy to manage, and happy—what more could you ask for? Continue reading
I remember watching the Glee Christmas Special in 2011 when Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Blaine (Darren Chriss) sang “Baby It’s Cold Outside” — one of my favorite songs. I cried when I saw this performance for the first time. It was one of the pivotal events that helped push me other of the closet. When I saw this on Glee it was so beautifully done and in the world that it helped me see how much the world had changed and also that I could no longer live with the pain and loneliness of remaining in the closet. Continue reading
Out. Proud. Public. Integrated. Whole. One.
I am an out, proud and increasingly public gay man. Continue reading