All Our Freedoms

On Saturday my company’s LGBTQ Associate Resource Group walked in the Washington, D.C. Capital Pride Parade.  For the second year in a row I walked with coworkers, their friends and family in what can only be described as a joyous event. As we walked and threw beads out to the crowd I was struck by the excitement and joy of the onlookers.  

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Trump Fatigue

Trump Protest

Given how Trump has dominated the news for months now, and the recent complete descent of Trump events into violence, it is hard to imagine how a President Trump would govern this country. The way he incites racial hatred, religious hatred and violence does not bode well for the United States of America. I can imagine Trump supporters, during a Trump presidency, quickly becoming disappointed and angry when he can not fulfill his promises. He will be unable to deliver everything he has said he will do to, “make America great again,” given the limits of presidential power. I can imagine a president Trump pushing the limits of presidential power or even circumventing the rule of law to have his way. I can imagine military leaders refusing his orders. I can imagine Congress refusing to follow his leadership. I can imagine impeachment hearings. I can imagine Trump turning to wars, invasions, strong man tactics against anyone he dislikes in order to divert attention from his failures as president.

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Fear is Hugely Contagious

Ok, I admit it. I am a bit of a political junkie. I love when the presidential election cycle comes around. I like to listen to the daily election news and watch the presidential debates. This election cycle I have satellite radio. On my way to work I have been listening to CNN’s New Day with Chris Cuomo and MSNBC’s Morning Joe, hosted by Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. And then of course there is P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States) radio, which is always fascinating.

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Religious Cleansing of LGBT

I was struck by an essay I read yesterday on the new policies announced by the Mormon Church about their LGBT members’ and those members children.  Not only is the act of two men or two women marrying now a cause to be thrown out of the Mormon Church, these ‘sins’ now pass to the children as well.  The children of LGBT parents can no longer participate in certain church rituals, such as being “baptized and confirmed, ordained, or recommended for missionary” until they are eighteen years of age and renounce their gay parents’ marriage or co-habitation and commit to the values of the Church.  Continue reading

My LGBT Network

This morning I attended a breakfast hosted by my company’s Political Action Committee (PAC) for a local political candidate. There were about forty of us in the room. One of the cool things about the meeting was looking around the room and realizing how many individuals from the company’s LGBT Associate Resource Group were attending the event. I counted five gay men, including myself, which I thought was quite wonderful. And of course there might have been other LGBT people attending, but who are not out at work.

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Sex and Aging

Aging, diabetes, low testosterone, all take their toll on my 56 year old self. Sex ain’t what it used to be. I remember in my 20’s and 30’s that sex was such a core part of my thought process and how my body functioned. Noticing men on the street and getting all stirred up. I still notice handsome men but the excitement, or stir, as I would call it, is not quite as intense, doesn’t last as long. Ah, the good old days. Continue reading