Before Stonewall…early fights for LGBTQ rights

  This month is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, considered the beginning of the modern LGBTQ rights movement. I didn’t hear about the Stonewall riots until years after it happened. But my partner, who was in the military at that time, was subscribing to...

Overpopulation and the LGBTQ Community

  With the UN report on the danger of losing one million species to extinction within our lifetime and continued reports on the growing perils of systemic global climate disruption, we must confront the fact of human overpopulation. The World Population Prospects: The...

Werewolf Politics from Paris to Portland

book cover: The Werewolf of Paris by Guy Endore, 1933, mixes politics and horror.   My friend J D Chandler is writing a serialized werewolf story inspired by The Werewolf of Paris (by Guy Endore, 1933) but Chandler’s is set in Portland and titled, appropriately,...

From Gillette & #MeToo…to Empathetic Listening

  Originally, I imagined writing this blog about the flap over Gillette’s controversial #MeToo commercial alongside a discussion of beauty standards and what’s being called “beauty-standard denialism.” First, the Gillette ad has been both praised and damned. From the...

Black, Lesbian, Visionary: Ernestine Eckstein

That’s Ernestine in the white-framed sunglasses. Her sign reads: “Denial of Equality of Opportunity is Immoral.” Photo from the Making Gay History website, referenced below. I recently discovered the Making Gay History podcast, now in its fourth season, and I can’t...