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An Opinion on Color Blind Casting

Let me begin with a huge caveat: I am all for imaginative, subversive, radical casting choices when the production takes into account that these are casting choices that necessarily challenge the text.  Please understand my upcoming denunciation of color/gender-blind…

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Writing Prompts

Feeling stuck with your writing?  Need some writing prompts?  Here are some that I use to keep me writing.  Some of these are good for starting off and others are good for continuing something that's already started.

  • Write the one…

There is (no) LGBTQ+ Community

I’ve done a lot of thinking and writing about whether or not there is an LGBTQ Community.  I’ve thought about it on a national level, a regional level and a local level.  And I’ve come to the general conclusion, that…

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R.E.S.P.E.C.T. - (Safer Spaces Con't)

In last week’s blog I wrote about safe(r) spaces and who they are for, exactly.  Are safe spaces reserved only for the most damaged, the most oppressed in our society/community?  Or is a space supposed to be safe for everyone?…

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Safer Spaces for EVERYONE

I’m a fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race and, I dare say, a fan of RuPaul, the performer, as well.  I find him to be a very talented performer.  But more importantly, I find his show to be a bastion of…

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The LGBTQ High School Lunch Room

A very wise brilliant black trans woman (we’ll call her Helena) once told me, “Just because you’re oppressed, don’t mean you’re not responsible.”  She was referring to one of her trans sisters mistreating her based on her race…

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A Proton Stream for Feminism - Ghostbusters 2016 ROCKS

Spoiler Alert: There are spoilers in this post.  Read at your own peril.

So, I guess you can tell from my title that I LOVED the new GHOSTBUSTERS.  I loved it on so many levels.  First off, it was a…

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United We Stand. Divided We Fall.

Last week, the day after the Dallas shootings, I got into a bit of a kerfuffle with some Black Lives Matter folk.  The exchanges happened exclusively over Facebook - in the comments section of an Event page for a Protest…

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Black Man Walking

In the wake of Orlando and Pride Month, we now have the 153rd, 154th and 155th shootings and killings of low-offense, unarmed Black men by police officers.  As my close friend Cedric Hill said, "They're just shooting us out there…

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Building on the Pulse

Between June 13th and June 17th thousands upon thousands of LGBTQ folks plus straight folks came together to mourn the loss of the 50 killed at Pulse nightclub in Orlando and the 52 wounded.  At our vigil in central New…

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How to Radically Self Love

In last week's post I was talking about how important it is to radically self love ourselves in the LGBTQ community and beyond.  I went into detail about how without radical self-love, it is not possible for the LGBTQ community…

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A Time for Radical Self-Love

Radical self-love is just that: radical.  From radical self-love can come great things: positive change, acceptance, collaboration and bonding.  Those who embrace themselves thoroughly - faults and all - are more likely to spread that kind of acceptance to others…