a booze soaked holiday: an LGBT drinking game for dealing with your family this holiday season.

It’s that time of year… where you spend uncomfortable time with family members that you never actually talk to who haven’t had a meaningful conversation with you since you were five years old! Even then, that conversation centered around your love of play-doh. So… not exactly deep. And if you identify as LGBT, the conversations get even weirder.  So in honor of the holiday season, I have a drinking game to deal with your awkward family (and mine.) DON’T WORRY, ALLIES. You can also play this game. Just stick by your gay cousin Johnathan and drink whenever he does.

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Five Pride Lessons from the Bible of B.

It’s here… Pride month. Weeks on weeks of binge drinking, aggressive brunching and watching parades in the sweltering heat. We are literally in the gay thick of it.  And with Columbus Pride right around the corner, I would like to bestow some wisdom on you from the only deity I would ever care to make a golden replica of and worship on a mountain… the Queen B, Mrs. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. Continue reading

why we *shouldn’t* boycott the Olympics.

Target. Wal-Mart. Chick-fil-A. Barilla. Hobby Lobby. Coca-Cola.

The Olympics.

 

All of these companies have been boycotted by the LGBT community in the recent past. Some, because of a homophobic stance or policy. Some, because a CEO can’t keep his personal views to himself and that ignorance seeps into the pores of these organizations and infects them with hate.  But boycotting these companies didn’t work- most domestic organizations actually saw a *rise* in stock prices during the boycotts. Why? Continue reading

The Big, Gay, Holiday Guide to Straight People.

This morning, a thin veil of snow fell gently in the Northeast and Midwest. While everyone was enjoying the splendor and beauty that signals a beautiful winter season, I was reminded that- SHIT! It’s already the fucking holiday season. Pack up the cobwebs and pull out the tinsel, because we are heading into family-palooza. Continue reading

It’s LGBT History Month. Have you heard of Tyrone Garner?

Your answer is probably no, and that is not at all surprising. Too many LGBT revolutionaries and community leaders remain unknown. For every Harvey Milk, there are hundreds of hardworking Americans that have fought for equality without ever being named in a newspaper.  And while I usually use my blog to tell my story, Garner’s story needs to be told. To anyone who has hung out with me during the last month… I apologize for my rambling about the injustice of this story, but you are about to hear it again. For a man whose name is misspelled in his own obituary, Garner was a civil rights hero that was too easily forgotten. Continue reading