Pursuit of same-sex marriage promises to be a bumpy one

Americans love our democracy; we want to spread it across the world. We believe in the will of the people. We love our three branches of government, and we are practically giddy electing our peers to represent our districts and our states. And every four years we nearly salivate over the prospect of putting our … Continue reading Pursuit of same-sex marriage promises to be a bumpy one

‘NOH8’ an effective affront to recent wave of hatred

When people see what Adam Bouska captures through the lens of his camera, it’s difficult to deny he has a vision: A world where every face has the chance to express NOH8. NOH8 (phonetically — “no hate”) is a “photographic silent protest created by celebrity photographer Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley.” The campaign aims to … Continue reading ‘NOH8’ an effective affront to recent wave of hatred

The World Cup is the New Melting Pot

The World Cup is everywhere this year, like no year before. The World Cup has surpassed any chatter about the 2014 Sochi Olympics (even with all the angst between President Obama and Vladimir Putin), the 2014 Super Bowl and this year’s March Madness on social media. In Spain or Brazil this wouldn’t be a surprise … Continue reading The World Cup is the New Melting Pot

Memorial Day doesn’t mask divisions from an old war

We united Monday to celebrate Memorial Day, but now it’s time to divide & conquer again. Memorial Day has a disputed origin but an undisputed purpose – to pay respect to fellow countrymen who fought and died during the American Civil War. We’ve been celebrating this national holiday since the late 1800’s, — and we’ve … Continue reading Memorial Day doesn’t mask divisions from an old war

Benham Brothers Believe Bullies got to HGTV

Home and Garden Television made a decision to cancel David and Jason Benham’s Flip it Forward after controversial comments about “homosexuality,” made last year by David Benham, resurfaced. The network hasn’t given a specific reason for abandoning the show, but enough hoopla surrounding Benham’s comments leaves little doubt that his dogmatic views were a factor … Continue reading Benham Brothers Believe Bullies got to HGTV

Oscar win strikes a chord in the fight against HIV-AIDS

Dallas Buyers Club won big because it told an important story. It might not have been as accurate as some would have liked, but it fit the bill. The friends I have lost would have been moved by the story. The US wasn’t moving as fast as necessary to address an epidemic that would reach … Continue reading Oscar win strikes a chord in the fight against HIV-AIDS