HIV and consensual sex an often complicated mix

It is morally and ethically wrong to have sexual intercourse with someone if you are aware you are HIV positive, especially if the person with whom you engage in sexual activity does not know your HIV status. More importantly, in Florida, it is illegal to withhold the option of informed consent. A person can’t consent … Continue reading HIV and consensual sex an often complicated mix

Crist’s change on marriage equality fits this “swing” state

If Charlie Crist is as good at being a Democrat as he is at being a punching bag, he’ll be the next governor of Florida. If he is only as good as “just trying to be a good Republican,” Florida’s going to end up with Gov. Rick Scott for another four years. Crist changes political … Continue reading Crist’s change on marriage equality fits this “swing” state

We all challenge traditions to celebrate Christmas, together

Christmas never felt very merry to me. In fact, Christmas always made me feel a little sad. All I ever remember wanting for Christmas was for it to be over. The excitement of giving and getting gifts rarely sparked my spirit and no amount of decorations completely covered the underlying discomfort I felt with the … Continue reading We all challenge traditions to celebrate Christmas, together

Let Women out of the house and put them in the House

I spent Thanksgiving watching women in my family take care of men. It is time for men to give women the credit they are due, and the right to make decisions as they see fit. After everything that’s happened these past few years – from Weiner selfies to countless sexual harassment scandals and reports of drug … Continue reading Let Women out of the house and put them in the House

Remembering HIV’s role in shaping America’s psyche

HIV changed everything. HIV pulled people out of the closet and forced political adversaries to publicly discuss social issues they long avoided. HIV fast-tracked the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) drug approval process, changed the way we think about prevention and treatment of numerous diseases, and broke the bank on what pharmaceutical companies could charge … Continue reading Remembering HIV’s role in shaping America’s psyche

When it the last time Healthcare costs went down? We need Reform.

The largest opponents of President Obama’s signature health-program have no idea what they are objecting to. Why would the vast majority of Americans have any real insight about health insurance anyway? Most of us have always had the peace of mind insurance brings, so being empathetic of those without it is a stretch. By focusing … Continue reading When it the last time Healthcare costs went down? We need Reform.

Attempting to get past notions about Rep. Bill Young

Florida Gov. Rick Scott couldn’t attend the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches last week because he went to a memorial service for U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young. Rep. Young died last week after representing Floridians in Tallahassee and Washington for more than 50 years. I’ve spent the past week trying to humanize Rep. Young … Continue reading Attempting to get past notions about Rep. Bill Young

Politicians show anger, but not much leadership

I am not tired of talking about race and bigotry, and conservative commentators who say liberals overstate its ongoing impact on politics aren’t tired of talking about it, either. Every time some buffoon waves a Confederate flag, especially in front of the White House, it’s a reminder that a lot of people still depend on … Continue reading Politicians show anger, but not much leadership

Problem with government is brutal wasting of time

All the hoopla around a federal government shutdown is baffling, as though the war waged on our own government only culminates into single events happening at precise moments. All the fiscal cliffs, debt ceilings, permanent tax cuts, federal government shutdowns — all of these “events” we continue to debate and celebrate — are mini-strokes compared … Continue reading Problem with government is brutal wasting of time

While the world watches, we battle with each other

We were schooled by Russian leader Vladimir Putin last week, and not just because of President Obama’s stuttered response to Syria. The American public, and our elected representatives, have been openly debating our “very limited” military intervention against Bashar al-Assad’s regime, and the world has been watching our debates with exceptional interest. A few weeks … Continue reading While the world watches, we battle with each other