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SHUT UP

Yesterday. Yesterday was rough. -- A video out of Anaheim surfaced, showing a grown ass white man dragging a Latino teen across a yard and firing a gun into a group of kids. -- Making the first of what is sure to be many moves against the LGBTQ community, #45 removed...

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SECRET LOVERS (YEAH, THAT”S WHAT WE ARE)

Atlantic Starr's 1985 hit Secret Lovers popped up in my playlist during this morning's subway commute. (Leave me alone; I'm old.) For those too young to recall, Secret Lovers is an R&B ballad that completely romanticizes being in an extra marital affair. As the...

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MISSING

I had a delicious dinner and lavish cocktails with a former colleague this evening in the West Village. Before we parted at the West 4th subway station she said, "Oh, I forgot! I need to buy food for my parakeet!" She gingerly tugged my arm and I followed her into a...

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I BELIEVE THE CHILDREN ARE THE FUTURE

Last fall, my ten year old nephew got in trouble at his school for encouraging a Hispanic student to warn his parents against voting for Trumplethinskin. "Tell them that if they vote for him he'll probably just turn around and deport your whole family," he said. The...

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WHITNEY!

That magically irresistible stage presence! The glitzy, glittery gowns! Those bright, piercing eyes! That vibrant, legendary smile! The signature chin quiver! AND THAT VOICE! Of course, I'm referring to the one and only Whitney Houston. She has, undeniably, touched us...

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THAT TIME I PLANNED A WEDDING FROM ACROSS THE OCEAN

A wedding that I planned is happening this evening. Yesterday, I met the couple for the very first time. You might be wondering how it's possible to plan a wedding and not meet the bride and groom until a day before the wedding, right? The bride and groom reside in...

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THAT TIME I DATED A GUY WHO TRIED TO GASLIGHT ME

Years ago, I dated this dude who was cheating on me. He never, ever admitted it but all the evidence was there: salacious text messages from random guys, weird 3AM phone calls, he'd disappear for hours at a time, and there were mysterious glasses of water on the...

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THAT TIME I LIED ABOUT MY REPORT CARD

I lied to my parents about my 7th grade report card. I earned A's and B's in all of my classes except one. In Math, I received an F. The damn, evil F glaringly stood out on my report card, looking like a giant, jagged double-pronged fork. I hated math. It was so...

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WHATS SO PUNNY ABOUT BODY HAIR?

Why is body hair still so polarizing in the gay community? It seems like most of the naturally hairless boys wish they had some fur and many hairy boys are shaving it all off. In my twenties, I HATED my body hair. I wanted to be that smooth-bodied Adonis that the...

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VLAD, THE TALENT SHOW, AND THE PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE

I was no math whiz in the 5th grade, and Vlad Parshin, the kid who sat behind me in Mr. Haki's class, knew it. Everyone knew it, really. I was horrible at those math relay races and would stand at the chalkboard completely frozen When it came to math, I was a loser. A...

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