Remembering Pulse

Two years ago, we watched in horror, as the news broke of the horrific tragedy in Orlando, at Pulse, a gay nightclub, that had been hosting Latin night that evening. The body count kept rising. We heard about the cellphones... Continue Reading →

Thoughts and Prayers

17. The number of kids and adults killed in the most recent school shooting, in Florida. But, thoughts, and prayers. That's what is offered up by elected officials who would rather have the NRA contribute to their political campaigns, than... Continue Reading →

My Trip to NYC

It was 2005. I was 17, and it was January 2nd. My parents were driving me to Long Island, to study pastoral theology at a Baptist bible college. I lasted one semester. I was figuring out that I was gay,... Continue Reading →

We Rallied, What Now?

One year ago tomorrow, we rallied. We rallied against hate, sexism, rape culture, homophobia, Islamophobia, for veterans and the disabled, for people of color. Today, thousands rallied again. I find strength in being with people who want to change the... Continue Reading →

How to be an Ally to People with Disabilities

I first met Chris Hilderbrant when we spoke at the Women's March here in Rochester. As an advocate for people with disabilities, and a consultant, I thought it would be great to talk with him about how to be an... Continue Reading →

Five Things You Can Do On World AIDS Day

In 1988, the World Health Organization designated December 1st as World AIDS Day. World AIDS Day is a day to remember those who have been taken from us, to remind us of the efforts of those working on prevention and... Continue Reading →

How to be an Ally to the Muslim Community

After finishing my #RocOut series, interviewing LGBTQ individuals and couples in the Rochester community, I wanted to start a new series. And so, here is the first, of hopefully four interviews, on how to be an ally. I first met... Continue Reading →

Small Business Saturday: Don’t Forget LGBTQ+ Owned Businesses

Small Business Saturday was started in 2010, by American Express, encouraging shoppers to support local, small businesses. Stuck right between Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, today serves as a reminder that our local businesses need our support, too! Rochester is... Continue Reading →

#RocOut: My Story

I want to thank all of those who graciously shared their coming out stories for the RocOut interview series for National Coming Out Day. I don’t often talk about my coming out story, or if I do, I don’t talk... Continue Reading →

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