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  • Blog
    Mon, 27 Jun 2016
    ArticleBrexit and Houston

    It was a tough week for celebrating diversity. Not thirty days after the devastating news from the tragedy in Orlando, the headlines screamed about the Brexit vote in Britain, with its barely veiled deference to xenophobia, Islamophobia and political echoes in the US coupled with the Supreme Court’s “silent” ruling that... more...

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    Mon, 27 Jun 2016
    ArticleI First Saw The Rainbow Flag In A Church

    I first saw the rainbow flag of LGBTQ Pride in a church. It was 1985, back when same-sex marriage was so taboo that pollsters didn’t even ask about it. I had just come out of the closet as a lesbian and moved to San Francisco with my life partner. On our first Sunday in town, we decided to go to Metropolitan Community... more...

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    Sun, 26 Jun 2016
    ArticleSuicide Monologue

    (Part I of 2) One steamy night in the summer of 1969, at Marble Mt. Air Base near Da Nang in Viet Nam, a rocket exploded near me and I died. There was screaming, explosions, dust, smoke, chaos; I had no torn flesh, no blood in the dust, but I died. My flesh did not die but I had shattered. In death, I became a ghost. In life, a shadow.... more...

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    Sun, 26 Jun 2016
    ArticleSuicide Monologue

    (Part 2 of 2) A friend suggested I read "Gestalt Therapy Verbatim" by Fritz Perls. I did and my intuition flowered. Perls said to look at those things we avoid for growth. He said to do dreamwork. I was consumed by nightmares. There was far more war in my sleep than I had experienced in Viet Nam. The battles in my sleep became... more...

  • Blog
    Fri, 24 Jun 2016
    ArticleA Unique Experience

    When I wrote my last blog, “The Effect of Telling Someone’s Story,” I was reflecting on how powerful it can be to tell another person’s story through theatre.  At the time, I was particularly inspired having just seen Joe Morton portray Dick Gregory in Turn Me Loose (now playing Off-Broadway), and having... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 13 Jun 2016
    ArticleA Real-Time Intersection

    It was a beautiful Sunday morning, and I was to preach at Middle Collegiate Church, a place where LGBTQ individuals are not only welcomed and affirmed, but are integral to the congregation’s leadership. Middle is recognized as a beacon of hope and justice for the queer community throughout New York City and across the wider... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 23 May 2016
    ArticleThe Effect of Telling Someone's Story

    Let me be honest... I enjoy talking about myself. I especially enjoy telling cherished stories, like the one about how I met my wife, the time I lost my son in a supermarket, and the time I scaled a fence to find myself face-to-face with Niagara Falls. You know what else I really enjoy doing? Telling other people’s stories.... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 23 May 2016
    ArticleMormon in Montana: My Experience Of LGBTQ Youth...

    These days I am one of the first in any group to jump to defend someone’s religious beliefs, including their right to share them in a friendly, respectful manner. It wasn’t always this way. At one point in my life, I found all religion, spirituality, or belief system harmful and hypocritical. The second God was... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 19 May 2016
    ArticleThe Universal Feminism of Caregiving And Other...

    (Part 1 of 4) Some months ago, I found myself sitting at a conference table with many well dressed, important people who work in veterans’ services. We were gathered together to provide feedback and guidance on a national campaign to retell the stories of veterans, with an emphasis on bridging the military-civilian divide. The... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 19 May 2016
    ArticleThe Universal Feminism of Caregiving And Other...

    (Part 2 of 4) A couple years ago, my husband and I recorded our story as part of the Military Voices initiative at Storycorps. On a cold September morning we sat in a tiny sound booth in the middle of Foley Square and spoke to each other about the last five years of our lives. It was a painful, hour long conversation that sprang from the... more...

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