Gay, Transgender & Mormon

≡ Gay Video of the Week Last week I posted Mormon Valedictorian Comes Out reporting on Matt Easton’s gutsy announcement during commencement at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah. Visit that post to see his speech and related features including a TV interview with Charlie Bird who had been BYU’s mascot “Cosmo the Cougar” […]

Remembering Dad at 21

My Dad passed away on Cinco de Mayo twenty years ago, plus 1. At 21 I guess that makes him an adult angel now. It’s amazing to think that he’s been gone nearly a third of my life. Yet he remains ever-present. I think of him almost everyday. And even when not, I know that […]

Mormon Valedictorian Comes Out

≡ Gay Video of the Week Graduation at Brigham Young University (BYU) this year was a bit different than usual. In keeping with custom the class Valedictorian spoke — but his speech was anything but customary at this Mormon college. Matt Easton announced that he is gay to the graduating class, parents, families, faculty and […]

New Content on BobLaycock.com

It’s May 1st! A great time for renewal, except perhaps for my friends in the southern hemisphere (sorry). This past weekend I completed a series of upgrades to my website, BobLaycock.com. Most followers here are probably unaware that my blog is part of a larger platform. I thought I’d share some highlights today. I launched […]

Initial Thoughts on the Mueller Report

Special Note This post was written on March 27th based solely on Attorney General Barr’s 4-page summation of the Mueller Report. We’ve learned subsequently that Barr did not examine the underlying evidence and documentation, nor did Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, nor did other staffers. The Hill and other publications have reported this. We’ve also […]

Let’s Talk

≡ Gay Video of the Week Perusing YouTube I’ve stumbled upon two very special videos that stand in stark contrast to the anger and polarization of today. Two young guys engage in a conversation that easily might not happen between a lot of people. Donavan Barrett and his friend Joseph, early twenties and late teens […]

Kent State Gathering Honors Dolores Noll

About two dozen people gathered at Kent State University’s LGBTQ Student Center this past Monday, February 11th, to remember and honor Dr. Dolores Noll. Dolores was a friend, comrade, role model and inspiration to me personally — and also to the LGBT community far and wide. It was not exactly a sad event because there […]

The Healing Power of Song

≡ Life 2.0 Surfing through YouTube tonight I stumbled upon the first video below. A rapper, Aaron J. Hart, shares his struggle with anxiety on Ireland’s Got Talent. He says that writing and performing has saved him. I immediately thought of the many other moving performances I’ve seen rom around the world on the different […]

Accept Everything

≡ Life 2.0 I think everyone wants to be happy and at peace. Bookstores are filled with self-help books and a simple Google search will return a plethora of resources with guidance on finding happiness. There’s lots of good advice out there worth trying, and I’ll offer a piece of my own advice here. Well, […]

A Teaching Moment

There’s a teaching moment in all the uproar over events at the Lincoln Memorial a week ago Friday. But what is it? The privilege and racism of white suburban Catholic boys? Trump-inspired disrespect of Native Americans and indigenous cultures? Confrontation and suppression of Free Speech? The polarization of politics? The power and danger of social […]