The Riot Before Stonewall

≡ Snapshots of Gay History as Told Thru Video This month we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the June 1969 Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village. As well we should! Those few nights were the birth of the modern gay liberation movement which has brought us to where we are today. But it wasn’t the first […]

Coming Out in the 50s thru 80s

≡ Snapshots of Gay History as Told Thru Video Last week I talked about Cleveland’s first annual Gay Pride celebration, Pride ’89. It was such a different world back then! This week I present a series of videos with interviews from YouTube describing gay life over the four decades leading up to Cleveland’s 1989 celebration. […]

30 Years of Pride

≡ Snapshots of Gay History as Told Thru Video Today is Pride in the CLE, Cleveland’s annual LGBT Pride Day. The day will start with a march stepping off 11 a.m. from West 9th Street and Front Avenue, then traveling to Public Square where a festival will be held from Noon till 6 p.m. It […]

Breaking News: Yet Another Coming Out

≡ Gay Video of the Week I can’t believe this is my third post in three weeks about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They are generating a lot of LGBT news these days! To catch you up…  Matt Easton, this year’s Valedictorian at Brigham Young University (BYU), came out during his Commencement […]

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. A lot has happened since then. The Hill and other publications report that Barr didn’t examine the underlying evidence and documentation, nor did Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, nor did other staffers. Later Mueller wrote […]

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 […]