2 in 1

We’ve seen and heard so much these past few years. In this one week two moments sum it all up. Moment 1 On Monday, Trump condemned white supremacy. Well, he said the words anyway. Now… If he could just manage this message with his usual spontaneity and passion, absent the teleprompter, prepared text and stilted […]

A Friend Wrote…

I’m inspired to share this post that a friend placed on Facebook this week. Exhibit A: Trump lectures Elijah Cummings on the fact that the Democratic Party machine in Baltimore has been stealing, double-dipping and wasting federal aid for decades, which any worker, especially any worker who is Black, would nod their head up and […]

An Evening in the Park

One of the lovely amenities of Northeast Ohio is the Emerald Necklace, a network of parks surrounding the Greater Cleveland/Akron area. It spans 23,000 acres with over 300 miles of walking, bicycle, and horse trails as well as numerous picnic areas, nature education centers, golf courses, and countless fishing spots. In addition, the district includes […]

Our Summer Vacation in Harbor Springs

It’s been three years since my husband, David Lansaw, and I took a vacation away from home. That last time might best be described as escape as we fled Cleveland during the 2016 Republican Convention. As in 2016, our destination this year was Michigan where we rented a delightful cottage in Harbor Springs. The drive […]

The Mueller Report: A Photo Essay

Guest Author: Dr. Robert André LaFleur Introduction Today I welcome guest author Dr. Robert André LaFleur. A while back I posted some initial thoughts about the Mueller Report, but confess I cheated. I read the CliffsNotes — that 4-page whitewash… I mean summary… written by Attorney General William Barr. A friend, Robert André LaFleur, has […]

The Gibson’s Bakery Case in Oberlin

When we hear the words “reaction” and “reactionary” we usually think of the rightwing. More and more, in our angry and polarized environment these days, the liberal left is falling into this same behavior. I wrote about this in January when I analyzed the Lincoln Memorial confrontation between Catholic high school student Nick Sandmann and […]

The State of Pride Today

≡ Gay Video of the Week Pride Month is winding down for this 50th year since Stonewall. I hope you’ve enjoyed my weekly posts marking this milestone. We’ve made remarkable progress since Stonewall, but the struggle continues. We advance, backlash follows, but we continue the fight — and we are winning. For this last Pride […]

The 50th Anniversary of Stonewall

≡ Snapshots of Gay History as Told Thru Video This month marks the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village, New York City. The videos below tell the story. Like other struggles for human and democratic rights, the LGBT community rose up in violent reaction to decades of deadening and inhumane oppression. It […]

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. […]