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 […]

Socialists Have It Right

Guest Author: David Rowlands Introduction Today I welcome back guest author David Rowlands. We’ve been friends since college. (Yes, that long ago!) I write about politics here sometimes, but David’s commentaries are better. Just don’t tell him I said so. His first article I posted here presented a working-class perspective on politics. Five Examples where […]

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. […]

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 […]