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 […]

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” […]

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 […]

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 […]

Remembering Dolores Noll

Word came to me yesterday that Dolores Noll, a dear friend, passed away on Tuesday morning, January 8th. I met Dolores in 1975 and worked with her until about 1980 at Kent State University’s Kent Gay Liberation Front (KGLF) where she was Faculty Advisor. Then later we teamed up again at Cleveland’s Lesbian-Gay Community Service […]