February 14, 2017
When Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing, he promised to protect the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. I was watching the hearing and heard him say that with my own ears and I laughed. While I was surprised, I knew better than to give him credit for evolving and changing his mind on LGBT issues.
January 29, 2017
I was ten years old and in the fifth grade when I first heard another kid use “gay” and “fag”in a derogatory way as hateful slurs. I don’t know if this is still true, but back then, ten-year-olds didn’t grasp the implications of WHAT they were saying and were repeating gay slurs they heard at home. Fifth graders knew that calling people a "homo" or “gay” or a “fag” was bad, and also knew that those particular terms were the worst words you could use that didn't cause your teacher to call home to tell your parents (unlike using the "F" word).
I proudly marched in solidarity with Bay Area women and everyone who participated in the San Francisco Women's March on January 21, 2017.
The San Francisco Police Department estimated over one hundred thousand people took to the soaking wet streets to protest against Donald Trump and his sexist and nativist bigotry. Every age group was represented among the marchers, and the largest contingent appeared to be cisgender women.
January 22, 2017
1,660 words | 8 minute read
by Roy Steele
I commissioned a very gay (and fierce) informal opinion poll Saturday morning when I went out for breakfast in the Castro, and asked a few gay men to share their thoughts about Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Gay Men Have An Opinion…Love Trumps Hate
A couple guys said they were impressed by the Trump women. One friend gushed, “Jackie Ho looked gorgeous!”
“You mean Melania Trump,” I asked.
January 15, 2017
1,990 words | 9 minute read
by Roy Steele
As a gay man, I’m acutely aware that the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community is feeling nervous right now, because I’m feeling anxious too. There are lots of gay ‘survival guides’ online related to surviving the impending ‘climate change’ that’s happening in Washington, D.C. Unfortunately those guides do nothing to alleviate my fears.