Three yellow rubber ducks in a line holding a rainbow flag.

The Sticks & Stones Rhyme Lied… and a Tribute to Ducks

“Gross!”  He couldn’t have been more than 13 years old, walking away from the hotel pool with someone who appeared to be his older teenage sister.  “No it’s not,” she shot back, not taking even a second to look up from her phone. They were talking about us. I prayed that my partner Jen, whose …

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Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are… Or Don’t

National Coming Out Day takes place on October 11, 2021 and is observed in the United States, Ireland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. I was shocked to learn that it’s been recognized since 1988, as I remember first hearing about it just two years ago.  Perhaps it’s only because that was the year …

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The Long and Short of Coming Out Queer & an Ode to Muppets

Sometimes I like to picture Kermit, sitting on a log with a banjo, singing a follow-up to his rendition of “Rainbow Connection” with a new riff called “It’s Not Easy Being Queen.” It would provide so much hope that things will be better in the long term, when you’re in the messy part of coming …

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