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23: Matthew Shepard

Matthew Shepard died 23 years ago today.

Another year has ticked by.

Another moment to pause and reflect on Matthew Shepard.

One remarkable thing about Matthew Shepard is that he continues to be present in society – I was scrolling through Facebook last week and I noticed that Indiana University Credit Union (my primary […]

Whatchamacallit 178: BVG Hat

I’ve never worn this hat.

This was a giveaway from the BVG – Berlin’s public transit agency – during Berlin’s Christopher Street Day (Berlin Pride) several years ago. Which year, I cannot recall.

The hat folds up tightly and neatly into the yellow bag on the left, along side the whistle in front.

I […]

Whatchamacallit 154: Love is Love

On June 12, 2020, the Pulse nightclub in Orlando was the site of horrific mass shooting: 49 dead, 53 wounded.

While I’ve already mentioned attending a memorial at Brandenburg Tor (Whatchamacallit 89: #BerlinForOrlando #LoveIsLove), this comic book is another reminder of that tragic day.

It was also a fundraiser, will all proceeds going to […]

Whatchamacallit 123: Goldfish Colors (to be deaccessioned)

I bought this package of Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Colors awhile back: judging from its expiration date of March 8, 2015, I probably bought it in 2014.

Given the rainbow, I thought of it as Pride Goldfish – so after eating them, I save the box.

In the intervening years, the package has faded slightly […]

Whatchamacallit 115: Trashy Wrist Band (to be deaccessioned)

I acquired this wristband thingy whilst riding the Lady Gaga truck at Berlin CSD (Pride) 2011.

If it weren’t for the fact that I keep it on a shelf that I see out of the corner of my eye, I probably would have tossed this years ago. Its main purpose is to remind me […]

Whatchamacallit 104: tommy

I’m not really a cologne person – or as one of my friends calls perfumes and colognes, “smells.”

This bottle of tommy is one of three smells that I own – and I rarely wear it.

But when I smell it, it takes me back to the first time.

He wore it.

Consequently, for […]

Whatchamacallit 95: Boston Red Sox Hat

I picked up this hat last August while visiting Boston – and going to two Red Sox games. I actually bought this the second night – and the decision to buy it was the Pride coloring.

Baseball is truly the sole sport that I enjoy watching – it’s relaxing and laid back – slow […]

Whatchamacallit 93: Safe Zone Magnet from the University of Wyoming

Back during the 1997-98 academic year at the University of Wyoming, I did something brave and, for Wyoming, cutting edge: I took Safe Zone training.

I tried to do it on the sly, but outside the conference room I remember that I ran into a friend and somehow had to explain what I was […]

Whatchamacallit 89: #BerlinForOrlando #LoveIsLove

Gosh, it was four years ago today that I met friends at Brandenburg Tor to remember the victims of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting.

The above heart was given to me by somebody in the crowd during the gathering to wear – I’ve kept it ever since.

I don’t know why.

Maybe I do: […]

Whatchamacallit 75: Project Spurv: Underwear

The above image was a present from dear friends who found it for sale at the Lesbian and Gay Street Festival in Berlin during the summer of 2018.

They bought it directly from the artist, who had a booth at the festival. I saw the booth a grabbed a postcard from the artist, which […]