May 2024


Movies I have seen…

Since November I’ve been to the movies four times – something close to a record for me. Normally I would tell you about the movies immediately, but I’ve been lazy, so you’re getting four updates for the price of one. This will save you from having to read my complaints about movie theaters (too many […]

15 years since Matthew Shepard was murdered

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since I left the University of Wyoming for points east – and ultimately Germany.

Two months after moving to Bloomington, Laramie was in the news.

From the luxury of my home in Berlin, I can still think back to how I felt those 1998 October days […]

Wouldn’t it be nice if everybody had to come out? Thoughts on Raising my Rainbow.

I just finished reading Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son, by Lori Duron. She chronicles her experiences raising her youngest son, CJ, who, despite being a boy, loves all things Barbie, pink, and fabulous.

He abhors boy things.

The book is really fantastic – in part because she does not […]

Matthew Wayne Shepard, † October 12, 1998

Today marks 14 years since the passing of Matthew Shepard.

What strikes me now is how vivid my memories are of that week 14 years ago leading up to today, 14 years ago.

I was living on Braeside Drive, in Bloomington, in an apartment complex that I’ve done my best to forget—rarely pausing to recall […]

CSD and tCSD Berlin, 2012

Plug Yourself In.

Saturday I headed out to watch the two Christopher Street Day parades that happen in Berlin every year – the “normal” one and the “alternative” one.

Wanting to hit up both parades meant that I had to choose strategically and that I never made it to the end party for the […]

Celebrating IDAHO – International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia 2012, Berlin

Last Thursday was IDAHO – The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

It was also the day that my American Friend arrived, and so I gave him a walking tour of Berlin, covering all the most important spots — and as we walked past the American Embassy, we spotted the Rainbow-Pride Flag Toga […]

Making It Better: 13 Years After Matthew Shepard

As is with tradition, today is the day that I pause to reflect upon Matthew Shepard, the University of Wyoming student who was savagely beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die.

Trying to avoid too much repetition this year (see 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, or any of the many times […]

Situational Ethics: Being on the DL (Down-low) (or not)

One of my favorite blogs is the “rants and raves of a kenyan gay man”, which is written by a man in Kenya who’s gay and, as far as I can tell, “out” in that one in Kenya is out, which is to say, not really.

Or, as he puts it:

In the wider scheme […]

New Favorite?

Somehow I’ve not had enough time in Bloomington. My trips to Bloomington are typically stuffed with visits to old favorite restaurants—something I’ve already covered. I sometimes find new possible favorites.

Rachael’s Café is one such place.

Rachael is the transgender owner of her café—a large, bright, airy space located in the old (formerly) abandoned dry […]

Gay Weimar: Cruising Spots

Please visit the new Gay Thüringen Page.

I make no secret of an important fact: I am gay.

Of course, I live in Weimar which means my gay social life isn’t. Gay life in Weimar is about as exciting as watching grass grow, and I’ve pretty much given up on any prospects of meeting Mr. […]