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Archive for March, 2010

Questions at the Dinner Table

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

As anyone who has watched the hit television series, Brothers and Sisters knows, if you get invited to dine with the Walkers, politely decline. You will otherwise get pulled into a donnybrook of quarreling. But what if you were invited to have dinner with a handful of the people you most admire? Would you go, and what would you want to discuss? Read more…

Big Names in Big Business

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

We didn’t stay up until the end of this year’s Academy Awards, and haven’t since we lived in San Francisco (where we could do so and still be in bed by 9 p.m.,) but Ray and I were intent on seeing Neil Patrick Harris mesmerize the crowd in the award show’s opening number. As must have been true for most women viewers when Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman in history to win the Oscar for Best Director, Ray and I take extra-special pleasure and pride in the accomplishments of other gay people.

That’s not so hard to do today, especially in the arts. Think of Lily Tomlin, Ellen DeGeneres, Merv Griffin, Paul Lynd, Tennessee Williams, Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein, Truman Capote, Rosie O’Donnell, and Stephen Sondheim, to name just a few. Fran Leibovitz once wrote that "…if you removed all of the homosexuals and homosexual influence from what is generally regarded as American culture, you would be pretty much left with Let’s Make a Deal." Read more…

Making Rhyme & Reason on College Grads Coming Out at Work

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Jack and Jill came out in school,
but went back in the closet.
Jack was sad, and Jill was mad,
and their employer lost ’cause of it.

A writer for Jungle Campus, an employment magazine aimed at college students, asked me:

Should gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender graduates come out at work?

A better question, I suggested, is how and when—not if—they should come out on the job. Read more…

“Ex-Gays” Need X-Men

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

There is a resolution being proposed by a single Disney stockholder to amend the company’s non-discrimination policy to explicitly include the prohibition of discrimination based on "ex-gay" status. Disney has wisely and predictably advised its stockholders to vote "no". It is the first such resolution of its kind that I’ve heard of, but given the overblown proselytizing nature of the so-called Religious Right’s "Ex-Gay Movement", it probably won’t be the last. Bring it on. Read more…