“Best Choice” Not the Best Choice for St. Louis-Area Public Schools

A Double Shot of Paranoia I’m at Starbucks to meet Joy Maxwell. Maxwell is Curriculum Coordinator for the increasingly controversial “Best Choice” sex education program, a project operated by ThriVe St. Louis and taught in public schools in and around the Midwestern city. In recent weeks, Best Choice has been the subject of numerous articles – and [Read More…]

Justice Without God

“Tzedek, tzedek tirdof” – “Justice, justice you will pursue.” This phrase, which I learnt from my Jewish clergy colleagues while protesting together in Ferguson, lies at the heart of faith for many. Almost all religious traditions, somewhere in their scriptures or practices, make a call to justice. From the Muslim call from god “O you [Read More…]

Oppression Is Not Magic

Whenever I write about oppression, I can predict one typical response: “What is this mystical “oppression” you speak of? Can you point to it? Are you talking about discriminatory laws? But there are no laws prohibiting this thing – so how can people be oppressed in that arena?” The question, which is so common, seems to [Read More…]

How to Denounce Nazis: A How-To Guide for Donald Trump

This week footage surfaced of white supremacist Richard Spencer addressing a neo-Nazi gathering. In the video Spencer greets Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election with cries of “Hail Trump!”, as the audience responds with cheers and Nazi salutes. Trump, in an interview with the New York Times, “disavowed” the group, saying “I don’t want to [Read More…]

What’s Next?

WARNING: This post includes vile racist, homophobic, transphobic, and sexist language. So, it happened. Donald Trump is President Elect of the United States of America. I feel what all my friends are feeling: shock, disbelief, anger, anxiety, and despair. There’s a knot in my stomach and the feeling that something even worse is coming: a [Read More…]

Vote For Me

Tomorrow you go to the polls, America, and I’m asking you to vote for me. Not as a candidate, you understand – I’m a UK citizen and I can’t run in this election, and I don’t think I’d do very well if I did. As a Brit I’d want you to immediately cede sovereignty back [Read More…]

Singing in the Shadow of Pulse – Dona Nobis Pacem

This post is the third of a three part cycle on the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses Festival 2016. Part One is here. Part Two is here. It’s two days after GALA. The Festival is over, but my journey is not. Four years ago, after my first visit to the GALA Festival, I accompanied the San Francisco Gay [Read More…]