January 20, 2019

I am writing from jail right now. I ended up in jail for standing up to an anti LGBTQI+ UMC (United Methodist Church) minister. Did I assault him? Did I threaten him? No. I told him off. So how do I get to keep my laptop and write this letter from jail? Well, the truth of the matter is, I am in what is known as Facebook jail. Facebook jail is what happens when you lose your posting privileges for… Read more

January 7, 2019

In the wake of David Bowie’s death I saw Christians celebrate and mourn his passing for one horrific reason! In their minds he was in hell. Why was he in hell? Bowie changing expectations of gender presentation put him in hell. Telling the world, “I’m gay” in a 1972 Melody Maker magazine was another reason. Further telling the world “I’m bisexual” was yet another nail in his eternal coffin. The same reasons they loathe David Bowie are the same reasons many love… Read more

January 5, 2019

Her face haunts me. I cannot get her angelic image out of my head. It is the face of a baby; less than a year old. The Face of innocence. It is the face in a carrier with a little knit hat on her head and bundled tightly to protect her from the fall air. Her eyes looked into mine and pierced me. I locked my eyes into hers knowing I would never see her again. I wanted to avert… Read more

January 3, 2019

Freddie Mercury and Queen helped me see the wickedness of the church and the beauty of art. My kid and I saw “Bohemian Rhapsody” on New Year’s Eve. Even though the  movie had been out for awhile now, the theater was pretty crowded. The movie’s key moment is the 1985 Wembley Stadium performance of Queen in Live Aid. Live Aid was a key learning moment for me as a Christian teenager sitting in front of the television watching it. In… Read more

January 1, 2019

On This New Year, please enjoy a chapter from my 2015 book, “Night Moves: An Ex Preacher’s Journey to Hell in a Taxi”.  Every industry has busy days or seasons. The big three in the taxi world are Thanksgiving Eve (people need to get their drink on before facing relatives), St Patrick’s Day and, of course, New Year’s Eve. There was a running gag in the movie “When Harry Met Sally” about how difficult it is to get a cab… Read more

December 31, 2018

Screw resolutions, let’s have a revolution! Violence against transgender people is still near an all time high. Two migrant children have died in border patrol holding facilities. Many Americans died in 307 mass shootings this year. White people are calling the police on black people for doing everyday things. A petulant and childish president with his russian…I mean republican comrades have the government in a shutdown for two weeks now with no end in sight. This nation has turned into a… Read more

December 27, 2018

Transgender people are disgusting abominations who should have no rights in Trump’s America! This was the overriding theme in the comments by conservative Christians in response to ABC Chicago News’ coverage about me and my child. The cruelty, crassness and utter disregard for human decency by many of the Christian conservatives that commented on the story about me and my child on ABC are no longer shocking. But this just got personal. I am not going to give them the… Read more

December 20, 2018

I’m not the right person to tell my child’s story. I learned that when I heard the right person tell Dave’s story yesterday. That person was Dave. Dave had a team behind him. Who was that team? ABC News Chicago. Watch this: How Did This Story Come to Light? While I have been in the hospital dealing with depression I have not been getting paid. So for a few extra bucks I did a story for Chicago Unheard. It was essentially… Read more

December 14, 2018

Inspired by the openness Dolores O’Riordan  had about her depression I have written openly about my struggles and my discoveries along the road to wellness. I’ve recently learned that in trying to avoid the Dunning-Kruger Effect, I have fallen into Impostor Syndrome. Not only that, but shame of the past has allowed me to get into my own way. My child accidentally helped me discover this. While in this therapy process, I am not being paid. This is now week 4 without a… Read more

December 10, 2018

As I am going through one of the darkest struggles of depression and PTSD in my life, I am reminded of something Fred Rogers said about times of trouble. “There was something my mother did that I’ve always remembered: “Always look for the helpers,” she’d tell me. “There’s always someone who is trying to help.” I did, and I came to see that the world is full of doctors and nurses, police and firemen, volunteers, neighbors and friends who are… Read more

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