Beyond the Gay Closet

[Published in Chicago Phoenix, January 13, 2014] I was politically active within the gay community in New York City from the late 1980s through the 1990s, working on issues of what was then known as “gay rights.” With groups such as Act Up I worked…

Too Many Notes

[published in CounterPunch, 1 July, 2013] Emperor Joseph II: My dear young man, don’t take it too hard. Your work is ingenious. It’s quality work. And there are simply too many notes, that’s all. Just cut a few and it will be perfect. Mozart: Which few did you have…

The Left Hand of Darkness

[published in CounterPunch, 7 June, 2013] Since January of this year, the word ‘transphobia’ has been bantered about in mass media and social networking circles to such intensity that its definition has been expanded and in some instances grossly misrepresented.  ‘Transphobia’ has been used in recent months…