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…

Child Trafficking and Adoption in Haiti

[published in CounterPunch, 13 September, 2013] UNICEF estimates that approximately 300,000 Haitian children are restavèk (child slaves) and that 3,000 children are trafficked out of Haiti each year.  However, these figures are widely considered conservative both because there are no serious studies to date on this subject…

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…