It’s been a few weeks since a terroristic madman massacred 49 innocent partygoers in cold blood and injured 53 others at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, and while the pain of the largest mass shooting in U.S. history is still fresh for many of us, some of the smoke has cleared, giving way to a more rational perspective. Without the Everest-level emotions that flooded our collective consciousness in the immediate wake of the attack, thus distorting our cognitive thinking – and fueling our rage – we can now take a step back from one of the deadliest days in American and LGBT history to appreciate what has risen from our slain brothers and sisters’ ashes. Like these seven positive side effects.
Creep of the Week
Let's pretend that it's your job to get punched in the head over and over and over again by muscular men who train for hours every day with the specific goal of hitting you harder. Granted, you also hit these men in the head, but that doesn't change the fact that getting punched is your job. And you do this for years.
It's Oscar time, and did you know that the very first transgender performer to be nominated for an Academy Award boycotted the event?
Fox News really does not like New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The "fair and balanced" news network is so afraid of Christie in the upcoming 2016 GOP presidential primaries that they have begun to blatantly distort or ignore his actual record on same- sex marriage. Yesterday, Fox News attempted to paint Christie as a moderate compromiser.
Editor's Letter: With all the violence in the world, my hope was waning. Then yesterday, Out In Jersey's Editor Emeritus, Toby Grace, called me and spoke of a random act of kindness he witnessed, and just like that, my hope was restored. If only for a few minutes.
The Christmas season is a difficult time of year for me. I am always bothered by our culture's egregious forms of commercialism - and its either lack of, or its anemic recognition of other forms of religious holidays like Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, and the celebration of the winter solstice during this season.