Today is election day in New Jersey. Polls open early and close at 8 pm. At the moment, it looks like Republican Chris Christie will once again rule the Garden State, no matter what. Gubernatorial hopeful Barbara Buono, a progressive democrat, is devoutly pro- LGBT but appears to wither under Christie's notoriety. Nonetheless, we have to vote into office her and many others who can protect and advance the banner of LGBT rights in New Jersey.
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.
In New York City, building 1644 on Park Avenue is gone. So, too, is building 1646. On March 12th witnesses and residents of the area all reported hearing an explosion before the buildings leveled leaving plumes of dust where they once stood. Tremors from the fiery blast were felt more than a mile away. The night before the conflagration the smell of gas was detectable.