The Coming Storm

In the last week I’ve sensed a coming together among the diverse communities that make up America. The drumbeats are getting stronger. None of us is happy with the recent election but no one is going to lie down and take it. Fortifications are being built, resources are being stored and we are preparing to […]

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Tom Ford on what ever man should do

In a recent article on Queerty Tom Ford is quoted as saying, “All men should be f*cked. “I think it would help them understand women,” he argues. “It’s such a vulnerable position to be in, and it’s such a passive position to be in. And there’s such an invasion, in a way, that even if […]

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My Interview with Thom Gunn

THOM GUNN, FORMALIST RENEGADE 1929-2004 My first date with Thom Gunn did not go well. It happened in Chicago in the late-1970’s. After a couple hours of unsuccessful cruising in a few bars, I found Thom in a bookstore in Moly and My Sad Captains. I recognized his name and being newly out as a […]

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My Letter to Nancy Pelosi

Dear Nancy, I have been a steadfast supporter and constituent since before you were Speaker and got laws passed in Congress and I was chairman of the board of the Human Rights Campaign Fund, now the Human Rights Campaign. Americans are fed up with inaction and I waited in vain this fall for the Democrats […]

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Letter to my son on the election

November 10, 2016 Son, I want to leave you a better world than the one I found but with the recent election it does not look like I can’t. As your father in addition to caring for you I’ve enjoyed sex and worked on behalf of the gay and lesbian community. I’m very proud of […]

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What’s up with your sex, dude?

I am proud of being a great at sex. In my first years in San Francisco I moved up the ladder from sucking to fucking and on to fisting. Then I learned to play with pain with S&M, so I’m pretty well-rounded. Now at 72 I’ve hung up my spurs. Making friends when I grew […]

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Pornogarpher Boyd McDonald

Andrew Holleran’s “Lewd” article about pornographer Boyd McDonald in the recent Gay and Lesbian Review sent me to my bedside table. On the bottom shelf behind a crumpled electric heating pad I found McDonald’s magazine “Straight to Hell” (Nos 39, 49,50, 51, 52) and his books Cum, Skin, Filth, Cream, Smut, Scum, Meat, Flesh, and […]

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Why I Love San Francisco

I read this on the Queerty webpage today. It’s quote from Korey Kuhl, an Amazing Race star and it caught my attention because what he says about San Francisco is the same as my response to the city when I arrived in 1972. Changes here have sent rents through the roof and driven out artists […]

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HIV SURVIVOR

I tell my story and I do not in any way mean to diminish the pain and hardship suffered by HIV survivors. It’s not a pretty picture for many survivors and I grieve for them as I grieve for the family that was at my side with sex dope and camping it up when I […]

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From OUR TIME to be published in January

The story started in the 50s when word of San Francisco as an outpost of freaks got out. Gay men liked what they saw before being shipped off to bases in the Pacific and others came to escape being hounded. Those men wrote glowing letters to their friends back home about holding hands in public. […]

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