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    Just the Ticket: A memento serves as a reminder of how a love affair peaked on a crowded train

Just the Ticket: A memento serves as a reminder of how a love affair peaked on a crowded train

Exotic wooden masks made by skilled artisans inside the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront Craft Market in Cape Town; a soft Tartan scarf picked up at a tiny souvenir shop on bustling Princes Street in Edinburgh; and a massive wickerwork sombrero purchased from a hobo on the beach in Cabo San Lucas are just a few of the keepsakes that remind me of my travels around the world.

But it’s a worn, nondescript, wrinkly London Underground train ticket stashed in the inside pocket of a puffy corduroy vest that I hold most near and dear to my heart.

In 2002, I was an […]

By |March 26th, 2015|Blog

The Fruit Loop

I grew up in Maryland, just outside of DC. When I got to middle school and caught my first whiff of freedom, I made a beeline for Dupont Circle. It was affectionately, and probably not so affectionately, referred to as the Fruit Loop, due to its large gay population. To me, the nickname was neither good nor bad. It was information, pure and simple. It was where my people were. It was where I wanted to be.

An avid reader, it didn’t take me long to find Lambda Rising, a gay bookstore in Dupont. I remember walking in there and being nearly paralyzed with discovery […]

By |March 23rd, 2015|Blog

Discovering Desert Paradise

Knowing there’s a desert oasis a little less than two hours from my home in LA can make city life a little more bearable sometimes. Palm Springs is a desert hotspot (literally) that visitors come to visit from all over the globe. It’s easily accessible on Amtrak’s Southern California routes. Best of all, Palm Springs is rich in gay history, with half of the city’s population identifying as gay (and gray as the locals like to joke) — a tried-and-true queer vacation spot. It’s a favorite go-to place for me when I’m seeking much-needed R&R.

During my recent trip to Palm Springs, I checked into […]

By |February 26th, 2015|Blog

Spies Like Us: Breaking the Code on LGBT Espionage

The 2014 biopic The Imitation Game is scoring loads of film awards by focusing attention on Alan Turing and a little known piece of LGBT history. It is thrilling for the world to be reminded that a very important British World War II hero — a brilliant cryptanalyst who was instrumental in defeating Nazi Germany and who was a trusted diplomat sent to Washington D.C. to manage complex agency communication — was a gay man. The Imitation Game is making sure no one forgets Alan Turing’s genius, and in doing so is giving us access to juicy chapters of our community’s history.

So many amazing […]

By |February 23rd, 2015|Blog

The Secret Joys of Off-season Travel

By the time I was ten years old, I’d learned a valuable lesson: Florida in the winter is a magical place. For several Februaries during my elementary school days, my parents and I traveled from Chattanooga, Tennessee, to the Sunshine State, before all the Spring Breakers showed up and after the holiday snowbirds flew home. These trips not only got me out of school for a few days — which felt deliciously sinful to a bookworm like me — but also taught me that even though it’s supposedly the “wrong” time to go, the state was really happening in the winter.

Sure, the […]

By |February 17th, 2015|Blog