gay rights

Real-World Gay Homecoming Queen Crowned…In Texas

Real-World Gay Homecoming Queen Crowned…In Texas

April Swartz-Larson was the first openly lesbian student to run for homecoming queen at McKinney High School in McKinney, Texas. She was also the first openly lesbian homecoming queen elected there. And no, it wasn’t a cruel practical joke. April got to stand on the football a field with the rest of her school’s homecoming […]

Gay Rights & Marijuana Activist Jay Lassiter: “Let’s Make Weed Sexy”

Gay Rights & Marijuana Activist Jay Lassiter: “Let’s Make Weed Sexy”

PHOTO: Diane Fornbacher In 2009, lame-duck New Jersey Governor John Corzine (D) signed bills from the legislature both allowing same-sex marriage and medical marijuana in the state, knowing full well when incoming Republican Governor Chris Christie took office, he would veto both. “As a state, New Jersey is one of the hardest battlegrounds because it […]

Letter to My Daughter

Letter to My Daughter

Dear Maryjane, Hi Pumpkin Pie, it’s Daddy. You’re 9-years-old as I write this and I don’t know when you’ll be reading it, but I hope you still let me call you that. Right now you are too young to understand what I am doing or why it is important or why I am so passionate […]