Dear Oscar, The Undocumented have a voice

Oscar winner Natalie Portman introduced this years’ nominees in Actor in a Leading Role. It has become standard for presenters to say a tidbit about all the nominees in both the Actor and Actress in a Leading Role categories. With the exception of the acceptance speeches, most of the show is scripted by producers. I…

A Fundamentalist Christian’s response to It Gets Better Project

Growing up, religion was a big part of my life. At the time of my birth my name, Emmanuel, was inspired by my parents recent conversion into Christianity. In short, I left the church after 16 years of sitting through hate-filled sermons on homosexuality. A word that I didn’t know what it meant, but that…

Birthday: Reinaldo Arenas

Today (July 16) Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas would have celebrated his 67th birthday. I imagine that had he lived to see it, he would have described himself as an old queen. On December 7, 2010 it will be the 20th Anniversary of Arenas death. After reading much of his work – Before Night Falls, The Door Man and…