Atlanta Pride In Pictures 2013

This weekend was the Gay Pride festival in Atlanta - coinciding with National Coming Out Day which falls on October 11th every year. In most of the rest of the country, especially those with the highest gay populations (like NYC and San Francisco, the pride march / parade is typically held the third Sunday in … Continue reading Atlanta Pride In Pictures 2013

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Marraige Equality: Trending Today and Influencing Tomorrow, One Facebook Photo At A Time?

Facebook is one of the best platforms for getting a meme out there - especially when you can adopt the symbol for a space-in-time social movement your profile picture and have it speak volumes.   Thanks to Mashable.com for explaining the phenomenon of the day and sharing the love! http://mashable.com/2013/03/26/facebook-red-marriage-equality/ Facebook Turns Red as SCOTUS Marriage … Continue reading Marraige Equality: Trending Today and Influencing Tomorrow, One Facebook Photo At A Time?

Isn’t It Romantic? Snapshots Of The civic Process of Marriage

When little girls dream of their wedding day, visions of white dresses and flying bouquets and dance floors and champagne usually come flash before their dreamy eyes. The ritual of marriage as portrayed in media and more is one of romance and pageantry and grand demonstrations of celebration. What they don't share with you in … Continue reading Isn’t It Romantic? Snapshots Of The civic Process of Marriage

Bring On The Love And Supplies: The Baby Shower Ritual

A couple of months ago I wrote a blog about planning a baby shower with a "village" of lesbians and the unique context and challenges. Yesterday was the culmination of all the time, sweat and tears (I am pleased to say very minimal amounts if blood were shed) as we gathered I help our friends … Continue reading Bring On The Love And Supplies: The Baby Shower Ritual

A Walk Through Gay Pride

This weekend, surrounding National Coming Out Day, Atlanta celebrated Gay Pride. This is normally an activity reserved for the last Sunday in June to commemorate the Stonewall riots in 1969 but rescheduled as of several years ago in this fair city for beaurocratic reasons I do not fully understand. In any case , what I … Continue reading A Walk Through Gay Pride

National Coming Out Day: A Modern American Ritual Rooted In Cultural Conflict

October 11th is National Coming Out Day.  Unlike the Gay Pride marches and festivities you see around the country (typically on the last Sunday in June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots in New York's Greenwich Village that sparked the gay rights movement), National Coming Out day is a more awareness and empathy oriented commemoration. According … Continue reading National Coming Out Day: A Modern American Ritual Rooted In Cultural Conflict

Baby Showers As A “Village” Ritual And The Nuance of An All-Female Village

So, one of our friends and her partner are about to bring a baby girl into this world. It will be a Thanksgiving baby and I have to say there is a whole village of Lesbians in our circle of friends who are so thankful to have a new little human to welcome to the … Continue reading Baby Showers As A “Village” Ritual And The Nuance of An All-Female Village

Anthropology and The Definition of Marraige

As an Anthropologist and Sociologist who has devoted her adult life, passion and career to the study of human culture and human organization / how we function as societies, the topics of gender and family and kinship are ones that I have studied with some rigor.  Likely more than most (save the professional scholars). This … Continue reading Anthropology and The Definition of Marraige

Why it’s Okay to Be Gay

Have you noticed a turning tide lately? That the "gay" thing (unless you are a religious fundamentalist or just plain scared) is slowly but surely becoming less of a novelty and more of a social matter of course? Sure, our legislation in the U.S. (and even more harshly elsewhere) doesn't entirely reflect that, but it's … Continue reading Why it’s Okay to Be Gay