Around the globe, rainbow flags fly at half-mast. Orlando was not so much of a wake-up call, but rather a reminder. First we mourn, then we act.
"This story," I said, "goes a little beyond quirky. Maybe kinky is the more appropriate word." I set the scene in the dark shadows of AIDS in mid-80s NYC.
Sacks' writing chronicled case histories of his brain-disordered patients whose challenges were detailed in sympathetic and fascinating ways.
This past weekend millions of people celebrated a giant step forward on this nation's evolutionary path - the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states.
Rick heard my lecture about racism and what that starred and barred flag projected to the world.
"It appalls me that our legislators used my tax dollars to create, lobby for, and now defend a law that opens the door for discrimination against gays and lesbians."
You don't always recognize heroes by how many bows they take or by the awards bestowed upon them.
"Instead of competing against each other for precious donor dollars, the whole nation ought to join in a mass movement for universal health care."
The police officer ordered us all out of the car. Shortly, another police car pulled up and two more officers joined the first.
In 2013, it's difficult to believe that in many parts of the country, it's legal to fire workers for their sexual orientation or gender identity. I