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#19 Sports figures coming out of the closet

By Cathryn Wellner / May 18, 2011

The super-male bastion of big-money athletics has always been an unsafe place for gay men. There are signs that’s changing. Highly regarded sports figures are coming out of the closet, and the world is not coming to an end. Former Villanova basketball player Will Sheridan speaks openly about being a gay athlete. So do runner […]


#17 They’re playing for change

By Cathryn Wellner / May 17, 2011

They don headphones, pick up instruments, plug into recording systems, and assure listeners, “Don’t worry about a thing; every little thing is gonna be all right.” The musicians are in Mali, New York, Brazil, US, Jamaica, India, France, Senegal, Ghana. Children dance. Cameras roll. The listeners and watchers are…well…everywhere. Episode #46 of Playing For Change […]


#10 The team that believes anything is possible

By Cathryn Wellner / May 15, 2011

ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) trapped all the creativity of graffiti artist Tempt1 inside an unresponsive body. In the 80s Tempt1 (Tony Quan) was an underground hero, a Los Angeles street artist and activist with a big reputation. After a run one day, he complained to his father of tingling in his legs. The slide into […]


#7 Swearing off plastic

By Cathryn Wellner / May 14, 2011

Kermit was right. “It’s not that easy being green.” His lyrics were about being happy with who you are, but it’s no wonder they’ve been adopted by environmentalists. It’s pretty hard to get through the day without making compromises of one sort or another. Take plastics, for instance. My partner and I both consider ourselves […]


#6 Larry King campaigns for marriage equality

By Cathryn Wellner / May 14, 2011

Though not a poster child for “until death do us part”, media host Larry King has recorded his support for New Yorkers for Marriage Equality. King has lots of experience with marriage, having been to the altar seven times. He points out how silly it is to let men and women marry as many times […]


#3 Believe Out Loud campaign

By Cathryn Wellner / May 13, 2011

I have mixed feelings about this video but not about the impulse behind it. No child of same-sex parents should have to endure a gauntlet of stares, finger pointing, and whispered comments. The minister welcomes the boy and his mothers with a simple phrase and a meaningful glance at his congregation, but I doubt any […]

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