1st Openly Gay Supreme Court Justice Martin Jenkins
We’ve been part-time California residents and there’s a strong possibility that we will be full-time permanent residents in the near future, so I follow things like this on purpose. I also love to see these things happening in a general sense. It’s so different from when I was growing up and gay wasn’t even mentioned aloud in most places. And I grew up in Northern NJ not far from NYC. It wasn’t as if I was sheltered in a small rural area. The changes I’ve seen in the last 30 years are stunning. Truly, stunning.
California’s Supreme Court has its first openly gay justice.
Martin Jenkins was sworn in on Friday by Gov. Gavin Newsom in a virtual rather than in-person ceremony because of coronavirus safety restrictions.
Here’s the link. There’s a photo of Jenkins at the site, and he says being gay is actually the biggest challenge of his life. Read that again and process it. “The biggest challenge of his life.” So please don’t ask me why I get annoyed when I see straight authors and actors appropriating my culture in books and films. We are as marginalized as any other group, if not more so. And many of us are still dealing with the shame that’s always been associated with being gay. So don’t come from your place of straight privilege and tell me about your research.
Don’t Be Afraid of Virginia’s Woolf
“A wonderful story that I loved. The characters were well developed, and strong. Gus: A sweet young man. Doing something for all the wrong reasons. Craig: his boyfriend, he’ll go along with anything Gus say. Henry: Gus father a no nonsense man, who’s husband died last year. I enjoyed this story.”
What readers said about “Altered Parts”
“Best Gay Novel In Years. This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina.”