I never understood how I could be so different in a town where everyone seemed to be the same. I grew up in a small rural town in Upstate New York where at an early age you got used to following the path that was laid out by your parents...Read more
The batter, a lanky righty, steps toward home plate. He scuffs his back cleat, staking his claim to the batter’s box, kicking up a small cloud of dirt. Bat on his shoulder, he scans the outfield. Left is shaded toward the line — useful information.
The pitcher settles in, looks, and...Read more
When Brad Hamm moved to Buffalo from Albany, he had only been out for a year or two and didn’t know many gay people, other than some casual acquaintances from outings to the bars.
But in late 2010, he noticed a listing in a local newspaper for Buffalo Alternative Volleyball, a...Read more
When 63-year-old Steve McLaughlin took a wrong step out of the shower on July 27, it could have ruined his Sunday morning routine — a 1.8-mile run around Ring Road in Delaware Park.
“I stepped out, and my back just stiffened up,” he recounted, as he acted out the scene with...Read more
I was in eighth-grade gym class when I uncharacteristically decided to play basketball with the other boys.
I was a big, clunky, fat kid with glasses and a mini-afro in a pool of fit contestants who played basketball every class.
I did my best at getting the ball, but they purposely...Read more