Hanging outside an unassuming, beige commercial building on Indian School Road in central Phoenix, the large industrial sign reads, “Leslie’s Pool Supplies.” Hidden around the backside of the building, however, is the entrance to the progressive-forward “Christ’s Church of the Valley,” or CCV, as the congregants call it. As children played outside on green AstroTurf, […]

Dreamy Draw Bike Path Reopening

Central and north Valley-area cyclists now have another reason to celebrate, in addition to the weather warming up outside. The City of Phoenix has announced the re-opening of the Dreamy Draw Bike Path located in the popular Dreamy Draw Recreation Area in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. The path is scheduled for bike and pedestrian traffic […]

Senate seeks to ban ‘Drag Brunch’

Joe’s Diner, a greasy spoon on 7th Ave, isn’t the first place you’d think to find one of Phoenix’s most famous and glamorous drag queens on an overcast Thursday morning, sipping iced tea in a corner booth. Richard Stevens, a.k.a. “Barbra Seville,” has entertained the local Valley community with his drag artistry for over 20 […]


In 1993, “Philadelphia” became the first mainstream/blockbuster film to acknowledge the HIV/AIDS crisis. The picture stars Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. Filmed and set in Philadelphia, PA, it tells the story of gay man named Andrew Beckett who asks lawyer Joe Miller to help him bring a lawsuit on his employers, who had fired him […]

Stereotypes, norms, and generalizations

In media we all have seen references made about various groups of people, (or targeting specific individuals), who are often corralled or lumped into one specific type of idea about them. This essentially is “stereotyping” them. Making it seem in one’s mind that one is just like another, is just like another, ad infinitum. Humans […]

To the Moon…?

The moon landing hoax conspiracy has been circulating now for almost 50 years, basically since the moon landing itself. Skeptics and doubters of modern mechanical marvels have always been amongst us, and I’m sure to many living back then, it did seem magical or “too good to be true” for a flying ship to hurtle […]

Fact Checking

Reuter’s Fact Check Blog is a valuable resource when it comes to verification of news items you come across on the internet, social media sites or in emails that you want to vet and verify as authentic. A recent post I came across on their blog was one having to do with disinformation regarding the […]

Being wary in the digital age.

In today’s digital age, safe-guarding your personal and private data is paramount to ensure your digital footprint is secure. Everyday we hear of new threats to our safety and security while perusing online websites, and breaches in data secrecy involving our credit cards, identity and other personal information. Threats that can rear their ugly head […]

Media Usage Mod 3.

9:00 a.m.: Slept-in today as it’s a weekend, and that was very much needed! I saw that my iPhone screen was lighting up as I awoke, so I reached over to my bedside table to check what notifications I had coming in. I saw that I had several news notifications, some from Instagram, Twitter, and […]

Net Neutrality Issues

Net neutrality is a hot-button issue today. It seems that everyone has an opinion about how far and wide-reaching laws pertaining to it should go. At the heart of the issue is consumer’s access to the internet, and the fairness that access entails. Consumers and their advocates desire an even-keel playing field when it comes […]