It's so easy to get caught up in America's current political and social turmoil--especially with the first presidential debate just hours away--but something happened earlier this month that I won't let go unmentioned.
Edward Albee died. Whether you loved or hated the openly gay playwright's work, he was one of the most significant figures in American theater history.
Personally, I'm grateful to him for having written "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" That play and movie set a standard in more ways than one. When my wife Anne and I are having a particularly intense argument and one of us says, "We sound like George and Martha," that's a warning that the fight is getting way too heated.
Come to think of it, there could be another George-and-Martha performance today. Not from Anne and me. From Donald and Hillary.
These relatively speedy changes give even me pause, and I suspect make many a Deplorable want to jump back into his basket.
Wearing his male summer whites, Dremann was promoted from lieutenant to lieutenant commander. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Amanda Simpson, the highest ranking transgender person in the Department of Defense, performed the ceremony.
As if all that wasn't great enough, my favorite part of the story is the reaction of Dremann's parents, who flew in from St. Louis for the event. Were they proud? His mother Diane said, "He's been the apple of my eye for years and years and we finally got to make one (of his promotions)."
She also said, "I wouldn't be surprised if he'll be the first transgender admiral."
Nothing like a little parental pressure to round out any ceremony.
Pastor Steven Anderson has uttered so many appalling anti-gay statements he must be the love child of Fred Phelps and Phyllis Schlafly. After the Orlando massacre, Anderson celebrated "there's 50 less pedophiles in this world."
Anderson, the leader of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Ariz., was readying to take his brand of Christian love to South Africa. Today that country said don't bother. South African Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, citing anti-discrimination laws meant to "prevent and prohibit hate speech," said he's banning Anderson from South Africa indefinitely.