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Shawn McAndrew  // Shawn McAndrew, Writer/Editor/
Political Organizer, Participant in “Camp Courage”
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08 Aug Posted by in Shawn McAndrew | 3 comments

Pray Away that Gray

Pray Away that Gray

There’s all this controversy these days about “pray the gray away.” What’s the big deal? If I could have my luxurious, silky brown head of hair back, I’d pray until my folded fingers bled. Perhaps this movement started because baby boomers are quickly reaching old age. I don’t know, but it makes little sense to […]

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06 Dec Posted by in Shawn McAndrew | 2 comments

Yes Virginia, There is an Equality Clause

Yes Virginia, There is an Equality Clause

(With apologies to Virginia O’Hanlon and Francis P. Church, I have co-opted the “Dear Virginia” story from 1897. Its message reaches far and wide, with regard to beliefs and conviction of life’s truth.) Dear Editor, I am 53 years old. I have lived my whole life thinking there is an Equality Clause. Many of my […]

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01 Oct Posted by in Shawn McAndrew | 1 comment

What Happened to the Women’s Movement?

What Happened to the Women’s Movement?

Is this really what our generation had in mind when they marched in the streets, sat in doorways and rotundas, picketed and posted handbills – to have a generation of women who became politicians wanting to take away women’s rights and destroy the economic and social equalities we’ve gained over the last 40 years? I […]

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29 Aug Posted by in Shawn McAndrew | 6 comments

We Know Lesbian Drama When We See It

We Know Lesbian Drama When We See It

Have you seen the new lesbian cop show on TNT this summer? You know, “Rizzoli & Isles”? I like the not-so-subtle story line of Jane Rizzoli, a Boston police detective, and Maura Isles, the Boston medical examiner, being hard-ass professionals on the streets, but in the evening somehow they end up “accidentally” falling asleep in […]

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10 Jul Posted by in Shawn McAndrew | 2 comments

Never Too Old to Demand Your Rights

Never Too Old to Demand Your Rights

 I remember the day after the 2008 election, thinking that animals had more rights than I, because we had lost the battle to save marriage for everyone, but farm animals had won the right not to be caged. I also remember how, in 2004, when Mayor Newsom had proclaimed that same sex marriage was […]

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25 Jun Posted by in Shawn McAndrew | Comments Off

Here Come The Lesbians!

Here Come The Lesbians!

Back in 1977, Sue Fink wrote a song called, “Here Come the Lesbians.” Thirty-three years later, the march of lesbians has arrived and is growing — loud, proud, and out. This fact struck me while I was watching the opening night ceremony for the Winter Olympics, when k.d. lang appeared center stage, larger than life, […]

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