Mark My Words

Mark Segal, PGN publisher, is the nation’s most-award-winning commentator in LGBT media. You can follow him on Facebook at or Twitter at

By this time you’re either caught up with the holiday spirit or you’re so tired of it that you’re asking when it will end. After all, it started really early this year. As stores were taking down the Halloween decorations, they began putting up the holiday decor.

Let me ask you, readers, if you feel I’m going a little far when I suggest that I’m frightened that some people running for the highest office in the land are encouraging mob action like it has not be seen since 1938 Europe?

This Thanksgiving is special for me and Jason. It will be the first time his parents have come to our house for the holiday, and we’re excited about it. They’ve been to our house before but not for this holiday; Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. Turkey is a top meal on my charts, but it’s also a time to have people over and just relax around the table and chat.

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure to speak at Baltimore University about my new book “And Then I Danced: Traveling the Road to LGBT Equality.” This was just one of many stops on the promotional tour over the last six weeks.  Each stop has seemed to have special surprises for me, and Baltimore was no exception. 

If you’re a regular reader of this column, you’re aware that I’ve published my first book, which is my memoir. As with most books, the author goes on a book-promotion tour, which is time-intensive. At times you’re not sure what city or venue you’re going to next, but you can’t help but take something positive back with you from each visit.

As I write this column, I’m on JetBlue Flight 260 on my way to Boston, where I’m speaking and signing my just-released memoir at Harvard University. Yes, that Harvard. I’ve already been to four other cities on my book tour. As the flight was about to take off, I got the following email from my book publisher:

These last few years have been incredible for us as a community, and for me personally. My just-released memoir, “And Then I Danced: Traveling the Road to LGBT Equality,” is my view of my almost-50 years of activism. I had no expectations for it once it published, but surprisingly for me it’s now a best-seller on numerous online lists.

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