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

I’ve often shared emails I receive with you, and one that came in last week remarkably represents how far we have traveled on that road to LGBT equality (yes, that was a plug for my book!). But this is by far one of the most endearing emails I’ve received.

What a year, and what a ride. As we all do, I’m beginning to look back at my year. And for me, it certainly was a special year, one in which I learned a lot. Let me share with you some of the lessons I took from 2015.

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. 

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