Happy Birthday 1040!

April 15, 2013

Has it only been 100 years since Americans have been filing the 1040 federal tax form?  Seems a lot longer!  When the 1040 form was “born” in 1913, it was only one page and only a mere 3% of the population was required to pay federal taxes.  Today, the 1040 form is a bit more elaborate, and 54% of us have to add to the coffers of the United States Treasury.

Although such percentages as well as tax rates have varied over the years, as the adage goes, two things in life are certain.  And you already know what those two things are!

"You have to pay your partner!" as an accountant of mine used to always say

“You have to pay your partner!”
as an accountant of mine used to always say

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Today the United States Supreme Court heard arguments on California’s Prop 8 (or, as some refer to it, Prop Hate), which bans marriage equality for same-sex couples in the state.  To true advocates of human and civil rights, marriage is a fundamental right that ALL consenting adults must have.  Recognizing that basic human right are eleven countries (Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, and Sweden), several sub-national jurisdictions in Brazil and Mexico, and nine states in the USA (Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, and Washington), plus the District of Columbia, plus three tribal jurisdictions (Coquille Tribe/Oregon, Suquamish Tribe/Washington, and Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians/Michigan).  Same-sex marriage laws are proposed and pending in many countries and jurisdictions throughout the world.

In June 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to announce their decision from today’s arguments.  May they decide on the right side of history, and all adult citizens of the United States will finally enjoy the freedom to marry.  And the marriage of the women pictured below (who were together for 32 years when they legally married in New York in 2011) will be recognized throughout the entire United States.

The first same-sex couple to be married in Westchester County, New York, on July 24, 2011, the day New York State's Marriage Equality Law went into effect.

The first same-sex couple to be married in Westchester County, New York, on July 24, 2011, the day New York State’s Marriage Equality Law went into effect.

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The Rule of Three

March 12, 2013

The Three Stooges, Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. There’s a principle in writing known as the rule of three, whereby things which come in threes are more effective, more satisfying, and funnier. Below, a graphic example of the principle at work!

Three Traveling Women getting advice at the Information Booth in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Three Traveling Women getting advice at the Information Booth in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Possibly one of the most frequently asked questions in the history of womankind. And here I not only found one, I found a royal one! I suppose that’s true of all the “thrones” at Kensington Palace.

Royal Restrooms at Kensington Palace, London, England

Royal Restrooms at Kensington Palace, London, England

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A League of Their Own

February 12, 2013

I was enjoying a lobster at a fish shack in northern Connecticut when in walked several women wearing these rather descriptive jackets. Turns out, they were bowling league pals traveling together for a long weekend, and bringing their team spirit along for the trip. They were sort of a Sisterhood of the Traveling Bowling Jackets. And they were a lot of fun!  Lobsters, laughs, and a camera.  Life is good.

Bowling league jacket bearing team name.

Bowling league jacket bearing team name.

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Paris stock photos

October 16, 2012

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On June 12, 2010 thousands of proud and happy LGBT people and their supporters marched along historic Route 66 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in celebration of Pride. I’ve been to many Pride marches and events in my life, and I must say, this New Yorker was very impressed with the spirit of the LGBT community in the Land of Enchantment.

Hot in the Southwest, the LGBT community shows its Pride!

Hot in the Southwest, the LGBT community shows its Pride!

Transitioning

May 6, 2010

I recently shot portraits of Kara as part of the T-Project, photos of trans gender residents of Westchester County, New York, made possible via a grant by Arts Westchester to The LOFT LGBT Community Services Center in White Plains, New York.  Kara arrived to be photographed, some would say, unprepared.  She was dressed down, wore no make-up, and had come directly from an electrolysis session with face redness quite fresh and obvious.  But Kara was quite prepared.  She explained to me that she wants to show what the process of transitioning truly entails.  Electrolysis is only one part of the facial feminization process, a long and often painful process, like so much of transitioning is, both physically and emotionally.  The people I’ve photographed for the T-Project have taught me so much about being who we are and being unafraid.

Male to female trans gender woman

Male to female trans gender woman

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