Family, Identity

After The Bath

September 23, 2016

As a young gay man in the ’80s I was not only a regular patron of Toronto’s bath houses (“steambath” or “men’s health club“), I worked the overnight shift at one for a summer. Although […]

Family, Identity

To My Nieces & Nephews

September 22, 2016

An Open Letter To My Nieces & Nephews: It’s been ten days since Dad (Grandpa to you) passed. Five since the funeral. You are each returning to your adult lives- partners, children, school, career, all […]

Family, Identity

Dad

September 13, 2016

James Cameron Lyttle – June 13, 1927 – Sept. 12, 2016 Dad passed quietly a few minutes to midnight Monday evening local time. He was surrounded by family and passed peacefully at the age of […]

Family, Identity

Grandma – In Detail

August 10, 2015

A Guest Post by Dr. James B. Lyttle as a follow-up to my post of two days ago. Grandma was born November 3, 1900 in Belleville, Ontario to Cameron Brown and Margaret Sarah Ross. Her […]

Family, Identity

Grandma

August 8, 2015

I’ve written before that when I came out (as gay) to my family, I was asked (told) not to tell Grandma (my paternal grandmother). As I said it that post, she was “more Victorian than […]

Brushing Fame

Grandma, Robin, Joan, AIDS and more

September 6, 2014

I’ve resisted writing this post because so many people have commented on Robin Williams’ passing- what could I add? The passing of Joan Rivers, a recent article about how we old-time gay folk should stop […]