I legally changed my name on July 6, 1995, because it fits, and the old saying is "If the shoe fits, wear it."
When I am not involved in fighting a cause, I proofread depositions and court transcripts for a living.
I also volunteer for prisoners and have assisted many people with consumer affairs issues.
Activism started early in my life (as did my puberty) at around age 11 when I refused to stand and recite The Pledge of Allegiance. I also refused to bow my head for silent prayer with other students at lunch. These events took place at a public elementary school.
By the time I was 19, I was making international news after being physically ejected from The Gayest Place on Earth (Disneyland) while disco dancing with another male teen on September 13, 1980. Naturally, I sued the park and won the case in 1984.
The emphasis of this web site are my writings, mostly under the column titled "Crusader's Corner," which was first published in The Bottom Line magazine (Palm Springs, CA) in the late 1980s. I have some of those old articles on a diskette somewhere and will put them up when time permits.
One fag rag publisher once referred to the column as "Funny, Irreverent, Controversial."
Please visit my Cruising With Tom page for some of my titillating articles / commentaries that I have archived for your reading pleasure.
*In 2013, After reading three recently published books on Scientology, my once positive views about Mr. Cruise may be evolving to criticism, and I might be publishing a blog on my website once I can digest all three books, which scared the shit out of me!
Long before Elton John came to Eminem's defense and sang with him at The Grammys, Crusader was in Em's corner fighting for his artistic freedom! Be sure to check out these exclusive articles and commentary about the king of rap.
Earl Henry Rhoney IV (1976-2001), was wrongly convicted in the January 1994 murder of Irvine, California, resident Patricia Lea Pratt.
This was a clear case where law enforcement and the justice system failed. The cops only focused on Rhoney because they couldn't solve the case any other way. The trial judge erred by allowing tainted dog scent evidence to be introduced by the prosecution. After it was too late, the judge basically admitted that he screwed up and granted a new trial.
Although Rhoney was eventually released from Orange County Jail, I believe the stigma of "murderer" may have contributed to the automobile accident that killed him at the young age of 25.
My commentary, Sniffing Out the Truth, provides a good overview of the case in support of his innocence. Also available are two news articles about his case.
Read the controversial parody about a celebrity interviewer that took the gay community by storm!