I wrote the following comment on a friend’s LinkedIn post earlier this morning and then spent the rest of the day on the streets of my City:

I came to New York in 1989, met my husband within two weeks of both of us arriving for art school, and have called this amazing City home ever since — to the point that I cannot imagine living anywhere other than this tiny cluster of islands. The brief time we lived away from the City confirmed that, and we got ourselves right back here as quickly as we could.

I’ve watched the…


Dear email marketer,

This is an automatic reply to your email, with a few recommendations for your next solicitation. From the cacophony of similar vendor gimmicks in my inbox, it appears you have taken the same email marketing 101 webinar as all the other amateurs, and I’d like to give you a little advice. If nothing else, even if it doesn’t get you any additional real business contacts, at least it might keep you out of the spam filters.

“Hello stranger, will you marry me?”

Don’t start by asking me to describe my business goals to you. Think about it…


On June 26, 2015, that historic day when the Supreme Court decided that same-sex marriage would be legal in all fifty of the United States, I sat on a bus stop bench near Macy’s on 34th Street waiting for Bob to come out of Sketchers. We had just finished meeting with the lawyer who was preparing closing documents for the sale of our apartment and Bob wanted to look at tennis shoes.

The mundane character of how we received the news was poignant. I was now granted the unfathomable freedom to marry the love of my life who was shoe…

Jim Kempster

Jim Kempster has been a communications and marketing pioneer for higher ed and an LGBTQ writer in NYC for over thirty years. His pronouns are he/him/his.

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