Bringing back the 3rd Place and organizing for community and mutual aid

There’s been quite a bit of mourning in online discussion spaces for something called the “third place” which, simply put, is a location that is not home or work but somewhere we’d find community. Whether a church, a bar, or a community center, a third place would be somewhere to meet with neighbors or peers […]

Overturning Roe v Wade and protecting reproductive health

The historic Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v Wade after 50 years is tragic. BGOC and all it’s affiliated lodges support those who wish to have autonomy over their own bodies, full stop. This decision endangers anyone able to become pregnant. Due to tax codes and other legal reasons we are primarily able to […]

Fac fortuna tua et temet nosce

Roughly translated, “make your own luck and know one’s self”. Our credo means a bit more this year as we collectively suffer through economic, physical and societal hardships in 2020. Still, we persevere. We’ve moved our meetings online; we collect food, socks and other items for those in need, and distribute them together, yet separately. […]

RocPride: Stonewall at 50

The Stonewall Rebellion of 1969 is shrouded in myth. While we may never know who threw the first brick at the Stonewall Inn, the story has been retold thousands of times: the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement began when patrons began using force against their oppressors. While this story is satisfying in many ways, we also […]

Who We Are

Between 1890 and 1930, roughly one third of American men were members of a “fraternal order”. These organizations, often secretive with their rites and rituals, offered camaraderie and, more importantly, a social safety net for men and their families before Roosevelt’s New Deal became a reality. Since then, membership in these organizations has waned, shedding […]