Katy Bourne

Victory for Bayli Silberstein!

POSTED ON May 02, 2013 | POSTED IN: My Blog | Post A Comment

Today, justice bitch slapped bigotry and the world is a better place for LGBT youth. The following link says it all: http://aclufl.org/2013/05/02/victory-for-lake-county-8th-grader-as-school-board-settles-gay-straight-alliance-lawsuit-after-one-day/   Congratulations to Bayli and big thanks to the ACLU! ... Read More

Breaking Today: ACLU files suit against the Lake City School Board

POSTED ON May 01, 2013 | POSTED IN: My Blog | Post A Comment

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a suit against the Lake County School Board over their efforts to block the formation of a Gay Straight Alliance at Carver Middle School. To view the full press release, please go here. To view the complaint which was filed at the U.S. District Court in the Middle ... Read More

It’s personal (a follow up)

POSTED ON April 29, 2013 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 11 Comments

Last week, I posted an open letter to Bill Mathias and Tod Howard of the Lake County School Board in Leesburg, FL. These two dingdongs played a key role in preventing a 14-year-old student by the name of Bayli Silberstein from forming at Gay Straight Alliance at Carver Middle School. I was appalled by what I ... Read More

An Open Letter to Tod Howard & Bill Mathias

POSTED ON April 23, 2013 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 6 Comments

Mr. Howard & Mr. Mathias, Today I read an article in the Seattle Times about your efforts to block students at Carver Middle School from forming a Gay-Straight Alliance. According to the article, you urged lawmakers in your state to tweak the definition of “secondary schools” from grades 6-12 to 9-12, so that Florida middle ... Read More

Our Creative Lives: Practice

POSTED ON April 02, 2013 | POSTED IN: My Blog | One Comment

   A year or so ago, I was chatting it up with a fellow vocalist.  We were chortling, snorting and swapping stories, when at one point in the conversation, she told me that she doesn’t practice. (Screeching brakes, crashing plates) “Huh? Say what?” I sputtered back. She said it again, “I don’t practice.” In that ... Read More

“We Can’t Get Angry at the Wind”

POSTED ON March 14, 2013 | POSTED IN: My Blog | One Comment

My sister Martha and I stood on the lip of what was surely heaven, mesmerized by the panoramic view. We were high on the sandstone cliffs of the Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico, looking out at mammoth rock formations, an endless blue sky and a vast pink mesa dotted with Pinon trees. The relentless wind ... Read More

Shut the Hell Up Already & For God’s Sake, Turn Off Your Phone!

POSTED ON February 24, 2013 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 3 Comments

The other night, I went out to see a good friend play at a local nightspot. This cat is one of my favorite performers on the scene and musically speaking, it was a great night. The band was smoking. The songs and arrangements were very cool. And of course, my friend was on his A-game, ... Read More

Education: A Mom’s Dilemma

POSTED ON February 04, 2013 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 4 Comments

   OK, I’m having a mom conundrum. This particular issue spins around and around in my brain like a crazy dog endlessly chasing its tail. Sometimes it keeps me up nights. It’s certainly caused some considerable drama in our household over the past few years. In the big picture scheme of it all, I’m not ... Read More


POSTED ON January 14, 2013 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 2 Comments

  Yesterday, the teen animal and I went down to the tattoo parlor and got inked up. Two bodies. One design. It was a bone cold afternoon and I was on the verge of despondency over the Seahawk’s loss to the Falcons. An outing with Emmett was the perfect thing–perhaps even the only thing–that could ... Read More


POSTED ON December 31, 2012 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 3 Comments

At the start of each yoga class, my teacher encourages us to set an intention for the practice we’re about to do. I’ve found this to be a helpful and clarifying exercise. Now, as we wind down the old and venture forth into the new, I’ve been thinking about what my intention is for the ... Read More

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Katy Bourne is a Jazz Singer and Writer.