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Allison Hope
Allison Hope is of the endangered species known as Native New Yorker. She currently resides there with her partner and their furry feline. PR specialist by day and journalist by night, she has covered the LGBTQ beat for more than a decade. Allison enjoys exploring the globe, whether on other continents or in forgotten corners of the concrete jungle.

Entries by Allison Hope

How I Found Myself Straight Shaming

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 7:08 PM

Standing on the hot, crowded New York City subway platform in the dead heat of summer on a Saturday afternoon with "routine service changes" is enough to make a normal person go crazy.

I was on my way back from a doctor's appointment with my wife. We...

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Rest in Power Ellie Conant

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2016 | 1:10 PM


As New York stepped into 2016 filled with new hope and excitement and resolutions, Ellie Conant breathed her last breath. She was young and beautiful and taken from this world too soon, but her body was wracked with cancer and she went gracefully...

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An Open Letter to 2016

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2015 | 5:33 PM

Dear 2016,

I hope this finds you well rested. It's been a wild ride in 2015 and I know you must be exhausted.

You've seen war and wacky weather and warped world views.

You've seen great suffering, from refugees fleeing homes that are no longer safe to a...

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Am I the Only Lesbian Who Didn't Love 'Carol?'

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2015 | 6:42 PM

Like many other women-loving-women, I was incredibly excited at the prospects of the movie Carol. I mean, how often is an amazingly talented (not to mention sizzling sexy) star like Cate Blanchett and a big Hollywood production budget dedicated to a lesbian-themed film? Especially a film where the girl gets...

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How I Finally Quit Adele

(17) Comments | Posted December 11, 2015 | 3:26 PM

I'm not one to latch onto trends. I bought a microwave about ten years after they became a common household item. I didn't have cable television until 2011.

So when my Facebook feed started filling with "Adele and Cry" memes, I didn't think much of it. Who...

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Why I'm Grateful to Be Gay This Thanksgiving

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 11:59 AM

For all of us out there wanting Thanksgiving to be about more than hyper-consumerism, gluttony, and awkward conversations with homophobic family members (see Saturday Night Live's solution), there's much to be grateful for, especially if you're LGBT.

This is the first Thanksgiving when our love is officially and...

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The #1 Reason I Hate Gay Marriage

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 6:45 PM

Don't get me wrong. I'm a lesbian and am happily married to my beautiful wife. I've also worked in LGBT advocacy for more than 12 years. I'm by no means anti-marriage equality. In fact, I'm still all smiles crossed with blissful disbelief that my marriage is now recognized in places...

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PHOTOS: What Love Looks Like to This Lesbian

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 10:28 AM

Love is meeting her for the first time and feeling like you've known her forever.

Love is laughing at something only you both understand.

Love is swallowing your pride and apologizing because you hurt her feelings.

Love is being brought to tears at the thought of how much you...

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Another Glimmer of Hope That the Veil of Silence Is Lifting

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 1:05 PM

Next to the fear that LGBT and, specifically, trans people will continue to be second class citizens legally and culturally, there lies a fear of invisibility. This very real fear is not the veneer stuff of monsters in my closet, but the very real threat of the silencing of our...

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Why Trans Lives Matter to This Lesbian

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 2:30 PM

I came out in the '90s into the colorful Christopher Street culture. I hung out on the Pier on Friday nights with the butch Puerto Rican and Dominican dykes and the roller skating drag queens with their boom boxes expertly balanced on their shoulders, their skirts flying behind them in...

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A Poem for the Haters This Valentine's Day

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 2:52 PM

Because Valentine's Day is all about love (and oppressive Roman emperors and corporate marketing), I figured why not write a love poem to all those LGBT haters out there. Because love conquers all, after all. And if doesn't, at least it makes them squirm.


To all the...

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Busted: Leaked Salvation Army Document Shows It's Still Homophobic

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 11:32 PM

What's more annoying than the constant ringing of bells by Salvation Army donation-bucket volunteers during the holiday season? The organization's longstanding, outspoken homophobia, of course!

Last year the Salvation Army did a media blitz claiming that it no longer believes same-sex lovin' is a sin.


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Lesbian Proposes to Girlfriend on Facebook

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 6:34 AM

Brandiilyne had just updated her Facebook page to vent about a 20-page paper she had just been assigned in school. In fact, she was completely overwhelmed with back to school and her many other ventures, including running an LGBT group in her pretty homophobic state of Mississippi called

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Can Your Love Sustain Big Change?

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 9:05 AM

We all like to think we will find our true love and ride off into the sunset together on beautiful, silky horses to a secluded location where we will make love and be happy for the rest of our lives.

Cue record scratch.

Most of us also know...

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Why Pride Is Not a Choice, But Necessary to Our Survival

(1) Comments | Posted June 22, 2014 | 8:10 PM

I stood at the frontlines of democracy this week, filled with hope in the political process and that the momentum we've seen across the nation this year would sweep the halls of the New York State Legislature as well. I watched our lawmakers vote on bill after bill in the...

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What Our Demand of the International Olympic Committee Should Be

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 2:43 PM

Men in shiny suits and helmets are zooming through ice-encrusted tunnels, and thin, metal blades are cutting through frozen water rinks in choreographed fashion.

The 2014 Olympics in Sochi are well underway, and while nationalistic flags and athlete emotions are flying high with competitive spirit, the skies in Russia...

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Putin Blames Gays for Bringing Olympic Games to Russia

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 12:02 PM

It wasn't the Olympic Games in Sochi that raised awareness of Russia's rash of homophobic laws. It was actually the Olympics coming to Putin's playground that sparked an outburst of gay hate.

It was a frigid, grey day like every other in Russia. The Kremlin's spires reached up towards the...

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What Robin Roberts Coming Out Tells Us About Where We Are

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 8:55 AM

When Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts came out on Facebook last Sunday, the World Wide Web (and then some) blew up with chatter about her brave and bold decision to let her rainbow flag fly high.

The overwhelmingly positive feedback (including First Lady Michelle Obama's

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Is It OK to Out Someone?

(117) Comments | Posted January 5, 2014 | 5:05 PM

News of journalist Itay Hod trying to out Congressman Aaron Schock is rocking the airwaves. While indications (and gaydar) point towards this legislatively homophobic Illinois official's potentially contrasting homo attributes, the whole story begs the question: is it OK to out someone?

The question is an ethical one...

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A Rare Moment of Good

(1) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 11:20 PM

"Water! Cold water for sale! Two dollars for a water, and get my phone number for free!" the man dragging a cooler across the sand in Coney Island yelled, his voice raised to resonate over the cacophony of noises one hears on a hot summer afternoon on Brooklyn's most famous...

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