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Jeza Belle

I'm White, Gay, and Dating a Black Man: What I've Learned About Racial Profiling

Jeza Belle | August 22, 2014 | Gay Voices
Over the years, the startling consistency of the manner in which I am addressed while he is ignored has become a quasi joke between us.
Stephanie Mott


I Would Learn to Play Hopscotch

Stephanie Mott | August 22, 2014 | Gay Voices
Perhaps it is about having the courage to be myself at the time, even if only a little. Maybe learning to play hopscotch would have created enough space for my girl to breathe. Like a well-kept secret where I would have known what she was doing, that she was there, but no one else would know.
Eric Lueshen


Gay Games a Revelation for Former College Football Player

Eric Lueshen | August 22, 2014 | Gay Voices
It made me reflect on a time when I felt like I was alone, the only openly gay athlete at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. I was the lone gay kicker on the football team, fighting for acceptance on and off the field.
Lynette Mae


Ferguson and Painful Truths

Lynette Mae | August 22, 2014 | Gay Voices
Police officers are not all good or bad. We are products of our environment, just like the citizens we serve. Are some cops racist? Undoubtedly. But so are those who decide that just because the officer was white, he's a murderer, and we have to have the courage to acknowledge both opposing beliefs.
Brandiilyne Dear

Life After 'L Word Mississippi': The Good, Bad and the Ugly

Brandiilyne Dear | August 22, 2014 | Gay Voices
Since the premiere of L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin, Susan and I have been flooded with positive messages and encouragement. We have been swaddled in what seemed to be a warm comforting safety blanket... until seven days later.
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.


A Butterfly Effect of the Life and Death of Robin Williams: Compassion as a New Christian Response to Suicide

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | August 22, 2014 | Religion
The butterfly effect here is that this later-life suicide of one struggling person set in motion a public response including character attacks that, in turn, by extension, feel like an attack on all of us who struggle to stay sober and alive each day.
Paul Gordon


The Victims of the Religious Right

Paul Gordon | August 22, 2014 | Politics
Recall that the religious right has not only spent the past 30 or 40 years fighting to prevent gays and lesbians from marrying. They have also fought tooth and nail against every advance in civil rights that has come during that time, affecting employment discrimination, child custody, health care decision-making... you name it.
Clay Aiken


5 Easy Things That Members of Congress Could Be Doing for Our Military and Veterans, But Aren't

Clay Aiken | August 22, 2014 | Politics
Encouraging companies to hire veterans and supporting veteran entrepreneurship should be a no-brainer. Our veterans leave the armed forces equipped with leadership and specialized skills and a sense of duty that can't be taught in a classroom.
Elizabeth Ann Thompson


10 Things I Learned #NLGJA14 Boot Camp

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | August 22, 2014 | Gay Voices
#NLGA14 Boot Camp I attended "The Write Stuff: How to Write a Book Proposal that Sells Without Selling Out" the speaker was Valerie Boyd a journalist, professor at University of Georgia, and award-winning author of Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston. Boyd shared "secrets" she learned from...
Mary J. Moss


Open Letter to Michelle Duggar -- Ignorance is Not Bliss

Mary J. Moss | August 22, 2014 | Gay Voices
Michelle, I am appealing to you as one mother to another, but there is a difference: my child is transgender.
Julie R. Enszer


Reflections on Marriage (Part 1): What Marriage Means

Julie R. Enszer | August 21, 2014 | Gay Voices
What does marriage mean to me and my wife? How is it different from what we imagined? How is it the same as what society presents about marriage? Can we live queerly in marriage? How? Why? Is marriage good for our sexuality? For our sex lives? Is marriage good for our sense of happiness? Or does it bring new layers of misery?
Charlotte Robinson


Filmmaker Caryn Hayes Talks Short Film Clean Hands and LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | August 21, 2014 | Gay Voices
This week I talked with filmmaker Caryn Hayes about her acclaimed short film Clean Hands, which follows Anna (Grasie Mercedes) and Kirsten (Dawn Noel), a married lesbian couple who are caring for Anna's terminally ill, homophobic father.
J Nelson Aviance


Sex, Intimacy, and Being Gay

J Nelson Aviance | August 21, 2014 | Gay Voices
Sex seems central to intimate and romantic relationships. If it is a means of intimate communication, and communication is the secret to a lasting and healthy relationship, why don't we gay men talk about it that way more often?
Renato Barucco


The Muscular Elephant in the Room: Gay Men and Steroid Use

Renato Barucco | August 21, 2014 | Gay Voices
The title's muscular elephant is not a pun; it's purely proverbial: We don't talk about anabolic-androgenic steroid (AAS) abuse in gay men, but we know it's there.
Rebecca Pell

Changes... And Hope

Rebecca Pell | August 21, 2014 | Gay Voices
A lot has happened in my life since the last time I posted. I moved to Portland about four weeks ago because as much as I enjoyed living in Bend, I just wasn't making any progress in finding a job. I'm temporarily staying with friends, whom I can't thank enough,...
Joe Hutcheson


Turning 20 Twice

Joe Hutcheson | August 21, 2014 | Gay Voices
I now find myself turning the age that is supposed to be "the new 30," but that feels like a mathematical impossibility. I've realized that it's not the aging process itself that I fear. I do my best to fear only things I have some control over, like icky spiders and abdominal fat. It is the stigma of age that I fear most.
Jaime Lubin


Happiness From Within: 'Love Is Strange' Actress Tank Burt on Intimate Filmmaking and Following Your Bliss

Jaime Lubin | August 21, 2014 | Entertainment
Tank Burt is no stranger to the intimacy of the unsaid. As a director she's been honing her craft with shorts like Skateboard, Skateboard, a coming-of-age story told virtually without dialogue, and now she's made her feature debut as an actress.
Rebecca Pell

Spreading My Wings...With a Little Help From My Friends

Rebecca Pell | August 21, 2014 | Gay Voices
I have always been envious of women who had boudoir photos taken. Not just because they had the courage to do it, but because it shows they were comfortable with themselves, something I never was. And I never thought I would be, even after transitioning.
The Next Family

The Decision We Agonized Over, But Do Not Regret

The Next Family | August 21, 2014 | Parents
At conception and in the months before birth, we make parental choices before we meet our child or children. The best we can do is to make educated decisions based on science, faith and what we feel is right.
Jeremy Helligar


Why I Prefer Side-by-Side to 'Top' or 'Bottom'

Jeremy Helligar | August 22, 2014 | Gay Voices
My preferring not to have intercourse might be less about a distaste for the actual act (or pain, or boredom) than it is about the way in which too many guys approach it, not just as the endgame but as the only way to truly score.
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