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Lois Oppenheim

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Oppenheim Interviews Oppenheim on Edmund White

Lois Oppenheim | Posted October 4, 2012

His writing is, from the purely literary standpoint (whatever that may mean), exceptional. But that's not my point. What makes one feel "enclosed" is the brutal honesty with which he writes. This, in fact, is what prevents our categorizing him as a gay writer.
Marcus Brock

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Poet Jade Foster Discusses THE REVIVAL, a Poetry Tour Showcasing Queer Women of Color

Marcus Brock | Posted October 5, 2012

On Friday, Oct. 5, in Brooklyn, N.Y., a group of independent artists will come together to kick off the international poetry tour THE REVIVAL. The night of women, wine, and the word honors a queer tradition and demands a safe space showcasing queer women of color.
Kergan Edwards-Stout

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Author David G. Hallman Shares the Inspiration Behind His Novel and Memoir

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted October 4, 2012

His memoir, August Farewell, details the death of his partner to cancer and was noted by The Advocate magazine as one of the 21 Biographies or Memoirs You Should Read Now. It was a pleasure to speak with him recently about his life and journey to authorhood.
Rev. Susan Russell

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Ode to an Empty Chair

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted October 5, 2012

There is an empty chair in my living room every night when I get home from work. Her empty chair. And in spite of the grief and loss it represents, it trumps Clint Eastwood's empty chair, because I am, in point of fact, so much better off in so many ways than I was four years ago.
Michael Bialas

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Foreign Feminvasion, Part 2: At the 'Top of Our Game,' Tegan and Sara Take It to the Limits

Michael Bialas | Posted October 4, 2012

Fortunately for anyone who's developed a crush while being touched by their propulsive tunes and charismatic onstage persona, the Quin twin players continue to be a constant show of force 13 years after their first Austin appearance.
Tom Rastrelli

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Confessions of an Ex-Priest: Matthew Shepard and Laramie -- Their Meaning Then and Now

Tom Rastrelli | Posted October 4, 2012

I must have said or felt something, but I don't recall my reaction. Matthew Shepard isn't mentioned in my journal. It's like someone tampered with my memories, dubbing over my emotions with white noise. Most likely, I shut out everything. Feeling anything would have risked too much.
Rob Watson

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A Gay Dad Sound Off on Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and Rescuing Bullied Teens

Rob Watson | Posted October 4, 2012

I am calling for the formation of groups of "Rainbow Berets" within schools. These would be concerned peer groups that would stand up to the circumstances that inspire bullying. They would be visible in their schools and would serve as safe confidants.
Jacob Tobia

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Gay Men and Body Image: It's Time for a Revolution

Jacob Tobia | Posted October 10, 2012

Gay men of the world, I think it's time that we stop trying to make the world love us through our bodies and start loving ourselves for the beautiful people we are. I think it's time that we stop hurting each other and our community by enforcing impossible standards of beauty.
Holly Robinson

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The One Political Stand My Fox News Mom and I Can Take Together

Holly Robinson | Posted October 4, 2012

My mom is a staunch Republican, a Fox News junkie and the widow of a Navy commander. I have always voted the liberal ticket; I'm an NPR listener. But when Obama became the first president to declare his support for same-sex marriage, Mom shocked me silly.
Jim Buzinski

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Boxer Orlando Cruz Coming Out as Gay Is Awesome, But It Won't Lead to a Flood of Out Athletes

Jim Buzinski | Posted October 8, 2012

What Cruz did is awesome, and he will be a role model; every athlete who comes out is. But this doesn't mean we will see a parade of fighters (or other athletes) coming out. It doesn't work that way. For anyone, coming out is an intensely personal decision.
Scout, Ph.D.

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It's Time to Ask Our Friends and Family for LGBT Equality

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted October 4, 2012

Long ago I heard a group of national pollsters give their verdict on the most effective strategy to turn out LGBT-supportive voters: People came out to vote for our rights when an LGBT friend or family member personally asked them. So let's ask.
Irene Monroe

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A Month to Begin Anti-Bullying

Irene Monroe | Posted October 4, 2012

Anti-gay bullying truncates a child's academic ability to excel. And the cost, while immediately about the child, is an equally greater cost to us as a society down the road. Anti-gay bullying is not to be endured or tolerated. It must be stopped by us all.
Pete Wilgoren

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Dadmissions: A Wish For My Daughters

Pete Wilgoren | Posted October 4, 2012

My girls are only 7 and 4. We're far away from relationships and weddings and growing up. But from the first time I held my girls in my arms, I started wondering what the story of THEIR lives would be. As a parent it's only natural.
Rev. Ed Bacon

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8 Habits of Love

Rev. Ed Bacon | Posted October 4, 2012

Read More: Christianity, Love, Peace
When we are motivated by love, when we become aware that it is the core of our lives, it then expands to other people and we cannot stop ourselves from loving everyone. We become an oasis of peace and we honor the dignity of every human being.
Tracy Baim

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LGBT 101: Chicago Legacy Project Launches

Tracy Baim | Posted October 4, 2012

On Oct. 11 in Chicago, The Legacy Project (TLP) is taking one giant step forward to help educate all people, including LGBT youth, about the pioneers who came before them. TLP has created The Legacy Walk, a public display of plaques on the North Halsted Street rainbow pylons.
Joseph Amodeo

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Will Your Catholic Parish Stand Up Against Bullying?

Joseph Amodeo | Posted October 4, 2012

This request is not political; rather, this is a request for displayed compassion that will allow LGBT youth to know they are loved and created in the image of God.
William Lucas Walker

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Spilled Milk: Strangers on a Train

William Lucas Walker | Posted October 15, 2012

In the playground of that bond shared only with a grandparent, the kids we imagine we know find ways of revealing aspects of themselves they can't with us, in the safety of a gaze we're not yet wise enough to cast.
Isoul Harris

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Lee Daniels Talks The Paperboy, Naked Zac Efron, and Being a Black, Gay Director

Isoul Harris | Posted October 4, 2012

Lee Daniels stunned the world with the 2009 film Precious, even snagging an Oscar nomination for Best Director. The openly gay 52-year-old is back with The Paperboy, an equally dark tale set in the southern Florida swamps.
Oyster

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Oyster's Guide To Gay-Friendly Travel (PHOTOS)

Oyster | Posted October 4, 2012

The LGBTQIA community has its own set of travel concerns, so fortunately there are countless organizations that have established guidelines to ensure that traveling gays and lesbians are safe, welcome and happy in their travels.