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The Six Pack

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Episode 105: Shirtless Curtain Pullers (AUDIO)

The Six Pack | December 5, 2012 | Gay Voices
Wayne Self

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Respect for a Gay Elder, Pity for Benedict XVI

Wayne Self | December 5, 2012 | Gay Voices
Pope Benedict, a loftily placed global citizen, must know many amazing people -- heads of state, authors, musicians -- but if he took the time to know anyone like Carlos Delgado, his hurtful proclamations against LGBT people would turn to ashes in his mouth.
Darnell L. Moore

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Tongues Untied: 'Complex' Relationships: On Love and Violence in LGBTQ Relationships

Darnell L. Moore | December 5, 2012 | Gay Voices
LGBTQ folk, just like heterosexual folk, experience intimate partner violence in our relationships, as well, regardless of race, class, ethnicity, or other identity markers. We need to talk honestly about the ways that violence shows up in our relationships, too.
Rev. Meg Riley

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32 Days Till Minnesota Votes on My Family

Rev. Meg Riley | December 5, 2012 | Gay Voices
Minnesotans United for All Families says we need to have 200,000 conversations in October if we are to win, and that we broke a record by having 10,000 conversations recorded last week. So unless things ramp up amazingly fast, it appears that we are going to lose this thing. That upsets me.
Randy Neece

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Luck Be a Lady Tonight

Randy Neece | December 5, 2012 | Gay Voices
Where is this place where two strangers can meet in the night and instantly receive more than 1,000 rights as husband and wife, while those very same rights are denied to another couple who have been together for 30 years? Where else could this place be but the Twilight Zone?
Kevin Sessums

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This Uncle Poodle Is Growling

Kevin Sessums | December 5, 2012 | Gay Voices
An op-ed column in yesterday's New York Times, "We're Here, We're Queer, Y'all" by Karen L. Cox, is supposed to be uplifting, perhaps, or inclusive, or something of the sort, but as a Southerner by birth, I found it ineffably sad.
Michael Kleinmann

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The World's First Singlet Swimwear (VIDEO)

Michael Kleinmann | December 5, 2012 | Gay Voices
AussieBum, perhaps the most well-known Australia-based underwear brand, has designed the first-ever singlet swimwear. The singlets in the wrestleMe range can be worn like a traditional singlet or with the shoulder straps down around the waist.
Marten Weber

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Rugby Hunks, Straight and Gay: The New Face of Sports

Marten Weber | December 5, 2012 | Gay Voices
I have just spent a weekend talking to six adorable straight athletes about homophobia, homoerotica, homosexuality, and rugby. What did we conclude after 48 hours of male bonding and philosophizing about the state of the world?
Hudson Taylor

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Sexism and Homophobia in Sports: A Co-Dependency That Needs Our Attention

Hudson Taylor | December 5, 2012 | Gay Voices
Sexism and homophobia operate co-dependently. With no part of our culture exemplifying this pathological relationship better than sports, it becomes clear that tackling homophobia in sports requires a simultaneous, equally vigorous effort to tackle sexism in sports.
Aundaray Guess

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Looking Beyond HIV When It Comes to Gay Men of Color

Aundaray Guess | December 5, 2012 | Gay Voices
Instead of throwing a condom in a young gay black man's hand, first look at what his world looks like. What are his life circumstances? What societal barriers prevent him from getting the message on HIV? Does he feel that he has any worth?
Charlotte Robinson

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Piano Bar Icon Bobby Wetherbee on Celebrating 50 Years Entertaining Provincetown (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | December 5, 2012 | Gay Voices
This week I talked with piano bar icon Bobby Wetherbee, who is celebrating 50 years of entertaining audiences in Provincetown, Mass., about the longevity of his career and his spin on LGBT issues.
Jincey Lumpkin

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Life, Love, and Losing My Sex Drive

Jincey Lumpkin | December 5, 2012 | Gay Voices
A few weeks ago I lost my 17-year-old chihuahua. Saddled with sadness, I lost all interest in sex -- a very bad thing when you make your living off selling it. Not only did I not want to have sex, but I didn't want to think about it, look at it, write about it, or even tweet about it.
Sonia Zhuravlyova

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Russia's Ban On 'Homosexual Propaganda'

Sonia Zhuravlyova | December 5, 2012 | UK Lifestyle
The fight against homophobia is a global one. Russia, which, twenty years ago took one step forward by decriminalising homosexuality, recently took two leaps back. A law has been passed in eight major cities, including St Petersburg, that bans "public action aimed at propagandising sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism, and transgenderism among minors".
Brian Stone

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Nail Polish Wars: The Truth About Transgender Service

Brian Stone | December 5, 2012 | Gay Voices
In 2011 I met a young transgender sailor, Ayden, who was born male but feels she was meant to be a female. Now that she's discharged, I can tell her story. It's a story that paints the landscape of transgender issues in the military, which are alive and well long after the repeal of DADT.
Wayne Besen

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The Convoluted Legal Case for Reparative Therapy

Wayne Besen | December 5, 2012 | Gay Voices
If there is one thing that we learned from the Pacific Justice Institute's lawsuit against California Gov. Jerry Brown over a new law banning "ex-gay" therapy for minors, it is that these lawyers' legal case is as logic-challenged and convoluted as the industry they are poorly defending.
Jarrett Hill

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Coming Into Coming Out

Jarrett Hill | December 5, 2012 | Gay Voices
Thanksgiving 2004. It was a typical holiday gathering with family, friends, and wonderfully endless calories. But as I spent time with my family, I felt something within me beginning to change. Some conversations were getting harder to avoid, and some truths were getting closer to coming... out.
David Duran

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Your Boyfriend Lives With His Husband?

David Duran | December 5, 2012 | Gay Voices
Having lived all over the country in several metropolitan cities, I have experienced and learned a lot about queer culture and diversity within our community, but nothing has shocked me more than what I learned in San Francisco. Gay men here mostly play by different rules.
Kelly Cassidy

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Protecting Our Kids... All Our Kids

Kelly Cassidy | December 5, 2012 | Chicago
We are failing to protect our kids. We are failing to provide safe environments conducive to learning -- not just academic lessons, but also life lessons about being part of a community and finding workable solutions to seemingly intractable problems.
Sasha Lotrian

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Are You in a Relationship With the Wrong Woman? 10 Red Flags

Sasha Lotrian | December 5, 2012 | Gay Voices
All too often, women want to know what they're doing wrong, when really it's that they're dating the wrong person! After hearing far too many similar stories from single lesbians, I realized there were some common threads running through many of them, so I compiled 10 glaring red flags.
Mark Daniel Snyder

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A Decade of Victories for Trans Rights

Mark Daniel Snyder | December 5, 2012 | Gay Voices
Typically, the 10th anniversary of a nonprofit organization isn't especially newsworthy, but for Transgender Law Center, the past decade of legal victories has brought a sea change of justice and equality that will continue to ripple across the nation.
Joe Kort, Ph.D.

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Homosexuality and Pedophila: The False Link

Joe Kort, Ph.D. | December 5, 2012 | Gay Voices
It is so hard to believe that people are still trying to use the purported link between pedophilia and homosexuality. The old, tired argument that pedophilia is linked with homosexuality is wrong on many levels.
Louis Virtel

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Weeklings!: Debate Tips for Obama (VIDEO)

Louis Virtel | December 5, 2012 | Gay Voices
Unfortunately, cautiousness doesn't translate as well on primetime, so in today's episode of Weeklings! I'm offering some simple debating tips to help out Monsieur POTUS. Some of my methods may be controversial, but I assure you they're also ridiculous.
Geoffrey R. Stone

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The Boy Scouts, Gays and Parental Responsibility

Geoffrey R. Stone | December 5, 2012 | Gay Voices
If parents who condemn discrimination permit their children to participate in the Boy Scouts, I can assure them that not too many years in the future their children will look back and say, "What the hell were you thinking?"