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Johnathan Wilber is a novelist who worked for several years as a junior fiction editor in book publishing before turning to a communications role in the nonprofit sector. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and the Columbia University writing program in fiction, a 2011 fellow of the Lambda's Writers' Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices, and a 2014 Bread Loaf scholarship recipient. www.johnathanwilber.com

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The Fall of a Turnip-Size Bigot

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 1:00 PM

There's been a boatful of cynicism circulating around Harper Lee's new novel, Go Set a Watchman, which HarperCollins published this week, some 55 years after To Kill a Mockingbird. While I don't wish to dispute the importance of what went on behind the scenes with the manuscript -- the enigmatic...

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Please Don't Tolerate Me, Reverend Senator Díaz

(35) Comments | Posted November 14, 2009 | 10:38 AM

"Foe of Gay Marriage in New York Says It's Nothing Personal" ran the headline in a New York Times piece on November 9 about New York State Senator Rubén Díaz Sr.

Nothing personal? Really?

I suppose if you believe in talking snakes, it's not such a stretch. As...

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Gay Iowans: We Never Were Ironic

(16) Comments | Posted April 5, 2009 | 5:58 PM

It's certainly a funny day to be a gay Iowan. When you leave the Midwest, you'd better be prepared to renounce your allegiance to your home state, especially when you become a New Yorker, as I did about four years ago.

City folk like to imagine Iowans all live on...

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The Human-Shield Defense

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2009 | 1:24 PM

It's not hard to see why using "human shields" is a nasty, offensive, evil tactic. Whether the "shields" are volunteer martyrs or hostages, one thing is clear: the whole thing distorts the numbers.

Of those 1,300 some Palestinians who died in Israel's January siege, who's to say after all how...

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In Defense of the White Ribbon

(8) Comments | Posted January 5, 2009 | 4:38 PM

Maybe I'm a sucker for a revolution... or maybe just for the accessories of one.

Shortly before Christmas, I attended a gay-marriage equality rally here in Midtown New York, "Light Up the Night," hosted by Join the Impact NYC and spearheaded by a group of infectiously passionate college...

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Milk: It Does a Revolution Good

(3) Comments | Posted December 5, 2008 | 2:10 PM

If you see one film this year, see Gus Van Sant's Milk -- if not for Sean Penn's and James Franco's phenomenal performances or Danny Elfman's score or a beyond-engaging history lesson, then see it to be inspired as you haven't been in years.

Something is stirring in the...

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An Open Letter to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

(6) Comments | Posted December 1, 2008 | 11:55 AM

Dear Latter-Day Saints,

I couldn't help but be impressed by your swift mobilization in support of Prop. 8, and even more so, your unstoppable stand in sanctifying marriage. Indeed, your Church has become a shining example for the kind of moral stance this country must adopt in ushering in a...

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Dear Gays, It's Time to Shoulder the Blame

(41) Comments | Posted November 17, 2008 | 3:02 PM

If the passing of Prop 8 taught us any lesson, it was that we gays have been far too generous. We have been bandying about accusations. We have been wagging fingers at the Mormons, at the blacks and Latino evangelicals, at anyone and everyone we can pin blame on.

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How Our Candidates Insult American Intelligence

(34) Comments | Posted October 30, 2008 | 2:46 PM

It probably goes without saying that John McCain and Barack Obama's tributes to "Joe the plumber" in tonight's debate were transparently treacly, even manipulative. When a commentator on CNN remarked that the Joe comments had an "insider" tenor, however, this struck me in more ways than the most obvious: that...

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