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Kergan Edwards-Stout
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Kergan Edwards-Stout is an award-winning author whose debut novel, Songs for the New Depression, won the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Award in the LGBTQ category, was shortlisted for the 2011 Independent Literary Awards, and was named one of the Top Books for 2012 by Out in Print, among others. His new book, Gifts Not Yet Given, is a collection of holiday short stories and will be released in October 2013. He is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, Bilerico Project, and LGBTQ Nation. His greatest honor, however, was to have been named one of the Human Rights Campaign's 2011 Fathers of the Year, as his partner and children nominated him.

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Put a Ring on It: Why Marriage Equality Matters

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 3:32 PM

2015-03-31-1427825328-9662686-02KerganRussWeddingCeremony331color.jpgWhile the LGBT community continues to battle discriminatory legislation in Indiana and states contemplating similar such laws, it gives me some measure of comfort to know that this month the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in the long-raging debate over same-gender marriage....

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Twenty Years Ago Today...

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 11:54 AM

2015-03-21-1426959084-530192-S10.jpgIt is astounding how a body holds and stores memories, filing them away, only to open their drawer unexpectedly to remind us of their presence. I had planned on sleeping in late this morning, as I rarely do anymore given that we have...

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Two Gay Authors: Families of Origin vs. Choice

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 11:49 AM

David Pratt, Lambda Award-winning novelist for Bob the Book, is back with a funny and touching new novel, Looking After Joey (Wilde City Press). In it, Calvin, a single accountant, must...

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Interview With Author of Gay Star Leslie Cheung's Biography

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 10:47 AM


A film and music superstar in his homeland of Hong Kong and throughout Asia, Leslie Cheung broke barriers as an out gay man, finding international success acting in such films as Farewell My Concubine and Happy Together. Acclaim, awards, and fans followed,...

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Garrett Miller: Chasing His Dreams With Eyes Wide

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 4:05 PM

2014-02-07-GarrettEyesWideiTunesCover.jpg Garrett Miller's Rated G Radio is burning up the airwaves every weeknight, covering the latest in news, entertainment, and culture, culminating in a Friday night dance party. In addition, he'll be joining Lance Bass for a day as co-host of Dirty...

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This Holiday, Share Your Gay Gifts With the World

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 1:08 PM

Like many other LGBT people, I grew up thinking that I was all alone in the world. I knew of no other gay folks, either in or out of the closet, and this absence of role models likely contributed to my then sense of solitude. It didn't help that within...

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The Award-Winning LGBT Book Missing Becomes the Indie Movie He Is Gone

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 4:24 PM

2013-11-18-Greg_Lois.jpgHaving read and enjoyed the LGBT novel Missing, by Drake Braxton, which I found to be a fun and unique romance/mystery, I wasn't surprised when the book went on to win several awards, including Best Gay Fiction for the New...

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Halloween Horrors: The Ghost of Prop 8 Returns...

(4) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 4:12 PM

Living in Southern California, where we don't get a lot of seasonal variation, one of our treasured fall rituals is our annual family trek to Julian, Calif. Each year, Russ and I pile the boys into the car and head to the picturesque mining town just...

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9/11: Loss of Friendship, Gaining Empathy

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 1:21 PM

A version of the following was originally posted on May 5, 2011, on

Bin Laden Lately?

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, I was at a charming bed-and-breakfast in Vermont, learning how to be an innkeeper. Odd, I know, as that particular occupation had never been...

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Embracing Life Beyond 50: Begin With 'Yes'

(78) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 6:13 PM

2013-07-10-169Blstand.jpgHow best to move forward through life is one of the questions author, life coach, and nonprofit CEO Paul Boynton asks and attempts to answer on a daily basis. As the author of the inspirational Begin With Yes and the host of...

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The Gay Men Project: Contribute Your Stories (PHOTOS)

(3) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 7:37 PM

The Gay Men Project is an online attempt by photographer Kevin Truong to capture self-identified gay men in their environment to give viewers a sense of who they are and the life they lead. Subtle and unshowy, the photographs provide glimpses into gay men's ordinary and extraordinary lives....

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AIDS at 32: For Whom the Bell Tolls (32 Notables Share Their Stories)

(116) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 6:42 AM

Having lost friends, co-workers and a lover, Shane Sawick, to AIDS, I am acutely aware of the personal impact that the disease can have on a life. Coming of age during the height of the epidemic, my experiences in HIV education and activism fundamentally shaped me, forever altering...

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Author Spotlight: Brian Centrone

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2013 | 9:19 PM

2013-05-31-PhotobyCheriseGordonDesignbylukekurtis.jpgI had the pleasure of first meeting Brian Centrone last year at the Rainbow Book Fair in New York. We'd become virtual friends via Twitter, connecting through a group of writers who support each others' work. He was friendly and witty, I...

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Sh*t My Kids Say (Part 2)

(12) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 1:13 PM

2013-05-14-MasonMarcus2012.jpgOne of the great things about Facebook is the ability to reread posts made in the spur of the moment and quickly forgotten. I tend to forget some of the funny things our kids say, and it's great to...

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How I Survived a Plague

(14) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 9:00 AM

2013-05-05-KerganYouth.jpgI survived a plague.

It once seemed unfathomable that I'd ever write such words, let alone experience just such a cataclysmic event. Growing up in a bland but largely protected Southern California suburb in the '60s and '70s, I had no clue what lay...

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Move Over, 'Dear Abby': 'Ask Dr. Darcy' Is Straight Talk for the Gay Community (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 9:00 AM

Have you ever had a question and needed straight-shooting, professional advice? Dr. Darcy Sterling, a licensed clinical social worker based in the SoHo section of New York City, dishes up just that on a regular basis through her blog, her YouTube channel and her work with her...

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WellCast's New Youth-Oriented Video on Coming Out: Cool or Controversial? (VIDEO)

(9) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 8:00 AM

WellCast, a youth-oriented Internet show focusing on self-esteem, has a new video up on how to come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ).


Is it cool or controversial?...

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Groundbreaking Gay Mystery Series Finally Comes to eBook

(5) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 5:49 PM

The following is an excerpt from an interview with author Michael Nava. For the complete interview, please visit

In 1986 the United States looked very different than it does today. Ronald Reagan was president. It was the year of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster and the...

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'Miss Broadway Dork' Revealed as Swan (VIDEO)

(4) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 5:06 PM

Musical theater lovers, rejoice! Show business has a new star, and you won't have to fork over a month's rent to pay Broadway ticket prices to see her. Not only can you watch her from the comfort of your very own home, but she performs from her very own home,...

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Legendary Author Patricia Nell Warren: Ever the Front Runner

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 5:37 PM

2013-01-11-thefrontrunnerb.jpgI recall it as if it were yesterday: stepping inside the sprawling bookstore, which smelled faintly of dust; walking past the periodicals, where gay porn titles peeked at me ever-so-discreetly from the uppermost row; and crossing to the back of the store, reaching "my"...

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