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Family Rejection

My Hideous Angel: A Story of Growing Up Gay in an Abusive Home

Randall Jenson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Randall Jenson

My brother and sister were out in the living room. I remember calling them into the bedroom and explaining to them that I was leaving. I had to go. When my sister asked why, I shared, "Remember how Mom always kicks me out of the house and calls me a faggot and stuff?"

Is Congressman Matt Salmon Really Loving His Gay Son While Working Against His Son's Rights?

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 06.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

The sappy media stories paint the Salmons as a loving family where even "differences" over gay marriage can't come between them. But if you're working against rights for your own child in the name of your religious faith, then you love yourself and your beliefs more than you love your kid.

Memories Of Violence: The Last Time My Father Beat Me

Randall Jenson | Posted 06.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Randall Jenson

The police photographed my nose, my eye, my face and my arms. They documented the bruises. Then I saw my father arrive at the station in steel handcuffs. I will never forget that image, because it was the only time in all the years of abuse that I saw him arrested.

When It Doesn't Get Better

Lance Brister | Posted 05.12.2012 | Gay Voices
Lance Brister

When I came out as a teenager, my mother made it clear that she didn't want to hear about that part of my life. So I grew accustomed to changing pronouns and omitting big chunks of my history when I related it. Romances. Relationships. Heartbreaks. Friendships. Dreams.