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Gay Assimilation

'I Like Being a Freak': Keith Levy on Being Sherry Vine (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

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Review of Straight Expectations: What Does It Mean to Be Gay Today? by Julie Bindel

Alex Hopkins | Posted 08.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Alex Hopkins

Bindel's rage at the current state of play burns through every page, but is juxtaposed with moments of surprising poignancy as she reflects on her own early days as part of a very different "community" -- that of the Gay Liberation Front, which is the point of comparison on which much of her argument rests.

Revolution v. Reform: Marriage, Floats, and Rose Parades

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

My discomfort and concern when watching the Rose Parade marriage ceremony stems from my understanding of the Stonewall rebellion as an impetus for revolutionary change within an overridingly oppressive social structure, as opposed to mere reform, accommodation, or assimilation.

Not an Advocate: An Open, Angry Letter Concerning the Pope as LGBT Ally

Simon Moritz | Posted 02.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Simon Moritz

Every definition of both "activism" and "advocate" requires intentional work in the service of a goal. The pope is neither activist nor advocate.

The State of the Nation: Queer as You Want to Be

Kelly Cogswell | Posted 02.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Kelly Cogswell

Queerness is a gift that not all LGBT people have. It's certainly not inherent in that amorphous thing sometimes called the LGBT movement. We are a political, social and sexual minority, and maybe even a cultural one, but we're held together more loosely than most other minorities.

Lesbians Who Eat Their Young: How Sarah Schulman and I Got the Boot From Best Lesbian Erotica 2014

Ella Boureau | Posted 02.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Ella Boureau

In June I sent out a story to be considered for Best Lesbian Erotica 2014, but I could not have imagined the tangled internal politics that would ensue. That fight is emblematic of a broader schism in the queer community, one that calls up all the old questions of assimilation vs. liberation.

Why I Never Want To Be Just Like Straight People (And Why You Shouldn't Either)

Noah Michelson | Posted 02.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Noah Michelson

What's got me so despondent (and dramatic)? A couple of recent blog posts that appeared on HuffPost Gay Voices, lamenting, worrying about or lashing out at queers (like me) who don't want to live a heteronormative life.

Pride and the Problem With 'Normal'

Sean Santiago | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Sean Santiago

Conventional, traditional, normal: These words stand diametrically opposed to my understanding of queer identity. But after last season's menswear shows I noticed a spate of criticisms lodged against the work that young designers were showing on the runway, specifically for flouting conventions.

Bray Away the Gay

Mike Diamond | Posted 09.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Mike Diamond

I've reached a conclusion: I'm not gay. Oh, don't misunderstand me. I am definitely homosexual, 100-percent. Honey, I loves me some big, juicy mens. I just don't have the trappings to be a 21st-century gay. I am what I think of as "post-gay."

Revolution vs. Reform: Moving Beyond the Assimilationist '4 Ms' of the LGB Movement

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 08.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

My discomfort in watching the joyous reactions to recent gains for marriage equality stems from my understanding of the Stonewall rebellion as an impetus for revolutionary change within an oppressive social structure, as opposed to mere reform, accommodation, or assimilation.

A Case Against Marriage by a Single Gay Man

Tim Paul | Posted 07.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Tim Paul

At this rate, if I want to remain comfortably single without the pressures of a looming marriage proposal, I'll have to move to one of those states. Next time I'm on Craigslist, I'm going have to forego the "Men Seeking Men" section so that I can peruse apartments in Biloxi.

What I Learned From Gay Sex: Misogyny And Homophobia

Simon Moritz | Posted 06.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Simon Moritz

Peter is a gay man I slept with once. When he did come home with me and we were naked in my bed, he kissed my neck, and I moaned, high-pitched and breathy. He stopped, looked me in the eye and said, "Don't do that. It's faggy."

Longing For The Bad Old Days

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 08.25.2012 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

I can sympathize with inveterate counterculturists who feel that something has been lost amid gains in LGBT equality. Back when gay life existed in a parallel world divorced from our jobs and birth families, a certain freedom reigned, allowing us to let loose and create and experiment.