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Two Very Different Shows; One Common Theme #GayLivesMatter

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 07.27.2015 | Entertainment
Charles Karel Bouley

Whether dark or joyous, there is much to gay culture and in this time of merging, blending, homogenization, it's nice to have two reminders of how fabulous gay culture can be, and how far it has come with so far yet to go.

Remembering Gay Icon Elaine Stritch

Alex Hopkins | Posted 07.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Alex Hopkins

Image of Elaine Stritch in her dressing room Savoy Theatre, London, by Alan Warren, courtesy of Wikipedia Commons Theatre legend Elaine Stritch died...

Beyond Sex: What Is Gay?

James Owens | Posted 07.08.2015 | Gay Voices
James Owens

Defining and embracing a true gay culture, which goes well beyond sexuality, is the next stage. We see organizations like gay softball leagues, gay choirs, and gay running clubs. They are institutions meant to build strength and support between one another because we do share so much in common and we understand what it took to become who we are more than anyone else.

John Waters on New Orleans

Stephen Maloney | Posted 06.25.2015 | Entertainment
Stephen Maloney

To me, New Orleans has always been a town that lived outside of the laws of regular society, and I believe New Orleans has always been that way. It doesn't really participate in America. It has its own rules, its own cultures, its own conditions, and it really doesn't care what you think.

What Has Happened to the Real Gay Icons?

Alex Hopkins | Posted 05.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Alex Hopkins

The sad truth is that performers who think, and thereby encourage us to think, endanger the dollar, meaning that it's far safer to foster a celebratory attitude towards imbeciles who are fed on an endless diet of schadenfreude and 10-second fame. But the really tragic thing is that as long as we surrender to this malaise.

The Trials of Being Gay and Ginger

Alex Hopkins | Posted 06.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Alex Hopkins

"wWeird" was always how I felt -- from the earliest age -- marked out not only by my acute shyness, but by the color of my hair. The irony was that what I had on my head made me conspicuous -- it suggested I should be bold and dangerous -- the antithesis of my nervy nature and propensity for tears whenever my (ginger) mother left me at the school gate.

Aging in Gayville

Michael Rohrer | Posted 06.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

I'm here, I'm queer and really, I'm sexier as a 40-something than I've ever been at any other age in my life.

Getting Intimate With San Francisco's Drag Scene Pioneers

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Posted 10.27.2014 | Arts

This story originally appeared on Slate. By Jordan G. Teicher Aunt Charlie’s Lounge is a small, windowless establishment in San Francisco...

'Brotherhood of Bears' Offers Intimate Peek Into Underrepresented Gay Male Subculture (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 10.21.2014 | Arts

In gay culture, "bears" are a subset of males who pride themselves on their large stature and rugged masculinity -- conveyed through traits like hairi...

Don't Worry, Millennial Gays: Your Summer Will Be All Right

Michael McNair | Posted 09.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael McNair

Sometimes it's difficult for us millennial gays to let our guards down, because a lot of us are afraid of intimacy, not just romantically but even in terms of loving friendships.

What's Gone Wrong With 'Gay Culture' These Days?

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 07.23.2014 | Gay Voices

In his latest video clip for HuffPost Gay Voices, writer-actor Justin Sayre sounds off on what he describes as "bottom-of-the-barrel" staples of gay c...

Black Women Speak Out Against White Gay Men For 'Stealing' Their Culture

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 07.16.2014 | Gay Voices

A recent article criticizing white gay men for perpetuating "aggravating" and "damaging" stereotypes of black women has sparked many conversations abo...

Dear Gays: UNITE

Justin C. Young | Posted 09.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Justin C. Young

We just made it through another month of Gay Pride and how far have we truly come?

The Underground World Of Baltimore's Voguing Scene

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 05.01.2014 | Gay Voices

French photographer Frédéric Nauczyciel traveled to Baltimore in 2011 with the intention of using a photography grant to develop a project focusing ...

Gay Culture: It's What's Trending! -- Now It's Time to Pay for the Privilege

Seth Rosen | Posted 06.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Seth Rosen

This post is co-authored by Josh Machiz People always ask us why we spend so much time and energy putting together the DragOn Ball to benefit GMHC. T...

The Limits of Looking

Noah Tsika | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Noah Tsika

Now that the first season of HBO's Looking has come to an end, it is worth reflecting on the series' achievements, and lamenting some of its shortcomings.

Gay 'Reviews' and the Disintegration of Our Community

David Toussaint | Posted 05.13.2014 | Gay Voices
David Toussaint

There's no reason for a gay man to review my book by calling me a "sad old queen," especially in a country in which gays have spent decades fighting for rights and awareness and equal treatment.

Hook-Up App Stress Disorder

Renato Barucco | Posted 04.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Renato Barucco

I've realized that many friends and clients quietly abandoned hook-up apps. While the voluntary withdrawal is justified by slightly different reasons; there seems to be a common complaint: a high level of stress associated with usage.

Gchat: 'The Birth of a Drag Queen'

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 03.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

This is my edited Gchat with Stephen (Stevo) Arnoczy aka "Liz Beta". Emma Tattenbaum-Fine my cat is trying to jump up so if you see nonsense on th...

Your Beautiful Flaws

Eliel Cruz | Posted 03.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Eliel Cruz

We have such a distorted view of beauty. Society brainwashes us to believe beauty is a size 0, it's white, and has no flaws. But true beauty has flaws...

Reassessing the Gay Cultural Paradigm

Nicholas F. Benton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas F. Benton

Focusing on the gay community's exceptional gifts -- our transformational gifts to the whole world -- must form the basis our new cultural paradigm, shaping the self-identities of forever-unfolding new generations of our tribe.

Britney Spears: Gay People Are 'Adorable And Hilarious'

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.09.2013 | Gay Voices

Britney Spears has long been championed as an icon within the gay community and her new single "Work Bitch" certainly seems to have made its impact on...

We're Here, We're Queer, We're Monogamish

Matthew Lewis | Posted 08.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Matthew Lewis

There's nothing like my first-date dinner companion telling me he hopes I can someday play with him and his partner together. I don't know what happened to first-date etiquette, but this information might have been useful before wooing me into thinking you're a man I could settle for.

How Do You Find Self-Worth When You Don't Like Yourself?

Michael Rohrer | Posted 09.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

I want to like myself. I want to love myself. I want to be happy with my life. What I'm learning is that I'm uncomfortable in my own skin. At 42 I'm uncomfortable in the skin of a gay man. I think that has everything to do with my feelings of unworthiness and undesirability.

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."