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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.

When Gay Marriage Was Radical

Michael Boucai | Posted 09.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Boucai

Marriage litigation played an important political role in gay liberation's heady early years. Between 1970 and 1972, among the dozen or so American same-sex couples who sought civil marriage licenses, three pursued lawsuits to the bitter end.

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."

The Gay Sexual Explosion That Has Been Nearly Forgotten

Robert A. Schanke | Posted 09.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Robert A. Schanke

For over a decade after Stonewall, a gay man could have sex in New York almost anywhere, anytime, 24/7. Today, in part because of AIDS, very few of those cruising sites still exist. In our desire to acquire civil rights equal to the straight community, we have chosen to assimilate.

What's the Point of Pride Marches?

Charlene Obernauer | Posted 08.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Charlene Obernauer

Pride parades, or "gay liberation protests," as they were first called, have been critical to bringing about LGBT rights all over the world. But we've abandoned their initial purpose as a call for equality. We owe it to ourselves, and to our history, to call upon our rich activist traditions.

Hit The Wall: A Review

Rex Reed | Posted 05.11.2013 | Arts
Rex Reed

In "Hit the Wall," the violent, virulent and explosive new play by Ike Holter at New York's Barrow Street Theatre, the gay turbulence of what now seem...

From Silence, Stigma, And Shame: Finding My Voice

Chana Wilson | Posted 09.24.2012 | Gay Voices
Chana Wilson

Fear was releasing from my body as my mother's story echoed on the airwaves from the Pacific to the Sierra foothills. But when it came to my story -- my story, not my mother's -- the silence of my childhood was still deeply embedded in my body.

Vito Russo, Founding Father Of Gay Liberation, Gets His Star On HBO

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 09.19.2012 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

He was an authentic original, a bit like a whirlwind. It was a remarkable experience knowing him.

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.

Pride, Politics, And Liberation: Pride Isn't Just About Parades

Waymon Hudson | Posted 08.22.2012 | Gay Voices
Waymon Hudson

Now more than ever, LGBT Pride celebrations need be something more. We need to put the politics back in Pride. We need to be asking people to not only celebrate our community but educate and agitate, as well.

18 Surprising Facts About Pride

Huffington Post | Kevin Burra | Posted 06.04.2012 | Gay Voices

Did you know that the Mafia owned the Stonewall Inn when the famous riots took place in 1969? Or that there were originally eight stripes on the Rainb...

Let the Gay Agenda Be Liberty: An Open Letter to Bruce LaBruce

Bren Shucart | Posted 01.28.2012 | Gay Voices
Bren Shucart

In every city in America (and, I suspect, the Western world) there are drag queens, DJs, artists, and performers busting their asses every day to make gay culture happen. And for you to airily decree gay culture to be dead is a kick in the face.

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.