Suffering a brutal attack last October, Michael has been granted political asylum in the U.S. and currently lives in New York, where he and I spoke about the events that brought him here and the current state of affairs for the LGBT community in Nigeria.
Before we get this ball rolling, we have two minor points which relate to the calendar which we feel merit mentioning. First, for the superstitious among us, it's not only Friday the 13th, but it's actually a double-dose, being 9/13/13. Wooo! Scary!
My homosexual desires. They don't matter. But is that only if I don't act on them? Or will the church still condemn me for slow dancing with my partner at the next wedding we attend? If the answer is yes, Francis, then don't be alarmed when you hear me hanging up.
So what -- and where -- is or was your defining decade? When and where did you turn 18? What was going on politically, socially, culturally, environmentally and economically before you turned 30?
It looks like Mr. Putin, being fully aware of the results of the law would have on the western world, chose to care more about how he is perceived in his country than in the rest of the world.
I want to counteract the hate, silencing and fear with love. I want love to be the face of the equal rights movement for the LGBTQ community. I want to fill the world with love. Imagine what that could look like.
This week I talked with filmmaker Nicole Conn about her new film project She Walks in Beauty, based on her bestselling 2001 novel. Conn has teamed up with executive producer Elaine Sturgess to launch a search for a new movie star to be featured in the film.
It breaks my heart that I want to help and just don't know what I can do to effect change. So I'm plucking out words on my Mac, keyboard activism at its finest, because it makes me feel like I'm at least doing something, even if I'm not doing something.
The "sin" of homosexuality is no worse than any other sin discussed in the Bible, so the fact that this florist had never been compelled to refuse service to an obese person who could be suffering from the sin of gluttony.
This was the first time that someone had apologized to me in the face of misjudging my sexuality. It was a tiny blip on the map for LGBT equality, but it felt like much more. It felt indicative of a seismic shift in consciousness that's slowly but surely occurring.
Many of us are "different" in one way or another, yet we often tell the stories and put forth the selves that will receive social privilege. I wish we did less of that. Be brave. Be bold. Be yourself. That's how we each come to remember that human diversity is really pretty wonderful.
There is nothing wrong, in theory, with a general commitment to respect all cultures, and there is certainly plenty to criticize about my own culture. The point is, when push comes to shove, I'll always choose to respect people's rights over people's cultures. All cultures are not equal.
On September 10, 2013, Colorado voters in two state Senate districts will go to the polls for a special election. The central question on the ballot i...
While nobody will ever mistake Macklemore as the next Dylan, he enters the mainstream at a precarious time for both hip hop and gay rights.
The German documentary Julia tells the fascinating true life tale of a beautiful Lithuanian transexual prostitute living in Berlin, and accompanies her voyage through nearly ten years, thanks to the lens and love of filmmaker J. Jackie Baier.
I can ensure you that as a gay man I'm 100 percent a guy and I find it offensive that you would insinuate that gay men are not man enough. Being gay does not make one less of a man. In my opinion it makes him more of man.