Gay coming-out novels are a dime a dozen. But The World of Normal Boys is something else. It's a detailed exploration into the consciousness of a 13-year-old boy as he struggles to figure out who he is meant to be.
It wasn't long ago that I was in the same position as many Just Left the Closet members. Growing up, what I needed more than anything were real friends and open conversation. That is exactly what we want JLTC to be: a place to make friends and have open conversation.
I'm a 31-year-old out director trying to make it in Hollywood. But unlike most others, perhaps, I'm using my passion for film to try to make a difference in the lives of the LGBT community, especially among young people.
We are thrilled that today, March 9, 2012, the Ruth Ellis Center will partner with the White House Office of Public Engagement and the Department of Housing and Urban Development to hold the first-ever LGBT Conference on Housing & Homelessness.
Rallying to punish Dharun Ravi does not do justice to Tyler Clementi's life, nor does it move us one step closer to preventing another young person from turning to suicide. The politics of blame are a dead end. Instead, we need to build out an ethos of shared responsibility.
For every teen, prom season brings up a flurry of first-time emotions. Will that dreamy boy ask me out? For gay teens, those emotions are magnified by the fact that we know deep down that dreamy boy will never ask us.
I wish Cameron Post's world felt dated to readers -- not just the movie references or the song titles, but also the culture of overt and sanctioned bigotry. But what's absurd is that there are plenty of teenage readers today who can fully relate to Cam's experiences.
Point Scholar Tommy Craven recently spoke about how narrow and limited life felt to him before he received his scholarship and was able to go to college. Today Craven is no longer trapped by narrow attitudes and limited opportunities. He is going to school at NYU.
I want LGBT students to know that they are worth something, that there is help out there, and not the kind of "help" offered by pray-away-the-gay pastors and other cult leaders, but help from folks who want them to celebrate who they are.