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Tori Amos's Feminist Fairytale Musical

David Michael Conner | Posted 10.02.2015 | Gay Voices
David Michael Conner

Nothing else sounded like it then, and nothing sounds like it now: inspired piano-and-harpsichord-based southern gothic rock epics don't come along often. Many critics were confused by it; many of her fans consider it one of her masterworks.

One Thing for Certain, Two Things for Sure

Craig Stewart | Posted 10.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart

An excerpt from my book, "One Thing for Certain, Two Things for Sure."

Mona Scott-Young, End Your Tired Gay Black Male Stereotypes on Love & Hip Hop

Ernest Owens | Posted 10.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Ernest Owens

I can no longer support and fund the "rich fool" that Mona Scott-Young continues to be. She has exploited nearly every subset our community with no sign of ever stopping or apologizing. As a fan of what I once though was a "guilty pleasure" has now become simply guilt.

The Beauty of Vain, Gay Passive-Aggressive Facebook Users in One Post

David Toussaint | Posted 10.01.2015 | Gay Voices
David Toussaint

So what will it be, people? Are you going to prove to me that you care or are you going to disappoint me, like so many in the past? If you do respond, and your word impresses me, I might even go out of my way and "like" the comment.

Send Help! I'm Being Held Captive in a Place Called the "Friendzone."

Benjamin O'Keefe | Posted 09.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Benjamin O'Keefe

You know when you meet someone and you instantly click? They give you butterflies when you see their face. You say cheesy and romantic things to each other not to be cheesy and romantic but because they are the only words that seem to make sense to say when you're around them.

Dear Matt Damon,

Harry Cook | Posted 09.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Harry Cook

Perhaps instead of a world where actors need to keep quiet about who they love, we could start a movement where people just accept that everyone is different and that's ok.

Watch What Happened When Equality New Mexico Transformed Its Board of Directors

Mark Daniel Snyder | Posted 09.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Mark Daniel Snyder

Equality New Mexico's Board was mostly white, mostly male and mostly cisgender. With thoughtful consideration, extraordinary dedication, open hearts and a willingness to learn, they switched from a "recruitment model" to an "attraction model."

The Art of a Good Con

Scott Terry | Posted 09.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Scott Terry

The further the con went, the deeper involved I became and the less willing I was to voice my concerns. Hossain had found the art of a good con.

A Brief, Personal History of the Word 'Faggot'

John Paul Brammer | Posted 09.30.2015 | Gay Voices
John Paul Brammer

I tried it once. To say it in a different way, to say it in a different context than the one I had come to know it in."Faggot." I have to admit I admired the way some of my gay friends owned the word, throwing it around like a casual term of endearment.

The Seven Faces of Palm Springs

Kristan Lawson | Posted 09.29.2015 | Travel
Kristan Lawson

Hidden in mountain ravines south of downtown Palm Springs, the area now called simply "Indian Canyons" disguises behind its generic name one of the most unusual natural wonders in the state: thriving forests of glorious palm trees in the middle of a bone-dry, furnace-hot rocky desert.

Still Fighting Against Marriage Equality? "Dude, Get Over It."

Nathan Manske | Posted 09.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

When Paul Lalonde was in his early 20s, he would watch conservative televangelist Charles McVety on TV every Sunday evening. Needless to say, it rubbed him the wrong way.

The Elusive Gay Fabulous Factor

Michael C. Bryan | Posted 09.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael C. Bryan

I've been dating again after many, many years single and something has come to my attention. Gay men dress much less fabulous than they used to. And I'm not sure why I care. Okay, that's a lie. I do know why I care.

Paging Dr. Ben Carson: Homophobia Calling

David Bedrick | Posted 09.28.2015 | Gay Voices
David Bedrick

Carson's thinking is not just wrong-headed, it is dangerous. Being looked upon as an illness, as a danger, destroys the soul of a person, teaching them to not trust their own thinking, their own feelings and desires, their own spirit -- their spiritual and moral rightness.

Know Place Like Home: Letting Go, Leaning in and Lightening Up

Greg Archer | Posted 09.27.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Greg Archer

There are times in life when, if you listen closely enough, you really can hear the whispers of your soul. You know ... in between news reports, paying your bills, working for a living, finding meaning in life and trying not to go out of your mind.

The Unmentionable Mann

Omar Sarwar | Posted 09.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Omar Sarwar

His keen insights into the many neuroses of gay male urban culture invite the reader to reflect on its darker aspects, the things we instinctively cover up to appear respectable in the eyes of heterosexual society.

Dear Matthew Gates: Thanks For Being Revolutionary

Brian Stewart | Posted 09.25.2015 | College
Brian Stewart

Whether you believe it or not, your decision to own and share your truth has already inspired someone else to do the same. Like yourself, I was raised in a black household, in a black neighborhood, and attended a black church. Like yourself, my experience at my HBCU was bittersweet.

LGBTQ Literature Creates Social Justice in the Classrooms and Beyond

Michael Carosone | Posted 09.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

When LGBTQ literature is taught, read and analyzed in the community college English classroom, the clear message is that it is important enough to study and to include in the curriculum; therefore, LGBTQ people must be important enough to be considered as human beings and citizens.

Gender Liberation: Leaving Men Behind

Brett Gleason | Posted 09.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Brett Gleason

Even with my chin length hair kids mock me for having 'girl hair' -- as if there's something inherently offensive about being a girl. So much has evolved with gender identity since I was a kid but I fear men and boys are being left behind in our liberation of behavior from gender.

I Started a Blog So Queer Voices Could Be Heard

Christian Lewis | Posted 09.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Christian Lewis

Vassar enlightened me, educated me and made me feel accepted. I felt inspired to bring that feeling of inclusiveness to all those in the LGBTQIA+ community who are not quite as fortunate to find such a place to call home.

1323 John Street

RJ Martin | Posted 09.23.2015 | Gay Voices
RJ Martin

In spite of all of the hopeful frenzy among the LGBT Catholic community about what the Pope may or may not say while on the gayest island anywhere other than Fire Island in July, I confess I remained circumspect.

Je pense a toi, toujours.

Katharine Angelina Love | Posted 09.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Katharine Angelina Love

Months later, ensconced safely in my apartment, a postcard came in the mail. It is interesting to me still , that I remember this moment so well when so much of my life has been forgotten.

Stop Hoping for More and Start Hoping for the One

JD Stewart | Posted 09.21.2015 | Gay Voices
JD Stewart

I am most certainly not the first, nor will I be the last to feel this way. But my main question is: Where is this diverse and accepting gay community that people led me to believe existed here? We are now in a world where we have over 100 choices at our fingertips and still, we want more.

Black Queerness/Queer Blackness

Michael Carosone | Posted 09.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

My thesis is that homophobia -- or heterosexism -- exits in the African-American community because of its strict adherence to religious traditions and norms. Consequently, such homophobia appears in the community's literature, arts and culture.

Dear Pope Francis

Aaron Jay Ledesma | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion
Aaron Jay Ledesma

My fears and doubts once clouded my ability to see clearly. There was a time I believed that the Church would never accept me for who I am and that I could never find happiness in life as a gay Catholic. So thank you, Pope Francis, for welcoming me back to the Church.

See How Religious Homophobia Promotes Child Abuse

Carl Siciliano | Posted 09.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Carl Siciliano

How do we stop being complicit in the harm to innumerable LGBT youths done by the teachings of our Church? How do we create an environment in our parishes and our schools that help parents love and accept their LGBT children?