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Uncomfortable Themes Make For Relevant Revival Are WE at the Cabaret?

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 07.24.2016 | Entertainment
Charles Karel Bouley

Harrison, Goss and the Kit Kat Girls in Cabaret. Photos courtesy of Pantages Theatre By Karel Charles Karel Bouley I was uncomfortable leaving ...

"Cherishing All the Children of the Nation Equally": My Gay Irish American Journey

Sean Cahill, Ph.D. | Posted 03.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Sean Cahill, Ph.D.

Ironically, being rejected by the St. Patrick's Parade organizers in the early 1990s caused me to take a closer look at a tradition and culture that has brought a great deal of meaning to my life.

Q&A: On Triumphing Over a Dysfunction-Filled Childhood in Rural Arkansas

The National Book Review | Posted 03.10.2016 | Books
The National Book Review

Soul Serenade is about a very difficult, often traumatic, childhood in which Rashod Ollison faced obstacle after obstacle -- almost unbearable loneliness and abandonment (both emotional and physical), evictions, poverty, and years of well-placed fears about revealing his sexuality.

Is Being Gay Just About Sex?

Jim Downs | Posted 02.22.2016 | Queer Voices
Jim Downs

Gay men today have forgotten that history; they have fallen for the hype that they are just like everyone else except that they have sex with men. That semantic elision, as seductive as it may be, forgets that those in power can flick the switch from liberation back to oppression.

This Is One Outing Worth Attending Ireland Gets GLBT Music And Matchmaking Festival Right

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charles Karel Bouley

How could I possibly have known that by the end of the trip I'd be talking to a transgender boxing promoter of international renown, a drag superstar whose documentary debuted to resounding acclaim and an Irish dynamo dedicated to promoting his GLBT community even when it meant risk of bodily harm.

LGBTQ Literature Creates Social Justice in the Classrooms and Beyond

Michael Carosone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

Black Queerness/Queer Blackness

Michael Carosone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

Jesus Is Gay

RJ Martin | Posted 07.15.2016 | Queer Voices
RJ Martin

Our Jesus is gay. Theirs is not. Really he's the same man, woman or transgender (that might make the most sense) but always the same God. We all must clasp hands and venerate the cross he carried (Protestant) or carries (Catholic) for all our salvation.

The Potato Eater: A Gripping New Read by Best-Selling Author Alison Leslie Gold

Hanaan Rosenthal | Posted 07.04.2016 | Queer Voices
Hanaan Rosenthal

Alison Leslie Gold, the international best selling author of Remembering Anne Frank, has made a name for herself by not shying away from controversial, raw material.

First Came Love, Then -- With the Law on Our Side -- Came Marriage

Meg Stone | Posted 07.05.2016 | Queer Voices
Meg Stone

My grandmother went into hospice the day the Supreme Court heard arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges. She died the next day, surrounded by people she loved. In her mind, we were married in 2004, and all the civil rights victories that followed didn't seem to phase her. But I can't help thinking about the grandmothers in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Gay Affirming and Christian

Cindy Brandt | Posted 06.30.2016 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

Empathetic listening pushed me into a gay affirming stance. But coming to that conclusion hasn't stopped me from continuing to listen.

Finally Kissed at San Francisco Pride

Belo Cipriani | Posted 06.22.2016 | Queer Voices
Belo Cipriani

"Sometimes," my mom told me, "men kiss men and women kiss women and there's nothing wrong with that. Sadly though, not all countries allow men to kiss men or women to kiss women. So, they come to San Francisco to be free. That's what 'pride' means -- it means freedom."

Shame on SHU

Anthony Romeo | Posted 05.29.2016 | Queer Voices
Anthony Romeo

Organizations like Seton Hall, should they continue to live in an archaic time where it is okay to pretend that the world doesn't look the way it does, that the people in it are less human than others, and that some are less deserving of equality than others, will waste away into the annals of time.

I Am More Than My Disability

Belo Cipriani | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Belo Cipriani

When I attend social functions, people focus on my disability. No matter how hard I try to discuss the news or the hottest restaurant, people always revert back to my lack of sight. And at gay parties, people tend to ask more intimate questions.

Live Heroically By Claiming Our LGBT Heroic Legacy

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

Our people have left us a powerful, inspiring legacy. But it's up to each of us to claim it for ourselves, to own it and live it. What better time to do that than as we mark the passing over of death and the resurrection -- and triumph -- of life itself?

What Gay Dads Can Learn From Their Trans Kids

Jason Howe | Posted 05.12.2015 | Parents
Jason Howe

While "getting it" may come easier to gay fathers of children who don't conform to traditional standards of gender, they can face challenges that heterosexual parents may not.

You Go, Gurl!: How LGBTQ Literacies Create Social Justice in the Classrooms and Beyond

Michael Carosone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Carosone

I do not believe in keeping information within the confines of academia. (What is the purpose of knowledge if it only remains within the ivory tower and tiny bubble that is the university?)

Evangelicals Pull Support For Portland's Christ Church Over LGBT Stance

Religion News Service | Kevin Eckstrom | Posted 03.05.2015 | Religion

(RNS) An up-and-coming evangelical pastor has been told his denomination will no longer support his new church in Portland, Ore., because of his suppo...

RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Rev. Ann Kansfield and Jennifer Aull

Ian Spanier | Posted 04.05.2015 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

A lesbian couple one of whose members is a reverend might not be an everyday find -- but in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Kansfield and Aull are just part of ...

A Tender Age for Suicide: Inside Leelah Alcorn's Memorial Service

Andrew Gelwicks | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Andrew Gelwicks

It was beyond moving to stand among that crowd, where love and acceptance was so immense and intense. Just as Leelah's note asked that her death really mean something, I say to her now that your death does mean something.

Reflecting on the Boystown Book Series

Jake Biondi | Posted 03.02.2015 | Arts
Jake Biondi

Thankfully, things have improved quite a bit since those days. I now enjoy watching Will and Sonny on Days of Our Lives, and gay characters populate many shows on television and online. Still, I still keep thinking that there is room for more.

Reflections on My BOYSTOWN Series

Jake Biondi | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jake Biondi

Once I recognized my passion for interesting characters and continuing storylines, an idea was born: What if I created my own continuing drama that consisted mainly of gay characters? I started to ponder the idea more and more, and in June 2013 I began writing my drama focused on gay characters, BOYSTOWN.

A Santa Cause

Anthony Romeo | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Anthony Romeo

It's been a bit of a hectic time for us, Santa. But I want to take a moment to give you our Christmas list. It's not big this year, really. We really try, all year long, to be the best people we can be, and to work every day to be even better. And we know you see that. Dom and I need your help, Santa. We want a baby this year.

Wait for Me Until I Welcome: Further Reflections From an Orthodox Rabbi to His Gay Children

Avi Orlow | Posted 01.10.2015 | Religion
Avi Orlow

If we think our tradition demands we risk our children's lives by not accepting them, like Avraham, maybe we are misreading our tradition. God does not need our defense, and God will most certainly be there when we get back. All our children are angels who are just waiting to be welcomed into the tent.

The Pumpkin Path

Anthony Romeo | Posted 12.03.2014 | Parents
Anthony Romeo

October 13. Mark it on your calendars, friends. In addition to being a great day for a hooded sweatshirt and a pumpkin-spiced anything, it's also the day that Dom and I go in for our initial session with an adoption agency in New Jersey.