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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.

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.

It's a Man's World: Men's Adventure Magazines, the Postwar Pulps

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 08.18.2015 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

The heteronormative confusion in contemporary American male identity is found all throughout the pages of defunct genre magazines such as Man's World and other extinct titles. But the current cultural value here is that the cover illustrations are so beautifully drawn and painted that it subverts the overtly macho context into a kind of kitsch.

How Highly Gendered Toys Present an Exclusively Heterosexual Worldview to Children

Lori Day | Posted 05.12.2015 | Parents
Lori Day

Let kids choose. What are we so afraid of? If we are fine with choice, it is time to show the toy manufacturers and marketers that their financial profiteering off the gendering of our children's toys is over.

Is the Sexual Healing Movement the New Sexual Revolution?

Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T. | Posted 06.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T.

The entire sexual recovery movement and growing number of therapists and centers devoted to sexual healing is at the forefront of a new wave of sexual liberation.

Homonormativity, Homonationalism and the Other 'Other'

Christiaan Rapcewicz | Posted 05.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Christiaan Rapcewicz

By no means am I arguing against equality and/or gay marriage, but "equality" should not stop at gay marriage. There are many more inequalities to be addressed and (further) dealt with.

The Gay Best Friend Must Die

Tré Easton | Posted 04.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Tré Easton

No dear, I don't know why the guy you're into won't text you back. (I still haven't figured that out for my own purposes.) And, for the love of all that is good and HOLY: I am not -- repeat, NOT -- an honorary girl.

Dear Queer People: Stop Apologizing to Heteronormativity

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 04.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Kelsie Brynn Jones

The gains in marriage equality and LGBT rights come on the heels of decades of queer marches, demands and legal challenges. They did not come from trying to not offend hetero-normativity.

Side-By-Side Photo Proves Gender Stereotypes Are Alive And Well In Kids' Books

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.13.2015 | Parents

You're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but these covers offer a lot to criticize. This week, a HuffPost editor noticed this set of books...

What It's Really Like To Be Asexual

Literally, Darling | Posted 12.25.2014 | Women
Literally, Darling

There's no way to escape it or avoid it. I don't even have the option of joining a hippie commune like I could if I was tired of capitalism, greed and processed foods.

Dudes Tell Their Friends 'I Love You;' Create A New Bro Code

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.06.2014 | Gay Voices

It's not exactly in a man's bro code to say "I love you" to male friends all the time. Perhaps that's because of constructed societal standards th...

Not Just Men: Expanding the Conversation on Sexual Assault

Caroline Catlin | Posted 11.05.2014 | College
Caroline Catlin

I wondered if we would have laughed if I had been with a man the night before, instead of a woman. I wondered if, limping into the coffee shop, my friend's response would have been awe and respect had I told her of a man who grabbed me too roughly, who ripped my shirt, who left me aching to leave and unsure of how to go.

Your Toddler Might Be Gay

Dana Sitar | Posted 08.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Sitar

If we keep talking to that little girl for the next 10 years as if it's her destiny to fall in love with a man, how will she react to herself and others if she finds herself attracted to the girls around her, not the boys? Or to both?

If You Want to Survive, Then You'll Celebrate Pride!

Michael Carosone | Posted 08.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

Another June. Another reason to celebrate LGBTQ Pride. Last year, I wrote: "It is that time of year again: June, when we celebrate gay pride.

Tops and Bottoms: 'Are You the Man or the Woman?'

Donovan Thompson | Posted 07.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Donovan Thompson

I can admit now, after years of "doing the work," that I was terrified of bottoming, because I didn't want to be perceived as anything other than a man. I convinced myself that topping was the only dignified position. Here are my top five "learnings" from my cake-clenching, chastity-belt-wearing days.

Growing Up Straight in the Gay World

Lara Lillibridge | Posted 07.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Lara Lillibridge

I grew up a straight girl in a gay world, the opposite of what most gay people experience, but with the same problems of lack of place. I didn't feel that I made sense in the heterosexual world either.

Ms. in One Hand, Playboy in the Other: Celebrating LGBTQ Pride Season 50 Years After the Sexual Revolution

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 07.12.2014 | Gay Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

As a child, I was raised by one parent who was a charter subscriber to Ms. magazine and spent weekends in the bachelor pad of another who collected (also from its first issue) Playboy. Perhaps it is no wonder then that today I am a professor of gender and sexuality studies,

White, Straight Dudes Want To Apologize For Sucking

The Huffington Post | Amanda Duberman | Posted 05.05.2014 | Women

When it comes unequal treatment of straight, white men, "can't jump" is really the long and short of it. Now, a few of those dudes are speaking out o...

The Pervasive Heterosexualizing of American Youth

Michael Carosone | Posted 04.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

The pervasive heterosexualizing of American youth is becoming worse, more severe, and more dangerous. Allow me to explain. More and more, I am readi...

Let's Talk About Sex, Duck Dynasty Style

Jennifer G. Bird | Posted 03.02.2014 | Religion
Jennifer G. Bird

The focus tends to be on the plumbing, if you will, and the procreative outcome. The focus is all too often on the body parts that are involved instead of on what happens within a person when he or she is attracted to another person.

Attention Straight People: Being Gay Isn't a Stereo System with Controlled Volumes

Ernest Owens | Posted 02.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Ernest Owens

It wasn't until I was in a conversation with a group of peers that someone suggested (first prefaced that they weren't homophobic) that many gays such as myself would be accepted more if we "turned it down a bit." Come again?

Label Mayhem: The Problem With a Binary System of Sexuality in a Society That's Changing Its Views on Love

Bekki Charbonneau | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Bekki Charbonneau

I am a queer woman. I flip-flop between identities. I have been "straight," then "bisexual," then "pansexual," then a weeping puddle in the middle of the floor (which has occurred frequently enough to be considered an identity, in my opinion). But I have figured out a few things (probably).

10 Easy Ways to Reduce Homophobia: A Guide for Straight People

Michael Solis | Posted 08.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Solis

The following are 10 strategies geared toward heterosexual men and women, who are key to dismantling forms of communication that invisibilize LGBT people. The catch is that a few of them require straight people to step outside the heteronormative comfort zone and pretend to be gay.

Crocheting Burkas: What The Heck Are Gender Role Classes?!?

Sally Kohn | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Sally Kohn

What would such gender classes look like? Because before we dismiss Rep. Gingrey's grunts about raising "ideal" women and men in society, maybe we should explore what he might mean.

A Case Against Marriage by a Single Gay Man

Tim Paul | Posted 07.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Tim Paul

At this rate, if I want to remain comfortably single without the pressures of a looming marriage proposal, I'll have to move to one of those states. Next time I'm on Craigslist, I'm going have to forego the "Men Seeking Men" section so that I can peruse apartments in Biloxi.