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"I Cannot Have Anything to Do With a Gay Son. Please Don't Contact Me Anymore."

Nathan Manske | Posted 05.19.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

"That's what I ate, slept and breathed, and that's what kept me alive. Rehearsal and theater and acting and writing poetry, and I look back on all that now, I'm thankful that I didn't give up because I have so much to offer."

Lily's Driftwood Bay -- Starring the Adorable Lily and an Unlikely Cast of Characters

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 05.07.2016 | Teen
KIDS FIRST!

This adorable new show certainly charmed our KIDS FIRST! reporters. It follows the life of the adorable Lily, a five-year-old who lives with her dad and she creates a cast of characters in her imagination that live in Driftwood Bay.

How a College Syllabus Changed a Transgender Man's Life

Nathan Manske | Posted 04.14.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

After puberty and adulthood hit, Brandon began to run into roadblocks as a trans man. He realized he didn't fit in with the lesbian rugby team, but even worse, while studying to become a teacher Brandon was given some disheartening news by a female supervisor.

Dad Comes Out to Kids With Hilarious -- and Inspiring -- Results

Nathan Manske | Posted 03.28.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

In 2004, New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey came out as a "Gay American." It made a lot of news, but it also started a conversation in many homes about what "gay" meant. One such example is Brian Hartigan, a gay father of two young children.

Gay Frat Brothers Fall in Love, Overcome Drug Addiction, and Tie the Knot

Nathan Manske | Posted 03.01.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

Through the recovery and a commitment to create a "lasting lifelong friendship", Troy and Henry ended up getting married and have been together for more than 10 years.

Candidate for Texas State Representative: 'I'm the LGBTQ Son of an Undocumented Immigrant'

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.18.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

Huey Rey doesn't just identify as queer, he's also the son of a formerly undocumented immigrant. Throughout the campaign, Huey Rey fought against the stigma of the word "queer" and also realized that just because someone identifies as LGBTQ doesn't mean they're progressive.

Romanian Orphan Uninvited To Christmas By Adoptive Parents After Coming Out As Gay

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.11.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

When Florin Helf was born, he was abandoned by his birth mother in at a Romanian hospital. A long seven and a half years later, Florin ran through an airport into the arms of his new adoptive mother yelling the only English word he knew "Mommy!"

"Don't Struggle With Something You Can't Control": Gay Son Receives Sage Advice From Mom

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

My mom essentially was like, "Stop. Don't struggle with something you can't control. I've known you were this way since you were a little kid. There was no place and time that affected you to become gay. You were born that way. God made you this way."

'Something Told Me That Cops Can't Be Gay'

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

Dennis Rudder is from a small town in Texas, gay, and wanted to be a cop. Not exactly a common combination, which led him to years of depression and struggle.

"These White Gay Guys Are Coming to Take All Our Jobs." Workplace Discrimination in the Mayor's Office

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

James Felton Keith went back to his hometown of Detroit to help rebuild the city after it went bankrupt. On his first day working in the new mayor's office, a colleague was giving him a tour of the office when two gay men walked by and were introduced. After they left, James was shocked at what he heard from his colleague:

'I Lost Everything Within A Day' Of Disclosing HIV Status

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

Cody Walker was in a relationship and had a great new job. But then he got his diagnosis that he was HIV positive and he lost everything.

This Is How You Deal With Homophobia In the Classroom

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

Alexa Espinal is 23 years old and had been teaching for only two weeks. But that's all the time needed for Alexa to experience homophobic words from her middle school students.

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

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

"People Started Referring To Me As A Monster." A Gay Man's Struggle With Alcohol

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

Finally growing tired of the endless cycle of drinking, making mistakes, resolving them, and repeating the process all over again, Alexander had a moment of clarity and wanted to stop once and for all.

Gay 'Big Brother' Adopts 'Little Brother'

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

Surrounded by death during the AIDS crisis, Larry Bennett wanted to focus on something happier and more positive, namely his desire to be a Big Brother and care for children.

What Happens When Gay Men Miss Out on "Junior High Drama"

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

Like many gay men, Jose Reyes didn't have much experience dating guys until he was a little older. When he was 25, he had his first date and kiss with another guy at a conference in graduate school. Jose remembers the exciting experience.

"Men Are Gay Because They Like Men." Femmephobia and Sizeism in the Gay Community

Nathan Manske | Posted 07.30.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

While Jason was celebrated for his aesthetic on the stage, there was one place he went soon after where his look was met with either jealousy or sizeism: a gay bar.

"I Was Very, Very Happy That Stonewall Had Happened."

Nathan Manske | Posted 07.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

Perry couldn't seem to escape the abuse from being gay, whether it was from bullies or the cops. But one night in June, Perry was at the bar, Julius', when he heard that there was a raid down the street at Stonewall and "the girls" were fighting back.

Gay Man Recalls Homophobic Nurse Trying to Sabotage Baby's Adoption by Him and His Partner (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 06.25.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-06-25-1435271017-7457709-2015062414351739227415368AndyMillersmall.jpgWhile the birth mother was resting with the baby, Andy and his partner took a break from the hospital to get some food. When they returned from eating, they had a flurry of phone messages from the mother, crying and urging them to get back soon. A nurse had been questioning her about her decision to let a gay couple adopt her baby.

The Importance of Finding Your Tribe (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 05.22.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-05-22-1432338746-5872862-2015052214323122322116311RobertandGarysmall.jpgThroughout Robert Scott's life, he had an alcoholic father, became overweight and addicted to drugs, and was affected by the AIDS crisis in San Francisco in the 1980s. Reflecting on his life, he realizes one thing: the importance of finding one's tribe.

'Love Yourself': Agender Person Goes From Being Bullied in the Newark Projects to Gracing the Cover of French Vogue (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 05.11.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-05-12-1431405406-5396287-2015050814311195206358299AndreJvid.jpg"Love yourself." It seems like a simple-enough mantra, but for Andre J. it took a lot of learning experiences to understand its true power.

Why You Should Always Say 'Hi' to That Cute Person on the Subway (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 05.01.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-05-02-1430530712-449907-2015042914303389366124849SimoneDavissmall.jpgWe've all been there: You see someone cute on the subway but don't know what to do or if you should chat them up. Simone Davis recalls finding herself in that exact scenario one morning on the way to work.

Activist Remembers Those He Met on 6,000-Mile Walk for Equality (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-04-24-1429841365-638767-2015042214297451469265555AlanBounvillesmall.jpgAlan Bounville walked 6,000 miles for gender-identity and sexual-orientation equality. But what happened early on in his walk, at a small grocery store in a rural town, is what led him to one of his most memorable experiences.

'I Literally Went Back to Zero': Woman Sacrificed Everything for This One Reason (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-04-16-1429228426-8515937-2015041514291062823117356MilaJamsmall.jpgMila decided to sacrifice all she had worked so hard to achieve -- she deleted her YouTube channel, lost all her subscribers, and gave up her fame -- so that she could focus on finally becoming the woman she had been hiding.

Harvey Milk Told This Man One Thing That Changed His Entire Life (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-04-04-1428117723-2826420-2015040314280836661352689RonHuberman.jpgOne person really can make a difference. For Ron Huberman, all it took to find himself on the path toward an accomplished life was meeting Harvey Milk. The fateful day came after a cross-country road trip from New York to San Francisco.