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Nathan Manske

"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."

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 03.29.2017 | 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 03.01.2017 | 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 02.17.2017 | 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 02.11.2017 | 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 01.14.2017 | 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 01.07.2017 | 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 12.17.2016 | 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 10.09.2016 | 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 10.02.2016 | 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 09.29.2016 | 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 09.05.2016 | 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 08.27.2016 | 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 08.07.2016 | 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.

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.

What's It Like to Be Deaf and Gay? (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

What's it like to navigate the gay world when you're deaf? Richard Mesich shares his story, beginning with his coming-out experience.

Polyamorous Relationship Lasts 46 Years (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-01-31-20150130BobLanningvid.jpgThe idea of a polyamorous relationship is probably shocking to a lot of people, but for Bob Lanning and his partner Don, who was often away for his job as an airline pilot, it was just the right thing to do.

Gay, Closeted, and Heartbroken in Morocco (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-01-26-20150124AnthonyMercuriosmall.jpgWhile abroad in Morocco, one of 77 countries in which it is illegal to be gay, Anthony Mercurio was dumped by his first love. "I was pretty devastated," Anthony recalls. Unable to express the real reason for his heartbreak, at least Anthony had his host grandmother there to comfort him.

'You're Really Nice, but I Don't Date Black Guys': Racism or Preference? (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-01-01-20141231NelsonMosesLassitersmall.jpgNelson Moses Lassiter was excited about coming to terms with his sexuality. He imagined that, upon venturing out into the gay scene, he'd encounter a world more accepting than the one he was used to. What he discovered was not unlike the one he came from, though.

How Did a Visit to a Barbershop Change a Transgender Man's Life? (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-12-12-20141210CharliePoulsonsmall.jpgWhen Charlie Poulson began his gender transition in college, his transition was followed with great interest by the people in small-town Ames, Iowa. Everyone knew he was transgender. But then he went on a trip to Rome.

Seriously?! Aunt Asks Gay Nephew If She Can Call Him 'Albert the Faggot'

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-10-24-20141023AlbertEisenbergsmall.jpgOverall, Albert Eisenberg had a pretty great coming out experience and was given lots of support by his family and friends. There were two experiences he had, though, that show that there's still a lot of progress that needs to happen in terms of LGBTQ acceptance and understanding.

Watch This Gay Law Student Recount His Takedown of a Wannabe Ex-Gay Counselor (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-10-02-20141001ScottBlairsmall.jpgYou would think that after getting a phone call from Harvard Law's LGBT group encouraging their son to attend the prestigious university, Scott Blair's parents would be proud. Instead, they were devastated and joined an ex-gay counseling group and tried to make their son straight.