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Queer and Selfie Loathing in NYC (Part 2): On Leaving New York

Lester Brathwaite | Posted 01.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Lester Brathwaite

To keep up appearances -- and New York is a city of appearances -- one must always compete, and sex is simply another leg to have up on the other guy. Literally and figuratively. The competitive nature of New York is what drew me here, inspiring me to better myself in the pursuit of being the best. But the best what? What am I fighting for here but the preservation of my vanity?

Ruined Paradise: The Destruction of Roseland and Other Legendary Places

Corvette Hunt | Posted 06.07.2014 | New York
Corvette Hunt

Roseland Ballroom is special to me. On November 5, 2000, something happened in that theatre that changed my life for good. Back then, I was a wild and flaming creature, tipping through the streets in six-inch stilettos, spandex, fishnets, lipstick and a few sets of false eyelashes.

West Street, 1981

Chef Rossi | Posted 05.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Chef Rossi

In Jersey, being out and gay could mean a beer bottle thrown at your head. I'd had Chasids throw rocks though my window in Crown Heights just for wearing Levi's. I didn't want to think about what they might throw if they knew the woman visiting me was my lover.

This Is How You Teach AIDS Literature

Michael Carosone | Posted 03.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

This past fall 2013 semester, I taught a freshman seminar course in literature and history, as part of the First Year Experience Program at New Jersey...

The End of Splash Gay Chelsea Gay New York New York

David Gudelunas | Posted 10.04.2013 | Gay Voices
David Gudelunas

When Splash does close this month, I won't necessarily miss it (though I did have some remarkable times there). What I will miss is the New York City that it was a part of, a place where the fringes of our culture could come together and celebrate.

How I Learned to Be Gay: Almost Everything I Learned in Life I Learned While Working at a Gay Magazine

Benjamin Solomon | Posted 07.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Benjamin Solomon

The year following graduation was a bit of a lost one as I tried to finally come to terms with my new identity. But nothing really clicked until I got a job at Next Magazine. Suddenly, my world had direction.

City Gay, Country Gay

Gavin Creel | Posted 12.31.2011 | Gay Voices
Gavin Creel

For my first four years in New York, I was so hell-bent on creating the life of Gavin Creel the Actor that I didn't have any clue how to be Gavin Creel the Plain Old Carefully Blossoming Gay Lad About Town in NYC. I did not know how to be gay.