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Noah Michelson
Noah Michelson is the Executive Editor of Gay Voices at The Huffington Post. Noah received his MFA in poetry from New York University, and his poems have been featured in The New Republic, The Best American Erotic Poetry from 1800 to the Present, and other publications. Before joining The Huffington Post, Noah served as Senior Editor at Out magazine, and he has also contributed to Details and Blackbook and served as a commentator on CNN, BBC, Fusion, 'Inside Edition' and Sirius XM, among other outlets.

Entries by Noah Michelson

Bill Maher And Pussy Riot Discuss Possibility Of Putin Being Gay

(84) Comments | Posted April 13, 2014 | 1:09 PM

On Friday night's episode of HBO's "Real Time" two members of the political activist group Pussy Riot chatted with Bill Maher about their controversial and performative actions against the Russian government.

At one point, the three, along with Tolokonnikova’s husband, Petr Verzilov, who acted as a translator, discussed the possibility...

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Boy George Discusses New Album, Gender Identity, Madonna And More

(32) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 9:00 AM

If you're ever given 60 minutes to sit down with Boy George, one of the most beloved pop icons of the 20th century, in Norwood, a private club on the west side of Manhattan in the middle of February, take them.

In the course of that hour,...

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Our Lady J, Transgender Artist, Talks About 'Gospel For The Godless'

(4) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 8:44 AM

"This show is church for people who don't like church," Our Lady J told HuffPost Gay Voices last week when we spoke about her "Gospel For the Godless." The acclaimed singer-songwriter and classically trained pianist will bring the regularly sold-out show, which she has toured around the world,...

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5 Dinge, die ich gelernt habe, als ich meinem Vater sterben half

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 9:18 AM

Im Sommer 2006 entwickelte mein Vater plötzlich einen schlimmen Husten, der in jedem Science-Fiction-Film seine Berechtigung gehabt hätte und der anders als alles war, was meine Familie bis dahin kannte. Es war nicht die Art von Husten, die mit einer normalen Erkältung einhergeht. Es war die Art von Husten, die...

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Cinco cosas que aprendí al ayudar a morir a mi padre

(10) Comments | Posted March 16, 2014 | 3:51 AM

En el verano de 2006, mi padre empezó a toser de una forma aguda y preocupante, una mezcla entre película de miedo y de ciencia ficción. Nadie en la familia había oído algo así. No era el tipo de tos que tienes por un resfriado normal; era de la que...

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Ezra Klein, I'm Calling Bullsh*t on Your Defense of Hiring Brandon Ambrosino, and Here's Why

(227) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 3:19 PM

In the last 72 hours Ezra Klein has been slammed for his announcement that his soon-to-be-launched news outlet,, has hired Brandon Ambrosino as a writing fellow.

In case you're not familiar with Ambrosino, he recently became a media darling thanks to a handful of essays...

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5 cose che ho imparato aiutando mio padre a morire

(3) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 4:52 AM

Nell'estate del 2006 mio padre sviluppò d'un tratto una tosse profonda e spaventosa, tipo quella di un film di fantascienza, e come in famiglia non se n'erano mai sentite prima. Non era quel genere di tosse tipica di un normale raffreddamento. Era quella particolare qualità di tosse in grado di...

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5 Things I Learned From Helping My Dad Die

(180) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 5:30 PM

During the summer of 2006, my father suddenly developed a deep, science-fiction-scary cough unlike anything my family had ever heard before. It wasn't the kind of cough that comes with an ordinary cold. It was the kind of cough that makes anyone who hears it -- even strangers in the...

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7 Things This Queer Man Wants Alec Baldwin to Know (An Open Letter)

(148) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 12:07 PM

Hey, Alec,

After reading your stunningly bratty "as told to" New York Magazine tirade (isn't "bratty" a dumb word? And yet, somehow, in an attempt to neatly sum up your piece, it feels most apt) where you threatened to leave behind public life because you've been so maligned...

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An Urgent Warning to All Parents: This Gay Man Is Targeting Your Children

(280) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 7:24 AM

Dear parents,

It may have recently come to your attention that queer people like me are being portrayed as googly-eyed, predatory boogeymen who, when we aren't busy devising and unleashing devastating weather phenomena across America, are plotting how we can secure access to, and ultimately desecrate, your precious...

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Why This Man's Claim That People 'Choose' to Be Gay Isn't Just Total Bullsh*t -- It's Dangerous

(412) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 10:42 AM

In just under a year, Brandon Ambrosino has made an impressive career for himself by writing pieces for major media outlets in which he plays the contrarian -- an old, worn-out trick that many before him have also used to great success. His essays are titillating -- and drive traffic...

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What the Queer Rights Movement Should Learn From Martin Luther King Jr.

(71) Comments | Posted January 20, 2014 | 1:37 PM

I stole this headline from an article that appeared on this morning, but I think it's justified, seeing as the piece, written by Brandon Ambrosino, was inspired by me.

In it Ambrosino writes:

I was recently in a discussion with a gay activist who was angry...
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Here's Everything We Learned From the Duck Dynasty Controversy Summed Up in Just One Sentence

(2224) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 6:33 PM

You can say whatever you want, including that gay people are sinful and full of "murder, envy, strife, hatred" and are in the same league as those who enjoy being penetrated by barnyard animals, and that black people were "happy" and were...

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Why I Love Real, Honest-to-God Homophobes

(435) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 8:55 AM

On Wednesday I received an early Christmas present from the Westboro Baptist Church. As you can see below, they tweeted an image of me with a "GODH8SFAGS" tattoo photoshopped on my neck and some mumbo-jumbo about Sodom and Gomorrah.

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Here's an Easy Test to Find Out If You're Anti-Gay (And Maybe Don't Even Know It)

(615) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 11:14 AM

Another week, another essay that went viral and had me so queasy that I was worried I'd be cleaning barf out of my keyboard before I could even finish reading it.

This one, which was written by Brandon Ambrosino and appeared on The Atlantic on Friday, argues that...

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Why I Never Want to Be Just Like Straight People (And Why You Shouldn't Either)

(257) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 7:49 AM

Have you ever come across something that made you so furiously depressed that you wanted to punch your computer screen, scoop up the shards of glass, grind them into a fine powder, mix the powder into a bowl of chocolate pudding, eat the chocolate pudding and then wait impatiently for...

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A Few Words From a Real, Live C*cksucking Fag

(724) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 12:03 PM

It's true: I am a cocksucking fag. In case you're unfamiliar with the phrase, it means I'm a man who finds pleasure in orally stimulating other men's penises.

Recently several (presumably) non-cocksucking straight men have had a lot to say about these terms and whether or not they've ever used...

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Pages From the Penis Book: My (Possibly Shocking) Sexual Life as a Gay Child

(104) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 8:43 AM

Something must have been off when my mother was pregnant with me. Or maybe "off" isn't exactly the right word. I worry that that might call to mind a tiny version of me floating in hazardous neon hormones like a fetal pig pickling in a jar at the back of...

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V V Brown Talks 'Samson & Delilah,' Dramatic Change In Musical Direction And More

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 9:58 AM

Chances are if you're familiar with V V Brown, it's because of her 2009 breakout hit "Shark In The Water" off of her debut album "Travelling Like the Light."

Two years later Brown was set to release her follow up, "Lollipops & Politics," when she shelved the album...

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Michelle Visage Talks Miss'd America Pageant, Being Mistaken For A Drag Queen And More

(5) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 9:28 AM

Chances are you know Michelle Visage as the wickedly silver-tongued, hard-ass judge from "RuPaul's Drag Race."

Or maybe you remember her as the hit maker who helped take songs like "Two To Make It Right" and "It's Gonna Be A Lovely Day" to...

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