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Richard Alther
Richard Alther is the author of three novels: The Scar Letters (Centaur Books/2013), The Decade of Blind Dates (Lethe Press/2008) and Siegfried Follies (Regent Press/2010). Born and raised in New Jersey, he graduated as an English major from Cornell University and pursued twin careers as a writer and a painter. He wrote extensively about vegetable gardening and homesteading to earn his family's living while exhibiting his art in one-person shows in Montreal, London, Los Angeles, Boston, Dallas, and Florida. Richard has competed nationally as a Masters Swimmer and won four gold medals and a silver at the Gay Games in Chicago. After continuous and far-flung adventures as an emerging gay man, he met his husband, the musician Ray Repp. They divide their time between homes in Southern California and Vermont, where their grandchildren reside.

Entries by Richard Alther

The First Gay President

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 7:21 AM

If we're on the verge of Hillary or Elizabeth or an equally dynamic first woman Chief Executive, what's stopping, inevitably, the first homosexual American President?

Sex as a political bone to chew is becoming so passé. So Monica revved things up for Clinton, but he soared way beyond, and does...

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Male Divas of Broadway: Neil Patrick Harris, Alan Cumming, and Terrance McNally

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 12:40 PM

Two of the brightest stars presently on Broadway are not just bending sex stereotypes, but, in truth, transcending gender.

When a celebrity reaches the exposure and notoriety of Neil Patrick Harris, we become riveted by the whole of the person, his or her uniqueness, talent, charisma or, as in Harris's...

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Sex Clubs and Stonings: Welcome to Southeast Asia

(1) Comments | Posted March 29, 2014 | 6:18 PM

Whew. My husband and I made it back from our gay cruise to Indonesia and environs without being buried alive under stones, plus a brick wall being toppled upon this for good measure. Any survivors after 30 minutes, however, are permitted to go free. Such is Sharia law,

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Utah: Talk About Marriage!

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 4:13 PM

When the baby's diaper is being changed -- as any parent can tell you, the baby's eyes lock onto the parent's. The baby obviously responds to being touched and held and supported by the firm and loving hands. The eyes, smile and hands can belong to the mother, the father,...

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He's My 'Husband,' No More 'Partner' or Friend

(16) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 4:52 PM

Over the holidays, my husband Ray and I were being seated at an event at which the hostess and I were marginally acquainted. A lovely woman, she knew I was gay; this was of no consequence.

"Richard, why don't you sit here," she said, scanning the assemblage, "and your friend...

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Out of the Closet and Into the Library at Age 8

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 12:43 PM

Are we born this way or is it our suffocating mother, absent dad? I had neither, but who cares? Well before 8 years old I knew something was weird when most little guys strained like a dog on a leash to get onto the ball field while I wanted nothing...

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Gay Rights = BACKLASH!

(3) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 6:25 PM

As the ever-eloquent Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrote last month, "I'm sick of debating these social issues like it's 1913, not 2013 ... but we are. So we need to fight back."

Could all those who are supporting the amazing forward march of gay rights with their time,...

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Gay Dad, Straight Daughter

(5) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 7:12 PM

Julie was 7 or 8 when I was acknowledging my true orientation. At her age, what difference would it make? She had a dad who loved her, a mom who loved her, pets, friends. She was a lucky little kid.

But what would happen in half a dozen years, or...

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Virginia Voters, Beware!

(3) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 6:33 PM

We're still "very sick people"?

If you're gay or gay-friendly and think the recent Supreme Court decisions place the march of gay rights within sight of the end zone, please think again.

The words above are those of E.W. Jackson, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor of Virginia,...

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'Who Puts What Where?'

(1) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 8:56 PM

Dare we talk about the s-e-x in homosexuality? Haven't we all -- gay and straight -- agreed to leave behind closed doors what happens behind closed doors? Yes, but unless we acknowledge that same-sex couples and single gays are just as loving, complicated, libidinous, sometimes sexual, sometimes not -- in...

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An Open Letter to President Putin From a Gay U.S. Athlete

(41) Comments | Posted October 12, 2013 | 7:00 AM

Dear President Putin,

As much as a world leader, you are an international celebrity as a proud, buff dude. Millions who admire sportsmen have seen photos of you shirtless. There have been shots of you sitting tall in the saddle, commanding your steed, taking your well-deserved break from staggering responsibility.

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