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OutWrite DC: Creating New LGBTQ Literary Cultures

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 07.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

Over the past twenty years, changes in the publishing and book selling industries eroded this ecosystem of queer literary culture.

Gays, Politics and the 2014 Midterms

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 07.28.2014 | Gay Voices
J Nelson Aviance

If you want your voice to matter and your vote to count, get off your couch, leave your parents basement and find the office of your local political party.

What If Gay Men Forgave One Another?

Josh Hersh | Posted 07.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Hersh

Maybe forgiveness is a muscle we've allowed to get flabby and weak. Maybe we've been holding out for an apology from our perpetrator that may never arrive. The truth is that when we refuse to forgive others, we only imprison ourselves.

You Belong In The Gay Community

Josh Hersh | Posted 07.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Hersh

I'm here to tell every gay man reading this: You belong in the gay community. Just as you are. The thing is, if you don't believe you belong (or even want to belong) in the gay community, you never will.

How This Jaded Queen Was Taught the True Meaning of Pride... in Kalamazoo (PHOTOS)

Lady Bunny | Posted 06.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Lady Bunny

I wasn't expecting to get a reality check from a place that sounds like it came out of a Dr. Seuss book.

4 Gay-Themed Movies You May Not Know, But Should

John Farr | Posted 06.26.2014 | Entertainment
John Farr

Gay-themed movies have been gaining traction for years, though some of the finest still don't get the recognition they deserve. Here are several titles new to my list that merit a wider audience.

The Normal Heart's Problematic White Men

Peter Staley | Posted 06.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Peter Staley

It took over 20 years for Larry Kramer to finally see his gut-punching AIDS play The Normal Heart put to film, but only days for the movie's few critics to slam its lack of racial and gender diversity. In what is now becoming a familiar pattern, filmmakers are being told to diversify our history, even if that history was less than diverse.

Transgender People: Strangers in Gay Land

Renato Barucco | Posted 06.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Renato Barucco

In February 2014 Queerty, the online magazine and newspaper focusing on gay topics, ran a piece titled "Seriously Sexy Trans Men Make Us Say 'Mmmm!'" What's interesting and horrid about the article? The comment section, which displayed the pervasive lack of understanding of transgender identities within the gay community.

What If Feminists Stole the National Health Agenda?

Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W. | Posted 06.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W.

Recently, on one of my long walks, I asked myself, "What if we started from scratch and redefined 'health and wellness' in a way that is fad-proof and could withstand the test of time without dictating regular changes in diet, exercise and outfits? What would that look like?" Then a friend sent me a link to Ms. Fit.

Obama's Challenge to the LGBT Community

Peter Staley | Posted 06.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Peter Staley

Lost in all the online coverage of President Obama's speech at the DNC LGBT Gala this week in New York -- with his powerful words on the AIDS crisis and his announcement that he would sign an executive order barring federal contractors from firing us -- was a challenge to our community that few noticed.

This Community Is Ours -- Let's Own It!

Josh Hersh | Posted 06.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Hersh

At what moment did gay men throw up their hands and say, "This isn't my community anymore! I'm stepping away. Moving away. I don't belong here anymore"? I ask because I hear that often.

How a Feminist Lens Failed Me

Andreea Nica | Posted 06.13.2014 | Women
Andreea Nica

You see, when it came to women, I didn't have a clear standard to measure their advances. I couldn't reconcile the fact that these were women. Our culture teaches us how to defend ourselves against male aggressors but these same-sex threats were too alien.

Making History, Undermining Stereotypes and Changing the LGBT Equality Movement

Ashland Johnson | Posted 06.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Ashland Johnson

But athletes like Sam, Griner, Collins and Gordon are changing this. By boldly coming out in such public ways, they have become -- for many people -- the faces of the LGBT moment, and they are challenging assumptions about what the LGBT community looks like.

Are We Creating a Better Community for Future Generations of Gay Men?

Josh Hersh | Posted 06.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Hersh

Even though I'm 28, I think about what kind of world I'm creating and leaving for gay men that are younger than myself.

Candis Cayne Defends Drag Race: 'I Don't Think the Word "Tranny" Is Wrong'

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 06.10.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

Throughout her career, Candis Cayne has admittedly embraced her role as an unofficial spokeswoman for all things trans. When it comes to the community's recent outcry against terminology deemed "transphobic" on RuPaul's Drag Race, though, Cayne takes an opposing stance.

Candis Cayne Is One of the 'Crazy Bitches' in New Slasher Film

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 06.09.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

Candis Cayne certainly knows how to make an entrance -- and an exit, for that matter. When her latest big screen outing, Crazy Bitches, hits Frameline Film Festival later this month, Cayne does both in dramatic fashion.

If You Want to Survive, Then You'll Celebrate Pride!

Michael Carosone | Posted 06.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

Another June. Another reason to celebrate LGBTQ Pride. Last year, I wrote: "It is that time of year again: June, when we celebrate gay pride.

Waiting on John Kerry: Attacks on LGBT Community Increase 20-Fold as Uganda's Foreign Minister Eyes Top UN Job

Milton Allimadi | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Milton Allimadi

It would be a great travesty and shame to the reputation of the UN, exposing the global body to more public ridicule, if Mr. Kutesa is elected to the Presidency on June 11 when the 193 member nations vote.

Passing the Skinny, Young, Good-Looking Guys

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 07.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

"Come to find out I loved the riding, I loved everything about it. And it turns out I was really good. Here were all these really skinny, young, good-looking guys in their biker shorts looking all pretty. And I was all sweaty and gross-looking but I could go faster than them."

Gay Men, Will We Think Better of One Another?

Josh Hersh | Posted 07.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Hersh

When our thoughts about gay men as a whole are constantly negative, we're going to feel anger, hostility, and judgment. We're going to miss out on having meaningful, thriving friendships with each other.

Racial Divide in LGBTQ Communities Could Have Derailed Marriage Debate in Massachusetts

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

To the surprise of white LGBTQ organizations, both the LGBTQ African-American community and the straight African-American community had much to say about the white queer political machine's appropriation of the language of the black civil rights movement, done without participation by people of color.

Is Our Understanding of Sexual Orientation Changing?

Greg Louganis | Posted 07.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Greg Louganis

Having met more young people, I'm seeing sexual orientation as far more fluid than I once thought, and often not about sex at all. Indeed, when I hold my husband, the end goal is not always climax but comfort, adoration, reassurance, and so much more.

Let's Be the Love Our Community Needs Us to Be

Josh Hersh | Posted 07.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Hersh

The truth is, we can't change other people. This is an idea we as gay men would be wise to embrace. If the way another gay man acts is getting you down, upset or sends you into a fit of frustration and fury, it's time to change your thinking.

What I Learned From Being Called 'Fat' on TV

Jesse Brune | Posted 07.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Jesse Brune

Consider how much time you commit to shaping your ass versus the time you commit to opening your heart. Let's redefine what the face of sexy looks like.

Single and at the Gym? What Not to Wear

Kim Rosenberg | Posted 07.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Kim Rosenberg

The best way to make friends at the gym? Be a regular. Notice who works late and off hours. Engage them.