Gay Voices

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This Is What Happens When You Invite Your Conservative Parents to a Big Gay Party

David plans a party to introduce his conservative parents to his California friends, but when the big day comes, they’re reluctant to attend. Kind, Modest, Small-town People I...

A Gay Man Seeks His “Cabaret” Moment in Kinky Berlin

Jeffery Self (of Jeffery & Cole Casserole) headed to Berlin in search of the creativity and coolness of Cabaret, but once he got there, it wasn’t quite where he expected to...

Love Or Hate? What’s Really Deep in the Heart of Texas?

Every year, I try to get back to Texas, and my New York friends never understand why. And so I explain again: my politics are strictly North Eastern liberal. But my manners,...

Photos From a Footsoldier in the Battle for Equal Rights

I happen to own a few footnotes in gay history as a photographer in San Francisco for 25 of the greatest years of my 82 years. From the early ’60s to late ’80s. For...

A Gay Man’s first Trip to Provincetown Opens His Eyes

Wade remembers his first visit to Provincetown, where a chance invitation allowed him to glimpse a future he hadn’t begun to imagine. Good Morning, Provincetown! My first-ever...

A Gay Man, Chasing a Dog, Sipping the First Iced Coffee of Spring

Sebastian’s first sunny spring Sunday – enjoying coffee with his new boyfriend and his dog, Taffy Davenport – goes way off the leash. The First Iced Coffee of...

Are Catholic Colleges Failing LGBTQ Students?

Catholic and other religious college campuses walk a fine line when attempting to embrace LGBTQ students because their founding dogma stands opposed to current social norms....

Here Are 4 Soul-Stirring Encounters with Homeless LGBTQ Youth

Portland’s homeless population is infamous for its sheer size, but it is the homeless LGBTQ youth that always stand out to me. The People You Meet on Public Transportation As a...

Attending Brittney Griner’s Wedding Destroyed a Lesbian Engagement

Did attending Brittney Griner’s wedding ruin my future marriage plans with my ex-fiancée? For the last 6 years, I was engaged to one of the WNBA’s smallest basketball...

How Artistic Setbacks Accidentally Helped Me Become A Gay Journalist

In the course of pursuing a career as an artist, one writer and editor accidentally becomes a professional homosexual. The Perils of Pursuing Art Professionally My dad, a...

A Gay Man Explains Why He’d Rather Talk to Customers than His Family

To explain why he prefers the easy interaction of retail, Sebastian remembers the more shocking things his family said to him as a child. How Retail Is like Anonymous Sex In order...

How a Gay Couple Went from Loathing to Loving “Game of Thrones”

Wade and his husband assumed Game of Thrones wasn’t for them until they discovered it was enchanting – and surprisingly gay. And Why Do They Want This Alleged Throne?...