Gay Voices

Do you have something to say? Do you know someone inspirational in the community who deserves mention? Inspire others, share personal stories, express insights, or just get something off your chest. We want to hear from you!

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?...

One Catholic Remembers the Verbal Abuse He Took — From a Priest

We are bombarded almost daily by instances of sexual abuse perpetrated by religious leaders, and rightly so. However, another kind of abuse, which can be equally pernicious, gets...

Want to Know the Real You? Look on the Dance Floor

I learned things about myself I could never have known otherwise on the dance floor. I’ve been an avid clubgoer since the glory days of disco, before I understood that being gay...

One Gay Man Says: Sometimes it’s Okay Not to Forgive and Forget Your Ex

Should there be a statute of limitations when it comes to forgiving and forgetting with an ex-boyfriend, partner or husband? One day, I accidentally discovered that my ex had...

Should Gay Men Stop Playing “Who Can Hook Up Fastest?”

There’s a contest in progress on the apps that no one wants to talk about when they’re not Grinding, Scruffing or Growling. And the gay universe would be a better...

This Week in Hate: Karen Pence, Gillette Reactions and Gay “Parents”

This week in hate: a pundit defends Karen Pence’s right to hate, the internet loses its mind over a Gillette ad, and there’s a petition against a parenting magazine...