Gay Voices

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When Your Sister Turns out to Secretly Be a Superhero

For our pride issue, I wanted to share the role that’s made me proudest in life: being a big brother to my sister Barbara, who is virtually indestructible. Meet my family:...

You’ll Never Have Anyone Who Loves You Like Your Mother

After coming out to his parents, Wade thought he might never see them again — until his mother unexpectedly called from a bus stop. “I’m on a Greyhound bus, I’m callin’...

What It’s Like When a Gay Boy Comes Out to His Straight Best Friend

Young Lawrence figures out how to show his true self to his straight best friend – with a little help from Harvey Fierstein. Kevin Was “That Guy” For the...

This Is How a Dog Trained Its Owner to Write a Book

Wade didn’t think he could handle having a dog or writing a book — until he learned to start asking, “Why not?” Which One Is the Mess? One New Year’s Eve, I placed a...

This Feisty, Gay 85-Year-Old Will Make You Laugh Out Loud

David looks at a life through the eyes of his outspoken, gay, octogenarian neighbor, who is still very much alive and loving. “You Love Me?!” My 85-year-old neighbor,...

What Happens When You Look in the Mirror and See Someone Half Your Age?

As he approaches his fortieth birthday, a gay man reflects on the many faces he’s seen in the mirror. A Gay Man Turns Thirty Years ago, I relocated – first to Miami and...

This Is How Splurging on a New Hair Salon Ended In Disaster

Wade decides it’s about time he splurged on a visit to an upscale salon, and he certainly ends up paying the price. Hair Before I spent a majority of my Ozarks childhood...

This Is the Surprising Way Guam Betrayed LGBTQ People

Guam was the first U.S. territory to pass marriage equality legislation. Yet, despite that seeming progress, many in America’s most distant territory in the Western Pacific...

This Is How Being Obsessed With Celebrities Ruins All The Fun

Wade remembers a childhood spent worshipping celebrities from afar, and wonders whether being closer to today’s celebrities is really a good thing. Good and Evel Knievel My...

A Behind-The-Scenes Look at the World of Show Business

David Dean Bottrell offers a behind-the-scenes look at the world of show business — with a little help from Irving Berlin. Like No Business I Know… Iconic American...

One Gay Traveler Was Tired of Luxury, but Then This Happened…

Lawrence had a habit of complaining about experiences others would love to have — until life hands him a startling reminder to enjoy every minute. Oysters, Anyone? I once had an...

This Is How Careening Down a Mountain Made Me Appreciate Gay Music

I headed to to Montreal and ended up on a heart-stopping motorbike ride that left me with a new understanding of gay music. Different Kinds of “Gay” Gay can be a...