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What It Was Like to Be Queer Genius Michelangelo

I’ve been lucky to meet several notable LGBTQ celebrities in my life. Many of them I was interviewing for a publication like this one. However, I think my first such...

This Is How Straight Girls Can Ruin Your Favorite Gay Bars

As Kevin watches a gaggle of gals turn a leather bar into ladies’ night, he can’t help but wonder: Have we taken assimilation a little too far? What It Means to Be Gay Today...

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 Why the Equality Act Should Make You Mad

Supporters of the Equality Act have spent the last few hours congratulating themselves. They should get over it. The legislation passed Friday by the House seeks to protect LGBTQ...

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...

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...