PRIDE: Before the Rainbow


Do you have 45 minutes? Today over 4 million people in San Francisco and New York City will attend the pride celebrations. Two of the largest celebrations on the planet. Through the years there has been growing criticism about the politicization and commercialization of the pride celebrations. There are some in the gay community whoContinue reading “PRIDE: Before the Rainbow”

The Author of Boy Erased Hopes His Experience in Conversion Therapy Makes People Angry


Focus Features “I’m aiming an arrow directly into the heart of America.” That was Joel Edgerton’s promise to Boy Erased author Garrard Conley from the very beginning when Edgerton began writing and directing the film adaptation of Conley’s vulnerable memoir about his experience with “conversion therapy.” By: Elena Hilton\Esquire.com It was a risk for Conley to shareContinue reading “The Author of Boy Erased Hopes His Experience in Conversion Therapy Makes People Angry”

Gay Couple Had to give up their plane seats to a Straight Couple


The CEO of the Abbey, David Cooley: “I have never been so discriminated against while traveling before.” By: Bobby Schuessler/Gay Star News Last weekend, the founder and CEO of The Abbey David Cooley, and his partner were told to move seats on an Alaska Airlines flight in order to make room for a straight couple,Continue reading “Gay Couple Had to give up their plane seats to a Straight Couple”

July, Straight Pride Month?


He said his column “That’s Life” in the Dixon Independent Voice on friday was “tongue in cheek.   Ted Hickman, the vice mayor of Dixon, California (23 miles southwest of Sacramento), Declared July 1, was the start of  Straight Pride Month. In his column he writes “ We are different from them.  We work, have families,Continue reading “July, Straight Pride Month?”

Daddy left Mommy for Tommy, or what to do when a parent comes out as gay


   Coming out to the kids in the midst of a divorce can make a fraught process even more difficult SUDI “RICK” KARATAs Excerpted from “Rainbow Relatives: Real-World Stories and Advice on How to Talk to Kids about LGBTQ+ Families and Friends” by Sudi (“Rick”) Karatas. Copyright 2018 by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. Just in timeContinue reading “Daddy left Mommy for Tommy, or what to do when a parent comes out as gay”

Is Punk the New F Word?


  The word has been used to bully gay black boys for decades. By: Charles Stephens/ The Advocate.com I have always associated creativity with a sense of pleasure, and simultaneously, a sense of danger. Self-expression in my mind conjures feelings of the forbidden. Perhaps much of this comes from my Southern black boyhood, as IContinue reading “Is Punk the New F Word?”

How gay Chinese hide their relationships behind ‘sham marriages’


In China – where same-sex unions are not legal and homosexuality remains taboo – gay men and women are marrying each other When Xiaoxiong and her lesbian lover wanted to hide their relationship from their parents, they decided to find men willing to marry them. They had a specific type in mind: gay. Searching outContinue reading “How gay Chinese hide their relationships behind ‘sham marriages’”

Uganda bans Dutch film The Dinner Club for ‘glorifying homosexuality’ and ‘smoking especially by women’


Uganda’s media council has banned a film because it “glorifies homosexuality”, the Dutch embassy has said. Made in the Netherlands The Dinner Club also contains “steamy sex scenes”; “lurid language”; and “smoking especially by women”, according to officials in the landlocked African nation, where gay sex is illegal. “While glorifying homosexuality two women say marriage (presumably to men) is hard work! This is against UgandanContinue reading “Uganda bans Dutch film The Dinner Club for ‘glorifying homosexuality’ and ‘smoking especially by women’”

Eating the Moon


  Mainstream media broke through the gay glass ceiling (“Will & Grace”), but portrayals usually erred on the side of comedy. By: Mark Campbell/The American in Italia Living in Italy, I’ve discovered the English-speaking expat community contains lot of writers, both amateurs and professionals. Maybe it’s because making do in a foreign culture creates aContinue reading “Eating the Moon”

An unfair split


In Italy, trusting a partner to do the best by you isn’t always a safe bet. That’s Queer  In a gay relationship, 50-50 isn’t an equal proposition and can unexpectedly leave a trusting partner on the brink My move to Italy in 2001 sharply curtailed my career possibilities and earning power. The best I couldContinue reading “An unfair split”