Criminalization of Gay Sex Linked to Staggering HIV Rates in Africa


Photo by McBarth Oveba from Pexels  Nations that don’t penalize same-sex activity have lower rates of HIV among men who have sex with men. By: Neal Broverman/theadvocate.com The risk of having HIV is nearly five times as high for gay or bi men in sub-Saharan nations that severely criminalize gay sex compared to those inContinue reading “Criminalization of Gay Sex Linked to Staggering HIV Rates in Africa”

TV’s Mythical Lesbian Bar


FREEFORM Gay women looking for a cool night out will find better prospects on their screens than their streets. By: Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner/Marie Claire Kat and her chic friends sip cocktails at a packed lesbian hotspot in Manhattan on The Bold Type. In Almost Family’s version of Brooklyn, Tiffany lamps adorn a retro sports bar full of athleticContinue reading “TV’s Mythical Lesbian Bar”

Normal? The Ricki Lake Show


                   For eleven years we waited for the door bell.  The door bell was an indication someone was about the get busted.   The Ricki Lake Show came on during the early nineties when talk shows were in vogue.  Everyone wanting to be the next Donahue or Oprah.Continue reading “Normal? The Ricki Lake Show”

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’”