Same Sex Sex and Why We Need to Remove Labels

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We are all human. How about we just acknowledge ourselves as sexual beings? Whatever make-up that involves becomes individual choice.

Your Parents Say Okay

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In this poem from his brand new book, award-winning poet Stephen Mills offers a stirring commentary on same-sex marriage, token acceptance, and the politics of “normal.”

My First Time at a Gay Bar, and What I Realized [video]

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Activist and writer Andrew Morrison-Gurza shares his first experience going into a gay bar.

When Straight Men Fall In Love: A Brief History

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How long have just “regular guys” been falling in love with other men? Oh, since about the beginning of time.

Because He Reads the Bible

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Dakota Garilli expertly explores the age-old tensions between religion and sexuality, parents and children.

Anticipation of the Knife

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Masculinity is often tied to pain management. Here, Michael Walsh ponders whether one kind of pain can be used to manage another.

in peace we still war

Fire

Guillermo Filice Castro writes of everyone’s wounded child–and its role in perpetuating conflict.

Their First Gay Hug [video]

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One gay person. One anti-gay person. One hug.

Stuff We Gay Guys Wish You Wouldn’t Say

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This video of stuff women (and not just women) say to gay men is still just a little too right on. So stop. Please.

Rewriting Our Sexual History

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Randall Frederick looks at why individuals, even entire communities, rewrite history to conform with their ideology.

I Hit Send, or Modern Meltdown [video]

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Steven Boyle’s interactive spoken word performance says as much about the audience as him.

The Canoe Ride

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Looking both inward and outward, Kenny Fries reminds us of how beauty “elevates our lives beyond mere description.”

Selfie: Manscape

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Aaron DeLee uses the trend of “the manscape” to powerful effect in a poem that is clearly about more than just manscaping.

Taking on “That’s So Gay!”

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When “that’s so gay” becomes a teachable moment for mom

Fall Equinox

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Using the challenging yet intensely musical ghazal form, Scott Wiggerman takes us inside the mind of a man questioning his relationship.

The Path of Acceptance vs. The Path of Rejection

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Eric Thomas talks about the impact of rejection or acceptance on gay teenaged boys.