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.

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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.

Best Mom Ever Writes Incredible Letter To 13-Year-Old Son After He Came Out (Photo)

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Arguably, the most important component in the survival of gay teens is the supportive parent. Here, a mother writes a wonderful letter to her newly ‘out’ young son.

R. Kelly’s Son Jay Came Out As Trans, And His Mother Couldn’t Be More Supportive

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The son of the infamous R&B singer has come out amidst intense media scrutiny. His mother has been by his side through it all.

My Son Wears Dresses And That’s Ok With Me

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“Maybe it’s a stage. And maybe it’s not. But either way, I don’t want him to ever feel like he wasn’t able to express himself because his parents didn’t support him.”

Next Town Over Kid

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Mark Ward paints a chilling picture of parental abuse based on gender performance and implied sexual orientation.

How to Be Openly Gay and in School – High School

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High school can be hard for anyone. Darianna Jones has some advice to make it easier for kids who are out in school.