Defying What’s Blackness, What’s Femininity, What’s Masculinity

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One group says, “Act like a man.” One group says, “Femme it up.” Icon does neither.

Call for Submissions: Back to School – Out in the Halls

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Jr. high, high school, college, trade school, any school can be challenging for gay, bi, trans*, and queer folk. We want to hear your stories and advice.

Comics For Anyone Struggling To Explain What It Means To Be Queer

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We may be growing in visibility, but it doesn’t mean we don’t sometimes feel alone.

I Had to Run Away From My Problems Before I Could Face Them

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Faced with feeling like he had nowhere to go, Cameron started running. He stopped on a California freeway.

My Son Wore A Dress To School Today

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Doug Gertner’s 15 year old son wore a dress to the second day of school. Here’s how he reacted.

In Search of Abe in Dupont Circle

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L. Lamar Wilson recounts a heady encounter between two young people who may or may not be acting as a queer mirror of Abraham Lincoln’s younger years.

My Experience of “Awkward Gender Moments” Should Matter to People Other Than Me

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The seemingly benign moments do in fact matter.

I Am What I Am When I Am It

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James Blakely explores what it means when the typical labels about sexuality don’t fit.

Mater, Maritatus

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Dakota Garilli writes of boys, their mothers, and “how we learn /of love.”

Meet the Dad Who Fought to be One of Florida’s First Gay Adoptive Parents and Won!

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Becoming a dad was not easy for Robert Lamarche. To do it, he had to fight the state and gain recognition for himself and want-to-be dads like him. Here is an interview with him, and his story.

The Art of Asking for Your Help and My Number

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Andrew Morrison-Gurza on the difficulties of asking for help when you just want to be one of the guys.

#DeliciouslyDisabled: One Man Bares (Almost) All

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Writer and activist Andrew Morrison-Gurza strips down and shares why he loves his body in a feature about loving who you are.

What Happens When Children From Same Sex Parent Homes Speak Out

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Anti-gay conservatives often refer to children raised by same sex parents as “social experiments.” They are not experiments; they are human beings, and human beings with voices. Here is what those voices say.

From The Frontlines . . . of Sports: Richard Peralta’s Rugby Story

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Richard Peralta, on the New Zealand All Blacks vs. USA Eagles match at Soldier Field that was particularly meaningful for him as a gay rugby player and fan of the game

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Aimee Herman takes a queer look at what has become a common rite of passage for young men.

Feel the Fear and Do Me Anyway

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I know my disability scares you; here’s why that’s okay.