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Surviving a gay club: Straight, handsome and alone

He’s handsome, he’s wearing nice clothes and he’s alone. But he also happens to be straight, and he also happens to be walking into a gay bar for the first time.

This will be-let’s call him Jack’s— first time going into the realm of a queer bar, and he’s not sure what to expect.

One might ask why Jack, if he’s not gay, is going into this bar in the first place. Well, the answer is simple: it’s a free country and if a straight man wants a drink, he should be able to get one wherever he chooses.

On being black and gay

A gift of childhood is the distinct lack of self-awareness. You're alive, but you don't contemplate 'life'. One happy day becomes the next, until suddenly; your hitherto unknown differences are thrust upon you.

Once a child, now a black child.

You believed you were essentially the same as all the other kids in class, skin colour notwithstanding. The teacher picks on you, and Joel, and Emmanuel, for doing things you see everyone else doing.

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Is 'They' insane? The awkwardness of using plural pronouns to address one person

I am about to pitch a fit, but before I do, let me tell you what kind of hissy I am. I am a transgender woman - out for about two years - and of “seasoned years.” And, you need to know, I do not “pass.” I dress modestly and appropriately, but no one will be misled into thinking I was born with a vagina.

Now…my fit:

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Remember our homeless LGBTQ youth this holiday season

The holiday season is a difficult time of year for many.

Too often we see the glitz and glamour that this holiday brings, totally missing its spiritual message.The underlying message in celebrating the season is the full embrace of human difference and diversity.

I truly believe if Americans- Christians and non-Christians, alike - stayed more focused on the message and teachings of this holiday season, many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth and young adults would not have the annual angst of searching for home for the holidays.

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

The war on Christmas is not going away any time soon.

With Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, and Christmas all celebrated this time of year, one would think that we would embrace an all-inclusive seasonal greeting emblematic of our nation’s religious landscape with two simple words—Happy Holidays!

This year the controversy started with the inanity over the new design of Starbucks red holiday cup that didn’t have a Christmas theme or the greeting “Merry Christmas.”

Holiday homophobia hurts

Now that we have survived Thanksgiving, we begin descending into another round of holiday parties and merriment. During this time, we often overlook the very real plight of many in the LGBTQIA+ community.

Unfortunately, discrimination is still rampant -- whether it is in terms of overt homophobia or transphobia, or in awkward, but not necessarily malicious, ways. Families can be torn apart quickly by rejection of those who have come out, or they can be slowly shredded when significant others are ignored or alienated.

“Adopt-A-Transgender” for Christmas

We are nearly into the Christmas Season, and me being filled with Christmas Cheer, I have decided to show Scrooge “how it’s done” and reach out to those in need (well, a few of you, anyway).

This is an offer which will not result in you receiving any additional presents (that’s Santa’s job, not mine), but if you are selected as one of the beneficiaries of my Christmas generosity, you will be grateful, nonetheless.

Making spiritual journeys: Stepping Stone honors Dia de los Muertos for a good cause

SAN DIEGO -- On Sunday, November 1, Stepping Stone of San Diego celebrated its annual fundraiser in honor of Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

Dia de los Muertos is a Mayan and Aztecian spirited holiday in which people remember and honor family members who have passed; it is a celebration of their lives. It is observed in Mexico, South America, and the United States.

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Davey Wavey says LGBT monogamy is "stupid" and porn is cheating

Since the gay marriage debate began and ultimately the passing of marriage equality in June, 2015, there seems to be some questions about gay monogamy, and if it can exist in the LGBT world.

In a recent video produced by the YouTube’s NewsyNews channel, the “Try to Care” show addressed the issue of being faithful to one person sexually, and the panel of three guests, although varied, agreed that it was an outdated concept.

What should white LGBTQ organizations do post-marriage equality?

With this June’s historic Supreme Court ruling — Obergefell v. Hodge — that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states many white LGBTQ organizations nationwide have been questioning what to do next.

Last month the Harvard Alumni Association and the Harvard Gender & Sexuality Caucus picked up the gauntlet to answer that very question, co-sponsoring a conference titled “What Should We Do After ‘I Do’?”: Conversations on the Challenges That Remain for the LGBTQ Community. "