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Imagine A World... Why the "New Gay" Outlook Will Become Increasingly Common (Part 2 of 2)

Posted on December 24, 2015 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (3)

By Dennis Stone


Nonetheless, a community of gay people would still exist, if for no other reason than it would be useful for meeting people. And there would be a segment of gay people who felt alienated from mainstream society, which would seem to them staid, predictable, lacking in life and creativity. They would band together as a refuge from that stifling environment. It would be much like elements of the artistic community that has existed for generations – a sort ...

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Imagine A World... Why the "New Gay" Outlook Will Become Increasingly Common (Part 1 of 2)

Posted on December 23, 2015 at 1:35 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dennis Stone


Imagine a world that from the beginning treated gay people just like everyone else, that always considered homosexuality to be simply another variant of sexual expression. Where the Bible and the Koran were not used to condemn, and where religious traditions were inclusive and welcoming. Where parents were accepting of their gay children, and where hatred and discrimination were not socially acceptable.


Yes, I know, that’s not a be...

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"The Backlot" Fades Away

Posted on December 20, 2015 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (8)

By Dennis Stone


I would guess that most everyone reading this has had the experience of going back to visit a place where they formerly lived, and reminiscing about some of the good times from that time and place. I would also guess that most people who have done that have encountered a situation where the location has dramatically changed, or has even been torn down.


I just tried to go back in time myself by visiting “The Backlot” websi...

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Alice's Restaurant - 50 Years Ago!

Posted on December 13, 2015 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dennis Stone


At Thanksgiving in both 2013 and 2014 I wrote articles about listening to Arlo Guthrie’s classic 18-minute song/story “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” as I drove to my family Thanksgiving. Somehow a super long song from 50 years ago has become a Thanksgiving classic on radio, ostensibly because the first part of the song is about events on Thanksgiving. But it was1965, and the song was recorded in 1968! I’m not sure why the tr...

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Vladimir Putin: Person Of the Year?

Posted on December 7, 2014 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dennis Stone


Hey, John Waters is on the cover of "The Advocate!"


That was my first thought as I ripped open the plain gray wrapper concealing the latest editions of "The Advocate" and "Out."  (As an aside, it bothers me a bit that magazines with those titles and with the missions they have still come in packaging designed to conceal the contents. I'm not advocating a change, and I have alway...

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Joan Rivers And Gay Boundaries

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dennis Stone


"Out" editor Aaron Hicklin was in Iceland when the word came that Joan Rivers had died. In his "Editor's Letter" in the most recent issue he says this about the legendary comedian:  "Rivers was brash, loud, crude, and gleefully offensive. She was also a perpetual outsider. Gay men, by and large, loved her because she was so scrupulously anti-establishment, and because she had no boundaries. None. But mostly we loved h...

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I Saw A Stereotype On the Street Today

Posted on November 1, 2014 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dennis Stone


Well, actually, I saw him on the street yesterday, but I like that title, and since I worked late last night I was unable to write this until today.  


I work in downtown St. Paul, and I saw three interesting gay-related things on the street this past week. On Monday, while going out to pick up something for lunch, I saw a cute 20-something couple walking toward me, hand in han...

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Censoring Words In the Media

Posted on June 8, 2014 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (1)

By Dennis Stone


Well, I've had a heck of a time getting the hang of this blog thing. Every time I sit down to write a blog post it turns into a full commentary piece. For example, my previous piece about Jonah Hill. But THIS time it's going to be a real blog post, i.e., a bit of rambling on a couple of different subjects.


First up, I noticed something interesting and perplexing ab...

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Jonah Hill's Faggot Moment

Posted on June 4, 2014 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (3)

By Dennis Stone


Uh oh...Jonah Hill has stepped in it this time. I'm sure virtually all readers of this piece are aware of what Jonah did and said last weekend. But I'll recap anyway. Jonah was out and about with a friend in Los Angeles when a couple of paparazzi started filming him and asking him questions. One of them made fun of his floral print board shorts, and then continued following him for another 40 seconds ...

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The Regular Folks Of Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Posted on May 26, 2014 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (2)

By Dennis Stone


I've been aware for some time of the disparity between the view of the gay community that we see in the media, especially online, and the "real" community that is rarely seen and rarely understood. I recall a poll on AfterElton about three years ago that asked about one's religious perspective. Somewhere around 13% of the respondents said that religion was important to them. That contrasted with a nat...

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Michael Sam Is Drafted By the NFL

Posted on May 12, 2014 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (3)

By Dennis Stone


Another milestone was reached on Saturday when Michael Sam was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the National Football League draft. He therefore becomes the first openly gay professional football player (American football, that is). The NFL is one of the most notoriously super-macho bastions of "traditional" masculinity in the world, and Michael Sam is smashing a significant barr...

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Dawn Of A New Glee

Posted on April 5, 2014 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (2)

I watched last week's episode of "Glee" with more anticipation than I've felt for the show for a LONG time. The elimination of Lima and the glee club, replaced entirely by the New York experience, heralded a brand new start for the show that I've loved for almost five years now. Can it really be that long? My love for the show had been fading, though, and I no longer looked forward to the show each week as an "event," as I used to. It had ALMOST - though not quite - become a la...

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"I Think Of Myself As A Man"

Posted on March 24, 2014 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dennis Stone


(Well, this was my first attempt to write a blog post, but it grew into the size of an article. That may not be an uncommon occurrence.)


I've been fighting a cold for the past few days, and while flipping channels aimlessly on the TV Saturday night I came upon "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner." It was toward the end of the movie, but I've seen it before and so that didn't matter. I deci...

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Site Announcement: The Times They Are A'Changin'

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (3)

By Dennis Stone


 

It was fun while it lasted.


 

I’ve decided to end “The New Millennial Gay Experience” website as we know it. Though it won’t actually disappear. I’m scaling it back and turning it into a simple personal blog. I’ll make typical blog entries, and also write the occasional full-fledged article when the inspiration strikes me. T...

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My Crisis of Conscience - Am I Just A Contrarian?

Posted on March 15, 2014 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (3)

By Dennis Stone


If you’ve read this site with any consistency, or have seen my comments on AfterElton and The Backlot, you know that I tend to take positions that go against the “mainstream” of gay commentary. I defended Brandon Ambrosino’s controversial article on fluidity and his claim that he “chose” to be gay, I consistently defend the “post-gay” philosophy (while preferring to refer...

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Stop The Victim Mentality

Posted on March 8, 2014 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (2)

By Dennis Stone


A week or two ago HuffPost Gay Voices published a first person piece by a gay man who had recently gone shopping with his partner for home remodeling products. When they asked a store employee for directions to a product’s location he ignored them, then essentially grunted a curt answer when they asked again.


Dismayed at the anti-gay treatment, they continued shopping, ...

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Bad News Tuesday: Gay Bullying Will Always Be With Us

Posted on March 4, 2014 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dennis Stone


“Nina germs!”


The cry rang out on the playground, and all of the third grade kids scattered. I was eight years old, and the last thing I wanted was “Nina germs.” You got them simply by touching an unfortunate classmate named Nina. And those germs were very contagious. Once someone had them they could pass them on to someone else by touching them. And so ...

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One By One, The Dominoes Are Falling

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (2)

By Dennis Stone


I’ve been talking for years about the inevitability of gay marriage, legal equality and the generalized societal acceptance of gays and lesbians, at least in the Western world. But even I have been left in open-mouthed astonishment at how fast the process is proceeding. Just in the past couple of weeks we’ve seen several major developments that reflect a swift and massive cultural change, a change that rein...

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When You're Saving The World, Be Careful!

Posted on February 23, 2014 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dennis Stone


I became a progressive at the age of fifteen because I wanted to save the world. Even before I knew I was gay I wanted to make society more inclusive, more equitable, more concerned for the less fortunate. And that’s also why I wanted to become a writer. I wanted to write the “great American novel” that would change minds and attitudes, and galvanize my fellow citizens to take up the cause of making the...

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No Need To Worry!

Posted on February 19, 2014 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (2)

By Dennis Stone


Our faithful reader and frequent commenter Hue-Man recently posted a comment expressing concern about what will happen when the carefree out young people of today enter the “real world.” With ENDA not passed in the U.S., and without legal job protections in a majority of the states, he wonders, will young people go back into the closet out of self protection?


I do...

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