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The New Millennial Gay Experience

Being gay in our emerging new world

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When I Marry I'll Take My Husband's Name

Posted on November 11, 2013 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (2)

By Paul Johnson


Taking someone's last name as your own. It's a loaded action, carrying with it thousands of years of marriage traditions. Traditionally used to signify a bride's new ownership by her husband, it's been rejected to a certain degree by modern society. Other methods, like hyphenations, have gained mainstream acceptance. Some couples skip the process entirely, each keeping their own names.


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At College I Will No Longer Be Unique

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

By Paul Johnson

 

I am not a rebel. I don't drink. I don't smoke. I don't do drugs. I don't go to illicit parties. My future dream career is to become an orthopedic surgeon and develop better robotic hand prosthetics that can respond to stimuli from the brain. When a local newspaper says they want to interview a student from my high school, the faculty p...

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Lucas Butler Unmasked!

Posted on October 28, 2013 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (6)

By Paul Johnson (formerly known as “Lucas Butler”)


[Note: I, Paul Johnson, have decided to remove my previous pseudonym of Lucas Butler. This is partially because I'm now a legal adult, and partially because I'd like to mention this writing gig on my upcoming college applications. Carry on.]


Much of my childhood was spent contemplating suicide. A shy, awkward boy, I fumbled through ...

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The New HIV Strain In Russia - A Big Red Flag?

Posted on October 28, 2013 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (2)

By Farid-ul-Haq


I guess we all know about HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, or Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. As the name implies, it causes the failure of the human immune system, which in turn makes the body vulnerable to infections and cancers. Ever since its discovery (it was clinically observed in the U.S in 1981), people have associated it with gay men. The disease has been called a number of names: GRID (gay-related immune de...

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Glee - Saying Goodbye To Finn Hudson

Posted on October 17, 2013 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (2)

By Farid-ul-Haq


Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no denying that “Glee” is a TV series that is considered an international phenomenon. The pilot debuted on May 19, 2009 and the rest is history. It instantly gained a devoted fandom around the world, including in my country of Pakistan. The series seemed to connect with everyone. Teenagers especially related to the characters they saw on their TV screens every wee...

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Generations - Part 2 - Generation Y, the Millennials, and Our Future Together

Posted on October 15, 2013 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (1)

By Dback


(In part one of his two part series Dback  began his examination of the different experiences of different generations by discussing the "Greatest Generation," the Baby Boomers, and Generation X.)


Generation Y (roughly 1978-1992), growing up ...

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Generations - Part 1 - "The Greatest Generation," the Boomers, and Gen X"

Posted on October 14, 2013 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (1)

by Dback


For an interesting experiment recently, I (Generation X, born in 1966) decided to ask my sister (Generation Y, born in 1978 what she thought of the Millennial generation. These are the people who were born during the Clinton boom, came of age under George W. Bush and in a post-September 11th world, and are now 20-somethings looking for work. How did they co...

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Poor. Religious. Southern. Fat. Gay.

Posted on October 12, 2013 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (2)

By Lane Forsman


My childhood.


Sounds fun, no?Truth is, it really was. That’s not to say that I didn’t have my hard times. My maturation into the confidently gay man of faith that I am today didn’t come without its hardships. What my childhood did was provide me with an amazing perspective on the world. Each of these descriptors has some ...

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Straight Writers and Gay Characters: Why I Care

Posted on October 7, 2013 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (1)

By Ulysses Grant Dietz


I belong to a men's book group, which I joined blithely assuming it would be a gay group since a gay friend organized it. As it turned out, I am not only the second oldest man in the group, but one of only two gay men of the dozen who signed on. Yikes. But I have found that I enjoy these straight guys, who are cool and non-homophobic (and we're all parents and suburbanites, so I'm not that exotic).

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The "New Millennial Gay Experience" for all?

Posted on October 6, 2013 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (3)

By Farid-ul-Haq


(Editor's note:  I asked Farid his thoughts about writing for a site that celebrates the new millennial gay experience, a way of life he is unable to live in Pakistan.)


We all know that being gay in 2013 is very different from what it used to be years back, at least for many. People are more open about their sexuality, and they are seeing widespread acceptance. They can live t...

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ShortCuts Are Here - Reader Submissions Welcome!

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (1)

As you can see on the front page, the new ShortCuts feature is now an official part of the site. As I described them in my earlier article, ShortCuts “will be brief pieces – likely just a paragraph or two – reflecting points we want to make; subjects in the news worth a mention; books, movies, television shows, etc., that we’d like to recommend; articles on other websites worth reading; etc.”

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Being Gay and Young in Pakistan - Where to find Support?

Posted on October 2, 2013 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (4)

By Farid-ul-Haq


(Editor’s note: Understanding what it means to be gay in different countries is important for all of us. Farid’s articles about Pakistan are instructive, sad and hopeful, all at the same time. In a lot of ways, the situation in Pakistan reminds me of what it was like for many Americans in the 1970s and 1980s. I have hope that because of the internet and global interconnectedness, the pace of acceptance there...

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Introducing: ShortCuts

Posted on October 1, 2013 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (6)

Introducing: ShortCuts


By Dennis Stone


Our site has a new feature, and also a reorganization of the front page. As regular readers know, our articles have been quite long in many cases. That’s great in one sense, in that we can delve into things in depth, as I did in my piece about the James Franco roast (which included an analysis of one professor’s universal theory of comedy!). Or as...

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Divas!!!! - Part 2 - Liza!, Cher!, AIDS, the modern world

Posted on September 28, 2013 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (2)

By Dback


If neither Streisand nor Midler were a gay man’s choice of diva in the 70’s, there were plenty of other up-and-comers. Garland was gone, but her daughter Liza Minnelli exploded with her Oscar-winning role in Cabaret, her TV special “Liza with a Z,” and her own signature song, “New York, New York.” Her competition for the Best Actress Oscar?


Former Su...

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DIVAS!!!!! Part 1 - The Beginnings; Judy, Barbra and Bette

Posted on September 27, 2013 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (3)

By Dback


Since time immemorial - probably as long as theatrical, compelling women have been singing songs - gay men have loved their divas. I have no proof that there were gay men throwing their undershirts at Swedish opera songstress Jenny Lind during her U.S. tour of 1851, but it wouldn’t surprise me a bit.


What is it about the diva? Gay men idolize her, yes; some even want to be h...

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Assimilation Or Integration?

Posted on September 24, 2013 at 2:10 AM Comments comments (3)

By Lane Forsman


Assimilation is a topic we’ve discussed in detail in a couple of previous articles. Most of what has been said relates to explaining why assimilation isn’t a bad thing, despite what a lot of gay people say. And it really isn’t, but I feel like as a community we’re missing something in this conversation. When we see an LGBT individual behaving in a way that we a...

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Being Muslim and Gay - An Eternity of Damnation?

Posted on September 22, 2013 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (5)

By Farid-ul-Haq


When it comes to people who oppose homosexuality, a large majority of them believe that being gay is against religion. That the word of God has forbidden a man to have sexual relationships with other men. That anyone who does such an unnatural act has been cast away from the blessing of God and is cursed unless he seeks forgiveness and gets back on the “right” path. For anti-LBGT people be...

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In My School: The Kids Are Alright

Posted on September 13, 2013 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (7)

By Paul Johnson


My school doesn't like politics. We have an extremely diverse student body, but anything resembling "Diversity Celebration" tends to be greeted with more eye rolls than cheers. I feel that this is a result of the city I live in: most of our students have never known real discrimination for their minority or non-minority status. When adults try to tell them they're “Brave, Admirable Role Models for Tragically Persecu...

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Being Gay Wasn't a Choice for Wentworth Miller, But Coming Out Was

Posted on September 12, 2013 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (5)

By Farid ul Haq


Even if you weren’t a fan of the hit drama series “Prison Break,” I bet most of you have gotten to know about the handsome actor Wentworth Miller by now. The internet is full of news about him coming out as gay, as well as his whole journey. Some of you must be rolling your eyes by now…Another piece about Wentworth Miller coming out, haven’t we all had enough already?


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Where Did You Go?

Posted on September 9, 2013 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (5)

By Dback


A few thousand years ago (well, okay, 1971, but it might as well have been B.C.), there was a movie called “Some Of My Best Friends Are…” which played a handful of theaters and vanished into the ether. To this day it hasn’t been released on DVD, and the rights are apparently in limbo. I saw a print of it in the early 90’s during an afternoon revival showing at the Castro theater (when I wasn...

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