THE GAY MAN’S PLEDGE

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO MY OWN SELF-RESPECT AND TO THE RESPECT OFALL OTHER GAY MEN ON PLANET EARTH; ALL OF WHOM ARE VICTIMS OF THE ‘SYSTEM’ OFHATRED AND I PLEDGE TO USE ALL MY LIFE ENERGY, INTELLIGENCE AND CREATIVITY, INALL AREAS OF PEOPLE ACTIVITY, TO ELIMINATE THE GLOBAL ‘SYSTEM’ OF HOMOPHOBIA ONPLANET EARTH AND TO…

FISHER OF STORIES

Last Christmas I visited Hong Kong. This was my first trip to Asia and the cliché “sea of humanity” was never far from my mind (at times it was so much in my consciousness, it crowded out other clichés like, “never kiss a prostitute on the mouth.”) Anyway, there are a lot of people there….

JUST BE A MAN ABOUT IT {BOY}

The barbershop,the smells of masculine tonics saturating a space filled with leatherchairs, displaying the latest edition of KING MAGAZINE; a placewhere little boys become men, a place of STURDY moral character. A few weeks ago, I had thepleasure of being inside the walls of a local barbershop along with a toddlerthat was waiting for his first haircut. I sat and…

MONDAY MUSCIAL MOTIVATION: BORN THIS WAY

Born This Way” is a song byAmerican recording artist Lady Gaga, from her second studio album, Born This Way.Written and produced by Gaga,Fernando Garibay, Jeppe Laursen andDJ White Shadow, “Born This Way” was developed while Gaga was on theroad with The Monster Ball Tour. Inspired by the 1990sempowering music for women and the gay community,Gaga explained that “Born This Way” was…

IT GET’S BETTER: ¿WHEN?

Four months ago, Jamey Rodemeyer ofWilliamsville, NY, made an “It GetsBetter” video, usually something done by self-actualized LGBT adultswho are happy with how they’ve turned out. But Rodemeyer was just 14 and in hisvideo he admits his schoolmates often called him a “faggot” and that anonymoususers had been posting vicious comments on his Formspring account—hatefulmessages including…

DEAR ANDERSON COOPER: ¿WHO’S KEEPING YOU HONEST?

Through the windowsof the set, I can see flocks of birds flying over the backdrop of Central Park,and their freedom seems a tragic juxtaposition against yours. You suddenly seemto me a man who’s trapped – caged in that metal-and-glass backed setoverlooking Columbus Circle, frantically running up into the audience for onelast question that was actually…

“MOMMY, THEY ARE JUST LIKE ME”

My oldest son is six years old and in love for the firsttime.  He is in love with Blaine from Glee.  For those who don’t know Blaine is a boy…a gay boy, theboyfriend of one of the main characters, Kurt. This isn’t a ‘he thinks Blaine is really cool’ kind oflove.  It is a mooning at a…

POWERFUL MUSIC VIDEO ON HIV: I WILL

Photographer and director John Gress and singer/songwriterMarshall Titus havereleased “I Will,” a powerful new music video that addresses HIV andstigma among Black gay men. The video accompanies Marshall Titus‘moving and soulful track.  The beautifully lensed video tells the story of a young man who becomesdepressed after learning his HIV positive diagnosis. He shares his serostatuswith friends and a potential…

DADT REPEAL GOES INTO EFFECT

After years of debate and months offinal preparations, the military can no longer prevent gays from serving openlyin its ranks. Repeal of a 1993 lawthat allowed gays to serve only so long as they kept their sexual orientationprivate took effect Tuesday at 12:01 a.m. EDT.