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Wednesday, September 10 2014

Great Sex and No Worries: The Myth of Drug Use

Drugs. We LGBT folk certainly seem to like them. We use them at higher rates than heterosexuals, and we really like to mix them with sex. What a shame they're killing us.


Friday, July 11 2014

Singing the Low-Down, Down-Low Blues

Women in jazz can sing about their same-sex experiences, while men tend to stay deeply in the closet. Odd, considering the genre once embraced such dalliances.


Wednesday, June 25 2014

Dr. McMurtrie and the Gay Kiss

A homophobic doctor, writing in 1914, helped NFL player Michael Sam kiss his boyfriend on TV 100 years later.


Wednesday, May 14 2014

A Gay ‘Idol’, and We Don’t Mean Judy Garland

It's no secret that American Idol has had LGB contestants before, but the show seemed to adopt a "don't ask, don't tell" policy up until this season, until M. K. Nobilette.


Tuesday, April 8 2014

Who’s Tapping Into the Dream Market?

They don't make gay laundry detergent, lesbian deodorant, bisexual tomato paste, or transsexual wine coolers, but the effort to appeal to the LGBT demographic is on the rise.


Thursday, March 13 2014

Adonis Meets Narcissus

Many gay men are trying to be that well-endowed Dolce and Gabbana model, rather than be themselves. Are exercise and dieting out of control in the gay community?


Friday, February 7 2014

Et Tu, Utah?

The battle for gay marriage rights in Utah is turning so ugly and complicated that it will make the battle in California look like a trip to Disneyland.


Wednesday, January 15 2014

Is He a Friend of Dorothy? Is She a Dragzilla?

Who knew that every time I mowed the yard and stuck a Kelly green bandana in my back left pocket to wipe my sweaty brow, I was also advertising that I'm a male prostitute for hire?


Friday, December 13 2013

No Place to Live if You’re Gay

We Americans may get disapproving looks for our "I'm not gay but my girlfriend is" t-shirts, but we don't worry that we'll be thrown in jail and tortured. Yet, in 76 countries in the world, that's a real possibility.


Thursday, November 14 2013

What If God Doesn’t Hate Fags After All?

Both James Alexander Langteaux and Mary Griffith have become leading voices in the discussion about how one can align a deeply personal relationship with God and support the LGBT community. Yet, neither wanted the job.


Thursday, October 17 2013

Get the Fuzzy Navels Ready, It’s LGBT Movie Time

Queer, Isn't It? presents the first of five films in its LGBT Hall of Fame.


Wednesday, July 17 2013

America’s LGBT and Straight Game Changers

These LGBT "game changers" are moving us all forward, into a world where sexual orientation is no longer the characteristic by which we solely define people.


Sunday, June 9 2013

God Hates You, But Fred Phelps Doesn’t

The Pastor of Westboro Baptist Church is one of the most hated men in the US. That's OK with him, because he thinks that God hates you more than you hate Fred Phelps.


Tuesday, May 21 2013

Would You Like a Side of Attitude with That?

The LGBT community has been a staple of the service industry for years. At some point, you will have an LGBT server or chef working on your edibles.


Sunday, April 7 2013

Gay Dating Sites: Here’s Your Ticket to Crazy Town

With this many local gay men on meeting sites, a quest to meet at least one new friend should be easy, I thought. What I had yet to realize was that the world of online dating is disassociated from reality -- really disassociated.


Monday, March 11 2013

‘How to Survive a Plague’: Critical Lessons for a New Era

How to Survive a Plague portrays an important era in LGBT history, a time when the gay community banded together in a way that politics or prejudice could never have fostered.


Sunday, February 3 2013

‘Pray the Gay Away’: On Being Beaten with the Bible Belt

A mother attempting to stab her own daughter, an exorcism, a school suspending a student -- author Bernadette Barton describes growing up in the religious South.


Thursday, December 13 2012

And in the Fifth Grade, We Teach Fellatio

Do we need to teach kids about LGBT people in our schools? Well, it's only normal that kids will have questions about such things, especially when Uncle Dan suddenly insists on being called Aunt Dana and is borrowing earrings from Mommy.


Wednesday, November 7 2012

Let’s Tip Our Hats to Those Who Have Joined the Sequined and Flanneled Front Lines

Among the things that members of the LGBT community should be most grateful for are those straights who have joined in the fight to ensure our equality and recognition under the law, from Avan Jogia to Zach Wahls.


Sunday, September 23 2012

Hell, Mary: The Stigma of the LGBT Athlete

Ten gay or lesbian athletes walked away from the 2012 Summer Olympics with medals. Will they open the door for LGBT athletes in all sports?


Monday, July 30 2012

The Bonds of Marriage: Requiem for Omegapan

I once heard someone say that losing a same-sex partner wasn't the same as losing a marital partner, because there weren't the bonds of marriage tying the two together.


Thursday, February 9 2012

And the Academy Awards Nominees Are… Straight

Films about LGBT people that are aimed at mass audiences win awards; films about LGBT people that are aimed at LGBT audiences… not so much. So, here's the Queer, Isn't It? Best Pic nominees.


Tuesday, January 31 2012

The Gay Ole Countryside

As challenging as it can be to grow up gay or lesbian in an area where the next closest homosexual is 50 miles away, it's often not the sad existence that an urban dweller might assume it to be.


Wednesday, December 14 2011

Sex Is Between the Legs, Gender Is Between the Ears

It's been over 70 years since Lili Elbe underwent the first gender reassignment surgery, so isn't it time that media in so-called 'advanced' cultures began to recognize the presence of trans persons in its midst?


Monday, November 14 2011

The ‘Down-Low’ Is Still Kept Down and Low in Black Communities

Despite gay rights progress on many fronts, the problems of black LGBT people are still largely invisible, as they are often shunned by the black communities from which they come.


Tuesday, October 4 2011

Beyond Jodie Dallas: TV’s 10 Most Important LGBT Characters

Several "best" or "favorite" LGBT TV character lists have popped up in recent years, but they don't always include the most important LGBT characters. So, we pay tribute to the ten(ish) most significant LGBT characters in US television history.


Tuesday, August 16 2011

Lesbian Musicians These Days: More than Just Women with Guitars

In its July issue, Curve features a list of "101 Essential Musicians", admitting that the list doesn't "do justice" to a majority of the lesbian artists working today. We'll help Curve fill out that list, here.


Thursday, July 14 2011

All Hail the Queens

The flamboyant queen is the black sheep of the LGBT 'family'. Cross the line into full drag, and the family declares you to be fabulous; just be a bit swishy with a propensity to wear scarves and a touch of make-up, and you're open game for ridicule, ostracism, and violence.


Tuesday, June 14 2011

Did Tennessee Williams See Bugs Bunny Kiss Elmer Fudd?

It may seem a stretch to connect the work of Tennessee Williams with that of a slapstick cartoon character, but both pushed sexual boundaries and allowed viewers to consider sexuality outside of the conventional heteronormative values prevalent under the restrictive Hayes Code.


Monday, April 11 2011

Form and Function: Art from Another Point of View

It is the inexactitude in defining "art", let alone "good art", that leads to controversy, and no demographic group has elicited more protests and controversy than LGBT artists.


Wednesday, March 16 2011

Buyer’s Remorse: Boycotting for Civil Rights

Eating chicken-fried steak can keep you from marrying your partner or gaining workplace equality. So can buying tennis shoes, shipping a package, and decorating your home.


Monday, February 7 2011

Don’t Ask, Because You Already Know

For those still apprehensive or down-right opposed to gay personnel serving openly, perhaps a little perspective will provide a better understanding of how allowing LGBT persons to serve will affect America's armed forces. Gay and lesbian soldiers are nothing new.


Tuesday, December 14 2010

Gays and Stages

LGBT characters and themes are more prevalent in theater than in film or TV, unless you're watching Bravo, which is a gay man's paradise, with more bitchy queens than a Miss Continental pageant.


Monday, November 22 2010

‘Till the Children Come Home

Just as they have done for decades, the aging soldiers of the LGBT community wait with open arms and hearts, ready to cradle and nurse those who are dying a slow death. However, the killer today is not AIDS -- well, not as much as it once was -- but the crushing weight of cruelty.


Monday, October 18 2010

Bad Queer! Bad! Bad!

Queer, Isnt It? columnist Michael Abernethy rolls up his sleeves for some serious smackdowns, starting with Perez Hilton, arguably among America's most badly behaved, embarrassing queens.


Wednesday, September 1 2010

‘Word Is Out’‘s Historical Importance Cannot Be Underestimated

Tales of secrecy, discrimination, discovery, bonding, and isolation and loneliness are common, not surprising considering the social and political climate for the LGBT community in the '70s.


Sunday, July 18 2010

Tammy Faye Never Understood What That Whole Gay Thing Was About

Whatever her motivation, there's no doubt that Tammy Faye liked us. Still, despite all of her proselytizing about the LGBT community, she seemed to have had little effect on the evangelical movement.


Monday, June 14 2010

‘Tis the Season To Be Jolly. And Gay.

Between the parades and parties and protests this month, make time to whip up a batch of Pink Ladies and raise your glasses to the countless unsung LGBT individuals who are blazing…no, flaming a path for us all.


Wednesday, May 26 2010

Change Is Coming, Ain’t No Stopping It, Now

The hope for civil rights for LGBT people lies in the hands of today's teens and young adults. This generation has grown up with gay and lesbian family, friends and classmates.


Wednesday, April 7 2010

Butch Dyke or Earth Mother or Something Else Entirely?

For years, society had two perceptions of what lesbians look like. Today, high fashion and lesbians aren't such strangers -- and it's getting harder to tell, Is She or Isn't She?


Wednesday, March 17 2010

Born This Way

Imagine inhabiting a body that was completely contradictory to what your mind said was right for you. How far would you go to make your body reflect who you really are?


Tuesday, February 9 2010

For Your Consideration: Trophies for Queers

Latins have the ALMAs, African-Americans the NAACP Image Awards, Christians the Dove Awards, so why isn't there a serious awards show given by the LGBT community for LGBT artists?


Tuesday, January 26 2010

Just Drawn that Way

Like their straight counterparts, LGBT comics offer a wide range of world-views. Were they to gain more attention in traditional media, they could help convince that there is no such thing as a "typical" gay or lesbian.


Sunday, December 13 2009

Troublemakers: Adam Lambert and Will Phillips

Adam Lambert and Will Phillips have a lot in common. Both have publically pushed boundaries of what is deemed socially allowable.


Wednesday, November 4 2009

Neil Patrick Harris: The Other Sort

Neil Patrick Harris is riding high these days. But in years past, if the average person sitting in his or her Barcalounger knew a TV star was gay, it would have been disastrous for both series and star.


Wednesday, October 14 2009

Sitting on the Mountaintop

Did Obama calm the rash of criticism regarding his inaction on gay rights with his recent speech to the Human Rights Campaign?


Monday, August 17 2009

Like ‘The New York Times’—with a Pink Boa and a Tiara

Local LGBT papers are a vital part of our community. They bind us together, and they have played a major role in the development of that community. If only they were more inclusive.


Monday, July 27 2009

You Can Be Queen for a Day

What are all of us honest-to-goodness, queer-to-the-core homosexuals to make of these wannabes?


Thursday, June 4 2009

Stonewall: 40 Years Hence

America's first gay Vice-President lived for 15 years with America's first gay President – and more from this Gay Pride Month's Public Service Announcement.


Monday, May 11 2009

“I Thee Wed”

Weddings performed by a justice of the peace, a ship's captain, or an Elvis impersonator don't fit into the historical, traditional view of marriage, performed in and sanctioned by the church – but they’re legal.


Wednesday, April 15 2009

Is Your Child Safe?

If opponents of gay rights are serious about stopping child molestation, they shouldn't look inside the gay community. They should look inside the house next door.


Sunday, March 22 2009

Oxymorons: Gay Nazi, Gay Aryan, Gay Supremacist

History reveals that homosexuals have long been a part of the Nazi party and were major players in its formation. Hitler's relationships with gay men offer profound lessons for today's gay community.


Monday, February 23 2009

I’ve Got the Music in Me

Today, LGBT musicians can flourish as themselves, not hiding behind euphemisms and fictional record label biographies.


Tuesday, January 20 2009

Welcome, Miss Addams, to Your History

The personal life of 20th century America's Mother of Modern Social Work provides us with lessons during our 21st century debate on GLBT rights.


Sunday, December 14 2008

The California Smack-down

The victory of Proposition 8 could be the best thing to happen to the LGBT community in a long time, but only if we pay attention to its lessons.


Sunday, November 23 2008

Fresh Squeeze with Pulp

The dimestore novels of the '50s and '60s helped foster the gay rights movement. And many of them aroused their readers while inspiring them.


Wednesday, November 12 2008

A Cure for What Ails You

Thanks to modern psychology, you can now be trained to accept or reject homosexuality – yours or others -- depending on your interpretation of what's needed.


Sunday, September 14 2008

The Changing Face of Drag

In large part, the social acceptance of drag has turned female impersonation into a corporate commodity.


Monday, August 11 2008

Dragging the Old Nag to the Racetrack, Again

Once again, gay rights have been thrust into the center of a political campaign. Will it be a winning strategy again?


Tuesday, July 22 2008

A Clan, a Network, a Tribe, a Family

Not only does the GLBT community view itself as one movement, society has mandated that the groups are linked -- if not intentionally, then through selective exclusion.


Thursday, June 19 2008

Saying It With Pride

From Tammy Faye to Rick Santorum, hoodia to herpes treatments, this is a hodge-podge of Pride Month-induced thoughts.


Wednesday, May 14 2008

The People at the Airport Took it Well

Gay visibility on TV may have increased significantly in the last three decades, but consigned to secondary roles on network shows, the impact of that visibility is weakened.


Sunday, April 6 2008

Nuke the Kiss

For some TV viewers, storylines of adultery, murder, war, rape, etc. are not reprehensible enough to prompt a channel change; two men kissing, however, is another matter.


Wednesday, March 12 2008

If It’s Gay, It’s Gotta Be Good, Right?

Dante's Cove isn't the only piece of gay schlock to be embraced by the gay and lesbian community – we're quick to latch on to almost anything gay-related and rally around it, no matter how bad it may be.


Thursday, February 7 2008

Jesus Loves Me, This I Know

A Christian nation wouldn't accept homosexuality. The big question, then, is whether America is a Christian nation.


Sunday, January 13 2008

Getting to Know You

In the blogging stage of the information age, there's no reason to not know what the GLBT community is all about.


Wednesday, December 12 2007

Gay Men Have Large Big Toes

Is there any definite way to tell if a person is gay? Conventional wisdom would lead you to believe there is.


Thursday, November 15 2007

It’s a World of Hope, It’s a World of Fear

GLBT persons in the West face various acts of discrimination. At least state-sanctioned murder isn't among them.


Monday, October 15 2007

PFLAG: A Piece of Our Hearts

For 35 years, long before "traditional family values" became a buzz-phrase, PFLAG has been preaching inclusion, love, acceptance, and understanding.


Wednesday, September 12 2007

Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are - Whether You Want to or Not

The decision to come out is a personal one, except when your words and actions forfeit your right to a closeted life.


Wednesday, August 22 2007

Ready for Their Close-up

If not for the work of director James Broughton, gay cinema may not have progressed as quickly as it has.


Wednesday, July 18 2007

Consent of the Governed

The election of gay officials isn't about promoting agenda; it's about electing the most qualified individuals.


Wednesday, June 27 2007

I’m Comin’ with the U-Haul, Baby

This One's for the Girls... I mean Women, or Rather Wymen... uh, Wimin... This One's for the Lesbians! Abernethy learns that society as a whole is relatively indifferent to the lesbian community, whether through acceptance, titillation, or oblivion.


Monday, May 28 2007

Tonight’s Episode: Psycho Cross-Dressing Killers

The history of TV is lacking GLBT characters. But on which shows should they have appeared? If ever someone needed a friend that was a tool-toting lesbian, for example, it was Lucy Ricardo.


Wednesday, May 16 2007

The Scorecard

There isn't a scorecard of social injustice that makes one group more worthy of equality than others.


Wednesday, April 18 2007

“Faggot! Sissy! Queer!”

Increasingly, the sound echoing from our school playgrounds is the sound of hatred and bigotry.


Thursday, March 22 2007

‘That Ain’t Right!’

The news, television, and films all reinforce the idea that there is something wrong with even the hint of homosexuality.


Thursday, February 15 2007

“You Know, They’re All Alike”

Even the most die-hard homosexual would probably be a little disconcerted should his or her doctor flit into the room exclaiming, "Girlfriend! Your X-rays look faaabulous!"


Thursday, January 18 2007

A Good Return for Our Toil

This is what married people do for one another.


Sunday, January 7 2007

The Ugly Duckling has Two Daddies

We are surrounded by a large population that simply flaunts its homosexualness at us -- flagrantly, shamelessly, and completely uncontrollably.


Thursday, November 16 2006

Gay Icons: Judy Who?

Our choice for icons is about more than just high camp and melodrama; it's about who we are in a fundamental way.


Thursday, October 26 2006

Gay and Gray

Due to AIDS and homophobic violence, many LGBT souls who fought so hard for the things we take for granted today never expected to reach old age... but they have.


Monday, September 18 2006

Do You Wanna Funk with Me?: A Beginner’s Guide to Gay Nightclubs

Going to a gay nightclub shouldn't be an intimidating experience, and could prove to be the most fun straight people have had out in a long time.


Wednesday, August 23 2006

Bi the Way…

Bisexuals are the oft-overlooked segment of the GLBT and straight communities.


Sunday, July 23 2006

Out Business / Our Business

Tom Cruise is NOT Gay... but Anderson Cooper Might Be.


Wednesday, June 21 2006

And I’m Proud to be an American, Where at Least I Know… I’m a Second Class Citizen

A hard lesson in resolve: gay-basher Fred Phelps may have one 'quality', if you will, worth considering.


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