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A Moment in History: Reactions from PRIDE/Marriage Equality Weekend

One day people will ask you what it was like that day. What were you doing? How did you celebrate? What was it like before marriage equality was a reality? When the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of same sex marriage on June 26, 2015, it …

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Gay Guilt - The Normal Heart
Entertainment

Gay Guilt and “The Normal Heart”

Ever since coming out, gay men from the older generation have been trying to teach me about the travesty of the AIDS epidemic. “You don’t know how good you have it.” “You don’t know what it was like.” “You don’t appreciate how much we fought for you.” This kind of …

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Secret Talking in Gay Code
Personal

Gay or Straight? The Difficulties of talking in Code

I’m at a party at another school and I meet this guy. His name is Tim. “Why are you wearing a cowboy hat?” I ask. “Well, I’m from Texas and my friends didn’t think I seemed Texan enough. So I signed a contract saying I’d wear it every time I …

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Michael Sam and Why We Shouldn't Call Conservatives Homophobes
Lifestyle

Michael Sam and Why We Shouldn’t Call Conservatives Homophobes

It showed up in my newsfeed after a few of my friends liked an eye-catching article on Facebook. It was from Youngcons.com (Young Conservatives) and the title read “Matt Walsh’s “homophobic rant against Michael Sam” is absolutely brilliant.” I was confused because how could my friends like and comment on …

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Alex van der Hoek
Lifestyle

Gay Men are Dangerous

“Watch your drinks. Don’t let anyone make you anything.” “Get ready to have orgies everyday.” “You’re going to come back covered in STDs.” This is what they told me before I left for my trip to the BVI, which I’m sure you’re tired of hearing about. My friends and family …

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Boys and Body Image Abs Selfie Workout Pic
Fitness

Boys and Body Image

An article came out last week revealing dramatically high rates of steroid use by gay and bisexual teen boys. With an average age of sixteen, the sample included 17,250 teenage boys, 635 of whom were gay or bisexual. An astounding 21 percent of gay and bisexual teens had tried steroids …

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Awkward After Date Text
Personal

TJ Maxx and the Feud of Romance and Reason

“This has to go well,” I thought while driving to my date at the Coffee Bean. “I met this boy at TJ Maxx and left him my number with no expectation that he would call and he did. With a romantic start like that, it has to go well. This …

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Young Alex van der Hoek Vogue Pose
Lifestyle

“Where’s your girlfriend?”: Kids’ Innocence and the Taboo of Sexual Identity

I love hanging out with kids. They don’t talk about their insurance plan, they don’t talk about how lovely the weather is today, and they don’t care about how you voted in the most recent election. I’m lucky enough to live in a neighborhood with kids and when my days …

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Alternative sexualities
Lifestyle

Alternative Sexualities

While in Barcelona, I made my one and only Lesbian friend while on this trip. I’ve often wondered where all the lesbians are and feel bad that there aren’t more options for them. Knowing Barcelona was better integrated, I took my new friend out to enjoy the nightlife despite her …

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