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Gay Christian Saints? October 8th, 2011
Gay Christian Saints?

Now there's three words I bet you never thought you'd see together. Well, I'm about to add one more word to the mix that may shock you: Soldiers. Yesterday was the feast day of Sergius and Bacchus, two high-ranking young officers who became martyrs in 303 in modern-day Syria. Sergius, a primicerius (commander), and Bacchus, a secundarius(subaltern officer), were tortured to death after refusing to attend sacrifices to Zeus, thus revealing their secret Christianity. The men were arrested, stripped of their rank, and paraded through the streets in women’s clothing in an unsuccessful effort to humiliate them. Early accounts say that they responded by chanting that they were dressed as brides of Christ and, according to a website created in their honor, “In prison, while singing and praying, they were visited by angels who comforted them. Calling each other ‘brother’, they claimed that in their ‘union’ they became as one, as well as one with Christ.” Union, huh. So that's what they called it back then. Sergius and Bacchus were eventually separated and beaten so severely that Bacchus died. After some additional torture, Sergius was beheaded - but not before Bacchus appeared to Sergius as an angel dressed once again as a soldier. He urged Sergius not to ...

LGBT Authors Rate Their Top 5 Queer Books July 6th, 2011
LGBT Authors Rate Their Top 5 Queer Books

When I look back on my life, some of my most important moments of identity formation took place while I was reading books for English class. I had no concept of what it meant to be "gay" - let alone what the word itself meant. I fed on the subtle and more overt undertones of gay relationships found in books such as A Separate Peace, The Catcher in the Rye and Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. These books were assigned to the class for their literary merit - there was rarely a discussion in the class of the queer themes that I thought were so blatantly obvious. I saw myself reflected in these pages, their emotions, their confusion and struggle. As a frightened young boy, I can tell you there is nothing more magical than knowing you are not alone. I had no idea where to find books by queer authors - too afraid to go to the local library and search. How would I even know which ones I would enjoy and want to read over and over again? Once I entered college, my boyfriend told me about Christopher Rice, the gay son and author of Ann Rice (that woman we have to ...

Marriage Equality passed in the New York State Senate June 24th, 2011
Marriage Equality passed in the New York State Senate

What does this mean? Governor Cuomo must sign the bill. 30 days thereafter, legal same-sex marriage will be able to be performed in the State of New York. Same-sex couples will enjoy all benefits married couples enjoy provided by the State of New York. They will not enjoy those provided by the Federal Government. This means that same-sex married couples will still have to file as "single" on their federal taxes. What was negotiated? In order to gain the necessary votes, Democrats and Republicans provided exemptions for religious clergymen, affiliated non-for-profits and fraternal organizations that wish not to marry or provide services to same-sex couples. Why is this significant? New York has become the most populous State in the Union to recognize the performance of same-sex marriage. These are the facts.

What’s Holding up Marriage Equality in New York? June 21st, 2011
What’s Holding up Marriage Equality in New York?

The days are numbered in Albany this week. The Legislature breaks for summer recess as of Friday. A vote on Marriage Equality must take place between now and then. So what's holding it up still? Ostensibly, there is one remaining issue up for negotiation- exemptions for religious groups that do not wish to recognize same-sex unions. In the final bill, this may account for less that fifteen words, but they are critical none-the-less. There are rumors going around asserting that churches and clergy members would have to perform Marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples against their will. In fact, that is true... in states like Connecticut that mandate it, if a clergy member wishes to perform a service, the member must use the word "Marriage". In New York, the situation is wildly different. The Marriage Equality bill passed in the Assembly allows clergymen to excuse themselves if they personally oppose same-sex unions. The bill also stipulates that fraternal organizations, such as the Knights of Columbus, can not be compelled to rent their venues or provide services to same-sex unions. This is a particularly large concession considering fraternal organizations are commonly held to the same anti-discrimination standards that non-for-profits are. So what remains? Some ...

BornLikeThis Reviews BornThisWay May 24th, 2011
BornLikeThis Reviews BornThisWay

Looking back, one can almost trace the development of BornLikeThis along with the progress of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way era. When we first started posting, she was gearing up to release her similarly named first single that would take the world by storm. Since then, we’ve been there for the release of the crazy sci-fi video, her cancellation of her deal with Target for the chain’s anti-LGBT practices, and the Glee episode in her song’s honor. Finally, the most anticipated, hyped album release of 2011, an album that was, we have to assume, largely created with Gaga’s LGBT fans and supporters in mind, has arrived. While Gaga is many things to many people, modesty has never been her strong suit. In the months leading up to May 23, 2011, she relentlessly hyped her sophomore effort, calling it “the greatest album of the decade.” The underwhelming response to the first two singles, however, had critics already anticipating her downfall. Despite its admirable message (when’s the last time a song with the word “transgender” was a radio hit? Um, never), Born This Way was overwhelmingly written off as a cheesy Madonna clone. Second single Judas offered a haunting dance beat and ...

Tokenism within the LGBTQ Community May 4th, 2011
Tokenism within the LGBTQ Community

Get ready for some shameless self-promotion. Two of my fraternity brothers and I recently completed making a short 8-minute documentary that examined media representation of gay men and how it shapes and perpetuates the idea of the "Gay Best Friend". This was part of the ISM grant program put on by NYU's Center for Multicultural Education and Programs (CMEP for short). "ISM" usually applies to structural/institutional discriminations such as racism, sexism, etc. but this grant program allows participants who apply to make their own ISM if they'd like. All in all, I am really pleased with how it turned out. Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think by commenting on this page. You can view the video here

Inverview with Richard Socarides from April 9th, 2011
Inverview with Richard Socarides from

LGBT rights champion and President of Richard Socarides answers some questions about current issues facing our community. Richard served as a Senior White House Advisor to President Bill Clinton and has been instrumental in advancing equality for the past 20 years.

Advocate Announces Most Googled Gays of 2010 December 27th, 2010
Advocate Announces Most Googled Gays of 2010

There is really no better way of measuring one's popularity in 2010, which is why the Advocate has ranked the top 20 most googled gays and lesbians of 2010 in the U.S. Not surprisingly, the list is composed mostly of entertainment personalities, with gossip blogger Perez Hilton coming in at #1. Of course, given that most of those searches are probably for Hilton's self-titled website, I'm tempted to disregard his win and give the true title of most googled gay to American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert, who came in at #2. Other notable entries include 3 of the stars of FOX's Glee, out and proud actors Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer, and Jonathan Groff. Just making the list at #20? Former JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater, who threw a diva-worthy hissy fit on a flight last summer and became something of a working class hero. Only in America. See the complete list here. Happy Monday!