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My Parents Have Disinherited Me and I am Penniless

Do Bastard Stand a Chance? “You bastard! You’ve just ruined my marriage!” My ever slightly narcissistic mother was at it again. Her sleeping around was suddenly my fault. I should not have been born. I should have kept her secret intact. My father (always a hard man) is doing . . . read more

The One Day Stand that Gave Me HIV

And Everyone Turned on Me Because I’m HIV Positive I know that it is a shocking thing to say; but I am past embarrassment after what I have been through. I am a 66 and a registered nurse. I am married and have been with my husband for 40 . . . read more

Can You Pray the Gay Away?

Gay Conversion Therapy: A Converted Straight Lives to Tell the Tale Let us get the preliminaries out of the way: I am a 35-year-old gay man. You cannot imagine how long it took me to get to that point. It is shocking to even consider that . . . read more

Black Lesbian Caricature: Gay People And Welfare Stigma

Who gets state welfare benefits and why? This is a question that has troubled the community as well as the social workers that have to explain everything to just about everybody. Over time a negative stereotype of “welfare queens” has been allowed to germinate with largely ineffective counterarguments. Notice the . . . read more

Personal Acceptance: Denial of Yet Another Queer Identity

An open letter to my mother: True personal acceptance and love cannot be conditional Cutting my hair was my first step towards personal acceptance. Cutting my hair consisted of months upon months of admiring various cuts and colors, before finally working up the courage to do it, despite . . . read more

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