Homophobia

Coming Out Story: From Fundamentalism to Acceptance

Coming Out Story: From Fundamentalism to Acceptance

Today’s Coming Out Story is mine, but also involves the coming out of my best friend, Erik. I share our story with his permission. My best friend is Erik, a lanky boy I met on the school bus when we were both in the 4th grade. We bonded because we were both social outcasts—me for my faith, and him because of his effeminate mannerisms and the way he loved video games. These things were mutually hat... »

Still Waiting After All These Years: FDA and Gay Blood Donation

Still Waiting After All These Years: FDA and Gay Blood Donation

Update (December 30, 2014): The FDA recently announced that it would relax the lifetime ban on blood donation for men who have sex with men. Instead of banning all men who have had sex with men after 1976 for life the new rule permits gay men who have been celibate for a year to donate. This rule does not make exceptions for monogamous partnerships. It’s not the comprehensive, behavioral ris... »

Gay Wizards: Role Playing Games and LGBT Inclusivity

Gay Wizards: Role Playing Games and LGBT Inclusivity

Wizards of the Coast quietly made a stir recently with the release of the new Basic Rules for the 5th Edition of Dungeons and Dragons. Nestled on page 33 is a section about determining the sex/gender of a character that makes the inclusion of LGBT characters explicit. “You can play a male or female character without gaining any special benefits or hindrances. Think about how your character does or... »

An Unfortunate Phrase

An Unfortunate Phrase

“I don’t agree with being gay but…” If you are queer in this world, or even if you’re straight, you’ve probably heard this unfortunate phrase, or some permutation of it. “I don’t agree with being gay but…” Usually by the time they get to the “but” part I’m so angry that I don’t really hear what they say afterwards, because to me it doesn’t really matter. They’ve already blotted me, my partne... »

The Problem of LGBTQ Youth Homelessness does not Start or End with Daniel Pierce

The Problem of LGBTQ Youth Homelessness does not Start or End with Daniel Pierce

By now, most of you will have already seen the viral video “How not to react when your child tells you that he’s gay.” The young man is 20 year old Daniel Pierce of Kennesaw, GA. In the video, Daniel’s family claim that his homosexuality is a choice, a choice that dishonors his family. They disown him, and when he tries to defend himself from these claims, they become physi... »

Truvada: A Late Take

Truvada: A Late Take

The CDC issued guidelines in May of this year recommending that people at high risk for HIV transmission including men who have sex with men, people with HIV-1 positive partners, intravenous drug users and women who have unprotected sex with partners of uncertain status undergo pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) regimens to prevent HIV infection. The WHO issued similar guidelines but targeted it dire... »

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Sodomy Causes AIDS: A Shocking Entirely True Revelation in the Field of Science

Recently, Bob Frey, a Republican candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives outlined what may just be the greatest scientific theory of all time. Frey outlined his position to the MinnPost in a recent article. From the piece: “When you have egg and sperm that meet in conception, there’s an enzyme in the front that burns through the egg. The enzyme burns through so the DNA can enter the e... »

The Queerview Mirror: FIFA World Cup

The Queerview Mirror: FIFA World Cup

Trigger warning: discussion of homophobic slurs I have spent most of the last month watching football (soccer), sometimes up to six hours a day. I’m not usually a sports fan, but every four years, I make an exception. I love the World Cup. This World Cup has been an interesting one, and not just because there were a ton of upsets, especially early on in the tournament (Spain not making it out of t... »

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