Sexpert: Honest Q & A | Shaun Whybark, April Self-esteem, both on the individual and community level, must be and be seen as something of value. Being judgmental is an aspect of the Queer community, an essential piece of our interconnected fabric but so is finesse. Being bitchy is a choice.
Scene: Busting Out All Over | Josh McConaughy, May Make the rounds. AWOL, Exile, and Union all have great patios that have been recently renovated. Cavin Irish Pub, Club Diversity, and Tremont all offer great outdoors spaces. Best of all, these outdoor spaces will be packed with fun and interesting people is a choice.
Sara Shares: Pride Is About Everyone | Sara Ernest, June It saddens me to recall conversations I’ve had with bi and trans friends who are not comfortable or able to acknowledge their deepest truths. It frustrates me to think a community like ours, so reviled by some, would turn around and do the same to some of our own. How dare we judge others who are only seeking the equality we fight for so vehemently?
Adjourn: Freedom | Jim Ryan, July As LGBTQ people, we share something that we may not share with any members of our family of origin, something that spans age, race, ethnicity, gender, and a host of other factors that may otherwise define us as different from one another. Our freedom has been possible because we are part of every community that exists in this nation and world.
Fitness: Fun in the Sun | Michael Greenhouse, August Connect with workout buddy. … Having that friend there will not only push you to do better, it will make it entertaining and give you something to look forward to on a regular basis.
First Person: Our GSA | Lotte Brewer, September At The Wellington School, our GSA strives to protect LGBTQ rights within our community, and it serves as an overall support group composed of LGBTQ people AND their straight allies. To me, it is a place where people can feel safe.
Feature: Out Voices | Angie Wellman, October I find that coming to a place of positive self-regard for many LGBTQ people is still a very difficult journey. I don’t care how many episodes of Glee your family has seen; choosing to share this part of yourself with them is still very intimidating.
Adjourn: Mindfulness and Reflection | Shane Morgan, November I think back to when I was a kid and my folks would always say that when I grew up, I‘d meet and marry a nice Jewish man who was a doctor, I don’t think anybody got what they necessarily envisioned for me. I mean, they did get the “nice Jewish man,” but I know what they had in mind wasn’t what they got!
Adjourn: A Landmark Year | Tom Grote, December In June, I sat at my office desk glued to my computer as I read the blog from the Supreme Court regarding the decisions around the landmark cases on gay marriage. The decisions and applications of those decisions would prove to be more than many would have ever hoped. But the affirmation from the highest court in the land was even more meaningful to me.
Culture: Cultural Bucket List |Que Jones, January My challenge to you in 2014 is to enrich your life culturally. …It is so easy to find what we like in the world and tune everything else out. These pleasant blinders hide so many wonderful things from us. Be adventurous and try new things.
Michael J. Willet: Our New G.B.F. | Isaac Bendele, February “I don’t want to go a gay prom. I don’t want to get gay married. I just want to go to prom. I just want to get married, maybe.” Tanner just wants to be a kid like anyone else.
Television: Big Change on the Small Screen | Clayton Walter, March Homophobia didn’t exactly run rampant, at least not in the aggressively hateful style of Westboro Baptist Church and their ilk. Instead, it was a passive, ignorant state of being: out of (immediate) sight, out of mind.