Living Out Loud

Living Out Loud

Opinion
[caption id="attachment_559" align="alignright" width="300"] Living Out Loud with Darian[/caption] Darian Aaron is a new leader in the black gay and lesbian movement for visibility and equality. He is a former staff writer for Clik Magazine and the creator of Living Out Loud with Darian, a popular gay blog where he gives commentary on social, political, and religious issues that impact the LGBT community. In 2006, he created Living Out Loud with Darian and was listed as one of the ‘Top Emerging Black Gay Men under 27’ by UNEQ Magazine in February 2007. His blog has been credited for giving a voice to those who are often too afraid to speak out and was named Best LGBT Blog by The Black Weblog Awards in 2008. When he’s not writing you can…
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Idaho Wants to Add the Words

Idaho Wants to Add the Words

Advocacy, Opinion, Politics
On June 26th, 2015 when gay marriage was legalized in the United States I was camping with my good friend Andrea and her wife, Sam. When we found out the news we were elated! Andrea and her wife had just celebrated their one year wedding anniversary a few months before and now their marriage was recognized throughout the entire country. We all texted friends and family, wrote about the news on our Facebook walls, and changed our profile pictures with a rainbow filter. It was such a big moment for us and such a huge moment in history. Unfortunately, one ruling is not all it takes to create equality. There are still many steps to take for the LGBTQ community, but this step was definitely one to be celebrated. Idaho…
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Same Sex Marriage 2015

Opinion
Why states should be scrambling to legalize same sex marriage in 2015 In 2013, two landmark Supreme Court cases marked significant victories for same-sex marriage in the U.S., entitling same-sex couples to equal federal rights and, in essence, allowing for same sex-marriage in California. Fast forward to 2015. On the first day of the new year, a federal judge ruled that the state of Florida must issue same-sex marriage licenses from January 6th onwards.[1] At present, same-sex marriage is legal in 35 states and the lifting of the ban in Florida will further quicken legislative changes in the coming months. Apart from the immeasurable discursive, political, and emotional benefits for LGBT groups that such legislation holds, same-sex marriage has proved – time and time again – to be a catalyst…
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Not One More

Opinion
by Alan Martinez [caption id="attachment_19631" align="alignright" width="300"] Alan Martinez, left, and his nephew, Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez, at the Alhambra in Spain in the winter of 2006. Photo: Courtesy Alan Martinez.[/caption] Years ago I thought that someday I would have a niece who I would play dolls with and have long talks with about her boyfriends. Instead I got a nephew, Chris, who played take-no-prisoners football and ambidextrous basketball. My brother, Richard Martinez, and I would talk sometimes and wonder "where the hell did that come from?" as neither of us was athletic in school and Richard had as little use for playing sports in high school as I did. Yet I would go to games with Richard to see Chris play, not always with a clear sense of what was…
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1973 disruption of the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite

1973 disruption of the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite

Opinion
Mark Segal, PGN publisher, is the nation’s most-award-winning commentator in LGBT media. He can be reached at mark@epgn.com One of my great blessings is that I have so many friends, so forgive this mass email.  One of the rewards of time is that eventually everything becomes public.  While the 1973 disruption of the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite, has been know for years, much of it has not been made public until now in esteemed author Doug Brinkly's new best seller "Conkite." Sunday on CNN Don Lemon interviewed Brinkly on the book (link below).  His last question "are there any surprises in the book.  He mentions the disruptions and my friendship with Walter which followed, but for the first time it is revealed that CBS news executives under the direction…
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My 1969 high-school prom

Opinion
Gay Prom Finally by Mark Segal My 1969 high-school prom came 43 years late — last week, actually. Like many people of my generation who knew they were gay in high school — unlike heterosexuals who looked forward to that night — I looked at the prom as a night of dread and oppression. For LGBT people, if we participated, we may have acted a part with a friend of the opposite sex, who might or might not have known who we really were. Or we simply skipped the event. Yes, no matter what your feelings on the prom, it is still a major part of the high-school experience. As a high-school senior, I knew exactly who I was — not that I was shouting it in the school halls, but…
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Gay Marriage vs. Full LGBT Equality

Gay Marriage vs. Full LGBT Equality

Opinion
Marriage vs. full LGBT equality at media summit by Mark Segal Each year for the last three years, The Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund of San Francisco has held an LGBT blogger and newspaper summit to increase awareness on issues that need focus. The first year, held at the Desmond Tutu Conference Center in New York City, dealt with immigration; the second, in San Francisco, discussed LGBT youth issues such as bullying and homelessness. This year, the subject was the 2012 election. Haas does an outstanding job selecting speakers and presenters for the panel workshops, which are all held in one day. It’s sort of like a speed dating of subjects for journalists. With Bil Browning of The Bilerico Project and Matt Forman, former head of The National Gay and…
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Israel, the gays and Equality Forum

Opinion
by Mark Segal The last couple of years have seen progressive LGBT people taking on issues other than equality, as well as bringing the debate into the community. Israel and the Palestinian cause has been a flashpoint. With Equality Forum in Philadelphia poised to honor Israel this May, several progressive blogs have denounced the organization and suggested the honor be withdrawn. Their argument is easy to appreciate: Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians and Palestinian state. Those progressives might have a point, but that point is misleading and downright anti-equality. Full disclosure: I’m Jewish, but also have been a member of “Peace Now,” an organization that has often been at odds with the Israeli government. I’ve traveled throughout the Middle East, and was one of the first LGBT reporters to do a…
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Why Sexuality Evokes So Strong A Moral Response In Us?

Opinion
[caption id="attachment_538" align="alignright" width="300"] Did you miss us?[/caption] All sexually active people today make decisions about when, where, and with whom they will engage in lovemaking activity. For most individuals, at the bare minimum part of that determination is based on their interpretation of what behaviors are morally suitable, which may be taken from their religious beliefs, upbringing, family of origin, or private selections about the kind of individual they want to be. For example, many people would not have sex with a partner whom they did not love, maybe because they believe that it is meaningless, immoral, or goes against God’s intentions; other people find it suitable if both parties are inclined and go into the relationship openly and freely. There are few areas of life in which ethical…
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Yes, we should teach gay marriage in schools

Opinion
The biggest threat used by those who oppose same sex marriage is that children will be taught that same sex marriage is OK. And, OMG maybe even that gay people are OK. That’s exactly what we should teach our kids. We should teach them that there are different people in the world with different lifestyles, different religions and yes, different sexual orientations. And while they personally may chose a different path, they should respect others differences and their right to the pursuit of happiness. Yes, we should teach our kids about tolerance. They should learn that hate speech whether it be based on race, religion or sexual orientation is never acceptable. They should learn that as we move to a more global economy, to succeed they need to appreciate other…
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