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Queer Travelogue: Fun in Saugatuck, Mich.

You can’t beat a weekend in Saugatuck-Douglas in southwest Michigan. It’s the Midwest’s only gay resort area and just a short drive from Chicago, Detroit and many other cities. You can also fly into nearby Grand Rapids.

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Pride Journey: Grand Rapids/Saugatuck

Queer Travelogue: Midwest Offers Charm and Friendliness

For the past few years, I’ve heard about a small town in Michigan known for its LGBTQ friendliness and charm. It wasn’t until I had the opportunity to visit Saugatuck and its neighboring town, Douglas that I got to experience it first-hand.

Lie detector tests becoming more common among LGBTQ community

Love & Lust (12th Annual Sex Issue): Interview with Andrew Goldstein, 'The Polygraph Examiner'

Have you ever wondered if your spouse was being unfaithful? Perhaps you’ve noticed signs or had a bad feeling in the pit of your stomach.

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A Valentine’s Day Poem

Love & Lust (12th Annual Sex Issue): A Sex Worker Looks for Love

Perhaps in 2020, I’m less likely to need to say it, but sex workers are not empty vessels to be filled with your fluids and then discarded like disposable plastic bottles.

Big Impact with a Small Footprint

Part 2: Veterans Project Is Building Community While Fighting Homelessness

Our trip out west also took us to Longmont, Colo. to visit the future home of the Veterans Community Project. Founded in Kansas City, the Veterans Community Project’s (VCP) mission is dedicated to supporting every man and woman who took the oath for our country.

HRC marks 25 years in the Carolinas

A Quarter of a Century Championing LGBTQ Rights

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) celebrates 25 years of holding a fundraiser in the Carolinas on Feb. 22. The event, now called the North Carolina Dinner & Silent Auction, was started during a pivotal year for the organization.

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Equality North Carolina: Our Road Map For 2020

Political Voices

It’s hard to overemphasize the importance of the elections this year taking place across our state. From the entire North Carolina General Assembly to the Governor’s Mansion to your local Board of Education, the number of races on this year’s ballot is nothing short of massive. Not to mention our congressional and presidential contests.

Northwest charm meets outdoor wonderland in Portland

Queer Travelogue: Enjoy the Sights and See 89-Year-Old Drag Queen Perform

Portland, Ore. makes for a perfect vacation that combines the stunning beauty of the Pacific Northwest with great food and libations — and a vibrant, hip scene where LGBTQ life is integrated into the mainstream (albeit offbeat) culture.

First Gay Rom-Com Premieres On Freeform

Network Enters New Territory with 'The Thing About Harry'

Freeform (formerly ABC Family) has taken it a step further with the premiere of its first gay rom-com, “The Thing about Harry.” Hopefully, this film serves as a gateway to future groundbreaking productions in the genre.

Our People: Linton Walker, Jr.

HIV/AIDS Advocate, Awareness-Apparel Line Creator, Husband

Linton Walker, Jr. is taking a stance against the negative stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS. Upon being diagnosed with HIV in 2011, Walker said he began experiencing a great deal of judgment and discrimination stemming from his status.