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Candy-colored Christmas

An Interview with Randy Rainbow

Look out Mariah Carey! Randy Rainbow has released a Christmas album that rivals yours. “Hey Gurl, It’s Christmas” (Broadway Records) has everything you want to unwrap in a Randy Rainbow holiday recording.

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Orgs share their holiday wish lists

Items Cover Broad Range of Needs

This year, qnotes compiled a list of several organizations’ holiday wish lists. Readers are encouraged to contribute when appropriate to these groups whose work would be enhanced by contributions received.

Your Paris Winter Getaway

Queer Travelogue: Oui, Oui, It’s Gay Paris

Winter is the perfect time to visit Paris. The crowds are gone. The weather is not as cold as many U.S. cities. Since you will be spending a lot of time in museums, it does not matter anyway. Plus, Paris has a great gay scene and a gayborhood (The Marais).

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Five Examples of LGBTQ Equality

Equal Rights, Not Special Rights

In my recent blog on my website, “Why So Much Hate,” I wrote about the hateful comments I receive on social media after blogging about topics such as Islamophobia, LGBTQ equality and Racism. In the LGBTQ area, I am shocked about some of the people commenting about LGBTQ people clamoring for “special rights.”

Finding Family and Community

Spiritual Reflections

With the holiday season upon us, family is more often on our minds. Our family is the first web of relationships, the first community we encounter through the tangled experience of growing up.

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‘Ian McKellen: A Biography’

Out in Print

Any old stick would do. When you were a child, that’s what it took to become a wizard: a stick became a makeshift wand, an old towel turned into a cape, and you were ready for spell-making.

Managing Your Fearful And Obsessive Thoughts

Mental Health: Tips on Dealing with Negative Impressions

There are times when we encounter fearful thoughts that can be difficult to manage. For some people, the more they try to get rid of the thoughts, the stronger the thoughts become and the more difficult they become to manage.

National AIDS Memorial welcomes first panels of Quilt home

Beyond the Carolinas

On Dec. 1, more than 1,500 people gathered at the National AIDS Memorial to welcome home the first group of panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt (the Quilt) back to San Francisco and honor leaders who helped bring together the voices of the epidemic with “profound courage, unrelenting hope and unity of humankind,” organizers shared.