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Ex-gays and ex-Republicans

The first thing that struck me about the Republican National Convention in St. Paul was the stunning lack of diversity. Only the GOP is capable of making Minnesota whiter. Into this cocoon of caucasians stepped the ultra-pale John McCain and his moose-whacking VP, Sarah Palin, who together could have billed the ticket as “Powder and …

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By dissing Palin, Oprah hurts Obama

Opinion

The media is abuzz with excitement about Republican Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska. McCain’s VP pick has stirred up excitement, especially for women in the GOP. But his pick has also stirred up anxiety as well as questions for many women across party lines. And who’s best to help this nation’s women sort out their …

Why are we Trans?

T-Notes

Ed. Note — In deference and with all due respect to Gwen Smith, who has, for years, been writing under the name of Transmissions, this column will hereafter be called T-Notes. Why are we trans? We really don’t know. There have been many theories for the etiology of being trans, ranging from genetic to environmental …

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Where is Q-Notes?

Editor's Note

Recently, an email landed in my inbox asking a very simple question: “The mainstream media is there. Where is Q-Notes?” The reader had a concern that we hadn’t covered what he thought was important news out of the Raleigh area. I could understand his frustration not seeing a big gay news story in the big …

HIV Disclosure & Prevention: Stop legislating, start listening

Guest Commentary

“You have HIV” are the most difficult words I have ever had to hear. At only 26 years old in 1999, “How long do I have left?” was the first question to come out of my mouth when our doctor told me and my 19-year-old boyfriend my test had come back positive. Everything I thought …

talkback — Take a chance

Letters to the editor and comments from Q-Notes Online. Web comments are not edited for grammar or punctuation. – – – advertisement – – – Take a chance As humans we have a propensity to place constraints on ourselves by saying, “I can’t.” At one time I had the same view as Wayne Besen (“ManHunt: …

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Doom for marriage and the family

General Gayety

You never know what strange things you’ll find when you snoop. My girlfriend is away for several weeks, so I’m staying at her place, looking after the house and animals. While perusing her mail, I noticed a solicitation from Dr. Donald E. Wildmon of the American Family Association (AFA). A lesbian receiving mail from the …

False idols and the death god

Editor's Note

There’s something strange in the air. Do you smell it? Can you taste it? Christianity is changing, my friend. Well, maybe it’s more like a regression than anything else. The death god is making a comeback. Goodbye newly revealed understandings of the divine! Hello, Dark Ages! – – – advertisement – – – Democratic Presidential …

ManHunt: The law of supply and demand

Anything But Straight

Is ManHunt, the wildly popular online cruising site with the slogan “get on, get off,” a blessing or a curse for gay men? This is the question Out magazine writer Joseph Gross posed in one of the most provocative articles of the year. The Out commentary points to the benefits of the site, but posits …

Jim and I

General Gayety

The case of Jim Adkisson, the fellow who murdered churchgoers in Tennessee, brought up such a hodge-podge of thoughts and emotions for me that I couldn’t figure out how to write this column. I sat here for an hour puzzling how to begin. I think I heard my keyboard snore. I got a grip and …