A group of artists have launched an unusual campaign aimed at tackling the almost gay conversion clinics in China that claim homosexuality can be cured with electro-shock therapy. The campaign involves three red trucks touring the country, all bearing a sequence of Chinese characters that ask a controversial question: Why in homosexuality is still categorised as a mental disorder? They're inspired by the film Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri - where a mother uses adverts to draw attention to her daughter's unsolved murder.
Ben LaMar Gay is about to release his debut solo album. Until this point, the Chicago-born composer had treated the process of making music as an exercise in improvement: Rather than making songs to be released, he made them to analyze and study. The stories may be different, some characters may be different.
The upstairs bar is fun for a warm-up drink, but the basement is where the club action happens. Formerly and still commonly known as Vogue Fabrics, this bijou Dalston basement hosts drag and spoken word events as well as genre-spanning club nights and parties. VFD has the chutzpah to host club nights with names like Cuntmafia and Sassitude, but never takes itself too seriously.
A blond boy confiscated the journal and yanked a bunch of pages free from the binding. Detecting and destroying FIs was how you got the gay out. He was 19 when he entered LIA for a two-week evaluation. Torture is a strong word, but if we get a museum that honours the centuries of suffering inflicted on queer people, a whole wing will need to be dedicated to that unique form of persecution known as conversion, or reparative, therapy, by which zealots acting under the banner of faith have sought to turn one sexual instinct into another.
Dublin's oldest gay club is shutting its doors, and a group of old friends are gathering at the closing night party to mark its passing. But some old wounds are about to be re-opened. Set in and the present day, this new musical combines insanely catchy songs, with a sharp, witty look at love, regret and forgiveness.
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Surely you've heard of puppy play: It's surging in popularity among the gays, and, if history is any guide, will be surging among the straights in five years when we've moved on to something else. Let's be clear about this. Puppy play means role-playing as a dog, down on all fours and barking, and yes, it's weird.
With the recent announcement from Exodus International that it is closing its doors, and with its leaders offering apologies for their actions, the LGBT community is now left wondering, "Can this really be the end of ex-gay reparative therapy? Is it really over? Before the American Psychiatric Association APA declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder inaversion therapy was used routinely in hopes that it would prevent or eliminate homosexual behavior.
My coming out story was thankfully pretty low key. In my senior year of high school, I even made out with a football player in the library. However, in the process of my racking my brain, I realized that there was a very important moment in my gay youth related to video games.