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Love in Exile

The Tiwonge Chimbalanga, a transgender woman who was imprisoned four years ago in Malawi for getting engaged to a man. Pardoned and freed, she now scrapes by living in exile in South Africa.

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The Transgender Crucible

CeCe McDonald, a homeless trans teen in Minneapolis, was charged with murder for defending herself. Then she became a folk hero.

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Being Gay in Iran

Coming out in a country where that can get you killed.

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The Scientific Quest to Prove Bisexuality Exists

How activists are using science to show that someone can be truly attracted to both a man and a woman.

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"The Eagle Has Landed"

The behind-the-scenes story of how NFL prospect Michael Sam came out.

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Inside the Iron Closet: What It's Like to Be Gay in Putin's Russia

The coordinated government attack on queer Russia.

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The Perfect Wife

How Edith Windsor fell in love, got married, and won a landmark case for gay marriage.

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The Passion of Dan Choi

He was the poster boy for the movement to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Now Dan Choi is sleeping on a couch, smoking too much weed, watching TED talks and wondering what he’ll do with the rest of his life.

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Center of the Universe

Memories of a lovely afternoon with a serial killer.

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The Man Behind The Historic Implosion Of The Ex-Gay Movement

Meet Alan Chambers, former leader of Exodus International–a “pray the gay away” ministry.

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The Men Who Want AIDS—and How It Improved Their Lives

The benefits of getting sick in New York.

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Lesbian Nation

On the lesbian separatists of the 1970s, who “created a shadow society devoted to living in an alternate, penisless reality.”

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Tangled Up in Blue

The brief life and complicated death of Tommy Lasorda’s gay son.

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The County Where No One's Gay

The author visits Franklin County, Mississippi, where, according to census data, there are zero same-sex couples.

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The Crush of the Ring

“He was, it must be said, a pig. And my heart grew fonder.”

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Love on the March

On the gay community’s political progress.

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Please Don't Infect Me, I'm Sorry

Sex and status disclosure in the age of Grindr and undetectable HIV-levels.

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The Wedding

Erwynn Umali, Will Behrens, and the first gay wedding on a military base.

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The Chickens and the Bulls

The rise and fall of the “most far-flung, most organized, and most brazen example of homosexual extortion in the nation’s history.”

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The Love That Dares

Confronting homophobia in Uganda.

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Club Unicorn

I am gay. I am Mormon. I am married to a woman. I am happy every single day. My life is filled with joy. I have a wonderful sex life. And I’ve been married for ten years, and plan to be married for decades more to come to the woman of my dreams.
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Double Lives On The Down Low

Ostensibly straight black men who have sex with other men.

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My So-Called Ex-Gay Life

A young man’s personal account of undergoing “ex-gay treatment.”

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The Story of a Suicide

A gay freshman at Rutgers, a spying roommate, and the trial that followed.

Update 3/16/12: The roommate, Dharun Ravi, has been found guilty of hate crimes.
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Two Men in Texas

What really happened between the plaintiffs in Lawrence vs. Texas, the case that ended anti-sodomy laws?

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The Slap of Love

On House Xtravaganza and the life and death of its house mother Angie Xtravaganza, one of the stars of the documentary Paris is Burning, which brought vogueing and New York City’s transgendered ball culture into the spotlight.

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One Town's War on Gay Teens

In Michele Bachmann’s home district evangelicals have pushed anti-gay policies to the school board. After a rash of suicides, teens are fighting back.

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Gareth Thomas...The Only Openly Gay Male Athlete

How a rugby legend came out and made history.

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The coming out story I never thought I’d write

I’ve read stories from people who say they always knew they were attracted to the same sex, or that they figured it out at a young age. I’m not one of them.
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Tell: An Intimate History of Gay Men in the Military

As “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” comes to an end, a conversation with gay servicemen past and present.

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Life After Death

How is Canada’s “post-AIDS” generation coping? Not that well.

[I]n some ways we are still hopelessly lost. A generation of men who could have been our mentors was decimated. The only thing we learned from observing them was to ruthlessly identify “AIDS face,” that skeletal appearance the early HIV drugs wrought on patients by wasting away their bodily tissues. But those faces grow more rare each day.
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The Road to Gay Marriage in New York

Over the last several weeks, dozens of lawmakers, strategists and advocates described the closed-door meetings and tactical decisions that led to approval of same-sex marriage in New York, about two years after it was rejected by the Legislature. This account is based on those interviews, most of which were granted on the condition of anonymity to describe conversations that were intended to be confidential.
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How It Happened

On the genesis of the It Gets Better Project.

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The Kingdom in the Closet

On gay life in Saudi Arabia.

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The Gay Animal Kingdom

Why Darwin’s theory of sexual selection is wrong and “gayness is a necessary side effect of getting along.”

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Coming Out in Middle School

Kids are identifying as gay at younger ages, sometimes only 10 or 11. Their communities and parents are scrambling to adapt.

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Boy Crazy

The rise and fall of NAMBLA (North American Man Boy Love Association), from its 1970s founding as a splinter group within the gay rights movement to its current incarnation as the most reviled organization in America.

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The Secret Court

In 1920, Harvard University officials suspected that some students were gay. So they kicked them all out.

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Undercover at a Conversion Camp

A weekend at a Christian gay-to-straight sexual reorientation retreat.

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Obsessed With As The World Turns

“As a middle-aged queer, I could not break cover. And, as a middle-aged black man, I was embarrassed that these white boys from this melodrama mattered to me anyway.”