16 SIGNS YOUR RELATIONSHIP IS OVER

Not to start on a downer, but when you are dying, you will not remember the hours at the office or the many shoes you bought. You will remember the relationships — good, bad, and ugly — that sparked through your life. They are the most frustrating part of living, and they are absolutely what…

WATCH: MIZZOU STUDENTS TALK ABOUT IMPORTANCE OF SPIRIT DAY

Student athletes from the University of Missouri are “going purple” to take a stand against bullying with a new YouTube video, and it’s all part of the annually recognized Spirit Day in support of LGBT youth.  Promoted by GLAAD, Spirit Day has been observed every year since 2010 during the month of October to raise awareness of the bullying…

VEGAS MASSACRE REOPENS OLD WOUNDS FOR PULSE SURVIVORS

Orlando Torres had been up late Sunday night reading social media posts when news first broke of the shooting in Las Vegas at the Harvest Music Festival. The story felt too familiar. A bunch of people out enjoying music together. A gunman murdering individuals at random. For many Americans, this rang of a too-frequent news…

THE LIVE OF PULSE, IMMORTALIZED IN RHYME

One of last and hardest challenges in the creative process may be finally sharing your work with the world. It certainly seemed a daunting prospect to poet Nathaniel Bush Jr. A black gay man raised in Orlando whose sexuality left him estranged from members of his family, Bush had plenty of material but less support…

THE HERO WHO SAVED HIS GAY FRIENDS

The family of Juan Cruz, a South Florida man police say was murdered while protecting his gay cousin and other friends from a killer hurling homophobic taunts, dealt this weekend with the sudden loss of the 22-year-old. But it came as no surprise that Cruz would act so heroically even in the face of deadly violence. “I know…

LGBT GANG MEMBERS EXPLAINS HOW IT GETS BETTER

Members of a gay gang called the Check It have a message to LGBT youth: It gets better. Skittles, Gia, Star, Drama, and Tray have collaborated with the It Gets Better Project in order to share their journeys and give hope to the next generation. They are the subjects of Check It, a new documentary about LGBT…

CALLING OUT PRIVILEGE IN THE LGBTQ MOVEMENT IS NOT BLASPHEMY

This year’s Pride activities around the country undoubtedly took a more political and activist turn under President Trump, with protests and resistance marches replacing or supplanting the traditional parades. But like the Women’s March that preceded it, Pride was marked by a growing number of disruptions from its own community members, as dissenting voices protested andquestioned the direction taken…

A 13-YEAR-OLD GAY BOY LEARNS HISTORY, WISDOM FROM 78-YEAR-OLD GAY ELDER

A new video illustrates just how far the gay community has come in the past few decades. London Pride, in partnership with YouTubers Trent and Luke, has recorded a conversation between gay people of different generations. The video marks the 50th year since the United Kingdom’s decriminalization of homosexuality. In it, the 13-year-old Louis talks with the…

BEYOND PRIDE MONTH: MAKE RAINBOW CROSSWALKS PERMANENT

A little over a month ago, I started a campaign to get Atlanta to commit to permanent rainbow and/or transgender pride–colored crosswalks at the intersection of 10th and Piedmont, a location many consider to be the epicenter of the city’s LGBTQ community. My petition, which was hosted on Care2, received over 20,000 signatures, including that…

THE DOs & DON’Ts OF DISCUSSING HIV

With HIV diagnoses up by 132.5 percent among young gay and bisexual men since the 21st century began, it has never been more evident that conversations about HIV among young people are painfully needed. And the best way for these discussions to begin is by empowering newly HIV-positive folks to use their voices to bring awareness to…

9 ‘BAD’ HABITS KILLING LGBT PEOPLE

While we have plenty of people trying to do harm to us because of our sexual orientation or gender identity, we often don’t do ourselves any favors when it comes to self care. Here are the bad habits we should have given up last century: 1.   We drink too much.Heavy drinking and binge boozing is more prevalent…

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK’S SAMIRA WILEY & LAUREN MORELLI TIE THE KNOT

Samira Wiley, the star of Orange is the New Black, and Lauren Morelli, a writer on the show, got married Saturday in Palm Springs, Calif. The wedding, which was confetti-themed, was officiated by Wiley’s parents, reported Martha Stewart Weddings. The couple’s song at the wedding during the recessional was Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It,”…