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When Toxic Masculinity Infects Our Queer Spaces, We All Lose

I made a meme about how annoying "masc" gay parties are. But the response it got said more about the gay community than my joke ever could.


How Abandoned Queer Kids Find the Strength to Love Their Families

I've heard enough stories of rejected queer children to last a lifetime. No two are alike, and none are as cut and dry as you'd think.


Roanoke's Gay Bar Scene Will Never Be the Same

It's the end of an era for a bar culture that survived a mass shooting and 35 years of social change.


I Found Out I Was HIV Positive at a Gay Bar

What it's like to emerge from a life-changing moment into the arms of strangers.


From the Door of a Gay Bar, You See the Scope of Life—and Death

I see a lot working the door at gay bars in Los Angeles. Twice, patrons taught me what it really means to have a community.


A Short History of the British Gay Bar

As LGBT spaces continue to close down, we look at where they started.


Gay Bars Can be Mind-Bogglingly Racist

We decided to take a look at how unsafe "safe spaces" have been in the last 12 months.


Can Gay Dating Apps Replace Gay Bars? Opinions Vary

Gay and genderfluid people from around the world sound off on the good and bad of the rise of gay dating apps.


The Problematic Gender Politics Between Masc and Fem Gays

A sociologist embeds within Louisiana bar culture to uncover whether bears treat twinks differently than men treat women in general.


What Comes After the Death of the Lesbian Bar?

As America's last holdouts of queer female nightlife fall, a new, genderless alternative is taking root.


The Battle to Save San Francisco's Queer Spaces from Gentrification

The Stud has stood for a half decade as one of San Francisco's most subversive queer bars; the unconventional means proposed to save it are the last resort of a nightlife community forced to the city's edges.


How I Told My Husband and Boyfriend I'm Dating Another Man

I already had a husband, a boyfriend, and all the guys I could fuck. I had enough guys. Then there was Conor.