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New Books: Tina Alexis Allen’s “Hiding Out”

New Books: Tina Alexis Allen’s “Hiding Out”

Dec 6, 2017

From time to time, IMPACT Magazine gets a heads-up from publishers about new and up-coming releases. We’ll pass the interesting ones on to you. GLAAD Award-nominated actress and playwright Tina Alexis Allen delivers an audacious memoir exposing a seemingly privileged upbringing in subruban America that became overshadowed by the secrets and deception of...

Review: Suzanne DeWitt Hall’s “Where True Love Is: An Affirming Devotional…”

Review: Suzanne DeWitt Hall’s “Where True Love Is: An Affirming Devotional…”

Nov 28, 2017

From the Foreword By Susan Cottrell, author of Mom, I’m Gay and True Colors. Suzanne DeWitt has written a delightful and dexterous devotional, Where True Love Is! She is a magician who shows us an empty square of cloth, ties it then unties it, to reveal a dove within! The empty cloth is our understanding of Correct Doctrine, which Suzanne ties and unties...

New Books: “Santa’s Husband” by Daniel Kibblesmith & A.P. Quach

New Books: “Santa’s Husband” by Daniel Kibblesmith & A.P. Quach

Nov 11, 2017

Santa’s Husband By Daniel Kibblesmith Illustrated by A.P. Quach Harper Design, Oct 2017 Hardcover, 32 pages Offering a fresh twist on Kris Kringle, this clever yet heartfelt book tells the story of a black Santa, his white husband, and their life together at the North Pole. Everyone knows that Santa Claus is jolly, but in Santa’s Husband, this cherished...

Bachelor Food: Creamy Vermouth Pasta with Italian Sausage

Bachelor Food: Creamy Vermouth Pasta with Italian Sausage

Nov 10, 2017

I was trying to avoid the inevitable question: “What do you want for dinner tonight?” Usually, we bounce one or two ideas back and forth, and end up settling on the one that hasn’t been vetoed by either of us. I was kinda in the mood for pasta (what else is new?), but really didn’t want traditional spaghetti or one of our variations,...

“Retake” – Not just a gay road trip

“Retake” – Not just a gay road trip

Sep 18, 2017

The gay community experiences a lot of loneliness, and we deal with it in different ways. Most of us probably wouldn’t hire an escort to recreate the past, however. This is exactly what Jonathan (Tuc Watkins) does in the 2016 film Retake, directed by Nick Corporon. The IMDB synopsis makes it sound much more scandalous than the film is. A lonely, middle-aged man...

Trump, Arpaio, and the God Who Sees

Trump, Arpaio, and the God Who Sees

Aug 29, 2017

  On Friday, August 25, while the nation watched as an increasingly more powerful hurricane barreled towards the Gulf Coast, Donald Trump released two controversial directives aimed at vulnerable communities in our country: the ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces and the pardon of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. As a cisgender man, I...

End of an Era: GCN and Justin Lee part ways

End of an Era: GCN and Justin Lee part ways

Jul 20, 2017

It is never a good feeling when you get an email blast from a beloved organization you have supported for many years that begins “Due to irreconcilable differences …” That’s what shook Facebook and social media July 19th. And the posts and comments exploded. What happened? Why? Who’s to blame? What happens next, what about …?...

“Fathers” – A New Thai Film about Gay Parenting

“Fathers” – A New Thai Film about Gay Parenting

Jun 30, 2017

AN UPLIFTING FEATURE FILM FROM THAILAND ABOUT SAME-SEX PARENTING, PREMIERING GLOBALLY ON-DEMAND There are so few films out there about gay parenting (“The Kids are All Right” being one of them), so when a fresh take on being gay dads comes out, especially from outside the U.S., we should pay special attention.  And this film doesn’t disappoint. Gay couple...

Bachelor Food: Saturday Morning Coconut Pancakes

Bachelor Food: Saturday Morning Coconut Pancakes

Feb 7, 2017

It’s hard to write when you’re full. And that’s one thing these coconut pancakes do: fill you up. It’s all the fiber in them, I think. But they’re tasty, easy to make — and grain-free. So here’s how this little adventure started out. I love my carbs. Pastas, pancakes, pastries, crusty French bread… They’re...

Review: A.W. Strouse’s “BBC – The Black Boyfriend Compendium”

Review: A.W. Strouse’s “BBC – The Black Boyfriend Compendium”

Jan 30, 2017

A new memoir by occasional IMPACT contributor A.W. Strouse, B.B.C. (The Black Boyfriend Compendium), examines the various (14) black lovers he has had in his life. It was an entertaining read that left me wanting more, in more ways than one. The narrative recalls some of the negative experiences the writer has had with men, and was partly inspired by Oscar...