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8 for 80: Honoring LGBTQ Pioneer Poet Louie Crew Clay on his 80th Birthday

8 for 80: Honoring LGBTQ Pioneer Poet Louie Crew Clay on his 80th Birthday

Dec 9, 2016

Celebrating the 80th birthday of LGBTQ Pioneer and Poet, Louie Crew Clay. Forty years ago, when the Church laughed at the idea that homosexuals could be included in the community of faith, Louie Crew penned the words that now seem self-evident and commonplace: “All Christian wholeness demands affirmation of God ordained sexuality.” Seeking to secure...

Transgender. A community love story

Transgender. A community love story

Apr 4, 2016

i open my eyes on the floor of the room the weight of his body crushing through my ribs BOOM BOOM BOOM he fell the thud on the floor as he crushed through my chest. One two three breath breath his mouth filling my lungs his breath sour with sweat… BOOM BOOM BOOM i screamed let me go !!! Once again … the third time … i awoke from my pain hoping...

“St. Aelred,” “reVisit,” and “A Cyber Prayer Wheel for the Inventor of Computers” – Poetry by Louie Crew Clay

“St. Aelred,” “reVisit,” and “A Cyber Prayer Wheel for the Inventor of Computers” – Poetry by Louie Crew Clay

Nov 6, 2015

St. Aelred A sacred Order safe enough for God, where loving touch is holy, not profane. God said, “It is not right to live alone!” And you decide to risk — to live that way. A friend rejects your love. It hurts, and yet you alter not. Your friend remains most loved. Our God creates with joy our ev’ry part with lights turned on; our flesh and soul...

Together … Again

Together … Again

Sep 18, 2015

“You have sinned against God on two counts. You have lain with a man who is a Jew,” Peter’s father growled out angrily. Even as he spoke he strained to keep his voice low and unobtrusive. A tall blond man sat stiffly in his red velvet wingback chair. The words stung as if he had been struck across the face, a deep flush rising on his handsome face. His pale...

Even Big Boys Cry Sometimes

Even Big Boys Cry Sometimes

Jul 30, 2015

I spoke gratitude about your departure, only to find pain and lingering regret. The boxes are piled and strewn about like the bewildering feelings of loss that suddenly appeared. Healing begins here in the same halls where we struggled and dreamt and hoped. Yes, it is for good. But, damnit, tears again? I swore I was over it. But here the deluge returns....

“My Boethius” – Excerpt from A.W.Strouse’s new book, “My Gay Middle Ages”

“My Boethius” – Excerpt from A.W.Strouse’s new book, “My Gay Middle Ages”

May 22, 2015

After we had been living together for three years, Jason started saying that he wanted to get to know me better. The two of us were already sharing a bed, a bank account, and a wardrobe, so I didn’t really know what he was talking about. I tried to make an effort and began by discussing “The Nun’s Priest’s Tale,” from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. It’s about this...

Running Towards the Song I Will Never Hear

Running Towards the Song I Will Never Hear

Apr 13, 2015

Running Towards the Song I Will Never Hear I am the only eye above the painting Running towards the colours I will never see. Striving for the impersonal touch, like kitchen wall paper. I am the only thinker in my mind, always present, always willing to look. And if I don’t, my art will be of no use, not even a hand without fingerprints is innocent. And they...

“Estate” – The Same Love

“Estate” – The Same Love

Mar 12, 2015

Hi, my name is Roberto Laureri, and I’m an independent videomaker. I shot this video in Italy to express the simplicity of love, how it’s the same for every one. It stars Alexandre Styker and Bernardo Casertano. For the theme music, I chose a very famous Italian song, “Estate” by Bruno Martino, which speaks about the common experience of...

Art & Activism: Alexi DeVilliers – Jah Provides

Art & Activism: Alexi DeVilliers – Jah Provides

Oct 11, 2014

Alexi  DeVillers is an artist who makes sculptures out of an ordinary object that the rest of us throw away without a second thought – tin cans. He sells his sculptures; then with the proceeds, feeds about 150 people per week in the Phoenix area who need a hot meal but are a little down on their luck. After feeding the needy, he makes more art with the...

Coffee Bums

Coffee Bums

Oct 9, 2014

I was sitting outside Starbucks, enjoying my coffee, half decaf-half blonde extra nonfat, trying to think of a poem, something good.  Nothing. The best I could come up with, although I only gave inspiration about 20 seconds to show up, was a skinny haiku. Starbucks A tall blonde nonfat table outside nothing more cell phones chatter noise. It wasn’t much; but it...