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Love, Sex & Family

LOVE, SEX & FAMILY: This is not your father’s Christian magazine!  Let’s talk about love,  sex, dating, and what makes a family — all from the perspective of being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender and living a life of faith

Moms & Dads… What the Heck are We Doing?!?

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in ENGAGE, Family Life, FreedHearts | 0 comments

Moms & Dads…  What the Heck are We Doing?!?

  Well, my heart is broken. Yet another mom has emailed me that their daughter came out to them as gay, and her husband, the girl’s father, kicked her out. Dad said, “I don’t agree with her lifestyle; she will have to leave.” (Bear in mind there was no “acting on this” yet, no “lifestyle” – it was simply the daughter revealing her heart.) Mom disagrees with Dad – she is wondering how she can continue to live with a husband who would do that to his own daughter. Unfortunately, this is way too common. With high drugs use and...

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10 Questions You Should Answer Before Entering into Same-Sex Marriage

Posted by on Nov 20, 2012 in Love & Sex, LOVE, SEX, FAMILY | 7 comments

10 Questions You Should Answer Before Entering into Same-Sex Marriage

We have turned a corner on the question of same-sex marriage.  This past election day, three more states extended basic civil rights to LGBT Americans, and the trend is not likely to stop.  That is very good news. It is time, therefore, for us to have a serious talk.  Just because we as a community have made strides in regard to marriage, does not mean that you necessarily need to take similar actions in your personal life.  You do not need to run off to Maine with your wonderful boyfriend or girlfriend in order to make a political statement....

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Bringing Up Bubber: “Have You Thought About This?”

Posted by on Nov 2, 2012 in Family Life, LOVE, SEX, FAMILY | 0 comments

Bringing Up Bubber: “Have You Thought About This?”

Bringing Up Bubber is a series of articles written by Jill Carroll and Nishta Mehra about their journey in becoming parents. She Said – Nishta Let’s face it—gay people don’t become parents by accident.  We have to employ outside parties like sperm and egg donors, surrogates, and adoption agencies in order to get home with a baby, which means lots of planning ahead of time and, often, lots of waiting. This simple biological reality can be incredibly frustrating when all you want is to love and parent a child of your own; it can also be...

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Heartburn

Posted by on Oct 24, 2012 in Love & Sex, LOVE, SEX, FAMILY | 0 comments

Heartburn

It’s 6:15 AM. Usually I’d be fast asleep by now, but today I’m sitting in front of my computer typing this. Kinda reminds myself of Doogie Howser typing his diary entry at the end of an episode. It was the 90’s and I guess typing your diary entry in a computer was teh coolness. But I’m digressing. Had a horrible case of heartburn, the first in my life, and I’m waiting for the last traces of it to disappear. And it was caused by my own silliness. Earlier in the evening I met up with one of my male cousins for an after-church...

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Bringing Up Bubber: First There Was Us

Posted by on Sep 16, 2012 in Family Life, LOVE, SEX, FAMILY | 5 comments

Bringing Up Bubber: First There Was Us

Bringing Up Bubber is a series of articles written by Jill Carroll and Nishta Mehra about their journey in becoming parents. She Said — Jill Inever really wanted to be a mom.  Unlike many other women, I’ve never felt like something was missing in my life—as a person or as a woman—from having no children.  I’ve never experienced anything resembling a biological clock.  I’ve never been enamored with children.  In fact, more often than not, children bother me (mainly because their parents haven’t managed to civilize them to behave...

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Late Night Sex Talk

Posted by on Sep 14, 2012 in Featured, Love & Sex, LOVE, SEX, FAMILY | 3 comments

Late Night Sex Talk

Last night, I was hanging out with my old friend Insomnia, and I gave a shout out to Facebook and found that I was in abundant good company. A friend of mine popped up on my chat and asked me if he could ask a question. This young man is HIV negative but is an HIV scholar who knows his stuff. But like almost all of us, positive and negative, he made a choice recently to have unprotected sex with a twink who said he was HIV negative. My friend topped him bareback, and decided that he was going to go in and get an HIV test. But he had a...

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The DO’s and DON’Ts of Falling for Your Best Friend

Posted by on Sep 13, 2012 in Love & Sex, LOVE, SEX, FAMILY | 1 comment

The DO’s and DON’Ts of Falling for Your Best Friend

How one gay man fell for his straight best friend (and lived to tell about it)   If you ever have the chance to fall in love with your best friend, I wouldn’t recommend it. Unlike many movies and television shows – where two friends finally discover they love each other after years of excruciating sexual tension (Pam & Jim, anyone?) – sometimes, you discover the feelings aren’t mutual. I should know. It happened to me. It wasn’t exactly like I was trying to fall in love with my best friend, even if he did have that perfectly...

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