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Just a Stop Along the Way

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017 in Featured, Poetry | 1 comment

Just a Stop Along the Way

Sometimes, I️ just want to shout these words. I am not a band aid to cover the wounds of who you’ve loved Comforting and distracting Building you up To move on or perhaps back. That role is yours To find within yourself. My worth and wants Do not lie as a catalyst In order to find your healing finding comfort in my affections Temporarily. My heart isn’t yours To find refuge in From the sins of another Providing a cocoon Or even salvation. Wings sprout Giving thanks for my kindness Watching you fly. And they always seem to wonder Why I don’t...

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

Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 in Featured, Poetry | 1 comment

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

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 a safe place and inclusion in the Episcopal Church for gays and lesbians, in 1974 he and his husband, Ernest Clay, founded IntegrityUSA, the international ministry of LGBTQ...

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Transgender. A community love story

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 in Poetry | 0 comments

Transgender. A community love story

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 to be gone surely this syringe would be the one. One week later at 60 mph the truck parked on the road this would be it i turned and crashed… On the road i stood with merely a...

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

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in Featured, Poetry | 0 comments

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

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 are whole. Christians await, expecting God to laugh and know full well God’s rich and joyful sound. And God said, “Get a life! Be born again.” The Spirit moves afresh, untamed by...

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Together … Again

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in Featured, Short Stories | 0 comments

Together … Again

“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 blue eyes darted nervously about the richly decorated drawing room. He tried to avert his eyes to anything else but the two pieces of coal smoldering angrily into his face.  A large fire...

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Even Big Boys Cry Sometimes

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Poetry | 0 comments

Even Big Boys Cry Sometimes

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. Heartbroken. Angry. Jealous of your queen. Even big boys cry sometimes.   BRANDON de HOYOS  is a writer and designer from Houston, Texas. His work has been seen in publications by The...

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

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Reviews, Short Stories | 0 comments

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

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 rooster named Chauntecleer, and his henpecking chicken-wife. But Jason didn’t take the hint. He said, “You can talk about Chaucer with Arjun. I want to hear about you.” So, I told him...

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Running Towards the Song I Will Never Hear

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Poetry | 0 comments

Running Towards the Song I Will Never Hear

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 shrug off, saying, “It’s only a play, it’s only a book, a radio show, a sketch, a poem…” That is their safety net. Not knowing it is reality, illusion, fantasy, truth… I have...

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“Estate” – The Same Love

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Art & Photography | 0 comments

“Estate” – The Same Love

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 the end of a love story between a man and a woman. But it never really speaks about him or her, and so it is appropriate for all lovers. Here’s my version of it. I hope you enjoy...

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Art & Activism: Alexi DeVilliers – Jah Provides

Posted by on Oct 11, 2014 in Art & Photography, ENGAGE, Featured | 0 comments

Art & Activism: Alexi DeVilliers – Jah Provides

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 empty cans – a perfect golden circle.  He’s got a day job, so the meals are given out on the weekends. He’s been making art like this for over 10 years and feeding the poor this way...

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