At Autostraddle, a heartwarming roundup of newly elected gay and transgender homecoming kings and queens ("The principal at Waukegan, who when asked what the students' inclusive choice says about their campus climate, said "the question is something adults are more likely to contemplate than teenagers'"), as well as a brief history of these little earthquakes, in which I learned that "all the way back in 1980, high school senior Aaron Fricke's right to attend prom with his boyfriend was upheld by federal court."
What’s the first sexual memory or thought you can remember?
I remember finding my father's porno cassette in 1987. I'm five years old, and this VHS is called The Satisfiers of Delta Blue—a fact I confirmed years later when I found it on a porn site and was like, “My god. This is it.”
The cassette was up in the very top shelf in his closet. I think knowing that this was such a secret thing, before [...]
Sean Lanigan is soon to be ordained in the Episcopal Church and is building a new spiritual community for young adults in Long Beach, California: www.beachprogressives.org.
So we’re meeting because you went to Yale Divinity School with Jessica Misener!
Yes! Divinity school was interesting. Great, and interesting, and everyone was having crises all the time, including me. I’d come out when I was 16, and all throughout college I was trying to figure out my relationship with God. Everyone said, “Go to divinity school and you’ll figure it out.” And of course, divinity school is both a really good and really bad place [...]
Jared is a 31-year-old man who lives in Chicago and has had more than 1,000 sexual partners. This is the second of three installments in his story, and it is pretty immediately (and intensely) graphic. Here's Part I and Part III.
So, at this point in your story, you’re 15. You’ve had a hyper-sexual childhood, you’ve been having anonymous sexual encounters in public places, and you’ve just dropped out of high school in North Carolina for mental and physical safety/security reasons.
What happens next?
My mom found some gay youth group in Asheville, and I started hanging out at the [...]