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Being Gay

In case you haven’t already read the “All About Me” page, I am gay. I have decided to devote a section of the site to the topic of homosexuality; in particular, I intend to discuss all of the issues related to homosexuality in a series of essays and writings in this section. Whether you’re a teenager questioning your sexuality, a parent of a gay or lesbian young adult, an “out and proud” gay person, a still-closeted person, or a friend or ally trying to support the gay/lesbian people in your life, I hope this section will be useful and informative for you.

That said, here is the listing of essays and writings:

I wrote this essay back in November 2000, roughly three months after I had begun the coming-out process. Much of it deals with my life history and the parts of it that relate to my being gay; this essay is largely my coming-out story and my feelings at that time.

“How to Out-Argue a Fundamentalist” — This is the essay that shows how so-called “fundamentalist ‘Christians’” are full of lies and deceptions on the topic of homosexuality. A must-read, especially if you have been brainwashed by their untruths.

“How Do I Know If I’m Gay?” — Aimed largely at pre-teens and teenagers, this essay answers the question a fair number of them will have to face.

What to Do When Your Kid Comes Out, and Other Advice for Parents — The title is self-explanatory. If you are struggling to understand what’s going on in the aftermath of your child having come out, or if you need some guidance on how to educate your child, give this a read.

“What ‘Sex Ed’ Didn’t Tell You, But You Still Need to Know” — The “sex ed” programs in American schools are massively failing our teenagers by leaving them almost completely uninformed. They need to know more than what they are being taught, and this essay covers the information they aren’t getting. This essay is more “straight-oriented” than the rest, but there is some useful information for gay teenagers in here as well.

“The Truth About Same-Sex Marriage” — Another essay with a self-explanatory title. The public square is being filled with distortions and untruths on this topic, primarily by right-wing extremist gay-haters, and I present the issue in a clear manner, free of “spin,” in this essay.

“8 Simple Rules for Straight Young Men” — With apologies to a TV sitcom of a similar name, I have laid out some basic guidelines that straight young men should follow when dealing with their gay and/or lesbian peers.

“Christianity and Homosexuality: More Compatible than You Think” — Many so-called “Christian” churches would like you to believe that Christianity and homosexuality are completely at odds with each other, and cannot be reconciled. This is simply not true, and this essay proves why that is the case.

“Why Do ‘Christians’ Hate Gays?” — An incisive exposé of the truth that so-called “fundamentalist ‘Christians’” desperately want to keep hidden from you.

“Taxation Without Representation” — This essay examines the tax penalties faced by committed, hard-working, patriotic same-sex couples in the United States.

“OUT” — This is a LiveJournal entry made on January 14, 2006, by a semi-acquaintance of mine named Matt Pizzuti. In the entry, he lambastes the shallow superficiality of an all-too- large number of gay men, and shows that relationships based upon things other than just outward appearance are truly more fulfilling. In my opinion, this is required reading for all gay men.

“How To ‘Live Happily Ever After’ … The Gay Way” — All the old fairy tales only tell you about straight couples living happily ever after. This essay tells the gay half of the story, examining a few inherent differences between gay relationships and straight ones, and offering advice on how to avoid some of the most common relationship-related mistakes gay and lesbian people make.

“Why the World Hates You — Part II” — In this May 7, 2006 blog entry, blogger Stephen Hanchett exposes yet more truth about so-called “fundamentalist ‘Christians’,” in this case how their failure to trust God, their worship of worldly things like money, and their belief that they are wiser than God, cause them to hate and vilify gays and lesbians as they do, and proves that true Christians demonstrate God’s perfect love to gays rather than condemning them.

“Gay Is the New Black” — Despite the frequent lies and insinuations to the contrary, the struggle for gay civil rights is inextricably intertwined with the ongoing, parallel struggle of African-Americans to achieve full equality in America. This essay looks at some history and challenges the more obstinate elements of the African-American community to admit that fact.

More to come later …