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Young, gay, American

Young, gay, American

Matthew Igoe

Recently, I attended a two-week writing workshop where I spent several hours each day in dialogue with other young people. One of my fellow participants wrote everyone in our group a letter, and in mine, he said this: “I hypothesized that you’re gay and I was right, not that it was...

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$1,000s in local LGBT scholarships go unclaimed every year - Why?

$1,000s in local LGBT scholarships go…

Michael Rizzo

It was late 2011 when Marvin Henchbarger, executive director of Gay and Lesbian Youth Services, first announced a new scholarship fund for local LGBT youth.  Dr. Hank Mann, a prominent educator at Buffalo State College, who died in November of that year, bequeathed $5,000 to the organization — to be disbursed...

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Social climate in schools for LGBT youth

Social climate in schools for LGBT…

Lyndsey D'Arcangelo

The summer before eighth grade, Jared White, of Hamburg, realized he was gay. He told his parents about it, and they were supportive. But once the school year began, the kids in his middle school were not.  “They always made fun of me,” he says. “Even before they knew I was...

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Heads up! Pencils down!

Heads up! Pencils down!

Michael Rizzo

I was totally straight in high school. Sure, I wore fairy wings during English class when I read the part of Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. After we learned figure drawing in art class, I started drawing dirty pictures in the margins of my notebooks. And, I choreographed the Mr....

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What's not to like about Foster The People?

What's not to like about Foster…

Christopher Treacy

The answer is a bit complicated, but it might have something to do with how serious you are about your pop music and whether you prefer spotless live performances over more organic, natural-sounding ones. The Los Angeles-based trio closed out the Canalside concert series on Thursday night to an ecstatic crowd,...

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