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Lots of flame on Erasure's new tracks  - but not where you want it

Lots of flame on Erasure's new…

Christopher Treacy

Erasure - The Violet Flame (Mute) Erasure is to be commended for attempting to switch things up with The Violet Flame — and there's plenty of violet, lots of flame. Actually, the term 'violet flame' supposedly refers to the transformation of negative to positive energy. Either way, there's plenty of gay...

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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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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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$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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