All Blog Posts Tagged 'LGBT' (28)

Transition Beyond Surgery

Some fiction, some fact

Twenty Years Ago

It is the mid Nineties. Before the internet. Before cellular telephones. Before DVDs and Blu-ray players. Before live streaming. Before blogs. Before Tumblr and Facebook and Instagram. Before $4 a gallon gasoline and $10 a pack cigarettes. Before the legalization of same-sex marriage.

9:55 am. While waiting for Blockbuster to open, I look up…

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Added by Kevin Camp on February 14, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

First Steps

Mostly true, but names changed.

I tried my hand at dating men for the first time when I was 19. I was a live wire in those days, exploring a part of myself I knew I had to conceal from many. My friends, with the exception of two or three, were accepting of my sexual orientation. Every rejection hurt, even though they were small in number. One particularly close friend had been raised by homophobic parents and he quickly sought separation from me once I confessed my…

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Added by Kevin Camp on February 6, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

Mother's Day

Fifteen years ago this week, I picked my eldest up from school. She arrived at my car sobbing, clutching what could only be a Mother’s Day art project, a gift wrapped with lots of construction paper, held together with even more scotch tape. When I asked her what was wrong, she explained between tears and hiccups that she only had time to make the one present. “But I have two mommies!” She whimpered. My heart broke into a million pieces. Gently, I took the gift from her hands and unwrapped…

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Added by Pam Helberg on May 9, 2013 at 3:44pm — 1 Comment

Bouncy

sound over of conversation lips smacking against cigarette filters giggles rustling of plastic bags full of pills childish needless flinty flicks of lighters all culminating in squeals of girls who saunter up to the bathroom with their lovers to dose to swallow the necessary amount of water in the cheap plastic cups and upon doing so collapse onto sofas together in a heap of hair and rumpled clothing 

then fade in on where I’m sitting alone 

she has witch…

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Added by Kevin Camp on November 27, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

BrookLyn's Journey book blurb...

Self-proclaimed nerd, BrookLyn Scott, is an eighteen-year-old high school senior in upstate New York who has never held a boy’s hand let alone one’s interest. She has some friends at school and church but is never far from the watchful eye of her abusive parents. BrookLyn’s plan is to escape the abuse by excelling in high school and running safely to college just as her older siblings did. Her plan is derailed after she’s invited and attends her first party. By the end of the night, BrookLyn…

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Added by Stacey aka Coffey Brown on July 24, 2012 at 11:17am — No Comments

The Awakening of Graye Moon book blurb...(August 2012 release)

Warwick Valley High School junior, Graye Moon, strolled innocently through the hallways at school in the shadows of her older sister, Sylver, and had never been interested in dating. Her parents strictly enforced their no dating before eighteen rule discouraging her from seeking more than friendships. Graye was focused on hanging with her best friends, doing her homework, playing sports, and staying away from the pranks her sisters Sylver and Blu conjured up.

 

Out of nowhere a…

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Added by Stacey aka Coffey Brown on July 24, 2012 at 11:14am — No Comments

The Awakening of Graye Moon book blurb...(August 2012 release)

Warwick Valley High School junior, Graye Moon, strolled innocently through the hallways at school in the shadows of her older sister, Sylver, and had never been interested in dating. Her parents strictly enforced their no dating before eighteen rule discouraging her from seeking more than friendships. Graye was focused on hanging with her best friends, doing her homework, playing sports, and staying away from the pranks her sisters Sylver and Blu conjured up.

 

Out of nowhere a…

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Added by Stacey aka Coffey Brown on July 24, 2012 at 11:14am — No Comments

Kerry Freeman ( m/m/m Erotic Romance) Interview & Giveaway

Kerry pens LGBT and has a passion for it…as appreciated in her stories.

See her here: http://kaydeeroyal.blogspot.com/2011/12/kerry-freemen-all-about-kerry-and-what.html

 

She’s giving insights as to why this genre and also she chats about her newest release What We Deserve. Kerry has an end-of-tour giveaway.

 

Be ready for a great visit with…

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Added by Kay Dee Royal on December 16, 2011 at 4:13am — No Comments

Dwarfs, Giants, and General Progress

It’s been a while since I’ve written on gender identity.  Much like sexual orientation, the issue may be deliberately assigned a lower priority in my mind, but it never goes away.  What I have learned, yet again, is that this constant nagging issue is not a simple one.  I believe I wrote last about my realization that, for me, I nervously exist on a continuum, neither purely male, nor purely female.  As much as I talk against the idea of either/or thinking, I admit I’d be more…

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Added by Kevin Camp on October 4, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Rape Culture and Its Effect on Men

Trigger Warning

A few years back, I participated in a project specifically designed with LGBTs in mind.  The intention was to ask for volunteers willing to be fully honest with the organizers.  These anonymous contributors were encouraged to share the stories of their first sexual encounter with a member of the same sex.  The intention was that these anecdotes would be compiled into a booklet given away for free at Pride, which was then several months away.  It was hoped that…

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Added by Kevin Camp on August 15, 2011 at 5:30am — No Comments

When the Political Gets Personal







My mother and I were very close when I was a boy. We are both sensitive, intuitive people. We could sense each other’s moods well quite instinctively. She had me in her early twenties and was often fond of saying that we grew up together. A…
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Added by Kevin Camp on August 1, 2011 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Women in Revolt: A Review

In 1970, famed pop artist, dabbler, and amateur film producer Andy Warhol embarked upon his latest project. Entitled Women in Revolt, it was a deliberate counter-attack on radical feminist Valerie Solanas, Warhol’s would-be-assassin, whose assault with a handgun nearly killed its intended target. A parody of the hot button issue of its time, Women’s Liberation, the film gets in a few digs at its expense. Members of the movement endlessly rake men over the coals,…

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Added by Kevin Camp on July 25, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Past Anecdotes from a (Slightly) Neurotic Bisexual

In some ways, I suppose I had been rather old school. I chose to strategically carry on my affairs with men in another city. Businessmen in a different decade opted for this route. This was for two reasons. The first was a concession to my homophobic family. I didn't want them finding any evidence in whatever form it took. The second was because of the unique character of the queer community in the place where I grew up. One learned very soon that its numbers were very small and its…

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Added by Kevin Camp on July 4, 2011 at 12:56pm — No Comments

Medicating Our Identities

Starting at a young age, I was taught to seek strictly medical explanations for individual problems.  My father had worked for a time counseling alcoholics and addicts, and he placed full reliance upon a combination of prescription medication and time spent on the therapist’s couch.  However, my life challenges have been structured in ways that defied this logic.  It is true that bipolar disorder can be treated successfully with medication.  However what I was not told in the beginning is…

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Added by Kevin Camp on June 18, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Drag

The house looked otherwise unremarkable.  The orange-pink color of the kitchen walls was unique, but could be explained as an attempt to be distinct.  Two huge pairs of high-heeled shoes stood at the foot of the stairs.  These were shoes seemingly on steroids, far larger than would have ever been made for the typical woman.  These did stick out.  One wondered if a superhero wore these shoes, and if so, if there were others like it in her closet.    

My roommate is a drag queen,…

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Added by Kevin Camp on June 17, 2011 at 4:31pm — No Comments

Persecution or Privacy?

I wrote this column for the Feministing Community earlier today.

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I normally don’t watch much television.  This is a conscious choice on my part because many commercials and programs are sexist, anti-feminist, or advance otherwise unhealthy perspectives. But, flipping through channels yesterday, I found that the gossip website TMZ now has a television platform to peddle its wares.  One…

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Added by Kevin Camp on June 16, 2011 at 2:04pm — No Comments

For Old Time's Sake

It’s been a long time,

baby

 

years and years since

I flabbergasted

flustered

frustrated

 

set tongues

waggling

 

found that

should you not

shut the closet door behind you

 

someone will gladly do it

unprompted

 

your active rebellion

sanitized for public consumption

 

knowing this

 

how do I maintain even

two…

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Added by Kevin Camp on May 27, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Gender Possibilities

 

Though it’s been a while since my last update, I’ve been sharing with you the course of my treatment.  Specifically, I was diagnosed with hypogonadism in November.  Treatment has taken many twists and turns in nearly nine months’ time, and the most recent discovery has left me frustrated and weary.  I’m tired of being sick, plainly put, and I want to be well.  Though this is embarrassing to admit, I discovered last week a lump next to my right testis.  My PCP…

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Added by Kevin Camp on April 15, 2011 at 4:19am — No Comments

Victim: A Film Review and Personal Anedcote

Victim cover

 

I regularly think about the movie Victim, which was the first English language film ever to mention the word "homosexual".  Released in 1961, it captures a time where male homosexual conduct was criminalized in the United Kingdom, meaning that rogue blackmailers were free and able to extract money and concessions from gay men.  Not wishing to risk the social scandal as well as the possibility of jail, queer men paid whatever was asked and kept silent from…

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Added by Kevin Camp on April 11, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

When Someone You Love is Republican

Someone You Love

One of my father’s good friends was a conservative Republican. There are even pictures of him affectionately holding me in his lap when I was a toddler. A few years later, he was extremely kind and helpful to my grieving mother when her father died. She still speaks highly of him for the reason to this day. Mom was only a couple years older than me when Grandfather died. I can’t imagine losing a parent now. Earlier in life, I lost both of mine for a time, but that story…

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Added by Kevin Camp on March 30, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

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