Pride in Places: An LGBTQ+ nightclub built in Orlando to celebrate life became the scene of the second largest mass shooting in modern American history

Barbara Poma opened Pulse with her husband in 2004 to honor her late brother John who passed from AIDS in 1991. It was a business proposal pitched to them by their best friend at the time, whose dream was to open an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Orlando. Poma saw it as an opportunity to pay tribute to a community she grew up in, choosing the name “Pulse” to remember her brother’s heart that kept beating through her acts of love and service. Orlando’s queer community found their own beat within the nightc

Once I Came Out, Dating Suddenly Became So Hot... And Complicated

I entered my first gay bar on the eve of my 21st birthday. I was in between apartments in New York and temporarily staying at my brother's. When I searched for the nearest LGBTQ+-friendly spaces in his Lower East Side neighborhood, a bar called Boiler Room popped up. My heart started pounding faster as I entered the venue, though I felt relieved by the lack of a doorman. The one time I tried entering a gay bar in the past was the only time my fake ID had ever failed. Still in the closet, I had

Pride in Places: How two women turned a century-old stag bar into an inclusive hangout

Melanie’s at Griffith’s Tavern doesn’t claim to be any better than other bars in its Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. But, perhaps, that is because it expects patrons to walk in with the same attitude. This is thanks to its new owners, Hannah Spangler and Allison Crowley, who bought and partially renamed the place two months ago. Before their purchase, Griffith’s Tavern was a neighborhood dive bar for nearly 100 years, catering primarily to straight men. It was a space where guys could sip

The Joy and Liberation of Customizing Your Avatar

The act of personalizing the character you'll play in a game is more than fun, it empowers you—and pulls you into the fantasy you're about to enjoy. If anything, the ability to design yourself into anything desired is a reminder physicality is the least of what comprises our shared humanity. Instead of bones, blood, and skin, every player online reflects the limbs of knowledge, opinions, cravings, and experience.

Guadalajara is your sexy undercover gay gem in Mexico

LGBTQ folks are nothing if not creative. However, it’s easy for us to perpetually choose from the mainstream selection of popular destinations to visit when it comes to travel. Mexico offers two of the most frequented cities for gays: Puerto Vallarta and Mexico City. But the Latin American travel hotspot nestles another secret gem that should not be missed: Guadalajara, Jalisco. Naturally, queers of Instagram might doubt just how gay Guadalajara is without the ocean scenery.

Should You Apply for a Job with a Video Resume?

Twenty-four-year-old Grace Wells has never experienced the often time-consuming process of uploading a résumé to an online job application portal. Instead, Wells landed her first corporate job in 2019 as a video director in New York with a video. Rather than submitting a traditional résumé, Wells decided to make a mock commercial using one of the company’s products, which eventually caught the attention of millions.

One more is never enough

He invites you to come over but doesn’t know who you are. He likes the skin you’re wearing, the bone structure beneath it. Would revealing more than that even be to your benefit? His chest looks hard, but his eyes seem soft, like light blue almonds of kindness. The conversation’s promisingly flirtatious, you think, as much as two foreign bodies can when they are 1,479 feet away. “Now?” He says, sharing an address but not his name. Knocking shyly on the stranger’s door, he appears cuter in pers

How Can We Achieve Sexual Liberation?

Today, racial equality, feminism, LGBTQ rights (almost in that order) are celebrated in media for the likes and comments of a new generation. However, the dynamics of gender and sex shifting for the millennium doesn't mean the patriarchal cage has been lifted. Back in the 1960s, the goal of the historically dubbed sexual revolution was to advocate that intercourse before marriage didn't make women less pure. Feminists succeeded in being reimagined as sexual creatures, but the price for liberation was objectification and exploitation.
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