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The Trans Muslim

Why can’t Khadija go to mosque?

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Khadija could be a star spokeswoman for Muslims if they wanted to show off Islam’s teachings of peace and acceptance. She doesn’t see the teachings of Islam as “harsh,” nor do ...   More
Wednesday, August 20, 2008 Byron Beck

Gaying For The Gold

Do we really need the Gay Olympics anymore?

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Ah, the Olympics. Some of my earliest childhood fumblings were spent obsessing over what Mark Spitz looked like wet and naked. To this day I still get hard picturing Bruce Jenner’s junk flopping ...   More
Wednesday, August 13, 2008 Byron Beck

Jacob’s ladder

Activist Moves West to Make Bank for Barack

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Jake Reitan is a queer-boy mashup of Rosa Parks and the Fantastic Four’s “Human Torch.” For the past few years, between classes at Northwestern and Harvard, this angel-faced boy with ...   More
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 Byron Beck

My Big Fat Gay Wallet

When a billfold becomes a way of life.

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Two guys walking up Southwest Salmon Street were staring at me. Well, they weren’t staring at me so much as at my bulge. “Did you see that?” said the greasy dude in a wife-beater. To ...   More
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 Byron Beck

The Memorial Service

Burying a loved one digs up old feelings.

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As I captured private family moments with my camera, I realized my task felt familiar. It should. I’d played the role years before.Five summers ago, after the marriage of my partner Juan’s ...   More
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 Byron Beck

Born Funny

Bon mots from a Southern-fried sissyboy.

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“Miss? Are you going to clean my room next? No? I need you to clean it now, por favor.” Leslie Jordan is talking to me on the phone at the same time he’s “talking” to a m ...   More
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 Byron Beck

It’s A Gay Gay Gay World

The queerest moments from PDX’s Pride Week 2008.

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How does one town get so gay? While it’s impossible to try to capture all the highlights from this year’s amazing Pride Week, I’m sharing some of the queerest “moments” f ...   More
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 Byron Beck

Pride Up

The “new” faces of pride should join the parade.

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Just Out columnist (and ex-WW contributor) Stephen Marc Beaudoin recently wrote how we should avoid this Sunday’s Pride parade because it’s nothing more than a chance for corporations to j ...   More
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 Byron Beck

Coming Out For Sho

Just because you’re gay doesn’t mean you have to vote for the gay guy. Who knew?

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Ever since Sam Adams first ran for office, I’ve written I’d vote for him because this is identity politics, pure and simple. But for some of my gay brothers, it’s not that simple.Tak ...   More
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 Byron Beck

Robyn: (Gay)Boy Wonder

Sweet Swede pop sensation lands in PDX.

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Two female, Euro-based pop stars “dropped” their latest albums on U.S. soil last Tuesday. The first, Hard Candy, is by a 49-year-old that goes by the name of Madonna. You may have heard of ...   More
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 Byron Beck
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