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How My Father Taught Me to Be a Man

"He tried cutting my hair, training me with loud snaps, and raged, 'Stop acting like a faggot!'"

Donna Summer: LGBT Roots Versus Rumor

Writer Clay Cane remembers interviewing the original Lady of the Night about an unrelenting rumor that she was homophobic.

Living Positive

Author and musician Tim'm T. West talks about being an HIV-positive rapper, educating gay youths, his successful music career, and what he'd trade it all for.

The Real Queen: Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams was for gay rights before beauty queens were allowed to have opinions. As she promotes her new album The Real Thing , it's no surprise that Williams couldn't care less what Carrie Prejean thinks.

Often Imitated, Never Duplicated

The only white artist who has been thoroughly embraced by the black audience, long before Christina Aguilera and the slew of girls to follow, Teena Marie has dominated blue-eyed soul.

Brandy Grown Up

Despite a rough couple of years, onetime R&B princess Brandy is holding her head high on her new album Human. Though gay fans would probably line the block for a sequel of "The Boy Is Mine" with former duet buddy Monica, don't hold your breath -- Brandy, now 29, says, "We're too old for that."

The Soul of Seal

Armed with a new album of soul classics and his trademark blunt outlook on the state of the world, Seal sat down with to discuss the rumors that he and wife Heidi Klum would have left the country had John McCain been elected, the gay rights movement, and what makes Seal's sound so damn sexy.

An Unpopular Opinion: Blacks, Gays, and Prop. 8

The injection of race into the analysis of Proposition 8's passage is extremely disappointing. A battle for equal rights has now turned into an issue of whites versus blacks. But while some black gays think marriage shouldn't be a priority and that outreach to African-Americans should have been stronger, journalist Clay Cane says he has a vested interest in inequalities related to both race and sexual orientation ... and he doesn't need someone to hold his hand to believe that marriage equality is important.

Hip-hop Guru Kim Osorio Talks Homophobia

Kim Osorio became a hip-hop legend in 2003 when she became the first (and so far, only) female editor in chief at The Source magazine, regarded as the Bible of hip-hop. After she was fired in 2005, Osorio took her case to court -- and won a judgment in her favor to the tune of $7.5 million. Now in her book, Straight From the Source, Osorio talks about the sexism and homophobia that often shaped her time in and around the hip-hop industry.

Jennifer Hudson Takes Back Her Spotlight

Whether you first fell in love with Jennifer Hudson on American Idol or it took you until her Oscar-winning turn in Dreamgirls to jump on the bandwagon, there's no denying that the sassy girl with the big voice has a huge gay following. Now, after years of waiting, Hudson is getting back to what she does best... with her self-titled, debut album.

Craig David: Brits Do It Better

Checking in with the U.K.'s sultriest R&B crooner, we discover a guy who's almost too good to be straight.

Patti LaBelle: Home for the Holidays!

Writer Clay Cane sits down with Miss Patti and finds out the diva is as fun and ballsy as ever.