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A Message to My Barbie-Loving Childhood Self

If only he knew what I know now.

Boy, Interrupted

Advocate contributor Seamus Kirst shares a powerful excerpt from his recently released memoir, Shitfaced: Musings of a Former Drunk.

A Gay Man's Diary of Deprivation

For National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Seamus Kirst shares his harrowing journey through anorexia and bulimia.

Now #ImWithHer and I Hope You Are Too

The case for Hillary, from a former Bernie supporter.

Coming Out to Yourself

Realizing you're LGBT may be the scariest moment of all.

Even in Liberal Bubbles, Gays Grew Accustomed to Fear

Seamus Kirst built an "LGBT-friendly" life in New York, but as a gay man, he's still frightened.

Barbie and Gay Shame

While a boy stars in a new Barbie commercial, this gay writer remembers a time when playing with dolls caused him intense inner turmoil. 

Why I Gave Up Drinking at 22

Many gay youth use alcohol as a salve, including this writer, who almost didn't make it to 23.