Kergan Edwards-Stout

Kergan Edwards-Stout is an award-winning director, screenwriter, and author, whose debut novel Songs for the New Depression is a shortlisted in the 2011 Indie Lit Awards. In addition to LGBTQ Nation, he has also contributed to the Huffington Post and the Bilerico Project, blogs regularly at kerganedwards-stout.com, and is honored to have been named be one of HRC’s 2011 Fathers of the Year.

rss feed YouTube Twitter Facebook 's Website

All articles by Kergan Edwards-Stout

Leslie Cheung

Leslie Cheung’s biography: 11 years after his death, fans remember his warmth

Saturday, April 12, 2014
Leslie Cheung's fans came to him through their love of his music and his performances on the screen, both large and small, but they stayed with him, and even now, over 11 years after his death, they stay with him because of his warmth, simplicity and humbleness of character. [ Read more → ]
Garrett Miller

Garrett Miller: Chasing his dreams with ‘Eyes Wide’

Saturday, February 8, 2014
Garrett Miller’s Rated G Radio is burning up the airwaves every weeknight, covering the latest in news, entertainment, and culture, culminating in a Friday night dance party. [ Read more → ]
gay-gifts

This holiday season, share your gay gifts with the world

Sunday, December 15, 2013
Like many other LGBT people, I grew up thinking that I was all alone in the world. I knew of no other gay folks, either out or closeted, and the absence of role models likely contributed to my sense of solitude. It didn’t help that within my own dysfunctional family I had my own secrets to keep about who I was, creating a wall between me and them. In those pre-internet days, I would scour every book and newspaper in hopes of finding the slightest reference that someone else might be gay like me... [ Read more → ]
Greg_Lois-cropped

Award-winning LGBT Book ‘Missing’ becomes the Indie movie ‘He is Gone’

Saturday, November 23, 2013
Having read and enjoyed the LGBT novel Missing, by Drake Braxton, which I found to be a fun and unique romance/mystery, I wasnít surprised when the book went on to win several awards, including Best Gay Fiction for the New England Book Festival. Now, two... [ Read more → ]
sign-peition-3

Halloween horrors: The ghost of Proposition 8 returns…

Monday, October 14, 2013
The majority of California’s “innocent children” are under attack from a vile, twisted bunch hoping to ogle the opposite sex in the bathroom. Just as in Prop 8, the LGBT community is being equated with pedophiles. That tired old “abnormal” and “sick” paint brush is being used collectively on the trans community, as if simply being different makes one unworthy of equal treatment under the law. ... Given all the similarities to Prop 8 messaging, it’s no surprise that the National Organization for Marriage is behind this petition drive, or that Prop 8′s chief strategist, Frank Schubert, works on this campaign as well. [ Read more → ]
Paul Boynton

Author Paul Boynton on embracing life beyond 50: Begin with ‘Yes’

Friday, July 26, 2013
How best to move forward through life is one of the questions author, life coach, and non-profit CEO Paul Boynton asks and attempts to answer on a daily basis. As author of the inspirational Begin With Yes and the host of both its accompanying Facebook page as well as the Facebook page Being Gay, Becoming Gray, he helps others take big issues and distill them into manageable bites. [ Read more → ]
world-aids-day

AIDS at 32: For whom the bell tolls – 32 notables share their stories

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Having lost friends, co-workers, and a lover, Shane Sawick, to AIDS, I am all too acutely aware of the personal impact the disease has had on my life.  Coming of age during the height of the epidemic, my experiences in HIV education and activism fundamentally... [ Read more → ]
Cherise Gordon, Design by luke kurtisBrian Centrone

A conversation with Brian Centrone, author of ‘An Ordinary Boy’

Saturday, June 1, 2013
I had the pleasure of first meeting Brian Centrone last year at the Rainbow Book Fair in New York. We’d become virtual friends via Twitter, connecting through a group of writers who support each other’s work. Friendly and witty, I was interested in learning more Brian and his work, and the publication of his new novel, “An Ordinary Boy,” proved just the opportunity... [ Read more → ]
Shane

Memories and Memorials — for the countless many, lost far too young

Monday, May 27, 2013
For me, Memorial Day is about honoring not only those who died fighting for our freedom, but also those closer, lost to far different battles, particularly AIDS. ... And so, this Memorial Day, I’ll pause and honor the many of my own troops who have fallen in battle. They may not have had the uniform or the recognition of our armed forces, but the wars they fought were just as valiant, and I, for one, am richer for their many, varied gifts and sacrifices. [ Read more → ]
Kergan (right) and family.

How I survived a plague

Sunday, May 19, 2013
I survived a plague. It once seemed unfathomable I’d ever write such words, let alone experience just such a cataclysmic event. Growing up in a bland but largely protected Southern California suburb in the 60s and 70s, I had no clue what lie ahead.. [ Read more → ]
Dr-Darcy

Move over, ‘Dear Abby.’ ‘Ask Dr. Darcy’ is straight talk for the gay community

Sunday, May 5, 2013
Have you ever had a question on which you needed straight-shooting, professional advice? Dr. Darcy Sterling, a licensed clinical social worker based in the SoHo section of New York City, dishes up just that on a regular basis through her blog, YouTube channel, and her work with her wife, Stephanie Sterling, at Alternatives Counseling. [ Read more → ]
Michael-Nava-300x220

Groundbreaking gay mystery series finally comes to e-book

Sunday, March 3, 2013
As the revolutionary Henry Rios series finally comes to e-book, Michael Nava took time to share more with me about the development of the character, his thoughts on bringing an end to the Rios series, and his forthcoming novel, The City of Palaces. [ Read more → ]
Alex Heinen

‘Miss Broadway Dork’ revealed as swan

Sunday, February 17, 2013
Musical theater lovers, rejoice! Show business has a new star, and you won’t have to fork over a month’s rent paying Broadway-style ticket prices to see her. Not only can you watch her from the comfort of your very own home, but she performs from her very own home, with living room or bedroom as the only scenery. [ Read more → ]
Patricia Nell Warren

Legendary author Patricia Nell Warren: Ever the Front Runner

Saturday, January 26, 2013
I recall it as if it were yesterday: stepping inside the sprawling bookstore, which smelled faintly of dust; walking past the periodicals, where gay porn titles peeked at me ever-so-discretely from the uppermost row; crossing to the back of the store, reaching “my” row, and nervously looking about before finally stepping up to the shelves, above which hung a large sign, “Gay Studies.” [ Read more → ]
Kergan Edwards-Stout

To the reader who saved my life…

Saturday, January 12, 2013
Dear Bob, As we enter this new year, full of promise and possibility, I realized that I could not in all fairness properly close out the old without first repaying a major debt. One that I owe to you, dear reader, for quite literally saving my life. ... You likely had no idea, when you reached for the book, that the very act of reading it could so profoundly affect me, and all for the better. How could you know, after all, that while I’d long envisioned a life for myself as a writer, until you contacted me, I’d begun to consider stopping altogether? [ Read more → ]
Matt-Gold-3

Out Indie artist Matt Gold learns he must ‘drown’ before he can ‘swim’

Sunday, December 23, 2012
In the not-so-distant past, gay musicians hid in the closet or played coy about their sexuality, but today’s artists are an entirely different breed. For up and coming singer-songwriter Matt Gold, being gay may be a given, but is simply one more piece to his overall puzzle... [ Read more → ]
Trebor Healey

Acclaimed gay author surprises with two new novels

Saturday, December 8, 2012
I first met fellow writer Trebor Healey at Palm Springs Pride, where we were both signing copies of our novels at the Authors’ Village. Given that the title of my first novel includes the word “depression” and his recent title contains the word “sorrow,” we quickly bonded over a shared lament of others trying to convince us to change our titles into something “more happy.” [ Read more → ]
band-of-thebes-300x210

‘Band of Thebes’ helps community source the best of LGBT literature

Sunday, December 2, 2012
With LGBT bookstores shuttering and the consolidation of gay media resulting in reduced promotional opportunities for publishers and authors, few venues remain for discovering literature reflecting the gay experience. Happily, Stephen Bottum continues to provide one of the best sources for LGBT publishing news on his blog, Band of Thebes, which he began five years ago. [ Read more → ]
aids-ribbon

It’s World AIDS Day. Does anyone care anymore?

Friday, November 30, 2012
Today, people still die from AIDS. While drug advancements have substantially decreased that number, it has also created the false-belief that contracting the disease is essentially meaningless. To some, taking one pill a day is an easy trade-off to having to wear condoms. Most disturbing, however, is the sheer number to whom AIDS just doesn’t matter, having relegated it to a page in history... [ Read more → ]
Xavier Axelson

Author makes the leap from gay erotica to ‘legitimacy’

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Following success as a writer of erotica and as columnist for Examiner.com, author Xavier Axelson has surprised readers with his debut novel,"Velvet," a work of historical fiction which tells the tale of a royal tailor. [ Read more → ]
gay-novelists

Love, loss, and art: A conversation between two gay novelists

Sunday, November 18, 2012
Fellow author Jeffrey Ballam and I share many characteristics. We are both gay men, debut novelists, human rights advocates, twitter friends, and have undergone the grieving process, with each of us experiencing a partner’s death due to HIV/AIDS. I have been curious to discover more... [ Read more → ]
Kergan (front, right) with his partner Russ, and their two sons.Photo by Sara + Ryan

Obama’s victory and the aftermath of ‘Please de-friend me’

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
This election was close -- much closer than it should have been. For those of us committed to progressive causes, it was a reminder that we need to work even harder to ensure future such races contain a message which is clear, relevant, and compelling, connecting the dots between the issues we care about and fiscal responsibility. And even in the election’s wake, I find myself contemplating the cost of lost friendships, as well as our best path forward... [ Read more → ]
UGDietz-300x225

A U.S. President’s Great, Great, Grandson’s Big Gay Vampire Novel

Saturday, October 27, 2012
While it may come as a surprise to learn that Ulysses S. Grant’s great-great-grandson, Ulysses Grant Dietz, serves as Chief Curator for New Jersey’s Newark Museum, it might come as a bigger surprise that he is also an author, with two gay vampire titles under his belt... [ Read more → ]
Elizabeth-Emken-300x205

Elizabeth Emken: The making of an anti-gay politician

Friday, October 19, 2012
The vision stays with me, even after all these years. I’m in junior high, and I’ve just looked into the eyes of an overweight girl, having just delivered a devastatingly cruel blow. Her bright blue eyes, haunted and broken, serve as lingering reminders of how destructive words can be, and I’ve often wished I could take that moment back. Little did I know that girl, Elizabeth Emken, would years later run for public office, in an attempt to unseat California Senator Dianne Feinstein... [ Read more → ]
bullying

A letter to my bully…

Friday, October 19, 2012
I have hated you almost every day since we first met. But for different reasons altogether than you might expect. I still remember the terror I felt, every time I approached the soccer field. It was junior high, a difficult time for almost everyone, but for me, especially so. You see, I’d always known I was gay... [ Read more → ]
Page 1 of 212