By Kergan Edwards Stout

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.

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AIDS. Remember me?

| Sunday, November 30, 2014
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On the morning of my 30th birthday, I checked my then-partner, Shane Sawick, into the hospital. He would not come out. Shane died just two weeks later, suffering from Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML); one disease, among many, battled in his long war against AIDS. Once in the hospital, the illness quickly progressed, and in just a matter of days, he could no longer speak, blink, nor respond in any way. Through it all, though, his mind still raced, and processed, and thought...

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

| Saturday, April 12, 2014
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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.

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Garrett Miller: Chasing his dreams with ‘Eyes Wide’

| Saturday, February 8, 2014
Garrett Miller
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.

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This holiday season, share your gay gifts with the world

| Sunday, December 15, 2013
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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...

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Halloween horrors: The ghost of Proposition 8 returns…

| Monday, October 14, 2013
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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.

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

| Friday, July 26, 2013
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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.

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

| Saturday, June 1, 2013
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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...

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

| Monday, May 27, 2013
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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.

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