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Ryan Lee

Ryan Lee: A tale of two years

As deplorable as 2016 has been – from the overcast of death that permeated the year, to white supremacists enjoying their happiest days since Plessy vs. Ferguson – it's terrifying to realize that eventually, an...
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Ryan Lee: The caging of masculinity

One of the great cons of human history is how masculinity is associated with strength and toughness, when it is probably the most delicate character trait ever, constantly needing to be protected, defended and ...
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Ryan Lee: 2016 is the 10th circle of hell

My mother sent me a text message letting me know my uncle voted for Donald Trump, reinforcing my belief that closeted homosexuals are a danger to themselves and others. This is the same Midwestern liberal who a...
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Ryan Lee: A non-driver’s road rage

I don't like the people that cars create. I subject myself to this judgment, remembering the 65 pounds I gained in the two years I owned an automobile in the early 2000s, when I could feel the laziness accumula...
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Ryan Lee: Season of love songs

My musical tastes don't really match my worldview. Even as a teenager in the '90s, my Walkman presets and cassette tape mixes were likely to be playing Motown and similar R&B from the '70s, a genre that is ...
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Ryan Lee: Wandering into gunclehood

People have started asking me, “Is that your son?” and a part of me wants to reply, “No, I'm his gay uncle.” But “gay uncle” sounds like whimsically created family rather than biological kin, or like I'm traini...
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Ryan Lee: My daily molestation of straight men

It sucks to be mistaken for a pervert, as I learned this past weekend when I was caught doing something I do almost every day.My young nephew and I went to the World of Coke on Saturday, and on our way home...
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Ryan Lee: Home away from home

I'm in Chicago for my annual visit with family, and this year for the specific purpose of celebrating my maternal grandmother's 90th birthday. I suggested a party and brunch for her birthday weekend because I t...