Shannon Hames

Shannon Hames: On living life with intention

You know me well enough by now to know that I write about whatever seems to be a reoccurring theme in my life at the time. I think about something, then a friend brings it up, then something happens that makes ...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Oct. 27

1. A new report from GLAAD shows that streaming services like Netflix and Hulu are leading the way with depictions of LGBT people on television, most notably with transgender characters, while network and cable...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Sept. 24

1. Pope Francis glossed over abortion and same-sex marriage in his address to Congress on Thursday morning, and HuffPo explains why that's going to upset conservative Catholics.2. This Memphis t...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, May 6

1. “When you have all eyes on you, what are you saying? And that’s what I had to ask myself a lot. It’s like, I know you’re going to look at me more if my (breasts) are out, so look at me. And then I’m going to...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Dec. 23

1. Gay marriage was the ninth most popular story of the year according to an Associated Press poll of U.S. editors and news directors. The police killings of unarmed black men was number one.2. “Today, as i...

Ryan Lee: Feeling most at home as ‘Other’

When Raven Symone announced on national television that she was “an American, not an African American,” Oprah Winfrey warned, “Oh, girl, don’t set up the Twitter on fire.”Just the night before the interview...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Oct. 6

1. “Their moralizing is selective, bigoted and very sad. It’s also self-defeating, because it’s souring many American Catholics, a majority of whom approve of same-sex marriage, and because the workers who’ve b...
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Outspoken: Country singer Chely Wright, U.S. Rep. Steve King and more…

Country star Chely Wright recently came out of the closet

“When I first moved to Nashville, I worked at Opryland and there are a lot of gay boys running around at those themeparks. I was afraid there was some identifiable factor in me that they could pick up on, that they might know that I was gay.”

— Country singer Chely Wright, who recently came out, in a candid interview last week with Oprah Winfrey (“Oprah” via ContactMusic.com, May 19)

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Brothers and Sisters

"Prodigal Sons” is the story of three siblings, once brothers but now two brothers and a sister, who return to their Helena, Mont., home for the 20-year high school reunion of two of them. Kimberly Reed, born Paul McKerrow, brings along her lesbian partner, Claire Jones, and a camera crew.

Now in her early forties, Reed has transitioned from man to woman, high school quarterback to filmmaker, Montanan to San Franciscan (where she spent 10 years, arriving as Paul and leaving as Kim) to New Yorker, straight man to lesbian.