Ryan Lee

Ryan Lee: A brute-iful brotherhood

I smirked as I took off my shirt while a houseful of young men yelled at me, tickled by a childhood whim coming to fruition. It would be several months before I was allowed to smile again.“YOU THINK THIS IS...
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Ryan Lee: ‘Moonlight’ shines through all the shade

It feels like “Moonlight” has broken my heart every other beat for the past few months. I was delirious when I reserved seats for an advance screening, hence my friend and I making it to the ticket-taker at Atl...
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Ryan Lee: When crises are a Christmas tradition

At the risk of sounding repetitive, my family is in the middle of a new crisis, although this one could not have come along at a better time.My friends and I have a running joke about the gratitude I feel w...
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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...