Sometimes “Y”: Trading in a Closet for a Bubble?

In 2018, I received an apology I wasn't expecting, as well as a kiss I can't remember. Both instances were reminders of what happens when you come out to a large group of people, whether it's family, co-workers...
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Ryan Lee: Pride and promiscuity

There are occasional Sunday evenings when I'm scrolling my social media feeds, and rather than “Most Recent” or “Top Stories,” it feels like my review of that weekend's happenings should be categorized, “While ...
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Ryan Lee: LGBT Americans facing the winds of Dixie

Opportunity and possibility are often associated with the future and what is to come, but the past is filled with just as many chances to achieve greatness or grow into a better person. A few years ago, Pizza H...
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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: A Friday night lesson in humility

I am typing this column on my cell phone, which is a first for me and I’m not sure how I feel about it. I appreciate the technological advances that allow me to do so, but pecking out a lengthy essay o...
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Ryan Lee: Surrendering secrets

I confess to having memberships with numerous websites that facilitate random gay sex between consenting strangers. I will not be enrolling into rehab or issuing any apologies – to my family, supporter...
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Ryan Lee: The end of being a closeted stoner

I expected melancholy to settle in toward the end of my recent vacation, but I was surprised by the rage that overtook me as I prepared to return to Atlanta. Potheads are not used to being mad, which may have b...

Ryan Lee: Hope for homos in the heart of Dixie

I saw a hazy figure approaching, and even as he came into focus it was hard to believe that he was in my kitchen with me, wearing a wide grin and not a thread of clothing. It felt like I had found heaven in sou...