Fri August 22, 2014
Men In America

In Changing America, Gay Masculinity Has 'Many Different Shades'

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 6:09 pm

The Colorado Rush, a gay rugby team in Denver, at practice. "I've always thought of myself as ... the rugby player that happens to be gay," says Skyler Meyer. "I never want to be the gay man who happens to play rugby."
Luke Runyon KUNC

Editor's note: This story contains language that may be offensive to some readers.

Life as a gay man in the U.S. has changed in the past decade — the law and cultural attitudes toward homosexuality have shifted. And those greater social and legal freedoms have also changed how some gay men choose to express their masculinity — and their femininity.

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Fri August 15, 2014

After A Traffic Stop, Teen Was 'Almost Another Dead Black Male'

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 6:33 am

Alex Landau and his mother, Patsy Hathaway, on a visit to StoryCorps.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story contains graphic descriptions and offensive language.

Alex Landau, who is African-American, was adopted by a white couple as a child and grew up in largely white, middle-class suburbs of Denver.

Still, "we never talked about race growing up," Landau tells his mother, Patsy Hathaway, on a visit to StoryCorps. "I just don't think that was ever a conversation."

"I thought that love would conquer all and skin color really didn't matter," Hathaway says. "I had to learn the really hard way when they almost killed you."

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Thu August 14, 2014
Urban Renewal

Denver's Union Station At Heart Of Urban Renewal

Union Station in Denver, Colorado
Nathan Heffel KUNC

Denver’s recently reopened Union Station joins other stations across the country including Saint Paul and Kansas City that are changing the landscape of city centers. It’s not because you can catch a ride on the rails, but because people are moving back to the city.

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Mon August 11, 2014
The Salt

Sandwich Monday: The Dahlia

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 3:29 pm

The Dahlia.

Out on the sidewalk in front of the Denver Biscuit Co., a curling-stone-size cinnamon roll covered in frosting and bacon sits on a table where you check in. The greeter has gone inside, so it's all alone. You understand at this moment what it's like to be a fish spotting a worm on a hook. You know it shouldn't be there, but man that worm looks good. And, what's the worst that could happen?

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Thu August 7, 2014