Neil Ellis Orts

Neil Ellis Orts

Neil Ellis Orts is a writer living in Houston. His creative writing has appeared in several small press journals and anthologies and his novella, Cary and John is available wherever you order books. He is a frequent contributor to OutSmart.
Features

Author Leah Lax: A Jewish Lesbian ‘Uncovered’

A Jewish lesbian’s 30-year journey into and out of an Hasidic community in Houston.

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Arts & Entertainment

Art, Poetry, and the Stages of Queer Identity

Poet Scott Wiggerman offers a writing workshop at the MFAH.

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Arts & Entertainment

A Body of Collaborative Work

Dancer Bill T. Jones inaugurates a new lecture series at the University of Houston. "It’s going to be a far-reaching…

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Features

On Liberty, Unity, and Keeping His Cool

When Gene Robinson became the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire in 2004, the fact that he was…

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Opinion/Commentary

Witnessing and Blessing

Reflection on St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church’s first ceremony for a same-sex couple. by Neil Ellis Orts In many ways, the…

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Arts & Entertainment

A Texan, a Japanese, and a Mississippian Walk into a Dance Studio

OutSmart chats with three out gay male dancers from Hope Stone Dance Company.

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Features

A Blessing Ceremony for Same-Gender Relationships

St. Stephen’s to be the first Episcopal Church in Houston to offer same-gender blessings.

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Arts & Entertainment

Transposing to the Key of Queer

Cartoonist Dylan Edwards is best known for his gay sports one-panel comic, The Outfield, and his series of mini-comics, Politically…

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Arts & Entertainment

Internment Camps and Other Musical Ideas

Out in space, and elsewhere: George Takei, best known for his role as Mr. Sulu in Star Trek, tackles far…

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Features

Called to Break Rules

In 2009, the Reverend Amy DeLong, a clergyperson of the United Methodist Church, performed a commitment ceremony for two women.

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