Life & Love

Henry Amador-Batten, a 52-year-old gay man, and his five-year-old son, Benjamin, were on the last leg of their trip home to Raleigh, North Carolina on May 20. The two had just come from Puerto Rico visiting Amador-Batten’s ailing father, who passed away during their visit. Wearied from heartache and traveling since the early a.m., the
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After listening to a Tony Robbins audiobook one day in Los Angeles about how to be the most extreme version of me, I decided to break the Guinness World Record for Longest Journey By Car In A Single Country, which took 36,123 miles sleeping in my Subaru Outback for 122 days with my girlfriend (at
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Dear E. Jean: Today I got incredibly mad at my boyfriend when he asked for sexy pics to “tide [him] over” till we see each other tomorrow. It’s not the idea of pictures that got me worked up, but the fact that our sex life has become increasingly about him meeting his desires. I feel
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On quietly falling in love with golf: “At the age of 16 I realized that my backhand wasn’t good enough, and after playing and losing 6‑0, 6‑1, it gets a little discouraging. But I was getting better in golf. “My parents had a big basement—I’m talking a big, big basement; I can literally hit it
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*** When I picked up Barbara and Steve from the ferry terminal on my island, Barbara glowed. She stood tall and radiant, her mermaid hair wrapping around her like a waterfall. She was as glorious as Stevie Nicks, and she waved at me as smoothly as a willow tree. She was confident and I was
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Welcome to “The Perfect,” ELLE.com‘s weekly roundup, where we lay out exactly what you’ll need for the perfect outfit, shopping list, Saturday night, or whatever it may be. In a shopping landscape where the options are endless, consider it a complete snapshot of must-haves. Whether you’re somewhere where you see 10 stars or a hundred,
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The night before what was indisputably going to be the biggest day of my professional career, I should have been up late prepping interview questions, packing extra batteries for my recorder, or even catching a few extra hours of sleep. Instead, I was staring at the thick, black hair on my legs in frustration. As
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Intent on making 2017 your Best Year Ever? We can help with that, thanks to our 2017 Coach of the Month series. For August, Senator Barbara Boxer, author of The Art of Tough: Fearlessly Facing Politics and Life, shares lessons learned over a lifetime in public service. This week, she recounts some of her mother’s
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Women get a lot of mixed messages when it comes to sexuality. On one hand, shows like Broad City, Insecure, Girls, and more depict frank portrayals of the joys, pitfalls, and complications of women’s sexuality, and encourage women to be open about their needs and desires. On the other hand, women are literally getting killed
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Relationships are weird, don’t you agree? Other people are unpredictable, and the endless combination of human interactions leads to some pretty frustrating encounters. In Nicole Knows, Nicole Cliffe helps us navigate all the ridiculousness relationships come with. If you have a question for Nicole, email ncadvice@hearst.com Dear Nicole, I like being a good friend. I
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Do those eclipse glasses come in Tom Ford? (#WishfulThinking) Ah, well. Grab your safety-approved sun gazing specs anyway. August is eclipse season—especially exciting news for North America. On August 21, as the Leo new moon puts on a Cirque du Soleil in the skies, we’ll celebrate the first visible solar eclipse in our neck of
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The first time I kissed a woman, I was eighteen. While I realized that I was bisexual at a young age, conversations with my peers about sexuality had always been surrounded in judgment and disgust. Politically and religiously, I understood that same-sex relationships were seen as a moral failing in our culture. I planned to
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I got the worst sex advice of my life from an older girl at school—you know, the kind of seemingly experienced girl who smoked cigarettes and answered pressing questions from middle-schoolers, like “What’s a blow job?” One of her gems pertained to making a man feel sexy. She advised squeezing his biceps during a hook-up,
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Happy National Orgasm Day! If you didn’t know that was a thing, that’s ok. I prefer to live every day like it’s National Orgasm Day. Between this and International Women’s Orgasm Day next week, the Gods of Random Holidays really want to make you aware of the state of your orgasmic life. Which is good!
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20 years ago, RENT was a hit Broadway musical, Angels in America was required reading in many English Lit classes, and Philadelphia was a Blockbuster Video must-see. But though AIDS continues to be a global health crisis worldwide (including right here in America), the disease has largely retreated from pop culture plot points… and become
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