The past few years have been a nausea-inducing roller-coaster ride for us homos. From legal same-sex weddings in Multnomah County, to the backlash of Measure 36 and the lack of basic anti-discrimination protections in Oregon, it seems everyone's had a hand in playing tug of war over our rights. And let's not forget that nationally, congressional Republicans—and our president—are nabbing headlines by trying to screw us over in the US Constitution, and four out of five states have passed anti-gay laws.

So where the hell are we now, in 2006? Are we totally screwed when it comes to our civil rights, or is there a light at the end of the tunnel? Would we be better (or worse) off elsewhere? (And, what does Sissyboy think?)

The Mercury asked a slate of queer writers (and one queer ally!) to help figure out where we are—and where we're going.