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Roberta Kaplan

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A Year After Windsor, Let's Finish What We Started: The Fight to End HIV/AIDS

Roberta Kaplan | July 22, 2014 | Gay Voices
despite so much progress in terms of the equality of gay people under the law, we have not seem the same kind of improvement in connection with the very issue that provoked the most recent wave of the LGBT movement in the first place -- the fight against HIV and AIDS.
Rod Snyder

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Love Wins: The Shifting Landscape on LGBT Issues in the Evangelical Church

Rod Snyder | July 22, 2014 | Religion
Today I identify as a gay evangelical Christian, and I have a unique understanding and perspective from both sides of an issue that has become the cultural flashpoint of our generation.
Diriye Osman

Bernardine Evaristo, Literary Rebel With a Cause

Diriye Osman | July 22, 2014 | Books
British-Nigerian novelist and poet, Bernardine Evaristo is not only a master of literary gender-bending but she's also adroit at subverting well-worn tropes from slavery to stifled sexuality in a way that feels new, visceral, vital.
Anthony Nicodemo

An Open Letter to Former NFL Coach Tony Dungy

Anthony Nicodemo | July 22, 2014 | Gay Voices
Yesterday I came across your comments regarding Michael Sam and how you would not have drafted him because you "wouldn't want to deal with all of it." Why would you not want your players to be themselves?
Darnell L. Moore

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Black Female Survival and the Myth of the White Gay Cultural Savior, or, Dear Anthony -- Stop It!

Darnell L. Moore | July 22, 2014 | Gay Voices
We know that heterosexism is real and that white gay men, especially gender non-conforming men, experience antagonism, and, yet, we should be clear not to minimize the reality of white patriarchy and the advantages daily afforded to white men, regardless of their sexual identities. Privilege much?
Harvey Makadon, M.D.

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Many Still Don't Realize Disproportionate Impact of Smoking on LGBT People

Harvey Makadon, M.D. | July 22, 2014 | Gay Voices
Tobacco companies have long targeted our community with ads featuring LGBT people and themes. They have supported our causes. While the support has been welcomed, it has come with a price.
J Nelson Aviance

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The Road to Equality in Media... So Far

J Nelson Aviance | July 22, 2014 | Gay Voices
The world has changed a lot in the past few decades, but gay men still face violence and abuse. Anyone cognizant of current events recognizes that we haven't come far enough in trans inclusiveness, and lesbians and bisexual people still get left out in the cold too often.
Savas Abadsidis

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Chad Allen: Marathon Man

Savas Abadsidis | July 22, 2014 | Gay Voices
This fall, Allen takes his advocacy to the next level, when he will participate in the 2014 Sydney Marathon, raising over $10,000 for AIDS Project Los Angeles helping to save the lives of men and women living with HIV.
Rick Clemons

I'm Gay and Married to a Heterosexual!

Rick Clemons | July 22, 2014 | Gay Voices
Shocking as it might seem, societal pressure, hoping it's a passing phase, and denial of self, often lead to "I'm married and a closet homosexual." Yet, it's 2014 and time to wake up and smell the gay coffee beans. Gay marriage is rapidly...
Jaga N.A. Argentum

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World Health Organization Recommends PrEP: Prevention or Perpetuating Stereotypes?

Jaga N.A. Argentum | July 21, 2014 | Gay Voices
Anyone who engages in risky sexual behavior should take extra precautions, be it through PrEP or otherwise. While I'm certain that the WHO acknowledges this, their message nevertheless helps perpetuate the falsehood of HIV being a "gay disease."
Nicholas Snow

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Honoring the HIV/AIDS Activists Killed on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (AUDIO/VIDEO)

Nicholas Snow | July 22, 2014 | Gay Voices
As people throughout the world mourn the passengers of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, HIV/AIDS activists are particularly heartbroken over the loss of some of the world's leading researchers in the fight against the disease, who were on their way to the World AIDS Conference in Melbourne. I dedicated a recent episode of Nicholas Snow Live to the memory of those lost.
Han Nefkens

Remembering My Friends Joep Lange and Jacqueline van Tongeren, Lost on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

Han Nefkens | July 21, 2014 | World
Joep and Jacqueline are gone, but what they've left behind isn't just the long list of projects and activities they fostered. It's also the warmth and love that we, their friends and family, received from them, and that lives on in us. And that is an enormous consolation at this time of bewilderment and grief.
Aidan Key

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Transgender Children Today: Shifting the Responsibility for Change Away From Children and Onto Society

Aidan Key | July 22, 2014 | Gay Voices
How do we change society? We start by listening to the truths of these children and believing, rather than dismissing, them. If we can start by believing the child's clearly stated truth, we are well on our way.
Rev. Susan Russell

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Eyewitness to History: From the 'Amen Corner' in the East Room

Rev. Susan Russell | July 21, 2014 | Gay Voices
Equal protection isn't equal protection unless it protects all Americans equally. And we cannot allow the First Amendment guarantee of the free exercise of religion to be perverted in an effort to undermine the equal protection guaranteed by the Fourteenth.
Lisa Anderson

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6 Lessons from my Liberation Song

Lisa Anderson | July 21, 2014 | Religion
For reasons that I can only attribute to the grace of God, my poor, black, queer, disabled self began to experience God as an aching, yearning Presence that longed for ME through those messages
Brent Almond

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'He Doesn't Have a Mom... Because She's Dead'

Brent Almond | July 21, 2014 | Parents
My instinct was to defend and protect my cub, to nip the lies in the bud and reinforce them with truth. However, I realized that I'd been granted a rare glimpse into my child's daily life -- and that 99% of these situations will take place when I'm not around.
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

Boys in Chairs: Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, but Crips and Gimps Excite Me!

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | July 21, 2014 | Gay Voices
I remember the first time it happened. I must have been 21. This guy and I were making out, and all of a sudden he stopped me and said, "Oh, yeah, your wheels are so hot." I remember being thoroughly freaked out.
Rep. Linda Sanchez

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From the Supreme Court to the Family Table: What Prop 8 Means for Latino Same-Sex Couples in California a Year Later

Rep. Linda Sanchez | July 21, 2014 | Latino Voices
Our families are there for us during quinceañeras, graduations, and weddings. Those same family values taught us the importance of strong, loving, committed relationships. As Members of Congress, we want to make sure that everyone, regardless of who they love, is accepted, has the same legal protections, and has the right to marry whomever their heart chooses.
Jesse Jackman

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God Wants You to Be Happy: Inside an Ex-Gay Ministry

Jesse Jackman | July 21, 2014 | Gay Voices
Though the prospect of salvation seemed to brim with promise at the time, I was completely unaware of how much psychological damage the "treatment" would inflict upon me. I was blinded by insecurity, inexperience, and the fact that I'd finally met others who genuinely seemed to understand my feelings of isolation.
Rebecca Isaacs

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Moving Forward After Today's Executive Orders

Rebecca Isaacs | July 21, 2014 | Gay Voices
We urge the next Congress to introduce a comprehensive bill that addresses discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations like the comprehensive laws we have passed in many states.
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