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Cathy Fink

Everything Is Possible While Dancin' in the Kitchen

Cathy Fink | March 1, 2015 | Entertainment
Many parents thought the song should be an anthem in every elementary school in the country. But others refused to let their child sing on the song, or even sing on the recording, if we were going to include this song.
Leon Cato

Why Black History Still Hasn't Paved the Way for Black Transgender People

Leon Cato | March 1, 2015 | Gay Voices
Now, perhaps more than ever before, black people are joining forces and standing up for their rights and recognition. Yet, there is still disharmony within that same united front when it comes to accepting our transgender brothers and sisters.
Patrick Roth

On Alan Turing, Me and My Son

Patrick Roth | February 28, 2015 | Gay Voices
We know that countless numbers of men and women have been, and continue to be, persecuted simply for being who they are. We understand how fortunate we are just to be able to raise our children and to glimpse the possibilities in store for them.
Tim'm West

Black. Male. Educator. Unicorn.

Tim'm West | February 28, 2015 | Black Voices
There are aspects of ourselves that we are encouraged never to reveal; but I'm not a unicorn. I'm a man. I'm a black man. I'm a black male teacher. I'm a good, queer, black male teacher who is not quite as good when I feel it must be kept a secret.
Anna Nti-Asare

Deshawnda Bradley, #BlackLivesMatter and the Reminder That Self-Definition Is Essential to Our Survival

Anna Nti-Asare | February 28, 2015 | Black Voices
With very little national attention, transgender victims (especially those of color) are forgotten while their cases grow cold and their murderers often walk free, as in the case of Deshawnda Bradley.
Sarah Toce

A Note to Jessa's God: We'll Trade You Soup for the Duggars

Sarah Toce | February 28, 2015 | Gay Voices
Religious extremism is alive and well in the Duggar household, and its ugly tentacles extend far beyond the reach of the family's matriarch, Michelle.
Dr. Gloria Brame

Growing Up Kinky

Dr. Gloria Brame | February 28, 2015 | Gay Voices
Growing up kinky, queer, non-binary, and non-heteronormative is a mixed bag that often includes struggles and self-doubt. But you grow up, and chances are that you will find that person or those people who don't just accept you but are grateful for who you turned out to be.
Nathan Manske

Tomboy Recalls Being Taken to Gap to 'Fix' Their Gender (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | February 28, 2015 | Gay Voices
Renee felt comfortable in the gender-mixed attire, but the mom of one of the other students did not. In an attempt to "fix" Renee's gender, the mom took Renee to Gap to buy them some pants for girls.
Phillip M. Miner

Life Coach Zachary Koval Discusses Finding Personal Acceptance Through His Queerness

Phillip M. Miner | February 28, 2015 | Gay Voices
Zachary Koval is a busy man: He's a personal trainer and life coach, primarily helping people with coming out or switching to a plant-based diet. We sat down to chat on a cold New York afternoon.
J.E. Reich

Where Are the Queer Spaces for Jewish Women?

J.E. Reich | February 27, 2015 | Gay Voices
Even though the West Village offers "lesbian nights" on Fridays in hallowed locales like the Stonewall Inn and the Monster Bar NYC, it's a far cry from the dozens of spaces and nights for gay men spackled across the Five Boroughs.
Diriye Osman

The Small, Scared Animal Within

Diriye Osman | February 27, 2015 | Gay Voices
I have always been a loner. Even as a child, when my family and friends were off attending parties I would be sequestered in my room, sketchpad in hand, stereo by my side, listening to seductive R&B. Solitude was something I took for granted.
Verneda White

Accepting Our Boys, Uplifting Our Men: Loving Unconditionally to End the Spread of HIV/AIDS

Verneda White | February 27, 2015 | Black Voices
By sending the message that our young black gay males are not acceptable, we contribute to our boys, sons, brothers and men accounting for the highest rate of new HIV infections, and reduce the rate of survival among those we call family.
Bruce Ward

Still Here

Bruce Ward | February 27, 2015 | Gay Voices
Hope. Before 1996, just saying the word -- just thinking it, imagining it -- was thought of as naive. Foolish. A clutching at straws. While never letting go of hope, even in my darkest moments, I nonetheless knew that I would die from this disease. And that my time was limited.
J. Patrick Redmond

Welcome to Indiana! Except YOU!

J. Patrick Redmond | February 27, 2015 | Gay Voices
Welcome to Indiana--The Crossroads of America! We reserve the right to refuse service to: Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, African-Americans, Asians, Mexicans, Cubans, Sarah Palin and any Alaskan, queers (especially Neil Patrick Harris and Ellen!), anyone living on or near Highway 41--don't get us started on those neanderthals living in...
David Valdes Greenwood

What I Learned From My 9-Year-Old's Book Club

David Valdes Greenwood | February 27, 2015 | Parents
When my daughter Lily came home saying she wanted to start a book club, I was excited -- I'm a writer after all, so this was music to my ears -- but also a bit skeptical. Right away, I started to fret about the mechanics of it.
Molly Sprayregen

What I Thought and How I Lied: Coming Out to New Friends

Molly Sprayregen | February 27, 2015 | Gay Voices
Everyone is going through something, and nobody is looking for perfect friends. We are just looking for people with whom we can bond over a mutual lack of clarity.
Bino A. Realuyo

Dear Patricia Arquette, Who 'Fought' For Us

Bino A. Realuyo | February 27, 2015 | Latino Voices
At the very least, you can make a movie next year about white women and gender inequality and have the Oscars rally around you. It is never the same for gay people and people of color, as evidenced by the lack of color in this year's Oscar movies.
Tré Easton

The Gay Best Friend Must Die

Tré Easton | February 27, 2015 | Gay Voices
No dear, I don't know why the guy you're into won't text you back. (I still haven't figured that out for my own purposes.) And, for the love of all that is good and HOLY: I am not -- repeat, NOT -- an honorary girl.
Kris Hayashi

When Visibility is not Enough

Kris Hayashi | February 27, 2015 | Gay Voices
Failure to adequately protect transgender students means that transgender people and their families often face hostile, unsafe, or unwelcoming school environments. Harassment and violence make it difficult for transgender students to obtain the skills and education they need to succeed.
Matt Baume

WATCH: Homophobes Have Invented a Scary New Tactic to Undo Equal Rights

Matt Baume | February 26, 2015 | Gay Voices
Here's their sneaky trick: Conservative lawmakers have realized that they can't pass laws that specifically target LGBT people. So now, instead, they're selectively re-writing nondiscrimination laws so that they have a Big Gay Loophole.
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