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Olena Kagui

Prague LGBT Community Supports Ukraine (PHOTOS)

Olena Kagui | August 19, 2014 | Gay Voices
The fourth annual Prague Pride Parade, held on Aug. 16, ended with a festival in Letna Park. What made this year's event special was the Ukrainian flags spotted in between the extravagant costumes and rainbows. The largest LGBT event in central Europe chose to share their special day with Ukraine.
Michelangelo Signorile

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When Backing Pro-Gay GOPers Is Actually Something Nefarious

Michelangelo Signorile | August 19, 2014 | Gay Voices
Sure, it's great that Paul Singer has helped pass marriage equality in states and raised money for four Republicans who voted for equality with the vast majority of Democrats in New York. But, meanwhile, he is undermining LGBT rights -- and all progressive causes -- by helping opponents of equality win more House races and helping Republicans win control of the Senate.
Michael LaMasa

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Social Media's New Dark 'Secret'

Michael LaMasa | August 18, 2014 | Gay Voices
Bullying and taunting follow people through their entire lives, and it's not just a problem for our children. Just ask the drag queen who was brought to tears onstage during a late-night cabaret show in New York when discussing recent anonymous attacks against her on Secret. Who benefits from that?
Rob Watson

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Why I Write as a 'Gay Dad' Rather Than Simply as a 'Dad'

Rob Watson | August 18, 2014 | Gay Voices
A fellow blogger and supporter of equal rights sent me a text that read, "Where does the battle end? Isn't the ultimate victory call to call yourself a dad -- without a qualifier?" Here is my response, to him and to the world.
Glenn Garner

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The Duality of Being a Gay Christian

Glenn Garner | August 18, 2014 | Gay Voices
As a gay Christian, I have only faced true discrimination for one of these identities. Here's a hint: It's not Christianity. When I tell someone I'm Christian, they don't come up with a series of offensive questions and remarks. I have never felt threatened or in danger when praying or practicing my Christian beliefs. Christianity is not an oppressed identity.
Matt Baume

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Supreme Court to Rule on Marriage Equality This Week (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | August 18, 2014 | Gay Voices
A conclusive federal decision on the freedom to marry isn't due for another few months, but we could get a sneak peek into the Supreme Court's position this week.
Annie L. Scholl

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Hating the Hate in Showtime's 'L Word Mississippi'

Annie L. Scholl | August 17, 2014 | Gay Voices
We're not looking to have an elaborate wedding. Likely we'll show up, just the two of us, at a courthouse some 300 miles away. Imagine, my dear heterosexual friends, if this were you. I'm just going to guess you'd be a bit irritated.
Nathan Manske

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Sikh Man Takes Off His Turban and Comes Out of the Closet (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | August 15, 2014 | Gay Voices
Mandeep Jangi of Middlesex, New Jersey, cites his Sikh faith as the "more visible aspect" of his identity. His decision to cut his hair (long hair is a traditional part of Sikh culture) was the first step to discovering his own individual identity.
Dana Beyer

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TERF Wars: Trans Women and Feminist Extremism in Context

Dana Beyer | August 15, 2014 | Gay Voices
Second-wave feminism included many lesbians who didn't know many trans women, because few were out and active in those circles in the '70s, and found it very easy to weave into their philosophy the absurd idea that trans women are "the avant-garde of the patriarchy's invasion of women's spaces."
Jonny Freeman

It's OK to be Gay, and Have Faith

Jonny Freeman | August 15, 2014 | UK Lifestyle
I am gay and I am Christian, and to most people, that's okay... But the problem I've faced is telling Christians. In theory this should be fine: you go on classic theology and teaching to "love your neighbour as yourself", feed the hungry, care for those in need. The list goes on. In reality there have been times where the teachings I've heard have felt like a condemnation.
Allison Auldridge

LGBT Parenting and the Flaming Hoops of Second-Parent Adoption

Allison Auldridge | August 15, 2014 | Gay Voices
The hoops that LGBT parents and families jump through to protect and assert our rights are consistent reminders that we remain on unequal footing with our straight peers.
Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks

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Inner-City 'Barbarians'? Calling Out Racism on the Airwaves

Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks | August 15, 2014 | Black Voices
When you work on issues that directly affect people's lives, it's easy for passion to overcome politeness. That said, there are some lines you just don't cross. Recently, on Tallahassee radio station WFLA, Florida Family Policy Council president John Stemberger crossed one of the most basic lines we have: racism.
Michael Rohrer

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High on Heels

Michael Rohrer | August 15, 2014 | Gay Voices
Sometimes a man's gotta do something that's out of the ordinary. Sometimes he has to push himself. Sometimes a man's gotta walk into a shoe store and buy a pair of heels.
J.W. Harvey

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ACT OUT: Enabling the LBGT Actor's Inherent Tendancies

J.W. Harvey | August 15, 2014 | Gay Voices
If good acting is dependent on accepting & accessing the quirks, quarrels and quests of a performer's own life, Act Out suggests that there is no greater well to draw from than members of the LBGT community.
Pollo Del Mar

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Grammy-Winner Estelle: Being Told I Couldn't Make It Helped Me Understand LGBT Struggles

Pollo Del Mar | August 15, 2014 | San Francisco
Warning to small-minded people: Don't mess with Estelle's gay fans! With choice words for the narrow points-of-view which "seem to run the world," the Grammy-winning singer admitted negative attitudes toward the LGBT community "really bug" her.
Greg Louganis

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Back on Board

Greg Louganis | August 15, 2014 | Gay Voices
The film is a harsh and thorough look into my life -- sometimes inspiring, sometimes awkward, sometimes embarrassing. But all in all, it's a truth told with honesty and love. And though I'm obviously its focus, the film could just as easily be about so many others -- it's bigger than me.
David Toussaint

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A Tale of Two Suicides and a Story of One

David Toussaint | August 15, 2014 | Gay Voices
None of my own experiences combined with what I know of my father's life make me think any less of a person who chooses suicide. In this week of unhappy reflection, I've found myself repeating that phrase a lot. Who are any of us to understand what pain another is going through, or to what depths?
Judge Kemp

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Here, Kitty, Kitty - It's Time for Change

Judge Kemp | August 15, 2014 | Gay Voices
On the verge of my 50th birthday and with all the fear-inducing cancer-metastasizing now luckily behind me, I'm done. I'm not afraid anymore.
Charlotte Robinson

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Carole Pope Talks New EP Music for Lesbians and LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | August 14, 2014 | Gay Voices
This week I talked with award-winning Canadian rock icon Carole Pope about her fabulous new EP Music for Lesbians. Pope's music is infamous for making you think, laugh and dance at the same time. I talked to her about her music and her spin on LGBT issues.
Logan Lynn

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Historic Vote Brings Comprehensive Transgender Health Care to Oregon's Medicaid Program

Logan Lynn | August 14, 2014 | Gay Voices
History has, once again, been made! Transgender Oregonians on the Oregon Health Plan should be able to receive hormonal and surgical health care prescribed by their physician starting in 2015.
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