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Anti-Gay Bullying at School, but Not Like We Expected

Amelia | September 20, 2014 | Gay Voices
My oldest son is now in the fourth grade, and he's never had an incident of anti-gay bullying at school. And that may have lulled me into a false sense of security, because I was caught totally off guard when it happened to his little brother.
Greg Louganis


Living With HIV: New Horizons

Greg Louganis | September 20, 2014 | Gay Voices
A friend from the 50-something "group" and I discussed the challenges facing the population of long-term HIV/AIDS survivors. I find that this generation of people living with HIV is a big issue, what with housing and living expenses on top of insurance and medical maintenance.
Lani Buess


My Abusive Relationship: My Metamorphosis

Lani Buess | September 19, 2014 | Gay Voices
I questioned why I continued to stay. Was it habit? Some sadistic sense of comfort? Did I think we'd change back into the people we once were? I'm not a weak person. I grew up in such a loving home. My parents have a beautiful marriage. What's wrong with me?
Nathan Manske


What's It Like Being Blind and Gay? (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | September 19, 2014 | Gay Voices
George Ashiotis started going blind when he was 5 years old. When he was a teenager, he worked at Lighthouse as an assistant counselor, helping younger visually impaired teens. After helping his sister dye her hair black, he ended up going to work with black fingernails, leading to his first experience of homophobia.
Sean Cahill, Ph.D.


How to Collect the Information We Need From LGBT Patients

Sean Cahill, Ph.D. | September 19, 2014 | Gay Voices
The maxim that you cannot manage what you cannot measure has become a cliché. But when it comes to managing -- and ending -- the disparities in health experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, the need for standardized collection of data is critical.
Shannon Weber

Embracing the Reproductive Rights of HIV-affected Couples: It's Time

Shannon Weber | September 19, 2014 | Parents
While condoms have been the gold-standard HIV prevention method, when HIV-affected couples want to have a baby, they must necessarily consider other options, weighing the risk of possible HIV transmission with their natural desires to have a child.
Noah Michelson


Yes, It Does Matter If Jonathan Bennett Is Gay And Out of the Closet or Not, And Here's Why

Noah Michelson | September 19, 2014 | Gay Voices
This has nothing to do with privacy. I'm so tired of people blabbering on about how we need to respect people's privacy. Sexuality shouldn't be a private matter. It certainly isn't for straight people.
Mark Baer


The Cause of Homosexuality Is Irrelevant

Mark Baer | September 19, 2014 | Gay Voices
Many people seem fixated on the fact that the actual cause of homosexuality has not yet been established with any degree of certainty. As someone who likes to understand the reasons things occur, I respect and appreciate the curiosity. However, the ultimate result remains the same, regardless of whether the cause is genetic, environmental, or some combination of the two.
Joanne Sprague


The Business Case for Ally Engagement

Joanne Sprague | September 18, 2014 | Gay Voices
For LGBT inclusion in particular, policy alone doesn't drive culture: 91 percent of Fortune 500 companies prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, yet 53 percent of LGBT workers remain closeted at work.
Nicholas Snow


Warrior in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS: Photographer Duane Cramer (AUDIO/VIDEO)

Nicholas Snow | September 18, 2014 | Gay Voices
Since being diagnosed with HIV 18 years ago, Duane Cramer has become a tireless advocate for HIV awareness and education, using his photography and creative skills to bring attention to the disease.
Jincey Lumpkin


6 Questions to Find Out If She's the One for You

Jincey Lumpkin | September 18, 2014 | Gay Voices
I've had my heart broken a bunch of times. To be fair, I'm sure I've bruised a few hearts as well. Love can be confusing, and it's hard to know if what you're feeling is really real.
Charlotte Robinson


Paul Saltalamacchia Talks Planning a Fabulous Wedding and LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | September 18, 2014 | Gay Voices
This week I talked with Paul Saltalamacchia, Senior Catering Sales Manager for Hilton Worldwide, whom I'm working with to plan my own wedding. Saltalamacchia is currently based at DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Boston, overlooking the Charles River in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Understanding the...
Jeremy Helligar


Am I Transphobic?: My History With Transgender Women and Effeminate Men

Jeremy Helligar | September 18, 2014 | Gay Voices
If transgender people want to be respected and accepted for who they are, then the same courtesy must be extended to cisgender men. One's sexual gender preference deserves as much respect and acceptance as one's gender identity. This realization helped me come to terms with my general lack of attraction for trans women.
Nicholas Snow


Palm Springs' Cinema Diverse Called The Academy Awards of Gay Movies

Nicholas Snow | September 18, 2014 | Gay Voices
Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival has more and better advance buzz than in any previous year, even being called a Gay Oscars (isn't that redundant?)
Hamm Samwich

A Drag Queen's Open Letter to Facebook

Hamm Samwich | September 18, 2014 | Gay Voices
Latonya Rent, Wendy Ballsdrop, Dildo Swinton, Sheefa Loffa-Sofa, Betty Betty Nice: as ridiculous as some of these names may seem, they're the names by which we introduce, express and promote ourselves, by which we operate and refer to each other, by which we are fondly known and even loved.
Mark Daniel Snyder


But What's Your Real Name? Facebook's Dangerous Name Policy

Mark Daniel Snyder | September 18, 2014 | Gay Voices
Facebook policy states that users should use their "real name" like that on their "driver's license or credit card." For transgender people, a community already violently targeted at disproportionate rates, this unfair policy could present another barrier to being able to safely, publicly live an authentic life.
Brandan Robertson

Evangelicals for Marriage Equality: A Response to Our Critics

Brandan Robertson | September 18, 2014 | Religion
Unfortunately, the arguments leveled against us by our critics had little to do with our mission. Instead, we faced mischaracterizations that bore only a passing resemblance to our statement of belief, and even faced some misguided attacks on our personal standing as evangelical Christians.
Kip Williams


The South Is Not a New Frontier: An Open Letter to the Human Rights Campaign

Kip Williams | September 18, 2014 | Gay Voices
Take some time to get to know the local communities who have been building bridges, winning and losing campaigns, and making a difference for generations. Enter these communities with humility and a beginner's mind. And please, please don't erase the rich history and culture of the queer South just because you finally started paying attention.
Sue Kerr


Joe Stevens: Queer Culture, Female Roots and Making Music as a Trans Man

Sue Kerr | September 17, 2014 | Gay Voices
Formerly of Coyote Grace, Joe is one of the first openly transgender performers to contribute to the alt-Americana/alt-indie folk music scene. I spoke with him about his perspective on Pittsburgh, his queer identity and his relationship with the dyke community, and his music.
Scott Wiener


Coming Out of the PrEP Closet

Scott Wiener | September 19, 2014 | Gay Voices
I recently decided to be public about my use of PrEP in order to raise awareness about this relatively new tool for preventing HIV. It's important to encourage people at risk for HIV to talk to their medical providers about all the tools and methods available for preventing infection, including PrEP, and to choose the methods that are best for them.
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