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LGBTQ Drug Addiction: The Solution Doesn't Fit the Situation

Bethany Grace Howe | Posted 08.03.2016 | Queer Voices
Bethany Grace Howe

Drug use in the LGBT community is about two to three times higher than the general population. I was also right about why: Coping with the everyday stress of social and personal prejudice is too much for some people.

Is Marriage Equality a Distant Reality in Poland?

Benedict Joson | Posted 08.03.2016 | Queer Voices
Benedict Joson

If the nation is to heal distanced families and broken hearts, the Polish people and Parliament should move past stalled discourse and act on marriage equality -- with respect, compassion and sensitivity -- to further affirm the dignity of LGBT Pols.

Me...the Wife.

Mary Lasher | Posted 08.03.2016 | Queer Voices
Mary Lasher

Our new life has begun and we are settling into our new normal. What seemed impossible at times is now do-able without even blinking an eye... sometimes.

What Happened After I Watched Brokeback Mountain With My Straight Father

Michael Lambert | Posted 08.03.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Lambert

Fast forward to that smoky, lazy evening, and my father was about to watch his first gay movie with his very gay son. We had circled the issue like branches floating by on creek water. Now, apparently, was our time to dive in.

Understanding Violence as a Gay Man

Daniel Kort | Posted 08.03.2016 | Queer Voices
Daniel Kort

I learned that sexual minorities experience alarming disparities in interpersonal violence. Knowing this fact didn't make it any easier when I became that statistic myself.

More People Should Be Honest About Miscarriage

Anna Almendrala | Posted 08.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Anna Almendrala

Yes, losing my pregnancy was the worst thing that has ever happened to me. But it was also a universal experience, and one that now connected me to a cloud of mothers like Priscilla who gave me hope for myself and the future of my family.

With One Post, Beyoncé Could Stop Anti-Gay Discrimination in Her Hometown

Carlos Maza | Posted 08.03.2016 | Queer Voices
Carlos Maza

Houston is on the verge of legalizing discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. With a single Instagram post, Beyoncé could help make sure her hometown doesn't repeal protections for LGBT Houstonians this November.

Weekend Roundup: Turkey Enters the Syrian Quagmire to Fight ISIS -- And the Kurds

Nathan Gardels | Posted 07.31.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

The Syrian quagmire, in which both the Islamic State and the Kurds have been fighting for territory, has now sucked in Turkey. Last week's ISIS attack on Turkish soil, Kurdish gains along the Syrian border and the surprise advance of the secular and liberal pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party in recent elections -- which clipped the parliamentary majority of President Erdoğan's neo-Islamist ruling party -- have conjoined into an explosive state of affairs. To boot, NATO, which is obliged to defend a member state under siege, has now been drawn into a three-way fray in which Turkey is lashing out at both the Kurdish resistance and ISIS. Writing from Istanbul, Behlül Özkan ominously foresees "Armageddon" descending on the region. Mustafa Akyol, also writing from the shores of the Bosphorus, argues that Erdoğan's assault on the Kurds in tandem with ISIS is aimed at bolstering his nationalist credentials at home in order to block the HDP, which stands in the way of his autocratic vision. (continued)

White America, It's Time to Be Uncomfortable and OK With It

Keith Rushing | Posted 07.31.2016 | Black Voices
Keith Rushing

To white Americans who are uncomfortable, I say: welcome to our world. You may be uncomfortable for a while until we make America a truly fair and racially just society.


Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 07.31.2016 | Queer Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

News Flash: There is a critical difference between feeling excluded because you're disagreed with and being excluded because of who you are.

Muslim Women Superheroes

Lila Igram | Posted 07.30.2016 | Impact
Lila Igram

I have the privilege of working with some amazing Muslim women -- women who run highly effective grassroots organizations or speak out against injustice. Yet despite their achievements, the media seems to always portray Muslim women as victims.

"Men Are Gay Because They Like Men." Femmephobia and Sizeism in the Gay Community

Nathan Manske | Posted 07.30.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

While Jason was celebrated for his aesthetic on the stage, there was one place he went soon after where his look was met with either jealousy or sizeism: a gay bar.

"I Love the Sinner" Is Often What Abusers Say

Derek Penwell | Posted 07.28.2016 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Participating in a system that belittles, punishes and commits violence against those who are often in the weakest position to defend themselves, frames you as an abuser in the eyes of those whom you claim only to be trying to love.

Did the '90s Rob Me of My Gay Political Conscious?

Richard William Allen | Posted 07.28.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard William Allen

The mid-nineties were years that seemed politically engaged on the surface, but the general tenor of youth culture was apathetic and ironic, and middle class kids who had no reason beyond their youth to feel alienated copped a pose of bored disaffection.

Two Men Killed Matthew Shepard: Millions Helped

James Peron | Posted 07.28.2016 | Queer Voices
James Peron

That night those two young men weren't alone -- not in spirit. Standing with them were thousands of preachers who have called for the death of gay people. Standing with them were millions who had smeared, slandered and dehumanized gay people.

Ending Trans Discrimination In the Military: the Rest of the Story

Barbra Siperstein | Posted 07.27.2016 | Queer Voices
Barbra Siperstein

On July 13, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter announced that next year, after a 6-month study, transgender Americans should be allowed to serve openly in the armed forces along with their gay and lesbian compatriots. It is a long overdue action to remove a barrier to open service for a small but significant minority.

Dear Pat Robertson... Again

Michael Rohrer | Posted 07.27.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Rohrer

You're a fearmonger, spreading fable's into an already vulnerable society that fears what they don't understand. And many won't take the time to try to understand because people like you are telling them that people like me are pedophiles and they just listen.

Planned Parenthood Is Immoral To Some. But To Others, It's Doing God's Work.

Jay Michaelson | Posted 07.27.2016 | Religion
Jay Michaelson

Of course, under the Constitution the pregnant woman is the sole arbiter of what happens to the potential life inside of her. But religiously, in my tradition, it is a mitzvah, a commandment, to save a human life. And if the remnants of a potential life can help save an actual one, then God bless all those who make it possible to do so.

Why America Needs Federal Legislation Protecting Black Citizens From Aggressive Law Enforcement Tactics

H. A. Goodman | Posted 07.27.2016 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

While police brutality affects people of all races and backgrounds in the U.S., it's important to note that black citizens face a unique experience within America's criminal justice system, just as they've faced a unique state of affairs for centuries in the United States.

The Problem With (Many) Nonprofits

Rhys Harper | Posted 07.27.2016 | Queer Voices
Rhys Harper

You don't need a fancy website with Flash graphics. Really, I promise you -- you don't. In fact, please stop hiring web development firms that cost tens of thousands of dollars.

Are There Too Many Transgender TV Shows?

Terri Lee Ryan | Posted 07.24.2016 | Queer Voices
Terri Lee Ryan

Are we in the TG community attempting to force acceptance through highly scripted and well-staged reality shows that may or may not be representing the majority of the TG community?

Open Relationships: What the Real Rules Need to Be

Michael Radkowsky | Posted 07.24.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Radkowsky

When people consider opening their relationship, they focus more on the benefits than the challenges. They think, "surely we should be able to do this and keep our relationship safe and secure."

Thanks, TSwift -- I'm Even More Excited to See Nicki Minaj

Samantha Henderson | Posted 07.24.2016 | Women
Samantha Henderson

I can't help but be irritated by the general population's tendency to celebrate this mainstream feminist neophyte and ignore, or worse, lambaste, Nicki Minaj, who has proven herself a well-informed feminist and articulate representative for women of color and women in general.

Why Gay Men Are Obsessed With Witches

Matt Baume | Posted 07.24.2016 | Queer Voices
Matt Baume

Witches are the eternal outsiders, and so they must learn to be fearless and brave. Rejection by society teaches them strength, and they become self-made, self-reliant, self-confident. They're like Beyonce but with a broom.

A Failure to Listen

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 07.24.2016 | Queer Voices
Brynn Tannehill

This past week I was at the Netroots Nation 2015 conference. In the past, this has been one of my favorite progressive events, full of both energy and positivity. This year the theme was intersectionality within the LGBT movement. I am forced to report that we are failing at it. Horribly.