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The Day I Held My Boyfriend's Hand

Olan Harrington | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Olan Harrington

I held my boyfriend's hand the other day. I caught it and held it until we reached the main gates of University College Cork, as I usually do on campus, only this time I didn't let go after we'd passed through. We moved along the Western Road, toward Washington Street, and as we reached the innards of Cork City, something strange lingered over me.

LOOK: Minneapolis Man Has Jaw Wired Shut After Possible Anti-Gay Attack

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Details are scarce in an alleged attack on a 30-year-old Minneapolis man, who remains hospitalized after reportedly being beaten after leaving a popul...

Hatred in God's Name

Brad Crelia | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brad Crelia

I know that boys like the young man who closed his eyes for the last time on that desolate fence and the boy whom my mother worried for years ago will be fine because of mothers like Judy Shepard and mine. Here are my mom's thoughts on her own gay son.

'That's a Man!'

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dr. Joe Wenke

We must face the fact that in the year 2013, despite or maybe in part because of the progress that we have seen in marriage equality and LGBTQ rights, it is dangerous for a gay or transgender person to walk down the street in any city or town in the United States of America.

The Courage to Come Out

Walt Hawkins | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Walt Hawkins

Before Jason Collins revealed that he is gay, I suppose I'd never really pondered the amount of courage it takes, even in this day and age, to come out of the closet. And it does take more than a fair amount.

Don't End the War on Terror

Harvey Fierstein | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Harvey Fierstein

When we excuse homophobia as a matter of opinion instead of treating it as a destructive social illness, we invite fear to explode into violence. How often are the perpetrators of hate crimes discovered to be self-loathing? Valued individuals do not strike out against strangers.

After a Life of Being Gay Bashed, I Choose to Live and Not Just Survive

William Dameron | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
William Dameron

I will hold my husband's hand in public, because to silence me is what they want. I will kiss him goodbye in the morning in the public square, because it is right. I will continue to wrap my arm around his shoulder so that someday LGBT people won't have to ask themselves, "Is this safe?"

We Must Target the Origins of Homophobic Violence: Religion, Patriarchy and Heterosexism

Murray Lipp | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Murray Lipp

Although the increasing visibility of LGBT people and gains in equality may be associated with short-term rises in homophobic violence, these changes are merely triggers. We must move beyond superficial and individualistic analyses of such heinous events and target their root causes.

Silence, Noise and Hate Crimes

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

I finally saw a map depicting the last six instances of gay-targeting hate crimes in Manhattan since April 1. Young men beaten into unconsciousness. Killed. All in places that I've considered part of my home, or my neighborhood, or where I've met friends time and time again.

What Is the Endgame of the Anti-Gay Movement?

Wayne Besen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Wayne Besen

What people often fail to comprehend is that a colossal industry exists to demonize gay people, including numerous attempts to create conditions where homosexuals are imprisoned, assaulted and even murdered. And it is not just at the fringes of Christianity where calls for violence occur.

We Will Not Retreat in Fear: Anti-Gay Hate Crimes Spark Outrage, Sorrow and Rallying Cries

Chuck Gomez | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Chuck Gomez

Could it be that with all this gay visibility, anti-gay sentiments are being stirred? Is homophobia a troubling sign of our times? Will it pass? Should gay leaders be scared, or will threats of violence only strengthen our community's resolve? If so, such resolve could be our rallying cry.

Anti-Gay Hate In NYC: It's Time To Rally

Murray Lipp | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Murray Lipp

Last week in Manhattan two anti-gay assaults were reported. Despite the fact that New York state legalized same-sex marriage in 2011, and that New York City has a very large LGBT population, last week's events are a sad reminder that homophobia is still alive and thriving in this city.

LOOK: The Pansy Project Beautifully Memorializes Homophobic Incidents On The Streets

Noah Michelson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Paul Harfleet began The Pansy Project to mark his encounters with homophobia in Manchester, UK. The artist, 39, plants pansies to memorialize the loca...

I Was Attacked For Being Gay

Richie Covington | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richie Covington

I always thought hate crimes were much more serious, but I found out later that my state's hate crime laws do not apply to crimes committed against people on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In Alabama? Go figure.