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A Dangerous Rhetoric

Amy Hubbard | Posted 03.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Amy Hubbard

"Rhetoric" is a term that many of us collectively harness when we smack into a political wall. Though I've studied this word enough to understand that phrase to be a simplistic reduction, I get why we use it this way.

Fierce Backlash Mounts Over Indiana's 'Religious Freedom' Law

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics

A new "religious freedom" law in Indiana touched off a firestorm of criticism across the country Friday, after opponents warned that it could lead to ...

Religious Liberty vs. LGBT Rights: How the Church Is Missing the Point, Ignoring the Gospel, and Losing a Generation

Rod Snyder | Posted 03.27.2015 | Religion
Rod Snyder

Earlier today a bill was signed into law in Indiana that will allow business owners to deny services to LGBT people based on religious objections. This comes on the heels of legislation enacted in Arkansas last month that prohibits local communities from implementing non-discrimination policies for LGBT people.

Misusing Religious Freedom as a Weapon of Mass Discrimination

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 03.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

Officially entitled the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" this bill will allow individuals and businesses in the state to deny services to LGBT people on "religious liberty" grounds -- doing nothing to restore freedom and everything to bolster bigotry

How to Be a Gay Ally to the 'Other Others'

Domenick Scudera | Posted 03.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

There are many of us in the LGBT community who want allies, but do we extend ourselves to help the "other others," those people who are seemingly most unlike ourselves? Now that we as a community are gaining strength and more equality, it is time for us to become vocal and visible allies to other communities.

Right Wing Groups Attempt To Use HuffPost Blog To Prove Queer People 'Indoctrinate' Kids

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.18.2015 | Gay Voices

A number of right-wing conservative groups have sounded off on a transgender Huffington Post blogger's most recent piece, arguing that the blog lays o...

Equality: Fixin' to Get Around to it

Brett Jones | Posted 03.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Brett Jones

Racism and bigotry are overwhelming and mind numbing issues. The big picture frustrates me to no end. The only person that I truly can control is myself, which happens to be the best place to start fixing most problems I know.

A Gay Dad Sounds Off On The Florist And Doctor At The Center Of Anti-Gay Controversies

Posted 03.18.2015 | Gay Voices

By Rob Watson | The Next Family A popular insurance company pays a great deal of advertising money to let everyone know that they are in fact “ou...

Wake Up, Facebook! You Are Not a Community of 'Authentic Identities.'

Domenick Scudera | Posted 03.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Philadelphia drag queens have been raptured. Last week, one by one, queens disappeared without notice, without a trace. They disappeared from Facebook, that is. I know because I am one of those queens.

Amendment Puts Unexpected Twist On Bill That Allows Businesses To Discriminate Against Customers

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.12.2015 | Gay Voices

A Democratic state representative in Oklahoma has offered up an unusual amendment to the state's Religious Freedom Act that would reportedly give busi...

Introducing the Alert Silk System to Warn Businesses of the Gay Threat to Their Religious Liberties

Domenick Scudera | Posted 03.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

All gay people will wear an electronic transponder on their foreheads. As a homosexual enters through a business door, the transponder will be read by a receiving antenna. This will trigger a warning ("Gay! Gay! Gay! Danger! Gay! Gay! Gay!") alerting owners and workers that their religious liberties are about to be violated. A siren will wail and bright lights will flash.

This Controversial 'Bigotry Map' Isn't What You Think It Is

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.25.2015 | Gay Voices

A prominent fundamentalist organization is making headlines after creating an "anti-Christian bigotry map" which includes lesbian, gay, bisexual and t...

Mom Allegedly Beat Son Because She Thought He Was 'Too Feminine' And Gay

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.20.2015 | Gay Voices

A Tennessee mother is facing assault charges after allegedly beating and punching her young son because she believed he was acting “too feminine" an...

Doctor Who Turned Away Gay Moms Isn't the Real Problem -- Here's What Is (Video)

Matt Baume | Posted 02.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

I understand why this doctor thought she was making the right choice. She felt that she was acting in this family's best interests -- not to mention her own. But sometimes, uncomfortable situations are how we grow and improve. Not just as individuals, but as a country.

Pastor Who Made Shocking Starbucks Claims Says He's 'Absolutely' Been Tempted By The 'Gay Lifestyle'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 01.30.2015 | Gay Voices

The New York pastor who made headlines last year for claiming that Starbucks flavored its coffee drinks with "sodomites' semen" now admits he's "absol...

Thousands Petition Google Translate After Site Offers Anti-Gay Slurs As Suggested Translations

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.04.2015 | Gay Voices

Officials for Google have apologized after the translation services offered on the search engine giant reportedly suggested a series of anti-gay slurs...

The Time My Boss Outed Me

Brad Wheelis | Posted 03.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Brad Wheelis

Embarrassed, humiliated, shocked and even shamed. Those are some of the emotions I felt when my jackass of a boss outed me many years ago. I'm proud to say that I've been out of the closet for several years now, and feel no shame, but it was a long and sometimes painful road.

Anti-Gay Bakers 'Might Put Poison' In Same-Sex Couples' Cakes, GOP Presidential Hopeful Claims

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 01.26.2015 | Gay Voices

GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson reportedly slammed lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates at a Jan. 24 press conference fo...

Anti-Gay Tennessee School Denies Admission to Child of Gay Parents

Jamie McGonnigal | Posted 03.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Jamie McGonnigal

Married couple Brian Copeland and Greg Bullard have been searching for the perfect school to send their young son. Much to the couple's surprise, following a telephone call to the school, they received a letter stating unequivocally that they were not welcome to even meet with the headmaster.

Bakery Comes Under Fire For... A Pro-Gay Move?

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 01.21.2015 | Gay Voices

The owner of a Colorado-based bakery is facing a religious discrimination complaint after she refused to bake a cake decorated with anti-gay images an...

Billie Jean King - Rallying for a New Equality

Lori Sokol | Posted 03.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Lori Sokol

Currently, there is no U.S. federal law that adequately protects lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workers from employment discrimination. But King has no plans to retire, at least not off the court.

My Husband's Not Gay and the Dangers of Gay Conversion Therapy

Michael Friedman, Ph.D. | Posted 03.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Friedman, Ph.D.

TLC has the right to air controversial shows, as adults who feel same sex attraction have the right to live the lifestyle that they deem best for them. But it is critical that we as a society step up and speak out against theories and practices like gay conversion therapy.

Will San Diego Say Anything Trying to Prove Cops Didn't Discriminate Against Gay Man?

Thom Senzee | Posted 03.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Thom Senzee

If a top deputy at the San Diego City Attorney's office really means what she said in statement filed with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals late last month, fundamental change in enforcement of nudity laws could impact tourism, the swimwear industry, clothing retailers -- even Comicon.

Whether for Life or for One Year, Banning Blood Donations From Gay and Bi Men Is Bad Science

Ben Spielberg | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Ben Spielberg

By suggesting that gay and bisexual men are at risk for HIV and straight people aren't, the FDA's guidelines misinform the public. To the extent that it contributes to ignorance of the risks associated with certain types of heterosexual sex, the FDA's policy, even in its revised form, actually presents a public-health concern.

Christmas According to the Westboro Baptist Church

Susan Kraus | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Susan Kraus

The Westboro Baptist Church expresses their beliefs through parodies of traditional carols or holiday songs. For its members, Christmas is simply one more example of pagan inspired idolatry, completely lacking in Biblical basis.