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Bar Owner Faces Backlash After Kicking A Gay Couple Out For Kissing

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 09.23.2015 | Gay Voices

  The owner of a North Carolina bar has come under fire for reportedly kicking a gay couple out of her establishment for kissing, ...

A Grandmother on Wedding Cakes

Margaret Sullivan | Posted 08.23.2015 | Politics
Margaret Sullivan

Sweetcakes by Melissa does have options. They can commit civil disobedience and discriminate: Refusing to bake a wedding cake for some people but not others is just that. We have a well-established history of civil disobedience in this country. Engaging in such actions, however, also has consequences. Choosing that path means accepting that risk, including facing lawsuits and fines.

Some Thoughts On My 30th Wedding Anniversary in the Summer of Equal Marriage

Michael Rowe | Posted 08.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Rowe

Among the best reasons to have had old laws, driven by nothing but religious bigotry, struck down is the thought that this LGBT generation and the next, and the next will never have to misname their marriages ever again, let alone justify them.

Another Day, Another Victory: Courts Are Weighing Religious Claims to Discriminate and Finding Them Wanting

James D. Esseks | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics
James D. Esseks

In just the past 24 hours, two courts reaffirmed that religious beliefs can't justify discrimination against lesbians and gay men.

Top 5 Ways to Overcome Discrimination

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 08.07.2015 | Impact
DaShanne Stokes

Whether you're on the front lines of a social movement or struggling with discrimination in your daily life, it can be difficult to survive, let alone find your way forward. Here are five important tips to help you in your journey.

"The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey:" A 21st-Century Play for a 21st-Century Audience

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 08.06.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

His sensitivity and thoughtfulness contrasted my first impression of him from a few days before, when he primarily portrayed a gruff detective from the Jersey Shore in his one-man show at the Westside Theatre.

Why 180+ LGBT Leaders Are Headed to North Carolina

Rebecca Isaacs | Posted 07.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Isaacs

Progress hasn't come easily, and there are many challenges ahead of us. That's why LGBT advocates from the state-based equality movement will convene in Charlotte this week for Equality Federation Institute's annual Summer Meeting, hosted by Federation member Equality North Carolina.

The Queers Left Behind: How LGBT Assimilation Is Hurting Our Community's Most Vulnerable

Colin Walmsley | Posted 07.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Colin Walmsley

Is this to be the brave new gay world? A world in which the public face of the queer community -- the gay, the white, the cisgender and the wealthy -- take their place among society's elite, leaving the transgender, the non-white, the poor and the homeless to fend for themselves?

Personal Health Condition, or Diagnosis: Homo

Rev. Martha Spong | Posted 07.15.2015 | Religion
Rev. Martha Spong

While my sexual orientation is something my doctor knows about, I have never considered it to be a Personal! Health! Condition! in the sense that it merited a box of its own on a digital chart.

School That Fired Gay Teacher Showed 'Character And Common Sense" Says Archbishop

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 07.13.2015 | Gay Voices

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The archbishop of Philadelphia said Monday that Roman Catholic school officials who fired a married gay teacher showed uncommon "...

Black on Gay Hate Has to Stop: Gay Lives Matter Too

Dr. Warrick Stewart | Posted 07.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Dr. Warrick Stewart

As a gay man, I have experienced a great deal of difficulties assimilating and finding my way in this supposed land of the free. Black gay males often find themselves struggling to cope with multiple oppressions.

B*got vs. F@ggot

Domenick Scudera | Posted 07.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Catholic Vote has created a video, "Not Alone," in opposition to last week's Supreme Court ruling granting same-sex couples the right to marry. On their website, they tell us that the video is about "6 courageous young people" who want to "tell the world" that they are not afraid to express their views against same-sex marriage. This video is offensive. Here's why.

Southern Baptist Anti-Gay Stance Echoes Its Prior Support of Segregation

Jeffrey Small | Posted 06.18.2015 | Religion
Jeffrey Small

At the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention taking place in Columbus, Ohio this week, SBC President Ronnie Floyd took a defiant stance against same-sex marriage in anticipation of the upcoming Supreme Court ruling on the issue.

It's Time to End Discrimination in the Workplace

Toni G. Atkins | Posted 08.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Toni G. Atkins

This isn't an issue about choice or religion -- these are real people, losing their livelihoods, their sources of income, and they're more likely to become impoverished because we still have not extended protections to many LGBT people. Demanding the right to fair employment and fair workplace treatment is not demanding special treatment or advantages over others

Celebrating Every Member of Our Federal Family

Katherine Archuleta | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics
Katherine Archuleta

As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month, I want to proudly reinforce my continued commitment to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members of our federal family, and recognize the incredible contributions this community has made in service to the American people.

The Free Market Economics of LGBT Equality in Texas

Tyler Curry | Posted 06.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

After the tremendous backlash that the Indiana economy and business community experienced as a result of the passage of the "religious freedom" legislation, Oeftering says business leaders in Texas were even more inclined to sign the pledge.

Remembering Harvey Milk and His Fight to End Job Discrimination

Cleve Jones | Posted 05.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Cleve Jones

This week we celebrate Harvey Milk's 85th birthday and honor his role as one of the pioneers of the LGBT community, even as we await a decision on marriage equality from the Supreme Court of the United States.

Dear God, Please Just Say No to Governor Jindal

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Dear God, if you are listening to Governor Jindal's prayers asking if he should run for president, please just say, "No." Louisiana cannot afford his ambitions anymore.

Gabriel Arana

Maddow: Religious Freedom Law Killed Mike Pence's Presidential Prospects | Gabriel Arana | Posted 05.20.2015 | Media

How the mighty have fallen. Once high on the list of contenders for the Republican presidential nomination, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will now have t...

Baker Guilty Of Discrimination Over 'Support Gay Marriage' Cake Snub

AP | SHAWN POGATCHNIK | Posted 05.19.2015 | Gay Voices

DUBLIN (AP) — A Northern Ireland bakery was found guilty Tuesday of discrimination for refusing to make a cake bearing the slogan "Support Gay Marri...

How Laramie's LGBT Decision Awakens Us

Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D. | Posted 05.17.2015 | Good News
Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D.

After 17 years of dogmatic slumber and denial over the grisly murder of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, Laramie's City Council passed the state's first broad LGBT protection ordinance.

Here's What Happened After An Airbnb Host Kicked Two Men Out For Being Gay

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.01.2015 | Gay Voices

Airbnb has removed a Texas bed and breakfast from its listings after its host reportedly kicked out a gay couple. Jonathan Wang told KTRK-TV that ...

LGBT Youth Group Strikes A Unified Pose Outside Infamously Anti-Gay Church

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.27.2015 | Gay Voices

A New York-based lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy group hoped to send a powerful message when they posed outside of a notoriousl...

Transgender Youth: Education, Awareness and Tolerance is Critical

Ross Ellis | Posted 06.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Ross Ellis

We're living in a different world today. LGBT's have always had a difficult time in school, in society and at times with their families and friends. We've always needed to educate people but now it's more important than ever.

Here's Why We Still Need To Be Supporting LGBT Youth In Schools With A 'Day Of Silence'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.17.2015 | Gay Voices

April 17 marks the 19th year of the annual Day of Silence, which brings attention to anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) bullying and h...