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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...

Bill Maher On Anti-Gay Christian Views: 'They Literally Believe This Stuff'

The Huffington Post | Lily Karlin | Posted 04.11.2015 | Comedy

Bill Maher slammed fundamentalists for their anti-gay views and adherence to Scripture on Friday night. During "Real Time With Bill Maher," the ho...

Man Arrested For Sending 'Anthrax'-Laced Letter To Popular Gay Bar

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.10.2015 | Gay Voices

An Iowa man has been arrested for first-degree harassment after sending a threatening letter to a Des Moines gay bar that he claimed to have laced wit...

This Police Officer's Colorful Stand Against Homophobia Is Amazing

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.10.2015 | Gay Voices

Toronto police officer Luke Watson got a striking makeover in an effort to take a stand against homophobia and anti-gay discrimination. In honor ...

This Teen Had To Put Up A Fight To Wear A Tux To Her Prom

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 04.10.2015 | Teen

With prom right around the corner, 17-year-old Claudetteia Love, a senior at Carroll High School in Monroe, Louisiana, couldn't wait to get all dresse...

Cake Is Speech

Domenick Scudera | Posted 04.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

I had never thought of cake as speech before. I read and re-read the first amendment to see if, in fact, cake is mentioned as part of "freedom of speech." It is not. I thumbed through the dictionary and found no mention of cake under "speech" or "talk" or "words."

Florida Bakery Faces Threats After Refusing To Print Anti-Gay Message On A Cake

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 04.06.2015 | Gay Voices

Days after the anti-gay pizzeria controversy rocked Indiana, former televangelist Joshua Feuerstein went after a Longwood, Florida, bakery for refusi...

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Indiana Law Went Too Far For Most Americans To Support

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Indiana amended its controversial new religious freedom law on Thursday to clarify that it does not specifically allow businesses to tu...

Jason Linkins

What Would Rand Paul Do About A Discriminatory Indiana Pizza Shop?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics

What's the public to do, in a world where the state allows a private business owner to discriminate against the LGBT community? In the minds of those ...

B for Bigotry

Michael Sargeant | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics
Michael Sargeant

Now that they've been thoroughly embarrassed by the outrage -- both national and local -- over the law, Indiana legislators will seek to "clarify" it before their session ends at the end of the month.

Fixing Indiana and Arkansas: Republicans Up Against the Wall

Richard Brodsky | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

This battle is pitting the two wings of the Republican coalition against each other. Social conservatives are being confronted by all kinds of corporate business interests, including the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, of all things. It's taken great skill for Republican leaders to paper over this inherent split, but that day is over.

Jonathan Cohn

Why Indiana's Religious Freedom Law Is Such A Big Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics

If you’ve been following the controversy over Indiana’s new religious freedom law, you might be confused about what it really says and what it wil...

Jason Linkins

Mike Pence Dodges Criticism By Calling Critics 'Intolerant.' That Dog Won't Hunt.

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics

This weekend, on ABC News' "This Week," host George Stephanopoulos rather conscientiously attempted to elicit a "yes" or "no" answer from Indiana Gov....

Indiana's Anti-Gay Law Prompts Thousands Of Businesses To Stand Up For Diversity

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact

Indiana's controversial "religious freedom" bill was signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence last Thursday, but one grassroots campaign promoting inclusion...

What You Need to Know About Indiana's RFRA

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 03.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

The bill's supporters clearly meant to target LGBT people, and it didn't help that Governor Pence's surrounded himself with anti-LGBT activists when he signed the bill.

The De-evolution of Arkansas

Beth Arnold | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Beth Arnold

In the Arkansas of my growing up, not only was smart good, but the prevailing philosophy was always to do the right thing, to show other people dignity, and to honor the common man. I'm sad to say that those days are gone. In today's Arkansas, we can't recognize a lie when it's spoon-fed to us, and we don't want to help anyone who isn't as white-bread as we are.

Let Your Yes Be Yes

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 03.30.2015 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

Maybe Governor Pence missed it in Sunday School, but Jesus -- who said absolutely nothing about LGBT people anywhere ever -- actually had an opinion on answering yes or no questions. It's in Matthew 5:37 and it's really very simple. Jesus said, "Let your yes be yes and your no be no."

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 03.30.2015 | 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...