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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 05.30.2015 | 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 05.30.2015 | 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 05.29.2015 | 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 05.29.2015 | 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 05.26.2015 | 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 05.26.2015 | 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 05.23.2015 | 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 05.16.2015 | 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 05.16.2015 | 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 05.09.2015 | 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 04.21.2015 | 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.