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Social Security for Two: What Every LGBT Couple Needs to Know Now

David Rae | Posted 08.21.2015 | Gay Voices
David Rae

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes figuring out what the hell to do about Social Security. Retirement planning can be quite complicated for anyone, but the newness of Social Security options for LGBT couples find some of us unprepared.

California Lawmakers Denounce Ballot Initiative That Calls For Murdering Gays

Reuters | Sharon Bernstein | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 11 (Reuters) - Eight California lawmakers on Monday denounced a proposed ballot initiative that advocates the murder of gays...

5 Reasons Why California Just Became An (Even More) Awesome Place For LGBT People

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.01.2014 | Gay Voices

San Francisco and Los Angeles have been seen as progressive hotspots for some time, but California is becoming an even more awesome place to be a lesb...

Mozilla Under Fire For Appointing CEO Who Opposed Gay Marriage

Posted 03.27.2014 | Gay Voices

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates are crying foul over the Mozilla Foundation's appointment of co-founder Brendan Eich as...

Prop 8 Attorneys Back Sundance Gay Marriage Documentary

AP | SANDY COHEN | Posted 01.26.2014 | Gay Voices

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies once argued the Bush v. Gore case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, but they say fighti...

The Gay Marriage Movie That's Shaking Up Sundance

Agence France Presse | Romain Raynaldy | Posted 03.23.2014 | Gay Voices

Two gay couples who waged a five-year court battle to restore same-sex marriage in California are back in the spotlight, in a new film premiered at th...

Lila Shapiro

Conversion Therapy Ban Proposed In Pennsylvania

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 09.18.2013 | Gay Voices

The effort to ban a controversial therapy that purports to make gay people straight is gaining momentum in Pennsylvania, say opponents of the practice...

Lila Shapiro

New Jersey Makes Move On Controversial Gay 'Cure' Law

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 08.20.2013 | Gay Voices

On Monday, New Jersey became the second state to pass a law banning licensed counselors from practicing a controversial therapy on minors that attempt...

California Couples Hope For Gay Marriage Return: 'Everything Feels Like A Placeholder'

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 06.12.2013 | Gay Voices

SAN FRANCISCO -- Planning a party for thousands of people would be a challenge under the best of circumstances. Now imagine trying to pull off such a ...

Lila Shapiro

Group Invokes Jerry Sandusky, Claims Proposed 'Gay-Cure' Ban Could Harm Abuse Victims

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.06.2013 | Gay Voices

Opponents of proposed state legislation that would ban licensed therapists from offering so-called gay "conversion therapy" to minors are holding a p...

California 'Ex-Gay' Therapy Ban Challenge Heads To Court

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 06.17.2013 | Gay Voices

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court is to hear arguments Wednesday on whether a first-of-its-kind law that prohibits licensed mental health ...

Tax Bill Targeting Boy Scouts' Anti-Gay Policy Passes

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 06.10.2013 | Gay Voices

SAN FRANCISCO — A bill aimed at pressuring the Boy Scouts of America to lift its ban on gay members by making the organization ineligible for no...

WATCH: Was This Brutal Beating Of California Man An Anti-Gay Hate Crime?

Posted 03.19.2013 | Gay Voices

The brutal beating of a Sacramento man is being investigated by local authorities as an anti-gay hate crime. The Sacramento Press reports the vict...

Lila Shapiro

Gay 'Cure' Proponents Defend Practice In New Jersey

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.05.2013 | Gay Voices

A first-of-its kind lawsuit challenging the practice of gay "conversion therapy" is winding its way through the New Jersey legal system. On Monday, la...

Popular Prop 8 Website Relaunches After Extensive Overhaul

Posted 01.10.2013 | Gay Voices

A popular website that meticulously tracked the ongoing debate over Proposition 8, California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, has been rela...

30 Days Of Holiday LGBT Giving: GSA Network

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.18.2012 | Gay Voices

Note: This holiday season, in lieu of a traditional holiday gift guide, we'll be featuring a different LGBT organization each day for our "30 Days Of ...

Lila Shapiro

Dueling California 'Gay Cure' Law Court Rulings Draw Battle Lines

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 12.04.2012 | Gay Voices

Shortly after California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed groundbreaking legislation this fall that banned licensed therapists from practicing gay "convers...

Lila Shapiro

First U.S. 'Gay Cure' Law Tested As Battle Over 'Reparative' Therapy Heats Up

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 12.01.2012 | Gay Voices

Jerry Spencer's counselor once placed bags of ice on his hands while showing him photos of men holding hands. Chaim Levin's "life coach" told him to s...

Lila Shapiro

'Cure' For Gays Ignites Passion In New Jersey

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 10.05.2012 | Gay Voices

In California and New Jersey, lawmakers, gay-rights advocates, therapists, and religious organizations are fighting over the future of a controversial...

Lila Shapiro

California Seeks To Ban A 'Cure' For Homosexuality

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 08.20.2012 | Gay Voices

When James Guay was 12, he went into a Christian bookstore to look for information on what was wrong with him. He found just one book on homosexuality...

Fight Against Gay 'Conversion Therapy' Gathers Momentum

The Huffington Post | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.13.2012 | Gay Voices

The fight against a controversial form of therapy aimed at making gay people straight is gaining some momentum. Last week, The Southern Poverty La...

Gay Teen 'Conversion' Therapy May Be Banned In California

AP | HANNAH DREIER | Posted 07.08.2012 | Gay Voices

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A first-of-its-kind ban on a controversial form of psychotherapy aimed at making gay people straight is speeding through th...

California Gay History Law Repeal Fails

AP | DON THOMPSON | Posted 12.12.2011 | San Francisco

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Opponents of a California law requiring that the contributions of gays and lesbians be taught in public schools failed Wedn...

Gay History Bill Headed To California Governor

AP | JUDY LIN | Posted 09.04.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers on Tuesday sent the governor a bill that would make the state the first requiring public schools to in...

Cindy McCain NOH8 PHOTO: McCain Joins Project Protesting Prop 8

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On Wednesday, the NOH8 campaign protesting California's Proposition 8 announced a new high-profile Republican supporter: John McCain's wife, Cindy McC...