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The Gay Warrior

James Owens | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
James Owens

Though we aren't fighting a traditional war, we are soldiers nonetheless, soldiers who, when called upon, will draw their sword to protect the younger ones from the hurt that they once endured, soldiers drafted into an army not by choice but by providence.

Thanks for Keeping It Real, DJ Mister Cee

Ariel Chesler | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Ariel Chesler

Public figures, especially in traditionally hypermasculine or homphobic arenas like hip-hop or professional basketball, such as Mister Cee and Jason Collins, have a tremendous impact when they are honest about their sexuality. This is because, as Cee remarked, "the truth will set you free."

A Brother's Pledge: Standing Up for Love

James Clementi | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
James Clementi

It is my hope that the future Tyler Clementis of the world will hear love and affirmation from the pulpit in all churches. While that day may still be a long way off, parents can make a world of difference by choosing a church family that will embrace all God's children with respect.

NALT: A How-To Manual for Your Church

Francisco J. Tirado | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Francisco J. Tirado

In addition to being a term for pro-LGBT Christians, "NALT" is a newly launched Web movement for allies of faith to publicize their support for the LGBT community. "NALT" is a term that can be adopted for your own purposes in promoting LGBT rights at your church.

WATCH: What It's Like To Come Out As Polyamorous

Posted 09.10.2013 | Women

How do you reveal to your family and friends that you're polyamorous? In a September 9th HuffPost Live segment, host Alex Berg spoke with people wh...

Coming Out as a Gay High School Basketball Coach: The Surprising Aftermath

Anthony Nicodemo | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Anthony Nicodemo

As I do every first day of classes, I checked my mailbox at the school. After I've been gone for a couple of months, it's normally filled with junk mail, but instead of a bunch of advertisements, I pulled out about a dozen envelopes handwritten with return addresses from all over the country.

The 12 People Who Should Always Know You're Gay

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

By Rick Clemons for YourTango.com On the scale of "cake walk" to "real drag," my coming out was a cupcake in need of some icing on the cake. It wa...

AB SOTO Talks 'Fagging Out,' Hollywood Type Casting and Coming Out in East L.A.

Phillip M. Miner | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Phillip M. Miner

I recently saw AB SOTO perform and was blown away by his energy and message. His dance moves come from sources as varied as street posturing and Paris Is Burning-style balls. When combined, they ask the questions: What is butch? What is femme? What makes someone sexy?

What Happened When My Son Came Out... as Straight

Lori Duron | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lori Duron

By trying to eliminate the need for a gay son to come out, I created an environment where a straight son felt the need to come out. As I try to learn from my mother's mistakes, I may be making some new ones of my own. I guess that's how it goes with parenting.

LOOK: Mom Writes BEAUTIFUL Letter To Son After He Comes Out On Facebook

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

After learning of her son's coming out via a Facebook post, this wonderful mother wrote him a powerful letter of support. The letter reads: Zach, ...

Late to the Prom

Mark Hoelterhoff | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mark Hoelterhoff

I choose to believe it's not too late to crash this party. I probably won't be voted prom king (or queen) but I will have my dance. Even if the dance begins from the inside out.

Father Figuring

Joe Hutcheson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Joe Hutcheson

I realized this space between us was not something blocking a connection -- a gap in the emotional circuit. It was just space, a space which had given my father the opportunity to see me clearly. And now, I could finally see him back.

The Three Words That Ended My Marriage

Cassie Premo Steele | Posted 10.27.2013 | Divorce
Cassie Premo Steele

He said, "What is it?" What he meant was What's wrong with you? Why is everything I do wrong? Why don't we laugh anymore?

An Open Letter to Dan Savage

A.J. Walkley | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
A.J. Walkley

We need to be building bisexuals up, not tearing them down before they're ready to come out. So, Mr. Savage: Nobody prefers to be in the closet, but there are many in the entire LGBT+ community that are forced to live there for varied lengths of time for multiple reasons, all of which are valid.

Obama: No Help For Gay Students Cut Off By Parents After Coming Out

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.23.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama said there are no "special laws" planned to help students who come out to their parents and are cut off from funding for colleg...

Raven Wrestling Wolverine? Coming-Out Consequences

Martel Okonji | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Martel Okonji

Just in the last few weeks, Raven-Symoné, Darren Young and Troye Sivan each proclaimed his or her sexual identity to the world. It's great to hear positive celebrity coming-out stories, but I also know that many teenagers who come out of the closet may end up on the streets.

Nickelodeon Star Reveals He's Gay

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

YouTube star turned Nickelodeon actor Lucas Cruikshank, who is best known for creating the hyper-active, over-the-top character Fred Figglehorn, has r...

The Closet and Bradley Manning

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

The recent publication of some of Bradley Manning's personal emails and photos about his gender dysphoria, including admissions from his psychiatrist during the sentencing phase of his trial for espionage, once again raise the issue of the "closet" and the pathology created within it.

Everyone Knew I Was Gay, Except My Brother

Brian Douglas Kennedy | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brian Douglas Kennedy

When I came out to the rest of my family in my early 20s, no one was shocked. The fact that I was gay shouldn't have been a surprise to my brother either. After all, we had adjacent bedrooms and my high school years were spent wearing out the soundtracks to Rent and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Is Queen Latifah Obligated To Discuss Her Private Life On Her New Show?

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Queen Latifah's refusal to address long-standing rumors about her private life on her highly-anticipated new talk show was debated at length on The Ru...

Gay Man Comes Out to Wife and Children, Strengthens Family Unit (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

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Labled From the Outside, Finding an Identity on the Inside

Katy Butler | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Katy Butler

When I recently started falling for a guy, it shattered my world. I had always liked girls. I was a lesbian. But I knew that the feelings I had for this man were real when I felt my heart leap every time I walked into class and saw him. I had felt the same way about women in the past.

'I Fell In Love With My Therapist'

Candace Walsh | Posted 10.13.2013 | Divorce
Candace Walsh

When you're walking along in a strange city, and you've studied the map and think you know where you're going, there's a period of time when you're actually going the wrong way but you haven't figured it out yet.

The Surprise Benefits Of Living An 'Authentic' Gay Life

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

By Rick Clemons for YourTango.com I never knew, when I de-planed in Los Angeles, that I'd find myself in so many ways. Not just because I'd landed ...

'Some Unfinished Business': My Coming-Out Message to the Young Democrats of America

Rod Snyder | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rod Snyder

There are young LGBT men and women across the country who aspire to careers in public service and need to know that they can achieve success in the political arena. I want to be an example of a leader who succeeds because of my honesty, not in spite of it.