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The Outing Of A Recovering Homophobe

Lawrence D. Elliott | Posted 06.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Lawrence D. Elliott

I've used the "F" word in the past. It's not something I'm proud to admit. And I wasn't comfortable seeing two guys kiss in public. Funny, seeing two women never affected me the same way. The internal conflict grew stronger as I actually got to meet and know gay and lesbian people.

Peace Of Mind

Tom Bartolomei | Posted 06.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Tom Bartolomei

Some of you may be wondering why the LGBT community is making such a big deal over marriage equality. Simply put, it's for peace of mind. There are over 1,138 federal rights that married straight couples take for granted. If you are in a same-sex relationship, it's not the same

Equality Crept Into The Wedding

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 12.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

My brother-in-law's family of origin is two gay men -- my husband and I -- or at least that's how he portrayed us at his wedding. We were the only people asked to stand and represent him by reading verse before the hundred or so guests. It struck me that change had arrived.


George Heymont | Posted 06.23.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

San Francisco's recent CAAMFest included some fascinating shorts which reveal what happens as age and experience burst the bubble of a young man's happiness and naivete.

How My Husband 'Betrayed' Me

HuffPost Live | Posted 04.23.2013 | Divorce

Since most gay Americans do not have the right to legally marry a same-sex partner, some enter mixed-orientation marriages, in which one partner is st...

No Taxation With Discrimination: Ending DOMA, And Beyond Equality

John Lewis | Posted 06.18.2013 | Gay Voices
John Lewis

Last week, as we were preparing to hit "send" on our income tax returns, we thought that maybe, just maybe, this year will be the last that legally married lesbian and gay couples will have to lie to the federal government about the nature of their relationships and file their taxes as single people.

The Gay Rosa Parks And Me

Aaron Ricciardi | Posted 06.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Aaron Ricciardi

Edie Windsor's refusal to pay a tax from which a straight person would have been exempt seems stirringly similar to Rosa Parks' refusal to get out of a seat in which a white person would have been able to stay. When I'm a very old gay man, I'll be able to look back and say, "It all started with Edie, and I was there."

I Got Gay Married In First Grade

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 06.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

The wedding went off without a hitch and, over the years, dissolved into a silly and cherished family memory. At that very time, unbeknownst to me, my moms were forking over time, energy and legal fees to make their union and joint custody of me as legal in the eyes of the court as a married couple's.

Lawrence v. Texas: When LGBT Americans Became Recognized as Second Class Citizens

Ariel Wengroff | Posted 06.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Ariel Wengroff

While there's no argument that progress is being made, many argue that the parameters around LGBT discrimination, particularly gender identity, are still unclear.

Marriage Equality: A Golden Opportunity for the GOP

Christian J. Miele | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Christian J. Miele

Any public policy or law that places a badge of inferiority on certain "less desirable" personal relationships should be struck down. Marriage as a form of expression is a civil, if not an inherent, right.

Blowing Up The Coalition

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 06.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

As Edith Windsor's challenge to DOMA was being heard by the Supreme Court, Keli Goff was trying to drive a racial wedge, writing, "Yet again, wealthy white males are driving the agenda, and everyone else is expected to follow, including the media and the president," to what useful end?

LGBTQ Inclusive Immigration Reform

Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez | Posted 06.11.2013 | Latino Voices
Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez

It would naïve to believe that Congress is considering CIR out of the goodness of their hearts. Republicans and Democrats are trying to deliver on immigration reform to court the Latino vote. So let's explore how Latinos are actually feeling about the inclusion of protections for same-sex couples...

Katherine Graham Must Be Turning Over in Her Grave

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 06.08.2013 | DC
Peter D. Rosenstein

For many years the Washington Post was a reliably progressive paper responsive to its reader's interests. However the Post today is no longer that paper.

Beware of the Gay Marriage Slippery Slope

William Dameron | Posted 06.08.2013 | Gay Voices
William Dameron

It is easy to craft a slippery slope argument, for example; slavery must be maintained, because if we allow people to live in a completely free society, the family will fall apart, the institution of marriage will disintegrate, the government will collapse and Christianity will be rejected. Does this sound familiar?

Raised by Lesbians and I Feel Fine

Ariel Chesler | Posted 06.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Ariel Chesler

I was raised by two women and I am fine, perhaps even better for it, as I had the unique advantage of learning how to be a man from women, and how to be a man who loves women in a world of so much female-oriented hatred.

The Supreme Court and Us: Next Steps for Equality

Andy Thayer | Posted 06.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Andy Thayer

It is our duty to future generations of LGBTQ people to not rest on our laurels of steadily advancing poll numbers, legislative and court gains, but to press our advantage now for the greatest possible gains.

Being Gay, Latino and Fearless

Marcos Saldivar | Posted 06.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Marcos Saldivar

It's a small effort that by no means deserves praise, but if coming out to my family means preventing even one less oppressed gay person, it's worth facing my feelings of trepidation. It's worth enduring an awkward Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

Supreme Court Hearings Show Power of Women's Leadership

Donna P. Hall | Posted 06.05.2013 | Women
Donna P. Hall

From Fox to CNN to NPR to "The Colbert Report," media coverage of the hearings highlighted the incisive questioning of Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan

LISTEN: Lee Swislow, Executive Director Of GLAD, Talks Supreme Court Gay Marriage Cases And More

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 06.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

The day after the U.S. Supreme Court heard two days of historic arguments over marriage equality, I talked with Lee Swislow, Executive Director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), which coordinated the amicus briefs and the party briefs in United States v. Windsor.

Why All Marriage Should Be Declared Unconstitutional and What It Should Be Replaced With

Mark Olmsted | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

A celebration of the love of two people should always be permitted and will always be desired. No one is suggesting the suppression of that aspect of marriage. But legal recognition by the state should be exclusively under a different set of "Plus One" laws.

The 3 Women Who Make Me Feel Good About Old Age

Maddy Dychtwald | Posted 06.05.2013 | Fifty
Maddy Dychtwald

Who are your elder heroes? Who inspires you on the next stage of our life journey?

It Gets Better, But It Also Gets Old

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 06.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

I've been attending gay pride parades and AIDS walks since I was 4 years old. I'm amazed and moved and joyful that what once felt like my personal soap box is now everybody's soap box, but there's a little bitter part of me that CANNOT BELIEVE gay rights is even still an issue.

We Haven't 'Already Won' On Gay Marriage -- Just Ask These Two Moms Fighting To Keep Their Family Together (VIDEO)

Brynn Gelbard | Posted 06.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Gelbard

Lesbian and gay binational couples remain shut out of green cards and fiancé(e) visas. As a result, LGBT families are still torn apart, forced into exile or left fighting to remain together in this country. None of them feel that we have already won, and to say that is an insult to their struggle.

Supreme Court Justices Pose Two Strange Questions in Same-Sex Marriage Cases

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

The Supreme Court in hearing argument in the same-sex marriage cases posed two questions that I doubt were ever asked before.

GLAAD Taps Bill Clinton For Huge Honor

Posted 04.03.2013 | Gay Voices

Bill Clinton will be honored with the inaugural "Advocate for Change" Award at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles. GLAAD officials pointed to t...