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Gays of Future Past

Frank Bua | Posted 06.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Frank Bua

For anyone under 30, it may be difficult to imagine a time when the gay-rights movement wasn't operating at a milestone-a-minute pace. Fortunately a wave of artistic and media projects has emerged to remind us of heroes past, to refocus us on the type of activism that helped elevate the LGBT movement and to inspire us to make that final push.

Our Families Are Making History

Steve Majors | Posted 10.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Steve Majors

It's taken more than three decades for families like mine to be recognized. Thirty years ago, I was at an age where I was pretty certain that I was gay, but at the time, I never could have predicted that I would one day be among 3 million parents in our country who are LGBT.

Celebrating National Coming Out Day With Our Families (PHOTOS)

Leonard Wrigley | Posted 12.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Leonard Wrigley

Typically, part of the experience of being "in the closet" for any length of time is a fear of losing or becoming estranged from family. But it can also involve a fear of not having a family of one's own in the future too. This was one of my biggest concerns growing up gay.

Obama Gives Special Invite To Gay Dads From Michigan

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 06.14.2013 | Gay Voices

President Barack Obama surprised a gay Michigan couple with a special invite. Kent and Diego Love-Ramirez have been invited by the president for a...

'Show The Love' Series Documents Children Of Same-Sex Parents

Posted 06.13.2013 | Gay Voices

This beautiful photo series comes to HuffPost Gay Voices courtesy of the Family Equality Council (FEC) and COLAGE in honor of Pride Month 2013. Steve ...

Open Hearts: LGBT Family Bringing Down Adoption Barriers

Kate Perino | Posted 07.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Kate Perino

Martin Gill strongly believes that ECDF will be a solution for many foster kids who lack stability and permanence. Recently, he and his partner hosted a gift give-away for local teens in foster care who are living in group homes--many of whom have little chance of finding adoptive families. Martin said,

Lila Shapiro

'If A Kid Doesn't Have A Family, It's Very Sad:' Lawmakers, Families, Push Gay Adoption Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.07.2013 | Gay Voices

WASHINGTON -- Philip McAdoo and his partner Sean Cavenaugh talked about starting a family on their very first date, at a barbecue joint in New York Ci...

Amanda Terkel

LGBT Adoption Bill Set To Be Reintroduced With Bipartisan Support

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bill legalizing adoption and foster parenting by same-sex couples is set to be reintroduced on Tuesday, with supporters hopeful that m...

Want to Know How Kids With Gay Parents Feel About Marriage Equality? Ask Them.

Abbie E. Goldberg | Posted 06.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Abbie E. Goldberg

Callie, a 25 year-old woman with two mothers, for example, recalled growing up with the awareness that "we [didn't] have the same rights as other people. [Paying] thousands of dollars just so I could go in and sign this paper in the event that my mom gets hurt, I could visit her in the hospital."

14-Year-Old Talks Having Two Moms And Why Marriage Matters

Kate Perino | Posted 05.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Kate Perino

Today, March 26, and tomorrow, March 27, the Supreme Court will address the question of whether all Americans have the freedom to marry the person they love. The children being raised by LGBT parents are in an excellent position to answer that question, and they are speaking out.

Adult Daughter Of Gay Dads Speaks Out On Why Marriage Equality Matters

Kate Perino | Posted 05.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Kate Perino

On March 26 and 27 the Supreme Court will address a common question: Should all Americans have the freedom to marry the person they love? The children being raised by LGBT parents are in an excellent position to answer that question -- and they are speaking out.

30 Days Of LGBT Giving: Donate To The Family Equality Council

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.29.2012 | 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 ...

National Adoption Month: Our Twitter Chat About LGBT Families And Adoption

Posted 11.27.2012 | Gay Voices

This month, we're celebrating National Adoption Month by partnering with LGBT rights organization Family Equality Council. All November, we've been ce...

Jennifer Bendery

Zach Wahls, Iowa Activist With Two Moms, Lobbies Congress To Support Families Like His

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- You may not recognize him by name, but Zach Wahls is known by millions as the teenager who gave powerful testimony to an Iowa House comm...

WATCH: Zach Wahls Joins National Gay Parenting Initiative

Posted 04.06.2012 | Gay Voices

The Iowa student whose impassioned pro-gay marriage speech to Iowa legislators became the most-watched political clip of 2011 on YouTube after going v...

Celebrating 30 Years Together

Jennifer Chrisler | Posted 03.13.2012 | Gay Voices
Jennifer Chrisler

Celebrate. Commit. Connect. Those are the new year's resolutions for the Family Equality Council, and I hope they will be yours in 2012. This year, ...

Does the Religious Right Really Care about Children?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 12.28.2011 | Gay Voices
Nathaniel Frank

In anointing themselves the champions of "family values" and protectors of vulnerable children, religious conservatives have had little to say when confronted with the undeniable existence of actual gay families -- particularly kids with LGBT parents.

New Report Details Inequities For Children Of Gay Parents

AP | By DAVID CRARY | Posted 12.25.2011 | Gay Voices

-- According to her dads, life is good for Carrigan Starling-Littlefield, a spunky 5-year-old being raised by two gay men in South Carolina, which do...

One Million LGBT Parents Raising Two Million Kids: What's the Problem?

Jennifer Chrisler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jennifer Chrisler

The Every Child Deserves a Family Act would require states to look at the interest of children when making placement decisions, not the sexual orientation of prospective parents.

Kids Caught in Middle of Catholic School Politics

Jennifer Chrisler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jennifer Chrisler

Whatever you think about gay parenting, a school's political views should never be taken out on our kids.

Rolling with the Changes: Egg Roll Redux

Alisa Surkis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alisa Surkis

People complain that the White House Egg Roll invitation extended to the gay and lesbian families is just a symbolic gesture, but symbols are powerful.