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A Step Forward For Costa Rica's LGBT Community

Reuters | Posted 03.19.2015 | Gay Voices

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, March 18 (Reuters) - Costa Rica will this week put forward a plan to allow same-sex civil unions based on previous initiatives...

WATCH: Homophobes Have Invented a Scary New Tactic to Undo Equal Rights

Matt Baume | Posted 02.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

Here's their sneaky trick: Conservative lawmakers have realized that they can't pass laws that specifically target LGBT people. So now, instead, they're selectively re-writing nondiscrimination laws so that they have a Big Gay Loophole.

Not Yet Over the Rainbow, or the Unexpected Vigor of Intransigence

Frank Bua | Posted 02.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Frank Bua

Whether the old guard is wising up or dying off is no longer relevant. The gay rights movement is being won person by person, family by family, city by city, with Washington, D.C. a reluctant, self-congratulatory last stop.

LGBT Books to Warm Up With

Janet Mason | Posted 02.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Janet Mason

It's been a cold winter. Very cold. One of the things that I'm doing to keep warm is to take an imaginary LGBT cruise in my head -- through books -- to exotic lands. The first stop was the land of queer history.

Historic Black LGBTQ Intergenerational Discussion on Selma

Irene Monroe | Posted 04.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

For the first time ever, an intergenerational and interracial gathering of LGBTQ voices of color and our allies came together, creating the paradigm of how future discussions should take place.

While Waiting for a Leader Like Dr. King, I'm Learning to Use My Own Voice

Del Ray Zimmerman | Posted 03.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Del Ray Zimmerman

On behalf of lgbt youth and adults who feel they have no voice at all, I'm willing to keep stammering and crawling... until I fully find my own voice and learn how to fly.

The Moment Is NOW for Professional Sports to Ban LGBT Discrimination

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 08.18.2014 | Sports
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Professional sports commissioners and team owners should follow President Obama's lead and ban LGBT discrimination on the field and in the locker room, in boardrooms and contracting, among fans and employees -- and they should do it now, in this national month of Gay Pride.

African-American Vs. Gay Civil Rights Is A False Choice

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 07.20.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

A coalition of black pastors filed an amicus brief in Michigan's gay marriage trial last Wednesday. The group hope to defeat efforts to make same-sex marriage legal in Michigan and in the brief they particularly rejected comparisons between the gay civil rights movement and the struggle for African Americans in this country.

Anti-Gay Restaurant Hilariously Pranked By Gay Rights Supporters

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.10.2014 | Gay Voices

We're willing to bet he didn't see this one coming. After Oklahoma restaurant owner Gary James gave an interview to a local news station explainin...

WATCH: HuffPost Live Tackles 'Is Gay The New Black?'

Posted 02.05.2013 | Gay Voices

In his inaugural address, President Obama discussed the civil rights movement and the fight for gay equality leading many to compare the journeys of t...

Why Barney Frank Is Wrong About the DNC Gay Marriage Platform Debate

Todd Fernandez | Posted 10.08.2012 | Gay Voices
Todd Fernandez

Unfortunately, Representative Barney Frank, the most senior openly gay person in Congress, is again on the wrong side of progressive opinion.

An Open Letter: I've Had Enough

David Duran | Posted 10.02.2012 | Gay Voices
David Duran

I think I am fed up. Scratch that, I know I am fed up. The LGBT community is the last minority to still be fighting for basic human and civil rights.

Be A Proud Ally Year-Round

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 08.28.2012 | Gay Voices
Nancy K. Kaufman

The more your speech and behavior contributes to the general sense that being LGBT is normal, the more LGBT persons will be able to enjoy acceptance and normality in everyday life. And the more others who believe in equality will be empowered to say so.

I Don't Want 'Special Treatment'

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.13.2012 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I am frequently asked to explain why LGBT people "deserve special privileges" by specifically having sexual identity and gender identity and expression included as protected categories in state and local hate crimes, bullying prevention, nondiscrimination policies, and other legislation.

The Bridge To LGBT Equality

Jody Huckaby | Posted 05.09.2012 | Gay Voices
Jody Huckaby

With all the forward momentum over the last month, it is hard not to think that we are finally feeling the impact of decades of progress in building a real bridge to equality across the country. But just because we build this bridge doesn't mean that everyone is ready to walk across it.

Cynthia Nixon's 'Choice' Doesn't Affect LGBT Rights, And Here's Why

Christopher Stoll | Posted 04.07.2012 | Gay Voices
Christopher Stoll

The key factor driving the courts' decisions about whether to strike down discriminatory laws has not been immutability but something more basic: whether a law discriminates on the basis of a trait that has no bearing on a person's ability to contribute to society.

Occupy Christian Oppression

Monique Ruffin | Posted 03.06.2012 | Gay Voices
Monique Ruffin

Today in many churches all across this nation, we continue to indoctrinate innocent children in the practice of homophobia. These children grow up with a desire to please God, and in doing so they become the Rick Perrys of the world.

It's Official: Gay Is the New Black

Monique Ruffin | Posted 02.26.2012 | Gay Voices
Monique Ruffin

The civil rights issue of our time is gay marriage, and the key players in our country's most significant civil rights movement are on the wrong side of it. The black church has taken on a new role: oppressor.

Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 01.22.2012 | Arts
Jeryl Brunner

"I wanted Standing on Ceremony to be inclusive because the piece addresses the issue of inclusion of diversity. This is the civil rights movement of our time," says playwright Brian Shnipper.

LGBT-Inclusive Christians Honor Frank Kameny's Fight For Gay Rights

Joseph Ward III | Posted 01.16.2012 | Religion
Joseph Ward III

Before the New York City riots at Stonewall Inn launched the gay civil rights movement, there was Dr. Frank Kameny.

Gay Pioneers Speak Truth to Love

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 12.19.2011 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

When Dr. Frank Kameny and Barbara Gittings came to speak at Allegheny College, I was 19 years old. I was still closeted then, even to myself, but their honest, open telling of their stories was the first clue I had that there were others like me.

'No Excuses, No Delays': Do We Really Mean It?

Nadine Smith | Posted 11.27.2011 | Gay Voices
Nadine Smith

We can refuse to collaborate in our own discrimination if we insist on paying our taxes as married couples, even though the federal government assesses our taxes as though we were single.

The Split-Screen Struggle Over Gay Rights

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

America finds itself at a real turning point in the struggle for gay rights. And, as during all turning points, it's as if we are watching the struggle unfold on a split screen: progress on one side, setbacks on the other.

Constructive Impatience

Joan Garry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joan Garry

So, to my fellow LGBT friends and our straight allies -- let's use the Rick Warren choice as an opportunity to be impatient. I for one plan to be impatient constructively.

Out of my Black Church, Into the Streets

Irene Monroe | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Irene Monroe

Because of religion-based bigotry spewing from the pulpits of many black churches, we have a crisis in the African-American community: an epidemic of homelessness among LGBTQ youth.