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What Gay Life Is Like In The Dominican Republic

The Huffington Post | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 07.27.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Being queer in the Dominican Republic is safe, but the country is still behind on anti-discrimination laws, according to Leonardo Sanchez, t...

The Gay Community Is Dying, Here's Why it Needs to Live

Rich Hawkins | Posted 07.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Rich Hawkins

The history of gay rights isn't really on the agenda. We don't talk about it in schools, and we don't really reflect all that much on what happened. In the media we talk about politics, but we don't talk about lived experiences, and that is why a gay community is important.

Anti-Gay Right Exploiting Clerks, LGBT Community to Reap Chaos After SCOTUS Ruling

Alvin McEwen | Posted 07.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Alvin McEwen

The controversies involving marriage clerks in the South refusing to help gay couples fulfill their legal right to marry has me thinking. And I've come to a sad conclusion. We are all being played for fools.

The Top 10 Reasons the Gay Community Is So Competitive

Barrett Pall | Posted 06.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Barrett Pall

Since coming out, what has boggled my mind is that there seems to be some sort of hierarchy within the gay community, or at least a never-ending amount of cliques -- you know, those things that existed in high school. And it is here that we find why we are so competitive as a community.

Queen Latifah Sounds Off On The Gay Community

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 04.28.2015 | Gay Voices

Queen Latifah opened up about the gay community in the latest issue of Uptown magazine while discussing her upcoming role in HBO's "Bessie." "Bess...

A Blind Man's Take on Beauty in the Gay Community

Belo Cipriani | Posted 06.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Belo Cipriani

While I have learned to do everything the blind way, I always find myself teaching others how to interact with me -- something I've become better at with time. And, one of the main themes I battle with, especially in the gay community, is the importance of beauty.

And The U.S. City With The Highest Percentage Of LGBT People Is...

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.20.2015 | Gay Voices

The West Coast has a significantly higher number of cities with burgeoning lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) populations, a new Gallup Pol...

The Erasure of 'Gay' From Black History and the Black Community Must Stop

Alvin McEwen | Posted 04.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Alvin McEwen

This leaves me feeling as if the events of black history, which are supposed to be a part of my heritage, are nothing more than hand-me-downs donated to me out of charity because there are very few, if any, events which are specific to me as an LGBT person of color.

Gay Artist Will Spend 15 Days In A Glass Box To Explore The Meaning Of Grindr

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 10.06.2014 | Arts

The gay geosocial app Grindr was introduced in 2009, and has since spread to over 192 countries, making it the most popular gay app in the world. ...

Exposé Singer Jeanette Jurado: Our Enduring Success Is 'a Huge Compliment'

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 11.11.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

Comfortably at No. 5 though, besting acts like The Spice Girls, En Vogue and Martha & The Vandellas, was Exposé. According to singer Jeanette Jurado, the '80s freestyle collective is all-too-grateful its music, now "classics," lives on.

Gay Men and the Difference Between Community and Community

Josh Hersh | Posted 10.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Hersh

Meaningful, rich Community is something we do and create more than who we are. Community is active, whereas community is often passive. Small "c" community describes, whereas Community is an intentional act of creation.

The 8 Things Gay Men Need to Say Less Often

David Toussaint | Posted 09.30.2014 | Gay Voices
David Toussaint

8. "Community": News flash, men: We are no longer a "community" any more than left-handed men are. We are a minority, and we're more often than not using the appeal to "community" to bring others down a notch.

What If Gay Men Forgave One Another?

Josh Hersh | Posted 09.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Hersh

Maybe forgiveness is a muscle we've allowed to get flabby and weak. Maybe we've been holding out for an apology from our perpetrator that may never arrive. The truth is that when we refuse to forgive others, we only imprison ourselves.

You Belong In The Gay Community

Josh Hersh | Posted 09.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Hersh

I'm here to tell every gay man reading this: You belong in the gay community. Just as you are. The thing is, if you don't believe you belong (or even want to belong) in the gay community, you never will.

Vintage Black-And-White Photos Chronicle The Stonewall Era Gay Scene

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 07.02.2014 | Arts

At only eight years old, Anthony Friedkin began taking photographs in his native Los Angeles. By 11 he could develop them in a dark room. At 19 years ...

Obama's Challenge to the LGBT Community

Peter Staley | Posted 08.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Peter Staley

Lost in all the online coverage of President Obama's speech at the DNC LGBT Gala this week in New York -- with his powerful words on the AIDS crisis and his announcement that he would sign an executive order barring federal contractors from firing us -- was a challenge to our community that few noticed.

This Community Is Ours -- Let's Own It!

Josh Hersh | Posted 08.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Hersh

At what moment did gay men throw up their hands and say, "This isn't my community anymore! I'm stepping away. Moving away. I don't belong here anymore"? I ask because I hear that often.

LOOK: Hillary Rodham Clinton Signs 1,200 Books at University Book Store

Sarah Toce | Posted 08.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Sarah Toce

Hillary for 2016? The LGBT community may just have a clear front runner if the guest and media turnout was any indication.

Let's Be the Love Our Community Needs Us to Be

Josh Hersh | Posted 07.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Hersh

The truth is, we can't change other people. This is an idea we as gay men would be wise to embrace. If the way another gay man acts is getting you down, upset or sends you into a fit of frustration and fury, it's time to change your thinking.

The End. I Am No Longer Mentoring the 8-Year-Old Who Told Me "I Hate Homos"

Robbie Romu | Posted 06.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Robbie Romu

My duty to Sam was to keep him safe and to be a positive role model, both of which I did. I did not sign up to be abused or to tolerate homophobia.

You Didn't Show Up for Your Stoning

Nathalie Vassallo | Posted 05.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathalie Vassallo

Leaders of various LGBT groups gave speeches, we all sang, we hugged, we held up a huge rainbow flag, we took photos and we proudly protested against hate.

Race and Sex at HBCUs

Marcus Lee | Posted 05.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Marcus Lee

These questions -- and many more -- complicate simplistic narratives of sexuality and help to debunk the idea that one can quantify LGBT friendliness.

Blueboy -- A Tale of Yesteryear

Aundaray Guess | Posted 03.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Aundaray Guess

The cartoons weren't like the ones I watched on Saturday morning though. I never remembered Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble doing what the men were doing in the magazine.

Healing the Gay Community From the Inside Out

Joel Readence | Posted 03.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Joel Readence

If we're able to find happiness, purpose and validation from within, we're then able to shift our lives for the better and begin to view the other members of our community with the compassion and love they deserve.

What Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black Revealed About the Gay Community

Brian Stone | Posted 02.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Brian Stone

In a recent blog post here on HuffPost, Gay Voices Editor-at-large Michelangelo Signorile writes in defense of Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black's reported relationship. I think that in his post, Signorile has unwittingly exposed a major generational divide in the gay community.