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You Didn't Show Up for Your Stoning

Nathalie Vassallo | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

Yes, Suicide Is a Gay Issue

Michael Carosone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Carosone

My youth was consumed by loneliness, feelings of not belonging, and thinking of ways to kill myself. I experienced many dark nights of the soul. And television saved me. Although I read a lot, I looked to TV for the noise to comfort me and make me feel less lonesome.

LGBT: What Does It Really Mean?

Stephanie Mott | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

LGBT. These letters stand for "lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender." They also stand for "love, grace, beauty, and truth." The challenges of, and the solutions to, creating a different world are intertwined in these two representations of these four letters.

Reflecting a Dark Future in the Crystal Ball

Joe Putignano | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Joe Putignano

I've never judged anyone for using drugs. How could I? I find it oddly intelligent for people to gravitate to those things that make them feel whole; however, as with most drugs, meth becomes a prison made of molecules, locking the user in.

On Yom Kippur, Pride Is a Mitzvah

Jonathan D. Lovitz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jonathan D. Lovitz

A few years back, during my Logo TV days, I was asked to be Grand Marshal of Orlando Pride. This was a huge honor for me. However, that year torrential rain forced Pride to be moved a month later -- smack dab on Yom Kippur. Oy vey!

What We See in Russia: Blood and Sacrifice

David Gudelunas | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
David Gudelunas

Think seeing a lot of red equal signs is powerful? Try looking at images of soldiers brutally beating a gay kid. Talking about the horrific acts is one thing, but seeing them is a far more powerful thing that even the most distracted among us cannot avoid.

Don Lemon Reminds Me of Sad Similarity Between Black, Gay Communities

Alvin McEwen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Alvin McEwen

Don Lemon dehumanized the African-American community by reducing it to stereotypes, much like the religious right does to the LGBT community. Certainly this is not what Lemon was trying to do, but it was something that he maybe should have realized, given that he is a black gay man.

Gay v. Ex-Gay and the Ties That Divide

Brittney Bullock | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brittney Bullock

There is arguably a great deal of hostility toward the ex-gay community, but upon a closer investigation, the cause is clear and comprehensible.

Quinn's Self-Defense

Eliot Armand Glenn | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Eliot Armand Glenn

In response to vicious hate crimes against LGBT New Yorkers, City Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn is sponsoring an insulting series of classes in "street smarts" and self-defense. As a policy response to these tragedies, Quinn's offer is inadequate and inappropriate.

'I Am Because We Are,' but What Are We?

Maurice Tracy | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Maurice Tracy

We are living at a time when the LGBT rights movement is making incredible strides, but whether we really have a "community" is highly debatable. I wonder how we can tell the younger generation that it gets better and not prepare them for the stones that will come from their "community."

Why Can't LGBTs Play Nice Together? A Call For Change

Lisa Mae Brunson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lisa Mae Brunson

Why can't LGBTs play nice with one another? Why do we draw lines and exclude whole groups within our collective community? And most importantly, why do we demand equality from the rest of the world and fail to demonstrate equality within our own?

On Building LGBTQ Community

Thomas Naples | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Thomas Naples

My hometown, Warwick, N.Y., is a small, rural-suburban town in the Hudson Valley. Data show that Warwick has a higher concentration of same-sex households than much of the rest of the county. I wondered where all those gay people were, so I decided to found The LGBTQ Center of the Warwick Valley.

Are Gay Men A Gay Man's Worst Enemy?

Mark Brennan Rosenberg | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mark Brennan Rosenberg

Having lived in New York for nearly 13 years, I've found that not much has changed for me as far as bullying goes. Bullying within the gay community is very rarely discussed, but gay people are really mean to each other sometimes.

U.S. States With Biggest Gay Populations Revealed

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Good news for Washington D.C.'s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents: you are most definitely not alone. A Gallup Politics poll has re...

LOOK: Sexy Santas Drop Trou In The Castro For A Good Cause

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Santa Claus -- hundreds of him, in fact -- came to San Francisco's Castro District in a Speedo. The neighborhood's annual "Santa Skivvies Run" was...

America's Bad Karma: Homophobia And Racism

Brian Stone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brian Stone

Even if gay marriage were legalized, discrimination outlawed and all the freedoms of one enjoyed by all, our problems would linger. To truly win, we must win the right way. We need to set a good example for gay youth, and we need to display the dignity our enemies deny us.

From the Closet to the Playground: Do We Ever Mature or Learn How to Act?

Troy Roness | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Troy Roness

Because I didn't vote for certain candidates, some of my "friends" ostracized me, ridiculed me for "lacking intelligence" and told me that I was working against my own community. However, if our relationship was based on political ideology, then I'm better off without them anyway.

Friendly Fire Hurts The Worst

Cooper Smith Koch | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Cooper Smith Koch

In June my partner Todd and I, along with our two children, were featured in the Father's Day catalog for JCPenney. The reaction has been overwhelmingly positive, but there was one thing that really got under my skin: the negative comments we read and heard from other gay people.

A Human Community: Why We Shouldn't Hate Rupert Everett

Patrick Gill | Posted 11.24.2012 | Chicago
Patrick Gill

Rupert Everett has spoken with the grace of a toddler throwing a brick. In an interview with the British Sunday Times, he said, among many things, that he "can't think of anything worse than being brought up by two gay dads."

What's With All The Lesbian Jokes On 'The New Normal'?

Slate XX | Posted 09.13.2012 | Women

I violently swore off "Glee" last season after three years of letting show creator Ryan Murphy manipulate my emotions. But even though Murphy's shows ...

Why Can't Gays Just Get Along?

Jordan Bach | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jordan Bach

In all the little ways in which we indulge in gossip, snarky talk, and making jokes about other people, we are beaming a clear intention into the ether, and we mustn't be shocked when that nastiness comes floating back to us.