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On Yom Kippur, Pride Is a Mitzvah

Jonathan D. Lovitz | Posted 11.13.2013 | Gay 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 10.14.2013 | Gay 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 09.30.2013 | Gay 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 09.11.2013 | Gay 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 08.18.2013 | Gay 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 07.28.2013 | Gay 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 07.02.2013 | Gay 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 06.26.2013 | Gay 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.

Nope To The Pope

AP | ALMUDENA CALATRAVA | Posted 07.28.2014 | Latino Voices

While the appointment of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as pope has filled many in this deeply Catholic country with pride, members of the gay pride community ...

Are Gay Men A Gay Man's Worst Enemy?

Mark Brennan Rosenberg | Posted 04.30.2013 | Gay 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 02.10.2014 | Gay 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 12.17.2012 | Gay 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 02.05.2013 | Gay 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 02.05.2013 | Gay 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 12.12.2012 | Gay 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 10.20.2012 | Gay 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.

Bryan Fischer Proposes Campaign Showing Photos Of 'Graphic' Consequences Of Gay Sex

Posted 08.12.2013 | Gay Voices

The American Family Association's Bryan Fischer fired off at the gay community once again on Twitter, this time with a particularly unusual request re...

My Pride Catharsis

DJ Louie XIV | Posted 08.28.2012 | Gay Voices
DJ Louie XIV

As I left the parade, feeling connected to the gay community and to my city in a way that I hadn't in a while, I realized that the stereotypes that I had tried to avoid by steering clear of Pride actually existed more in my own head than in reality.

The Altantic: Americans Have No Idea How Few Gay People There Are

The Atlantic | GARANCE FRANKE-RUTA | Posted 06.03.2013 | Gay Voices

One in ten. It's the name of the group that puts on the Reel Affirmations gay and lesbian film festival in Washington, D.C., each year. It's the perce...

Did Aging Play A Role In Therapist's Tragic Death?

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 06.05.2012 | Fifty
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

Therapist Bob Bergeron, who committed suicide in December, wrote about aging gracefully. But was he was another one of those people hitting 50, who truly felt an underlying dread of what comes next?

WATCH: Estefan Professes 'Everlasting Love' To Gay Club Scene

Posted 06.04.2012 | Miami

On Friday, Miami's one-woman sound machine Gloria Estefan showed up at Miami Beach gay club Score for the video release party for her new single, "Hot...

The Secrets Gay People Want Straight People to Know

Bernard Lansbergen | Posted 03.12.2012 | Gay Voices
Bernard Lansbergen

While Brian Moylan's "The Secrets Gay Men Don't Want Straight People to Know" is obviously meant as a comical piece, it felt more like a sad reconfirmation of how the media sees gay people relative to straight people, and how gay people are perceived in general.

Does the LGBT Community Have a 'Peter Pan' Syndrome?

Mike Ruiz | Posted 12.12.2011 | Gay Voices
Mike Ruiz

Is it possible that, as we identified ourselves as a group, we have limited our growth? Are we in the enviable position of not being held accountable for becoming "adults," given our collective abolishment from the mainstream?