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How We Won Marriage: 10 Lessons Learned

Marc Solomon | Posted 06.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Marc Solomon

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that same-sex couples will soon have the freedom to marry and equal respect for their marriages across America. This ruling will bring joy to families, and final victory to the decades-long marriage movement. Here are some of the lessons learned over the years that could apply to other progressive social movements.

GOP Calls for 'All Hell Breaking Loose' Over Gay Marriage, Because 'God'

Richard Zombeck | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Richard Zombeck

As the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage bans looms, the right wing has begun their assault on reason and intellect with the standard dire warnings, threats, and fear mongering in the form of corporate boycotts and revolt. As usual, their claims include flagrant misinterpretations of their favorite documents, the Constitution and the Bible.

This Map Shows How Far There Is To Go In LGBT Rights Even After Marriage Equality

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.28.2015 | Gay Voices

A record 60 percent of Americans now favor same-sex marriage rights, according to a new Gallup poll, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)...

The Seismic Shift in Irish Values, and One Reason It Happened

James Peron | Posted 05.24.2015 | Gay Voices
James Peron

The landslide victory for marriage equality in Ireland caught some conservatives off guard. What happened to the staunchly conservative, almost fanatical Catholicism of the Irish people? Paul Valleley, a professor of public ethics at the University of Chester, offered some important suggestions. He lists two major reasons.

As the Wedge Turns: Is a Federal LGBT Civil Rights Act Actually Feasible in the Near Future?

Dana Beyer | Posted 06.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

With the support of the American business community, which is coming to the fore for equality as never before, we might just be able to accomplish what no one has thought possible: a federal LGBT Civil Rights Act produced by a Republican Congress.

Noah Michelson

Think The War For LGBT Equality Is All But Won? Think Again. Here's What You Need To Know Now.

HuffingtonPost.com | Noah Michelson | Posted 04.07.2015 | Gay Voices

The queer rights movement has come a long way over the past 50 years and has seen an especially mind-blowing array of triumphs secured in just the las...

A Spellbinding Week: What Are the Gains and Losses for LGBT Rights, and What Battles Lie Ahead?

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 06.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Yes, be proud of our work this week. But there's so much more to do. Don't think our opponents aren't already regrouping and calibrating their next attack, moving on to other states. We cannot fool ourselves, dazzled by the events, into thinking that because we won a media battle, we have won the war.

Let's Get Some Things Straight About Aaron Schock

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 05.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

The media treated longstanding questions about Schock's sexual orientation and how it relates to his anti-gay voting record differently from questions about his official spending and how it relates to his fiscally conservative positions, holding these kinds of alleged hypocrisy to different standards.

Can A Sandwich Change The Fight For Equality?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 01.21.2015 | Gay Voices

Can a sandwich change the landscape of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality in America? "BLgTUSA" bills itself as the first 50 st...

Luca Steals His Mom's Lipstick: Stories Of Gender-Nonconforming Kids In Italy

HuffPost Italy | Micol Sarfatti | Posted 01.11.2015 | Gay Voices

It’s the little boy who would rather dance than play ball, who prefers dolls over toy cars; the little girl who doesn’t dream about becoming a pri...

Top 10 Moments From a Blockbuster Year for the Freedom to Marry

Evan Wolfson | Posted 02.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Evan Wolfson

2014 was another blockbuster year for the freedom to marry. In January gay couples could marry in 19 states. By December that number had skyrocketed to 35 -- covering two thirds of the American people. The momentum for marriage is off the charts, and the joy and security marriage brings are now shared by millions of gay Americans.

I'm Still Bitter, Bill

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 02.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

I still remember the day you signed DOMA. The anger. The disappointment. The despair. I still remember watching states pass gay-marriage prohibitions quite easily. I cannot forget, and I cannot forgive until there is a proper apology.

When a Real Kansas Marriage Turns Into a Legal One

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg | Posted 01.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Thirteen years after Courtney and Denise vowed to love each other with all their heart and soul for their lifetimes, we're talking about a party, long unimaginable and longer overdue, to celebrate the love of justice and the justice of love.

What I've Learned Since Coming Out

Fred Rosser (aka Darren Young) | Posted 01.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Fred Rosser (aka Darren Young)

I feared being alienated when deciding to come out, but instead I felt welcomed. The overwhelming support from WWE, my fellow WWE Superstars and Divas, and my fans has been fantastic. This positive outpouring has eclipsed any negativity, and I only wish I had known that earlier.

My Uncle Was Gay, and I Want to Tell the World

Brenda Keesal | Posted 12.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Brenda Keesal

It strikes me that he would be pissed and proud that I wrote this post. He may have had a good life, but I mourn the fact that he was never really free. I feel the echo of his frustration and rage, and the ferocity of his commitment and love. I am haunted by him still.

Why Tim Cook's Coming Out Matters

Chris Wood | Posted 12.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Chris Wood

For a company like Apple to stand at the forefront of diversity and equality issues as well as embracing a prominent gay CEO sends a message to businesses that to succeed, you need to embrace diversity and equality. Tim Cook has instantly made himself a role model for countless gay youth who can now point to a successful openly gay businessman and say, "I can do it too."

There's No Place Like Home

Stuart Gaffney | Posted 12.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Stuart Gaffney

Two places where same-sex couples have now married carry particular meaning for us: Milwaukee and Kansas City, our two hometowns. Although we have lived in California for over 30 years, we are still Midwesterners too.

'Will You Pairy Me?'

Domenick Scudera | Posted 12.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Utah State Rep. Kraig Powell (R-Heber City) is proposing innovative legislation in his state: "I have come up with a word we probably can use and see if the courts will accept. ... [T]he same-sex legal relationship between partners is called pairage. The legal relationship between opposite sex partners is called marriage." Mr. Powell is really onto something here.

The Term Homophobia Is Improper

Mark Baer | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
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Mark Baer

Religion aside, I firmly believe that those who argue that homosexuality is a choice do so in order to justify senseless beatings of gays and lesbians, and continued discrimination and mistreatment against them. I also believe without a doubt that it is a choice to be a nasty human being.

Here's Why You Shouldn't Back a Candidate Just Because He's Gay

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 11.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Do you think it's in the best interest of LGBT people to add another GOP seat to the House of Representatives? Whether you're gay or straight, pro- or anti-LGBT, you couldn't answer that question with anything other than a firm "No!"

The Last Lap

Michael LaMasa | Posted 11.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael LaMasa

No matter who you are or how insignificant you may feel, your existence has already done more for this cause than you think. When fatigue sets in, remember that.

Why Does a Straight Woman Care About Same-Sex Marriage?

Meredith Allard | Posted 10.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Meredith Allard

Once we learn to see the stories of LGBT people not as "their" story but as human stories, then we can see that we are interconnected and our struggles are universal. After all, all people have to learn to feel comfortable in their own skin. We all have parts of ourselves that we need to come to terms with and accept, whether we're gay or straight.

When Backing Pro-Gay GOPers Is Actually Something Nefarious

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 10.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Sure, it's great that Paul Singer has helped pass marriage equality in states and raised money for four Republicans who voted for equality with the vast majority of Democrats in New York. But, meanwhile, he is undermining LGBT rights -- and all progressive causes -- by helping opponents of equality win more House races and helping Republicans win control of the Senate.

LGBT Civil Rights and Religious Liberty: The Challenge

Dana Beyer | Posted 10.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Since much homophobia and transphobia is rooted in misogyny, it's clear to me that in order to cleanse our faith-based institution of anti-LGBT bigotry, we're going to have to do a much better job of dealing with the pervasive sexism. That will require a very long-term effort.

Hidden History Helped End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Cindy Abel | Posted 09.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Cindy Abel

Who knows how many stories like this one have gone untold; how many lives were wrecked by policies rooted in pure prejudice, whether they were discharged or in hiding; and how many closeted servicemembers worked from the inside to dismantle, brick by brick, the DADT wall?