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

Evan Wolfson | Posted 12.19.2014 | 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 12.10.2014 | 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 11.17.2014 | 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 11.03.2014 | 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 10.31.2014 | 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 10.30.2014 | 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?

An Open Letter to Former NFL Coach Tony Dungy

Anthony Nicodemo | Posted 09.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Anthony Nicodemo

Yesterday I came across your comments regarding Michael Sam and how you would not have drafted him because you "wouldn't want to deal with all of it." Why would you not want your players to be themselves?

Dear Oklahoma

Dillon Peña | Posted 09.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Dillon Peña

I am elated that the Federal Courts are forcefully dragging you kicking and screaming into the 21st century. I know leadership in your state might, or might not, agree with this ruling, and the truth is, at one point my grandma's didn't either. But they came around.

ENDA: The Nightmare Scenario in Which GOPers Push a Bad Bill That Gay Groups Dropped

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 09.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Believe it or not, right now some Republicans are working feverishly to get support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the GOP and try to pass it in the House in this session, with the dangerous religious exemption that caused LGBT groups to withdraw support. The irony here is off the charts.

From a Child of a Gay Dad: Who Cares If Gays and Lesbians Make Better Parents?

Travis Knoll | Posted 09.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Travis Knoll

Last week a new study reported that children raised by same-sex couples fare even better than those raised in normal biological families. Despite these positive conclusions, the study hurts the gay community by shifting the debate from one of inalienable rights to one of rights based on equal or superior performance.

President Obama: Our Future, Your Legacy

Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez | Posted 08.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez

President Obama has the opportunity to solidify his legacy by creating a clear vision for full federal LGBTQ equality. LGBTQ people in too many places in the United States live under the overwhelming weight of oppression.

A Year After Windsor: Progress and Pitfalls for Gay Rights

Matt Foreman | Posted 08.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Foreman

The good news of the past year has been accompanied by a number of disturbing developments. One is the fact that it is still perfectly legal in the majority of U.S. states to fire people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) or to deny them housing or a loan, simply because they are LGBT.

Moving Forward on Marriage: Reflections on the Third Anniversary of New York Marriage Equality

Daniel O'Donnell | Posted 08.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Daniel O'Donnell

On the third anniversary of New York's landmark law, it is clear that the arc of history has bent toward recognizing and legalizing loving, committed relationships between couples, regardless of their sex. But there is much more to be done. How can we best change the hearts and minds of those most violently opposed to our equal rights?

What the Bible Says About Gay Rights

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 08.19.2014 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

In my reading of scripture, God simply does not have a lot to say on the specific topic of marriage. Marriage in the Bible is just a part of the stories, not the moral of them, and it was a completely different institution from our modern images of just, loving, equal romantic relationships.

International LGBT Rights: The Canaries in the Mine Shaft

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 08.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I have long thought that LGBT can be seen as the proverbial "canary in the mine shaft," since in places where individuals, institutions, and entire societies marginalize, commit violence against, and deny basic human rights to LGBT people, other social groups face similar adverse treatment as well.

Shame on You, Basic Rights Oregon

James Owens | Posted 08.16.2014 | Gay Voices
James Owens

I ran for a legislative seat here in Oregon and lost. But during the endorsement process I gained an interesting insight into politics: In the eyes of most LGBT groups, regardless of whether you're an avid supporter of LGBT rights, an "R" by your name is a scarlet letter.