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Gay Family Acceptance

The Goy of Cooking: How a Drag Queen Saved Passover Seder

Corvette Hunt | Posted 06.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Corvette Hunt

Some of the most glorious stories are of our mistakes, and how we made ourselves better because of them.

I Was Broken, and Matt Bomer Put Me Back Together

Rance Collins | Posted 06.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Rance Collins

I live in Los Angeles, work in the entertainment industry, have watched as 17 states legalized gay marriage, and still, in this day in age, found myself crushed by my family's rejection.

When My Maybe-Gay 8-Year-Old Son Stood Up for His 'Girls' Toy'

Julie Tarney | Posted 06.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

The sound of the doorbell was followed by echoing thumps of a basketball on the wooden floor of our front porch. I put my hand up as a visor against the glaring afternoon sun and recognized Louis, my 8-year-old son Harry's friend from across the street.

A Groom's Tale

LD Thompson | Posted 05.24.2014 | Gay Voices
LD Thompson

On Valentines Day, I married my mate of 26 years. As I looked around and saw the love being given and received, reflected in every face, it was a moment made more poignant by the absence of one face in particular. My only brother had chosen to boycott the event.

My Son Was Six Years Old When I Introduced Him to Liberace, Elvis and Hendrix

Julie Tarney | Posted 04.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

I wanted him to know that the fashion door would open for him; that as boys got older they gained the freedom to wear whatever they wanted. I needed him to know there were men who had defied the notion of sameness and boredom with what they wore. Harry hung on every word.

The Perfect Wedding: Coming to a Church Near You

Suzanne Brockmann | Posted 02.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Suzanne Brockmann

Our movie is a romantic comedy with a hero and a hero. Boy meets boy, boy loses boy, boy wins boy. After over a decade of witnessing sanctioned hatred aimed at my son, I wasn't yet convinced that organized religion and LGBT rights could happily coexist.

Silent Night, Homophobic Night...

Suzanne Brockmann | Posted 02.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Suzanne Brockmann

My mom and dad did something that few people ever do: They walked their talk. They cut ties with their longtime church because they realized that their gay grandson wasn't welcome there. And they set out to find a truly open and affirming church. I knew how hard this was for them.

Dedicated to the One I Love

Suzanne Brockmann | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Suzanne Brockmann

My son Jason was 18 years old, and we were a mess, both crying and laughing as we sat in my office. I'd just written the dedication to my soon-to-be-published book Hot Target, in which I introduced and capital-O-outed Jason to my hundreds of thousands of readers around the world.

Three Beautiful Little Words: The True Meaning of 'Mom, I'm Gay'

Suzanne Brockmann | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Suzanne Brockmann

The subtext -- the wondrous, beautiful subtext -- in that one small sentence can fill pages. The main message is: "Mom, I know who I am, and because I know who I am, I won't spend my life crashing around in despair, hurting myself and others, trying to be something that I can never be."

My Family Doesn't Accept My Sexuality. Should I Cut Them Out?

OWN | Posted 10.02.2013 | OWN

Ravneet is a 26-year-old college student who has been in a same-sex relationship for three years. Originally from Punjab, India, she says her traditio...

(Really Good) Sh*t My Mom Says (About Her Gay Grandson)

Suzanne Brockmann | Posted 11.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Suzanne Brockmann

My 81-year-old mother has been an advocate for equality for as long as I can remember, so when my son Jason first told me that he's gay, I had absolutely no qualms about how my parents would react.

Mourning the Dad Who Died Before He Could Accept His Gay Son

Ryan Buxton | Posted 10.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Ryan Buxton

I always assumed the years of hiding my truth from my dad didn't matter, that once I came out to him we'd have all the time in the world to reconcile our opposing viewpoints. Instead, closure was another thing we didn't get to share.

Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth: Zachary, 18, From Las Vegas (PHOTO)

Diana Scholl | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl

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A Wish for the Bride

Jess Wilson | Posted 09.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Jess Wilson

A friend texted me back in May, "Maybe I should send the [Jason Collins] article to [my fiancée's] dad. He is sickened by us getting married. Yes, he said that." I wish I could call a do-over for her. I wish I could rewrite his words. If I could, they would look something like this.

Just Because He Breathes: Learning to Truly Love Our Gay Son

Linda Robertson | Posted 08.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Linda Robertson

We told our son that he had to choose between Jesus and his sexuality. Choosing God, practically, meant living a lifetime condemned to being alone. So, just before his 18th birthday, Ryan, depressed, suicidal and disillusioned, made a new choice.

A Straight Mom's Pride

Julie Tarney | Posted 08.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

"I just wanted you to know that my son's dry cleaning will include an occasional beaded dress or sequined tube top," I explained. "He's a performer, and those items are definitely his, not a girlfriend's."

From Bullied to Being Myself

Katy Butler | Posted 08.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Katy Butler

I don't know if I could ever raise a family of my own someday that is as loving, caring and encouraging as the family I have right now, but I at least want the freedom to try, and with the examples and support of my parents, my grandma and my sister I think it's a possibility.

A Father's Unexpected Response To His Gay Son's Coming Out

Levi A. Miles | Posted 06.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Levi A. Miles

When my dad left to pick up some dinner, my mom, whom I've been out to for almost two years, said, "Your father saw your Facebook status when I left my Facebook up. The cat's out of the bag." You see, I hadn't told him.

Accept And Tolerate My Gay Kid? That's Not Good Enough

Amelia | Posted 06.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Amelia

With politicians there is a lot talk of "acceptance" and "tolerance" when it comes to homosexuality. I accept the fact that I have to pay taxes. I tolerate the fact that I have to go to the dentist. Why should either of those words apply to how a parent feels about their child?

My Family Broke Up With Me

Sabrina Jalees | Posted 03.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Sabrina Jalees

Over the holidays I gifted my Muslim relatives with the truth: I'm gay, I'm married, I'm happy. It landed in 28 inboxes three weeks ago and has received a grand total of zero replies. I can only assume that they're too busy celebrating.

A Mother’s Final Gift

Jon Derek Croteau, Ed.D. | Posted 03.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Jon Derek Croteau, Ed.D.

At first I'd thought my mom died on my birthday to bring my father and me together. Since then I've realized that her gift was an opportunity to finally find the fortitude and the wisdom to do what she never could. So I left him behind. And that's where he remains: behind me.

An Open Letter To My Republican-Voting Family

Antony Merkel | Posted 01.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Antony Merkel

I'm not asking for anything. I'm not asking for you to change your political affiliation, or become card-carrying members of PFLAG. I'm not asking you to change the way you act around me, or what you say, or how you feel. All I want, all I ever wanted, is for you to know how I feel.

Saving LGBTQ Lives One Note At A Time

Patrick Wallace | Posted 12.26.2012 | Gay Voices
Patrick Wallace

We wanted to create an easy way for the LGBTQ community and their parents, family and friends to express their unconditional love for one another. By doing so, we've built a concrete reminder that there's a lot of love in people's hearts just waiting to be shared.