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First Came Love, Then -- With the Law on Our Side -- Came Marriage

Meg Stone | Posted 07.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Meg Stone

My grandmother went into hospice the day the Supreme Court heard arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges. She died the next day, surrounded by people she loved. In her mind, we were married in 2004, and all the civil rights victories that followed didn't seem to phase her. But I can't help thinking about the grandmothers in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Here's What Happens When 50 Men Give Their Reaction To The Word 'Gay'

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 07.04.2015 | Gay Voices

How do men respond to the word "gay" in 2015? A new video from Cut Video brings together 50 men ranging in age from 10 to 50-years-old for an exper...

Two Gay Fathers Open Up About How They Created Their Destined-To-Be Family

Posted 07.03.2015 | Gay Voices

As they say, everything’s bigger in Texas! In today’s Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family™” series installment...

UndocuQueers: How the LGBT and Immigrant Rights Movement Progress Together

Ryan Campbell | Posted 07.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Ryan Campbell

In the end, this is a group of people who have been slandered ruthlessly, kicked to the bottom of many arbitrary, nonsensical social pecking orders that any bully feeds off of. This is as true of the bully in the sandbox as it is the bully in Congress or State Assembly.

Fighting San Francisco's Hidden Inequality: The Distribution of HIV/AIDS Resources

Michael Tomlin-Crutchfield | Posted 07.02.2015 | Black Voices
Michael Tomlin-Crutchfield

One day I hope to see more programs like those that have made San Francisco a success in the fight against HIV/AIDS go beyond the city's borders and provide hope for those who need it most -- not just those wealthy enough to reside in the city limits.

Still Against Gay Marriage? Read This!

Steve Siebold | Posted 07.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Steve Siebold

To all my LGBT friends and Americans, this is your time. Congratulations! The bullies and bigots will kick and scream like the small minded manipulators they are, but it hasn't been enough to prevent Americans from doing the right thing.

BLgT USA's Latest Pit Stop On Its LGBTQ Equality Tour Is The South

Posted 07.01.2015 | Gay Voices

Note: The following is the fifth post in a series of posts from GET//OUT regarding its BLgT USA 50-state food equality tour. Each week, we'll be shari...

The Top 10 Reasons the Gay Community Is So Competitive

Barrett Pall | Posted 06.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Barrett Pall

Since coming out, what has boggled my mind is that there seems to be some sort of hierarchy within the gay community, or at least a never-ending amount of cliques -- you know, those things that existed in high school. And it is here that we find why we are so competitive as a community.

This Dad Just Biked 545 Miles For His Gay Son

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 07.01.2015 | Gay Voices

Despite a celebratory weekend for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) commmunity, one dad's sobering story is reminding us how far we st...

Pride = Equality... Again, Finally

Jim Joseph | Posted 06.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Jim Joseph

The headline on The New York Times read, "Equal Dignity." The White House was lit up in rainbow colors. My Facebook feed became a massive celebration of love, friendship, and sheer joy as people of all flavors added rainbow flags to their profile pics.

A Year Out Of The Closet

Aaron P. Skiles | Posted 06.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Aaron P. Skiles

This one-year anniversary of my coming out represents me standing firmly for who I am, despite all the family I have lost. It is hard to celebrate when this date will always be a day I remember as the day I said goodbye to my childhood home and every physical reminder of my past life.

6 Tips For A Successful Medical Appointment For LGBT People

Posted 06.29.2015 | Gay Voices

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices, in a partnership with blogger Scout, LGBT HealthLink and researcher Susana Fajardo, brings you a round up of some of th...

Demeaning Democracy at the Supreme Court

Anthony C. Infanti | Posted 06.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Anthony C. Infanti

Much of the focus now is rightly on celebrating this important victory. But it is worth pausing to consider what the dissenting Supreme Court justices had to say Friday because it presages what we can expect in the coming LGBT rights battles -- battles that will not be for marriage equality but for equality, period.

Why Should We Support Same Sex Marriage?

Marta Ibarrondo | Posted 06.28.2015 | Comedy
Marta Ibarrondo

Why should we support same-sex marriage?

Why Is Coming Out Of The Closet Not An Issue Anymore?

Marta Ibarrondo | Posted 06.28.2015 | Comedy
Marta Ibarrondo

Why is coming out of the closet not an issue anymore?

This Is What It's Like To Be Gay In Iran

Posted 06.27.2015 | Gay Voices

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices and HuffPost Live takes a look back at some of the biggest queer news stories from the past week. Check back every Frida...

It's A Great Day to Be Gay

Meredith Masony | Posted 06.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Meredith Masony

I have been married for 12 years. When I announced my engagement 13 years ago to family and friends, I received love and excitement from almost everyone. It was a normal engagement and very exciting time for my future husband and I.

Beyond Sex: What Is Gay?

James Owens | Posted 06.26.2015 | Gay Voices
James Owens

Defining and embracing a true gay culture, which goes well beyond sexuality, is the next stage. We see organizations like gay softball leagues, gay choirs, and gay running clubs. They are institutions meant to build strength and support between one another because we do share so much in common and we understand what it took to become who we are more than anyone else.

This Is The Incredible Story Of A Trans Woman And Her Wife Adopting A Trans Teen

Posted 06.26.2015 | Gay Voices

If there was ever a couple who truly Let Love Define Family, it's Lauryn and Kerry Farris of San Antonio, Texas. Married as a cisgender straight coupl...

LGBT Teens Find Sanctuary in Foster Care

LD Thompson | Posted 06.25.2015 | Gay Voices
LD Thompson

We have taken on a Master Class of sorts, how to start a non-profit organization and build from the ground up a home that heals the hearts and troubled souls of our young. Please join us in our endeavor. These kids are worth the investment. And we can guarantee a high rate of return.

Every Person and Every Brand Can Change the World

Jim Joseph | Posted 06.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Jim Joseph

In his interview with Diane Sawyer, Bruce Jenner confidently said, "We are going to change the world." Every brand, every business, every person should be thinking the same way.

A Look Back At 150 Years Of Gay History In Germany

AP | GEIR MOULSON | Posted 06.24.2015 | Gay Voices

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's main national history museum on Wednesday launched an exhibition tracing 150 years of gay history in the country, including ...

Legalize Gay, Just Don't Be It!

Jeremy Markman | Posted 06.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Jeremy Markman

Despite the fact that things have gotten so much easier for LGBT people in this country, especially in N.Y.C., there still lingers a dark veil of internalized homophobia that keeps gay men apart and prevents them from experiencing rich, intimate, long-term connections.

The First Ever 50-State Food Tour For LGBT Equality Hits The Midwest

Posted 06.23.2015 | Gay Voices

Note: The following is the fifth post in a series of posts from GET//OUT regarding its BLgT USA 50-state food equality tour. Each week, we'll be shari...

Great News For Children Of Same-Sex Parents

Reuters | By Shelby Sebens | Posted 06.24.2015 | Gay Voices

By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Scientists agree that children raised by same-sex couples are no worse off than children rai...