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Here's How You Can Help LGBT Survivors Of Prison Rape This Holiday Season

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 12.21.2014 | Gay Voices

"Words of Hope" is a campaign spearheaded by Just Detention International that aims to remind survivors of prison rape that they are not alone or forg...

There's An Awesome New Way You Can Help Raise Awareness About Anal Cancer

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 12.21.2014 | Gay Voices

There's a new way that you can help raise awareness surrounding anal cancer -- and show off your favorite pair of undies in the process. The Nation...

Do We Know Enough About HPV?

Posted 12.20.2014 | Gay Voices

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices, in a partnership with blogger Scout, LGBT HealthLink and researcher Michael G. Bare, brings you a round up of some of t...

Why Won't the FDA Let Me Donate Blood?

Daniel Penchina | Posted 12.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Daniel Penchina

On 9/11, after the towers fell to ash, I headed toward the New York Blood Center. I faced one of the most acute moral quandaries I've yet to confront: Do I lie about my identity to help my fellow brothers and sisters, or do I stay true to myself and know that the Red Cross would, by law, dispose of my blood?

Who Are We to Judge (Uganda)?

Sara Kavemi | Posted 12.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Sara Kavemi

What tests my patience, what troubles me beyond all else, is our propensity for pointing the finger at others while ignoring our own flaws. The truth is that the U.S. is not yet at a point where it can self-righteously condemn others for their intolerance toward LGBT people, at least not with a straight face. Someday we will get there, and we will lead by example. But not today.

Dear Santa

Eric Ulloa | Posted 12.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Eric Ulloa

Dear Santa, This is a little awkward, as we haven't talked in quite in 21 years "awhile."

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.

Sydney Hostage Victim's Partner Breaks His Silence

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 12.19.2014 | Gay Voices

The grieving partner of a gay man killed in the deadly cafe siege in Sydney, Australia is speaking out. As the Associated Press first reported, To...

Meet Bill And Brian's Beautiful Family

Posted 12.19.2014 | Gay Voices

Today’s Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family™” series takes us to the Florida home of two men who met ten years a...

Tim Cook Makes Big Gay Move In His Home State

AP | JAY REEVES | Posted 12.18.2014 | Gay Voices

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Apple chief executive Tim Cook, the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company, is donating money to help fund a gay righ...

Looking for Friends In All the Wrong Places

Josh Sabarra | Posted 12.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Sabarra

Dating websites are for dating, not for finding people who want someone to grab dinner with every now and again or who need a ride to the airport at holiday time. I have those people in my circle, and I'm already not getting flowers and sex from them.

How to Not Be a Bitter Old Queen

Kevin Thornton | Posted 12.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Kevin Thornton

I'm in my 40s; that's about in the middle of life if I'm so lucky. As I look back through time, I sense the 20-year-old version of me back there in the past, judging me. I was cocky then. It's easy to imagine oneself as the winner before the contest has even started.

First Gay Couple To Be Featured On 'A Home For The Holidays' CBS Special

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 12.18.2014 | Gay Voices

Today’s installment is a special addition to the Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family™” weekly series. When I...

Are Bisexual Women More Prone To Substance Abuse?

Posted 12.14.2014 | Gay Voices

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices, in a partnership with blogger Scout, LGBT HealthLink and researcher Michael G. Bare, brings you a round up of some of t...

Mean Gays: What the Gay 'Community' and the North Shore High School Cafeteria Have in Common

Nathan Schaaf | Posted 12.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Schaaf

As I've observed my own behaviors and those of my peers, friends, and acquaintances, I've become increasingly certain that the gay community is no longer a true community at all but a hierarchy of cliques and labels.

Vaginas Aren't Gross. But Here's My Theory About Why Some Gay Men Say They Are.

Kevin Thornton | Posted 12.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Kevin Thornton

Recently a friend expressed how much it bothers her when gay men go on about "how gross vaginas are." She feels it's a betrayal of the unspoken alliance between gay men and straight ladies. I thought about how it bothers me too, but for different reasons.

Is This The World's Craziest Anti-Gay Marriage Protest Yet?

Reuters | Posted 12.15.2014 | Gay Voices

By Emily Le Coz (Reuters) - A Mississippi pastor brought a horse in a wedding dress to stand with him outside a federal courthouse on Fr...

Children Of LGBT Couples Share Their Experiences Growing Up

Posted 12.12.2014 | Gay Voices

This week’s installment the Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family™” series looks at the health and well-being of c...

LOOK: Vanity License Plate Featuring Anti-Gay Slur Sparks Controversy In Alabama

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 12.12.2014 | Gay Voices

A personalized Alabama license plate featuring an anti-gay slur will be recalled by the state after images of it sparked a social media uproar. As...

Why Gay Men Make Great Hosts

Matthew Terrell | Posted 12.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Terrell

As gay men have become more liberated--open about their sexuality and interested in exploring the extents of its expression--they have become increasingly at risk for infection.

Dan Savage On Gay Sex Vs. Straight Sex

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 12.11.2014 | Gay Voices

Outspoken lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocate Dan Savage opens up about straight sex vs. gay sex in a new interview with Pla...

WATCH: Pastor Slams 'Dirty Faggots' As 'Pedophiles' In Shocking Sermon

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 12.11.2014 | Gay Voices

Video footage of another pastor's vehemently anti-gay sermon is going viral after making the blogosphere rounds. As Right Wing Watch first reporte...

Old Dogs & New Tricks: The Oral History of a 'Gay' Web Series (Part 4)

Brad Liberti | Posted 12.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Brad Liberti

"The times when I've had to give up control or not get my way have actually been good for the show," Leon reveals to me during our third conversation.

Is Your Online Persona Killing Your Game?

Nicholas Marlin | Posted 12.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Marlin

In the age of digital dating your online persona can make or break you. With as much as 70 percent of gay couples now meeting online, it's difficult to argue the importance of your online persona. Mountains of revealing personal information is available to any potential love interest with a just few simple keystrokes.

Vatican: Bishops Should Follow Pope's Lead On Caring For Gay And Divorced Catholics

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican set the stage Tuesday for Pope Francis' next church meeting on the family, urging bishops to be guided not just by d...