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Gay Pride 2013

USA's Characters Unite Campaign and CB2 Join Forces to Celebrate Pride

Toby Graff | Posted 08.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Toby Graff

We know that signs and parties in stores, and commercials on television, will not end hate and discrimination. We recognize that real and lasting progress takes years, not months. But by supporting GLSEN's work, we can help ensure safe schools and communities for many more students.

America Is Almost OK With the Gays, but When Will It Be Cool With People Like Me?

Samia Mounts | Posted 08.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Samia Mounts

You could say I'm a gender-bent pansexual polyamorist. Not gay, straight, or bi but something else altogether. My best relationships are with people who are like me: queer and highly sexual, with an appreciation and respect for all the gray areas that human sexuality has to offer.

More Gay Pride! More Gay Friction!

Michael Carosone | Posted 08.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

It is that time of year again: June, when we celebrate gay pride. It is also that time of year when the gay media ask the stupid, meaningless questio...

What's the Point of Pride Marches?

Charlene Obernauer | Posted 08.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Charlene Obernauer

Pride parades, or "gay liberation protests," as they were first called, have been critical to bringing about LGBT rights all over the world. But we've abandoned their initial purpose as a call for equality. We owe it to ourselves, and to our history, to call upon our rich activist traditions.

An Intergenerational Exchange: Two Black Perspectives on Celebrating Pride

Robert West | Posted 08.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Robert West

Of course, the events that are celebrations will receive the greatest visibility, especially if they seem to reinforce the public's notions of who we are, but there are deeper sentiments that need to be expressed about Pride and what it means to us.

17 LGBT Political Moments That Made Us Proud This Year

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 06.18.2013 | Gay Voices

Happy Pride Month! In honor of the occasion, we're taking a look at some of the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) political momen...

To Show Real Gay Pride, How About Reframing Safe Sex as What Proud, Healthy Gay Men Naturally Do?

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 08.17.2013 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

When we have new generations who didn't watch their friends die horrific deaths from AIDS now dismissing condom use as "political correctness," and serious writers claiming that "hedonism" is what drives reckless sexual behavior, it's time for a reality check.

The Meaning of Pride

Eunbyul Lee | Posted 08.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Eunbyul Lee

Recently, one of my close straight friends messaged me excitedly on Facebook: "I can't wait for NYC Pride! I'm gonna meet sooo many gay guys and make them my BFF." There were so many things wrong with that statement that I had to pause and stop myself from cussing her out.

The Gay Pride PSA That Will Never Air (VIDEO)

Mark S. King | Posted 08.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark S. King

The video is really a reminder that Gay Pride isn't simply about drink tickets, covers charges, and body image. As a matter of fact, for many in our LGBT family, the party atmosphere is downright life-threatening.

What a Riot: Taking Pride in Our Past (PHOTOS)

Jamie Scot | Posted 08.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Jamie Scot

In honor of LGBT Pride Month, we wanted to take a little walk down LGBT history lane to explore the origins of Pride, and take a closer look at those electrifying evenings in June when the LGBT community decided to stop hiding and start fighting.

If Only We Could Celebrate 'Purple Day'

Kim Corsaro | Posted 08.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Kim Corsaro

This is the time of year when I wish my favorite fantasy would come to life. What if, for one day only, everyone on Earth who'd ever slept with a same-sex partner, or wished they had, turned purple? Just for a day, we'd get to see what is really going on for most of the world out there.

'Show The Love' Series Documents Children Of Same-Sex Parents

Posted 06.13.2013 | Gay Voices

This beautiful photo series comes to HuffPost Gay Voices courtesy of the Family Equality Council (FEC) and COLAGE in honor of Pride Month 2013. Steve ...

Coping With the Consumer Side of Pride

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 08.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Mitch Kellaway

My internal dialogue: "Why are these companies trying to sell me their merchandise in my space? Why should we consider it a victory that we've become another niche market to sell to? This day isn't about them, no matter how hard they try to make it so."

LOOK: Nike Goes Gay For New Clothing And Shoe Line

Posted 06.12.2013 | Gay Voices

Nike is getting into the LGBT Pride Month spirit in a very big way -- with the expansion of its all-new, gay-friendly shoe and clothing line. Acco...

Stonewall and Gay Pride: Echoes From 1969

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 08.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Gregory G. Allen

As a 44-year-old man born in 1969, I can only imagine what it was like for those who were in New York City during the Stonewall riots that year. This is why it is wonderful to be able to talk to someone who witnessed it firsthand: Donald Reidlinger, who was a teen during the summer of '69.

Pink Rainbow

Tom Bartolomei | Posted 08.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Tom Bartolomei

This past weekend, three members of the Columbus, Ohio, LGBT community were attacked. To show these cowardly attackers that we stand together, a movement has been started to wear pink on Friday, because one of the victims was wearing pink when the attack occurred.

I Was a Gay Stereotype on a Gay Float in a Gay Pride Parade (PHOTO)

Domenick Scudera | Posted 08.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

When I was a kid, being a "homo" was shameful, and outwardly expressing pride in gay sexuality was unthinkable. The worst sin as a boy was to act like a girl. But on this gay pride day, I was a gay stereotype in rainbow drag, being as feminine as can be and having the time of my life.

Pride Parades: More Than Just a Party

Shane Bitney Crone | Posted 08.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Shane Bitney Crone

Admittedly, I used to be uncomfortable with Pride parades, and even just Pride in general. My own impressions of these events came from stereotypical images shown throughout mainstream media: pictures of half-naked individuals and extravagant drag queens.

The 8 People You'll Encounter at Chicago's Pride Parade

Terrence Chappell | Posted 08.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Terrence Chappell

Regardless of your sexuality, the Pride parade is a time to toast to being you. A colorful celebration decorated with personality, passion, and countl...

On Being Proud

Jason Guberman | Posted 08.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Jason Guberman

There's something about Pride that never fully resonated with me, but now that I'm in a certain place in my life and a father, my pride is much subtler, but much more powerful than I ever could have expected.

Weeklings!: Why You Should Go to LA Pride (VIDEO)

Louis Virtel | Posted 08.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Louis Virtel

How many parades do you honestly see? Not that many, right? C'mon. Get out of the house, put on yer old Keith Haring poster shirt, and watch the floats twinkle by. I'll be there reciting monologues from Lady Windermere's Fan in full Oscar Wilde regalia.

FAQs About God, Jesus, the Bible and Gay People

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 08.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

Here's the 2013 version of my annual update to "Frequently Asked Questions About God, Jesus, the Bible and Gay People," offered in hopes that together we truly can be the change we want to see in the world, and in rebuttal to the rabid rhetoric of the anti-gay religious right.

Black Pride: Distinct and Emblematic

Irene Monroe | Posted 08.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

Mainstream Prides have themes focused on marriage equality for the larger community, whereas Prides organized by and for LGBTQ people of African descent have focused not only on HIV/AIDS but also unemployment, housing, gang violence, and LGBTQ youth homelessness.

Feeling Proud, Showing Love

Steve Majors | Posted 08.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Steve Majors

Being a parent who is LGBT has pushed all my identities out of the closet. If I want my kids to be proud of their family -- two dads, one Catholic, one Jewish, both gay -- then I realized I had to rid myself of any shame or embarrassment I felt about my own family.

Pride's Mix of Protest and Revelry

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 08.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

We not only have a right to celebrate small advances; we need to celebrate them and give one another encouragement. But yes, we also need to express our legitimate anger and frustration.