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Gay Rights in the South

I'm a Queer Kentuckian and My State Representative Doesn't Care About Me

Alex Cheser | Posted 03.09.2016 | Queer Voices
Alex Cheser

I wanted to be heartfelt, nonpartisan, and as open as I could possibly be to my Republican, pro-life, NRA-approved, "family values" espousing state representative Kim King. This is what I sent her.

Help Build a Home for Homeless LGBTQ Youth in Arkansas!

Penelope Poppers | Posted 02.17.2016 | Impact
Penelope Poppers

You're probably familiar with the plight of LGBTQ youth homeless in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco, but this problem exists in small to mid-sized cities and towns across the country. LGBTQ youth and young adults are sleeping on the streets in every city in America. Every single city. Even in Little Rock, a city you may have never heard of.

Gay and Grateful: On the Crooked Path to Crooked Letter i

Dorothy Allison | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dorothy Allison

When I was 20, away at college full of hope and terror, I confronted the fact that if I revealed too much about my real life, my stepfather's sexual and physical abuse, or my deep attraction to other young women, I could lose the life I was trying to build.

Gay in Alabama

Ian Oriol | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Ian Oriol

For a while after I came out, everything was OK. The bullies couldn't call me gay as an insult, because I was gay, and I was finally opening up. But I discovered that the moment I stopped acting straight is when people began getting uncomfortable. Once I stopped acting the way they wanted, they stopped treating me the way I wanted.

Lila Shapiro

Alabama's Openly Gay Lawmaker Discusses Reelection, GOP Colleagues And Why She'd Never Leave Her State

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

This winter hasn't been a great one for LGBT rights in the South. Even as public opinion continues to shift toward marriage equality, and as courts ar...

Lila Shapiro

Lesbian Teen Brings Shocking Claims That Teachers Harassed, Bullied Her

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

On her first day at Magnolia Junior High in 2011, Destin Holmes remembers hearing whispers among other students asking if "it" was a boy or a girl. Ac...

Lila Shapiro

They're Not All Chick-fil-A: Southern Companies Evolving On Gay Rights

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

In the early 90s, Southern restaurant chain Cracker Barrel drew criticism from gay-rights activists for firing openly gay employees under a policy tha...

Lila Shapiro

How An 'Anti-Gay' Mississippi Town Stopped A Gay Bar From Opening

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Last spring, Pat "PJ" Newton applied for a local business license to open a bar and cafe in Shannon, Miss., two hours away from her Memphis, Tenn., ho...

Lila Shapiro

State Denying Same-Sex Couple's Name Change Could Be Just 'Tip Of The Iceberg'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

When Danielle McCollum and Shakira Tucker decided to get married in Boston this summer, the women had low expectations of how their home state of Geor...

Lila Shapiro

Lawsuit Alleges Mississippi Town Repeatedly, Unconstitutionally, Refused Gay Business Licenses

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

SHANNON, Miss. -- For years after O'Hara's bar closed, old customers and friends would implore Pat "PJ" Newton to reopen. There were no other gay esta...

Lila Shapiro

Openly Gay Deep South Lawmaker Sees Uphill But Winnable Fight

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Alabama state Rep. Patricia Todd said she knows that same-sex marriage isn't around the corner in her Deep South state, but believes there are other g...