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On My 50th Birthday, a Letter to Myself at 17

David Munk | Posted 11.16.2014 | Gay Voices
David Munk

I see you at 17 -- feathered hair, parachute pants, asymmetrical smile. You have just graduated from high school. Despite your outward ebullience, I see that, beneath the jocular façade, you are so very sad. Of this you are (mostly) unaware.

#NOH8Ball4All

J. Patrick Redmond | Posted 10.27.2014 | Gay Voices
J. Patrick Redmond

Recently, in the small southern Indiana town of Vincennes a local committee comprised of high school parents and students voted 13-9 to maintain a decade long policy requiring "traditional couples only" for their "private, invitation only" New Years Eve Ball.

How Should LGBT Teens Navigate Sleepovers?

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.22.2014 | Gay Voices

Kristin Olson and her daughter Lucy joined HuffPost Live this week for a frank discussion on sleepover protocol for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transge...

Here's How Ridiculous It Would Look If Teens Had To 'Come Out' As Being Smart

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 10.20.2014 | Teen

"Mom, Dad. Um, I have something to tell you and I don't know how to say this. I'm... smart." So says the teen protagonist in the hilarious viral v...

Coming Out Was One Of The Hardest Things I've Done -- But I Don't Regret It

Nasir Fleming | Posted 11.24.2014 | Teen
Nasir Fleming

Coming out was one of the hardest tasks of my life. Although it has its ups-and-downs, I do not regret being open and honest with myself.

Dispute Over Decency

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 11.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Religious radicals are marketers of mistreatment, and it's time to call them on it. It is amazing what indecent things some people say and do in the name of decency.

The Time I Outed Myself on AIM

Shawn Binder | Posted 11.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Shawn Binder

At the time, I thought these incidents would ruin my life. I thought they would completely destroy my relationships with friends and family and that I would be cast out. When you're in high school the mistake of divulging information to the wrong person can seem disastrous.

LGBT Youths With Unsupportive Parents Sound Off Anonymously

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 07.27.2014 | Gay Voices

With marriage equality expanding internationally and more U.S. states approving anti-discrimination legislation, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transg...

WATCH: A Tale Of Two Gay Teens With Vastly Different Journeys

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 07.02.2014 | Gay Voices

A groundbreaking new documentary will take an in-depth look at two adolescent boys who identify as gay from a young age and the vastly different journ...

I'm Using My Prom Queen Title To Take A Stance Against Transphobia

Nasir Fleming | Posted 08.31.2014 | Teen
Nasir Fleming

As youth, we learn from our elders; and if our elders are bigoted, anti­-women, anti-­LGBTQ, anti­-immigrant, anti-anything equality ­based, brutes who harass others with their religiosity, they'll only send messages to the youth that bigotry is tolerable.

Suspect In Shooting Of Lesbian Teen Couple Arrested

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.24.2014 | Gay Voices

A suspect in a Texas double shooting that left one lesbian teen dead has been arrested. NBC News is reporting that David Malcolm Strickland faces ...

First I Was Fondled by a Daddy

Matthew Terrell | Posted 08.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Terrell

I fondly remember the first man to ever touch my genitals, even though the experience is a scar on my memory.

Looking Back: Jane Lynch and Playing Gay in The Wizard of Oz

Rick R. Reed | Posted 08.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Rick R. Reed

Thanks to Jane Lynch and the open lesbian character she played when she was a freshman, I too can look back at that thespian moment in my life and see it for what it was: an unconscious moment of coming out.

Gay Connecticut Student Nabs School's Prom Queen Title

AP | Posted 05.29.2014 | Gay Voices

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — A 17-year-old boy has been named prom queen at his high school and says he's making a point about gender labeling and discrimi...

WATCH: Gay Teen Uses Prom Queen Title To Highlight Transphobia

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.27.2014 | Gay Voices

A gay Connecticut teen made local history after being named Prom Queen, calling his surprise victory a statement against transphobia. White Plains...

Great News For Teen Whose Yearbook Photo Was Axed Because She Wore A Tuxedo

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.22.2014 | Gay Voices

Officials at a San Francisco Catholic school have formally apologized after axing a teen's photo from the 2014 yearbook because she wore a tuxedo inst...

Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth: Trent, 16, From Lincoln, Nebraska (PHOTO)

Diana Scholl | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl

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LOOK: Parents Fear For Son's Safety After Their Home Is Allegedly Vandalized With Anti-Gay Graffiti

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.03.2014 | Gay Voices

The parents of an openly gay Michigan teen say their home was targeted by bullies, who allegedly spray painted a homophobic slur outside of their son'...

Can You Ever Really Forgive A Bully?

Posted 04.11.2014 | Gay Voices

By Lisa Keating | The Next Family Early this week, I challenged another writer, Tony Posnanski, on his notion that bullies are weak-minded and unab...

A Letter to My 16-Year-Old Self

Greg Louganis | Posted 05.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Greg Louganis

You will understand those confusing feelings you are having about "who you love" or fall in love with. It is your nature to love, and it is just who you are that you love a man. It is OK. You will survive your suicide attempt, and something glorious will happen.

AWESOME: Gay Teen Achieves Eagle Scout Milestone

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 02.11.2014 | Gay Voices

CHEVY CHASE, Md. (AP) — Change is coming quickly to the Boy Scouts of America after years of turmoil and debate over its membership policy, with an ...

Teen's Driveway Vandalized With Horrific Anti-Gay Message After He Comes Out

Posted 03.25.2014 | Gay Voices

Just days after a Minnesota teen claimed to have received death threats after coming out on social media, another student in the same school district ...

An Unlikely Target Of Russia's 'Gay Propaganda' Law?

Agence France Presse | Marina Koreneva | Posted 04.07.2014 | Gay Voices

The founder of a Russian website set up to support gay, lesbian and transgender teenagers said Wednesday she had been charged under a controversial la...

WATCH: Teen Allegedly Targeted By Death Threats In Class After Coming Out On Facebook

Posted 03.05.2014 | Gay Voices

A Minnesota teen says he received two anonymous letters which contained death threats in class after coming out on Facebook. Ryan Eichenauer, who ...

A Heartfelt Message For Troubled Teens Set Amidst The Glitter Of Broadway

Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Curtis M. Wong

A budding thespian makes the Broadway leap in Tim Federle's Five, Six Seven, Nate!, but even those whose dreams don't involve sequins, spotlights or Sondheim should appreciate this book's heartfelt and nuanced message about adolescent self-acceptance.