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Gays For Trump: How The Log Cabin Republicans Were Deluded By A Demagogue

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

The idea that any LGBT people could support Trump while he demagogues other minorities is not just sad; it's repellant. But the Log Cabin Republicans' thinking that he'd actually be "good for the gays" was also just plain deluded.

How Indiana, Incredibly, Is on the Road Again to Passing Discriminatory Anti-LGBT Laws

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Business leaders have got to know that, ultimately, if Pence wins by promoting homophobic laws, it's a long-term loss for them.

How an Early Endorsement From Largest LGBT Group May Reveal Hillary Clinton's Worst Fears

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

This week the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT group, endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. It was a bit of a shocker not because HRC endorsed a Democrat but that it occurred before even one vote has been cast in the Democratic primaries.

How Ted Cruz Might Actually Support 'New York Values' and Gay Marriage More Than He Lets On

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

What's been less noted is how the religious right, another force behind Cruz, would have responded if it knew at the time that Cruz was taking a loan from a company that had helped make marriage equality a reality.

Why "We All Knew!" Actually Means Nothing When Someone Comes Out

JD Stewart | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
JD Stewart

Being gay isn't about your friends telling you they already knew. It's the journey and realization that you get to on your own -- and if some others figure it out before you, then good for them.

Here's Why It's Important That Kim Davis Was At The State Of The Union

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Much of the president's speech was about the forces of abject bigotry on the current political stage and how we can't underestimate them. Kim Davis's presence in the chamber served to underscore his warning.

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore: Laws Are Superseded By God

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

The chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy Moore, is once again trying to ban marriages for gays and lesbians in his state, handing down an order directing probate judges to stop issuing licenses.

Refrocked and Ready: Franklyn Schaefer, LGBTQ Faith Hero

Suzanne DeWitt Hall | Posted 12.21.2015 | Religion
Suzanne DeWitt Hall

This is the second entry in the LGBTQ Faith Heroes series. In 2013 Methodist Pastor Frank Schaeffer was removed from ministry for performing his g...

Beyond Marriage: Equality May Change Your Financial Future Too

David Rae | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
David Rae

No matter what, the numbers don't lie, legal recognition of our relationships is paramount to having a healthy financial life now and a truly secure and happy retirement later.

Dear Media: Stop Using the Term 'Radicalized' Unless You Apply It to White Christian Extremists, Too

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

The double standard can't be more jarring: For days television networks and media outlets have been parroting the FBI in telling us how the San Bernadino shooters were "radicalized" at this or that time, or speculating on their "radicalization" and how it occurred.

Tax Words to the Wise for LGBT Couples at Year's End

David Rae | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
David Rae

Whether you've been together for years or decades (or 10 minutes), 2015 taxes will be the first time many LGBT couples will be filing jointly on their federal and state returns because -- cue the trumpets -- we're married now.

How These Gay and Bisexual Members of Congress Sold Out Desperate LGBT Syrian Refugees

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Equality should be the standard for anyone in the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus. And Polis, Sinema and Maloney failed miserably at meeting that standard.

Charlie Sheen, HIV Stigma and Why the Media Panic Is Ugly

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

The breathless, lurid speculation for weeks until Charlie Sheen stated in an interview today that he is HIV-positive -- and his revelation that he spent millions of dollars to keep the news quiet, extorted by several individuals -- proves just how far we have to go in talking about HIV and in battling the stigma surrounding it.

Why Is the Media Ignoring Ted Cruz's Embrace of 'Kill the Gays' Pastor?

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

It's 2015 and much of the media seem to accept, still, that LGBT people can be talked about this way at an event attended by presidential candidates and that it's not news.

How Houston Was Lost: Prop 8 Redux as LGBT Rights Are Put on the Ballot

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

LGBT rights were clobbered, hammered, devastated in the city of Houston by voters, as the Houston Equal Right Ordinance (HERO) was repealed.

Dear Ben Carson: Actually, You Are a 'Homophobe' If You're Opposed to Marriage Equality Now

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

If you're opposed to something that is now a right of every American and has been proven in court -- in the federal trial over California's Proposition 8 -- to harm no one, including children, then you do have an irrational fear of homosexuality.

Mr. Smith Goes to Uganda: International Mr. Leather's Worldwide Mission for Equality

Jed Ryan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jed Ryan

For many people, Leathermen are seen as the epitome of classic masculinity and overt, unapologetic sexuality. Arguably the most visible member of the worldwide Leather community, Patrick Smith is clearly not content to be solely a sex symbol or a nightlife presence.

How Hillary Clinton's and Bernie Sanders' DOMA Revisionism Harms LGBT Rights

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

What Sanders exposed is a simple truth: Clinton, in an interview on Rachel Maddow last week, revised the history of her husband and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Sorry Joe Biden, But the Republicans ARE Our Enemies

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

It's a strategy that is not only unsuccessful with this extreme GOP, but it's an insult to those of us who have been viciously targeted by the GOP, whether we be women, LGBT, people of color or working people trying to make a decent wage.

The Democratic Debate Proved That on LGBT Equality -- and All Issues -- Pressure and Protest Works

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

The debate highlighted just how important it is to pressure candidates to focus on the issues progressives care about. That was evident when Hillary Clinton, in her opening remarks, was the only candidate to focus on the battles ahead over full equality for LGBT people.

How the Outrage Over the Pope's Kim Davis Meeting May Have Paid Off in a Big Way

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

The pope, according to the Vatican's clarification, knew little of the particulars of her story. It appears it was not a private meeting to endorse her. A Vatican spokesman even described it as not "a real audience" -- quite an insult to Davis -- unlike some of the pope's other meetings.

How Pope Francis Undermined the Goodwill of His Trip and Proved to Be a Coward

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

After first refusing to confirm or deny it, the Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis met with the Kentucky clerk Kim Davis at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, where Davis's attorney -- who made the news public after the pope's trip ended -- said Francis told her to "stay strong." We don't yet know all the details of how the meeting came to pass, but the optics of it are bad no matter what. This simple encounter completely undermines all the goodwill the pope created in downplaying "the gay issue" on his U.S. trip. The pope played us for fools, trying to have it both ways. He's an artful politician, telling different audiences what they want to hear on homosexuality.

What Pope Francis Really Said About (Gay) Marriage -- and What He Did Not

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

The United States this past June did something that the Catholic Church and the Vatican have for years railed against: granted marriage equality to its gay and lesbian citizens. Yet, Pope Francis had nothing to say about it. Not then and not now.

Why Asking Is Not 'Outing' In 2015

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

We claim we want to be treated equally as gay people, but then, in 2015, with much more acceptance in the culture, we still ask for special treatment of gay and bisexual public figures while every aspect of the sex lives of heterosexual public figures is dissected every day. We can't have it both ways any longer.

All You Need To Know About GOP Anti-Gay Bigotry For 2016

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

From immigration to foreign policy, the GOP, via its field of presidential candidates, has shown it is as extreme as ever. And, no matter the pundits' claims or the hopes of some gay activists, that holds true on LGBT rights as well.