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

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 11.25.2015 | Gay 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 11.17.2015 | Gay 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 11.13.2015 | Gay 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 11.05.2015 | Gay 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were clobbered, hammered, devastated in the city of Houston by voters, as the Houston Equal Right Ordinance (HERO) was repealed.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 10.29.2015 | Gay 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 10.26.2015 | Gay 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 10.27.2015 | Gay 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 10.22.2015 | Gay 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 10.14.2015 | Gay 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 10.02.2015 | Gay 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 10.01.2015 | Gay 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 09.25.2015 | Gay 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 09.22.2015 | Gay 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 09.17.2015 | Gay 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.

Why Bernie Sanders Must Start Touting His Stellar LGBT Rights Record

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 09.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Sanders should learn from what happened with Black Lives Matter. A candidate can't rely on people knowing what he's done in the past and needs to both speak about that past record and about what he's going to do right now.

How Kim Davis' Defenders Are Sounding Increasingly Absurd and Desperate

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 09.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Anderson writes that Kim Davis didn't need to go to jail if only we'd made "accommodations" for state employees like her in the way that he says North Carolina did earlier this year by passing a law shielding those employees. And he holds that problematic law up as a model.

How A Kentucky Clerk Became An Ultimate Symbol Of Bigotry

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 08.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Davis is going down as a martyr to cause, having galvanized bigots and religious extremists across Kentucky and across the country, claiming that their religious freedom has been infringed upon by the Supreme Court's ruling.

Will Gays Abandon Hillary Clinton if Joe Biden Jumps Into the Presidential Race?

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 08.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Political strategists still debate whether Biden forced President Obama to move more quickly on marriage equality -- something Biden surely would like us to believe -- or if he was part of a trial balloon days before the president finally announced support in the spring of 2012 (most reports point to the former). But the bottom line is Biden was first, ahead of Obama and Hillary Clinton -- who was last out of the gate among the three.

Why I Am a White Liberal Who Supports Both Bernie Sanders and the Black Lives Matter Protestors

Ed Coffin | Posted 08.12.2015 | Black Voices
Ed Coffin

You know why ‪protestors addressed a crowd of liberals? Because that is exactly the crowd that needs to hear it. Their reaction proves exactly why this interruption was needed. Instead of criticizing, how about getting off your computer and helping us figure out how we change things?

Why the Boy Scouts New Policy on Gays Sets A Dangerous Precedent

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 07.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

By allowing the religiously-affiliated troops to still ban gay adults, the BSA is making a religious exemption seem like a reasonable compromise when in fact it is allowing the very people who would discriminate to keep discriminating.

How Scott Walker's Gay-Bashing Blew Up In His Face

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 07.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Scott Walker thought he was playing a deft game. But this week it blew up in spectacular fashion as Walker stepped on the Ben Carson third rail and blatantly implied gay men are predators who can't be trusted around children. You'd think in 2015 this kind of blatant defamation would be banished from politics.

The Hiding Variations

Michael Rohrer | Posted 07.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

I grew up in a small southern town in The Bluegrass State where corn fields lined the two-lane country roads and lazy Sunday afternoons were spent taking a nap between church services.

Why Hillary Clinton Must Back a LGBT Full Civil Rights Law for Her Own Sake

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 06.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

At a time when Clinton's Democratic rivals are exploiting a dip in her approval numbers, Clinton should be going on the offensive as the candidate fighting for full equality during a civil rights movement of our time. That would not only energize progressives in the party, it would speak to younger voters, including independents.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Art Exhibition and Non-profit Organization Look at LGBT Issues Beyond Marriage Equality

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 06.04.2015 | Arts
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Critics of the marriage equality campaign -- by far the most high-profile agenda item in the movement -- argue that it has overshadowed other relevant issues such as homelessness. Aiming to literally put a face on this topic in the hopes of raising awareness is the permanent exhibition Untitled.

Searching for Freedom From Acts of Religious Freedom

Michael Rohrer | Posted 05.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

It's time I made a statement that is extremely difficult for me to make: I can't care what the Bible says about homosexuality. I can't live with that fear anymore. It's debilitating. I wanted to say I don't care, but I couldn't...not yet.