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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.

Why Tim Cook Should Threaten to Shut Down Apple Campus Amid Texas Anti-Gay Crusade

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 05.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

There's a full-blown emergency playing out in Texas. It's a gay civil rights emergency, and, if left unchecked, a disaster will occur that could affect the future of gay and transgender people there for some time to come. And yet, there's largely been dead silence from business leaders, public figures, much of the national media and pro-gay politicians.

How Highly Gendered Toys Present an Exclusively Heterosexual Worldview to Children

Lori Day | Posted 05.12.2015 | Parents
Lori Day

Let kids choose. What are we so afraid of? If we are fine with choice, it is time to show the toy manufacturers and marketers that their financial profiteering off the gendering of our children's toys is over.

How the Supreme Court Actually Mirrors the American Public on Marriage Equality

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 06.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

It's likely that Justices Thomas and Alito agreed with the basic sentiments Scalia seemed to be expressing -- a sense of pride, even, that passionate religious opposition to same-sex marriage rang out loudly, at the same time that conservatives across the country continue to craft "religious freedom" laws to blunt LGBT equality in the states.

Food Network Star Ted Allen on Coming Out and Dining Out For Life

Nicholas Snow | Posted 06.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

In this episode of Nicholas Snow Live, I welcome Food Network star and original Queer Eye for the Straight Guy cast member, Ted Allen, spokesperson for Dining Out For Life, Emmy Award-winner and host of the primetime series Chopped on The Food Network.

So Robert Downey, Jr. Was a Top While in Jail?

Nicholas Snow | Posted 06.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

In this episode of Nicholas Snow Live, Leslie Jordan of Will & Grace fame, talks about that time he was in jail with the Iron Man himself, Robert Downey, Jr.

Meet Colin Fallesen, Producer/Presenter of Pinksixty News

Nicholas Snow | Posted 06.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

I welcome special guest co-host, London-based Colin Fallesen (via Skype, from London, with cocktail in hand), Producer/Presenter of the five-year-old Pinksixty News -- a daily one-minute news show sourced from websites and journalists throughout the world.

Brokenhearted Bahá'is: LGBTs Rejected by Their Faith

Nicholas Snow | Posted 06.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

Never before has an openly gay member of the Bahá'í faith granted such a high profile interview, an interview already getting great traction among worldwide members of the faith itself. Above, Sean Rayshel, who has granted Nicholas Snow this exclusive interview.

Aging in Gayville

Michael Rohrer | Posted 06.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

I'm here, I'm queer and really, I'm sexier as a 40-something than I've ever been at any other age in my life.

A Leatherman Exposes Himself! Clifton Tatum: His Heart, Soul & Vision

Nicholas Snow | Posted 06.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

Clifton Tatum's winning of Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2015 in November 2014 was one more step, albeit a very visible one, in a lifelong journey of being of service.

Religion and the LGBT community: 3 Books to Find Faith

Janet Mason | Posted 06.06.2015 | Religion
Janet Mason

Coming Out in Faith: Voices of LGBTQ Unitarian Universalists edited by Susan A. Gore and Keith Kron was a breath of fresh air. The writers in this collection share their experiences of being amazed at being around straight allies who are genuinely not homophobic.

Mary Lambert: I Thought Singing 'Same Love' Might Get Me Killed

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 05.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Pollo Del Mar

Mary Lambert isn't just open about being a lesbian. One spin of plucky single "Secrets" lays bare the singer/songwriter's struggles with weight, bipolar disorder, a dysfunctional family and much, much more. Says Lambert with a laugh, "I'm severely out!"

Has the Anti-Gay Right Found Its Gay 'Partial Birth Abortion'?

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 04.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Whatever the reasons, many LGBT national leaders are nowhere on this terrible and potentially enormously impactful law.

Saying Goodbye to the Baby Years

Ian Colvin | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Ian Colvin

It's a strange feeling, saying goodbye to the baby phase. We've been in this phase since returning from our honeymoon. We didn't come back from Hawaii pregnant like most couples; we returned knowing it was the right time to pursue our dreams of becoming dads.

LGBT Books to Warm Up With

Janet Mason | Posted 04.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Janet Mason

It's been a cold winter. Very cold. One of the things that I'm doing to keep warm is to take an imaginary LGBT cruise in my head -- through books -- to exotic lands. The first stop was the land of queer history.

Have Insensitive Comments Become the New Normal?

Michael Rohrer | Posted 04.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

"I say we give him to ISIS" is, to me, a disturbing comment. One maybe thrown into the commentary as a joke to get a rise. It got one out of me.

Meet Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, Who Isn't About to Give Up His Antigay Crusade

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 04.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Some Alabama probate judges, at least for the time being, are defying the United States Supreme Court today, refusing to grant marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples while other judges throughout the state are granting those licenses.

Gary Snyder | Posted 03.15.2015 | Media
Gary Snyder

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Jeb Bush: 'Respect' My Opposition to Your Civil Rights Because 'Religious Liberty'

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 03.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Once again many in the media have fallen for GOP strategists' attempts to make a candidate seem moderate --"soften" and "softening" seem to be the words of choice for CNN and others -- while he's not changed his hardcore right-wing position at all.

Three New Books on the Theme of "It Isn't Easy Being Gay"

Janet Mason | Posted 02.08.2015 | Books
Janet Mason

I have never been one to complain about my lot -- after all coming out as a lesbian was, for me, a kind of freedom (and I wouldn't trade my life for any other). But I was reminded of the fact that it is still hard to be gay by three new books that I recently read.