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What Ping the Duck, Duck Dynasty, Same-Sex Marriage in Utah, and Most of the Rest of Us Have in Common

Janet Mason | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Janet Mason

What the Duck Dynasty controversy illustrates most strongly is that we are more alike than different. Racism and homophobia and sexism all have things in common.

Why I Hate 'Outing' and How It Lets Aaron Schock Off the Hook

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

It was Time magazine that dreamed up the word "outing" back in 1990. Specifically, it was now-deceased William Henry III, a Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic, who coined the term to define what he saw as a terrible invasion of privacy against even the most vile and homophobic closeted public figures by gay activists and gay journalists, and, most pointedly, by me.

Return of LGBT Groups to Little Saigon's 'Tet' Parade is a Community Win

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jimmy Nguyen

Being invited back to the Tet parade by members of their own community is a bigger step towards true inclusion of LGBT people in Little Saigon than a court victory alone could achieve.

WATCH: Coca-Cola Cuts Gay Marriage Scene From Ad

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Coca-Cola included a gay wedding in its new ad, but perhaps it got cold feet: The soda giant omitted the scene in a version for Ireland. The "Reaso...

Rose Parade's Gay Wedding Sparks Controversy Over AIDS Message

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Gay couple Aubrey Loots and Danny Leclair made history Wednesday, when the pair participated in the first gay wedding ever officiated on a Rose Parade...

Re: Duck Dynasty: Hollywood, Go Screw Yourself

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Too many people are dismissing the action of A&E at reinstating Phil Robertson so soon after suspending him from Duck Dynasty. It's just a TV show, they say, and we have all of these wins on marriage equality -- and look at Utah!

My Son's First Drag Idol Was a Cross-dressing Rabbit

Julie Tarney | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Julie Tarney

My heart swelled as I patted Harry's head. He was happy, and so was I. Because while too many people questioned my young son's preferences, and therefore my skills as a mother, we both stood strong with a cartoon rabbit who carried an anvil in his pink purse.

Dear Phil Robertson, You Can't Group Homosexuality With Terrorism and Bestiality and Then Use the Bible as Your Defense

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

The Bible's one verse on homosexuality is no excuse for horrendously defaming an entire group of people publicly and expecting your employer, with whom you've signed a contract, to "respect" that as your religious belief.

No, Pope Francis Is Not the LGBT Person of the Year

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Little boys and girls in Catholic schools all across the world are still being taught that homosexuality is "intrinsically disordered." And Catholic teachers have been removed from jobs simply for exercising their rights as gay Americans. I haven't heard the pope weigh in or stop it, while many other people are actually fighting the fight for them.

Refusing to be Criminals (Again): Struggle for Equality Continues in India

Harjant Gill | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Harjant Gill

LGBTQH Indian all over the world must resist seeing ourselves as the "criminal" that the Indian Supreme Court is trying to make us into.

Harvey and Me: Harvey Milk on a Stamp and Remembering His Times

Janet Mason | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Janet Mason

Now that Harvey Milk is on a stamp, I'll be able to ask for him by name whenever I go to the post office. The announcement was made close to the 35th anniversary of the assassination of Harvey Milk, who became the first openly gay official to hold public office.

The Death of HIV Activism?

David Duran | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
David Duran

Who is putting together the group of people who want to tell the drug companies to make HIV drugs accessible to everyone?

Lila Shapiro

Charges Dropped In Beating Death Of Transgender Woman

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

NEW YORK -- When Delores Nettles heard that charges had been dropped against the young man accused of assaulting her daughter, she was hopeful. "I...

A Victory for LGBT Health in the Americas

Nils Daulaire | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nils Daulaire

Early in October, global health leaders in the Americas Region made a major step forward to improve access to and quality of health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons.

I'm British and This is Why Marriage Equality in Hawaii Matters to me

Megan Evans | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Megan Evans

I am a born and bred British Citizen and have lived in the UK my whole life. You may be wondering how marriage equality in Hawaii could possibly affect me. You see, Hawaii is a place that I hold dear to my heart.

She's An Acid-Tongued, Socially Conscious Rapper Who Doesn't Give A F--k What You Think

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Angel Haze, one of the hottest young women in hip-hop, gives off an aura of casual, effortless cool when she talks, belying the devastating topics she...

From Bangladesh to Brooklyn: An LGBT Activist's Story

Randal Mason | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Randal Mason

When I ask Shakhawat Hossain if it's true that he's the first openly gay Bangladeshi, he quietly demurs. "Lately more Bangladeshis are coming out to their families, and they're a lot more courageous than me."

ENDA Is a Necessity Because Discrimination Is not an Option

Michael Rohrer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Rohrer

Boehner is a Republican Representative that most recently, for me, was the face of our government shut down. Now he's the man who would block ENDA. Why are you standing in the way, Mr. Boehner?

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...

Jelly Belly Chairman Doesn't Seem To Think Trans Kids Deserve Equal Rights

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Et tu, Jelly Belly? The chairman of America's lovable jelly bean brand apparently has helped fund efforts to repeal trans-friendly legal protection...

What the Attack on Scott Jones Tells Us About Fear and Courage

Sarah S. Kilborne | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sarah S. Kilborne

That young man who stabbed Jones carries with him a darkness that speaks to its own kind of pain but he chose to embrace the darkness and his voice will remain as small as the whisper he cowardly uttered. Not Jones'. Not ours.

Music City Is Evolving

David Duran | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
David Duran

The South has evolved y'all. Ok, maybe that's speaking a bit prematurely, but on a recent visit to Music City, AKA Nashville, TN, what I found beyond the deep fried everything, was a city on the verge of being socially awesome for the gay community.

Gay 'Superdads' Share Unbelievably Heartwarming Story

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Steven and Roger Ham say they didn't set out to become "superdads," but the Arizona couple have certainly earned the moniker as the proud parents of s...

Lila Shapiro

Ousted Mayor And Her Replacement Speak Out About Controversial Town Accused Of Being Anti-Gay

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

Brock Neeley, an openly gay resident of Porterville, Calif., has gone to nearly every city council meeting since September 2008, when Porterville beca...

Did This American Pastor Inspire Russia's Anti-Gay Laws?

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Did an American pastor with a penchant for anti-gay activism inspire Russia's new anti-gay laws? Scott Lively, an outspoken Massachusetts-based Chr...