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In Defense of a Sexy Halloween

Brad Liberti | Posted 10.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Brad Liberti

The way I see it, the world is an intensely scary place right now. You can keep your American Horror Story gets-ups and your bloody severed corpses -- I have enough drama in my life. I just want to pour myself a glass of some oddly colored punch, binge on Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, and stare at some pecs and ass.

Just Do the 'Thing'

Johnathan Cardillo | Posted 10.30.2014 | Small Business
Johnathan Cardillo

"Fear is debilitating" -- as cliché as this phrase may be, it's something you should remind yourself of every day of your life if you are or want to be a business owner. This post was inspired by a good friend who told me exactly what I needed to hear a few years ago when I was looking to launch a business.

What It's Like to Be a Female Cop

Quora | Posted 10.30.2014 | Women
Quora

There's much more I could tell, but being a cop is a difficult job. No matter who you are. But being female and a cop, is probably more challenging than most people know.

America's 10 Worst LGBT Work Insults

Ian Johnson | Posted 10.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Ian Johnson

"LGBT Diversity: Show Me the Business Case," the new report from the largest global LGBT research initiative, LGBT2020, reveals what life in 2014 is like for LGBT Americans at work. And, unfortunately, the news from the U.S. workplace is not that good.

Same-Sex Couples Are Now Allowed To Adopt In Utah

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 10.24.2014 | Politics

Utah's Supreme Court lifted its stay on same-sex adoptions Thursday, two weeks after the state dropped its legal fight over the issue. In May, the ...

Gay Guys Can Do Better Than The Word 'Basic' Too

H. Alan Scott | Posted 10.23.2014 | Gay Voices
H. Alan Scott

So why do we keep using that word even though it feels kind of icky? And why are my fellow gay brothers so into it?

Why Amazon's Transparent Is Binge-Watch Worthy

Chris Edwards | Posted 10.21.2014 | Entertainment
Chris Edwards

Tambor may be the headliner, but he is surrounded by an amazing cast. And it's the way they adjust to the news and come to terms with their own identity issues that makes this series so watchable. The character development is masterful and the performances are, in a word, real.

Think Hillsong's Brian Houston Is Open To Same-Sex Marriages? Think Again

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.20.2014 | Religion

Megachurch pastor Brian Houston caused a stir last week by declaring that the influential and global Hillsong Church is in an “ongoing conversation...

Stunning 85% Of Young Catholics Support Gay Equality

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.17.2014 | Religion

While the Vatican vacillates over whether to welcome gays into the church, the new kids in the flock seem to have no qualms about the subject. Clos...

Ebola, HIV, and the Politics of Contagion

Jim Downs | Posted 10.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Jim Downs

That Ebola now compels other Americans to consider the threat of a contagious virus suggests how fortunate they have been. Instead of sounding off an alarm of hysteria, they might just want to listen to how the other half lives.

Black Colleges: Stop Discriminating Against LGBT

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 10.17.2014 | Black Voices
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

The reality is that most black colleges have not accepted sexual identity diversity as an issue with which they need to be concerned. A number of reasons have been suggested -- among these, a level of social and religious conservatism within the black community.

A Drag Queen Queers Shakespeare

Michael Carosone | Posted 10.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

Yes, even Shakespeare must be queered (well, it's already been done, but I'm going to do it again). And what better way to queer Shakespeare than by ...

Why Houston Is Forcing Pastors To Turn In Their Sermons

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.15.2014 | Religion

Some Houston pastors are being forced to hand their sermons over to the city -- and they're not happy about the government reading over their shoulder...

LOOK: Las Vegas Takes Out Full-Page Ad To Celebrate Marriage Equality

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 10.17.2014 | Gay Voices

You didn't think Las Vegas would go small with such big news, did you? After same-sex marriage became legal in Nevada last week, the Las Vegas Conv...

The International Gay: Around the World in Three LGBT Books

Janet Mason | Posted 10.14.2014 | Books
Janet Mason

One of the things that I love about being part of the LGBT community is feeling strongly connected to the rainbow way that spans the globe. Sometimes our experiences are different -- vastly so -- but there is some commonality in struggle and, for me and most likely for many others, this increases empathy and identification.

Straight Pride... Really?

Shane Jordan | Posted 10.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Shane Jordan

Is it a double standard that I should be able to post pride images and you can't? No. You don't have to.

Power Up's Latest Feature, Die, Angelo, Die, to Film in Palm Springs (AUDIO/VIDEO)

Nicholas Snow | Posted 10.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

Die, Angelo, Die, the 16th film (and a feature at that!) from the non-profit LGBTQ production company, POWER UP, will be filmed in Palm Springs says...

Travelling through The Feminine Mystique to Lesbian Feminism

Rachel Wahba | Posted 10.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Rachel Wahba

The Feminine Mystique didn't give me any makeup tips, it gave me a new map, a new consciousness to explore. It felt like a miracle when Betty Freidan landed in my mailbox, leading me back to school at a time where 'Women and Madness' electrified classrooms.

Christopher Isherwood Returns to Berlin

Joe Rodota | Posted 10.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Joe Rodota

A year ago, it struck me that Berlin should embrace Isherwood and Bachardy. Somehow, Isherwood's achievement -- his writing, the life he shared with Bachardy, Bachardy's own work -- all needed to be reintroduced in a new and personal way to the people of Berlin.

Living Marriage Equality: Redeeming the Dream and All I Love and Know

Janet Mason | Posted 10.08.2014 | Books
Janet Mason

I am a new convert to the cause of same-sex marriage. I have been a lesbian for most of my life and a second generation feminist. When I was young, I never dreamed of being married. When I came out (in the early 1980s), I was hugely relieved that I had dodged the matrimonial bullet.

Rebuttal to Mary Fallin's Response to SCOTUS

Dillon Peña | Posted 10.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Dillon Peña

While your action last year told me that my heart (and tax dollars) were not welcome in my home state, the Supreme Court declared that you do not get to decide that I'm not equal in my birthplace.

Married Catholics Make A Splash At Synod By Suggesting The Church Should Welcome Gay Couples

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.07.2014 | Religion

A devout married couple urged Pope Francis and members of the Synod of Bishops to freely welcome gay couples into the church. Ron and Mavis Pirola,...

The Right's New Strategy After Gay Marriage Loss: Finding the Gay 'Partial Birth Abortion'

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 10.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Frank Schubert said that if by chance marriage equality opponents lost at the high court, as pretty much happened yesterday, they would have to go the route they did with abortion after Roe v. Wade. They'd have to seek "incremental" wins, he said, as they did then, chipping away slowly at abortion rights.

Laverne Cox Reveals Why Discussing Her HIV Status Is 'Weird' For Her (VIDEO)

Nicholas Snow | Posted 10.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

Is Laverne Cox HIV positive or HIV negative? She tells us, and explains why disclosure is uncomfortable for her, reminding us that stigma around HIV/AIDS leads people to assume a transgender woman of color must be HIV positive.

12 Films to Watch From Austin's LGBT Film Fest

Oscar Raymundo | Posted 10.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Oscar Raymundo

Last month, the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival took over the much-loved Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for a weekend of excellent queer films.