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Know Someone in Crisis? They Can Text For Help 24/7 via Crisis Text Line

Craig Newmark | Posted 11.30.2015 | Impact
Craig Newmark

The Crisis Text Line is important to know about, especially this time of year. It's important to know that you're not alone and that there are lots of folks out there who want to listen to you, and who want to help.

Expanding Gender and Making It Roomier for All Of Us: three from Daylight Books

Janet Mason | Posted 11.25.2015 | Books
Janet Mason

Gender has always been on my mind -- or in my face -- whether I like it or not. As a budding feminist and then a young lesbian with short hair, I was called "Sir" on more than one occasion. I didn't like it, but was happy to have the privileges that being perceived as male brought. I am over six feet tall and trained as a martial artist.

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.

You Don't Care Who Won a Glamour Award, You're Just a Transphobic Bigot

Ed Coffin | Posted 11.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Ed Coffin

Let's be honest, people aren't concerned with who actually deserved the honor, they are clearly outraged by the fact that a trans woman grabbed the spotlight.

As a Gay Man, I've Been a 'Walker' Many Times

Eddie Parsons | Posted 11.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Eddie Parsons

Over the course of the years, I have been a walker many times. Some of my best NYC dates have been platonic and I have never felt marginalized by filling a spot. Some of my friends have had issues with being the plus one of a woman.

8 Things I Wish My Straight Girl Friends Knew About My Bisexuality

Amy Salz | Posted 11.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Amy Salz

I feel like my straight friends don't really understand what I mean when I tell them I'm bisexual. For the record, I wanted to spell it all out. Yes, I am bisexual. No, I'm not just going through a phase, and I'm not confused.

Be Brave

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 11.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

What takes more bravery than the choice to be yourself, to honor your truth, your intuition, over and over again, in the face of circumstances or people or surroundings that would rather you acted like someone else?

Queer Voices: Do I Sound Gay? Does It Matter?

David Michael Conner | Posted 11.19.2015 | Gay Voices
David Michael Conner

What's so interesting about the gay voice is that it's a primary indicator that we as beings are more complex than we physically appear to be.

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.

Remembering Paris: How the City of Light Gave Me the Courage to Come Out

Michael Lambert | Posted 11.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Lambert

I came out to my mother in a hotel room overlooking the Louvre. We were yelling at each other about nothing in particular from either side of the lavish room -- exhaustion getting the better of both of us. "Oh, yeah!" I said. "Well guess what, Mom? I'm gay."

Marked for Death: A Homosexual's Rant to His Would Be Executioners

Michael Rohrer | Posted 11.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

I'm a person. I'm someone's child, someone's brother, someone's uncle. I'm a cousin, a nephew, a friend. I'm a human being. I deserve to live my life to the fullest just like anybody else.

Glad to Be Gay With Money, Where Do You Fit in?

David Rae | Posted 11.12.2015 | Gay Voices
David Rae

Numerous studies report that in general LGBT Americans earn more and carry less debt than the general population. But does this mean we are actually better with money?

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.

Restoring Honor to LGBT Veterans

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

Congress's repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was a watershed moment that ended institutionalized discrimination unjustly targeting gay, lesbian and bisexual service members. Yet thousands of service members who were discharged because of their sexual orientation still bear the scars of that discrimination.

10 Reasons I Quit Online Dating

Barrett Pall | Posted 11.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Barrett Pall

Dating isn't a game, there shouldn't be rules, and the longer you stay a player the longer you just get stuck playing a video game.

The 7 Facts that Surprised Me about Gay Life in the '70s

Jim Downs | Posted 11.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Jim Downs

From bookstores to bathhouses to bars, gay people in the 1970s often did not look for the approval of straight people, and they did their own thing.

Forbidden Love In Iran

Amir Hossein | Posted 11.04.2015 | World
Amir Hossein

From childhood I knew I was different from others. Homosexuality was not a stranger to me, but I did not want to give it a name.

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.

How Homophobia Is Hurting Our Nation's Foster Children

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 11.02.2015 | Gay Voices
DaShanne Stokes

I've never understood why so many of my foster care brothers and sisters continue to languish in the foster care system. In truth, they should have found homes a long time ago.

It Should've Been Us: A Very Complicated Uncomplicated Love Story

Barrett Pall | Posted 11.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Barrett Pall

We didn't necessarily find love in a hopeless place, but we found something that had the possibility to turn into love.

Here's What Happens When A Gay Entrepreneur Comes Out

Jonathan Li | Posted 10.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Jonathan Li

Being a gay entrepreneur in the closet sucks. You fear that you may lose the biggest client after coming out. You feel uncomfortable about being yourself. You feel like hiding part of yourself.

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.

Your 3 Biggest Questions About Lesbian Dating, Answered

Alison Nicole | Posted 10.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Alison Nicole

No one ever taught us the rules about how to relate to women on a romantic level. We have to struggle through the process of trial and error to figure out where to meet new people in the gay community, or what to say to start up a conversation with someone we like.

The Real Worth of a Professional Financial Planner

David Rae | Posted 10.28.2015 | Business
David Rae

Time to face facts: You can't control what the stock market does day to day or even year over year. But what you can control as an investor are your financial attitude and behavior. One simple way to improve your fiscal behavior, is to work with a qualified financial planner.

The Straight Girl Catfish Phenomenon

Aliza Polkes | Posted 10.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Aliza Polkes

Flirting with a girl who you are not romantically interested in on Tinder may seem fun and harmless. But there is someone on the other side of that cell phone screen who may actually be looking to meet girls to go on real live dates with. Crazy, I know.