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Dear Pat Robertson... Again

Michael Rohrer | Posted 07.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

You're a fearmonger, spreading fable's into an already vulnerable society that fears what they don't understand. And many won't take the time to try to understand because people like you are telling them that people like me are pedophiles and they just listen.

Just as the U.S. Legalized Gay Marriage, I'm Getting a Divorce

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 07.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

Standing in the shadows next to happy couples celebrating their love and marriage benefits is something no one wants to talk about: in establishing a legal foundation for marriages that last, the marriage equality movement also has laid a safe, clear, and legal path for those people like Tracie and me, who have decided to divorce.

Mental Illness, Societal Oppression, and My Rebuttal to Bruce Levine

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 07.23.2015 | Healthy Living
J Nelson Aviance

In a recent piece posted on Salon.com, Bruce E. Levine made the bold statement that: For nearly two decades, Big Pharma commercials have falsely tol...

The GOP Plan to Stoke Anti-Gay Bigotry in 2016

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 07.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

While it may be accurate to say that a majority of the American public has "moved on" with regard to marriage equality, that's not true among the base of the GOP. And, more critically, the majority of Americans in general hasn't "moved on" when it comes to "religious liberty" vs. "gay rights," not by a long shot.

Kingdom Star Nick Jonas Attends LGBT Film Fest; Outfest 2015 Award Winners Announced

Nicholas Snow | Posted 07.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

Outfest -- the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization promoting equality by creating, sharing, and protecting LGBT stories on the screen - has announced the award winners of its 2015 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival, presented by HBO.

Why Bail Reform Should Be an LGBT Movement Priority

Chase Strangio | Posted 07.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Chase Strangio

Once in prison, our community members face horrific rates of abuse. From sexual assault to deliberate withholding of needed medical care to the brutality of long-term isolation, these abuses have too-long lurked in the shadows of our advocacy efforts.

I Will Never Repent For Being Homosexual

Michael Rohrer | Posted 07.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

I was put on this Earth to live the often fabulous -- though frequently maligned -- life of a homosexual. Sling your accusatory rhetoric at me all you want. But to use Bible verses to taint someone's existence, his very life, as a sin because he is attracted to someone of the same-sex is deplorable.

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.

LGBTQ People Of Color Are Not Monolithic--In Reality Or Fiction

Riley S. Wilson | Posted 07.13.2015 | Black Voices
Riley S. Wilson

Not all black gay men are either fairies or homothugs. Not all lesbians are butches. LGBTQ people of color are creative, hopeful, well-learned, and at times buoyantly empathetic. Where is the content that shows us in this light?

The Subtle Language Of Sounding Gay

The Huffington Post | James Thilman | Posted 07.14.2015 | Gay Voices

David Thorpe has a "gay voice." For the filmmaker's latest endeavor, an autobiographical documentary, he embarked upon a long-delayed confrontation w...

Stargayzing's David Munk Interviews David Thorpe, Director of the New Documentary Do I Sound Gay?

David Munk | Posted 07.08.2015 | Gay Voices
David Munk

Speaking of interviews and gay voices, I was so pleased to be given the opportunity to interview David Thorpe just a few minutes after attending the screening.

Rainbow Fashion Week: Queer Style With a Social Responsibility Message

Anita Dolce Vita | Posted 07.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Anita Dolce Vita

Rainbow Fashion Week recently returned to NYC, kicking off Manhattan's Pride events with eight days of queer style. RFW founder, E. Jaguar Beckford (aka Jag), was intentional about producing a style event that was inclusive and representative of the LGBTQ community's values.

Too Gay to Not Function: It's More Than a Title

Andrew Isaac Burrill | Posted 07.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Isaac Burrill

With SCOTUS's recent decision to make gay marriage a constitutional right in all states, it obviously became a landmark victory for the gay rights movement for people around the world.

And They Were Bigots...

Joseph Callahan | Posted 07.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Joseph Callahan

Tradition may tolerate bigotry for a while, may see it as socially acceptable, but over time, the human heart wins out, and decency and equality for everyone shows a new face.

Madness, Music and Modernity: Studying Structural Oppression Through Musicology

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 07.07.2015 | Arts
J Nelson Aviance

The title of this post is distinctly ideological and, I believe, holds implications for a discussion of the medicalization of madness and mental illness.

Stop in the Shame of Love

Josh Sabarra | Posted 07.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Josh Sabarra

Darryl's self-serving relationship with math should have been the first sign of trouble. After all, his snow white comb-over and liver-spotted hands belied the age he claimed in his online dating profile.

First Came Love, Then -- With the Law on Our Side -- Came Marriage

Meg Stone | Posted 07.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Meg Stone

My grandmother went into hospice the day the Supreme Court heard arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges. She died the next day, surrounded by people she loved. In her mind, we were married in 2004, and all the civil rights victories that followed didn't seem to phase her. But I can't help thinking about the grandmothers in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

These People Are Torn Up About Coming Out... As Anti-Gay

Ed Coffin | Posted 07.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Ed Coffin

In a video released the day before the landmark marriage equality decision by SCOTUS, CatholicVote.org has marriage equality opponents say something they're been "afraid" to speak out about.

This Woman's Epic Anti-Gay Video Needs To Be Seen To Be Believed

Ed Coffin | Posted 07.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Ed Coffin

A woman by the name of Becky Wegner Rommel recently posted an epic anti-gay video to Facebook as a result of the SCOTUS decision on marriage equality.

Entrepreneurs: William P Forni, Esq., Helpful Tips for Lawyers, Creative Types and Small Business Owners

Johnathan Cardillo | Posted 07.01.2015 | Business
Johnathan Cardillo

"I grew up on Cape Cod in MA, my father passed away when I was pretty young. My mother, June, is a bit of a feminist, so I would say that early on I definitely gained a sense of social justice, empathy, compassion and respecting all different people sans judgment."

Discover The LGBTQ Archive That's Helping To Make Black Queer Lives Matter

Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 07.01.2015 | Gay Voices

The In The Life Archive (ITLA) at the Schomburg Center for Black Cultural Research in New York is bridging the gap between the LGBTQ and black communi...

Come abbiamo conquistato il matrimonio: dieci lezioni apprese

Marc Solomon | Posted 06.29.2015 | Italy
Marc Solomon

Lezione numero 8. La priorità più importante per la stragrande maggioranza dei funzionari pubblici è quella di restare funzionari pubblici. Ciò significa che se un funzionario pubblico si convince che sostenendo la tua causa finirà per perdere la propria poltrona, voi finirete per perdere. Quindi dovrete essere implacabili nel vostro impegno in ambito elettorale.

Community Gathers At Iconic Stonewall Inn To Celebrate Iconic LGBTQ Victory

Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 06.26.2015 | Gay Voices

What better way to spend the last weekend of pride month than celebrate a hard-won marriage equality victory in one of the LGBTQ rights movement's mos...

Beyond Sex: What Is Gay?

James Owens | Posted 07.08.2015 | Gay Voices
James Owens

Defining and embracing a true gay culture, which goes well beyond sexuality, is the next stage. We see organizations like gay softball leagues, gay choirs, and gay running clubs. They are institutions meant to build strength and support between one another because we do share so much in common and we understand what it took to become who we are more than anyone else.

My Prideful List of Favorites and Recommendations

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 06.26.2015 | Gay Voices
J Nelson Aviance

I have been ruminating over what to write in honor of LGBTQIA Pride. I wanted to put out some long overdue favorite people, artists, reviews, and recommendations for fiction and music. The following list and thoughts are in no particular order of rank or preference.