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Travelling through The Feminine Mystique to Lesbian Feminism

Rachel Wahba | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 12.08.2014 | 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

LGBT Rights: Let's Quit Waiting on the Supreme Court

Brian Stone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brian Stone

Are we really so naive to think that a SCOTUS ruling is going to solve all our problems? Well, if not -- why is everyone waiting for the "Mission Accomplished" banner to appear?

A Story of Acceptance in an Unlikely Place: How Coming Out for the Second Time Renewed My Faith in People of Faith

Lauren-Joy Goss | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lauren-Joy Goss

I connected immediately to the messages of strength, forgiveness, love and finding wisdom. I got involved in the vocal team and started singing during service on Sundays. It wasn't until a few months in that I realized I had never mentioned I was gay.

The Lucky Ones: Personal Reflections for LGBTQ History Month

Morgan Meneses-Sheets | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Morgan Meneses-Sheets

It is LGBTQ History Month, which got me thinking about my own history. When I came out to my mother her struggle was largely based on worrying what the neighbors would think.

Brazil Pastor Wants To Know: 'Why Can't I Be Gay And Christian?'

The Guardian | Beth McLoughlin | Posted 10.02.2014 | Religion

From the outside, there is little to distinguish the Metropolitan community church from the many other evangelical houses of worship in Rio’s Zona N...

Struggle Against LGBT Rights Shows Immorality, Just Not The Way They Think

Brian Stone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brian Stone

We have to remember that a large cross-section of the American public, albeit not a majority, separate their own positive feelings towards gay people from the moral and political choices they make in life.

Jimmy Carter, Sunday School Teacher And Former President, Takes A Stand For Gay Rights

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.24.2014 | Religion

A packed college auditorium roared with applause when former President Jimmy Carter took a stand for gay rights. When asked about his views on hum...

Catholic Parish Divided Over Priest's Decision To Ban Married Gay Couple From Receiving Communion

The Associated Press | Posted 09.24.2014 | Religion

GREAT FALLS, Mont. — A Roman Catholic bishop says a central Montana parish is about evenly divided over a new priest's decision to prohibit a gay co...

Senator Jim Ferlo Helps Break Down Those Closet Doors

Steve Siebold | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Steve Siebold

What started out as a routine press conference today for one state senator turned into something a bit more personal.

Want to Be a Children's Author? Here Are Some Tips

Melissa Carter | Posted 11.23.2014 | Books
Melissa Carter

As a gay mother I've had to be discerning because many children's books include a mother and father, and have often thought about writing some of my own to reflect his upbringing.

Gay In Theory

Andrew Gelwicks | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Andrew Gelwicks

Last spring, I invited a guy to my Indiana college fraternity's formal. I realized, though, that my fraternity brothers had never actually seen me with another guy. To them, I was "gay in theory." Would they be as accepting when they saw me dancing beard-to-beard with my date?

'The Roosevelts:' Ken Burns Closets Eleanor, Disappears FDR's Gay Sex-Entrapment Scandal in the Navy

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

I enjoyed watching Ken Burns' The Roosevelts: An Intimate History last week, keeping in mind that these PBS documentary series are usually a heavy bit of American myth-making. Still, there are a few things just too glaring to hide or treat with discretion in 2014, though Burns arrogantly thinks he can.

Warrior in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS: Photographer Duane Cramer (AUDIO/VIDEO)

Nicholas Snow | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nicholas Snow

Since being diagnosed with HIV 18 years ago, Duane Cramer has become a tireless advocate for HIV awareness and education, using his photography and creative skills to bring attention to the disease.

Palm Springs' Cinema Diverse Called The Academy Awards of Gay Movies

Nicholas Snow | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nicholas Snow

Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival has more and better advance buzz than in any previous year, even being called a Gay Oscars (isn't that redundant?)

Gay Jews Shake Their Butts to End the Summer, and Jewish Mothers Plotz Everywhere (VIDEO)

Jayson Littman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jayson Littman

The summer might be over, but the Jewish boys of the famed Viagra Falls house in the New York gay getaway Fire Island Pines just released this Hebro-s...

If You Don't Go After It, Someone Else Will

Michael McNair | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael McNair

As gay men, sometimes we find ourselves subconsciously choosing to do everything in our power to avoid looking foolishly vulnerable and admittedly undesirable in the face of other gay men, but at the end of the day, doing that almost NEVER makes us feel any stronger or masculine by a long shot.

Poetry With A Purpose: A Review Of A Dan Vera's 'Speaking Wiri Wiri'

Michael Carosone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Carosone

You can intellectualize a theory, not a poem. And I am not wasting my time and brain cells trying to decode your poems, trying to figure out what you are trying to write and communicate. Poetry does not belong to the elite; it belongs to everyone.

From Behind The Screen, You Came So Close

David Claps | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
David Claps

My ground rules were simple - I would talk to anyone whose face, not their crotch, appeared in the frame. With my heart rate raised, I moseyed on over to Chatroulette.com and hit "Start."