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How I Learned to Love 40 by Posing Naked

Jason Heidemann | Posted 06.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Jason Heidemann

In the days leading up to our encounter a peculiar thing happened -- I panicked. All along I had convinced myself that the shoot was a hero's journey designed to combat ageism and show our community that we're sexy, vital and important at any age. Turns out it wasn't the world that needed reassurance -- it was me.

A Leatherman Exposes Himself! Clifton Tatum: His Heart, Soul & Vision

Nicholas Snow | Posted 06.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

Clifton Tatum's winning of Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2015 in November 2014 was one more step, albeit a very visible one, in a lifelong journey of being of service.

Tell Me Your Secrets (Don't Worry, I'm Queer)

Courtney Drew | Posted 06.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Courtney Drew

While it is not easy to disclose our hopes and fears, identifying confidants shouldn't require a decoder ring or secret handshake. We all need each other, so step up.

Boy George Reality Series Coming Soon From the Producers of Keeping Up With The Kardashians

Nicholas Snow | Posted 06.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

In this episode of Nicholas Snow Live, breaking news! Boy George has announced his move to Los Angeles and Reality TV, so say the producers of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

Fashion Designer Mondo Guerra: Openly HIV-Positive and Dining Out for Life

Nicholas Snow | Posted 06.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

Mondo's visual aesthetics often carry a social message that intersects his art with his advocacy. The Denver-born artist was commissioned to create a custom World AIDS Day design for the 2015 Subaru Legacy that was revealed during Art Basel, Miami

Screw You, I Am Asian 'American'

Mason Hsieh | Posted 06.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Mason Hsieh

While it may not have been Tammy's intent, posing this seemingly innocuous question is a poorly disguised microaggression that perpetuates the belief that Asian-Americans are cultural and racial outsider within the American context. T

Grammy-Winner Lisa Fischer: A Gay Man Changed the Way I Look at Myself

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 06.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Pollo Del Mar

During our telephone interview, the Grammy Award-winning performer showed significant introspection talking about her work with everyone from The Rolling Stones to Tina Turner. Her gears were nearly audible as we discussed 20 Feet from Stardom, the Oscar-nominated documentary showcasing Fischer and others who've made careers of singing backup for music industry giants.

I Am More Than My Disability

Belo Cipriani | Posted 06.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Belo Cipriani

When I attend social functions, people focus on my disability. No matter how hard I try to discuss the news or the hottest restaurant, people always revert back to my lack of sight. And at gay parties, people tend to ask more intimate questions.

How the Fight for Same-Sex Marriage Affects Children

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 06.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

For children like mine, politics have never been anything but deeply personal and compelling, something you throw yourself into, body and soul.

'Drag Race' Season 7 Star Katya: RuPaul Is Intimidating and Michelle Visage Is Terrifying

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 06.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Pollo Del Mar

"I didn't expect to be afraid of RuPaul," admits Drag Race star Katya Zamolodchikova, "But I was." It was just one of many surprises in store for the Boston-based performer when she showed up to compete on Season 7 of RuPaul's Drag Race.

The Scary Reality Behind Religious Hatred of the LGBT Community

Nicholas Snow | Posted 06.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

In this episode of Nicholas Snow Live, I welcome guest co-host Jen Houston (a singer/songwriter, actor, entrepreneur and ally of the LGBT community) to expose the truth behind religious bigotry -- and in fact, bigotry of all kinds.

Religion and the LGBT community: 3 Books to Find Faith

Janet Mason | Posted 06.06.2015 | Religion
Janet Mason

Coming Out in Faith: Voices of LGBTQ Unitarian Universalists edited by Susan A. Gore and Keith Kron was a breath of fresh air. The writers in this collection share their experiences of being amazed at being around straight allies who are genuinely not homophobic.

A Blind Man's Take on Beauty in the Gay Community

Belo Cipriani | Posted 06.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Belo Cipriani

While I have learned to do everything the blind way, I always find myself teaching others how to interact with me -- something I've become better at with time. And, one of the main themes I battle with, especially in the gay community, is the importance of beauty.

Beacons of Love

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Jeremy Affeldt

I had homophobia. I know what that's like. But I was wrong to fear like that. God reached deep within my heart and changed me. Now I have gay friends and colleagues. There is no difference between us.

Cured Of Being Cured; The Testimony of an Ex 'Ex-Gay'

Joseph Callahan | Posted 06.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Joseph Callahan

In the church, rejecting my sexuality and identity, I found a place; I found acceptance for the first time in years; I found friends who welcomed me, and all I had to do was sacrifice everything I was. I gave up my soul to find "God" in other people's acceptance.

The "Tragic" Humanity of Black Trans Women

Raquel Willis | Posted 05.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Raquel Willis

When I was forced to stop looking at my identities as if they exist in a vacuum, I realized that being a black trans woman is a major risk and accepting myself would be just the first battle with a society obsessed with compartmentalization.

This Man Recalls The Complexity Of Being Gay In Germany During The Mid-20th Century

HuffPost Germany | David Berger | Posted 05.21.2015 | Gay Voices

Note: This article was written in cooperation with gaystream.info – the gay online portal for news, discussions and lifestyle articles. It was publi...

Feeling Pressured to Find a Significant Other? Here Are 5 Ways to Deal

David Claps | Posted 05.19.2015 | Gay Voices
David Claps

Take that anxious energy spent lamenting on your single status and redirect it fully. I find that I learn tremendously, gain the most ground and surprise myself with my own abilities when I wholeheartedly invest myself in a new project.

Dolce and Gabbana's LGBT Problem

Jon Yokogawa | Posted 05.18.2015 | Business
Jon Yokogawa

Unfortunately, what once was hoped to be a bridge and increase minority inclusion has reverted to a factory line of content that favors fluff and fads over substance.

Equality: Fixin' to Get Around to it

Brett Jones | Posted 05.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Brett Jones

Racism and bigotry are overwhelming and mind numbing issues. The big picture frustrates me to no end. The only person that I truly can control is myself, which happens to be the best place to start fixing most problems I know.

Iconic Jimmy Somerville Pays 'Homage' to His Disco Roots on New Album

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 05.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Pollo Del Mar

"The person I was 30 years ago -- and, to an extent, who I still am -- I was someone who loved and craved attention," shares Jimmy Somerville, "But when I got it, I couldn't cope with it."

Is Dislocation a Permanent State?

Diriye Osman | Posted 05.17.2015 | Black Voices
Diriye Osman

This feeling rendered me concussed recently whilst I was having drinks in Soho, London's predominantly gay district. I looked around at all the punters in the venue, an upscale cocktail bar playing acid-jazz laced with techno-lite, and realized that I was the only black man in this space.

Pay Attention Queens: Why the Oklahoma Fraternity Fiasco Should Matter to Us

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 05.13.2015 | Gay Voices
J Nelson Aviance

It seems clear to me that here we have an example of the kind of institution that excludes us. We can see the mechanisms of exclusion and the culture from which they stem. We see that we are not the only ones excluded and should speak up for each other.

Neo Soul Singer Jaguar Wright: Homophobia Was Shaken Out of Me When I Was 12

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 05.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Pollo Del Mar

"I'm a fag hag," declares Jaguar Wright proudly with a warm laugh. "Yes, baby! I love the kids - love the kids - and the kids love me."

Rebalancing Our Retirement Portfolio and Our 40-Year Relationship

Steve Schullo and Dan Robertson | Posted 05.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Steve Schullo and Dan Robertson

We consider ourselves extremely lucky that we are both interested in managing our finances without an expensive adviser and wonder why so many people whether single or attached don't. With many couples it is usually one who is trying to get his or her spouse interested, or the differences are similar to ours, one is overly aggressive and the other is overly conservative.