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How an Early Endorsement From Largest LGBT Group May Reveal Hillary Clinton's Worst Fears

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 01.21.2017 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

This week the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT group, endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. It was a bit of a shocker not because HRC endorsed a Democrat but that it occurred before even one vote has been cast in the Democratic primaries.

How Ted Cruz Might Actually Support 'New York Values' and Gay Marriage More Than He Lets On

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 01.15.2017 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

What's been less noted is how the religious right, another force behind Cruz, would have responded if it knew at the time that Cruz was taking a loan from a company that had helped make marriage equality a reality.

Why "We All Knew!" Actually Means Nothing When Someone Comes Out

JD Stewart | Posted 01.14.2017 | Queer Voices
JD Stewart

Being gay isn't about your friends telling you they already knew. It's the journey and realization that you get to on your own -- and if some others figure it out before you, then good for them.

Are your Assets in Shape? 6 Tips to Fiscal Fitness!

David Rae | Posted 01.13.2017 | Queer Voices
David Rae

There are many more analogies between physical fitness and fiscal fitness. One thing I can guarantee is that if you stay on the couch watching TV you most likely won't see amazing results either physically or fiscally.

Here's Why It's Important That Kim Davis Was At The State Of The Union

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 01.13.2017 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Much of the president's speech was about the forces of abject bigotry on the current political stage and how we can't underestimate them. Kim Davis's presence in the chamber served to underscore his warning.

I'm Brave Enough To Embrace The Woman (And Man) In Me

Michael Rohrer | Posted 01.11.2017 | Queer Voices
Michael Rohrer

My courage grew three sizes that day on the subway platform. I'm now less worried about other people's reactions to my trying on women's shoes or testing nude lipsticks. What does any of it really matter? It's my life. I own it.

The Best Thing About Online Dating Might Just Be Its Worst

Keay Nigel | Posted 01.08.2017 | Queer Voices
Keay Nigel

The irony is that the plethora of choices is making our head spin, and giving us an even harder time making or sticking to a decision. We are in a constant state of anxiety where we never know if we are doing our best or having the best that we should and must have.

China to Join the West -- in Denying the Obvious Sexuality of Former Leaders

Geoffrey Wertime | Posted 01.08.2017 | Queer Voices
Geoffrey Wertime

We are doing a disservice to our natural diversity when we insist that historical figures must be straight until conclusively proven otherwise, yet need no evidence to be presumed heterosexual.

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore: Laws Are Superseded By God

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 01.07.2017 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

The chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy Moore, is once again trying to ban marriages for gays and lesbians in his state, handing down an order directing probate judges to stop issuing licenses.

New Year, New Us: Resolutions for Gay Men

Chad Reichanadter | Posted 01.06.2017 | Queer Voices
Chad Reichanadter

Every year at this time we make resolutions to do this or that. We resolve to choose kale instead of super moist french vanilla cake. We resolve to lift heavy things more times a week. We resolve to stay fit and get dick. This year though I have a few resolution for us.

Humility, Colombia, and the Connectedness of the LGBT Community

Chris Tompkins | Posted 01.06.2017 | Queer Voices
Chris Tompkins

I think being gay, living in the United States and especially in West Hollywood, we tend to take for granted our freedom and forget our brothers and sisters who live in countries where they could be physically harmed for being who they are.

Total Nonstop Action's Matt Hardy Wants Message of Equality as Part of His Pro Wrestling Legacy

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 01.05.2017 | Queer Voices
Pollo Del Mar

Whether as a veteran inside Total Nonstop Action's six-sided ring or guiding fans to greater acceptance of all people, the former World heavyweight champion has a new concept of what he hopes his "legacy" will be.

Dear Mormonism: Your LGBTQ Members Are Still Hurting, So What Happens Next?

Peter Harrison | Posted 01.05.2017 | Religion
Peter Harrison

I realize I'll be ok, after being out for nearly three years I've built a pretty good sized community of accepting and loving friends, family, and people who care for me. I know my family loves me and that won't ever change. However, how will this policy change affect the life of that queer Mormon kid sitting in the congregation wondering if she'll ever be welcomed in the pews?

Bieber Bathos Elegy and Bernstein - Live from The Whitney

C. M. Rubin | Posted 01.04.2017 | Arts
C. M. Rubin

Bieber Bathos Elegy debuts at The Whitney this month "It's time for me to grow up," Justin Bieber said in a recent interview. And growing up amidst...

Voices; An LGBTQ and Ally Open Mic

Avram Mlotek | Posted 12.31.2016 | Religion
Avram Mlotek

We went on to sing and dance in our backyard. With Ely at the center, he later shared with me that this was the first time he got to dance after getting engaged. For me, this was what being an ally was all about.

Eradicating Machismo And Bringing Equality Is The Only Way To Install Peace And Coexistence

Miguel Lorente | Posted 12.31.2016 | Queer Voices
Miguel Lorente

Culture at large is nothing but machismo in disguise. It is a series of values and ideas imposed from a male perspective, which are considered to be universal truths in every social context.

Dear Caitlyn, Please Don't Be the Oppressor

Justin Maffett | Posted 12.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Justin Maffett

For many people, blending in by being 'respectable' is necessary for any chance of success, if not survival, in their prejudiced or queerphobic environment. But respectability of this sort, commonly referred to as 'passing,' should not be framed as the ideal.

The Cult of DJ Lina

Nish Gera | Posted 12.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Nish Gera

In this cult, the weekend evening ritual of dancing until dinnertime, or beyond, to DJ Lina Bradford's music has been indulged in, celebrated and repeated - as rituals are - for years. A decade, to be precise.

Refrocked and Ready: Franklyn Schaefer, LGBTQ Faith Hero

Suzanne DeWitt Hall | Posted 12.21.2016 | Religion
Suzanne DeWitt Hall

This is the second entry in the LGBTQ Faith Heroes series. In 2013 Methodist Pastor Frank Schaeffer was removed from ministry for performing his gay...

Dear Activist. Dear Politician. Dear Poet.

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 12.18.2016 | Queer Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

What is poetry if not the site where the seemingly impossible contradictions -- the exquisite beauty and the devastating horror -- live together as one whole being.

Beyond Marriage: Equality May Change Your Financial Future Too

David Rae | Posted 12.17.2016 | Queer Voices
David Rae

No matter what, the numbers don't lie, legal recognition of our relationships is paramount to having a healthy financial life now and a truly secure and happy retirement later.

The Lesbian Chronicles 2

Katharine Angelina Love | Posted 12.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Katharine Angelina Love

Inside of me lives a very young girl that has feigned dead for most of my life. That little girl stayed silent to protect me, and as a survivor mechanism it worked well, but I now need to be present for my young self, I do not want to stay hidden and silent any longer.

Shameful U.S. History Repeating Itself

Mark Baer | Posted 12.14.2016 | Politics
Mark Baer

On November 28, 2015, my spouse and I went to see Trumbo, which is based upon the life of Dalton Trumbo and how it was impacted during one of the most shameful times in U.S. history -- the McCarthy era. The film interested me because of many comparable similarities today and because the father of close childhood friends of mine had been included on the Hollywood-blacklist.

At 22, I Forgave Myself for 13 Years of Self-Hate

Justin Maffett | Posted 12.14.2016 | Queer Voices
Justin Maffett

In being Black, my presence was uncomfortable. But in being openly gay and Black, my presence was offensive. I leaned on respectability more than ever.

Gay Anthem "It's Raining Men" Almost Didn't Get Made, Says Singer Martha Wash

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 12.11.2016 | Queer Voices
Pollo Del Mar

Today, nearly everyone knows the words to "It's Raining Men" -- especially within the LGBT community. While the song's authors might have predicted its lasting impact, particularly on gay audiences, vocalist Martha Wash certainly never did. In fact, she admits The Weather Girls didn't even want to sing it!