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New York Giants Voice Support For LGBT Athletes In New Ad

The Huffington Post | Juliet Spies-Gans | Posted 10.27.2015 | Sports

Past and present New York Giants greats came together recently to throw their weight behind the You Can Play project, a non-profit working with athlet...

Mr. Smith Goes to Uganda: International Mr. Leather's Worldwide Mission for Equality

Jed Ryan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jed Ryan

For many people, Leathermen are seen as the epitome of classic masculinity and overt, unapologetic sexuality. Arguably the most visible member of the worldwide Leather community, Patrick Smith is clearly not content to be solely a sex symbol or a nightlife presence.

Losing Sophie (My Yellow Lab)

Robert Levithan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Robert Levithan

When you take an animal into your life, you are signing up for heartbreak. If all goes according to nature, you will experience an entire life cycle in years rather than decades. When that beloved being dies, everything changes.

Exclusive Interview: Dustin Lance Black on the Past, Present and Future of the LGBT Civil Rights Movement

David Michael Conner | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
David Michael Conner

While he stands out for his success in the entertainment industry, his lifelong dedication to the LGBT civil rights movement makes him something truly unique: a creative professional who doesn't just use his platform for activism.

How Hillary Clinton's and Bernie Sanders' DOMA Revisionism Harms LGBT Rights

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

What Sanders exposed is a simple truth: Clinton, in an interview on Rachel Maddow last week, revised the history of her husband and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

How The Words 'I Dare You' Changed My Life Forever

Justin Thompson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Justin Thompson

It wasn't until his lips locked mine that I realized I enjoyed it, but that simple kiss led me down a path of self-deprecation for years. I was a Christian, and being gay was not an option.

Join Basic Rights Oregon for IGNITE -- a Gala Celebration of LGBTQ Progress

Buster Ross | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Buster Ross

The Gala this year promises to be the best yet. Founded in 1996, Basic Rights Oregon (BRO) is Oregon's main political advocacy and education organization working to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Sorry Joe Biden, But the Republicans ARE Our Enemies

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

It's a strategy that is not only unsuccessful with this extreme GOP, but it's an insult to those of us who have been viciously targeted by the GOP, whether we be women, LGBT, people of color or working people trying to make a decent wage.

Is Lyme Disease the New AIDS? What You Need to Know

David Michael Conner | Posted 10.21.2015 | Healthy Living
David Michael Conner

All my adult life, it turns out, while I've been fearing HIV -- as much because of stigma as because of the actual life effects -- I've had another infectious disease that is much more mysterious to this day.

I Hope My Mother Doesn't Read This

Greg Scarnici | Posted 10.20.2015 | Comedy
Greg Scarnici

Back in 2008, I started writing a collection of humorous essays about growing up gay in NYC and working in the entertainment industry called I Hope My Mother Doesn't Read This. Two years later, it was finished.

'Love & Hip Hop Hollywood': Miles & Mona Uncensored

Kelsey Minor | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kelsey Minor

"The first thing that comes out of another man's mouth in our culture when you are trying to humiliate somebody or diss them, you call them gay, you call them soft, you call them a sissy, you call them a punk, these are the words, it's like the biggest disrespect."

The 10 Stages of Coming Out to My Conservative Chinese Father

Keay Nigel | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Keay Nigel

For a moment after I finished, I felt this sense of confidence rising inside of me. I presumed that my father was going to say, 'OK, fine,' and then just accept the situation like it was no big deal. But when he finally spoke his mind, I realized that I wasn't ready for what was to come.

Justin Bieber's Big Reveal: America Still Loves to Punish Women

David Michael Conner | Posted 10.20.2015 | Entertainment
David Michael Conner

Women have made advancements in the workplace, but in all matters related to the bedroom, the cultural norm is to celebrate manhood -- both literally and figuratively -- while demonizing and diminishing women for their sexuality.

Perché le femministe italiane tacciono sull'utero in affitto?

Paola Tavella | Posted 10.20.2015 | Italy
Paola Tavella

Le femministe francesi hanno chiesto a Hollande di opporsi a una normativa che equivale "al trionfo dell'industria dei bambini su commissione". Un coordinamento di associazioni femministe europee hanno elaborato per la Conferenza dell'Aia sui diritti umani un testo sostenendo che la surrogacy vìola la Convenzione internazionale dei diritti dell'infanzia, la Convenzione per l'eliminazione di tutte le forme di discriminazione delle donne (Cedaw). E in Italia perché le donne non parlano? Perché gli unici a parlare sono gli uomini, con o senza tonaca?

You Being You: Celebrating Being True to Yourself

Jo Brothers | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jo Brothers

"This year we surveyed 1,000 Kiwis with Nielsen and we found that nearly half of all employees in NZ, whether gay or straight, don't feel they can be their authentic selves at work. We need to address this to unlock the potential of our people."

Trump or Treat: Lessons in Anthropology

Janet Mason | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Janet Mason

"It could happen. Trump could get elected. Hitler was elected, you know," said an older friend of mine. My friend and I were sitting in a college classroom where we are taking a class together in anthropology and photography.

The Democratic Debate Proved That on LGBT Equality -- and All Issues -- Pressure and Protest Works

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

The debate highlighted just how important it is to pressure candidates to focus on the issues progressives care about. That was evident when Hillary Clinton, in her opening remarks, was the only candidate to focus on the battles ahead over full equality for LGBT people.

Kicked Out of the Closet: How Two Letters Changed My Life

Clint Carlisle | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Clint Carlisle

The letters set out to incite hatred, judgment and division within my family, but thankfully the exact opposite has occurred.

How a Gay Dad Comes out Today - and Every Day

Ian Colvin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Ian Colvin

Twenty years ago, the hardest words to ever come out of my mouth were, "I'm gay" -- and unfortunately, the reactions weren't as positive or as humorous as the reactions I get now. For so many young LGBTQ, the reactions still aren't favorable.

Gay Adoption Is Not Always Easy

Andrew Branham | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Andrew Branham

If I had to offer advice to other gay or straight couple's that are considering adoption it would be to simply 'do your homework.'

For The Love of Sex (and Relationships)

Barrett Pall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Barrett Pall

I think we need to start reexamining what it means to be in a modern relationship that is all encompassing of who we are as an evolved society. We live longer, we get married later, we have infinite ways of connecting.

Tori Amos's Feminist Fairytale Musical

David Michael Conner | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
David Michael Conner

Nothing else sounded like it then, and nothing sounds like it now: inspired piano-and-harpsichord-based southern gothic rock epics don't come along often. Many critics were confused by it; many of her fans consider it one of her masterworks.

How the Outrage Over the Pope's Kim Davis Meeting May Have Paid Off in a Big Way

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

The pope, according to the Vatican's clarification, knew little of the particulars of her story. It appears it was not a private meeting to endorse her. A Vatican spokesman even described it as not "a real audience" -- quite an insult to Davis -- unlike some of the pope's other meetings.

Send Help! I'm Being Held Captive in a Place Called the "Friendzone."

Benjamin O'Keefe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Benjamin O'Keefe

You know when you meet someone and you instantly click? They give you butterflies when you see their face. You say cheesy and romantic things to each other not to be cheesy and romantic but because they are the only words that seem to make sense to say when you're around them.

How Pope Francis Undermined the Goodwill of His Trip and Proved to Be a Coward

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

After first refusing to confirm or deny it, the Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis met with the Kentucky clerk Kim Davis at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, where Davis's attorney -- who made the news public after the pope's trip ended -- said Francis told her to "stay strong." We don't yet know all the details of how the meeting came to pass, but the optics of it are bad no matter what. This simple encounter completely undermines all the goodwill the pope created in downplaying "the gay issue" on his U.S. trip. The pope played us for fools, trying to have it both ways. He's an artful politician, telling different audiences what they want to hear on homosexuality.