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The Power of a Complex Heritage

Diriye Osman | Posted 11.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

One of the great markers of maturity is an appreciation for complexity. Although I'm of Somali descent, I did most of my growing up in Nairobi and London. As the years zipped by, the lens of my identity also zoomed out to encompass my sexuality as an out and proud gay man.

On My 50th Birthday, a Letter to Myself at 17

David Munk | Posted 11.16.2014 | Gay Voices
David Munk

I see you at 17 -- feathered hair, parachute pants, asymmetrical smile. You have just graduated from high school. Despite your outward ebullience, I see that, beneath the jocular façade, you are so very sad. Of this you are (mostly) unaware.

This Is What Happened When I Tried Banning Conversion Therapy in Minnesota

Alec Fischer | Posted 11.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Alec Fischer

Having same-sex marriage legalized one year prior gave us hope that our bill would be heard and eventually passed; if our legislators approved marriage equality, surely they would advocate for the restriction of a practice that treats homosexuality as a curable disorder.

Liberal, Well-Meaning Mom Blows It When Her Son Comes Out -- But Then She Feels Blessed

Susan Oren | Posted 10.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Susan Oren

Here was the ultimate mom test. Was I the real deal? At this crucial moment, probably the most important one of my life, my mind had shut down, and I'd lost my voice. I'd expected to perform much better. This had been a D-minus at best.

Diva Internet Sensation Has An Important Message For You

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.17.2014 | Gay Voices

Hopefully you saw the viral video of 15-year-old Brendan Jordan stealing the show while werking for the camera during a random news broadcast (we're e...

LGBT Youth Homelessness Is Not an Us/Them Issue

Jama Shelton | Posted 12.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Jama Shelton

I'm frustrated that 8 years after the National LGBTQ Task Force released their report calling LGBT youth homelessness an epidemic, we are still having the same conversations.

A Letter to the People Who Hate Us Because of What Happened to Our Gay Son

Linda Robertson | Posted 12.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Linda Robertson

For those of you who are determined that we suffer and be held accountable for our mistakes, we can only say that the pain of knowing how deeply we wronged our son and not being able to sit down across from him and ask for his forgiveness is agony beyond all attempt to describe it.

Watch This Gay Law Student Recount His Takedown of a Wannabe Ex-Gay Counselor (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 12.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-10-02-20141001ScottBlairsmall.jpgYou would think that after getting a phone call from Harvard Law's LGBT group encouraging their son to attend the prestigious university, Scott Blair's parents would be proud. Instead, they were devastated and joined an ex-gay counseling group and tried to make their son straight.

He, Zie or They: Gender-Specific Pronouns Are Personal

Julie Tarney | Posted 11.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

I admire my son's outlook. He views himself as an individual first, as we all are, and he's chosen how he wants to be identified, as we should all have the freedom to do.

How Did You End Up in New York City?

Marti Gould Cummings | Posted 11.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Marti Gould Cummings

On June 23, 2005, I moved to New York. My parents drove me up and helped me move into my dorm and then walked me to orientation. As I watched them walk away, I knew that I was home, no longer a flamboyant country boy but a future star in the city that I would conquer and take over.

My Queer Son Is My Own Personal 'Fashion Police'

Julie Tarney | Posted 11.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

Harry graduated from college two years ago. He's a photographer, a fixture in the Brooklyn drag scene, and my personal stylist. At least that's how I see it.

Can Money Solve a Bad Coming Out?

Dieter Holger | Posted 11.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Dieter Holger

Daniel Pierce's bravery touched many. After-all, his story garnered over 3.5k donations. We hope the best for Pierce and other youth in his situation. Assumedly, that cash will come in handy for him though.

LGBT Youths With Unsupportive Parents Sound Off Anonymously

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 07.27.2014 | Gay Voices

With marriage equality expanding internationally and more U.S. states approving anti-discrimination legislation, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transg...

Memories of a Gay Childhood

Jan Phillips | Posted 09.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Jan Phillips

I've been thinking of my own early years as a queer youth: how despairing I was, how wrong I felt, how terribly unseen and unheard. Then I remembered my suicide notes, how occasionally I would write one and leave it around to be found.

What My Son Taught Me About Gender Identity

Julie Tarney | Posted 09.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

Then it dawned on me. The handsome, bearded young man sitting next to me at the restaurant didn't just idolize female characters, he related to them. He identified with them.

How Punk Music Empowered a Queer Youth (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 09.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

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These LGBT Youth Are Queering Up Radio In An Amazing Way

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 06.19.2014 | Gay Voices

A groundbreaking program is providing a platform for the lives and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals within the...

First I Was Fondled by a Daddy

Matthew Terrell | Posted 08.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Terrell

I fondly remember the first man to ever touch my genitals, even though the experience is a scar on my memory.

LOOK: Judy Garland As You've Never Seen Her Before

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.13.2014 | Gay Voices

It's Judy Garland as you've never seen her before. The Hollywood legend is re-interpreted by visual artists as part of the annual "Night of a Thou...

Why I 'Fired' My Radio Co-Host: She Believes Gays Who Have Sex Are Failing God's 'Self-Restraint' Test (AUDIO)

Nicholas Snow | Posted 08.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

In a recent episode of Nicholas Snow Live, my BFF and volunteer co-host, Helen M. Holdun, expressed opinions that shocked me and listeners. She revealed that she believes that sex is only for heterosexual married couples, and only for the purpose of procreation.

Dancing in His Underwear for the Garbage Man, and Other Ways Noah Michelson Was a Sexual, Queer Kid (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 08.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-06-11-20140611NoahMichelsonsmall.jpgIt might not come as a surprise to you that Noah Michelson, Executive Editor of The Huffington Post's Gay Voices vertical, is a proud queer man. What might surprise you is how young he was when he first discovered his pride and sexuality.

Painting The Town Rainbow On Behalf Of LGBT Youth

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.10.2014 | Gay Voices

A new project created in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth is making the city of Bangkok a much more colorful place. ...

Edie Windor Reveals Her Next Goal

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.06.2014 | Gay Voices

Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) plaintiff Edie Windsor dropped by HuffPost Live this week, speaking at length about her history-making legal victory as...

WATCH: Gay Teen Uses Prom Queen Title To Highlight Transphobia

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.27.2014 | Gay Voices

A gay Connecticut teen made local history after being named Prom Queen, calling his surprise victory a statement against transphobia. White Plains...

Great News For Teen Whose Yearbook Photo Was Axed Because She Wore A Tuxedo

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.22.2014 | Gay Voices

Officials at a San Francisco Catholic school have formally apologized after axing a teen's photo from the 2014 yearbook because she wore a tuxedo inst...