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Think Being Young And LGBT Has Gotten Easier? Think Again

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 11.19.2015 | Gay Voices

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5 Ways LGBT Youth Can Survive Thanksgiving Dinner with Crazy Uncle Bob

Klint Kendrick | Posted 11.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Klint Kendrick

Thanksgiving dinner is stressful for just about everybody, and when rich food and strong drinks are served, things can get a little tense. Taking some time to emotionally prepare for a turbulent dinner with Crazy Uncle Bob can make all the difference.

Here's What Cynthia Nixon Believes Is The 'AIDS Crisis Of This Generation'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 11.10.2015 | Gay Voices

Cynthia Nixon is proud of the political and social strides made by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in recent years...

Great News For LGBT Youth In Puerto Rico

Associated Press | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.13.2015 | Gay Voices

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Students at public schools across Puerto Rico for the first time can choose to wear pants or skirts as p...

Anti-Bullying: Failing To Tackle Gender And Sexual Inequalities

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 10.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

We need to make clear connections between gender inequality, sexism, and the harassment experienced by LGBTQ and gender non-conforming kids -- including girls who express sexual agency. Student activism can be a useful tool for bringing awareness to schools.

Gay Author's Early Years Inspire Kids' Book About Self-Acceptance

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.12.2015 | Gay Voices

Journalist Tyler Curry is making his first foray into children's literature with A Peacock Among Pigeons, a charming picture book with a very mat...

Here's Why These Mizzou Athletes Will 'Go Purple' For Spirit Day

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.07.2015 | Gay Voices

Student athletes at the University of Missouri explain why they're "going purple" for Spirit Day in this poignant new clip.  Creat...

Are You Ready To Go Purple For Spirit Day?

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 09.28.2015 | Gay Voices

Are you ready to go purple for Spirit Day? GLAAD has released a new animated video in advance of the event, held on Oct. 15, encouraging sup...

Stop Hoping for More and Start Hoping for the One

JD Stewart | Posted 09.21.2015 | Gay Voices
JD Stewart

I am most certainly not the first, nor will I be the last to feel this way. But my main question is: Where is this diverse and accepting gay community that people led me to believe existed here? We are now in a world where we have over 100 choices at our fingertips and still, we want more.

Back To School Tips For Parents Of LGBTQ Kids

The Next Family | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.23.2015 | Gay Voices

Back to school time is filled with the excitement of new backpacks, teachers, and reunions with friends. But for lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgend...

Rebecca Klein

This Gay Straight Alliance Won A Major Award, But It's Still Fighting For Acceptance In Its School | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.29.2015 | Gay Voices

Nixa High School's Gay Straight Alliance is changing lives. In just two years, the club has lobbied state lawmakers for more LGBT-inclusive anti-bully...

Ireland and I Shout 'Yes'

Alice Carey | Posted 05.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Alice Carey

As Shakespeare might have said regarding Ireland's resounding YES vote on Gay Marriage, "This is a tale told by the populous full of sound and fury, signifying everything." And it is. Ireland hit her mark on the planet and she gleams! But in true Shakespearian fashion, not before some tragedy.

New Study Of LGBT Youth Reveals Some Harrowing Statistics

Reuters | Posted 05.07.2015 | Gay Voices

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) adolescents are more likely to be bullied and victimized thro...

Walmart Store Reportedly Refuses To Print 'Gay' On Cake For Gay-Straight Prom 'Couple'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.06.2015 | Gay Voices

Two Nevada teens -- one gay and one straight -- have become Internet sensations in the wake of their viral promposal, but a new wrinkle in what had be...

This Gay Teen Couple Couldn't Have Asked For A More Perfect Prom Night

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.29.2015 | Gay Voices

Prom night is a memorable rite-of-passage for many high school students across the country. The experience was especially monumental for two gay West ...

High School Under Fire After Group Of Students Organize 'Anti-Gay Day'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.21.2015 | Gay Voices

A Pennsylvania high school has come under media scrutiny after a group of students organized an "Anti-Gay Day" in response to the nationally-observed ...

Why I'm Unsubscribing From Ageism in the Gay Community

David Vaughn | Posted 06.18.2015 | Gay Voices
David Vaughn

Almost every time I go out in the gayborhood, I experience some form of ageism. Age shouldn't matter -- because it doesn't. It's the 21st century, and the only things truly dated about us are our idealisms.

Here's Why We Still Need To Be Supporting LGBT Youth In Schools With A 'Day Of Silence'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.17.2015 | Gay Voices

April 17 marks the 19th year of the annual Day of Silence, which brings attention to anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) bullying and h...

A Man in California Wants to Kill My Son

Amelia | Posted 05.28.2015 | Gay Voices

You might be thinking, "Amelia, this isn't going to go anywhere. It's California! It's not like it's going to become law." And you are right. But it doesn't take away from the fact that there are thousands of people in this country just like Mr. McLaughlin, who think a bullet in his head is exactly what my son deserves.

On Alan Turing, Me and My Son

Patrick Roth | Posted 04.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Patrick Roth

We know that countless numbers of men and women have been, and continue to be, persecuted simply for being who they are. We understand how fortunate we are just to be able to raise our children and to glimpse the possibilities in store for them.

A Gay Dad's Open Letter To The Texas School That Rejected Out Teen

Posted 02.23.2015 | Gay Voices

By Rob Watson | The Next Family The world of teens and tweens can be a treacherous one. As the dad to two 12-year-olds, I see it as a world where c...

The Queering of Sleeping Beauty

Diriye Osman | Posted 04.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

As I write this, I am sure there are countless gay kids from Kuala Lumpur to Kinshasa watching delectable Disney propaganda and imagining themselves as Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel or Elsa from "Frozen" and dreaming of new ways to customize those fantasies to fit their reality.

Study Finds It Does Get Better For LGBTQ Youth

Reuters | Posted 03.31.2015 | Gay Voices

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning adolescents who face bullying and other ty...

One Million Kids Launches -- But It Isn't What You Think It Is

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 01.22.2015 | Gay Voices

Ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court's forthcoming ruling on same-sex marriage, a group billing itself as "an organization of folks from all walks of life"...

Wearing Dad Jeans and Other Premium Benefits of Mentoring a Young Gay Man

Del Ray Zimmerman | Posted 03.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Del Ray Zimmerman

My own early years acclimating as a gay man carry some of the deepest wounds of my life. For a while, I sacrificed my education, carried shame about my sexuality, made horrible dating choices, and looked for my self-esteem in the nightclubs. Now I have a deep and visceral need to give Griffin the advice and friendship from an older gay man that I didn't have.