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Off The Ice: Gay Canadian Teen Jock Comes Out On YouTube

Posted 03.18.2012 | Gay Voices

Coming out can be a difficult process for any teenager. According to Scott Heggart, it's even harder when you're an athlete. The Canadian-born Heg...

Dharun Ravi Verdict Inspires Impassioned -- And Conflicted -- Responses

Posted 03.16.2012 | Gay Voices

The conviction of former Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi for bias intimidation, invasion of privacy and tampering with evidence among other cha...

WATCH: GLSEN Greater Cincinnati's Poignant New Anti-Gay Bullying Video

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.16.2012 | Gay Voices

"It almost makes me angry when I hear 'it gets better.' I don't want it to get better; I want it to be better now." That's just one of several eye...

#ToMyUnbornChild Twitter Trend Sparks Homophobic Tweets

Posted 03.16.2012 | Gay Voices

In what can be seen as a disturbing sign of the times, a seemingly harmless Twitter trend quickly descended into a flurry of homophobic statements fro...

'The World of Normal Boys' Author K. M. Soehnlein Brings His Timeless Coming-Out Story to Magnet Book Club

Oscar Raymundo | Posted 05.15.2012 | San Francisco
Oscar Raymundo

Gay coming-out novels are a dime a dozen. But The World of Normal Boys is something else. It's a detailed exploration into the consciousness of a 13-year-old boy as he struggles to figure out who he is meant to be.

Just Left The Closet: A Much-Needed Community For LGBT Teens

Jeremy Cabalona | Posted 05.14.2012 | Gay Voices
Jeremy Cabalona

It wasn't long ago that I was in the same position as many Just Left the Closet members. Growing up, what I needed more than anything were real friends and open conversation. That is exactly what we want JLTC to be: a place to make friends and have open conversation.

Making It Better Through Film, One YouTube View At A Time

Elliot London | Posted 05.14.2012 | Gay Voices
Elliot London

I'm a 31-year-old out director trying to make it in Hollywood. But unlike most others, perhaps, I'm using my passion for film to try to make a difference in the lives of the LGBT community, especially among young people.

College Student Reportedly Threatened With Campus Housing Expulsion After Coming Out

Posted 03.13.2012 | Gay Voices

A Michigan-based lesbian student claims to have been threatened to be thrown out of her Christian college's on-campus housing if she doesn't remove re...

WATCH: Bisexual Man's Father Surprises His Son With 'Born This Way' Tattoo

Posted 03.12.2012 | Gay Voices

In what will likely be the most heartwarming video you'll watch today, the "old school Italian" father of a bisexual man who recently came out to his ...

Colorado High School Yearbook Staff Members Quit After Advisor Orders Gay Couple Removed

Posted 03.12.2012 | Gay Voices

Members of a Colorado Springs high school's yearbook staff are staging a protest after claiming an advisor asked them to remove a photo of a lesbian c...

Youth Homelessness Moves Forward As A Major LGBTQ Issue... Thanks To The White House

Laura A. Hughes | Posted 05.09.2012 | Gay Voices
Laura A. Hughes

We are thrilled that today, March 9, 2012, the Ruth Ellis Center will partner with the White House Office of Public Engagement and the Department of Housing and Urban Development to hold the first-ever LGBT Conference on Housing & Homelessness.

Homeless LGBT Youth: The Next Battle For Equality

AP | VERENA DOBNIK | Posted 05.08.2012 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK — Iro Uikka clutches his throat as he describes the violent clash that led to spending his nights sleeping in New York City subway cars...

Stop Blaming Dharun Ravi: Why We Need To Share Responsibility For The Loss Of Tyler Clementi

Mary L. Gray, Ph.D. | Posted 05.02.2012 | Gay Voices
Mary L. Gray, Ph.D.

Rallying to punish Dharun Ravi does not do justice to Tyler Clementi's life, nor does it move us one step closer to preventing another young person from turning to suicide. The politics of blame are a dead end. Instead, we need to build out an ethos of shared responsibility.

Will You Go to Prom With Me?

Oscar Raymundo | Posted 05.02.2012 | San Francisco
Oscar Raymundo

For every teen, prom season brings up a flurry of first-time emotions. Will that dreamy boy ask me out? For gay teens, those emotions are magnified by the fact that we know deep down that dreamy boy will never ask us.

Growing Up Gay In The 1990s: Has That Much Changed For Today's Gay Youth?

emily m. danforth | Posted 04.29.2012 | Gay Voices
emily m. danforth

I wish Cameron Post's world felt dated to readers -- not just the movie references or the song titles, but also the culture of overt and sanctioned bigotry. But what's absurd is that there are plenty of teenage readers today who can fully relate to Cam's experiences.

'Glee' Suicide Storyline Leads To Spike In Web Traffic, Phone Calls For LGBT Youth Group

Posted 02.28.2012 | Gay Voices

Last week's controversial winter finale episode of "Glee" may have shocked fans, but one lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth advocacy ...

Giving the Green Light to a Better Future for LGBT Youth

Jorge Valencia | Posted 04.29.2012 | Gay Voices
Jorge Valencia

Point Scholar Tommy Craven recently spoke about how narrow and limited life felt to him before he received his scholarship and was able to go to college. Today Craven is no longer trapped by narrow attitudes and limited opportunities. He is going to school at NYU.

WATCH: Young Gay Man Comes Out To His Mom On YouTube

Posted 02.27.2012 | Gay Voices

A young gay man's poignant coming out to his mother is making the blogosphere rounds. As Dan Brian notes on his YouTube page, "Finally got the str...

WATCH: Daniel Radcliffe's New LGBT Youth Clip Premieres

Posted 02.22.2012 | Gay Voices

Daniel Radcliffe continues to express his dedication to gay rights and anti-bullying causes with a Trevor Project public service announcement, which a...

WATCH: Does Focus On The Family's 'Day Of Dialogue' Promote Bullying Of LGBT Youth?

Posted 02.22.2012 | Gay Voices

Focus On The Family, the evangelical Christian organization known for its conservative stance on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) com...

WATCH: The 30 Best 'It Gets Better' Videos

Posted 02.21.2012 | Gay Voices

"It Gets Better," the hour-long TV special focusing on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, makes its highly-anticipated MTV and Logo ...

Mystery Man's Testimony Could Shed New Insight Into Tyler Clementi's Suicide Case

AP | GEOFF MULVIHILL | Posted 04.22.2012 | Gay Voices

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — The trial of a former Rutgers University student accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate's intimate encounter wit...

More LGBT Youth Being Driven To Homelessness At Younger Ages: Report

Posted 02.17.2012 | Gay Voices

A CBS affiliate in Miami is shedding light on an oft-overlooked segment of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community: homeless LGBT youth. ...

Tennessee's 'Don't Say Gay' Bill Advances Despite Protests

Posted 02.16.2012 | Gay Voices

Despite nationwide criticism, a controversial Tennessee bill that would restrict references to homosexuality in schools has cleared its first hurdle i...

Listening To LBGT Youth

Sara Benincasa | Posted 04.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Sara Benincasa

I want LGBT students to know that they are worth something, that there is help out there, and not the kind of "help" offered by pray-away-the-gay pastors and other cult leaders, but help from folks who want them to celebrate who they are.