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'Looking' for More

Oscar G. Lopez | Posted 03.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Oscar G. Lopez

I liked the show because it finally presented a world I could relate to. It was refreshing to see a show that dealt with the issues that concern me and my community: being gay in America, dealing with questions of monogamy and infidelity, Grindr, Truvada, drugs, orgies, cruising.

Fierce Backlash Mounts Over Indiana's 'Religious Freedom' Law

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics

A new "religious freedom" law in Indiana touched off a firestorm of criticism across the country Friday, after opponents warned that it could lead to ...

What's It Like to Be Deaf and Gay? (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 03.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

What's it like to navigate the gay world when you're deaf? Richard Mesich shares his story, beginning with his coming-out experience.

When Is It Bad to Seek Attention?

Matt Hartman | Posted 03.27.2015 | Impact
Matt Hartman

Most of us are called attention-seeking at some point, and it's usually a way to silence or delegitimize. We silence and delegitimize those who are oppressed -- those we want to stay in their place. Often, its done subconsciously, but just as, if not more, often it's done with purpose.

Apple CEO Tim Cook 'Deeply Disappointed' In Indiana's New Anti-Gay Law

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 03.27.2015 | Business

Apple CEO Tim Cook is the latest tech exec to take a stand against Indiana’s new anti-gay law. Cook took to Twitter Friday to criticize the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was signed into law on Thursday and will allow business owners to claim religious beliefs if they are sued for refusing to serve LGBT couples.

Looking Being Canceled Is a Loss for the Gay Community

Michael Restiano | Posted 03.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Restiano

I love RuPaul's Drag Race and Modern Family as much as the next gay viewer. But let's be real here: these shows exist to make us smile and laugh. They do not ask us to critically examine our bodies, existence and behaviors.

Gay Couple Adopts Brazilian Boy Who Was Rejected For Being 'Too Black'

HuffPost Brazil | Posted 03.27.2015 | Gay Voices

Journalist Gilberto Scofield Jr. and his partner, Rodrigo Barbosa, adopted a four-year-old boy in 2014. In an open letter published on the blog "Ser m...

Chelsea, I Love You

Rick Schmutzler | Posted 03.27.2015 | New York
Rick Schmutzler

Over the last three years, I've had to answer seemingly endless questions asking if we were staying, how it felt to be in a dying neighborhood and if we were threatened because "all the gays left." Let me be clear about this: Chelsea is NOT dying.

Hollywood Speaks Out Against Indiana's Anti-LGBT Law

The Huffington Post | Gabriel Arana | Posted 03.27.2015 | Media

A chorus of voices from Hollywood has denounced Indiana’s newly passed anti-LGBT law, which would make businesses and individuals immune from lawsui...

Radio Stations Pull Country Band's Hit Song Because Of 'Gay Agenda'

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 03.27.2015 | Gay Voices

Radio stations are reportedly pulling Little Big Town's latest country hit, "Girl Crush," due to complaints that the song's lyrics promote the "gay ag...

Great Expectations: The Journey of Heather Has Two Mommies

Lesléa Newman | Posted 03.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Lesléa Newman

"Did you ever expect your book to cause so much controversy?" is the question I am most frequently asked when the discovery is made: I am the author o...

RE: Are You Black first? #GayAgenda

Sheena C. Howard | Posted 03.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Sheena C. Howard

More germane, if you are a negro and part of the LGBT community, step aside; we need to register you as a person fighting for the black cause or the gay cause, pick one -- you can't do both. These are mutually exclusive.

How I Will Express My Religious Freedom in Indiana

Peter Monn | Posted 03.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Peter Monn

I'm tired of explaining to people who would never be affected by such a bill how it haunts me and once again makes me feel different; less than.

How Loving A Transgender Man In My 50s Changed My Life

Pamela Madsen | Posted 03.24.2015 | Fifty
Pamela Madsen

For most of my life, I identified as 'straight'. I married young and had kids. Then I met Mac. Mac was my earthquake. Loving a transgender man has rewired my brain and changed how I look at sexuality and the world.

Is It All Right With You If I'm Just Out as Human?

Shaina Loew | Posted 03.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Shaina Loew

I don't have a word for being a girl who was assigned "female" at birth; identifies as a girl; grew up dressing like (and still sometimes dresses like) a boy; once dated men but now dates women; eats meat, vegetables, gluten, and dairy; is white; has blonde hair and blue eyes; and is short. That's why we have names. I'm just Shaina.

A Young Man Was Allegedly Beaten for Being Gay and Mississippi Doesn't Think It's a Hate Crime

Benjamin O'Keefe | Posted 03.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Benjamin O'Keefe

Faggot. It's unfortunately a word that most gay men have had thrown at them at some point in their life. It's a word that Devin Norman heard yelled at him in a grocery store parking lot this weekend before he was allegedly brutally beaten for being a gay man in Mississippi.

Twenty Years Ago Today...

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 03.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

It seems impossible that so much time has gone by, as so much of him and that experience remains within me, prompting memories such as this. I think of him often and relate to our children each year, as we unpack Shane's trove of nutcrackers, just who he was and what he meant to me.

Here Is Why I Use the Word 'Queer'

Jenny Block | Posted 03.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Jenny Block

That word has been used against us in the past. But you can't use a word against someone who already calls that word their own. So I claim it. I own. I use it, and I wear it. I am queer.

He Told His Boyfriend, 'I Love You.' His Boyfriend's Response Brought Him to Tears. (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 03.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

When Michael Coulter left Flint, Michigan, and went to college, he "met more gay people in one hour" than he had in his entire life. But there was one who caught his eye, and that boy would become his first love. As the school year continued, Michael's feelings only grew stronger, and with summer break approaching, he felt like he was ready to share his feelings.

Barbies, Hot Lava and One Unhappy Dad

Julie Tarney | Posted 03.20.2015 | Parents
Julie Tarney

Ryan looked up at his father, and a tiny wrinkle of worry appeared between his eyebrows. His dad was not happy, and it was clear Ryan didn't know why. My pulse accelerated. I felt uncomfortable witnessing this scene.

Comedian Julie Goldman: 'I Would Be Lesbian Maude' in Modern-Day Remake

Sarah Toce | Posted 03.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Sarah Toce

It makes sense that Goldman would have an unapologetic outlook on her comedy. Joan Rivers was, after all, one of her favorite comedians.

Matt Sheehan

California Dreaming: Alibaba Helps LGBT Chinese Couples Get Married In Los Angeles

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sheehan | Posted 03.20.2015 | World

BEIJING -- Liu Xin and his boyfriend, Hu Zhidong, have opted for a destination wedding. They’re not heading to Venice, Hawaii or even Mexico. Rather...

Andy Cohen Three-Part Interview

Spencer Macnaughton | Posted 03.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Spencer Macnaughton

He opened up about coming to terms with his sexual orientation and about the traits he looks for in the ideal man. He also spilled the tea on whether the Real Housewives is fake, and about the challenge of making sure the housewives aren't acting to maintain their job security.

Madonna Responds To The Dolce & Gabbana Controversy

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 03.19.2015 | Gay Voices

Madonna is giving Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana a schooling in what family really means. The pop star took to Instagram Wednesday to respond ...

Homophobia Hiding in Plain Sight

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 03.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Anyone who didn't see the homophobia at CPAC -- and the organizing around it that still animates much of the conservative movement, and is bowed to by the GOP -- must have been wearing blinders.