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11 Reasons You're Still a Single Gay Man (Thank God!)

David Toussaint | Posted 11.29.2015 | Gay Voices
David Toussaint

DOMA and gay marriages are making history, but there's no law that says you need to grab that guy you've been dating for a month and pick your Kelly Clarkson first dance song.

Why I'm Grateful to Be Gay This Thanksgiving

Allison Hope | Posted 11.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

This is the first Thanksgiving when our love is officially and legally recognized all across the country. Whether you're sitting around the table with Aunt Jane and Uncle Bob in Topeka or Tallahassee, you've got the federal government on your side when they launch into their ignorant diatribe.

Black Gay Men Will End AIDS in Their Community

Ace Robinson | Posted 11.23.2015 | Black Voices
Ace Robinson

The majority of the statistics that are/were reality for Black gay men are out of their direct control. We have minimal impact on the environment in which we are raised and the types of prejudice we face during an interview or in the Board Room. But today, one of those predicted hurdles that must be continually overcome can be crossed off the list.

Be Brave

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 11.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

What takes more bravery than the choice to be yourself, to honor your truth, your intuition, over and over again, in the face of circumstances or people or surroundings that would rather you acted like someone else?

No, Kirk Franklin, I Don't Accept Your Disingenuous Apology

Chris Sosa | Posted 11.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Chris Sosa

I love gospel music. I love the tradition from which it speaks. Gospel is the music of emancipation, using religious language to demand an end to racial oppression and fight for equality.

Queer Voices: Do I Sound Gay? Does It Matter?

David Michael Conner | Posted 11.19.2015 | Gay Voices
David Michael Conner

What's so interesting about the gay voice is that it's a primary indicator that we as beings are more complex than we physically appear to be.

Don't Believe the Hype: Charlie Sheen and the Science of HIV Transmission

Jim Downs | Posted 11.18.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Downs

Claiming that Sheen, Hollywood's notorious bad boy, contracted the virus because of sex with many partners only confirms stereotypes about the epidemic that began over three decades ago.

8 Things Later-In-Life Lesbians Want You To Know

Hélène Tragos Stelian | Posted 11.18.2015 | Fifty
Hélène Tragos Stelian

At an event earlier this year, I met two women who, as it turned out, were not only business partners but also life partners. They left their marriages and grown children in their 50s and have been together ever since. My curiosity piqued, I'm afraid I monopolized their time with my many questions.

Why the Mormon Church Leaders Still Don't Get It

John Halstead | Posted 11.17.2015 | Religion
John Halstead

The children of LGBT couples must wait to they are 18 to receive sacraments which are routinely extended to eight year old children in the Mormon church. The Mormon church leadership has an outdated conception of "family."

Show Tackles Dating While Gay and Disabled

Christina Paschyn | Posted 11.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Christina Paschyn

How many able-bodied gay men would ask out a disabled gay man? That's the question actor Ryan J. Haddad, 23, has struggled with for most of his young adult life.

'Out 100' Responses Are Telling and Useful

David Michael Conner | Posted 11.17.2015 | Gay Voices
David Michael Conner

Of course, newsstand magazines can be expected to put attractive -- impossibly attractive, computer-altered -- models on the cover. But with reader reactions being what they are, maybe it's time to reconsider how our community is framing itself.

The Black Church: Bold and Bad Enough To Accept and Affirm

Rev. Cedric A. Harmon | Posted 11.13.2015 | Black Voices
Rev. Cedric A. Harmon

The prevailing Black Church culture forces too many to face the untenable choice: hide behind a mask or be cast aside from an extended family they've known all their lives.

40 Things I Know For Sure at 40

Ry Black | Posted 11.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Ry Black

There is never enough time. Repeat that. Two seconds just went by you'll never see again.

Mormon Church Punishes Children Of LGBT Parents for Parents' 'Transgressions'

John Halstead | Posted 11.10.2015 | Religion
John Halstead

In the Mormon view, children are not cursed by any "original sin" and children are not responsible for the sins of their parents -- until now. Despite of the Church's inept attempts to justify this policy, many Mormons and non-Mormons, are seeing it as punishing the children for the "sins" of their LGBT parents.

Is 50 Cent Gay? Did Vivica Lick His Crack? Is Anything Wrong That?

Yolanda Young | Posted 11.10.2015 | Entertainment
Yolanda Young

Fox was irresponsible in trying to use the suggestion of gayness to insult a black man. It is this kind of subtle homophobia juxtaposed with the glorification of hypermasculinity that convinces some black men to stay in the closet. Sex between two consenting single adults is never a bad thing or anyone else's business.

10 Reasons I Quit Online Dating

Barrett Pall | Posted 11.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Barrett Pall

Dating isn't a game, there shouldn't be rules, and the longer you stay a player the longer you just get stuck playing a video game.

"Straight Women Don't Exist!" and Other Terrible Science Reporting

Nadia Khayrallah | Posted 11.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Nadia Khayrallah

Recently, the internet erupted a bit over the scientific "discovery" that women are "bisexual or gay, but never straight."

After 13 Years, I'm Leaving Christianity

Keay Nigel | Posted 11.06.2015 | Religion
Keay Nigel

Dear Christians, do know that just because you think you're right doesn't mean that everyone else is wrong. Though I no longer consider myself a Christian, I'm still keeping a space for God in my heart. I didn't lose my religion. Instead, I'm creating my own.

Dear Houston: Children Are Dying

Stephanie Mott | Posted 11.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

Under the guise of protecting women and girls from a danger that does not exist, transgender teens are given an extraordinarily clear message: In the eyes of their community, their lives are not valuable.

Impeding LGBT Parents Does Not Help Children Who Need Families

Adam Pertman | Posted 11.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Adam Pertman

All a state is doing when it imposes restrictions is shrinking its pool of prospective parents and, as a result, decreasing the odds that children in its custody will ever live in permanent, loving and successful families.

Documentary Explores The Reality Of Being Black And Gay In The Church

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 11.08.2015 | Black Voices

This week, BET premiered a documentary that shows the experiences of being queer and black in the church and explores LGBTQ individuals of faith navig...

Houston: We Have A Problem

Donna Red Wing | Posted 11.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Donna Red Wing

LGBT and progressive groups from around the nation outspent the opposition and brought in political leaders and celebrities in support of the ordinance. But it was the conservatives, armed with their hard-hitting "bathroom campaign" and religious liberty rhetoric who resonated with voters.

Religious Liberty Is Not a Weapon of Discrimination

Donna Red Wing | Posted 11.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Donna Red Wing

Religious liberty should not and cannot be used as a weapon of discrimination. We need to be very clear that we will not allow the radical religious right to undermine the rights and liberties of LGBT Americans or anyone else under the guise of religious liberty.

Accountability and Healing: On Gay Men and Intimate Partner Violence

Yolo Akili | Posted 11.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Yolo Akili

You are not alone. The statistics on domestic violence tell a sad story. But what's even sadder, is that we know the statistics only reflect what is reported. There is so much more pain out there that will never make it onto a researcher's spreadsheet.

It Should've Been Us: A Very Complicated Uncomplicated Love Story

Barrett Pall | Posted 11.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Barrett Pall

We didn't necessarily find love in a hopeless place, but we found something that had the possibility to turn into love.