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A Thank You Note to Pope Francis

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

As we approach American Thanksgiving, it is time to express gratitude for a very important development in the life of the Catholic Church, which I very much love. And that is the grace of your pontificate.

5 Things You Must Tell Your Grandma About the Ads on FOX News So She Doesn't Get Scammed

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Jon Hotchkiss

Over the course of 5 hours between October 24 and 25, I wrote down every commercial that aired on FOX News during shows hosted by Brett Baier, Gretchen Carlson, Shep Smith, Bill Hemmer and Greta Van Susteren because I wanted to know what was being advertised. Here's what I found.

Now Is the Time for Attention to Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ Communities of Color

Irene Monroe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

Every Monday morning, "Alex" and I met for breakfast at our favorite dive in Harvard Square. I would notice bruises and cuts on his face, arms, and legs, but I assumed that the black-and-blue marks were par for the course for a guy who played scrimmage football on the weekends.

Standing on Political and Religious Principle -- That Doesn't Stand on Us

Robert Hall | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Robert Hall

It is high time to stand on the principle of relationship -- loving what unites us more than we hate what divides us.

'Isn't This the Best Pope Ever?!'

Ed Shurna | Posted 11.30.2013 | Chicago
Ed Shurna

I think he will challenge everyone, include everyone and invite everyone to see that we are all in this together.

Breaking Social Silences in Nigeria: A Conversation With Gay Rights Activist Michael Ighodaro

Daniel Lyons | Posted 11.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Daniel Lyons

Suffering a brutal attack last October, Michael has been granted political asylum in the U.S. and currently lives in New York, where he and I spoke about the events that brought him here and the current state of affairs for the LGBT community in Nigeria.

Cavan Sieczkowski

Surprising Factor Could Increase Chances A Man Is Gay | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 09.06.2013 | Gay Voices

Seven years ago a study made headlines for finding that men with older brothers are more likely to be gay. Today the study has resurfaced as researche...

Opera Gets a Sexy Makeover at the Fire Island Opera Festival

Jamie Krauss Hess | Posted 11.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Jamie Krauss Hess

The Pines," the gay summer vacation destination off the coast of Long Island, is usually known more for groovy disco or throbbing dance music than for opera, but that changed this past weekend.

My Interview With Michael Iemma About His Film, Stitch, Part I

Michael Carosone | Posted 10.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

I embrace a title such as this because "Hell Yeah! I am a gay filmmaker who is going to tell my stories about my life." Our community has been denied this freedom for far, far too long.

The Pope and Understanding Homosexuality in the Bible

Paul F. McNamara | Posted 10.01.2013 | Religion
Paul F. McNamara

The recent comment by Pope Francis on not judging gay persons should not come as a surprise to any Christian. Even Fundamental Christians make it clear that sin is sin and this is certainly not a new concept to Catholicism

The 'Gay Best Friend' Effect: A Friendly Takedown of Benevolent Stereotyping

Lauren Duca | Posted 09.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Lauren Duca

So many girls "just want a gay best friend," and can you blame them? Why shouldn't all ladies want a man who will just listen and go shopping but isn't a total betch like their girlfriends are can be? The thing is that grouping all gay men into this "gay best friend" bundle counts as stereotyping.

Evangelical Shift on Gays: Less Fear, More Heart

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 09.22.2013 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

The more promising direction is the one framed by Alan Chambers, and by a widening stream of younger Christians who follow Jesus toward a more open-hearted relationship with their gay fellow citizens. Less fear. More heart.

Praise for Annie Rachele Lanzillotto's Writing

Michael Carosone | Posted 09.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

I had the privilege of attending one of Annie Rachele Lanzillotto's events for her two new books: her memoir, L Is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Fr...

Mastering in Love: LGBT Dating and the Journey to the Ring

Nicholas Marlin | Posted 09.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Marlin

Instead of dating to find Mr. or Mrs. Right, date to learn more about yourself and what makes you happy. Make it less about getting the ring and more about discovering what makes you want to give someone a ring. And use each relationship to hone in on what your ideal life will be like.

Our Beloved Samaritans: A Vision for Evangelicalism in the 21st Century

Frank Fredericks | Posted 09.14.2013 | Religion
Frank Fredericks

It's pretty hard to learn from someone if we only see them by their external identity. Bart isn't my gay friend, he's my friend who just happens to be gay. Without this level of humanization, we'll never have a chance to build community with others and learn from them.

7 Signs of a Gay-Friendly Congregation

David Briggs | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

It is difficult to stereotype. Individual congregations, not denominations, ultimately decide how they will respond to gay and lesbian worshippers.

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage Equality

Nicholas Marlin | Posted 09.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Marlin

"Frank and Nikki sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G." Almost everyone knows the rest of this song: "First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes th...

Are Gays Really More Affluent And Fashionable Than Straights?

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 06.11.2013 | Gay Voices

The Williams Institute recently released an update on their 2009 report on poverty within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community....

WATCH: Controversial New Ad Shows Parents Learning Their Unborn Baby Will Be A Lesbian

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 06.07.2013 | Gay Voices

Imagine getting an ultrasound for your soon-to-be born child and instead of being told his or her gender, you're told your child's sexuality. In a ...

Our Naked Lives: Essays From Gay Italian American Men

Michael Carosone | Posted 08.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

My book is a continuation of my work on giving voices to marginalized peoples, groups, and communities. The theme that stitches all of the essays together to create a colorful tapestry is the intersection of sexuality and ethnicity.

Court Rules Coaches Did Not Invade Gay Teen's Privacy By Outing Her

Posted 06.07.2013 | Gay Voices

An appeals court ruled last week that two high school softball coaches who outed a gay student to her mother did not violate the teen's right to priva...

Gays and Corpses

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, a mob of more than 10,000 people led by men of the cloth from the Georgian Orthodox Church, attacked 50 gay rights demonstrators marching in downtown Tbilisi, Georgia.

The Neurology Of Disgust

Phillip M. Miner | Posted 07.17.2013 | TED Weekends
Phillip M. Miner

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgGrowing up believing you are an abomination is strange. But, if you are gay and grew up in Kansas (or many other parts of the world) -- like I did -- it's not all that uncommon.

'Ex-Gay' Poster Child Comes Clean With Surprising Apology

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 04.25.2013 | Gay Voices

The former poster child of the "ex-gay movement" renounced his controversial past beliefs in an email interview with PQ Monthly last week. John Pa...

WATCH: Singer Strips Down In New Video To Take On LGBT Slurs

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 04.18.2013 | Gay Voices

Singer and songwriter Ryan Amador just released his new video, "Define Me," featuring Jo Lampert. The powerful video shows Amador and Lampert stri...