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Gay Affirming and Christian

Cindy Brandt | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

Empathetic listening pushed me into a gay affirming stance. But coming to that conclusion hasn't stopped me from continuing to listen.

Finally Kissed at San Francisco Pride

Belo Cipriani | Posted 06.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Belo Cipriani

"Sometimes," my mom told me, "men kiss men and women kiss women and there's nothing wrong with that. Sadly though, not all countries allow men to kiss men or women to kiss women. So, they come to San Francisco to be free. That's what 'pride' means -- it means freedom."

Shame on SHU

Anthony Romeo | Posted 05.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Anthony Romeo

Organizations like Seton Hall, should they continue to live in an archaic time where it is okay to pretend that the world doesn't look the way it does, that the people in it are less human than others, and that some are less deserving of equality than others, will waste away into the annals of time.

I Am More Than My Disability

Belo Cipriani | Posted 06.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Belo Cipriani

When I attend social functions, people focus on my disability. No matter how hard I try to discuss the news or the hottest restaurant, people always revert back to my lack of sight. And at gay parties, people tend to ask more intimate questions.

Live Heroically By Claiming Our LGBT Heroic Legacy

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 06.01.2015 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

Our people have left us a powerful, inspiring legacy. But it's up to each of us to claim it for ourselves, to own it and live it. What better time to do that than as we mark the passing over of death and the resurrection -- and triumph -- of life itself?

What Gay Dads Can Learn From Their Trans Kids

Jason Howe | Posted 05.12.2015 | Parents
Jason Howe

While "getting it" may come easier to gay fathers of children who don't conform to traditional standards of gender, they can face challenges that heterosexual parents may not.

You Go, Gurl!: How LGBTQ Literacies Create Social Justice in the Classrooms and Beyond

Michael Carosone | Posted 05.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

I do not believe in keeping information within the confines of academia. (What is the purpose of knowledge if it only remains within the ivory tower and tiny bubble that is the university?)

Evangelicals Pull Support For Portland's Christ Church Over LGBT Stance

Religion News Service | Kevin Eckstrom | Posted 03.05.2015 | Religion

(RNS) An up-and-coming evangelical pastor has been told his denomination will no longer support his new church in Portland, Ore., because of his suppo...

RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Rev. Ann Kansfield and Jennifer Aull

Ian Spanier | Posted 04.05.2015 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

A lesbian couple one of whose members is a reverend might not be an everyday find -- but in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Kansfield and Aull are just part ...

A Tender Age for Suicide: Inside Leelah Alcorn's Memorial Service

Andrew Gelwicks | Posted 03.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Gelwicks

It was beyond moving to stand among that crowd, where love and acceptance was so immense and intense. Just as Leelah's note asked that her death really mean something, I say to her now that your death does mean something.

Reflecting on the Boystown Book Series

Jake Biondi | Posted 03.02.2015 | Arts
Jake Biondi

Thankfully, things have improved quite a bit since those days. I now enjoy watching Will and Sonny on Days of Our Lives, and gay characters populate many shows on television and online. Still, I still keep thinking that there is room for more.

Reflections on My BOYSTOWN Series

Jake Biondi | Posted 02.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Jake Biondi

Once I recognized my passion for interesting characters and continuing storylines, an idea was born: What if I created my own continuing drama that consisted mainly of gay characters? I started to ponder the idea more and more, and in June 2013 I began writing my drama focused on gay characters, BOYSTOWN.

A Santa Cause

Anthony Romeo | Posted 01.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Anthony Romeo

It's been a bit of a hectic time for us, Santa. But I want to take a moment to give you our Christmas list. It's not big this year, really. We really try, all year long, to be the best people we can be, and to work every day to be even better. And we know you see that. Dom and I need your help, Santa. We want a baby this year.

Wait for Me Until I Welcome: Further Reflections From an Orthodox Rabbi to His Gay Children

Avi Orlow | Posted 01.10.2015 | Religion
Avi Orlow

If we think our tradition demands we risk our children's lives by not accepting them, like Avraham, maybe we are misreading our tradition. God does not need our defense, and God will most certainly be there when we get back. All our children are angels who are just waiting to be welcomed into the tent.

The Pumpkin Path

Anthony Romeo | Posted 12.03.2014 | Parents
Anthony Romeo

October 13. Mark it on your calendars, friends. In addition to being a great day for a hooded sweatshirt and a pumpkin-spiced anything, it's also the day that Dom and I go in for our initial session with an adoption agency in New Jersey.

If I Have Gay Children: A Rabbi's 8 Promises

Avi Orlow | Posted 12.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Avi Orlow

If I have gay children, I'll love them. I don't mean some token, distant, tolerant love that stays at a safe arm's length. It will be an extravagant, open-hearted, unapologetic, lavish, embarrassing-them-in-the-school cafeteria, kind of love.

Want to Be a Children's Author? Here Are Some Tips

Melissa Carter | Posted 11.23.2014 | Books
Melissa Carter

As a gay mother I've had to be discerning because many children's books include a mother and father, and have often thought about writing some of my own to reflect his upbringing.

To Our Future Baby:

Anthony Romeo | Posted 11.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Anthony Romeo

By the time you read this, we might all be in very different places in our life. I might be chubbier, your Dad might have more gray hair than he had when I wrote this. It might be 2024, it might be 2034, or later.

Rereading Cheryl Clarke's First Poetry Collection: Narratives

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 09.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

First published in 1982 by Clarke, Narratives: poems in the tradition of black women is a vital part of lesbian-feminist print culture.

He Must Lead Them: Can We Roll With That?

Ken Wilson | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Ken Wilson

Perhaps it is our job, we insider sheep, to take our eyes off the controversy and place them on the shepherd, who may be not so much seeking our opinion on the matter as executing his own.

I'm Running for U.S. Senate to Promote LGBT Equality in Washington the Way We Have in Maine

Shenna Bellows | Posted 08.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Shenna Bellows

We need a national Human Rights Act along the lines of the Maine Human Rights Act. We need to outlaw discrimination in employment, housing, credit, public accommodations and educational opportunity on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation -- once and for all, nationwide, no exceptions.

Is Obligating Women the Answer?

Rabbi Haviva Ner-David | Posted 08.10.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Haviva Ner-David

Rabbi Pamela Barmash's teshuvah misses a ripe opportunity to re-examine our relationship to mitzvoth in a world that is hopefully breaking down hierarchy and gender roles and heading towards complete egalitarianism. Do we really perform mitzvoth because we feel obligated?

Long Beach Kicks Off Season of Pride 2014 - May 17, 18

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 07.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Charles Karel Bouley

On the morning of June 28, 1969, a raid was tried at the Stonewall Inn. It wasn't a gay bar -- there were none. It was owned by the mafia, and was a place for all outcasts, including drag queens, butch lesbians, feminine boys and male prostitutes.

First Steps on a Pilgrimage: A Reflection on the Thinking of Lee and Vines

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 07.14.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

If the Church was able to clarify its understanding of Scripture based on Galileo's new information about the heavens, then we can surely clarify our reading of the Bible based on new information about same-sex relationships.

The American Left Radio Could Use a Right Hook (VIDEO)

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 06.04.2014 | Media
Charles Karel Bouley

Hook doesn't have to worry ever again; his future success is almost assured. He has a loyal fan base which is growing, not shrinking.