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An Airport Confiscated This Gay Man's Dead Husband's Ashes (UPDATE)

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 04.12.2016 | Queer Voices

Airport staff in Hong Kong reportedly confiscated the ashes of a British gay man from his husband earlier this year after officials claimed that his h...

AsylumConnect Launches New Resource Catalog for LGBTQ Asylum Seekers in Seattle, WA

Katie Sgarro | Posted 02.18.2016 | Impact
Katie Sgarro

Cell phones continue to act as lifelines for marginalized and impoverished populations. One such population is LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S. LGBTQ asylum seekers are people who are coming to the U.S. due to persecution in their home countries.

Every American Is Fit to Fight, to Serve, to Be

Greg White | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Greg White

America is going through LGBT civil rights boot camp, and it's making our society stronger. Change, like recruit training, is hard. The results are worth it.

Filmmaker Tim McCarthy Talks Worldwide LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlotte Robinson

To kick off the New Year, I talked with filmmaker Tim McCarthy about his recent trip to Uganda to complete the filming of his documentary "Voices of the Abasiyazzi - Combatting Homophobia in Uganda" that he is producing with Pepe Julian Onziema.

#ShadowsSpeakUp Instagram Campaign to Raise Awareness for LGBTQ Asylum Seekers

Katie Sgarro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Katie Sgarro

LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S. currently suffer from a severe lack of attention and resources. AsylumConnect (a volunteer initiative that seeks to provide LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S. with lifesaving online informational resources) is trying to change that.

No Way Out

Katie Sgarro | Posted 12.22.2015 | World
Katie Sgarro

Although often lauded as one of the most generous in the world, the U.S. asylum system remains conspicuously flawed. Many potential asylum seekers are...

Migguel Anggelo Talks New CD, Upcoming Show and LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlotte Robinson

In a similar genre to Justin Vivian Bond, Migguel has created a brand new production under Obie Award-winning director, David Drake which addresses his thoughts through music on national pride and a belief for a better future.F"

No, Mr. President, Values Are Not Universal

Corey Prachniak | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Corey Prachniak

In his endless quest for political correctness and to prove that we can find consensus if we search hard enough, Obama has expressed with the most striking clarity yet his failed worldview and chief political strategy. We must be deliberate about how we articulate and defend our values.

Making History: Telling My Story to the U.N. Security Council

Subhi Nahas | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Subhi Nahas

Three years ago, when I escaped Syria, or even three months ago when I arrived in the United States, I would never have imagined I would be selected to make an historic address to the United Nations Security Council about the plight of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender refugees like me.

How I Co-Founded a Startup Without a Technical Background

Katie Sgarro | Posted 08.03.2015 | Impact
Katie Sgarro

The thing about startups is that they can actually change the world and anyone with a vision can start one. A year ago, I would have rolled my eyes and chalked this thinking up to blind optimism. I lived in a world where technology was solely for finding information and communication purposes.

Here's Why LGBT Equality Must Be About More Than the U.S.

Kevin Jennings | Posted 07.14.2016 | Queer Voices
Kevin Jennings

We in the U.S. are not, in fact, the world. We need to cure our movement of its myopia and remember that justice for the LGBT community is a global cause, spreading far beyond our borders.

This Photo Series Powerfully Denounces The Pain Caused By Prejudice In Small Towns In Brazil

HuffPost Brazil | Diego Iraheta | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Being gay in a country town in Brazil can be an oppressive experience -- an oppression of feeling, relating and being. In places far from the cult...

Lila Shapiro

How The Global LGBT Movement Can Keep Up Its Stunning Momentum

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

In cooperation with our longstanding partner Crowdrise, The Huffington Post is celebrating its 10 year anniversary by focusing on the promise of the n...

'No Room' For Gays In Kenya, Deputy President Says

Reuters | Posted 05.05.2016 | Queer Voices

* Homosexuality is illegal in socially conservative Kenya * Comments likely to irk Kenya's liberal Western donors * US S...

Half-Million Supporters Demand Pardon For Persecuted Gay Men Day After Graham Moore's Oscar Speech

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.23.2015 | Impact

On the heels of screenwriter Graham Moore's moving Oscars speech for his role in creating "The Imitation Game," the family of the film's protagonist, ...

Citing Mental Illness, Russia Outlaws Driving for Transgender People, Amputees

Sarah Toce | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sarah Toce

As of Tuesday, January 6, it is now illegal for transgender and transsexual people to drive vehicles in Russia. The bill, originally signed by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on December 29, bans any person demonstrating "mental disorders" such as fetishism, exhibitionism , voyeurism, and pathological gambling from driving.

When Coming Out Is a Death Sentence: The Rising Tide of Violence Against LGBT Iraqis

Hossein Alizadeh | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Hossein Alizadeh

For two years the IGLHRC, jointly with Iraqi and international NGOs, has supported humanitarian assistance to vulnerable LGBT individuals and worked to raise awareness about their desperate plight. Out of this work comes two briefings that expose the depth of suffering and violence perpetrated against LGBT people across different levels of society.

An Open Letter to the Supreme Court of India

Nish Gera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nish Gera

When, in a decade or two from now, people look back at which side of history you stood on, and for how long, will you have a good enough answer?

Faces Of Faith: What Do Religious Leaders In Uganda Really Think About LGBT Rights?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

When we talk about the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Uganda, it tends to always be in terms of religion-bas...

David McCabe

New House Bill Seeks To Make Securing LGBT Rights A State Department Priority

HuffingtonPost.com | David McCabe | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bill introduced in the House of Representatives Wednesday would bolster the State Department's ability to fight discrimination against...

International LGBT Rights: The Canaries in the Mine Shaft

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I have long thought that LGBT can be seen as the proverbial "canary in the mine shaft," since in places where individuals, institutions, and entire societies marginalize, commit violence against, and deny basic human rights to LGBT people, other social groups face similar adverse treatment as well.

Round Two: India's LGBT Community Tries Again To Strike Anti-Gay Law

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

India’s Supreme Court has agreed to hear pleas against the controversial sodomy law that recently re-criminalized gay sex. In July 2009, the Delh...

Positive Side Effects

The European Magazine | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
The European Magazine

Europe is learning to become more tolerant of LGBT people. More and more countries debate LGBT rights and equality, embracing legal recognition of LGBT families. A huge re-thinking and reevaluation of traditional values is taking place, and the concept of the family is changing rapidly.

'It's An Anti-Homosexuals Apartheid'

Agence France Presse | Yannick Pasquet | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Cameroon is suffering under an "anti-homosexuals apartheid", says lawyer Alice Nkom, who has spent a decade defending gays and lesbians in the west Af...

Why All LGBT People Should Care About Places Like Russia, Uganda and Gambia

Kevin Jennings | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kevin Jennings

As barriers to legal equality seem to be falling like dominoes in the United States, it's easy for LGBT Americans and their allies to feel a sense of giddiness. But even as the momentum in the U.S. seems to be accelerating in the right direction, a disturbing countertrend has emerged.