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Raven Wrestling Wolverine? Coming-Out Consequences

Martel Okonji | Posted 10.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Martel Okonji

Just in the last few weeks, Raven-Symoné, Darren Young and Troye Sivan each proclaimed his or her sexual identity to the world. It's great to hear positive celebrity coming-out stories, but I also know that many teenagers who come out of the closet may end up on the streets.

HIV Prevention and Homeless Youth: Fixing a Catastrophic Failure

Carl Siciliano | Posted 09.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Carl Siciliano

HIV prevention efforts directed at homeless youths typically focus on condom distribution and HIV prevention education. But focusing on condoms and awareness without responding to the lack of shelter, which forces homeless youths into survival sex, is a failed policy.

LOOK: Parker Posey, 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Star Honor Homeless LGBT Youth In NYC

Posted 07.21.2013 | Gay Voices

A mid-July heatwave didn't stop well-dressed revelers from hitting the Ali Forney Center's (AFC) annual "Oasis" event in New York on July 17. Held...

LOOK: Judy Garland Re-Imagined In Artwork For NYC Benefit

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.16.2013 | Gay Voices

One of the world's greatest gay icons is getting a fanciful new makeover (or, rather, a series of them) in honor of Pride Month. Tommy Tune and Ch...

Curtis M. Wong

A Pride Tribute To The World's Greatest Gay Icon

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.11.2013 | Gay Voices

In what is becoming a New York tradition, the legacy of Judy Garland will be celebrated with an evening of eclectic performances honoring lesbian, gay...

From The Street to the Courtroom: The First Ali Forney Center Resident Graduates Law School

Carl Siciliano | Posted 08.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Carl Siciliano

Last weekend I found myself in a gym in Portland, Oregon with tears streaming down my face. I was at Lewis & Clark Law School, at the graduation ceremony of Ksen Pallegedara, one of the first young people ever to stay at the Ali Forney Center.

Ending LGBT Youth Homelessness: Forty to None Project's Multi-pronged Approach

Jama Shelton | Posted 07.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Jama Shelton

Most solutions to the problem of youth homelessness center around increased shelter services, but we have established a three-tiered approach that is multidimensional and holistic; each part is important in its own right but ineffective without the others.

LOOK: Broadway's Hottest Chorus Boys Support LGBT Youth In NYC

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.22.2013 | Gay Voices

Six of New York's hottest chorus boys sang, danced and stripped before a packed house at NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts May 20, each vy...

LOOK: Meet The Men Of The 2013 Broadway Beauty Pageant

Posted 05.15.2013 | Gay Voices

Six of New York's hottest chorus boys will face off for the coveted title of "Mr. Broadway" next week, and we've got a sneak peek at the handsome cont...

Leaving Hell

Saddique Elliott | Posted 07.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Saddique Elliott

"Who am I?" This is a question that the past me could never answer. For anyone living in homophobic hell, aka Jamaica, it is hard to physically, verbally or mentally express, "I am gay." Jamaicans, for no apparent reason, or because of their "Christian values," shun homosexuality.

Glennisha Morgan

Gay Youth Join Forces With NYC Officials In Groundbreaking Theater Project

HuffingtonPost.com | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 04.23.2013 | Gay Voices

An ingenious three-day festival will use live theater to prompt policy change as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) homeless youth ...

Did You Hear The Joke About The Homophobes Who Wanted To Put Their 16-Year-Old Lesbian Daughter Up For Adoption?

Rob Watson | Posted 06.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

The satirical article described the mindset of a homophobic couple who, upon learning that their daughter is gay, sought to put her up for adoption. Those who believed the story did so because, even though the story is fake, the mindset it describes is painfully and horrifically real.

Organizing a New National Movement to End LGBT Youth Homelessness

Jama Shelton | Posted 06.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Jama Shelton

Unfortunately, even as the LGBT movement makes progress in other areas, such as Don't Ask, Don't Tell and marriage equality, an increasing number of LGBT youth are experiencing homelessness.

Memories Of Violence: The Last Time My Father Beat Me

Randall Jenson | Posted 06.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Randall Jenson

The police photographed my nose, my eye, my face and my arms. They documented the bruises. Then I saw my father arrive at the station in steel handcuffs. I will never forget that image, because it was the only time in all the years of abuse that I saw him arrested.

Michelle Shocked, This Is What It Truly Means To Be Silenced By Fear

Jackie Gardina | Posted 06.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Jackie Gardina

LGBT people wear invisible duct tape over our mouths every day -- not as a publicity stunt but as a mode a survival. We remain silent to avoid personal and familial rejection, to keep our jobs and our homes and to protect our physical safety. Our fear is real.

Mayor Bloomberg, Homeless Denier

Carl Siciliano | Posted 04.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Carl Siciliano

For the past two years I've worked on a project called "Homeless for the Holidays," interviewing and photographing homeless LGBT youth during the winter months as they sleep on the streets of NYC, so frankly, it infuriates me that our mayor would say that "no one is sleeping on the streets."

LGBTQ Youth Communities Online And Off

Gideon Resnick | Posted 04.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Gideon Resnick

On Wednesday nights a group of trans and gender-nonconforming young adults makes a lengthy trek to the Broadway Youth Center in Lakeview. They gather for Trans Youth and Resource Advocacy (TYRA) meetings, a space for safety and discussion.

Religion: Benefit, Hazard Or Both When It Comes To LGBT People?

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 04.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

There are a lot of people working hard and spending a lot of money to make religion a hazard to LGBT people. Many other people of faith may deeply disagree with that treatment. However, when people of faith stand idly by, faith will continue to be a more of a hazard than a benefit.

Young, Gay & Homeless: Why LGBT Youth Still End Up On The Streets In Disproportionate Numbers

Posted 12.30.2013 | Gay Voices

Homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth may represent a disproportionate number of people living on the streets and in shelters ...

30 Days Of LGBT Holiday Giving: Give A Gift To OUTreach Resource Center

Posted 12.30.2012 | Gay Voices

Note: This holiday season, in lieu of a traditional holiday gift guide, we'll be featuring a different LGBT organization each day for our "30 Days Of ...

Homeless For The Holidays: Witnessing The Lives Of Homeless LGBT Youth

Carl Siciliano | Posted 02.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Carl Siciliano

As LGBT youth come out at younger ages, thousands are driven from their homes by rejecting families. And in a society that has grown increasingly unwilling to support a safety net for the most vulnerable, they are forced to endure homelessness and destitution.

30 Days Of Holiday LGBT Giving: Lost-n-Found Youth, Inc.

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.21.2012 | Gay Voices

Note: This holiday season, in lieu of a traditional holiday gift guide, we'll be featuring a different LGBT organization each day for our "30 Days Of ...

Young, Gay And Homeless

Daniel Browne | Posted 02.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Daniel Browne

Being homeless is one of the worst things can happen to someone. I know because I have been there. In 2004, at the age of 20, my circumstances changed dramatically, and I was made homeless one week before Christmas. I was devastated, and it was a dark period in my life.

Curtis M. Wong

'Queer As Folk' Star, Broadway Hunk Sing For Homeless LGBT Youth In NYC

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 12.19.2012 | Gay Voices

Broadway stars, TV actors and other top-notch talent helped make the yuletide a little bit gayer than usual Dec. 16 as part of “A Better Holiday" in...

Ignoring The 'Fiscal Cliff' Will Lead To An Unhappy New Year For LGBTQ Youth

Abbe Land | Posted 02.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Abbe Land

Should Congress fail to reach a budget agreement and take action before New Year's Day, $54.7 billion in federal spending will be cut immediately. These arbitrary cuts to vital services would mean decreased access to mental health care, safe schools and shelters for LGBTQ youth.