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Black Folks, Let's Talk About Homophobia

Jacob Hood | Posted 07.02.2015 | Black Voices
Jacob Hood

Is it really possible for such a historically marginalized group to harbor such hatred? With all the tireless social activism efforts spearheaded by the black community, it is easy to forget about this skeleton in the closet.

Here's Why I Support This Hardware Store Owner's 'No Gays Allowed' Sign

C.J. Prince | Posted 07.02.2015 | Gay Voices
C.J. Prince

On Tuesday, a Tennessee retailer made headlines when he took the whole we-won't-bake-cakes-for-gay-weddings thing to the next level. In response to last week's Supreme Court marriage ruling, Jeff Amyx, owner of Amyx Hardware, taped a "No Gays Allowed" sign to his storefront window.

A Year Out Of The Closet

Aaron P. Skiles | Posted 06.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Aaron P. Skiles

This one-year anniversary of my coming out represents me standing firmly for who I am, despite all the family I have lost. It is hard to celebrate when this date will always be a day I remember as the day I said goodbye to my childhood home and every physical reminder of my past life.

Can Hatred Be a Virtue?

Shannon Gilreath | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Shannon Gilreath

People who defend racist rhetoric and symbols are complicit in the resulting racist violence. They may as well own that. Neither the Confederate flag nor racist rhetoric -- overt or covert -- killed nine people in Charleston, but symbols and rhetoric created the environment in which it was possible, indeed likely.

Beyond Sex: What Is Gay?

James Owens | Posted 06.26.2015 | Gay Voices
James Owens

Defining and embracing a true gay culture, which goes well beyond sexuality, is the next stage. We see organizations like gay softball leagues, gay choirs, and gay running clubs. They are institutions meant to build strength and support between one another because we do share so much in common and we understand what it took to become who we are more than anyone else.

Religion, Race, Phobias and Four-Year-Olds

Trana Pittam | Posted 06.19.2015 | Parents
Trana Pittam

As I stood sipping a cold and colorful beverage, I looked around at the faces that filled my daughter's 4th Birthday party and was amazed. I was amazed at the juxtaposition of her four-year-long life to that of my own 30 years before.

Franklin Graham's Manipulative Faith

Hollis Phelps | Posted 06.11.2015 | Religion
Hollis Phelps

Graham's version of Christianity is little more than an ideology that seeks cover under the language of love. The fact is that Graham's brand of religion is more of a "threat" to gay and lesbian individuals in the United States than the "radical Islam" that he sees lurking around every corner.

No More Mutants

Rahsaan Chisolm | Posted 06.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Rahsaan Chisolm

I began comics with Archie, but those quickly faded to the wayside as the characters didn't challenge me. The day that I was introduced to The Uncanny X-Men, everything clicked. I immediately identified with them for two reasons. I was black and gay.

How I (Didn't) Destroy a Fundamentalist Christian

Mike Neergaard | Posted 06.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Mike Neergaard

Our PFLAG chapter recently sponsored a session on the so-called "clobber verses" in the Bible. These aptly named verses are the pretext Christians use to oppose GLBT rights. A twenty-something woman came to the session, and afterwards, she had a question for the speaker.

Hate, Homophobia, and Heteropatriarchy at the Hampton Minister's Conference

Ahmad Cheers | Posted 06.09.2015 | Black Voices
Ahmad Cheers

As upwards of 8,000 clergy convene next week at Hampton University, an interesting yet disturbing subtext has emerged that casts a cloud over the gathering.

The Irish Vote -- a New Pentecost for the Church?

Matthew Fox | Posted 06.08.2015 | Religion
Matthew Fox

This vote is a sea change in Irish consciousness which up to 1993 had criminalized homosexuality and up to ten years ago was very much a theocracy under the thumb of the Catholic Church hierarchy.

God, Jesus and the Bible: FAQs for Gay Pride Month

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 06.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

June is Gay Pride Month. It is a time for parades and for festivals, for rainbow flags and for dance tents. It is a time to recognize the amazing progress that has been made on LGBT equality as we recommit ourselves to continuing the struggle until liberty and justice for all really means "all."

Healing Homophobia

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 05.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

It's a free country, and you are absolutely entitled to be creeped out about whatever you choose to be creeped out about. You are not, however, entitled to use that aversion (a dictionary word for "creeped out") to keep other Americans from the equal protection guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.

The Real 'Gay Heroes'

Katie Sgarro | Posted 05.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Katie Sgarro

Tom* is a hopeful LGBTQ asylum seeker from Jamaica. In Jamaica, sexual activity between men is punishable by up to 10 years of imprisonment and hard labor. Openly gay people are ostracized, beaten and even murdered. For Tom, coming out would most likely be met with ridicule and death threats.

Astraea Honoring Boston's Heroines

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

The evening of May 12th at the South End's wildly popular Bohemian hip spot "The Beehive" was a night to remember.

Messages From the Playground: Healing Homophobia Before it Begins and Preventing Bullying Before it Starts

Chris Tompkins | Posted 05.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Chris Tompkins

Talking about shame, we are exposing it and nipping it in the bud. Having uncomfortable conversations with children at a young age doesn't put them at risk, instead, it does the opposite. It keeps them from risk.

Sebastian Murdock

After A Third-Grade Boy Was Bullied And Called Gay, His Teacher Did An Amazing Thing

HuffingtonPost.com | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 05.19.2015 | Gay Voices

A North Carolina teacher is drawing both praise and criticism for the way he handled a bullying situation with one of his students. Omar Currie, 25...

Gay Men and Bottom Shaming (VIDEO)

Matthew J. Dempsey | Posted 05.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Matthew J. Dempsey

2015-05-18-1431962062-5981619-ScreenShot20150518at11small.jpgIn my latest video I break down the psychological nuts and bolts of why we tend to label and judge sexual roles and the gay men who fill them -- pun intended. I describe how this common practice can be limiting, both individually and collectively, as well as what we can do to challenge bottom shaming so that we can all grow, heal, and have better sex. Heels up!

Sebastian Murdock

After Losing Court Case To Gay Man, Dry Cleaner Retaliates With Ridiculous Scheme

HuffingtonPost.com | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 05.16.2015 | Gay Voices

A California man is still fighting to be compensated by a local dry cleaner that he says has repeatedly used homophobic slurs and abusive language -- ...

Maxwell Strachan

Don't Let Feel-Good Stories Trick You Into Thinking The Sports World Isn't Homophobic

HuffingtonPost.com | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 05.17.2015 | Sports

A new study finds work to be done, but that visibility fosters acceptance.

Open Letter to Pope Francis: Religious Homophobia Causes Epidemic of Homeless LGBT Youth

Carl Siciliano | Posted 05.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Carl Siciliano

You are the world's most influential religious leader. You could protect many youths from harm by teaching that there is nothing wrong with being LGBT, that there is nothing wrong with LGBT children. Doing so would lessen the epidemic of LGBT youth suffering homelessness.

The Wayward Movement of the Movement

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

While I am tremendously proud of all the organizing efforts that are taking place all over the country, I don't think we have spent much time thinking about where we are going. I think this is partly due to the fact that many people are just trying to survive.

A Heartfelt Breakup Letter to Tennessee: This Is Why I'm Leaving

Mike Neergaard | Posted 05.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Mike Neergaard

Our transgender middle school and high school students don't have the option of flight, as I do. I am ashamed to leave them all behind, but you can't guilt me into staying.

Pastor Defends Homophobic Billboard: 'I See A Homosexual Just Like A Murderer'

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 05.01.2015 | Gay Voices

Far from the steps of the Supreme Court, a pastor in Milledgeville, Georgia, is using the marriage equality case as an opportunity to denounce homosex...

Black Lives Matter... They Always Have and Always Will

Michael Carosone | Posted 06.29.2015 | Arts
Michael Carosone

I urge all of my sisters and brothers of the LGBTQ Community to stand with the Black community.