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Busted: Leaked Salvation Army Document Shows It's Still Homophobic

Allison Hope | Posted 12.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

What's more annoying than the constant ringing of bells by Salvation Army donation-bucket volunteers during the holiday season? The organization's longstanding, outspoken homophobia, of course!

Inclusion and Belonging: Why Gay-Straight Alliances in Catholic Schools Matter

Jenna Tenn-Yuk | Posted 12.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Jenna Tenn-Yuk

LGBTQ students in Catholic boards face the added dimension of shame and self-hatred from entrenched homophobia in the church. As a gay Christian, I'm all too familiar with these experiences.

Arab Organizations Denounce Persecution Of Gays And Complicity Of Egyptian Media

Posted 12.16.2014 | Gay Voices

Several well-known organizations in the Arab world released a joint statement on Monday denouncing the recent mass arrests of alleged gay people in Ca...

Legal Obstacles Can't Beat The Gay Rights Fight In This Nation

HuffPost Tunisia | Posted 12.11.2014 | Gay Voices

Under Tunisian law, homosexuality is a crime, punishable by years in prison. But in the past few years, those who oppose the law have found an outlet ...

Unaccompanied and Unnoticed: Saving Our Homeless Youth

Eric Rice | Posted 12.10.2014 | Impact
Eric Rice

The recent publication of "America's Youngest Outcasts" by the National Center on Family Homelessness reports a staggering 2.5 million homeless children under the age of 18. Justifiably, this news has people in an uproar.

It's Time to Allow Gay Men to Donate Blood

Otávio Dias | Posted 12.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Otávio Dias

Why are gays banned from donating blood even if they are not HIV-positive and have safe, protected, judiciously considered sex?

Don't Let Seoul's Mayor Buckle to Homophobia and Transphobia

Andy Marra | Posted 12.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Andy Marra

As mayor, Mr. Park halted the enactment of Seoul's Charter of Human Rights for the city's upcoming observance of Human Rights Day. Why? The Charter included a provision stating support for non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Day I Held My Boyfriend's Hand

Olan Harrington | Posted 12.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Olan Harrington

I held my boyfriend's hand the other day. I caught it and held it until we reached the main gates of University College Cork, as I usually do on campus, only this time I didn't let go after we'd passed through. We moved along the Western Road, toward Washington Street, and as we reached the innards of Cork City, something strange lingered over me.

Black Influentials, Paradox Progress and LGBT Rights in Mississippi

Ravi K. Perry | Posted 12.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Ravi K. Perry

Last week's decision in Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant could lift the ban on same-sex marriage in Mississippi forever. However, that decision is unique among other pro-marriage-equality rulings in that it came from the pen of a black U.S. district judge with a strong record of supporting civil rights.

This Is Another Missouri Killing We Should Talk About

The Guardian | Zach Stafford | Posted 12.02.2014 | Black Voices

Can you hate part of yourself so much that you want to kill people like you? And is that a hate crime? Those are the questions being whispered at g...

Learning from Bayard Rustin in Harlem and Beyond: An Interview with Filmmaker Bennett Singer

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 11.28.2014 | Arts
Stacy Parker Le Melle

If Rustin was afraid or daunted, he never showed it. He kept living his life, standing up for anyone who needed a voice. He loved Black people, but as evidenced by his global activism, he loved all people.

Lesbian Mom's Son Makes Surprising Anti-Gay Discovery When He Searches For His Home On Google Maps

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 11.26.2014 | Gay Voices

A North Carolina lesbian couple is crying foul after their home was reportedly labeled with an anti-gay slur on Google Maps. Canton residents Jenn...

WATCH: This Hockey Team Is Stripping Down To Fight Homophobia (NSFW)

Posted 11.20.2014 | Gay Voices

Note: The above video features content that may not be appropriate at work or in other sensitive environments These European university sports team...

How This Daughter of Lesbians Met God

Vanessa Mártir | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Vanessa Mártir

As a girl, I was exposed to different religions. Mom was a Jehovah's Witness for some time before she met Millie when I was two. Of course Mom was excommunicated when it was revealed that she was with a woman

When Holiness Is Violence

Broderick Greer | Posted 11.17.2014 | Black Voices
Broderick Greer

Despite our good intentions, Christianity in the United States still has a long way to go. Instead of seeking to heal the wounds of slavery and institutionalized racial discrimination, many denominations are seeking out fresh ways of shaming and condemning their LGBTQ members.

Turkey Ambivalent on LGBTQI Population

Irene Monroe | Posted 11.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

Turkey is a country conflicted when it comes to its LGBTQI population. On the one hand, Turkey was the first country in the Muslim world to hold an LGBTQI pride march, but on the other, the rate of hate crimes against LGBTQI people in Turkey is the highest among European countries.

On My 50th Birthday, a Letter to Myself at 17

David Munk | Posted 11.16.2014 | Gay Voices
David Munk

I see you at 17 -- feathered hair, parachute pants, asymmetrical smile. You have just graduated from high school. Despite your outward ebullience, I see that, beneath the jocular façade, you are so very sad. Of this you are (mostly) unaware.

Student Punched In The Face For Kissing His Boyfriend Gets The Last Word

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 11.10.2014 | Gay Voices

Late last week, a stranger punched Cole Ledford in the face for kissing his boyfriend on the sidewalk. But the Ohio State University junior has a mess...

My Lesbian Mom Died Terrified of Going to Hell

Vanessa Mártir | Posted 11.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Vanessa Mártir

I was orphaned when my mother Millie died nine years ago. My biological mother went back to being a Jehovah's Witness and now says she regrets being with Millie for 20-some-odd years. "Les di un mal ejemplo," she says. That's B.S. See, Millie is the one who loved me -- tender, unconditional, I-believe-in-you love.

Steve Jobs, iPhones and Gay Propaganda in Russia

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 11.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Eliot Borenstein

I send this warning to Russia's hard-liners: don't mess with Apple. You can't win this fight -- just ask Dr. Dre. Don't let Russia become the next Beats Electronic. When it comes to swallowing up its competitors, the Russian Federation has nothing on Apple.

Magazine Names Vladimir Putin 'Person of the Year'

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 11.07.2014 | Media

The Advocate has named Russian president Vladimir Putin its "Person of the Year." "Driving the governmental, religious, and popular disdain for gay...

The Danger of Presuming Post-Sexuality

Jack Bryant | Posted 11.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Jack Bryant

My students saw homophobic language as obviously offensive. It wasn't something anyone, including the writer of the material, needed to point out to them. To do so was, in their mind, a waste of creative energy, perhaps even old-fashioned, like a heavy-handed morality tale. On the one hand I found this refreshing, but on the other, this discovery was also worrisome.

The Kids Are All Right: LGBT Families With Kids

Shane Jordan | Posted 11.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Shane Jordan

Despite studies proving otherwise, some people still insist that children are being ruined by this type of family dynamic. They deem homosexual couples as "unfit"parents, but don't seem to have concrete or legitimate evidence to substantiate their claims.

Why I'm a Black Man Before I'm a Gay Man

Terrence Chappell | Posted 10.31.2014 | Black Voices
Terrence Chappell

If you're a black man, it doesn't matter how many degrees you hold. It doesn't matter how much money you make. It doesn't matter where you live or what kind of car you drive; to some you're still a n*****, and that is the cold, hard truth about the world we live in today, and it's what my parents had to teach me growing up. I don't experience this with my identity as a gay man.

Queering All Saints and All Souls: Celebrating the Queer Body of Christ

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 10.31.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

The queer saints gather to break bread together, to keep Sabbath, to pray, to watch and witness, to hope, believing in the Beloved Community of unconditional grace that we have not yet seen in fullness -- only in a glass darkly in our queer koinonia. This is true love for God, without self-interest, with nothing left to gain.