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Gay Drama Teacher Has An Epic Response To Homophobic Parent

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.24.2015 | Gay Voices

An openly gay drama teacher in the United Kingdom had the best response this week to a homophobic parent who sought to withdraw her children from his ...

13 Ways to Protest the New Policy for Active Mormons

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 11.23.2015 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

I feel that those who remain within the church can respectfully protest this policy and in doing so, can help LGBT members who are still in the pews, some of them out and some of them not.

Trump Says Out Loud What Republicans Think

Joschka (Yoshi) Tryba | Posted 11.23.2015 | Entertainment
Joschka (Yoshi) Tryba

we need Trump to make it painfully obvious to everyone what the Republican Party truly stands for: classism, sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia and xenophobia. Trump really is just saying out loud what most Republicans are thinking and saying in private.

The Black Church: Bold and Bad Enough To Accept and Affirm

Rev. Cedric A. Harmon | Posted 11.13.2015 | Black Voices
Rev. Cedric A. Harmon

The prevailing Black Church culture forces too many to face the untenable choice: hide behind a mask or be cast aside from an extended family they've known all their lives.

The Warwick Rowers Get Naked To Challenge Stereotypes Around Masculinity

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 11.13.2015 | Gay Voices

To their legions of gay fans, the Warwick Rowers are so well known for their chiseled bodies that their sportsmanship sometimes seems like an afterth...

Women In Brazil Are Footing Too Many Bills -- And Not Writing Enough Of Them

Karen Sztajnberg | Posted 11.10.2015 | World
Karen Sztajnberg

We have to stop seeing egalitarianism as an act of largess on man's part, a concession. Maybe we have failed to quantify and sufficiently show Brazilian men that it benefits everyone to live in a society where women have more of an equal footing.

I Am an Out-and-Proud Happy Face Carved Into an Open, Pussy Sore

Domenick Scudera | Posted 11.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

The 'open sores' wedding imagery was supplied by pastor Kevin Swanson, the organizer of last week's National Religious Liberties Conference, which was attended by the three GOP presidential hopefuls.

50 Cent, Vivica A. Fox And The Absurdity Of Hip-Hop Homophobia

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 11.09.2015 | Gay Voices

On a recent episode of "Watch What Happens Live," Vivica A. Fox, set to play Cookie's sister in an upcoming episode of "Empire," was asked to ...

How Does it Feel to be a Problem?

Amanda Bennett | Posted 11.11.2015 | Black Voices
Amanda Bennett

In his 1903 book, The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Du Bois discusses continually being asked in indirect ways, "How does it feel to be a problem?" Three African American seniors at the University of Alabama came together to answer that question.

Casual Transphobia in My Media?

Delia Melody | Posted 11.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Delia Melody

You might not want to harm trans people, but that's the thing about casual transphobia; It doesn't need to have true hate behind it to be real and harmful.

After 13 Years, I'm Leaving Christianity

Keay Nigel | Posted 11.06.2015 | Religion
Keay Nigel

Dear Christians, do know that just because you think you're right doesn't mean that everyone else is wrong. Though I no longer consider myself a Christian, I'm still keeping a space for God in my heart. I didn't lose my religion. Instead, I'm creating my own.

Impeding LGBT Parents Does Not Help Children Who Need Families

Adam Pertman | Posted 11.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Adam Pertman

All a state is doing when it imposes restrictions is shrinking its pool of prospective parents and, as a result, decreasing the odds that children in its custody will ever live in permanent, loving and successful families.

'Hard Work' That Looks Like Mike Rowe and Me

Charles Clymer | Posted 11.03.2015 | Media
Charles Clymer

From what I can tell, although you don't really align with a political party, you believe in the conservative "bootstraps" theory: that people just need to put their shoulder into a task, have good ole American gumption, and they'll be alright.

Margaret Spellings Is Too Homophobic for UNC

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 11.03.2015 | Education
Adam Kirk Edgerton

In The Charlotte Observer today, fellow UNC alumnus and now Yale historian Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore argue that former Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings must resign or openly welcome gay students, staff and faculty. I could not agree more.

A Letter To Hipster Jesus

Sara Schaefer | Posted 11.03.2015 | Religion
Sara Schaefer

Hipster Jesus, you may have been a fantasy after all. Maybe if I truly want to live what I say I believe, it's time to stop defining you at all, even for myself. Life is short, and the only certainty is death. I don't want to spend my tiny moment here arguing over what is right for others.

We Need a National Adoption Month Unscripted

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 11.02.2015 | Impact
DaShanne Stokes

The reality is that adoption is a lifelong experience and finding a "forever family" is only the first step to meeting the needs of adoptive children.

Trans Bodies Are Not a Halloween Costume

Delia Melody | Posted 10.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Delia Melody

It's easy to say it's "just a costume," and at the end of the night, you can take it off. But we can't take off our transness, and we will continue having to live with the consequences of the subtle, casual hatred your costume embodies.

I Am a Ben Carsonophobe

Domenick Scudera | Posted 10.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

If it is frightening to Dr. Carson that I want equality, then he is being irrational. If he views my desire to be equal as divisive and merely an aspect of "PC culture," that makes little sense. If he believes that wanting to be treated equally under the law is provoking some sort of war, making enemies and destroying this nation, then he is not thinking clearly.

Dear Ben Carson: Actually, You Are a 'Homophobe' If You're Opposed to Marriage Equality Now

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 10.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

If you're opposed to something that is now a right of every American and has been proven in court -- in the federal trial over California's Proposition 8 -- to harm no one, including children, then you do have an irrational fear of homosexuality.

This Gay Stand Up Comic Reveals The Incredible Homophobia He's Faced

Sampson McCormick | Posted 10.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Sampson McCormick

Funny is funny, and for a long time, funny has existed in the gay, women, disabled and other minority stand-up that's often overlooked, simply because we're seen as either niche or unmarketable.

Worth The Fight: The Problem With Denying the Experience of Oppression

Ali Owens | Posted 10.23.2015 | Women
Ali Owens

You don't know what it's like to be anyone but yourself, and you never will. Furthermore, you're not in a position to say whether or not any fight for social justice is "worth it." It is always worth it.

Hunky Naked Rowers Open Up About Being Objectified By Gay Men

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.23.2015 | Gay Voices

EmbedContent(562a656de4b0aac0b8fcb3cf, Warwick Rowers 2016 Calendar from Low Fat Media on Vimeo.,Embed,html,Some({})) The Warwick Rowers are known int...

What Should White LGBTQ Organizations Do Post-Marriage Equality?

Irene Monroe | Posted 10.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

With this June's historic Supreme Court ruling -- Obergefell v. Hodge -- that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states many white LGBTQ organizations nationwide have been questioning what to do next.

The 10 Stages of Coming Out to My Conservative Chinese Father

Keay Nigel | Posted 10.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Keay Nigel

For a moment after I finished, I felt this sense of confidence rising inside of me. I presumed that my father was going to say, 'OK, fine,' and then just accept the situation like it was no big deal. But when he finally spoke his mind, I realized that I wasn't ready for what was to come.

What if Kim Davis Had Been a Private Baker, and Not an Elected Clerk?

Ash Murthy | Posted 10.19.2015 | Politics
Ash Murthy

The religious views of some may make our blood boil, but allowing these views in the free marketplace of ideas is the price we pay for a vibrant secular democracy that we all desire. If we yield to the temptation of censoring the views that offends us, we risk being censored by those who may find our views offensive.