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Public Shaming: We've Gone Too Far

Ross Ellis | Posted 02.27.2015 | Entertainment
Ross Ellis

In order to stop public shaming, we should all be held accountable and be role models to our children, our peers and others. Lead by example and show words of kindness can and do make a world of difference.

WATCH: Homophobes Have Invented a Scary New Tactic to Undo Equal Rights

Matt Baume | Posted 02.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

Here's their sneaky trick: Conservative lawmakers have realized that they can't pass laws that specifically target LGBT people. So now, instead, they're selectively re-writing nondiscrimination laws so that they have a Big Gay Loophole.

In Defense of Pastor Rob Bell -- Anti-Gay Christians Cause Their Own Irrelevance

Jessica Joseph | Posted 02.26.2015 | Religion
Jessica Joseph

The glaring hypocritical pitfall of Anti-LGBT Christians is not only being noticed by more and more people, it's further exacerbated when people unveil the embarrassing, historical pattern of Christians selectively wielding the scriptures purely to oppress those towards whom they already had a prejudice.

Not Yet Over the Rainbow, or the Unexpected Vigor of Intransigence

Frank Bua | Posted 02.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Frank Bua

Whether the old guard is wising up or dying off is no longer relevant. The gay rights movement is being won person by person, family by family, city by city, with Washington, D.C. a reluctant, self-congratulatory last stop.

On William Friedkin's Cruising, 35 Years On

Nathan Smith | Posted 02.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Smith

The film had a storyline that can only be described as salacious and lurid. The narrative naturally beguiled my 16-year-old closeted self, and added to my own internet cruising for doses of gay culture before regularly deleting the browsing history.

Stop Letting Trans People Die

Mya Adriene Byrne | Posted 02.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Mya Adriene Byrne

I call on all non-trans people: queer allies, straight activists, moms, dads, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, bandmates, soulmates, teens and elders, ministers, doctors and teachers -- let the world know that you care about trans folk, no matter how they identify, and that you stand with us.

The Queer's Guide to Surviving (and Thriving in) the Straight Male Barbershop

Naomi Gordon-Loebl | Posted 02.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Naomi Gordon-Loebl

Barbershops are incubators for masculinity. As a visibly queer person, regardless of gender, entering a space like that can be intimidating and even scary. But under the right circumstances, going to the barber can also be a positive and affirming experience.

How Jon Stewart Turned Conservative Lies Into Groundbreaking Comedy and Enlightened a Generation

H. A. Goodman | Posted 02.17.2015 | Media
H. A. Goodman

While many conservatives are happy to see him leave the show he created, the truth is that all Stewart's done is dare to look at Michele Bachmann from the vantage point of a sane person. In doing so, we laugh because changing "French fries" to "freedom Fries" is funny.

A Poem for the Haters This Valentine's Day

Allison Hope | Posted 02.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

Because Valentine's Day is all about love (and oppressive Roman emperors and corporate marketing), I figured why not write a love poem to all those LGBT haters out there. Because love conquers all, after all. And if doesn't, at least it makes them squirm.

Why Azealia Banks Will Never Redefine 'Faggot'

Tyler Curry | Posted 02.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

Just as a gay man cannot redefine the word "dyke," a woman, whether heterosexual, bisexual or homosexual, has no right to use "faggot," especially in the name of feminism. And to do so is a shame to feminists everywhere.

This Winning World Press Photo Is A Triumph Over Homophobia

AP | MIKE CORDER | Posted 02.12.2015 | Arts

AMSTERDAM (AP) — An atmospheric image of a gay couple in Russia by Danish photographer Mads Nissen was crowned the World Press Photo of the Year 201...

The 5 Million Non-Jewish People Killed By The Nazis

HuffPost UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 02.15.2015 | Religion

Six million Jewish people were murdered during the genocide in Europe in the years leading up to 1945, and the Jews are rightly remembered as the grou...

Anti-Gay Bakers 'Might Put Poison' In Same-Sex Couples' Cakes, GOP Presidential Hopeful Claims

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 01.26.2015 | Gay Voices

GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson reportedly slammed lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates at a Jan. 24 press conference fo...

Yes, Billy Crystal DID Just Make A Homophobic Statement (And Here's Why It Matters)

Noah Michelson | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Noah Michelson

That word is admittedly a scary one. Most civilized, sane people don't want to be called homophobic. It doesn't mean that you're murdering gay people. It doesn't even mean that you're a homophobe. But...

Panti Bliss Just Made Another Important Statement About Street Harassment

Patrick McNeil | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Patrick McNeil

Bliss isn't asking for you to consider more carefully the little things - like holding your partner's hand - so that you too feel what she's felt her entire life. She's asking for a greater understanding of your privilege, because all the little things she experiences add up to something pretty big. And that's significant.

How to Respond When Someone Asks You to Stop Flaunting Your Homosexuality Online

Kevin Thornton | Posted 01.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Kevin Thornton

This "stop flaunting it" sentiment really gets my big gay goat. Being gay isn't some weird hobby. It's not a penis fetish. (Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan.) It's who I am. My sexuality runs a thread through every part of my being, just as it does for all people both gay and straight.

WATCH: Straight Guys Find Out What Happens When Men Hold Hands In Public

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 01.11.2015 | Gay Voices

In case you needed a reminder, homophobia is still alive and well. In this video from BBC Three Counties DJ Iain Lee, the entertainer walks the str...

Duke Student Athletes Speak Out on the Power of Language

Daniel Kort | Posted 01.12.2015 | College
Daniel Kort

I am proud of my peers for leading by example in challenging marginalizing language and bias both on and off the field, building safer and more inclusive communities, and validating the identities and experiences of people of all backgrounds.

Straight Women, Gay Men Are Friends, Not Accessories

Ernest Owens | Posted 01.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Ernest Owens

This was not the first time I'd been accosted by a straight woman wanting me to be her shopping pal, nor was it the first time I'd been told how oh-so-fabulous I, as a gay man, would make a straight woman's life.

What's Next, Pam Bondi?

Izak Pratt | Posted 01.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Izak Pratt

After what seemed like an eternity, Florida has finally embraced marriage equality, albeit by force. Federal Judge Robert Hinkle ruled, back in August, that it was unconstitutional for Florida to ban gay marriage. Despite his ruling, many hurdles were to come, all on account of one woman.

Escape From the Ex-Gay Movement

Christian Mentz | Posted 01.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Christian Mentz

"There was a psychological 'breaking-me-down' and isolation process from my friends and family because they were considered unhealthy. They did this to achieve complete domination over me to build me up and mold me from there."

Film Review: Two Mothers or 'How Do Lesbian Birds Make Babies?'

Brandon Judell | Posted 03.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Brandon Judell

Commencing in the first few minutes with tender lovemaking, the film quickly changes focus and concentrates on Isa's fruitless phone calls to various sperm banks everywhere from Munich to Hamburg.

Gay Black Men, It's Time to Do Away With 'Trade' and Down-Low Brothers in 2015

Ernest Owens | Posted 03.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Ernest Owens

We have to encourage our gay friends and each other to value ourselves more, not to succumb to the easy temptation of quick, cheap ego boosts that will actually set us back socially, for we are not just satisfying sexual cravings when we indulge down-low men but committing self-betrayal and hypocrisy.

Flashback: These Are 15 Of The Biggest LGBT Sports Moments Of 2014

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 12.29.2014 | Gay Voices

2014 was a watershed year for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender athletes. From Michael Sam's NFL draft and kiss with his boyfriend on national...

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

Allison Hope | Posted 02.18.2015 | 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!