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With Hate Crimes Up, NYC Teens Tackle Homophobia

Catherine M. Abate | Posted 07.30.2013 | New York
Catherine M. Abate

Pride Month is about to begin. But as we commence the celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) culture and equal rights, we find ourselves confronted by a spate of horrible crimes.

A Gay Dad Sounds Off on Fundamentalists Who Target My Kids

Rob Watson | Posted 07.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

That is exactly what author Amber Lee Parker and illustrator Hannah Segura have done with the release of their children's book God Made Dad and Mom. The colorful picture book seems pleasant, but the point of the story clearly is to deride LGBT families.

The Courage to Come Out

Walt Hawkins | Posted 07.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Walt Hawkins

Before Jason Collins revealed that he is gay, I suppose I'd never really pondered the amount of courage it takes, even in this day and age, to come out of the closet. And it does take more than a fair amount.

After a Life of Being Gay Bashed, I Choose to Live and Not Just Survive

William Dameron | Posted 07.28.2013 | Gay Voices
William Dameron

I will hold my husband's hand in public, because to silence me is what they want. I will kiss him goodbye in the morning in the public square, because it is right. I will continue to wrap my arm around his shoulder so that someday LGBT people won't have to ask themselves, "Is this safe?"

The Top 10 Arguments Against Gay Marriage: All Receive Failing Grades!

Murray Lipp | Posted 07.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Murray Lipp

There is no logical or reasonable basis for denying same-sex couples access to secular marriage laws. Opposing the inevitable (marriage equality) is a waste of time, money and energy.

Cardinal Dolan Must Condemn Anti-Gay Hate Crimes

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 07.25.2013 | Religion
Joseph Amodeo

The Archdiocese of New York and Cardinal Timothy Dolan must issue clear condemnations of the violence that has taken place on New York's streets directed at the gay community.

We Must Target the Origins of Homophobic Violence: Religion, Patriarchy and Heterosexism

Murray Lipp | Posted 07.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Murray Lipp

Although the increasing visibility of LGBT people and gains in equality may be associated with short-term rises in homophobic violence, these changes are merely triggers. We must move beyond superficial and individualistic analyses of such heinous events and target their root causes.

Boy Scouts To Allow Gay Youths

The Associated Press | By DAVID CRARY and NOMAAN MERCHANT | Posted 05.24.2013 | Gay Voices

The Boy Scouts of America have reportedly voted 61-38 to allow gay Scouts. According to multiple media sources, the scouting organization has chos...

Silence, Noise and Hate Crimes

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 07.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

I finally saw a map depicting the last six instances of gay-targeting hate crimes in Manhattan since April 1. Young men beaten into unconsciousness. Killed. All in places that I've considered part of my home, or my neighborhood, or where I've met friends time and time again.

What Is the Endgame of the Anti-Gay Movement?

Wayne Besen | Posted 07.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Wayne Besen

What people often fail to comprehend is that a colossal industry exists to demonize gay people, including numerous attempts to create conditions where homosexuals are imprisoned, assaulted and even murdered. And it is not just at the fringes of Christianity where calls for violence occur.

American Psycho(analysis)

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 12.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

Bret Easton Ellis insists on asserting his "dudeness" by publicly splitting himself from the "elf gays." For Ellis there seems to be no realness, no masculinity, no power (and perhaps no self) without a despised, feminine, vulnerable foil.

WATCH: Gay Teen Gets Kicked Out Of Boy Scouts After Coming Out

Posted 05.23.2013 | Gay Voices

Amateur footage that reportedly shows a gay teen being kicked out of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) after he came out to a scouting official is makin...

Hatred, Meet Technology!

Nish Gera | Posted 07.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Nish Gera

If Mark Carson was not safe on the streets of Greenwich Village in New York City, then none of us is safe. New York is a city that worships diversity, the "non-normal" and the different.

Is Mark Carson's Death an Opportunity for a New Matthew Shepard Moment?

Aundaray Guess | Posted 07.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Aundaray Guess

It should be an alarm that alerts us to the complacency that has enveloped us and force us to refocus on anti-LGBT hate crimes. It should generate a renewed dialogue about why a gay man can be shot dead in plain sight in the street simply because of who he is.

Why Anti-Gay Hate Crimes Are Up: The Storm Before the Calm

Allison Hope | Posted 07.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

I believe that we're seeing the tortured last battle of an anti-gay subset of our society that knows that it's losing the culture war. what do angry, ignorant people do when they feel that they no longer have control? They use their angry words, their fists, their guns and their knives.

Everything Changes, Even My Shoes: Evolving Past My Own Transphobia and Internalized Homophobia

Cindy Zelman | Posted 07.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Cindy Zelman

As I've shed my sexy boots, so too have I shed my narrow-minded views on the queer community. I may not be bringing sexy back with my new dress style, but I'm bringing back something much more important: a wider and more encompassing perspective.

The Global LGBT Rights Kaleidoscope (VIDEO)

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 07.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Charles Radcliffe

The improvement in the human rights situation of LGBT people is real, but millions have yet to feel its touch. Extending the reach of progress and guaranteeing the rights of every LGBT individual, no matter where they live, is emerging as a vital, if contested, objective of human rights activism.

NYC Anti-Gay Hate Crime Suspect Charged

AP | VERENA DOBNIK | Posted 05.19.2014 | Gay Voices

The man who police say hurled homophobic slurs at a gay man on a Manhattan street before firing a single fatal shot to his head appeared in court Sund...

New York Man Killed In Alleged Anti-Gay Hate Crime

Posted 05.12.2014 | Gay Voices

UPDATE May 19 at 12:52 p.m. EST: A New York Times report has identified the victim as Mark Carson, 32, and the suspect as 33-year-old Elliot Morales. ...

MTV Legend Recalls Heavy Metal Frontman's Anti-Gay T-Shirt Controversy

Posted 05.18.2013 | Gay Voices

MTV veteran Kurt Loder recalled an infamous 1989 controversy involving Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach in an appearance on HuffPost Live this week. ...

Bad News For Georgia's Gay Community

AP | MISHA DZHINDZHIKHASHVILI | Posted 05.28.2013 | Gay Voices

TBILISI, Georgia -- Thousands of anti-gay protesters, including Orthodox priests, occupied a central street in Georgia's capital Friday, with some thr...

LOOK: Commemorating International Day Against Homophobia And Transphobia

Posted 05.17.2013 | Gay Voices

May 17 is the 9th annual International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHO). The day will be commemorated in over 100 countries around the wor...

Celebrate Equality! Work Like Hell for Justice! International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO)

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 07.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

IDAHO is a day to remember that there are countries throughout the world where well-meaning people are being told that LGBT people should be rejected by their families, given shock treatment, converted to fundamentalism, imprisoned or even executed. There is work to do!

Homophobia's Cruel Mother's Day

Rob Watson | Posted 07.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

The Friday before Mother's Day, my work associate asked me for a favor. "I may need to work altered hours on Monday, if that is OK," she started. "I have a memorial service that I need to go to." And then, almost under her breath: "It was a suicide."

Tom Joyner's Homophobic Message to the Black Community

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

Incidents of rape always need to be called out, as Joyner did, and addressed immediately, but it shouldn't be brought to attention while denigrating a member of another minority group within the same population, as Joyner also did.