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Pope Francis's Hollow Rhetoric On Place of LGBTQ People in the Church

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.09.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Rather than requiring women to ask it for forgiveness, the Vatican needs, instead, to ask those of us whom it has repressed and oppressed for forgiveness of its sins throughout its existence.

What the Bible Really Teaches About Marriage Equality

Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 10.07.2015 | Religion
Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D.

The notion that there is one "traditional" type of biblical marriage is not supported by the Bible.

Catholicism, Marriage and Family in the Modern World

Aaron Jay Ledesma | Posted 10.07.2015 | Religion
Aaron Jay Ledesma

Pope Francis has inaugurated the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family. The three-week gathering of bishops from around will focus on married couples, parents and family.

"Cloud Nine:" A Mental Challenge for the Theatergoer

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 10.05.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

As you approach the Linda Gross Theater, you're struck by the imposing quiet of it. Sealed doors keep out the faint of heart; the Church-like building sleeps, bathed in the light of an October moon. Could this be your destination, or have you made a mistake?

Deaf West Theatre Gets Loud with "Spring Awakening"

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 10.02.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

In Spring Awakening, Steven Sater's lyrics sing like poetry. Their intimacy tingles in your throat as you repeat them under your breath. Your eyes close, just long enough to dance on the brink of surrender.

The Pope Is Catholic. Get Over It!

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 10.01.2015 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

News flash for progressives: Pope Francis is not one of you! He never has been. The same thing goes for conservatives. The man is just Catholic.

Black Queerness/Queer Blackness

Michael Carosone | Posted 09.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

My thesis is that homophobia -- or heterosexism -- exits in the African-American community because of its strict adherence to religious traditions and norms. Consequently, such homophobia appears in the community's literature, arts and culture.

Edie Windsor, a Sports Bet and Exactly One Hundred Masturbating Gay Men

Sean O'Toole | Posted 09.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Sean O'Toole

"I lost a bet on a Cubs game and I have to watch 100 gay guys jerk off on this site as my forfeit. You are number 13. Will you click next please?" Suddenly, I felt incredibly protective of all the other masturbating gay guys.

We Welcome You Pope Francis

Rev. Dr. Sunny Farley | Posted 09.09.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Sunny Farley

You have shown us that the love of Christ is meant for all people -- not just those who adhere to the Christian faith. You have reminded us that Christians are commanded to love others as ourselves, and that means loving others with everything, from our finances to our government policies.

Please Don't Jail Kim Davis

John A. Tures | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

I'm sure those who have suffered discrimination for being gay might understandably have little sympathy for seeing Kim Davis head off to prison for not fulfilling her oath of office. But is that any way to celebrate a victory?

An Open Letter to People Who Still Use 'Faggot' as an Insult

Casey Cavanagh | Posted 08.20.2015 | Impact
Casey Cavanagh

Be responsible. Hold yourself accountable. Pay attention to the words you use, the way you articulate yourself, and be aware of how the things you say may affect people around you.

Sex Addict or Gay Man?

Renato Barucco | Posted 08.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Renato Barucco

Over the past year, I had several conversations about sexual compulsivity. Collecting background information for Sexed, a novel about sex addiction, I learned that the problem, in various interpretations, is a serious concern for many gay men.

Pat Robertson Has No Time For Christians Who Accept Gays

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.11.2015 | Gay Voices

The increasingly predictable Pat Robertson has no time for Christians who are accepting of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)...

LGBTQ Sex Education Is a Vital Tool for All Parents

Sean O'Toole | Posted 08.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Sean O'Toole

I also realize that sometimes parents don't expect or want their children to be gay, in the same way they don't expect or want their children to go around acting like 1970s Thor but sometimes they are one of these things, and sometimes they are both.

Dear Straight Men, Come Out Already

Mason Hsieh | Posted 07.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Mason Hsieh

Apparently, they called it a "bro-job," which referred to the oral sex the male rowers occasionally engaged in with one another in the showers back in high school.

Is Sexual Preference a Choice?

Craig E. Sherman | Posted 07.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Craig E. Sherman

If as a society, we accept homosexuality, then naturally, we must afford all individuals with equal rights and privileges, regardless if they freely choose a gay lifestyle or if they are compelled by genetic disposition. So why do we continue to avoid answering the fundamental question in favor of the question of genetics?

I am a Christian. You Are Something Else.

Scott Terry | Posted 07.20.2015 | Religion
Scott Terry

We both go to church. We both believe in Jesus. I am a Christian. You are something else. Such is the message I often hear from organized religion, and as a gay man and ex-fundamentalist, I find it divisive and presumptuous.

Your Own 'Do It Yourself' Psychoanalysis Kit

Lester & Charlie | Posted 07.20.2015 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Everyone needs a break from Prilosec and Paxil these days. So here are a few of the funniest, most misguided, sexist, dangerous and just plain stupid mid-century PSAs to perk us all up.

Queer No Longer Queer - Nor Is Privacy

Gary North | Posted 07.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Gary North

So, if inherent in the ruling is the underlying acceptance that everyone is equal under the law and that our relationships are legit, therefore there is no reason to hide our relationships or enable others to hide: This is the "new" gay-positive/post-bigoted America: The court has basically said so.

A Letter To My Uncle Who Isn't Dealing Well With SCOTUS' Marriage Equality Decision

Colin Israel | Posted 07.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Colin Israel

To hear you say you love me and yet disagree with that is confusing. In fact, as frustrating as it may be to hear, to say as much is discriminatory. That's not an accusation, it's a clear-cut fact.

Gay Marriage, as a Civil Right, Does Not Violate Religious Liberty

Christine Stoddard | Posted 07.17.2015 | Religion
Christine Stoddard

There are many versions of Christianity. My favorite version is that of hippie Jesus: God is love, pure and simple. I hope that love will continue to win.

I Will Never Repent For Being Homosexual

Michael Rohrer | Posted 07.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

I was put on this Earth to live the often fabulous -- though frequently maligned -- life of a homosexual. Sling your accusatory rhetoric at me all you want. But to use Bible verses to taint someone's existence, his very life, as a sin because he is attracted to someone of the same-sex is deplorable.

Homosexuality: It's Time We Reconcile Our Beliefs with Scientific Evidence and 21st Century Values

Fathima Imra Nazeer | Posted 07.16.2015 | Religion
Fathima Imra Nazeer

It's time we reconcile our beliefs and practices with scientific evidence and 21st century values such as individual freedom and equality, and let go of the beliefs and practices from the 7th century that don't make sense anymore.

Homosexuality: It's Time We Reconcile Our Beliefs with Scientific Evidence and 21st Century Values

Fathima Imra Nazeer | Posted 07.16.2015 | Religion
Fathima Imra Nazeer

It's time we reconcile our beliefs and practices with scientific evidence and 21st century values such as individual freedom and equality, and let go of the beliefs and practices from the 7th century that don't make sense anymore.

Dear White Gay Men: Stop Objectifying Gay Men of Color

Lamar Dawson | Posted 07.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Lamar Dawson

A few nights ago at a bar in Chelsea, my friends and I were approached by a friendly white guy visiting from Utah. After a few polite introductions and pleasantries, he pulled me over to tell me, "you're a really hot black guy."