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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."

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

Fathima Imra Nazeer | Posted 07.16.2015 | World
Fathima Imra Nazeer

The supreme court ruling effectively legalizing gay marriage across the United States has caused a stir not just among conservatives and religious fanatics here in the United States but in many parts of the Muslim world as well. It is a good thing we are discussing a topic rarely brought up in Muslim communities.

The Bias Behind Orthodox Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage

Ayalon Eliach | Posted 07.08.2015 | Religion
Ayalon Eliach

Tradition does not demand vocally opposing the Supreme Court's decision because it in no way impacts Orthodox religious marriage. Cloaking such bias in religious garb does not make it any less problematic.

Hooray for Gay Animals! 9 Species That Are Also Celebrating

Natalia Reagan | Posted 07.06.2015 | Science
Natalia Reagan

The Supreme Court's ruling may be a progressive move for Americans, but this is nothing new for animals. Did you know that at least 1500 species of animals have been engaging in homosexual activity sans judgment from their peers for eons?

Let Freedom Ring for All

Sue Shanahan | Posted 07.02.2015 | Good News
Sue Shanahan

When the founders of our nation landed on the shores of Cape Cod, it was with the pursuit of religious freedom. All the other truths we've fought for since that time, stemmed from this same quest.

10 Questions to Discuss Before Marrying According to a Gay Philosopher

Skye Cleary | Posted 07.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Skye Cleary

Nietzsche loved love and thought highly of marriage. Yet, he worried about love's intoxicating and delusional nature and encourages lovers to balance passion with reason by ensuring that marriage is a strong and meaningful choice.

What the SCOTUS Decision Looked Like For a SWHF

Amanda Glassman | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Amanda Glassman

What did the SCOTUS decision look like to me: A Suburban, White, Heterosexual Female? Must we wait until an issue hits us directly on the head to react to it, or to feel as if we are worthy of identifying with it?

What Would Edward Sagarin Think? Or Donald Webster Cory?

Philip Goldberg | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Philip Goldberg

I'm thinking of Dr. Sagarin, who was my sociology professor and something of a mentor in the 60s, in the wake of Friday's monumental Supreme Court decision on gay marriage. If his soul is looking on from somewhere in the cosmos, he is surely as astonished by that turn of events.

Can Love Be a Sin?

Amy Arndt | Posted 06.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Amy Arndt

Ask yourself if God would judge two people who want nothing more than to have legal recognition of their union, and ask yourself if you are in the position to judge that yourself.

Beyond Sex: What Is Gay?

James Owens | Posted 07.08.2015 | Gay Voices
James Owens

Defining and embracing a true gay culture, which goes well beyond sexuality, is the next stage. We see organizations like gay softball leagues, gay choirs, and gay running clubs. They are institutions meant to build strength and support between one another because we do share so much in common and we understand what it took to become who we are more than anyone else.

Responding to Claims of Theological Compromise Regarding Same-Sex Marriage

Michael Stark | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Michael Stark

A few weeks ago Christianity Today editor Mark Galli published a short article entitled "2 Billion Christians Believe in Traditional Marriage." As the overzealous title suggests, Galli's central premise is that orthodox Christians only endorse a view of marriage that is defined between a man and a woman.

Let's Be Clear: Gay Men Are Not Child Molesters and Should Serve as Boy Scout Leaders

Steve Siebold | Posted 06.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Steve Siebold

In 2014, the Boy Scouts of America finally began to allow openly gay youths into its organization. As of today, no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone. It was a great victory indeed.

Ridin' on the "Threeway" of Love (Without a Pink Cadillac)

Josh Sabarra | Posted 06.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Josh Sabarra

It was the first time I'd been invited to join a threeway. "Hey, handsome," Sam began in a private Facebook message, "you seem like a lot of fun." A certified-platinum approval addict, I bit into the hook like a fish desperate for seven (or eight) inches of worm.

The Irish Vote -- a New Pentecost for the Church?

Matthew Fox | Posted 06.08.2015 | Religion
Matthew Fox

This vote is a sea change in Irish consciousness which up to 1993 had criminalized homosexuality and up to ten years ago was very much a theocracy under the thumb of the Catholic Church hierarchy.

God, Jesus and the Bible: FAQs for Gay Pride Month

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 06.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

June is Gay Pride Month. It is a time for parades and for festivals, for rainbow flags and for dance tents. It is a time to recognize the amazing progress that has been made on LGBT equality as we recommit ourselves to continuing the struggle until liberty and justice for all really means "all."

Healing Homophobia

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 05.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

It's a free country, and you are absolutely entitled to be creeped out about whatever you choose to be creeped out about. You are not, however, entitled to use that aversion (a dictionary word for "creeped out") to keep other Americans from the equal protection guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.