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Making Gay Okay at the Vatican Synod

Dr. Anne Hendershott | Posted 10.26.2015 | Religion
Dr. Anne Hendershott

No one -- including Catholic leaders -- want to return to the days when homosexuals were feared and stigmatized. It was a time when homosexuality was viewed as a problem so profound that it affected the total personality.

Women's Right to Vote as the Downfall of Democracy

Suzanne DeWitt Hall | Posted 10.23.2015 | Entertainment
Suzanne DeWitt Hall

Surely every American knows that women have the same decision-making capacity as men, and that our right to participate in elections was long overdue. Don't they?

Killing God

Rodney Wilson | Posted 10.23.2015 | Religion
Rodney Wilson

Time is running out on conservative Christianity in America. It must change. If its adherents don't "put their swords away," they will kill God in America. And this time there won't be a resurrection.

The 10 Stages of Coming Out to My Conservative Chinese Father

Keay Nigel | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.