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Why It's Important to Open the World to LGBT Travellers -- Even in Places Where It's Illegal to Be Gay

Darren Burn | Posted 03.24.2016 | Travel
Darren Burn

Travel broadens the mind, there's no doubt about that and as a gay man I want to be able to travel to the four corners of the globe, without feeling limited, restricted or shameful of who I am.

What Is Homophobia Like in India?

Kris Jupiter | Posted 03.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Kris Jupiter

Homophobia in India is difficult to describe. It is not the type of homophobia people usually think of: outright violence or discrimination against homosexuals. In Indian society, the existence of homosexuality is simply not acknowledged, so that type of homophobia generally is unseen.

Here's Why Some Straight Men Have Sex With Other Men

Albert Serna Jr | Posted 03.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Albert Serna Jr

Men have been having sex since the dawn of time. And no, I don't mean with women, I mean with other men. Dispute this all you want, make claims of biblical proportions, but it is a well documented fact that man-on-man sex is not new.

These People Are Showing That Islam Is Compatible With Women's Rights

Ani Zonneveld | Posted 03.17.2016 | World
Ani Zonneveld

The #ImamsForShe campaign is meant to empower women to educate themselves about their rights in Islam. These imams put forward an uplifting, inclusive and compassionate expression of Islam.

A Gay Man's Quest for Real Change Within Homophobic Religion

Jonathon Sawyer | Posted 03.11.2016 | Queer Voices
Jonathon Sawyer

It was a disheartening shock to my soul when an institutional policy revision was made to the handbook in regards to gay members of the Church and their families.

Most Gay People Won't Travel to a Country It's Illegal to Be Gay

Darren Burn | Posted 03.08.2016 | Queer Voices
Darren Burn

It really upsets me that in this day and age the LGBT community still feel unable to travel to any destination on earth. Clearly there is still some way to go in order to break down the barriers that exist and to ensure that the law is made equal everywhere.

#FredinChina: New Content Regulations in China

Fred Raillard | Posted 03.15.2016 | Technology
Fred Raillard

Last week there was another regulation concerning the Chinese Internet, forbidding foreign companies from posting content on Chinese social media. In short, Beijing is getting more and more controlling over anything and everything that is broadcasted in China online and offline, on the Internet and on TV.

Jamal Hailey: Being a Frontline Soldier in the War on HIV is Personal, Part One

Wyatt O'Brian Evans | Posted 03.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Wyatt O'Brian Evans

Jamal Hailey has his own personal stake in the war on HIV he's helping to wage: two of his family members have succumbed to the virus.

Lita Ford Reveals She Quit The Runaways Because Her Bandmates 'Were All Gay'

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 03.01.2016 | Queer Voices

When guitarist Lita Ford first joined The Runaways in the mid-'70s at the age of just 16, she knew nothing about homosexuality, she told HuffPost Live...

...Unless You're Gay and Overdrawn.

Steve Austin | Posted 02.25.2016 | Queer Voices
Steve Austin

I pulled into the gas station across the street. I got out, slid my debit card, and was filling up the tank when a black two-door car pulled up beside me.

Homosexuality vs. Christianity

Donovan Thompson | Posted 02.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Donovan Thompson

I have made the choice to fight for my relationship with God despite the efforts of extremists who yearn to replace love with hate.

Is Being Gay Just About Sex?

Jim Downs | Posted 02.22.2016 | Queer Voices
Jim Downs

Gay men today have forgotten that history; they have fallen for the hype that they are just like everyone else except that they have sex with men. That semantic elision, as seductive as it may be, forgets that those in power can flick the switch from liberation back to oppression.

AIDS: How Far the World has Come and How Far it Needs To Go to Get to Zero

The Conversation Africa | Posted 02.17.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Lawrence O. Gostin, Georgetown University Foundation essay: Our foundation essays are longer than usual and take a wider look at key issues affecting...

'Justice Scalia' Is an Oxymoron

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Scalia promoted anything but justice in his opposition to the Voting Rights Act and affirmative action, women's reproductive freedoms, and in particular, the rights and freedoms of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans* people.

The Story of an Openly Gay Pastor

Thomas Reissmann | Posted 02.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Thomas Reissmann

Jason waited for 6 years for the United Methodist Church to change the church laws to allow for openly homosexual ministers to be ordained. When that never happed he decided to start his own church.

Correcting Legalized Bias: India and its Struggle to Decriminalize Homosexuality

Jyoti Puri | Posted 02.11.2016 | Queer Voices
Jyoti Puri

The last chapter of the legal campaign to decriminalize homosexuality is unfolding in the Indian Supreme Court.

The Science Behind Why So Many Women Want to Befriend Gay Men

The Conversation US | Posted 02.04.2016 | Science
The Conversation US

Evolutionary psychology and human mating can help explain why relationships between straight women and gay men tend to flourish.

Tracey Gold Addresses That Gay-Marriage Twitter 'Feud' With Kirk Cameron

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 01.29.2016 | OWN

The Internet never forgets. It's been a couple of years since "Growing Pains" star Kirk Cameron generated a huge online backlash after telling CNN's P...

Coming Out in a Stadium Near You

Chris Kyle | Posted 01.28.2016 | Sports
Chris Kyle

I grew up near Boston, so I root for the New England Patriots. I can tell you all about the Ideal Gas Law because I pretty much have a PhD in Deflategate, but I can't tell you when the NFL will welcome more gay players, including its first gay superstar. Hopefully soon.

Island of Hope -- Sri Lanka's Last Chance for Equality

Aritha Wickramasinghe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Aritha Wickramasinghe

As an out gay teenager in Sri Lanka, I witnessed the fear that everyone like me lived in: the fear of a system that was never going to be on your side because your mere existence is treated with contempt. In 2016, we have the opportunity to change this.

Why This Middle-Aged Prude Became A Sex Podcaster

Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh | Posted 01.18.2016 | Fifty
Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh

I'm an unlikely sex podcaster. Wildly unqualified. I've never been in a sex shop. I have no degree in sexology. I'm a middle-aged married mom of two whose work and hobbies generally bore fellow dinner guests, if I were invited to dinner parties, which I haven't been, of late.

How David Bowie Saved Me From Upper Class Iranian Society

Setareh Sabety | Posted 01.12.2016 | Women
Setareh Sabety

Rock and roll in general, and David Bowie, in particular, helped me transition out of the hypocritical society where my parents dwelled. I got into Bowie around the same time I started questioning the upper class Iranian society of the seventies.

I'm Brave Enough To Embrace The Woman (And Man) In Me

Michael Rohrer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Rohrer

My courage grew three sizes that day on the subway platform. I'm now less worried about other people's reactions to my trying on women's shoes or testing nude lipsticks. What does any of it really matter? It's my life. I own it.

A Tribute to Robert Spitzer, the Most Influential Psychiatrist of His Time

Allen Frances | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Allen Frances

There is an ongoing debate whether the flow of history is pushed forward more by ineluctable forces or by the prominent people who represent them. I u...

Iran, Assassinations, and Hypocrisy

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.07.2016 | World
Warren J. Blumenfeld

While the Iranians rightly condemned Saudi Arabia, I find it quite ironic when they represent the murders as a "medieval act of savagery." It's as if the Saudi's, in executing Shiite clerics, held up a mirror to the Iranians in which they saw reflected back their own long-standing and brutal civil and human rights atrocities.