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The Court Didn't Give Us the Right to Marry

Andy Thayer | Posted 06.30.2015 | Chicago
Andy Thayer

One of the many hidden stories of how we got to today involves how some Dems got "turned" on the issue. It wasn't through polite lobbying. Or reasoned argument. It was power politics.

One Lucky Black Trans Girl

Angelica Ross | Posted 06.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Angelica Ross

I hear words like "lucky" used when people describe my life and all the amazing things that are starting to happen for me. I reject that notion.

10 Things I Learned From Viewing 'Brave Spaces'

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 06.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

The basic question answered in the documentary is "how have faith leaders, LGBT advocates and broader communities been able to find common ground and work together to advance the causes of social justice."

Zach Carter

Hillary Clinton Has 'Real Concerns' With Obama's Trade Agenda

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Friday that although she has "real concerns" about the major trade pact President Barack Obama ...

Jason Linkins

How LGBT Activists Won The PR Game: Cash, Culture And Community

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

What's the secret of the LGBT community's success, as they've moved toward societal equality? According to our most recent "Drinking & Talking" panel,...

When All of New York City Held Us

Buster Ross | Posted 06.29.2015 | New York
Buster Ross

Their "baby bag" of hospital supplies sat in the corner, because I was due to make an appearance at any moment. As they drifted to sleep in each other's arms, they dreamed together about who I might be in the world.

A Spellbinding Week: What Are the Gains and Losses for LGBT Rights, and What Battles Lie Ahead?

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 06.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Yes, be proud of our work this week. But there's so much more to do. Don't think our opponents aren't already regrouping and calibrating their next attack, moving on to other states. We cannot fool ourselves, dazzled by the events, into thinking that because we won a media battle, we have won the war.

Amanda Terkel

Civil Rights Bill Top Priority For LGBT Voters, According To New Poll

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the Supreme Court set to rule in the coming months on marriage equality, the gay rights community already is gearing up for its nex...

Stop Letting Trans People Die

Mya Adriene Byrne | Posted 04.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Mya Adriene Byrne

I call on all non-trans people: queer allies, straight activists, moms, dads, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, bandmates, soulmates, teens and elders, ministers, doctors and teachers -- let the world know that you care about trans folk, no matter how they identify, and that you stand with us.

Has the Anti-Gay Right Found Its Gay 'Partial Birth Abortion'?

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 04.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Whatever the reasons, many LGBT national leaders are nowhere on this terrible and potentially enormously impactful law.

Favoring Transphobia?

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 04.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Victor M. Feraru

Unfortunately for the transgender community, their need for rights are only now able to come to the forefront. They have always been there but have been misunderstood by almost everyone with whom they come in contact.

Windy City Happening: Jennifer Hudson and Turn It Up for Change (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 03.23.2015 | Chicago
Justin Barbin

Hudson was thrilled to meet her impersonators and happily took selfies with attendees all the while enjoying the dance party that wrapped up the evening.

The Next Move in U.S. and Global LGBT Equality

Todd Fernandez | Posted 03.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Todd Fernandez

As a movement, we must free LGBT people worldwide and we need all our organizations to work together to make this happen as fast as possible. Lives are at stake.

African HRC Reflects on 2014

Melanie Nathan | Posted 03.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Melanie Nathan

As Americans revel in equality gains, we cannot forget that as LGBTI people, we are all members of a persecuted global minority with a responsibility towards one another, regardless of who we are or where we live.

Gay List of the "Best Places to Work 2015" Is Full of Corporate Monsters

Jordan Krueger | Posted 02.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Jordan Krueger

Corporations whose legacy is oppression, racism, and environmental degradation do not deserve to be rewarded, and should not be encouraged.

Tim Cook Makes Big Gay Move In His Home State

AP | JAY REEVES | Posted 12.18.2014 | Gay Voices

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Apple chief executive Tim Cook, the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company, is donating money to help fund a gay righ...

HoliGay Shopping List

Nick Norton | Posted 02.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Nick Norton

A great resource that I would like to direct you to is the Human Rights Campaign's Holiday Buyer's Guide, which provides a comprehensive review of a great number of businesses concerning how LGBT-friendly they are.

I'm Still Bitter, Bill

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 02.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

I still remember the day you signed DOMA. The anger. The disappointment. The despair. I still remember watching states pass gay-marriage prohibitions quite easily. I cannot forget, and I cannot forgive until there is a proper apology.

Major LGBT Advocates Who Had Previously Buried the Lede Come Out of the Closet -- Except One

Dana Beyer | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

I would like to return to the post that generated the most debate and heat, "Burying the Lede: The LGBT Community's Deafening Silence on Federal Transgender Employment Protections," which provided in-depth background about the most momentous federal trans-rights advance in our history, and the community silence that followed. It struck a chord.

The Business Case for Ally Engagement

Joanne Sprague | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Joanne Sprague

For LGBT inclusion in particular, policy alone doesn't drive culture: 91 percent of Fortune 500 companies prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, yet 53 percent of LGBT workers remain closeted at work.

The South Is Not a New Frontier: An Open Letter to the Human Rights Campaign

Kip Williams | Posted 11.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Kip Williams

Take some time to get to know the local communities who have been building bridges, winning and losing campaigns, and making a difference for generations. Enter these communities with humility and a beginner's mind. And please, please don't erase the rich history and culture of the queer South just because you finally started paying attention.

HRC Reboots Its Mission Toward Greater Trans Inclusion

Dana Beyer | Posted 11.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Last Thursday at the Southern Comfort Conference in Atlanta, HRC President Chad Griffin apologized for all the problems between HRC and the trans community for which HRC had been responsible over the years. He was specific and demanded to be held accountable. These are words the trans community has never heard before from HRC, certainly not in public.

National Domestic Violence Organizations Silent in Wake of Ray Rice Abuse

Tanya Young Williams | Posted 11.09.2014 | Women
Tanya Young Williams

Where is the outcry from our leading domestic violence organizations in the wake of the latest Ray Rice elevator video, wherein he punches his fiance in the face?

LOOK: Anthony Bourdain Backs Gay Marriage

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.17.2014 | Gay Voices

Following in the footsteps of fellow celebrities Susan Sarandon and Tony Hawk, chef and Emmy-winning television host Anthony Bourdain spoke out in sup...

'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner': Lesbian Trans Exclusion Gets Noticed

Dana Beyer | Posted 10.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Our community's problem isn't with MichFest. If it became trans-inclusive tomorrow, the underlying problem would remain. It isn't even with the antifeminist nature of the trans-exclusionary radical feminists; if they quieted down tomorrow, the underlying problem would remain. The problem is the iceberg below, which no one wants to recognize.