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Four Ways a Toxic Divorce Made Me a Happier Person

Julie Rainbow | Posted 02.11.2015 | Divorce
Julie Rainbow

My toxic divorce helped me to learn what love really means - and to be thankful every day that I found it.

This Is How We Win

Diriye Osman | Posted 02.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

You may feel like your future is slipping from your grasp, that if you don't rush now to greet your dreams you might lose out on them, but please wait. If you are coming from an unsupportive environment with regards to your sexual orientation, the best thing to do is to establish your independence.

My Two-Legged Dog's Journey From Egypt to New York to Kansas to a College Town in Pennsylvania

Domenick Scudera | Posted 03.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Lucky is more than a dog; he is a symbol. For some, he is a symbol of resilience and perseverance, a canine "It Gets Better" story. For others, he is an affirmation of life and hope. To me, he is the best of what it means to be a dog: remaining positive, living in the moment, providing unconditional love.

Where It All Began...

Craig Stewart | Posted 02.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart

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A Letter to the Lost

Michael Varrati | Posted 12.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Varrati

It is a disheartening fact that, in 2014, so many kids...and also some adults...feel the anguish of a societal prison designed to stop an individual from being who they are inside.

The Delights of Our Lives

Miriam Ava | Posted 10.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Miriam Ava

We're swimming, breathing, being in delight. We meet people we admire; we brush space with strangers who grow into friends; we revel in the things...

From California to Ohio

Justin McCoy | Posted 09.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Justin McCoy

It's OK to ask for help. It's often a scary thing, especially in today's world where we sometimes get made fun of for needing help. But I should have asked for help a lot sooner, and it does get better.

Femininity in Men Is a Form of Power

Diriye Osman | Posted 09.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

If a Somali man is considered feminine he is deemed weak, helpless, pitiful: The underlying message being that femininity is inherently inferior to masculinity. Variants of this thinking extend across most cultures, belief systems, races and sexualities.

WATCH: Laverne Cox Shares How 'It Got Better'

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 06.19.2014 | Gay Voices

This is probably the best thing you're going to watch today. Transgender actress and activist Laverne Cox took part in an incredible new docuseries...

For Matthew Shepard and His Family

Enrique Torre Molina | Posted 08.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Enrique Torre Molina

At the end of my first year in college, just when I began to come out to my family and friends, I read about a young man in the United States, Matthew Shepard, who had been brutally murdered for being gay. This shocked me for many reasons -- first, because I identified with a few of Matthew's traits.

Jason Collins Reveals The First Time He Ever Said 'I'm Gay' Out Loud

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 06.05.2014 | Gay Voices

Jason Collins has joined other big names in an incredible new campaign that aims to provide a platform for queer celebrity experiences in an effort to...

Losing My Fears for My Gay Middle School Daughter

Sandy Roffey | Posted 08.04.2014 | Parents
Sandy Roffey

Middle school kids can be dramatic, and over-sensitive, but sometimes they get a bad rap. Sometimes what we expect out of them is far less than they are capable of, especially when it comes to empathy and compassion. Sometimes they even outdo the adults around them.

What Was It Like For Jane Lynch To Grow Up As A Lesbian?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices

An incredible new docuseries has hit the web that interviews out lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) celebrities as they share their journey...

Weather Channel Caught In Storm Of Controversy Over Sarcastic Tweet

The Huffington Post | Tyler McCarthy | Posted 05.12.2014 | Media

The Weather Channel has apologized to outgoing Fort Worth, Texas, City Councilman Joel Burns after a recent Twitter flap. Burns, an openly gay poli...

This Child Star Turned Full-Fledged Gay Hottie Is Back With An Important Message

Posted 05.08.2014 | Gay Voices

Late last year we brought you the news that your favorite child star from "The Little Rascals" and "Full House" had become a full-fledged hottie who w...

A Discussion About Children, Toys And Gender-Based Marketing

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 04.08.2014 | Gay Voices

The It Gets Better Project will host a Google Hangout this Wednesday, April 9, to examine the way that the gender-based marketing of toys affects lesb...

A Letter to My 16-Year-Old Self

Greg Louganis | Posted 05.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Greg Louganis

You will understand those confusing feelings you are having about "who you love" or fall in love with. It is your nature to love, and it is just who you are that you love a man. It is OK. You will survive your suicide attempt, and something glorious will happen.

When Life Hands You Drag Queens

George Heymont | Posted 04.14.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

In response to questions from the audience, the ensemble's two founding members (Schatz and Keller) spoke candidly about how much more rewarding a career in drag has been than the legal work they did in their previous careers.

It Gets Better - No Really It Does

Amelia Shroyer | Posted 03.19.2014 | Divorce
Amelia Shroyer

One of the most cliché things people say when something bad happens is, "you're going to come out of this even stronger." How can something so tru...

How I Became a Bully

Paul Florez | Posted 03.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Paul Florez

For the first time in my life, I was the bully, and someone else was scared of me. My behavior was despicable, but I felt empowered.

Living in My Nevers...

Craig Stewart | Posted 02.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart

My life changed, June 19th 2006 at 12:34 p.m. I could count on one hand how many times he and I got together to have sex, but I could never recall how many times we had sex with her.

We Have a Lot to Be Thankful For: Reflections by LGBTQ Friends, Community Leaders and Allies

Jodi Savitz | Posted 01.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Jodi Savitz

This post is about sharing the voices of some amazing LGBTQ community leaders, allies, and friends -- and they are thankful for a lot. I hope this assemblage of thanks is as awe-inspiring to you as it is to me.

NASA Wants You To Know That 'It Gets Better'

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.18.2013 | Gay Voices

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) released a heartwarming video this week that documents a number of astronauts, flight instruc...

Coming Out and Finding Happiness

Matt Jacobi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Jacobi

When I hear about young kids wanting to kill themselves or crying out for help because they are being bullied in school, I want to tell them to never give up. I know what it's like to not want to go on, but I am so glad I did. It does not just get better; it gets a hell of a lot better!

Nathan's Pain: Sometimes It Gets Better, But Not Without Loss

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Victor M. Feraru

By the time he reached his 20s, Nathan knew he had a choice to make. He could either live a closeted life within the church, or come out. There was no doubt in his mind that he would be rejected for the latter.