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An Open Letter To My Brother Who Worked Security During Pride

Chris Hernandez | Posted 06.27.2016 | Queer Voices
Chris Hernandez

During Pride this year, as many members of the LGBTQ community prepared to party as a sign that we would not be silenced by the shooter who targeted a gay club in Orlando, you had a job to do. Thank you.

Be More Gay

Robyn Vie Carpenter | Posted 06.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Robyn Vie Carpenter

We must not cancel any plans that we had to celebrate Pride. In fact, invite more people. Make our numbers bigger. Let's double the size of every Pride celebration for the rest of the year, holding hands with our friends, family, partners, spouses, children and allies.

Music That Heals: A Love Letter to Pearl Jam on Their 25th Anniversary Tour

Sezin Koehler | Posted 05.02.2016 | Entertainment
Sezin Koehler

Dear Pearl Jam, "State of Love and Trust" and "Breath" were the first songs of yours I ever heard, off the soundtrack to Cameron Crowe's film Single...

When Boycotts Turn Harmful

Matt Kidd | Posted 04.19.2016 | Queer Voices
Matt Kidd

On the one hand, boycotts from major corporations and artists can be a great showing of solidarity. On the other hand, I questioned how thoughtful some of the boycotts are, and if there's a stronger way the boycotters could show allyship to the LGBT community.

Equality Supporters Must Rally, Regardless of Political Party

Jeremy Charneco-Sullivan | Posted 02.15.2016 | Politics
Jeremy Charneco-Sullivan

"I vote Republican because of economic issues but consider myself socially liberal." "I am a Republican, but I support you and your family completely...

A Look Back at an Out-Standing Year for LGBT Advocacy

Valerie Jarrett | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Valerie Jarrett

As hard as President Obama and his Administration have worked to expand opportunity and make this a more equal country, these accomplishments would not have been possible without the advocates, allies, activists and ordinary people doing extraordinary things, to change our culture every single day.

Bro-Porn Revisited: Heterosexualizing Straight White Men's Anti-homophobia (Again)

Tristan Bridges | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Tristan Bridges

Part of the "humor" in these forms of digital activism is that these guys are so straight that no one would ever actually think they are gay. In doing so, they actually shore up heterosexual privilege -- albeit in a new and unorthodox fashion.

A Father's Beautiful Story Of Proudly Marching For His Bisexual Son

The Huffington Post | Noah Michelson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

This post is excerpted from the soon to be released 25th anniversary edition of "Bi Any Other Name: Bi People Speak Out" and is available here.The let...

4 Tips for a Top GSA

Desiree Raught | Posted 09.25.2015 | Education
Desiree Raught

As both a Gay-Straight Alliance Sponsor for McKinley Tech High School in Washington, D.C., and an LGBT Liaison for my school district, I have learned -- and am excited to share -- a number of tips that can help Gay-Straight Alliances make schools safer and more supportive for all students.

The Constant Struggle for Equality: 5 Ways to Be a Better Ally

Sean O'Toole | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sean O'Toole

I'd like to focus on the bigger picture and examine why, regardless of anti-discrimination legislative changes, LGBTQ employment discrimination will remain economically divisive, socially permissible and unfortunately commonplace. I'd also like to point out how vital it is to get allies to recognize this issue as a valid and ongoing struggle.

The Tragic Death of Shira Banki Should Resonate With Anyone Who Grew Up LGBTQ

Sean O'Toole | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sean O'Toole

In pre-marriage equality Israel on Sunday, hatred took away a very important young person. The type of young person who changes minds, mobilizes, supports, believes in dignity and equality. A young person who could have very conceivably grown into a leader, organizer, campaigner and difference-maker.

Mean Girls, Caitlyn Jenner and the Responsibility of Being a Trans Ally

Adam Hunt | Posted 07.28.2016 | Queer Voices
Adam Hunt

The enemy is the same ignorance and hate that leads to transphobia, racism and misogyny. It's the same ignorance that causes us to jump to defend our mistakes, rather than attempt to understand why or how we could be wrong. It's the same hate that drives people to inexplicably murder another person they deem as other, or wrong, or perverted, or less-than.

How I Went From Texas Baptist To LGBTQ Ally

Christian Piatt | Posted 07.16.2016 | Religion
Christian Piatt

For a decade or more, I knew what it felt like to be the "other," to be on the outside of the circle of acceptance.

Being a Trans Ally is a Verb

Ezak Perez | Posted 06.24.2016 | Queer Voices
Ezak Perez

In a world that is saturated in patriarchy and gender based violence, imagine how powerful and life saving it would be if men, masculine presenting people and cis-gender identified people started standing up as allies too.

One Ally's Story in Celebration of Pride Month

Lisa Stulberg | Posted 05.29.2016 | Queer Voices
Lisa Stulberg

I don't remember when or how I stopped being or actively wanting to be Leonard. My memory is murky. For many years, I had no language or venue in which to talk about this.

How to Be a Gay Ally to the 'Other Others'

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

There are many of us in the LGBT community who want allies, but do we extend ourselves to help the "other others," those people who are seemingly most unlike ourselves? Now that we as a community are gaining strength and more equality, it is time for us to become vocal and visible allies to other communities.

A Grandfather's Love: Congressman Mike Honda Opens Up About His Transgender Granddaughter

Marsha Aizumi | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marsha Aizumi

Congressman Honda's granddaughter will never have to wonder how her grandfather feels about her. She will see it in the work that he does, the hugs he gives, and the eyes that gaze upon her with love. What a gift he has given to her... and to all of us, by extension.

Trying to Be a Better Ally

Barbara Holm | Posted 04.19.2015 | Women
Barbara Holm

Much of my stand-up is about feminist issues, and because of that, I've been called "man-hating," but I believe when a man talks about feminist issues, people listen more, as disheartening as that is.

What LGBT Students Want You To Know About Being A Better Ally

The Huffington Post | Taylor Trudon | Posted 02.12.2015 | Teen

Want to know how you can be a good ally to your LGBT friends? Listen up. As part of GLAAD's #GotYourBack campaign, the organization visited three ...

Here's How A Same-Sex Marriage Proposal Put This Aussie Pop Star On The Map

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Before Spencer Stout and Dustin Reeser were married at the 2014 Grammy Awards with 33 other couples, their flash mob marriage proposal took the Intern...

Kid Cudi Dishes On Making Out With A Dude

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Kid Cudi's gay make-out scene was cut from his latest film apperance -- and he's not happy about it. The "Pursuit of Happiness" singer has a role i...

Mormon Allies Promise LGBT Christians: You Can Sit With Me At Church

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.28.2014 | Religion

It’s painful to feel like an outsider -- especially during Christmas. However, it’s a feeling that LGBT members of The Church of Jesus Christ o...

WATCH: The Warwick Rowers Are Back -- And More NSFW Than Ever

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The Warwick Rowers, everyone's favorite naked college athletic organization and international queer allies, have released another video this week that...

Legendary Hulk Hogan Says Pro Wrestling Has Moved Past Its 'Barbaric Mindset' About Gays

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Pollo Del Mar

Not long ago, sports -- including big-time wrestling -- were less accommodating for gay competitors. Only recently have most pro athletes remained active in their chosen careers after coming out.

Becoming Willing to Tell Our (Tragically) Unflattering but Still (Super) Effective Stories of Trans Allyship

Jean-Marie Navetta | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jean-Marie Navetta

I've been asked to write about my own journey as a gay woman who is an out-and-proud trans ally, and I feel not brave but kind of useless. Let me explain.