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After the Vigil: Offerings of Love, Resilience and Chosen Family

Hayden Mora | Posted 11.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Hayden Mora

Here in Washington, DC, we have created an organization called Casa Ruby, committed to creating new possibilities for the most vulnerable. Casa Ruby offers transitional housing, a safe place, and meals for the most vulnerable in the LGBTQ community.

3 Beginners Steps to Starting a Campus LGBT Group

Sierra Vandervort | Posted 11.20.2015 | College
Sierra Vandervort

For students looking to make their campuses more LGBT friendly, here are a few helpful starter tips.

To My Mormon LGBT Brothers And Sisters: God Knows And Loves You

Mica McGriggs | Posted 11.11.2015 | Religion
Mica McGriggs

Churches at their foundation operate as ministers, vehicles that deliver people to their healing, wholeness, liberation and salvation. What churches don't get to do is determine who enters the vehicle.

LGBT Elders Share Their Thoughts About Today's Queer Youth

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.02.2015 | Gay Voices

Where would the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community be without our elders? Certainly not at the level of political and soc...

Irish LGBT Group's Final Roadblock to Much Needed Resource Centre

Sean O'Toole | Posted 10.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Sean O'Toole

This points to a larger problem that everyone in Ireland simply has to become very aware of -- this misconception that in the wake of the Yes vote in the Marriage Equality referendum, that there is simply no more everyday LGBT discrimination because there is no more legal discrimination.

The Real Worth of a Professional Financial Planner

David Rae | Posted 10.28.2015 | Business
David Rae

Time to face facts: You can't control what the stock market does day to day or even year over year. But what you can control as an investor are your financial attitude and behavior. One simple way to improve your fiscal behavior, is to work with a qualified financial planner.

What Should White LGBTQ Organizations Do Post-Marriage Equality?

Irene Monroe | Posted 10.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

With this June's historic Supreme Court ruling -- Obergefell v. Hodge -- that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states many white LGBTQ organizations nationwide have been questioning what to do next.

Does The LGBT Community Have Ownership Over The Word 'Partner'?

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 10.19.2015 | Gay Voices

With a history of being excluded from marriage, same-sex couples often resorted to using the moniker "partner" to describe a significan...

Brazilian Drag Activists Use Dodgeball to Discuss Homophobia and Transphobia

Sean O'Toole | Posted 10.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Sean O'Toole

In Belo Horizonte, Brazil, a group of drag activists are fostering a sense of community engagement to address the recent rise in attacks against gay and Trans* people throughout Brazil.

Dear Queers and Transpeeps: You Are Precious to Me

S. Bear Bergman | Posted 10.13.2015 | Gay Voices
S. Bear Bergman

The problem is that we all, under the LGBTQ tent, have been told so loudly and for so long that we are worthless that many of us can't hear precious. It has to be sarcastic, right? It has to be, because who in the world could be saying precious, valuable, desirable and when they say those things, mean us?

Librarian Creates 'Books for Kids in Gay Families' Website

Suzanne DeWitt Hall | Posted 10.02.2015 | Books
Suzanne DeWitt Hall

When I discovered that my book, Rumplepimple, had been included in the Books for Kids in Gay Families list I was first thrilled, and then intrigued. I decided to ask her a few questions about how the whole thing came about. Here are her responses

Let's Take A Minute To Celebrate Bisexuals And Highlight The Stigmas They Face

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 09.24.2015 | Gay Voices

Happy Bisexuality Awareness Week! To commemorate the annual event, HuffPost Live explored the accomplishments of the bi community and a...

LGBTQ Literature Creates Social Justice in the Classrooms and Beyond

Michael Carosone | Posted 09.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

When LGBTQ literature is taught, read and analyzed in the community college English classroom, the clear message is that it is important enough to study and to include in the curriculum; therefore, LGBTQ people must be important enough to be considered as human beings and citizens.

Gay Tourism and Marketing in Focus at LGBT Confex in Mexico

Mark Chesnut | Posted 09.21.2015 | Business
Mark Chesnut

As attitudes about LGBT rights and same-sex marriage evolve, so too does corporate strategy about how to address this increasingly visible market.

Camp Brave Trails: Healing Behind the Lens

Kyle Jarrett | Posted 09.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Kyle Jarrett

It was a weekend of beautiful invitations, to dance, to hike, to talk and to prance across the dining hall in a lacy, blue tutu, hailed by shouts of "Go Kyle!" rather than "Oh God," or "You're so weird" or that awful silence.

Rentboy Raid: the Stonewall for Sex Workers?

Katherine Koster | Posted 08.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Katherine Koster

If this is the "Stonewall" of sex work, let it not be the aftermath of Stonewall where a privileged minority colonizes and benefits off the work of society's "others."

Social Security for Two: What Every LGBT Couple Needs to Know Now

David Rae | Posted 08.21.2015 | Gay Voices
David Rae

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes figuring out what the hell to do about Social Security. Retirement planning can be quite complicated for anyone, but the newness of Social Security options for LGBT couples find some of us unprepared.

I Interview Andrew Solomon

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 08.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Dr. Joe Wenke

Andrew Solomon is a writer and lecturer on politics, culture and psychology as well as an activist and philanthropist on behalf of LGBT rights, mental health, education and the arts.

Lea DeLaria: Butch Lesbians Are 'Pariahs' Of The LGBT Community

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.04.2015 | Gay Voices

"Orange Is The New Black" star Lea DeLaria spoke out this week about the treatment of self-identified butch lesbians within the larger context of the...

Dear Straight Men, Come Out Already

Mason Hsieh | Posted 07.30.2015 | Gay 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.

Queer People Need Safe Spaces. This Website Wants You To Know Where They Are.

Patrick McNeil | Posted 07.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Patrick McNeil

When Kevin Hawkins was 16 and living in an area of Maryland still struggling to accept queer people, his mother disowned him. Down in South Carolina, Kesha Garner, who now lives in Washington, D.C., remembers growing up without adequate resources for LGBTQ+ people.

Dear White Gay Men: Stop Objectifying Gay Men of Color

Lamar Dawson | Posted 07.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Lamar Dawson

A few nights ago at a bar in Chelsea, my friends and I were approached by a friendly white guy visiting from Utah. After a few polite introductions and pleasantries, he pulled me over to tell me, "you're a really hot black guy."

Anti-Gay Right Exploiting Clerks, LGBT Community to Reap Chaos After SCOTUS Ruling

Alvin McEwen | Posted 07.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Alvin McEwen

The controversies involving marriage clerks in the South refusing to help gay couples fulfill their legal right to marry has me thinking. And I've come to a sad conclusion. We are all being played for fools.

The Welcome Challenges of Marriage Equality

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

In celebration of Obergefell v. Hodge we went out for drinks at Legal Sea Foods in Harvard Square. While enjoying the evening summer breeze, my spouse said we could have this experience all year if we moved to a milder climate. I snapped back and said, "I ain't moving to Georgia!" And that's what marriage equality looks like.

Madrid and San Francisco, Gateways for Diversity and Inclusion

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 07.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Gaia Paradiso

Today Madrid opens its doors to Madrid Orgullo-Madrid Pride, which has been for years the largest urban event celebrated in Europe, bringing about two million people together in the main streets and squares of the city.