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Quinn's Self-Defense

Eliot Armand Glenn | Posted 08.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Eliot Armand Glenn

In response to vicious hate crimes against LGBT New Yorkers, City Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn is sponsoring an insulting series of classes in "street smarts" and self-defense. As a policy response to these tragedies, Quinn's offer is inadequate and inappropriate.

Gov. Cuomo, Trans Women Must Be Included in the Women's Equality Act

Sunny Bjerk | Posted 08.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Sunny Bjerk

Cuomo's fight for women's equality cannot afford to overlook transgender women, who are especially vulnerable to violence, harassment, and discrimination in housing, employment, and health care. I hope that the Women's Equality Coalition will recognize the vulnerability of all women.

Over 135 LGBT Groups Take the Full Equality Pledge Demanding a National One-Bill Strategy

Todd Fernandez | Posted 08.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Todd Fernandez

The idea is simple: to combine all our separate legislative initiatives and community groups into one mass appeal for justice, big enough to manifest our dream of full equality in America and proud enough to reclaim our dignity.

Proudly Advocating for Love and Freedom

Rea Carey | Posted 08.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Rea Carey

The LGBTQ equality and reproductive justice movements are so closely aligned in values but too frequently siloed off as unrelated. Reproductive justice and LGBTQ equality are not only rooted in the same principles, but many of our core issues overlap.

If Only We Could Celebrate 'Purple Day'

Kim Corsaro | Posted 08.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Kim Corsaro

This is the time of year when I wish my favorite fantasy would come to life. What if, for one day only, everyone on Earth who'd ever slept with a same-sex partner, or wished they had, turned purple? Just for a day, we'd get to see what is really going on for most of the world out there.

The Gay After Tomorrow

Frank Bua | Posted 08.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Frank Bua

Our movement is about more than just marriage. We need to push for immigration reform to protect same-sex binational couples, demand that Congress pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and move the Every Child Deserves a Family Act into law.

With a Little Help From Strangers: Stonewall at 44

Elan Barnehama | Posted 08.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Elan Barnehama

We may mark time as before and after the Stonewall riots, before and after Rosa Parks sat where she pleased, before and after Jackie Robinson stepped onto Ebbets Field, but those moments were made possible by many, many, many named and unnamed people who came before.

Immigration Reform: Basic Justice, Public Health Consequences

Iván Espinoza-Madrigal | Posted 08.13.2013 | Latino Voices
Iván Espinoza-Madrigal

Basic legal protections for immigrants would allow those who would benefit from HIV diagnosis, treatment, and other health care to safely come out of the shadows. Getting HIV and STIs diagnosed and treated has positive economic and public health consequences.

Taking A Risk: Are Straight Allies and LGBT People Ever Equal to Each Other?

Kryss Shane | Posted 08.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Kryss Shane

It appeared to be the classic "friend zone" story, but in this story, the boy is a trans man, and the girl is me. After I politely told him that I valued his friendship but didn't feel more toward him, he accused me of being transphobic. It led to questions about the nature of privilege.

Stonewall and Gay Pride: Echoes From 1969

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 08.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Gregory G. Allen

As a 44-year-old man born in 1969, I can only imagine what it was like for those who were in New York City during the Stonewall riots that year. This is why it is wonderful to be able to talk to someone who witnessed it firsthand: Donald Reidlinger, who was a teen during the summer of '69.

Talking About ENDA With Republicans

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 08.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Too often, progressives focus entirely on the social justice arguments for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and fail to address the concerns of libertarian-leaning Republicans. The following are common comments expressing skepticism about ENDA, and how I answer each.

Playing the 'No Special Rights' Card: End of the Line

Jim Anderson | Posted 08.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Jim Anderson

In some of the strongest evidence that these dangerous and hateful scare tactics are losing steam (and that Idaho is more progressive than France), the Couer d'Alene city council voted Tuesday, June 4, to adopt rules protecting LGBT citizens, with a strong five-to-one vote.

Why OutServe-SLDN Represents the Future of the LGBT Movement -- and What They Are Doing About It

Joe Kapp | Posted 08.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Joe Kapp

By exposing its challenges, OutServe-SLDN, the association of LGBT military personnel, veterans, and their families, figured out a way to reinvigorate its mission -- and thus may have revealed the way forward for the larger LGBT movement as more and more of our legal objectives are achieved.

We'll 'Max Out,' but at What Cost?

Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez | Posted 08.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez

How can the Democratic Party ask LGBT donors to "max out" after ignoring our pleas to protect us against discrimination in the workplace? So on Tuesday night, Ellen Sturtz, a longtime activist and a previous Democratic donor, asked the first lady that question.

WATCH: Gay County Commissioner Makes Passionate Speech To Overturn Gay Pride Publicity Ban

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 06.06.2013 | Gay Voices

Yesterday, June 5, Kevin Beckner, the Commissioner for Florida's Hillsborough County, passionately spoke out against a ban that forbid any public prom...

In Defense of Heckling Michelle Obama: Where Do Civil Rights Happen?

Taylor Cole Miller | Posted 08.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Taylor Cole Miller

I didn't give the FLOTUS heckling much thought until I ran across CNN Newsroom anchor Carol Costello's condescending interview with CNN analyst LZ Granderson. She suggests that equal rights groups should be happy with the glacial march toward progress and equality.

Pride's Mix of Protest and Revelry

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 08.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

We not only have a right to celebrate small advances; we need to celebrate them and give one another encouragement. But yes, we also need to express our legitimate anger and frustration.

From Bullied to Being Myself

Katy Butler | Posted 08.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Katy Butler

I don't know if I could ever raise a family of my own someday that is as loving, caring and encouraging as the family I have right now, but I at least want the freedom to try, and with the examples and support of my parents, my grandma and my sister I think it's a possibility.

The 'Cutest Couple' One High School Didn't Expect

Posted 06.03.2013 | Teen

When 18-year-old Chelsea posted a photo of her classmates Brad Taylor And Dylan Meehan to her Tumblr blog this week, she did not anticipate the incred...

The Dallas Principles, Four Years On

Dana Beyer | Posted 07.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

While the full declaration holds up well four years later, the proof of its value lies in the progress that has been made since Dallas. The trans community, remarkably, has made even greater progress over the past four years.

The Other 'F' Word

Asher Huey | Posted 07.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Asher Huey

This past weekend I was called a "faggot." Recently I'd realized that nothing like that had happened to me in a while and wondered if or when it would. When it did, it made me realize how much, and how little, has changed.

Boy Scouts Decision - This Isn't Victory

Lorri L. Jean | Posted 07.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Lorri L. Jean

Was it a major victory that the Boy Scouts of America voted to set an age limit on its discrimination or was it an outrageously offensive compromise?

'Live and Let Live' Isn't Enough Anymore

Tom Bartolomei | Posted 07.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Tom Bartolomei

It's no longer sufficient for our straight friends to say, "I have no problem with you being gay," or, "I have gay friends." What we really need is for LGBT people and our allies to stand together and say that enough is enough when it comes to homophobia.

Elise Foley

LGBT Activists Stand By Immigration Reform, Even After Loss

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 05.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Although Democrats abandoned same-sex couple provisions in immigration reform legislation on Tuesday, LGBT activists will continue to su...

What Would Harvey Milk Think If He Were Alive Today?

Dustin Lance Black | Posted 07.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Dustin Lance Black

It seems that the message we too often miss from Milk's work is that all Americans have an interest in equality because soon we will all be minorities in some way or another. Harvey called this his "coalition of the us's" -- not only gays but blacks, Asians, seniors, the disabled.