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Small-Town Utah, Big LGBT Pride

Kiri Westby | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kiri Westby

Moab Pride has created one of the most unique pride events in the country. This year's theme, "Naturally Engayged," promises to combine the beauty of Moab and its surrounding national parks with Utah's growing awareness and celebration of its LGBT population.

The Gay Warrior

James Owens | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
James Owens

Though we aren't fighting a traditional war, we are soldiers nonetheless, soldiers who, when called upon, will draw their sword to protect the younger ones from the hurt that they once endured, soldiers drafted into an army not by choice but by providence.

'Won't Somebody Please Think of the Children?!' NOM Continues to Peddle Hysteria

Sunny Bjerk | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sunny Bjerk

Organizations such as the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) continue to claim that children with gay parents suffer severe emotional and mental abuse, even going so far as to argue that they are more likely to become child molesters than children raised by heterosexual parents.

When a Redneck Loved a Queer

Eliel Cruz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Eliel Cruz

In the courtroom in Collegedale, Tenn., our audience was sorry for things that they had never even done to me personally; they understood. They were sorry for a culture that has perpetuated homophobia, and in that moment nothing from the past mattered, and all was now forgiven.

Broadband's Broad Impact on LGBT Communities

Denise Spivak | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Denise Spivak

For some LGBT people isolation is a struggle with which they contend on a daily basis. The one thing that connects them to an outside group, support system or even a lifeline is technology. But there are many people who don't have Internet (or even cellphone) access.

An Open Letter to America

Sarah S. Kilborne | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sarah S. Kilborne

I want to counteract the hate, silencing and fear with love. I want love to be the face of the equal rights movement for the LGBTQ community. I want to fill the world with love. Imagine what that could look like.

'That's a Man!'

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dr. Joe Wenke

We must face the fact that in the year 2013, despite or maybe in part because of the progress that we have seen in marriage equality and LGBTQ rights, it is dangerous for a gay or transgender person to walk down the street in any city or town in the United States of America.

A Critical Response to 'Faggot'-Calling Culture

Lucas Waldron | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lucas Waldron

When I see my cousin asserting his comfort with calling his (presumably straight male) friends "faggots," I do not feel directly afraid of my cousin, but I feel afraid of the culture that both he and I are surrounded by and respond so differently to.

LOOK: NFL Star Goes Nude For Gay Rights Campaign

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

Adam Bouska's "NOH8" Campaign, originally formed as a response to California's Proposition 8, added NFL star and former Superbowl champion Brendon Aya...

My Interview With Michael Iemma About His Film, Stitch, Part I

Michael Carosone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Carosone

I embrace a title such as this because "Hell Yeah! I am a gay filmmaker who is going to tell my stories about my life." Our community has been denied this freedom for far, far too long.

Obama Connects Anti-Gay Discrimination With Racial Prejudice In Historic Speech

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

President Barack Obama adressed the nation today with a speech that commemorated the 50-year anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" ...

Tennessee Church Exiles Family For Supporting Lesbian Daughter

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

After 60 years of active involvement with their Tennessee church, a family is facing exile from their religious community because their daughter fough...

Publisher Allegedly Lashes Out At Gay Author: God Gave You 'A Penis For A Reason'

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

Sweetwater Books, a division of Cedar Fort Publishing & Media, has terminated the highly-anticipated release of the Young Adult novel Woven, allegedly...

Meredith Bennett-Smith

WTF?! Way Too Many Americans Think Gays Can Become Straight

HuffingtonPost.com | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

In the wake of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's announcement that he will sign a bill banning so-called "conversion therapy" for gay teens, the Pe...

No Region Left Behind: Why the Time Is Now for a Southern Strategy

Stuart Campbell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stuart Campbell

Many progressives outside the South appear to feel as though our region is a lost cause, too politically regressive for any real progress to be made on LGBT equality. Consequently, we are often passed over for movement building or sustaining funding.

Why Our Straight Wedding Just Got Political

Sarah Hankel-Hoffman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sarah Hankel-Hoffman

It is our lifetime conviction that all people are created equal, and it is our belief that good people subscribe to the "golden rule" that has resulted in our decision to withdraw our reservation to hold our wedding reception at the Görtz Haus Gallery in Grimes, Iowa, on Sept. 7, 2013.

Queen, Please: Why I Love Gay Stereotypes

Tyler Curry | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Tyler Curry

Some of you may consider me a walking, talking, choreography-memorizing, bar-hopping stereotype of gay culture. I hate to agree with you, but I totally am. And it doesn't bother me one bit.

Christian and Gay? One Politician's Personal Interview (VIDEO)

Mia Norton | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mia Norton

Just prior to his retirement as National President of the Young Democrats of America, Rod Snyder -- my amazing brother -- penned a letter in which he came out to the world as a Christian gay man, and on Aug. 13 he was interviewed on MSNBC's The Cycle to discuss his coming out.

What We See in Russia: Blood and Sacrifice

David Gudelunas | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
David Gudelunas

Think seeing a lot of red equal signs is powerful? Try looking at images of soldiers brutally beating a gay kid. Talking about the horrific acts is one thing, but seeing them is a far more powerful thing that even the most distracted among us cannot avoid.

How Effective Are Laws Against Sexual-Orientation Discrimination?

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Romeo Vitelli

The impact of antidiscrimination laws on shaping community acceptance appears to be based on how much publicity the laws received when they were passed. As people become more aware of the laws in place to protect minorities from discrimination, their attitudes can shift.

Think First, Act Second to Support LGBT Equality in Russia

Lorri L. Jean | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lorri L. Jean

By organizing international condemnation of Putin's anti-LGBT policies and other human rights abuses, we could impact Russia and deter other leaders from considering a similar path.

8 Steps to Being a Good Ally

Yirssi Bergman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Yirssi Bergman

June is long gone, but pride is something to have year round. The fight for equality doesn't end, and as allies, we have to keep in mind how to best do our part. Allies are essential to any human rights movement, as they help bring more voices and momentum to the issue at hand.

John O'Connor, Director of Equality California, on the Future of Full LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Toni Newman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Toni Newman

John O'Connor, Executive Director of Equality California, appeared on my radio show to discuss LGBT equality after the victory for same-sex marriage in California, as well as important issues for LGBT equality in 2013 and the future.

A Hoodie, an Orthodox Jew and Independence Day: The Pursuit of Freedom Is a Muthaf@cka!

Robert West | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Robert West

As my friend and I sipped our beers at the popular gay sports bar, in walked a gentleman with a hoodie on. I recognized the man as an Orthodox Jew who was concealing his trademark curls. He exuded a nervous energy, and in minutes people were creeped out enough to start complaining.

Why Can't I Marry Max -- or Marley?

Justine Valinotti | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Justine Valinotti

All the free-floating iniquity released by the passage of same-sex marriage legislation in my home state is filling me with the urge to tie the knot with my beloved Max. That got me to thinking about what, exactly, might happen if the county clerk declared us Mr. and Mrs. Kitty.