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Ferguson: It's Us, Not Them

William Dameron | Posted 01.25.2015 | Gay Voices
William Dameron

Here is something I have learned while fighting for equality: It is not something that can be portioned out to one population and withheld from another. The definition of equality is that all populations and the individuals within them (not just a few) are equal. That does not exist in America today. If you are not equal, then neither am I.

Ferguson and the Sin of Racism

Rev. Elder Darlene Garner | Posted 01.25.2015 | Black Voices
Rev. Elder Darlene Garner

To understand this moment, we have to understand that Ferguson is yet another unraveled thread in the closely woven fabric of racism that has cloaked this country for 500 years.

Trans Legal Trailblazers Macy and Glenn Speak Out for Sweeping Educational Efforts

Dana Beyer | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

This is an opportunity to educate the general population that discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression, which encompasses tens of millions of people, is illegal and harmful to the bottom line. This is an opportunity to humanize and overcome ignorance and fear so that there is no desire to deny employment in the first place.

The Delicious Awakening of the Italian Gay Powers

Filippo Brunamonti | Posted 01.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Filippo Brunamonti

My imaginary friend Stella and I, having fled an Italy crushed by inequity, thought at the time that there was precious little to lose. But Italy is changing. For real. And Stella and I are changing along with her. For us it's a wonderful breath of fresh air to realize that there is still a country we can return to, and for which we can still have hope.

When a Real Kansas Marriage Turns Into a Legal One

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg | Posted 01.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Thirteen years after Courtney and Denise vowed to love each other with all their heart and soul for their lifetimes, we're talking about a party, long unimaginable and longer overdue, to celebrate the love of justice and the justice of love.

Turkey Ambivalent on LGBTQI Population

Irene Monroe | Posted 01.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

Turkey is a country conflicted when it comes to its LGBTQI population. On the one hand, Turkey was the first country in the Muslim world to hold an LGBTQI pride march, but on the other, the rate of hate crimes against LGBTQI people in Turkey is the highest among European countries.

Sober Trans Housing

The Fix | Posted 01.07.2015 | Gay Voices
The Fix

Besides struggling to accept themselves, which is hard enough, transgender individuals face higher rates of suicide, homelessness, addiction and discrimination. And when it comes to getting help for substance abuse issues, trans people face a unique set of challenges.

30 Years After 'Smalltown Boy', Out Singer Jimmy Somerville Readies Dream Disco Album

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 01.05.2015 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

Though it's taken three decades, Jimmy Somerville is finally ready to realize his musical dreams. As he celebrates the 30th anniversary of massive breakthrough "Smalltown Boy," the singer prepares to unveil an upcoming disco album.

Those Who Can, Do

Dana Beyer | Posted 12.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

It's been a pleasure to contribute to the civil-rights debate, and I've enjoyed the feedback I've received. I realize my analysis is one of many, and the debate has helped me refine my understanding. It has helped when the debate is civil, which it often is not, and that leads me to today's post.

Allies in Business Play Important Roles Furthering LGBT Equality

Laura Clise | Posted 12.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Laura Clise

I have seen a shift in the dialogue regarding LGBT equality, with leaders increasingly examining the business implications of how companies align internal diversity policies with external marketing and public policy advocacy.

Why Tim Cook's Coming Out Matters

Chris Wood | Posted 12.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Chris Wood

For a company like Apple to stand at the forefront of diversity and equality issues as well as embracing a prominent gay CEO sends a message to businesses that to succeed, you need to embrace diversity and equality. Tim Cook has instantly made himself a role model for countless gay youth who can now point to a successful openly gay businessman and say, "I can do it too."

You Don't Have to be an Atheist to Be An Authentic Progressive

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 12.28.2014 | Religion
Nancy Graham Holm

Most citizens with progressive politics want policies predicated on the philosophy of humanism, not religious dogma. Internationally, progressives want full recognition of human rights. Does this mean that only atheists can be authentic progressives?

No Masks Allowed: Dating When Your Teen Is Transgender

Mary J. Moss | Posted 12.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Mary J. Moss

Should I wait until I am in a serious relationship and absolutely sure the guy is right for me and will be supportive of my son? If I do wait and find that I have developed feelings for this man only to discover that he won't be supportive of my son, then I must end the relationship. So since I won't know how supportive he'll be until I take off my mask and test the waters, that's what I do.

Redefining Wedding Traditions? Yes. Redefining Marriage? No.

Kathryn Hamm | Posted 12.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Kathryn Hamm

Our solutions to develop meaningful rituals outside of bride-groom gender roles -- from blended wedding parties to an empowerment of both partners -- are actually being embraced by modern couples, many of whom have never had to think twice about applying for a marriage license.

There's No Place Like Home

Stuart Gaffney | Posted 12.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Stuart Gaffney

Two places where same-sex couples have now married carry particular meaning for us: Milwaukee and Kansas City, our two hometowns. Although we have lived in California for over 30 years, we are still Midwesterners too.

Gay Marriage to Ferguson

Caitlin Breedlove | Posted 12.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Caitlin Breedlove

(Serena Sebring) From Gay Marriage to Ferguson: LGBTQ Organizing and Black Liberation In 2012, Southerners On New Ground (SONG) organized against A...

Ted Cruz, the Houston Hype, and the Dishonesty of the Anti-Equality Movement

Peter Montgomery | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

As exciting as it is to hear the alarm bells and read the hyperventilating emails, the truth is far less dramatic. Sorry, Sen. Cruz, but the government is not policing sermons for political correctness. It's not going to start tossing anti-gay preachers in jail.

Distorted Love: The Toll of Our Christian Theology on the LGBT Community

John Pavlovitz | Posted 12.16.2014 | Religion
John Pavlovitz

We're making it virtually impossible for gay people to exist in our churches, and then feeling justified in damning them for walking away from God when they leave. The truth is that so often they aren't turning away from God; they're just removing themselves from harm's way.

'The Talk' Cohost Aisha Tyler on Gay Marriage: Equality Is for All

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 12.12.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

While the towering six-foot-tall comedian says this is only one of many connections to the LGBT community, she admits it was personal prejudices faced in her interracial relationship that cemented her commitment to marriage equality.

Influential Caribbean Country Is Leaning Towards LGBT Rights

Jessica Joseph | Posted 12.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Jessica Joseph

According to a recent UNAIDS survey, Trinidad and Tobago's population is having a radical shift in attitudes towards LGBT Rights. It is not the only survey of its kind that reflects this.

'Will You Pairy Me?'

Domenick Scudera | Posted 12.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Utah State Rep. Kraig Powell (R-Heber City) is proposing innovative legislation in his state: "I have come up with a word we probably can use and see if the courts will accept. ... [T]he same-sex legal relationship between partners is called pairage. The legal relationship between opposite sex partners is called marriage." Mr. Powell is really onto something here.

How 1979 Prepared Me for 2024

Cindy Rizzo | Posted 12.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Cindy Rizzo

My 1979 I suddenly find myself in Boston, leaving the Public Garden after the Pride March. I meet a young lesbian in her twenties. She has very sh...

In a Same-Sex Marriage? Time to Focus on Financial Equality

PolicyGenius | Posted 12.03.2014 | Money
PolicyGenius

Here are some expert tips from professional financial planners and advisors on how a same-sex couple can best plan for a long and secure future together.

The Lucky Ones: Personal Reflections for LGBTQ History Month

Morgan Meneses-Sheets | Posted 12.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Morgan Meneses-Sheets

It is LGBTQ History Month, which got me thinking about my own history. When I came out to my mother her struggle was largely based on worrying what the neighbors would think.

The Term Homophobia Is Improper

Mark Baer | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
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Mark Baer

Religion aside, I firmly believe that those who argue that homosexuality is a choice do so in order to justify senseless beatings of gays and lesbians, and continued discrimination and mistreatment against them. I also believe without a doubt that it is a choice to be a nasty human being.