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Richard Bowes Talks About His New Novel and LGBT Issues (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlotte Robinson

Dust Devil on a Quiet Street takes readers on an amazing ride. It's like traveling in a time machine through 50 years of gay life in New York City. Bowes shares everything from coming to terms with his sexuality to his struggle with overcoming years of substance abuse.

DOMA's Fall, Legal Same-Sex Marriage: Formerly Forbidden Fruit Brings Unexpected Sweetness to Binational Couple

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

"I really did not care about gay marriage," said George. "It was just a piece of paper. We got married to get my partner a green card." But once it happened, he said, "I learned how wrong I was. It is more than a visa and tax benefits. You finally feel acceptance and connection at a deeper level."

Two Grooms

Robert Levithan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Robert Levithan

Remarkably, as of June 26, 2013, at the age of 62, I can now marry another man with full federal benefits. For the moment I'm celebrating this new era. I hadn't expected it so soon. Sometimes it's a delight to be blindsided!

'I Love You With All My Heart'

Marsha Aizumi | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marsha Aizumi

Marriage equality has far-reaching effects, bigger than I ever imagined. The Supreme Court gave parents who love their children and want them to have a good life more reason to accept them and their partners. This decision is not weakening the family structure; it has the ability to strengthen it.

Is the Department of Defense Changing on Transgender Policy?

Brian Stone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brian Stone

In the recent LGBT Pride Month Celebration at the Pentagon, President Obama's top adviser and the Secretary of Defense both used soaring terms to praise the fight for LGBT equality in the military. There's just one problem: Transgender persons are still barred from service.

YouTube Sensation Steve Grand and All-American Reconciliation

Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D.

The soul of America is responding to Steve Grand in a powerful way, searching for reconciliation between LGBTQ people and a heterosexual majority who are striving to understand them. Spiritually, reconciliation is more compelling than rejection, since its motive energy comes from love.

Come Out Campaign: The App!

Tanya Tsikanovsky | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Tanya Tsikanovsky

It seems that right now is the perfect time for the Come Out Campaign movement's app OUT! to launch (estimated release date: July 18)! With DOMA down ...

Understanding Love

Jaga N.A. Argentum | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jaga N.A. Argentum

During the brief moments when we were apart, both of us were hurt and angered that we were not taken as seriously as we would be if one of us were female. We, as virtually any queer person, are hurt and angered that we were, and still are, up for debate. We didn't need to be part of any debate.

Legendary Filmmakers Talk Movies and LGBT Issues (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlotte Robinson

I talk with legendary filmmakers, gay and straight alike, at the 15th annual Provincetown International Film Festival press luncheon, including Ed Lachman, John Waters, Brian De Palma, Christine Vachon, Mary Harron, Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, Malcolm Ingram, and Jeffrey Schwarz.

Stand With Mississippi (VIDEO)

Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

As an LGBT person, it's an incredible honor to stand with families as they take part in the WE DO Campaign, which consists of LGBT couples applying for marriage licenses in their hometowns. Watch Jenna and Kristen apply for a marriage license in Poplarville, Miss.

Out for Blood

Frank Bua | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Frank Bua

This week, filmmaker Ryan James Yezak has organized the first-ever "national gay blood drive." It is Yezak's hope that once the FDA recognizes how much men who have sex with men could contribute to the national blood supply, they will have ammunition to lift the 30-year ban.

Re: Bush's Dodge

Maurice Tracy | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Maurice Tracy

You do not get to use my life as a political wedge to help secure your reelection under the vague, and oddly named (and anti-gay and anti-woman), banner of "moral values" and then turn around and claim that you "do not want to wade back into the debate" because you are "out of politics."

That Wednesday

Alexandra Billings | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Alexandra Billings

Since I began my transition, I have tried to figure out why everyone's so angry at me. And the anger I've been trying to find, the rage I've been trying to identify, culminated on that Wednesday morning when I woke up inexplicably at 7 a.m.

After the DOMA Decision, We Face an Impossible Choice

Aly Windsor | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Aly Windsor

Do we stay in North Carolina and raise our children around extended family in a state that denies our family the rights and protections of marriage, or do we leave extended family, friends, jobs, and neighbors behind to raise them in a state that values and protects us just like any other family?

The Irony of It All: When Adversaries Unintentionally Reveal the Truth

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

In his dissenting opinion in the DOMA case, Justice Scalia states with profound disgust that as a result of the decision, "the view that this court will take of state prohibition of same-sex marriage is indicated beyond mistaking." Justice Scalia, you are a veritable divining rod of the truth.

I Don't Personally Defend Marriage

Grace Poore | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Grace Poore

There has to be space to reject marriage as an institution, even if it is packaged as marriage equality. As long as gender and sex discrimination exist, marriage will always be a burden to women in positions of inequality, whatever their sexual orientation or gender identity.

More Republicans Need to Join the Fight for LGBT Equality

Fred Karger | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Fred Karger

The party of Lincoln should once again be the party of equality. More Republicans should join President Obama and so many other Democrats in the fight for the freedom to marry for all LGBT Americans. Ronald Reagan would undoubtedly be championing that fight if he were alive today.

Let's Celebrate Straight Allies Too

Brian Stone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brian Stone

We can't celebrate our recent victories without acknowledging the people who helped us get here even though they never had a dog in the fight. The political transformation over this last decade is also thanks to the millions of straight folks who walked side-by-side with us.

Equality for Some but Not for All

Judah Robinson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Judah Robinson

Not having the option to marry the person I love in my home state -- the place where I grew up, where I learned to walk and speak, live and love, the place where I learned what growing up in a loving, committed family felt like -- is proof that the fight for equality still must continue.

Worldwide 'I Am Equality' Campaign Builds Momentum (AUDIO)

Nicholas Snow | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nicholas Snow

On Aug. 17, in cities across the world, major photo shoots will be taking place to create powerful images in which people proclaim what they will do to make equality go viral. I was honored to have some of the organizers of the "I Am Equality" campaign on SnowbizNow.

A Gay Man's Moment of Patriotism

Brent Almond | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brent Almond

On the steps of the Supreme Court, we began to sing the national anthem. I'm amazed by how incredible it feels to sing this. It's a powerful thing to hear a host of men's voices blending together, marginalized citizens showing pride in and passion for a country slow to embrace them fully.

'Who Would Choose Such a Difficult Life If They Were Normal?'

Cindy Zelman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Cindy Zelman

At 18, I stuffed my natural attraction to women down into my soul and chose to date men, all because a shrink had said that anyone who was homosexual couldn't possibly be normal, because who would "choose" such a difficult life?

Thank You, Mr. Black

Reed Abplanalp-Cowan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Reed Abplanalp-Cowan

In the years after our Sundance whirlwind, I've watched Dustin Lance Black quietly stand behind other herculean equality fights, never taking credit, never revealing his considerable influence in the AFER court action that bore the fruit of equality last week.

First Gay Mr. USA Shares Story and Special Message for Closeted Gay Youth

Marjoriet T. Matute | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marjoriet T. Matute

Picture the stage lined with Ken doll clones all fitted in black tuxedoes and strategically placed eagerly waiting to hear results. What you cannot see inside Mr. New Jersey's unique white blazer is a man's heart pounding with anxiety and the burning secret he's about to unleash.

A Moment in Time

Donna Red Wing | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Donna Red Wing

Last year, my partner Sumitra and I moved to Iowa to get married. After 26 years, we will finally tie the knot this fall in Des Moines. And it occurred to me the night of the Supreme Court rulings that my marriage would mean so much more now.