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LGBT Rights Do Not End at Our Borders

Peter Yeo | Posted 07.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Peter Yeo

Americans can be proud that the U.S. and the U.N. are working side by side to tackle tough issues and build a more secure, peaceful future.

Our Collective Evolution

Martin Berusch | Posted 07.10.2012 | Gay Voices
Martin Berusch

I remain steadfast and unwavering, convinced that we are on the cusp of true change: equality, tolerance, acceptance, inclusion, and ultimately the cohesive celebration of being one happy people who celebrate our inalienable rights to live as a truly free people under God.

Nation's Oldest Military University To Hold First Gay Pride Week

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.04.2012 | College

Now that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is no longer the law of the land, the nation's oldest private military academy is celebrating its first gay pride wee...

Tyler Kingkade

Transgender Student Claims Discrimination By University | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 03.23.2012 | College

Kaeden Kass, a Miami University of Ohio junior who was born female but identifies as a transgender male, is petitioning against his school for saying ...

Santorum Is Bad For LGBT Adults, Worse For LGBT Youth

Joseph Ward III | Posted 05.21.2012 | Religion
Joseph Ward III

Elections are no excuse for promoting an ideology that destroys the lives of kids. Let's send a supportive message to young people this campaign year and beyond: America's religious communities are with you.

When Forms Discriminate

Jennifer Chrisler | Posted 05.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Jennifer Chrisler

All too often, forms only have a place for a "mother" and a "father" or do not reflect the composition of our families. Often those designations serve no real purpose. This can cause some serious problems for families beyond the obvious hassle and inconvenience.

The Bridge To LGBT Equality

Jody Huckaby | Posted 05.09.2012 | Gay Voices
Jody Huckaby

With all the forward momentum over the last month, it is hard not to think that we are finally feeling the impact of decades of progress in building a real bridge to equality across the country. But just because we build this bridge doesn't mean that everyone is ready to walk across it.

LGBT Rights: A Matter of Fairness

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 05.09.2012 | Black Voices
Laura W. Murphy

The fight for LGBT rights comes down to the very basic truth that for equality to have real meaning, fairness and equal treatment under the law must extend to everyone.

Accosting Boys in Showers: LGBTQ Athletes and Homophobia

B.J. Epstein | Posted 04.25.2012 | Sports
B.J. Epstein

As long as gay athletes are scared to come out, because they worry about what their teammates and fans might think or even because they fear for their safety and their future, society will not recognize that it is possible to be both gay and sporty.

Conservative Activists Fight Pro-LGBT License Plates

AP | By TOM LoBIANCO | Posted 02.17.2012 | Politics

INDIANAPOLIS -- Gay activists and gay-youth support groups are winning small battles nationwide to stamp specialty license plates supporting their cau...

The LGBT Grassroots Vs. HRC: Fighting For A One-Bill Equality Strategy (And Our Lives)

Todd Fernandez | Posted 04.16.2012 | Gay Voices
Todd Fernandez

It's not fun to have to protest our own. But to get full equality even on the table for the 113th Congress, or in the 2012 elections, we have to target HRC, which is resisting, with the power of top-insider status, the new single-bill strategy being pushed by many activists.

Why The Struggles For Reproductive Rights And LGBT Equality Must Be Fought Together

Rea Carey | Posted 03.23.2012 | Gay Voices
Rea Carey

It's not unusual to hear comments like, "Why are you working to protect reproductive rights when we have our own issues to deal with?" or, "Marriage equality has nothing to do with abortion rights. Our two movements are different." Think again.

Rahm Joins National Push For Marriage Equality

Posted 01.19.2012 | Chicago

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy of the Windy City Times: Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel has signed onto a nationwide campaign in support of same-sex ma...

What Would Dr. King Do?

Modesto Tico Valle | Posted 03.17.2012 | Chicago
Modesto Tico Valle

You cannot stand for freedom and at the same time deny it to others. So let us join together in the fight for equality for LGBT individuals and all people. Then perhaps we will be free.

The LGBTQ Community Needs to Be Its Own 'Person of the Year'

Natasha Dillon | Posted 03.12.2012 | Gay Voices
Natasha Dillon

So now we are all the 99 percent (well, 99 percent of us are). That seems like a pretty broad umbrella to align myself with, especially when a majority of the other people who fall under that umbrella do not support, let alone fight for, my equality.

Gay Marriage In Illinois In The Works? Proponents Talk Strategy

Posted 01.10.2012 | Chicago

A group of Illinois lawmakers have begun laying the groundwork for their latest push to bring marriage equality to the Land of Lincoln. The Windy C...

Re-Occupy "Tradition": The History Of Faith And LGBT Rights

Heather White | Posted 03.07.2012 | Religion
Heather White

If the Christian right can ground their politics in "tradition," those of us who support LGBT rights have at least as much historical prerogative to say "my tradition supports LGBT justice and equality."

A Christmas Letter to My Gay Son

Randi Reitan | Posted 02.22.2012 | Gay Voices
Randi Reitan

There is only one gift I want to give you this year: I want to give you equality. I want to wrap it up in a beautiful box, and I want to put it under our tree right now. I want to see you open it on Christmas Eve and with great joy live with it all your days.

Some Straight Couples Register For Civil Unions Out Of Gay Solidarity

Posted 12.21.2011 | Chicago

A report released Tuesday by Cook County Clerk David Orr revealed that solidarity with same-sex couples was the top reason why many Cook County straig...

The Straight Closet

Alexandra Billings | Posted 02.18.2012 | Gay Voices
Alexandra Billings

We need our straight allies to rise up and stop being so silent and complaining to their gay friends and sympathizing and pretending everything's going to be all right because there's enough of us fighting the fight.

The NBA Inks Equality Protections While the Federal Government Lags Behind

Kyle Knight | Posted 02.12.2012 | Gay Voices
Kyle Knight

The NBA should be proud of adding sexual orientation to the non-discrimination provisions in its union contract. Nonetheless, it is sad to note that the league is striding ahead of federal law, which still does not outlaw anti-gay discrimination in the workplace.

Rick Perry: A Christmas Miracle

Jane Rave | Posted 02.12.2012 | Parents
Jane Rave

Mr. Perry and Mr. Romney... I am a Republican, I am a Christian, and I am a mother of a gay son of whom I am very proud. Moreover, I will not support anyone with the kind of views such as yours.

LISTEN: LGBT Rights Lobbyist Arline Isaacson Talks Teen Bullying, Frank's Retirement And Romney's Flip-Flopping

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 02.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

I talked to Isaacson about Congressman Barney Frank's retirement in 2012, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's flip-flop on gay rights, the lawsuits to repeal DOMA, Obama's performance on LGBT civil rights, teen bullying, and other issues.

The Fight for Equal Rights Is So Far From Over

Amelia | Posted 02.06.2012 | Gay Voices

More people are acting like it's just not all that important. Glee and Modern Family are on television, a handful of states allow equal marriage, gay people can have families. It's done and the struggle is over.

Not in our name: African human rights activists reject UK aid conditionality

Mark Canavera | Posted 01.29.2012 | World
Mark Canavera

An oft-told African proverb (whose precise culture of origin often changes with the teller) asserts that "When elephants fight, the grass suffers." Pu...