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Why Would a Gay Person Want a Cake Baked by Bigots?

Kevin Thornton | Posted 05.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Kevin Thornton

Why would a gay person want a wedding cake baked by bigots? I don't think any of us would. I certainly wouldn't. But if it's legal for a business owner to discriminate, like it currently is in Indiana, then wedding cake shoppers have to be on the defense.

Protecting Our LGBT Seniors in Long-Term Care Facilities

Scott Wiener | Posted 05.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Scott Wiener

Today the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will vote on groundbreaking legislation protecting LGBT seniors who are living in long-term care facilities, whether nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, or other similar housing. This legislation, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and HIV status, is long overdue.

Real Religious Leaders Must Stand Up for Real Freedom

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 05.30.2015 | Religion
Rev. Al Sharpton

The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed by Governor Mike Pence last week, is one of the most biased pieces of state legislation we've seen in our modern era. The fact that it is cloaked in the name of religious freedom is particularly offensive to me as a member of the clergy who has been engaged in ministry and social justice work my entire life.

The Internet is an Angry Beehive, and It's Messed Up

Ashley McDonald | Posted 05.26.2015 | Technology
Ashley McDonald

What I don't love is the swarming vehicle that is the Internet. Why is our culture, especially the Internet, so paradoxically hateful? Someone says one thing that might be considered out of line and the Internet goes ape shit on the person.

The "Tragic" Humanity of Black Trans Women

Raquel Willis | Posted 05.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Raquel Willis

When I was forced to stop looking at my identities as if they exist in a vacuum, I realized that being a black trans woman is a major risk and accepting myself would be just the first battle with a society obsessed with compartmentalization.

Jazz Jennings Has A Powerful Message For Other Trans Teens.. And Those Who Bully Them

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 03.24.2015 | Gay Voices

Love yourself. That's all transgender teenager Jazz Jennings hopes for anyone struggling with who they really are. And as she continues to make he...

Mary Lambert: I Thought Singing 'Same Love' Might Get Me Killed

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 05.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Pollo Del Mar

Mary Lambert isn't just open about being a lesbian. One spin of plucky single "Secrets" lays bare the singer/songwriter's struggles with weight, bipolar disorder, a dysfunctional family and much, much more. Says Lambert with a laugh, "I'm severely out!"

Let's Get Some Things Straight About Aaron Schock

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 05.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

The media treated longstanding questions about Schock's sexual orientation and how it relates to his anti-gay voting record differently from questions about his official spending and how it relates to his fiscally conservative positions, holding these kinds of alleged hypocrisy to different standards.

Daughter of Same-Sex Couple Powerfully Responds to Woman Who Lashed Out Against Gay Parenting

Sidney Switzer | Posted 05.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Sidney Switzer

I have worked for years educating the gay and straight community alike that my family structure is just as good for raising children as any other, so I feel the need to respond to Heather Barwick, a daughter of gay moms, who believes her family structure (my family structure) was detrimental to her upbringing.

Barney Frank Powerfully Disproves Ben Carson's Comments On Homosexuality

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 03.18.2015 | Gay Voices

Barney Frank became a spokesman for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality as the country's first congressman to voluntarily come out, and in...

Kiss Me, I'm Gay Irish

Matthew Ebert | Posted 05.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

They say two LGBTQ groups in Boston were invited to march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade this year. Progress is measured in years. We can't always see it. It moves too slow at times. But this year, I can certainly attest -- with the changes on parade, the long road to equality has dutifully risen to meet me.

Beyond Marriage Equality: The Next Fight For LGBT Rights

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 03.14.2015 | Gay Voices

As the fight for marriage equality continues with the Supreme Court expected to finally decide whether the Constitution's equal protection clause gran...

How Madonna Succumbed to 'Victory Blindness'

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 05.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Madonna and many others are intoxicated by the heady whirl of victory -- which the media magnifies in an extraordinary way -- and appear to believe, living within this seductive moment of advances for LGBT rights, that we've "arrived" and the rest of it is inevitable.

Two Americas for LGBT People

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 05.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

After the 2014 election we knew we would be losing ground for a couple of years. The crop of incoming conservatives featured many new, terrifyingly crazy anti-LGBT legislators.

Two Wrongs and Nothing Right in Utah

Don Elkins | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Don Elkins

When I tell you "the church" opens up a mic to talk to the world about something important, people there pay attention, and take it as true. That open-mic really doesn't happen too often in Salt Lake City.

Trans Woman Opens Up About 'Survival Sex': '$500 Came Very Fast'

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 03.01.2015 | Gay Voices

There were few options left for Sasha Washington, a trans woman living in New York, to get the money she needed to survive. So at the age of 15, she w...

Dear Queer People: Stop Apologizing to Heteronormativity

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 04.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Kelsie Brynn Jones

The gains in marriage equality and LGBT rights come on the heels of decades of queer marches, demands and legal challenges. They did not come from trying to not offend hetero-normativity.

In Defense of Pastor Rob Bell -- Anti-Gay Christians Cause Their Own Irrelevance

Jessica Joseph | Posted 04.28.2015 | Religion
Jessica Joseph

The glaring hypocritical pitfall of Anti-LGBT Christians is not only being noticed by more and more people, it's further exacerbated when people unveil the embarrassing, historical pattern of Christians selectively wielding the scriptures purely to oppress those towards whom they already had a prejudice.

George Wallace, Rosa Parks, Stokely Carmichael, and the LGBTQ Movement Beyond Marriage

Lisa Stulberg | Posted 04.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Lisa Stulberg

Gov. George Wallace is a reminder that recognition of basic legal rights is an essential start but just a beginning and is insufficient on its own. Rosa Parks and Stokely Carmichael are reminders that the only way to forever remove George Wallace from our schoolhouse door is to marry the fight for legal equality with a vigorous fight for community strength and vitality.

Why Arkansas Needs To Take Graham Moore's Advice and Stay Weird

Donald Collins | Posted 04.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Donald Collins

Graham Moore encouraged the kid out there who doesn't fit in to #stayweird in his Oscar's acceptance speech because he knows that his "weirdness" comes from a perfect and authentic part of himself; it's what makes him "different" and creative.

No Longer Silent: Chronicling Queer African Lives

Diriye Osman | Posted 04.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

Fairytales For Lost Children is a book that was born out of silence. This is interesting to me because there is such a playful use of syntax in this book. The characters reach for ways to express themselves and end up creating their own language.

Vladimir Putin's 'Official DJ' Loves His Gay Fans

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.19.2015 | Gay Voices

Russian President Vladimir Putin's ...

A Week to Remember in Alabama

Michael Hansen | Posted 04.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Hansen

I've still got chills thinking about the week that began Monday, Feb. 9. When I woke up that Monday at 5 a.m., it finally hit me: I was about to witness same-sex couples say their vows and be legally wed in Birmingham, Alabama.

What Does It Mean to Be Transgender?

Robi Ludwig, Psy.D. | Posted 04.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Robi Ludwig, Psy.D.

Ryan Sallans, who is a transgender man and author of the book Second Son, is an activist and international speaker on this topic. Ryan has agreed to answer my questions regarding some of the most-talked-about questions about what it means to be transgender.

Texas Judge Rules State Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Unconstitutional

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics

A Texas probate judge ruled Tuesday that the state's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. The ruling, by Travis County Probate Judge Guy ...