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5 ways to Make Your Classroom LGBT Inclusive

Anthony Nicodemo | Posted 08.25.2016 | Education
Anthony Nicodemo

After coming out as gay two years ago, I've had such an incredible journey. So many people have shared personal stories, and I've learned so much about myself. Unfortunately, many of the stories I've heard make me shake my head.

Gender Identity & Justice for Transgender People

New York Legal Assistance Group | Posted 08.25.2016 | Queer Voices
New York Legal Assistance Group

The standard for determining one letter on the face of an ID is absolutely worth our collective time and attention. The old New York birth certificate and benefit card standards meant that many transgender people were never able to have accurate documents

What It's Like To Come Out Later In Life As A Binational Couple

Caroline Hart | Posted 08.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Caroline Hart

My wife, Laurie Hart, and I both came out later in life. She was 34 and I was 42, so that was the first of many hurdles we had to get over. We had bot...

The Equality Act Would Provide Comprehensive LGBT Civil Rights. It's About Time.

Rabbi Steve Fox | Posted 08.14.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Steve Fox

Despite how pleased we were with the Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage, in many states, members of the LGBTQ community are still at risk of losing their jobs for their sexual orientation, lack protection from physical violence, or are denied rights to hospital visits with ill spouses.

#NotMyStonewall: Why I'm Not Giving The Movie "Stonewall" A Chance

Jules Horowitz | Posted 08.11.2016 | Queer Voices
Jules Horowitz

The filmmakers may be scrambling in post-production to try to fix all of the issues people see with the film, but it's unlikely they will manage to fix the most egregious errors.

Message to Indiana Governor Pence: The RFRA Is Not Over!

Annette Gross | Posted 08.03.2016 | Queer Voices
Annette Gross

What LGBT Hoosiers clearly need is a comprehensive civil rights bill that will give them the protections they so badly need. My hope is that legislators on both sides of the aisle will agree to support such a bill.

Dear Straight Men, Come Out Already

Mason Hsieh | Posted 07.30.2016 | Queer Voices
Mason Hsieh

Apparently, they called it a "bro-job," which referred to the oral sex the male rowers occasionally engaged in with one another in the showers back in high school.

Sen. Jeff Merkley: It Doesn’t 'Feel Right' To Separate LGBT Equality Act From 1964 Civil Rights Act

The Huffington Post | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

There was an avalanche of hope and excitement last week among supporters of full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people when Sen. ...

Let's Have a Conversation About Manhattan Mini Storage and Gender Identity

Brandon Topp | Posted 07.16.2016 | New York
Brandon Topp

Manhattan Mini Storage's bold advertisements are expected, but one of their recent "Storage Space Love Stories" is worthy of more conversation than it's provoked. The image is all over New York City's MTA-- a transgender woman, or male drag queen, poses by a vanity with furs and wigs surrounding.

Here's How You Can Help LGBTQ Communities Around The Country

The Huffington Post | Noah Michelson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Get ‘em while they’re hottt! This week BLgT USA is launching a BLgT product line in the form of an IndieGoGo campaign to fund the remaining portio...

Marrying Health and Human Rights: How LGBT Health and Population Health Will Improve Because of Marriage Equality

Sandro Galea | Posted 07.13.2016 | Queer Voices
Sandro Galea

In ruling that the 14th Amendment requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, the U.S. Supreme Court not only addressed a fundamental issue of equality, but may have unwittingly contributed to improved public health.

Here's Why LGBT Equality Must Be About More Than the U.S.

Kevin Jennings | Posted 07.14.2016 | Queer Voices
Kevin Jennings

We in the U.S. are not, in fact, the world. We need to cure our movement of its myopia and remember that justice for the LGBT community is a global cause, spreading far beyond our borders.

Amanda Terkel

Lawmaker Wants To Make Federal Laws Gender Neutral To Reflect Marriage Equality

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) introduced a bill Wednesday to make federal laws that reference marriage gender neutral, now that the Supreme...

Even Norman Rockwell's Depiction of America Evolved With Changing Times

Domenick Scudera | Posted 07.09.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

Rockwell once gave us an idealized America, but he went on to provide illustrations of the difficult aspects of our nation, as well: racial conflict, civil rights, violence, poverty. Rockwell's America was complex and rich in its diversity. Kim Davis' America is an illusion.

Sore Winners: We Should Acknowledge and Build Upon Our Successes

Dana Beyer | Posted 07.08.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

Over the past two weeks there have been two incidents that have reinforced my belief that many of us in the LGBT community are sore winners.

The Gay Republican

Izak Pratt | Posted 07.08.2016 | Queer Voices
Izak Pratt

I refuse to accept the notion that being gay is not an important aspect that defines you. It touches everything that defines you. You could lose your job, wealth, reputation, status and family but being gay remains with you until you die.

Why 'Gay Marriage' Is Dead but the Battle Just Became Much Bigger

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 07.07.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Women and minorities have secured some rights that are here to stay -- different for each group -- while other rights are still elusive or being stripped away. There is always a backlash to equality, and it could last a very long time, as bigotry doesn't die easily. Like every group, LGBT people have to remain vigilant.

Hooray for Gay Animals! 9 Species That Are Also Celebrating

Natalia Reagan | Posted 07.06.2016 | Science
Natalia Reagan

The Supreme Court's ruling may be a progressive move for Americans, but this is nothing new for animals. Did you know that at least 1500 species of animals have been engaging in homosexual activity sans judgment from their peers for eons?

Why Would Anyone Diss Gay Rights Allies?

Lev Raphael | Posted 07.06.2016 | Queer Voices
Lev Raphael

A young gay writer just published an opinion piece telling people to stop displaying the rainbow flag colors on their profile photos. Why? Because "[g]ay pride is not something you can claim by waving a flag." Because "[t]he rainbow symbol is easy to co-opt, but the experience it represents is not." Because these people "were celebrating a victory they had no part in winning."

What Was It Like to Be at the Supreme Court When the Marriage Equality Judgement Was Announced?

Quora | Posted 07.03.2016 | Queer Voices
Quora

I arrived at the Supreme Court building at about 9:25 and waded directly into the crowd. It was a big crowd. We're talking hundreds and hundreds of people. The mood was very festive. Many people had brought their kids and even their little dogs.

The Welcome Challenges of Marriage Equality

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

In celebration of Obergefell v. Hodge we went out for drinks at Legal Sea Foods in Harvard Square. While enjoying the evening summer breeze, my spouse said we could have this experience all year if we moved to a milder climate. I snapped back and said, "I ain't moving to Georgia!" And that's what marriage equality looks like.

The Kindness of Strangers

John Ireland | Posted 07.02.2016 | Queer Voices
John Ireland

I am sure the coming weeks will deliver many reports of the ugliness that is happening in this cultural shift. Those abusing the power of their positions as elected and appointed officials may claim moral high ground, but I expect they will quickly learn they are in the wrong profession.

Black on Gay Hate Has to Stop: Gay Lives Matter Too

Dr. Warrick Stewart | Posted 07.01.2016 | Queer Voices
Dr. Warrick Stewart

As a gay man, I have experienced a great deal of difficulties assimilating and finding my way in this supposed land of the free. Black gay males often find themselves struggling to cope with multiple oppressions.

Julian Brave NoiseCat

Fight For Marriage Equality Not Over On Navajo Nation

HuffingtonPost.com | Julian Brave NoiseCat | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics

Alray Nelson grew up with his three sisters in a house with no running water or electricity in Beshbetoh, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation. Nelson, who w...

The Radio Call-In That Had Everyone Crying on the Day of the Supreme Court's Marriage Decision

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 06.30.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Robert in Wisconsin called and talked about how he went to work to find his sisters waiting for him. They then told him a story about their deceased father that had listeners -- and all of us in the studio -- tearing up and realizing how much this decision meant to so many people, far beyond the rights and benefits of marriage. Listen in.