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With Liberty and Justice for All

Cathy Brooks | Posted 06.26.2016 | Queer Voices
Cathy Brooks

It caught me entirely off guard. It's not like I've never said the words before. When I was a kid going to public school in the Main Line Suburbs of Philadelphia, we regularly said the Pledge of Allegiance in class at the start of the day.

You Can Put Your Rings on It, but Haters Gonna Hate

Michael Solis | Posted 06.29.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Solis

Wedding bells will chime, brides will kiss brides, grooms will kiss grooms, rainbows will light the skies of all fifty states, and all will live happily ever after. If it could only be so easy.

We Stand Proud With President Obama

Stuart Symington | Posted 06.26.2016 | Queer Voices
Stuart Symington

Today is a historic day for the LGBT community. Thanks to the Supreme Court's decision this morning, marriage equality is now a reality in 50 states. We now have more access to healthcare, more protection from discrimination, and more power in our political process than ever before.

How We Won Marriage: 10 Lessons Learned

Marc Solomon | Posted 06.26.2016 | Queer Voices
Marc Solomon

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that same-sex couples will soon have the freedom to marry and equal respect for their marriages across America. This ruling will bring joy to families, and final victory to the decades-long marriage movement. Here are some of the lessons learned over the years that could apply to other progressive social movements.

How Model AzMarie Livingston Broke Out Of The Butch/Femme Binary

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

When 28-year-old model AzMarie Livingston came out as a lesbian nearly 15 years ago, she said she felt pressure to fit within the femme-butch binary t...

Religious Liberty Not to Be Used As a Weapon of Discrimination

Donna Red Wing | Posted 06.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Donna Red Wing

Dick and Betty Odgaard are in the process of closing the Gortz-Haus and creating their own ministry called God's Original Design Ministry.

Here's Why We All Need to #ThankFrank

Carl Fillichio | Posted 06.22.2016 | Queer Voices
Carl Fillichio

He will be forever thanked by LGBT government workers like me for helping usher in an age when we could serve openly, love who we love and bring our full selves to our work. But more than that: The American people owe him a debt of gratitude as well.

"Sister Earth Cries Out": Did Pope Francis Just Proclaim An Eco-Feminist Theology?

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 06.18.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

The Pope acknowledges that there is a need for other "wisdom" to confront accelerating climate catastrophe. The wisdom of gender and sexual equality is essential to save our common home.

It's Time to End Discrimination in the Workplace

Toni G. Atkins | Posted 06.12.2016 | Queer Voices
Toni G. Atkins

This isn't an issue about choice or religion -- these are real people, losing their livelihoods, their sources of income, and they're more likely to become impoverished because we still have not extended protections to many LGBT people. Demanding the right to fair employment and fair workplace treatment is not demanding special treatment or advantages over others

Why Tony Campolo 'Came Out' for Marriage Equality

Christian Piatt | Posted 06.09.2016 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Campolo explains why it's taken him this long to go public with this position. For one, he has spent so many years trying to strengthen healthy discourse between the two often disparate groups. 

If You Love the Duggars But Not Caitlyn Jenner, What Credit Is That to You?

Zack Hunt | Posted 06.05.2016 | Religion
Zack Hunt

We're quick to love like Jesus when the people who need that love are already one of us, but when the people who need loving are people we don't like, people we're afraid of, or people whose lives we "don't agree with," we quickly and unapologetically exchange that love for wrath.

The No. 1 Enemy of the LGBT Movement

Andy Thayer | Posted 06.03.2016 | Queer Voices
Andy Thayer

Pat Robertson? Rick Santorum? The "God Hates Fags" Westboro Baptist Church? Nope. It's our own complacency. We haven't won yet, not even on marriage, let alone on equal employment, housing and access to public accommodations. Yet most of our leaders and well-meaning allies have proclaimed our "inevitable" victory.

The Transgender Ninja

Mac Scotty McGregor | Posted 06.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mac Scotty McGregor

I've learned over time and with experience that there are times to educate and times when it's best to be the trans ninja. I sometimes take a step back and evaluate how people will best receive and be open to listening to me. In my humble opinion, we can make more positive change by being warm, friendly, and respectful even to those who don't get us right now.

The Dangerous Hypocrisy of the Right: The Josh Duggar Edition

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 06.02.2016 | Queer Voices
J Nelson Aviance

The rhetoric of religious freedom and the 'war on Christianity' -- so often used as a justification for discrimination against LGBTQ people -- has nothing to do with religion or faith.

Australia, It's time.

Harry Cook | Posted 05.28.2016 | Queer Voices
Harry Cook

After Ireland's landmark referendum and history making earlier this week, I've decided that I need to speak up on behalf of the 72 percent of Australians who believe in Marriage Equality.

Astraea Honoring Boston's Heroines

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.28.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

The evening of May 12th at the South End's wildly popular Bohemian hip spot "The Beehive" was a night to remember.

How and Why Everyone Needs to Support LGBTQQ Young Adults Who Are Living with Cancer

Emily Drake | Posted 05.22.2016 | Queer Voices
Emily Drake

Regardless of age, having cancer is a difficult experience. Living with cancer as a young adult presents unique challenges, such as dealing with reduced or impaired fertility rates, disruptions in education plans, etc. However, being diagnosed with cancer as a LGBTQQ-identified person, involves other difficulties.

After Marriage: It's All About Global Equality

Joel Simkhai | Posted 05.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Joel Simkhai

Like many of you, I have been eagerly following the news about the Supreme Court hearing on marriage equality. This is undoubtedly an exciting time for our movement and I am holding my breath hoping for a historic win. It is also the time to start the community conversation about the next chapter of our movement.

Jason Linkins

The GOP's Evolution On LGBT Rights Has To Be 'Measured In Inches, Not In Feet'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

As demographics shift and younger Americans start to form party attachments, we're moving into a future where a politician's opposition to something l...

Obama: Regardless Of Who They Love, All People Deserve To Live Free Of Discrimination

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama said that LGBT rights "are human rights" in a statement released Saturday to commemorate the International Day Against Homophob...

Ronda Rousey: I Never Refused To Fight A Trans Athlete

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Ultimate Fighting champion and actress Ronda Rousey told HuffPost Live on Wednesday that she "didn't refuse to fight a trans athlete," clarifying comm...

Beautiful New UN Video Presents LGBT "Everyday Heroes" to the World

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 05.14.2016 | Queer Voices
Charles Radcliffe

New York City's Times Square - with its throngs of visitors, office workers, hawkers of fake designer wear and life-sized Elmos and Buzz Lightyears - today serves as the unusual setting for a United Nations video launch.

Blond Jesus: Singer Garrett Miller's Creative Eucharist for Marriage Equality and Beyond

Greg Archer | Posted 05.13.2016 | Queer Voices
Greg Archer

Singer-songwriting Garrett Miller may not be the real incarnation of a Gay Messiah but on the creative front, he's definitely rising to the occasion.

Love vs.Hate: Rally at the Supreme Court

Sidney Switzer | Posted 05.07.2016 | Queer Voices
Sidney Switzer

On April 28th, I had the chance to go stand on the steps of the Supreme Court with my family to support same-sex couples' right to be legally married in every state.

Finding Common Ground in Portland

Kevin Palau | Posted 05.05.2016 | Religion
Kevin Palau

If there's one thing we have learned in Portland, it's that great relationships are possible around common-ground issues, even with those with whom we might disagree. In fact, I would say these sorts of unlikely relationships should be eagerly pursued by every one of us.