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One World (Not Two)

Christopher Thangaraj | Posted 03.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Christopher Thangaraj

Before kids, we went to Turkey, South Africa and Thailand and even contemplated Lebanon. But after two adoptions and the current state of LGBT rights worldwide, our safe zones have become greatly reduced.

Everything Is Possible While Dancin' in the Kitchen

Cathy Fink | Posted 03.02.2015 | Entertainment
Cathy Fink

Many parents thought the song should be an anthem in every elementary school in the country. But others refused to let their child sing on the song, or even sing on the recording, if we were going to include this song.

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

Donald Collins | Posted 02.24.2015 | 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.

Saying Goodbye to the Baby Years

Ian Colvin | Posted 02.19.2015 | Parents
Ian Colvin

It's a strange feeling, saying goodbye to the baby phase. We've been in this phase since returning from our honeymoon. We didn't come back from Hawaii pregnant like most couples; we returned knowing it was the right time to pursue our dreams of becoming dads.

A Grandfather's Love: Congressman Mike Honda Opens Up About His Transgender Granddaughter

Marsha Aizumi | Posted 02.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Marsha Aizumi

Congressman Honda's granddaughter will never have to wonder how her grandfather feels about her. She will see it in the work that he does, the hugs he gives, and the eyes that gaze upon her with love. What a gift he has given to her... and to all of us, by extension.

The Alabama Threesome: A Judge, His Bible and Bigotry

Izak Pratt | Posted 02.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Izak Pratt

There are those with immense power that choose to abuse or misuse that power in order to advance their own ideology, careers or agendas -- all while negating the oaths they swore to uphold. In the end, justice is the first casualty, and the innocent suffer.

Of LGBT Youth and Their Parents

Diriye Osman | Posted 02.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

No one who has ever come out as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender to their family, particularly their parents, will ever forget that life-altering moment. Sometimes the connective thread will be cut; other times that bond will be deepened, enriched by this new reality.

Marriage: A Transgender Man's Perspective

Robi Ludwig, Psy.D. | Posted 01.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Robi Ludwig, Psy.D.

What happened after he met the love of his life and got engaged? Fortunately, Ryan, agreed to indulge my inquisitiveness and answer some of the questions I had about his life, his marriage and being a husband, as a transgender man.

What's In a Name?

Christopher Thangaraj | Posted 02.28.2015 | Parents
Christopher Thangaraj

When we were matched with our birth mom and learned she was expecting a boy, we let go of Sophia, the girl's name we had chosen. Although we were very careful not to refer to him by Jacob because of all the things that could still go wrong, I'll admit we began to think of the unborn boy as our son.

Finding Home for the Holidays

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Irene Monroe

I truly believe if American Christians stayed more focused on the message and teachings of Jesus, many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people would not have the annual angst of searching for home for the holidays.

What I Really Want for Christmas: How to Tell Your Family You're Having Kids!

Dr. Guy Ringler | Posted 02.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Dr. Guy Ringler

There are many treatment options today for gay and lesbian family building, and sharing your plans with loved ones during the holidays can help muster their support and engage them in the process. Whatever your situation, here are some suggestions for those first conversations.

Honoring Harvey Milk's Legacy in Europe

Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker | Posted 01.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker

There is much more to be done to ensure that the LGBT community is endowed with the same rights as all humans across the globe. But what I saw in Hungary last month gives me hope. People like Tim Cook give me hope. And my own son helps me believe that we will someday bring about real change in the world for justice for all.

The Delicious Awakening of the Italian Gay Powers

Filippo Brunamonti | Posted 01.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Filippo Brunamonti

My imaginary friend Stella and I, having fled an Italy crushed by inequity, thought at the time that there was precious little to lose. But Italy is changing. For real. And Stella and I are changing along with her. For us it's a wonderful breath of fresh air to realize that there is still a country we can return to, and for which we can still have hope.

Your Kids Are So Lucky to Have Such Wonderful Parents!

Christopher Thangaraj | Posted 01.14.2015 | Parents
Christopher Thangaraj

First, my children (or anyone's children) should never hear they're lucky someone loves them and cares for them. That should be a given for every child. The fact that it's not a reasonable expectation isn't a matter of luck. It's the failure of adults, pure and simple.

I Am a Gay Navy SEAL Pushing for Equality in Red States

Brett Jones | Posted 01.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Brett Jones

I live in Alabama, and as most people know the south can be a very conservative place. Aside from God's love, my family is the principal source of my happiness. Like many of the SEALs I have worked with, I am willing to fight and die to protect that. Unfortunately, this state does not recognize my family, a fact that is beyond disheartening.

The Kids Are All Right: LGBT Families With Kids

Shane Jordan | Posted 01.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Shane Jordan

Despite studies proving otherwise, some people still insist that children are being ruined by this type of family dynamic. They deem homosexual couples as "unfit"parents, but don't seem to have concrete or legitimate evidence to substantiate their claims.

The Importance of Being Present

Ian Colvin | Posted 01.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Ian Colvin

Whether it's being busted by my son for being on my BlackBerry, or having to run out of the house early in the morning to get to the office, missing my good-morning hugs from the kids, there are always going to be times I feel guilty for not being present.

A Letter From a Gay Father to His Daughter on 'March for All' Day

Mathieu Nocent | Posted 12.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Mathieu Nocent

Two days before yet another "March for All," I find myself this evening with the bitter taste of the meals that preceded this weekend, when thousands of people took to the streets against you.

Friday Night Lights

Christopher Thangaraj | Posted 12.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Christopher Thangaraj

My husband I may have fought our own little culture war to get here, but as I contemplate my family under the bright stadium lights on a warm Friday night, I believe my boys will be just fine.

'The Talk' Cohost Aisha Tyler on Gay Marriage: Equality Is for All

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 12.12.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

While the towering six-foot-tall comedian says this is only one of many connections to the LGBT community, she admits it was personal prejudices faced in her interracial relationship that cemented her commitment to marriage equality.

"Mom, What's a Lockdown Drill?"

Tristan Higgins | Posted 12.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Tristan Higgins

How is it fair that a 7 and 11 year old have to practice what to do if a gunman comes onto their campus to shoot as many children as possible? Why are we having these conversations?

My Friend Ray

Alvina Vasquez | Posted 12.04.2014 | Latino Voices
Alvina Vasquez

When I saw this video it made me cry. I cried because in the eyes of his grandmother I saw the eyes of my loving grandmother, in the timbre of his mom's voice when she spoke about loving him. That timbre is in the voice of my mom when she describes the pride she has in my sister, brother and I.

Winning Marriage Equality: Necessary But Not Sufficient

Jeffrey S. Trachtman | Posted 12.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeffrey S. Trachtman

Some would prioritize such broader social reforms over marriage equality, or even argue that winning marriage will harm such efforts by reinforcing the institution's undeserved special status.

In a Same-Sex Marriage? Time to Focus on Financial Equality

PolicyGenius | Posted 12.03.2014 | Money
PolicyGenius

Here are some expert tips from professional financial planners and advisors on how a same-sex couple can best plan for a long and secure future together.

The Lucky Ones: Personal Reflections for LGBTQ History Month

Morgan Meneses-Sheets | Posted 12.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Morgan Meneses-Sheets

It is LGBTQ History Month, which got me thinking about my own history. When I came out to my mother her struggle was largely based on worrying what the neighbors would think.