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Mormon Church Leaders: There's An Easy Fix To Prevent Mormon LGBT Teen Suicides

Fred Karger | Posted 09.17.2016 | Politics
Fred Karger

Come up with a new and welcoming policy for LGBT Mormons and present it at your General Conference in Salt Lake City next weekend.

An Open Letter About Orlando From Asian-American Parents Who Love Our LGBTQ Kids

Laurin Mayeno | Posted 06.16.2016 | Queer Voices
Laurin Mayeno

This is a time we need to hold each other and be there for each other. This is a time we renew our commitment to continue fight for equality of our children and their community. We vow to hold our ground and be more vocal and visible because we love our queer API children.

Coming Out to Our Asian Parents: Family Is Still Family

Glenn Magpantay | Posted 05.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Glenn Magpantay

To commemorate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May, my organization, the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, is launching a major campaign to help us come out to our families.

Marriage Equality Is the Law, but Assaults on LGBT Parenting (and Much More) Continue

Adam Pertman | Posted 03.28.2016 | Impact
Adam Pertman

As the election year progresses, many candidates in both parties and at every level will say it. Child-welfare professionals work mightily to make it a reality. Our country's laws and policies are intended to promote its essential truth: Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, permanent and loving family.

About Our Son: A Letter to My Late Husband

Laurin Mayeno | Posted 10.24.2016 | Parents
Laurin Mayeno

I choose to believe that if you met Danny today, you would wrap your arms around him and never want to let him go. Danny would finally know his father's love, and you would know what it's like to love a child so fiercely that nothing can stand in your way.

Chicken Is To Egg as Understanding Is To Acceptance

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 07.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

I started to question whether I or anyone else really did need to understand everything before it could be accepted. I wondered if I could accept first and then work on the understanding part as best I could.

Open Letter to Pope Francis: Religious Homophobia Causes Epidemic of Homeless LGBT Youth

Carl Siciliano | Posted 05.08.2016 | Queer Voices
Carl Siciliano

You are the world's most influential religious leader. You could protect many youths from harm by teaching that there is nothing wrong with being LGBT, that there is nothing wrong with LGBT children. Doing so would lessen the epidemic of LGBT youth suffering homelessness.

I Was Broken, and Matt Bomer Put Me Back Together

Rance Collins | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rance Collins

I live in Los Angeles, work in the entertainment industry, have watched as 17 states legalized gay marriage, and still, in this day in age, found myself crushed by my family's rejection.

When My Maybe-Gay 8-Year-Old Son Stood Up for His 'Girls' Toy'

Julie Tarney | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Julie Tarney

The sound of the doorbell was followed by echoing thumps of a basketball on the wooden floor of our front porch. I put my hand up as a visor against the glaring afternoon sun and recognized Louis, my 8-year-old son Harry's friend from across the street.

My Son Was Six Years Old When I Introduced Him to Liberace, Elvis and Hendrix

Julie Tarney | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Julie Tarney

I wanted him to know that the fashion door would open for him; that as boys got older they gained the freedom to wear whatever they wanted. I needed him to know there were men who had defied the notion of sameness and boredom with what they wore. Harry hung on every word.

Meeting My Father (Sorta Kinda Not Really)

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

When I was 8, my mom, M, helped me to draw what I thought my dad looked like. Together we created the most butch heterosexual male that a lesbian fem...

Parenting LGBTQ Youth: They Are Not Made Out of Glass -- They Will Not Break -- and They Are Not Broken

Lillian Rivera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lillian Rivera

Remember there is nothing wrong with your child. They are wonderfully them! They are not going to break -- in fact they are going to get stronger with your love. They are not broken -- society is broken. But we can fix it.

December Is the Cruelest Month

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Until people are willing to love a transgender person as a family member, we will still be visited by the same Ghosts of Christmas past every year. We will still be plagued by all the statistical ills that seem to define the transgender community.

Silent Night, Homophobic Night...

Suzanne Brockmann | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Suzanne Brockmann

My mom and dad did something that few people ever do: They walked their talk. They cut ties with their longtime church because they realized that their gay grandson wasn't welcome there. And they set out to find a truly open and affirming church. I knew how hard this was for them.

Dedicated to the One I Love

Suzanne Brockmann | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Suzanne Brockmann

My son Jason was 18 years old, and we were a mess, both crying and laughing as we sat in my office. I'd just written the dedication to my soon-to-be-published book Hot Target, in which I introduced and capital-O-outed Jason to my hundreds of thousands of readers around the world.

Three Beautiful Little Words: The True Meaning of 'Mom, I'm Gay'

Suzanne Brockmann | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Suzanne Brockmann

The subtext -- the wondrous, beautiful subtext -- in that one small sentence can fill pages. The main message is: "Mom, I know who I am, and because I know who I am, I won't spend my life crashing around in despair, hurting myself and others, trying to be something that I can never be."

What Parents, Youth and Allies Need to Know as We Recognize National Coming Out Day

James Clementi | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
James Clementi

In recognition of National Coming Out Day, I joined my mother and father, Jane and Joseph Clementi, in a conversation with LGBT rights activist Mitchell Gold to get to the heart of why coming out matters and how we can support young people as they go through this process.

My Family Doesn't Accept My Sexuality. Should I Cut Them Out?

OWN | Posted 10.02.2013 | OWN

Ravneet is a 26-year-old college student who has been in a same-sex relationship for three years. Originally from Punjab, India, she says her traditio...

(Really Good) Sh*t My Mom Says (About Her Gay Grandson)

Suzanne Brockmann | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Suzanne Brockmann

My 81-year-old mother has been an advocate for equality for as long as I can remember, so when my son Jason first told me that he's gay, I had absolutely no qualms about how my parents would react.

Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth: Zachary, 18, From Las Vegas (PHOTO)

Diana Scholl | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Diana Scholl

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A Wish for the Bride

Jess Wilson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jess Wilson

A friend texted me back in May, "Maybe I should send the [Jason Collins] article to [my fiancée's] dad. He is sickened by us getting married. Yes, he said that." I wish I could call a do-over for her. I wish I could rewrite his words. If I could, they would look something like this.

Just Because He Breathes: Learning to Truly Love Our Gay Son

Linda Robertson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Linda Robertson

We told our son that he had to choose between Jesus and his sexuality. Choosing God, practically, meant living a lifetime condemned to being alone. So, just before his 18th birthday, Ryan, depressed, suicidal and disillusioned, made a new choice.

A Straight Mom's Pride

Julie Tarney | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Julie Tarney

"I just wanted you to know that my son's dry cleaning will include an occasional beaded dress or sequined tube top," I explained. "He's a performer, and those items are definitely his, not a girlfriend's."

My Second Coming Out

Tom Bartolomei | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Tom Bartolomei

When Vivian was first created, I think I was afraid of how my parents would react to the news that their son-in-law is a drag queen. For the seven years before Vivian, my relationship with my parents had been amazing, and I was afraid to lose that. Then the unthinkable happened.

My Family Broke Up With Me

Sabrina Jalees | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sabrina Jalees

Over the holidays I gifted my Muslim relatives with the truth: I'm gay, I'm married, I'm happy. It landed in 28 inboxes three weeks ago and has received a grand total of zero replies. I can only assume that they're too busy celebrating.