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Lgbt Family Rejection

Of LGBT Youth and Their Parents

Diriye Osman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

Helping Homeless LGBT Youth Find The Road To Home

Carl Siciliano | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Carl Siciliano

They tell me of being forced to sell their bodies, of being beaten and raped. They tell me of being cold and terrified, of feeling unloved and driven to the brink of suicide.

How Mental Illness Fed My Creativity

Diriye Osman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Diriye Osman

Ultimately, it's about keeping despair at bay, and sometimes simple things like running, taking up a hobby, doing charity work, painting or, in my case, writing can be a galvanizing part of the recovery process. Keeping the brain and the body active can give life a semblance of pleasure and hope. This is what writing has done for me.

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.

Homeless for the Holidays: Ending a Nation's Cruel Indifference to Homeless Youth (PHOTOS)

Carl Siciliano | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Carl Siciliano

I have been talking with homeless kids from all over the country, asking them to help us understand what it means to be left on the streets, asking them to give witness to what they endure. I ask you to look into their traumatized eyes and listen with me to their heartbreaking testimonies.

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.

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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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.

A Mother’s Final Gift

Jon Derek Croteau, Ed.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jon Derek Croteau, Ed.D.

At first I'd thought my mom died on my birthday to bring my father and me together. Since then I've realized that her gift was an opportunity to finally find the fortitude and the wisdom to do what she never could. So I left him behind. And that's where he remains: behind me.

October Surprise: A Gay Man, His Mother And The Vote

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
David Valdes Greenwood

It must be a little frightening when the world spins forward without you; there is powerlessness in realizing that you are being left behind. And for my mom, that's exactly what's happening. Even as she stubbornly withholds her vote, she knows this much is true: My family is already the future.

A Priceless Gift: Loving Our Mormon LGBT Children

Kate Kendell, Esq. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kate Kendell, Esq.

Because I have seen the carnage firsthand in so many Mormon families, I nearly cried with relief when I read Supportive Families, Healthy Children: Helping Latter-Day Saint Families with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Children.