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Open Letter to Long Island PrideFest Organizers: Eliminating Parade Eliminates Legacy

Erinn Furey | Posted 06.03.2016 | Queer Voices
Erinn Furey

To me, the only thing that feels better than walking in a LGBT pride parade is watching LGBT youth walk in pride. I've seen tears stream down their faces as they are celebrated and validated and applauded by crowds for who they are.

I'm The First Openly Gay Man to Write a Thinkpiece on Sam Smith

Sean O'Toole | Posted 03.09.2016 | Queer Voices
Sean O'Toole

Here's what Sam Smith's speech has highlighted, regardless of how self-involved you might think that he has come off as by proclaiming himself an unprecedented LGBT history-maker -- one simple fact: Visibility is a persistent and gnawing problem for LGBT people.

LOOK: Brazilian Students Create Calendar Starring Trans Models

HuffPost Brazil | Andréa Martinelli | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A daily political and social struggle. It was this idea that motivated two students from the UFMG (Federal University of Minas Gerais), Mariana Mor...

'Do You Want to Be the Mother or the Father This Year?'

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

When a local health foundation's bi-monthly marketing newsletter arrives in my mailbox, I throw it in the recycle bin without a second glance, every time. But the issue that arrived yesterday stopped me in my tracks.

20 Beautiful Kisses From The Great Facebook Kiss-In

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

When the NFL drafted openly gay football player Michael Sam last Saturday, the athlete kissed his boyfriend on live television and apparently ruffled ...

What Butch Looks Like Today

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Oakland-based photographer Meg Allen embarked on a photography project last spring to explore how the idea of a "butch" woman has changed over time. ...

The Transformative Power of Visibility

Simone N. Sneed | Posted 05.27.2014 | Women
Simone N. Sneed

As women's history month draws to a conclusion, I have been reflecting on what it means to expand the work of feminism to better include diverse perspectives and narratives.

The Gift of Vision

Jordan Roth | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jordan Roth

Every year at the pride parade comes the inevitable question: "Why do they have to put it out there like that?" Why? To be seen. To demand to be seen. It's an act of defiance if you don't want to see me, but ultimately an act of generosity if seeing me helps you understand me.

The UN's Olympic Truce Is Two Steps Back for LGBT Rights

Cyd Zeigler | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Cyd Zeigler

The United Nations should return to the Olympic Truce language that specifically excludes LGBT people. Masking over the discrimination that we face and giving cover to governments like Russia only make us invisible and set back our advancement toward true equality.

Oak Creek Massacre: Before a Vote, We Deserve Representation

Amit S. Bagga | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics
Amit S. Bagga

Our identities as Americans will not be given legitimacy -- or quite literally, airtime -- and we will thus continue to remain faceless victims of yet another tragedy chalked up only to gun violence and not also to hatred and ignorance.

Let's Come Out And Surprise People With The Ordinariness Of Being Gay

Dr. Layla McCay | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dr. Layla McCay

Every time we are brave, every time we reveal our sexuality in a matter-of-fact way at appropriate times, we help people understand that gay and lesbian people aren't all special or weird or different or ugly or beautiful or anything else. We are just like anyone else.

Jodie Foster Gives Us A Glimpse Of The Future: No Labels, No Announcements, No Difference

Robyn Harper | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Robyn Harper

Here's the beauty of it: There was nothing unusual about what she said. On the same night, at the same event, Adele, in her acceptance speech for the award for Best Original Song, referred to her special someone and their child. Jodie Foster did the very same thing!

Sugar, Spice And Everything Nice: The Recipe For Making A Queer Celebrity (VIDEO)

Ryan Logan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Ryan Logan

A recluctant admission: I can be a little too highbrow. When presented with the opportunity to direct Fawzia Mirza's new Web series, Kam Kardashian, chronicling the day-to-day adventures of the long-lost lesbian Kardashian sister, I was less than thrilled.

The Opposite Of Being Visibly Out: Hiding In Plain Sight

Chana Wilson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Chana Wilson

My mom's revelation got me to pondering: Who were the other lesbians in my growing-up years, closeted and hidden? Some I had already guessed at, but the two women who ran the summer camp I attended were foremost in my memory.

Our First Election Out Of The Closet

Guy Branum | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Guy Branum

We're used to hiding: hiding externally to protect ourselves from the hostility of others, and hiding in our own heads from reminders of a world that rejects us. But times have changed. President Obama has come out in support of us. We have to come out in support of ourselves, too.

National Coming Out Day And Achieving Progress Through Visibility

Robyn Harper | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Robyn Harper

Coming out is important. Visibility is important. Being out and being visible represents an opportunity to educate people on the reality and normality of LGBT lives and the normality of being in a relationship with a person of the same gender.

Celebrating 15 Years of Out Ellen DeGeneres

Allison Hope | Posted 08.26.2012 | Queer Voices
Allison Hope

The truth wasn't that the timing was better, it was that Ellen paved the way for any and all gay representation on television by taking a bullet on behalf of all LGBT folks, the ones on screen and those sitting at home watching.

Gay Chicago TV Tackles LGBTQ Visibility And The Many Faces Of Coming Out

Waymon Hudson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Waymon Hudson

Too often we see the queer community literally white-washed. Telling the stories and honoring the coming-out struggles of people of color like Frank Ocean and Diana King, or of people who challenge gender roles like Megan Rapinoe, is extremely important.

An Invisible Minority

Scottie Thomaston | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Scottie Thomaston

I think that matters, the difference between being invisible and being seen, if you want to eradicate hatred of queer people or anyone else. Making yourself visible changes everything.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The State of LGBT Visibility in the Media

Cathy Renna | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Cathy Renna

From my chair, one I've been sitting in for a long time, there are some big issues that are holding the LGBT community back. Many of us are in denial about some of the most obvious obstacles we have -- or have created -- to moving our community forward.