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Our Tomorrow: Longing for a Movement That Leaves No One Behind

Eliana C.F. Reyes | Posted 05.25.2016 | Queer Voices
Eliana C.F. Reyes

In a national conversation about the future of the LGBTQ movement, many LGBTQ Americans said there was more work to be done after the June 2015 Suprem...

Our Tomorrow: LGBTQ People Cite Financial Security as a Top Concern

Alex Orton | Posted 05.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Alex Orton

For much of the past decade, the public conversation about the LGBTQ movement has focused on the hotly debated topic of marriage equality. Meanwhile, many LGBTQ people have quietly struggled with the impact of the national economic downturn.

Video Games Allow Transgender People to Be Themselves

Charlize Veritas | Posted 02.11.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlize Veritas

You get to be the hero or the villain. You get to save the world or destroy it. You can become the richest tycoon or fight real time strategy battles against live opponents. You can travel to places you've never imagined and see things we can only dream about. For transgender people it's something even more special. A dream we've held for so long.

The Dangers of Being Transgender -- The Attack On Jacie Leopold

Charlize Veritas | Posted 02.10.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlize Veritas

On the night of the company Christmas party, Jacie was struck in the face by a coworker who will remain unnamed at this time. She was knocked unconscious. To stop the violence we all have to stand up for people like Jacie and show the world that transgender people are just that -- people.

Coming Out to Your Partner as Transgender

Charlize Veritas | Posted 02.08.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlize Veritas

If you're transgender and you're not telling your partner, you are not living a true relationship. You are lying to them. Think about this: If they don't love you for who you really are, then they don't really love you.

Becoming the Parent of a Transgender Child

Charlize Veritas | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlize Veritas

If your child has the courage to come to you and tell you that they are transgender, then honor that.

Happy Transgender Birthday!

Charlize Veritas | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlize Veritas

For me, the day I started taking hormones was the day I started to take back control of myself and my body. I started to take back control of my life. It was my choice. No one forced me. No one or anything made a choice for me that day. I owned it. I was reborn.

When Your Body Is a Prison, a Transgender Life

Charlize Veritas | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlize Veritas

This is my truth of being transgender. You see success stories on TV and you see rich people suddenly making a change, but for the rest of us, most of us, we're sitting in a dark room with no hope, waiting for someone to help us or something to take us away.

Remembering Art Historian Gerald M. Ackerman

F. Scott Hess | Posted 01.06.2016 | Arts
F. Scott Hess

To lose a dear friend leaves a hole in the life of each who loved him. Losing the well of wisdom that is a great mind leaves gaps in the fabric of civilization, one of the great tragedies of human mortality.

The Lesbian Chronicles 4: New Year's Eve Edition

Katharine Angelina Love | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Katharine Angelina Love

For this upcoming year 2016, I have decided to choose a gift for myself instead of a traditional New Year's resolution; because let's face it, I am that lesbian who always chooses the road less travelled.

The Prevention of Suicide Through Unconditional Love

Chloe Hollett, J.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Chloe Hollett, J.D.

Although suicide is not seasonally dependent, the festivities may bring many LGBT persons more dread than cheer. Reflect on your relationship with your child this holiday season. A parent's assurances of unconditional love can be the difference between life and death.

Why We Should Be Thanking Caitlyn Jenner

Chloe Hollett, J.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Chloe Hollett, J.D.

Whether or not you endorse the statements and behaviors of Ms. Jenner, it must be noted that her celebrity has focused attention on a matter too long ignored.

Lives Guided by Fear: In Honor of the Transgender Day of Remembrance

Chloe Hollett, J.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Chloe Hollett, J.D.

The sad truth is, this personal moment is not exclusive to November 20th. I, like many others, live perpetually is a state of fear of the reaction from those who do not support my identity.

Stop Hoping for More and Start Hoping for the One

JD Stewart | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
JD Stewart

I am most certainly not the first, nor will I be the last to feel this way. But my main question is: Where is this diverse and accepting gay community that people led me to believe existed here? We are now in a world where we have over 100 choices at our fingertips and still, we want more.

"Looking" for Excuses: The Show Was Bad. It Got Cancelled. Get Over It.

Martin Luz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Martin Luz

Enough of the moaning and complaining about HBO canceling the show Looking. And please stop with the overwrought excuses about gay male psychosexual and sociological failures. Here's the deal: the show was cancelled because it was bad.

Pity the Privileged

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
DaShanne Stokes

The idea that the majority is under attack is reinforcing to anyone who stands on the brink of losing unearned privileges they have long taken for granted. It hurts to be taken down a peg, to discover you're no better, no more deserving, than anyone else. Better to lash out, mobilize the masses. Misdirect them at an imagined enemy. Anything to maintain that privilege.

Dear Pat Robertson... Again

Michael Rohrer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Rohrer

You're a fearmonger, spreading fable's into an already vulnerable society that fears what they don't understand. And many won't take the time to try to understand because people like you are telling them that people like me are pedophiles and they just listen.

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.

Rapper Soulja Boy: New CD 'King Soulja 3' Has 'Better Beats, Bigger Collabs'

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 09.23.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

"I don't get caught up in the numbers," Soulja Boy insisted during a recent telephone interview. "I just have fun and put out music. That's what got me in the position I'm in now."

R&B Star Sevyn Streeter: 'Writing Lyrics Is Like Reading My Diary to the World'

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 08.23.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

"I haven't always been that great at moving on from past relationships," Sevyn Streeter confesses, "And I don't think I'm the only one who's had that experience."

Director Jane Clark Wasn't a Fan of Horror Films Before Shooting Frameline Pic Crazy Bitches

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 08.23.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

"I'm a big, big scaredy-cat when it comes to horror movies," admits director Jane Clark. "I never even really went to horror movies, except movies like Scream - and even that, I'm covering my eyes through half of it."

What NOT to Do When Someone Comes Out to You

Alexander Hardy | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Alexander Hardy

Don't discuss "your gays" like nail polish or Tamagotchis. Don't "collect" gay friends, though they may add mounds of platonic goodness to that drab life of yours. Gay friends are not your personal magical, well-dressed accessories.

A (Not So) Average Day in the Life of a Porn "Star"

Chris 'Go-Go' Harder | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Chris 'Go-Go' Harder

I actually think I lead a pretty normal life, at least for a go-go dancing, porn-modeling, strip show-producing young adult. However, it occurred to me the other day, between overhead squats with my trainer, that perhaps my barometer for "normalcy" or "average" has been a little skewed.

Feeling Lost

Rebecca Pell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rebecca Pell

I'm not sure where this is all heading. I guess, if anything, I was looking for a miracle. This blog was my attempt at putting a note in a bottle and throwing it in the ocean; hoping that something miraculous would happen.

Losing Virginity on a Technicality

Kate Monro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kate Monro

For those of us lucky enough to exercise control over our own bodies, we are also free to label our so-called 'loss,' despite the archaic definitions you will still find in dictionaries.