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Gay-Straight Alliance of the Year Calls for Action

Jeremy Charneco-Sullivan | Posted 08.04.2015 | Education
Jeremy Charneco-Sullivan

On June 1, 2015, I experienced one of the most powerful moments of my life when I joined Jackie Swindell, Parker Davidson, and Awreon Riley at the GLSEN Respect Awards to accept the award for GSA of the Year. We decided to use that opportunity to call attention to the lack of LGBTQ anti-bullying policies in America's schools and to remind everyone that the battle for respect and equality is far from over in the middle of our country. Here is the transcript of that speech. Read the words and know that they come from the hearts of two educators and two students who desire to see a public school system where all students are celebrated for being exactly who they are.

From Spirit Day to 2 Billion Under 20

Brittany McMillan | Posted 07.31.2015 | Books
Brittany McMillan

On October 20th, 2010, I asked people all over the world to wear purple to stand up to homophobic bullying, to show support for the LGBTQ community and to remember the lives of the boys and girls who die by suicide every year because they don't feel comfortable in their own skin.

Drag Bans and LGBT Youth: Which Matters More?

Lola Olson | Posted 07.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Lola Olson

Maybe if even half of those so enraged by a drag ban got enraged about a lack of services for LGBTQ youth, maybe we'd find ourselves in a world where we don't just say "It Gets Better". We make it better.

"I Love the Sinner" Is Often What Abusers Say

Derek Penwell | Posted 07.28.2015 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Participating in a system that belittles, punishes and commits violence against those who are often in the weakest position to defend themselves, frames you as an abuser in the eyes of those whom you claim only to be trying to love.

Hear Matthew Shepard In His Own Words In This Touching New Film

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 07.24.2015 | Gay Voices

Get More: Logo Documentary Films   Seventeen years after his tragic death, Matthew Shepard continues to serve as a symbol of the pl...

A Golden Girl’s Legacy Brings Hope To LGBT Youth

The Huffington Post | Lila Shapiro | Posted 07.21.2015 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK -- Despite a slew of recent gay rights victories, advocates estimate that hundreds of thousands of LGBT teens around the country are still re...

How Bea Arthur Became a Champion for Homeless LGBT Youth

Carl Siciliano | Posted 07.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Carl Siciliano

I thank you Bea, for flying across the country into the cold, to help us protect our youths. I thank you for your compassionate heart and your noble spirit. I thank you for recognizing that LGBT youths are deserving of love, and speaking out for them.

Tangerine: Taking Juice From the Pulp, Movie Review

Veronica Vera | Posted 07.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Veronica Vera

Mya and Kiki agreed they would get involved only if he gave his word the movie would give unvarnished truth and would be funny. He kept his commitment, for the most part. It wasn't what was in the story that made me uncomfortable, it was what was left out.

No More!

Tom Bartolomei | Posted 07.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Tom Bartolomei

Today, July 15 2015, Republican Senators told LGBT kids their lives don't have any worth by killing an Anti-Bullying Bill that would provide them with much needed protection.

For Famous Rhodes Twins, Helping LGBT Youth Is Now a Family Affair

Jim Key | Posted 07.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Jim Key

Fresh from celebrating the historic marriage equality victory on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, Aaron and Austin Rhodes -- the twins well-known for their recent and emotional YouTube video in which they came out to their dad -- visited the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

Senate Fails LGBT Youth: One Educator's Reaction

Desiree Raught | Posted 07.17.2015 | Education
Desiree Raught

In a country where marriage equality itself is a victory, this decision shines light on the fact that we are far from the mark of LGBT equality. Our youth need and deserve our movement's attention.

Your Bigotry Threatens Children, Not My Homosexuality

Domenick Scudera | Posted 07.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Some conservative political leaders want you to believe that gay men are a threat to children. They choose to turn away from actual problems facing kids in American schools. In doing so, they are perpetuating the obstacles that LGBT youth must face every day.

A Bill to Finally End the Abuse of Teens at Residential Treatment Programs and "Boot Camps"

Rep. Adam Schiff | Posted 07.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Rep. Adam Schiff

There are hundreds of good residential treatment programs that provide services which can truly help youth recover and transition from serious behavioral problems or traumatic experiences. But without stronger federal regulation and oversight, programs that engage in abusive practices will continue to slip through the cracks.

Defending My Son Who Wears Skirts While Fighting Victim Blaming And Sexism

Lee Lee | Posted 07.06.2015 | Parents
Lee Lee

My son isn't hurting anyone. For whatever reason, he is choosing to wear frills and frocks on occasion. Yet the assumption is that he will be teased for dressing "like a girl," and that action should be taken to prevent this from happening.

The Time Is Now: Bring Equal Protection to LGBT Youth

Desiree Raught | Posted 07.07.2015 | Education
Desiree Raught

As many continue to celebrate marriage equality, it's time to direct and extend our movement's focus to our LGBT youth, who are more likely to experience harassment and acts of violence while in school, yet are least likely to receive any help or support from administration.

RENT in Twain: Division in a Small Town

Sharon Kay Edwards | Posted 07.06.2015 | Arts
Sharon Kay Edwards

When walking into South Jackson Civic Center, the unmistakable old schoolhouse smell of ancient hardwood and teenage dreams wafts around you. A former high school turned performing arts center, South Jackson is now center stage in its very own drama.

My Gay Pride Glow Segues to Fireworks of Freedom

Julie Tarney | Posted 07.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

All of the emotions felt and seen at the Pride Parade are still with me. Here are a few of the moments I'll never forget.

Becoming the People We Wish We Were: An Address to the Graduating Students of Harvey Milk High School

Joy Ladin | Posted 07.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Joy Ladin

When I finally stopped hiding and started living as a woman, I also "became the impossible," a kind of person my family, my students, my Orthodox Jewish university didn't think could exist.

LGBT Teens Find Sanctuary in Foster Care

LD Thompson | Posted 06.25.2015 | Gay Voices
LD Thompson

We have taken on a Master Class of sorts, how to start a non-profit organization and build from the ground up a home that heals the hearts and troubled souls of our young. Please join us in our endeavor. These kids are worth the investment. And we can guarantee a high rate of return.

Why I Decided to Attach My Business to the Happy Hippie Foundation

Johnathan Cardillo | Posted 06.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Johnathan Cardillo

The cause was something that hit close to home. The Happy Hippie Foundation works to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBT youth and other vulnerable populations. I'm proud to say that I'm me... and I'm part of the LGBT community.

The Teachers Who Gave Me a Voice

Parker Jessica Davidson | Posted 06.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Parker Jessica Davidson

Living a happy life as a gay teen in Nixa, Missouri isn't the easiest thing to achieve. Most of my life was spent in the metaphorical closet where it was dark, scary, and smelled like moth balls.

Book Review: Reclaimed by Ray Cook

Taylor Cole Miller | Posted 06.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Taylor Cole Miller

What I think I like best about Reclaimed is a distinction film critic Manny Farber made between elephant art and termite art. Elephant art comes in, steps all over you, then stomps out.

The Dangerous Hypocrisy of the Right: The Josh Duggar Edition

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 06.02.2015 | Gay Voices
J Nelson Aviance

The rhetoric of religious freedom and the 'war on Christianity' -- so often used as a justification for discrimination against LGBTQ people -- has nothing to do with religion or faith.

The Queer Teen Who Ran Away from Home, Joined a Cabaret, and Became an Seattle Nightlife Icon

Matt Baume | Posted 05.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

One of the first friends I met when I moved to Seattle was Zak, standing by a urinal trough wearing golden armor down one arm and shiny metallic underwear. To be fair, it was Halloween; but since then I've seen him dress similarly on more than one occasion since then.

How and Why Everyone Needs to Support LGBTQQ Young Adults Who Are Living with Cancer

Emily Drake | Posted 05.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Emily Drake

Regardless of age, having cancer is a difficult experience. Living with cancer as a young adult presents unique challenges, such as dealing with reduced or impaired fertility rates, disruptions in education plans, etc. However, being diagnosed with cancer as a LGBTQQ-identified person, involves other difficulties.