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Recognizing Transgender Awareness Week

Abbe Land | Posted 11.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Abbe Land

As a suicide-prevention organization, The Trevor Project knows how important it is for young people to feel accepted for who they are and know that someone out there cares about their future. That's why we're standing alongside national organizations, colleges, and communities nationwide to help raise the visibility of trans* people and the unique issues they face.

We Have a Dream: Improve Transparency and Accountability at the NYPD

Chris Bilal | Posted 11.18.2014 | Black Voices
Chris Bilal

We are asking courageous New York City Council members to exercise their oversight power by passing the Right to Know Act, which would strengthen police accountability and transparency by requiring officers who stop us to identify themselves.

Why LGBT Communities and Our Allies Should Care about Net Neutrality

Mary L. Gray, Ph.D. | Posted 11.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Mary L. Gray, Ph.D.

The Net Neutrality debate is important to LGBT communities because, simply put, LGBT-identifying people will be collateral damage if Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are allowed to discriminate among content, apps or services

'My Family Kicked Me Out for Being Gay'

Thomas Krever | Posted 11.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Thomas Krever

It's one of the most common statements we hear when a young adult first contacts the Hetrick-Martin Institute, the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit organization that provides life-saving services to at-risk LGBTQ youth ages 13 to 24. In fact, about 80 percent of HMI youth are homeless or lack secure housing, most often because of family rejection for identifying as LGBTQ.

Student Punched In The Face For Kissing His Boyfriend Gets The Last Word

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 11.10.2014 | Gay Voices

Late last week, a stranger punched Cole Ledford in the face for kissing his boyfriend on the sidewalk. But the Ohio State University junior has a mess...

Homeless Students Exist in Every School. Is This the Year We Support Them?

Maria Rivera | Posted 11.10.2014 | Education
Maria Rivera

Over 22,000 of our students were identified as homeless last year, and it feels like, amidst discussions of testing, contracts, and school closings, no one gave this ever-rising number the attention I believe it deserves.

I Am a Gay Navy SEAL Pushing for Equality in Red States

Brett Jones | Posted 11.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Brett Jones

I live in Alabama, and as most people know the south can be a very conservative place. Aside from God's love, my family is the principal source of my happiness. Like many of the SEALs I have worked with, I am willing to fight and die to protect that. Unfortunately, this state does not recognize my family, a fact that is beyond disheartening.

This Is What Happened When I Tried Banning Conversion Therapy in Minnesota

Alec Fischer | Posted 11.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Alec Fischer

Having same-sex marriage legalized one year prior gave us hope that our bill would be heard and eventually passed; if our legislators approved marriage equality, surely they would advocate for the restriction of a practice that treats homosexuality as a curable disorder.

Letter to My 13-Year-Old Self

Diriye Osman | Posted 10.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

Someday you will stop crying in your sleep. Someday you will have your own home, and you will draw fashion illustrations on the walls and the kitchen cupboards to remind you of your 13-year-old self. Someday you will walk down the street with a sense of achievement and self-contained confidence.

Liberal, Well-Meaning Mom Blows It When Her Son Comes Out -- But Then She Feels Blessed

Susan Oren | Posted 10.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Susan Oren

Here was the ultimate mom test. Was I the real deal? At this crucial moment, probably the most important one of my life, my mind had shut down, and I'd lost my voice. I'd expected to perform much better. This had been a D-minus at best.

60 Percent Of Homeless Youths Have Been Raped Or Assaulted: Report

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.23.2014 | Impact

A new study explored who is falling victim to youth homelessness and why, and the results are troubling. The survey, conducted by the University o...

Diva Internet Sensation Has An Important Message For You

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.17.2014 | Gay Voices

Hopefully you saw the viral video of 15-year-old Brendan Jordan stealing the show while werking for the camera during a random news broadcast (we're e...

LGBT Youth Homelessness Is Not an Us/Them Issue

Jama Shelton | Posted 10.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Jama Shelton

I'm frustrated that 8 years after the National LGBTQ Task Force released their report calling LGBT youth homelessness an epidemic, we are still having the same conversations.

A Letter to the People Who Hate Us Because of What Happened to Our Gay Son

Linda Robertson | Posted 10.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Linda Robertson

For those of you who are determined that we suffer and be held accountable for our mistakes, we can only say that the pain of knowing how deeply we wronged our son and not being able to sit down across from him and ask for his forgiveness is agony beyond all attempt to describe it.

How Society's Addiction to Masculinity Has Led to Sexual Hazing Between Men

Anthony Nicodemo | Posted 10.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Anthony Nicodemo

I really feel sorry for the victims of the Sayreville tragedy; and yes the incident is a tragedy. Those four young men will be scarred forever. They will have bad dreams, distance themselves from sports and probably need some type of professional help.

Influential Caribbean Country Is Leaning Towards LGBT Rights

Jessica Joseph | Posted 10.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Jessica Joseph

According to a recent UNAIDS survey, Trinidad and Tobago's population is having a radical shift in attitudes towards LGBT Rights. It is not the only survey of its kind that reflects this.

A Letter to the Lost

Michael Varrati | Posted 10.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Varrati

It is a disheartening fact that, in 2014, so many kids...and also some adults...feel the anguish of a societal prison designed to stop an individual from being who they are inside.

Why I'll Be Purple on October 16th

Zeke Stokes | Posted 10.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Zeke Stokes

In the midst of all life's uncertainties, we must create space that allows our youth -- especially LGBT youth -- to thrive so that they are able to reach their full potential.

Watch This Gay Law Student Recount His Takedown of a Wannabe Ex-Gay Counselor (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 10.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-10-02-20141001ScottBlairsmall.jpgYou would think that after getting a phone call from Harvard Law's LGBT group encouraging their son to attend the prestigious university, Scott Blair's parents would be proud. Instead, they were devastated and joined an ex-gay counseling group and tried to make their son straight.

The Term Homophobia Is Improper

Mark Baer | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
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Mark Baer

Religion aside, I firmly believe that those who argue that homosexuality is a choice do so in order to justify senseless beatings of gays and lesbians, and continued discrimination and mistreatment against them. I also believe without a doubt that it is a choice to be a nasty human being.

The Cause of Homosexuality Is Irrelevant

Mark Baer | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark Baer

Many people seem fixated on the fact that the actual cause of homosexuality has not yet been established with any degree of certainty. As someone who likes to understand the reasons things occur, I respect and appreciate the curiosity. However, the ultimate result remains the same, regardless of whether the cause is genetic, environmental, or some combination of the two.

Gay, Black and Aging

Steven-Emmanuel Martinez | Posted 11.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Steven-Emmanuel Martinez

For me, getting older has always been a welcomed process -- a pattern that allows me to gauge how I'm evolving, but at the same time it's a process that allows me to mature emotionally, psychologically, and professionally.

Need More Proof Being Gay Isn't a Choice? Here It Is!

Steve Siebold | Posted 11.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Steve Siebold

If more people have the courage and mental toughness of Daniel Pearce to stand up for who they really are, more rights, freedoms and opportunities will continue to come to those who identify as LGBT.

How Did You End Up in New York City?

Marti Gould Cummings | Posted 11.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Marti Gould Cummings

On June 23, 2005, I moved to New York. My parents drove me up and helped me move into my dorm and then walked me to orientation. As I watched them walk away, I knew that I was home, no longer a flamboyant country boy but a future star in the city that I would conquer and take over.

The Best 4-Letter Word I Know

Abbe Land | Posted 11.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Abbe Land

I have a favorite 4-letter word that packs a powerful punch. No, it isn't one that TV censors would rush to *bleep* out, nor is it a word that writers replace with %*#'s and $@%'s. However, it does carry a "bad word" stigma that it doesn't deserve. The word in question is, surprisingly, "Help."