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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.

Mormon Mother Fighting for LGBTQ Inclusion in Her Church

Wendy Montgomery | Posted 05.21.2015 | Religion
Wendy Montgomery

Growing up in a very conservative religious environment, it turned our world upside down when our 13-year-old son came out to us. The learning curve was steep since we were coming from a place of almost total ignorance about all things LGBT-related.

Messages From the Playground: Healing Homophobia Before it Begins and Preventing Bullying Before it Starts

Chris Tompkins | Posted 05.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Chris Tompkins

Talking about shame, we are exposing it and nipping it in the bud. Having uncomfortable conversations with children at a young age doesn't put them at risk, instead, it does the opposite. It keeps them from risk.

Marina Fang

The Country's First Openly Bisexual Governor Bans Gay Conversion Therapy In Her State

HuffingtonPost.com | Marina Fang | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

Oregon became the third state in the country to prohibit the practice of conversion therapy for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth when Gov....

I'm A Mormon Mom Taking A Stand For All The Gay Kids In Our Church

Diane Oviatt | Posted 05.15.2015 | Religion
Diane Oviatt

I want to find every struggling gay Mormon child and cup their faces in my hands, and tell them how loved they are, AS they are.

Straight Bodybuilders Speak Out Against LGBT Bullying In Powerful Video

Raymond Braun | Posted 05.12.2015 | Teen
Raymond Braun

If you were asked to create a mental image of an ally for LGBT youth, a 6'3,'' 260 lbs. professional bodybuilder might not be the first image to come to mind. We hope to change that.

It Gets Better, Even For Gay Mormons

The Next Ten Challenge | Posted 05.12.2015 | Gay Voices
The Next Ten Challenge

Freshman year of high school was a nightmare. I couldn't walk through a hallway without my books being tossed to the floor, my body being shoved out of the way, or my face being slammed against a locker. Every day I woke up in fear and returned home in tears.

Happy, Sober and T

Darya Teesewell | Posted 05.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Darya Teesewell

I took a celebratory coin to mark my seventeenth year from my sober friends, yesterday; embossed on one side are the words "to thine own self be true." There is no cure for being who we are; being who we are is key to recovery -- any recovery.

Open Letter to Pope Francis: Religious Homophobia Causes Epidemic of Homeless LGBT Youth

Carl Siciliano | Posted 05.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Carl Siciliano

You are the world's most influential religious leader. You could protect many youths from harm by teaching that there is nothing wrong with being LGBT, that there is nothing wrong with LGBT children. Doing so would lessen the epidemic of LGBT youth suffering homelessness.

New Development Goal Falls Short of Protecting Those Most at Risk

David J. Olson | Posted 05.08.2015 | Impact
David J. Olson

The only way to make HIV prevalence go down and end AIDS once and for all is to ensure that the needs of such groups are addressed explicitly in health policies, especially with the Sustainability Development Goals which will guide international development efforts for the next 15 years.

Marina Fang

Oregon Is About To Ban Gay Conversion Therapy

HuffingtonPost.com | Marina Fang | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

Oregon took a major step Thursday toward becoming the third state in the country to ban the practice of conversion therapy for lesbian, gay, bisexual ...

New Study Of LGBT Youth Reveals Some Harrowing Statistics

Reuters | Posted 05.07.2015 | Gay Voices

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) adolescents are more likely to be bullied and victimized thro...

Walmart Store Reportedly Refuses To Print 'Gay' On Cake For Gay-Straight Prom 'Couple'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.06.2015 | Gay Voices

Two Nevada teens -- one gay and one straight -- have become Internet sensations in the wake of their viral promposal, but a new wrinkle in what had be...

Beyond (Marriage) Equality

Janson Wu | Posted 05.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Janson Wu

The arc of the moral universe does not bend towards equality -- it bends toward justice. The country is looking to the LGBT movement to see whether we have the will and the tenacity to create a more just and affirming world for everyone. Let's show them we have what it takes.

Out Of The Closet: A Fashion It Girl Shares Her Secret

Mary Alice Stephenson | Posted 05.01.2015 | Style
Mary Alice Stephenson

This is the hardest article I've ever had to write because it means putting my biggest secret on display for everyone to see and use to judge me. It's a secret I've guarded for years, a secret I've cried over, a secret I shouldn't be scared to share, but I am.

Oregon Senate To Vote On Banning Gay Conversion Therapy

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics

Oregon could become the next state to ban gay conversion therapy for LGBT youth. The Oregon House has already passed the measure, and the Senate will ...

This Gay Teen Couple Couldn't Have Asked For A More Perfect Prom Night

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.29.2015 | Gay Voices

Prom night is a memorable rite-of-passage for many high school students across the country. The experience was especially monumental for two gay West ...

My Struggle To Survive As A Homeless Youth

Kristopher Sharp | Posted 04.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Kristopher Sharp

My life is proof that we can change the future of thousands of youth forced into homelessness by simply valuing their lives, making investments into their futures, and recognizing that they are worth more than a few bucks and some leftover lunch. I am worth something -- and so is every other homeless youth.

Bruce Jenner, I Applaud You

Ashley Alteman | Posted 04.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Ashley Alteman

Jenner's message reached across the board, and my hopes are that Bruce's interview, his truth, his explanation of who he is today and where he plans to go in the future with "her," has reached people who resonate with his journey. I hope this will push further discussion, acceptance, understanding and most of all, empathy.

1,000,000 Reasons to Look Beyond Marriage Equality and Say #IDO

Karen Dixon | Posted 04.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Karen Dixon

This is not the time to grow complacent, but it is the time to celebrate our achievements to date and then recommit our time, voices and resources to ensure the fight against discrimination continues. Say #IDo as a symbol of America's collective resolve to ensure "Liberty and Justice for All."

A Night of a Thousand Genders

Lori Sokol | Posted 04.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Lori Sokol

'Why do we need to be told which toys are appropriate for girls and boys?' and 'Why are toys even categorized according a child's gender?' But, there was still a more crucial question that even I, a life-long feminist, did not think to ask: "Are there really only two genders?"

High School Under Fire After Group Of Students Organize 'Anti-Gay Day'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.21.2015 | Gay Voices

A Pennsylvania high school has come under media scrutiny after a group of students organized an "Anti-Gay Day" in response to the nationally-observed ...

Sharing the Stories of LGBTQ Youth: Caitlyn, 18, From Las Vegas

Diana Scholl | Posted 04.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl

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Survivors of Reparative Therapies Speak Out in Solidarity With LGBTQIA Students at Christian Colleges -- #TellOurStoriesToo

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 04.17.2015 | Gay Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

As an intersex Christian theologian subjected to "reparative" therapies both medically and psychologically for decades, I invite Christians to consider ancient Christian leader Archbishop of Hippo and "Church Father" St. Augustine's view back in the early fifth century.