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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 09.19.2014 | 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 09.15.2014 | 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 09.12.2014 | 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 09.11.2014 | 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 09.10.2014 | 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."

A New Toolkit to Support LGBT Inclusive Curriculum--Inspired by Bill O'Reilly

Debra Chasnoff | Posted 09.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Debra Chasnoff

We've seen that when talking about sexual orientation or gender identity, emotions can run high, misconceptions can spread, and divisive politics can get in the way of doing what is best for students and families.

Back-to-School Not Welcoming to All LGBTQ-Students in Massachusetts

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

It's back-to-school season for most and stepping back into the scene isn't easy for a lot of students -- especially LGBTQ students.

Homeless LGBTQ Youth and Progressive Churches: A New Agenda for Care and Justice

Rev. Cody J. Sanders | Posted 09.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Cody J. Sanders

For progressive churches in the U.S., there is a "sweet spot" of meaningful engagement in LGBTQ justice that many congregations are missing. While we're celebrating gains in marriage equality, we often overlook the well-being and livability of life for the homeless LGBTQ youth.

Parent Notes to LGBT Kids Go Viral | SPEAK UP WITH JIMMY NGUYEN (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 09.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Jimmy Nguyen

In this "Digitally Speaking" segment, I discuss the social media impact produced by these notes, and how they can help parents everywhere better handle the coming out moment for LGBT kids.

Finding Common Ground

Wayne Maines | Posted 09.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Wayne Maines

It is hard to stay calm when we read about transgender violence, and we continue to experience discrimination in our community's. It hard to be patient when our children's self-esteem is being eroded in ways most parents cannot fathom.

Miley Cyrus' Advocacy Moves More Fans To Share Their Personal Stories Of Homelessness

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.05.2014 | Impact

It wasn't enough that Miley Cyrus' acceptance speech (or lack thereof) at last month's VMAs had nothing to do with music and everything to do with you...

Why I Wrote A Book About A Transgender Child

Jessica Herthel | Posted 09.05.2014 | Parents
Jessica Herthel

My husband and I looked at each other and breathed sighs of relief. They got it. Or at least, they got enough of it. I had told them that Jazz was a girl born with a boy body and yet never once did it occur to my girls to refer to Jazz as "he" or "him."

Stay In

Matthew Ebert | Posted 09.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

Come out -- but if there's a lightning storm going on, stay inside. Stay there until you can come out safely. Violence may not always end up with the victim walking off in one piece and wearing a purse full of gold. Why? We haven't cured any of this bigotry with viral videos. And sometimes it gets worse.

Can Money Solve a Bad Coming Out?

Dieter Holger | Posted 10.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Dieter Holger

Daniel Pierce's bravery touched many. After-all, his story garnered over 3.5k donations. We hope the best for Pierce and other youth in his situation. Assumedly, that cash will come in handy for him though.

Did Daniel Pierce's Coming-Out Video Upset You? Here Are 5 Things You Can Do

Justin Lee | Posted 09.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Justin Lee

Last week, a viral video depicted Daniel Ashley Pierce, a young man who recorded his family's violent reaction to his having come out as gay -- yelling about the Bible, physically assaulting him and kicking him out of the house. Daniel's boyfriend posted the video online, and people around the world were horrified by what they saw.

Five Dos and Five Don'ts for College Seniors (From a Point Scholar Who's Been There)

Jacob Tobia | Posted 09.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Jacob Tobia

I want to pass along a bit of advice about life. Because I'm a recent graduate, the triumphs and tribulations of senior year are still fresh in my mind, and with all the infinite wisdom that is conferred upon me by three months out of college, it's a big deal that I'm passing along my sage advice to you.