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It Honestly Does Get Better

Marion Leary | Posted 11.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Marion Leary

From 1983-1991, my twin sister and I were relegated to a Catholic elementary school. For us, this felt like a fate worse than death...obviously it was...

After the Vigil: Offerings of Love, Resilience and Chosen Family

Hayden Mora | Posted 11.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Hayden Mora

Here in Washington, DC, we have created an organization called Casa Ruby, committed to creating new possibilities for the most vulnerable. Casa Ruby offers transitional housing, a safe place, and meals for the most vulnerable in the LGBTQ community.

What Is the Big Deal With Coming Out as Queer?

Shantell Yasmine Abeydeera | Posted 11.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Shantell Yasmine Abeydeera

Every single millennial coming out as Queer who possesses a lackadaisical who cares attitude can do so because of the courage, bravery and tenacity of previous generations of the LGBTQ community, the OG's.

3 Beginners Steps to Starting a Campus LGBT Group

Sierra Vandervort | Posted 11.20.2015 | College
Sierra Vandervort

For students looking to make their campuses more LGBT friendly, here are a few helpful starter tips.

After the Vigil: Offerings of Love, Resilience and Chosen Family

Ruby Corado | Posted 11.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Ruby Corado

While so much has changed for me and for our community, the world is still not a kind place for someone like me: an HIV positive, indigenous, immigrant and trans woman of color. What has gotten me this far and what inspires me to keep going is the resilience, creativity and tenacity of the trans and genderqueer community.

Think Being Young And LGBT Has Gotten Easier? Think Again

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 11.19.2015 | Gay Voices

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Little Boy Declares That Barbie Is 'So Fierce' In New Commercial

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 11.16.2015 | Gay Voices

A commercial for a new, limited edition Barbie doll is shattering stereotypes by featuring a young male fan along with two female pals. In the...

These Inspiring Trans Teens Are Defining Beauty On Their Own tTerms

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.11.2015 | Gay Voices

The latest episode in Logo's new digital series elevating the stories of transgender and gender-nonconforming youth just premiered on the netw...

Transphobia at School

Taylor Vidmar | Posted 11.11.2015 | Teen
Taylor Vidmar

Transphobia is not what we should be teaching at our schools. Instead, we should be preaching and practicing tolerance and acceptance. Remember that transgender students are not lying, they are not dangerous, they are not tools for your bigotry.

Here's What Cynthia Nixon Believes Is The 'AIDS Crisis Of This Generation'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 11.10.2015 | Gay Voices

Cynthia Nixon is proud of the political and social strides made by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in recent years...

Until I See Skyler Again...

Marsha Aizumi | Posted 11.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Marsha Aizumi

"I had an endless amount of love for my son, but I did not speak up or stand up for him. I did not see his heart, when he came out as transgender. I only focused in on his gender identity. And so I have lost the chance to love and hug my son."

Embracing the Well-Being of Transgender Foster Youth

Shannan Wilber | Posted 11.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Shannan Wilber

The extreme vulnerability of transgender children and youth in foster care, and the specific harms they suffer when their caregivers ignore, denigrate or deny their gender identity is a serious public health problem.

Our Gay Anniversary: 20 Years and Counting

Domenick Scudera | Posted 11.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

When I was younger, I could not tell my mother that a fulfilling life was in store because I did not know what the future would hold for me. But I am older now, and I have a 20-year (and counting) relationship from which to draw.

How Homophobia Is Hurting Our Nation's Foster Children

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 11.02.2015 | Gay Voices
DaShanne Stokes

I've never understood why so many of my foster care brothers and sisters continue to languish in the foster care system. In truth, they should have found homes a long time ago.

LGBT Elders Share Their Thoughts About Today's Queer Youth

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.02.2015 | Gay Voices

Where would the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community be without our elders? Certainly not at the level of political and soc...

Thoughts on Gender

Erin Nugent | Posted 10.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Erin Nugent

When you meet me, don't treat me like a "woman," whatever that means to you. Treat me like a person, treat me how you like to be treated.

LGBTQ Students: More Than Victims of Bullying

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 10.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

Jessica Fields is a Professor of Sociology and Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University. She is the author of Risky Lessons: Sex Education and Social Inequality and studies sexuality education in middle schools, high schools, jails, and universities.

5 Ways Young LGBT People Can Get Involved in Politics

Klint Kendrick | Posted 10.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Klint Kendrick

In most states, you could legally be refused service in a store, not allowed to eat in a restaurant or kicked out of a hotel, just for being gay. Gaining equality in these important areas will require us to stay politically active.

Is Operation Cross Country the Best Way to Fight Child Sex Trafficking?

Katherine Koster | Posted 10.29.2015 | Impact
Katherine Koster

The sweep netted 149 youth involved in the sex trade. It also led to arrests of 150 "pimps as well as other individuals." Rescuing "commercially sexually exploited youth" and catching their "exploiters" sounds like a great thing, right? Actually, it's a bit more complicated.

On Being the Parent of a Transgender Child

Paul Heroux | Posted 10.27.2015 | Parents
Paul Heroux

Recently, I had the opportunity and pleasure of meeting Marcia and Ryan. Marcia is the mother of Ryan who is a 9 year old transgender child living in my community. Ryan was born with the anatomy of a male, but Ryan describes herself as having "the heart and brain of a girl."

LGBTQ Bullying: Zero Tolerance is Not the Answer.

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 10.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

Zero tolerance policies do little to solve problems of bullying in schools. They disproportionately impact the lives of LGBTQ students and students of color, and students who take action to defend themselves become punished. They make clear institutional racism, heterosexism, homophobia and transphobia.

For LGBTQ Youth, Safe Space Is Key

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 10.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Jean-Michel Giraud

As seen with other groups, one-size-fits-all sheltering does not work. Shelter reformers are taking note of this as of late, and this is a good thing.

Here's Why a Caitlyn Jenner Halloween Costume Is Damaging

Mary J. Moss | Posted 10.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Mary J. Moss

Halloween is a time when many LGBT youth who are unsure of their sexuality or gender identity can play dress up and explore something they may not be able to live at that time. This fun day of costumes and candy gives them the much needed freedom and peace they so desire.

The 10 Stages of Coming Out to My Conservative Chinese Father

Keay Nigel | Posted 10.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Keay Nigel

For a moment after I finished, I felt this sense of confidence rising inside of me. I presumed that my father was going to say, 'OK, fine,' and then just accept the situation like it was no big deal. But when he finally spoke his mind, I realized that I wasn't ready for what was to come.

The Theology of Spirit Day: As LGBTQ People, We Are All Loved By God

Yagnaram Ramanuja Dasan | Posted 10.16.2015 | Religion
Yagnaram Ramanuja Dasan

I distinctly remember during class one day in my freshman year, someone asked my theology teacher about the Church's position on gay people. I sank into my seat and wanted desperately to disappear.