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Anti-Bullying: Failing To Tackle Gender And Sexual Inequalities

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 10.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

We need to make clear connections between gender inequality, sexism, and the harassment experienced by LGBTQ and gender non-conforming kids -- including girls who express sexual agency. Student activism can be a useful tool for bringing awareness to schools.

Showing True Colors for Supportive Housing

Deborah De Santis | Posted 10.12.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

For too many LGBT young people, discrimination is one of the main reasons they end up homeless. Sometimes they are even thrown out on the streets by their own families, who will not allow them to live their lives as LGBT.

Gay Author's Early Years Inspire Kids' Book About Self-Acceptance

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.12.2015 | Gay Voices

Journalist Tyler Curry is making his first foray into children's literature with A Peacock Among Pigeons, a charming picture book with a very mat...

Here's Why These Mizzou Athletes Will 'Go Purple' For Spirit Day

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.07.2015 | Gay Voices

Student athletes at the University of Missouri explain why they're "going purple" for Spirit Day in this poignant new clip.  Creat...

Librarian Creates 'Books for Kids in Gay Families' Website

Suzanne DeWitt Hall | Posted 10.02.2015 | Books
Suzanne DeWitt Hall

When I discovered that my book, Rumplepimple, had been included in the Books for Kids in Gay Families list I was first thrilled, and then intrigued. I decided to ask her a few questions about how the whole thing came about. Here are her responses

Meet Some Of The LGBT Homeless Youth The Pope Didn't Visit

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.30.2015 | Gay Voices

Homelessness is, without a doubt, a major issue for the queer community. Rates of homelessness among queer youth -- those under age 18 in Am...

Are You Ready To Go Purple For Spirit Day?

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 09.28.2015 | Gay Voices

Are you ready to go purple for Spirit Day? GLAAD has released a new animated video in advance of the event, held on Oct. 15, encouraging sup...

My Trans Education

Bill Konigsberg | Posted 09.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Bill Konigsberg

The most surprising aspect of my current Trevor Project Awareness Tour has been the overwhelming percentage of trans teens I've met.

I'm Bi, Married and Proud

A.J. Walkley | Posted 09.23.2015 | Gay Voices
A.J. Walkley

It's #BiWeek and today, September 23, is Celebrate Bisexuality Day. As a newly married person, I've never been more proud to proclaim my bisexuality as I am today -- and part of that reason is because regardless of my past and present advocacy.

The Importance of LGBT Superheroes

Audrey Redpath | Posted 09.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Audrey Redpath

Superman didn't start off the weakest player on a girls soccer team like you, and Lois Lane and Wonder Woman don't worry their bottom lip over hot-faced crushes on older girls on their bus. Only straight people are superheroes.

Hot-Headed in Houston: An LGBTQ Author Goes Rogue

Bill Konigsberg | Posted 09.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Bill Konigsberg

I realized that the very fact that so many schools declined my invitation, and that this school wanted me to talk about LGBTQ suicide statistics without focusing on the word "gay," was the problem.

Camp Brave Trails: Healing Behind the Lens

Kyle Jarrett | Posted 09.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Kyle Jarrett

It was a weekend of beautiful invitations, to dance, to hike, to talk and to prance across the dining hall in a lacy, blue tutu, hailed by shouts of "Go Kyle!" rather than "Oh God," or "You're so weird" or that awful silence.

Why I'm Increasingly Frustrated With Closeted Pro Athletes

Cyd Zeigler | Posted 09.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Cyd Zeigler

The ability to help other LGBT athletes -- to yes, actually save people's lives -- is the most powerful opportunity of all.

5 ways to Make Your Classroom LGBT Inclusive

Anthony Nicodemo | Posted 08.25.2015 | Education
Anthony Nicodemo

After coming out as gay two years ago, I've had such an incredible journey. So many people have shared personal stories, and I've learned so much about myself. Unfortunately, many of the stories I've heard make me shake my head.

Back To School Tips For Parents Of LGBTQ Kids

The Next Family | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.23.2015 | Gay Voices

Back to school time is filled with the excitement of new backpacks, teachers, and reunions with friends. But for lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgend...

Three Things About Abstinence-Only Sex Ed You Need to Know Now

Carolyn Davis | Posted 08.14.2015 | Education
Carolyn Davis

John Oliver's brilliant piece did a marvelous job laying out many of the problems in the abstinence-only approach, from its emphasis on shame and ineffectiveness in preventing unplanned pregnancy or STIs to its harmful neglect of the needs of LGBTQ teens.

Why Youth Day Is Vital for All Generations

Melissa Jun Rowley | Posted 08.12.2015 | Impact
Melissa Jun Rowley

So today on International Youth Day, which the UN has commemorated as an awareness day to draw attention to the legal and culture issues surrounding youth, my hope is that we go beyond awareness and take action to support the efforts of young people having a positive impact on the world.

A Response To Sunnivie Brydum

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 08.11.2015 | Gay Voices
J Nelson Aviance

I recognize that in some contexts the word 'cis-' is useful, particularly in legal documents. I also understand the alienating nature of 'othering' language, which would include making a binary of 'trans' and 'nontrans'. However, a 'trans'/'cis-' binary is a problem.

I Interview Andrew Solomon

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 08.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Dr. Joe Wenke

Andrew Solomon is a writer and lecturer on politics, culture and psychology as well as an activist and philanthropist on behalf of LGBT rights, mental health, education and the arts.

The Tragic Death of Shira Banki Should Resonate With Anyone Who Grew Up LGBTQ

Sean O'Toole | Posted 08.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Sean O'Toole

In pre-marriage equality Israel on Sunday, hatred took away a very important young person. The type of young person who changes minds, mobilizes, supports, believes in dignity and equality. A young person who could have very conceivably grown into a leader, organizer, campaigner and difference-maker.

LGBTQ Youth: Young, Out and Afraid

Steve Pierce | Posted 08.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Steve Pierce

While many of us celebrate the victory for marriage equality in the U.S. Supreme Court, research shows that LGBTQ people face significant challenges throughout their lives -- beginning at a very early age.

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.