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My Struggle To Survive As A Homeless Youth

Kristopher Sharp | Posted 04.28.2015 | 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.

Something To Talk About

Heather Risinger | Posted 04.17.2015 | Parents
Heather Risinger

My teenage son came to me and said, "Mom, can we go out to dinner, just the two of us? I have something I need to talk to you about." I agreed, and didn't think much of it. With four kids, when one asks for my undivided attention, I hear it, and really try to honor it.

Here's Why We Still Need To Be Supporting LGBT Youth In Schools With A 'Day Of Silence'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.17.2015 | Gay Voices

April 17 marks the 19th year of the annual Day of Silence, which brings attention to anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) bullying and h...

Fighting to Save My Younger Brother's Life

Matthew Rose | Posted 04.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Matthew Rose

We need to offer access to a full array of prevention choices and educate our younger brothers. To be empowered to make decisions that will help to end this epidemic. Making sure they know how to and are able to reach their health potential. Youth and young adults are rising up all over this country to take on the fight to end to this epidemic.

Catherine Karnow's Vietnam: Documenting a Changing Country

Andrew Lam | Posted 04.16.2015 | Travel
Andrew Lam

The drab, impoverished and immobile nation that Catherine saw when she first visited in 1990 quickly shifted under her lens. And fascinated, she kept coming back.

9 Places LGBT Youth are Definitely Welcome in Indiana and Arkansas

Sara David | Posted 04.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Sara David

Regardless of what happens in the state government, LGBT youth in Indiana and Arkansas need resources and support. Here are some fantastic LGBT-focused organizations in those states that you should know about.

Which Is the Better Picture?

Fr. Gary M. Meier | Posted 04.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Fr. Gary M. Meier

The Catholic churches teaching as well as conservative Christian church teachings regarding homosexuality are causing harm to those who are struggling with their sexual identity.

The (Genderqueer) Kid I Never Expected

Julie Tarney | Posted 03.30.2015 | Parents
Julie Tarney

When Harry told me at age 2 that "inside" his head he was a girl, I have to admit it was an unexpected moment. And it took me awhile to realize that the awareness he'd had of his outer world as an infant applied also to his inner self as a toddler and growing boy.

Lila Shapiro

'Nail Salons Are More Regulated': A Gay Survivor Takes On The 'Troubled Teen' Industry

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 03.28.2015 | Gay Voices

Nearly a decade ago, in Greeley, Colorado, two strange men woke David Wernsman in the middle of the night and told him he had to leave his parents’ ...

I Never Knew My First Boyfriend

Ian Oriol | Posted 03.26.2015 | Teen
Ian Oriol

The first month was bliss, and I truly mean it. Your first love blinds and cripples you. Everything is seen and done under a shiny filter and eerie carnival music; and you don't realize how fake the memories are until when the memories are all you have left.

The Necessity of LGBT-Inclusive Curriculum

Mark Pino | Posted 03.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Mark Pino

To get to the root of the problem and eradicate homophobic language in everyday jargon, we need to create a link between the word "gay" and the real faces of the LGBT community. Students need to be taught about the accomplishments of LGBT men, women and gender nonconformists.

A Young Man Was Allegedly Beaten for Being Gay and Mississippi Doesn't Think It's a Hate Crime

Benjamin O'Keefe | Posted 03.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Benjamin O'Keefe

Faggot. It's unfortunately a word that most gay men have had thrown at them at some point in their life. It's a word that Devin Norman heard yelled at him in a grocery store parking lot this weekend before he was allegedly brutally beaten for being a gay man in Mississippi.

Barbies, Hot Lava and One Unhappy Dad

Julie Tarney | Posted 03.20.2015 | Parents
Julie Tarney

Ryan looked up at his father, and a tiny wrinkle of worry appeared between his eyebrows. His dad was not happy, and it was clear Ryan didn't know why. My pulse accelerated. I felt uncomfortable witnessing this scene.

6 Things I Need My (Gay) Son to Understand

Patrick Roth | Posted 03.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Patrick Roth

3. The modern gay rights movement, from Stonewall to Windsor, cost a lot of people real blood, sweat and tears, and it isn't over. For many people around the world, being gay is still a deadly proposition.

Kiss Me, I'm Gay Irish

Matthew Ebert | Posted 03.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

They say two LGBTQ groups in Boston were invited to march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade this year. Progress is measured in years. We can't always see it. It moves too slow at times. But this year, I can certainly attest -- with the changes on parade, the long road to equality has dutifully risen to meet me.

LGBTQ Kids Blossoming and Living Their Truths at Camp

Jenna Tenn-Yuk | Posted 03.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Jenna Tenn-Yuk

When I think about the young people who go to Camp Ten Oaks and Project Acorn (Ten Oaks' other camp for youth), my heart is filled with so much joy. These young people can experience community, belonging and live their truths. Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to have those experiences.

I Have Come to Indoctrinate Your Children Into My LGBTQ Agenda (And I'm Not a Bit Sorry)

S. Bear Bergman | Posted 03.07.2015 | Gay Voices
S. Bear Bergman

All that time I said I wasn't indoctrinating anyone with my beliefs about gay and lesbian and bi and trans and queer people? That was a lie. All 25 years of my career as an LGBTQ activist, I have been on a consistent campaign of trying to change people's minds about us. I want to make them like us.

NYC Feminist Zine Fest

Jenna Henry Hansen | Posted 03.06.2015 | New York
Jenna Henry Hansen

After reading just a handful of Twitter comments aimed at Arquette and pages directed toward E! and Rancic, clearly there is still an obvious need and immense desire for a platform of open dialog and feminist critique of our culture.

Being Authentic Leads to Happiness On and Off the Court

Anthony Nicodemo | Posted 03.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Anthony Nicodemo

Coaching with a clear mind has allowed me to be better at my job. It has allowed me to open up to my team and share experiences. It has made us closer. I have friends that I truly could not live without. We are a unique family that exists from similar experiences. I coach boys high school basketball and yes, I'm gay.