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Study Finds It Does Get Better For LGBTQ Youth

Reuters | Posted 01.29.2015 | Gay Voices

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning adolescents who face bullying and other ty...

Of LGBT Youth and Their Parents

Diriye Osman | Posted 01.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

No one who has ever come out as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender to their family, particularly their parents, will ever forget that life-altering moment. Sometimes the connective thread will be cut; other times that bond will be deepened, enriched by this new reality.

One Million Kids Launches -- But It Isn't What You Think It Is

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 01.22.2015 | Gay Voices

Ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court's forthcoming ruling on same-sex marriage, a group billing itself as "an organization of folks from all walks of life"...

A Straight Dad of Twin Baby Boys Explains Why We Should All Support LGBT Rights

Robert Cordero | Posted 01.22.2015 | Impact
Robert Cordero

As a father and a leader serving my community, I need to continue to step up in alliance with other far more courageous LGBT leaders and community folks to ensure that we are creating a just society.

Wearing Dad Jeans and Other Premium Benefits of Mentoring a Young Gay Man

Del Ray Zimmerman | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Del Ray Zimmerman

My own early years acclimating as a gay man carry some of the deepest wounds of my life. For a while, I sacrificed my education, carried shame about my sexuality, made horrible dating choices, and looked for my self-esteem in the nightclubs. Now I have a deep and visceral need to give Griffin the advice and friendship from an older gay man that I didn't have.

His Royal Highness, Marco Rubio

Izak Pratt | Posted 01.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Izak Pratt

You can't have your cake and eat it too, senator. One can't favor rule by popular opinion or rule by court of law only when it's convenient for their cause.

Is the Gay Community Scaring Away Our Straight Allies?

Mason Hsieh | Posted 01.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Mason Hsieh

When one of my new straight-male friends asked if he could sit in on a QSA meeting, I immediately said yes and took him to a panel on LGBT dating, hoping to show him how cool the queer community is. The discussion was mostly civil, until my fledgling ally worked up the courage to ask one simple question.

Falling in Love With a Cartoon Character (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-01-14-20150109AlexZuccarosmall.jpgAlexander first realized he was gay at 5 years old thanks to a Hercules pillow set, a secret comfort he could turn to when he couldn't explain himself to his friends at school. The pillow was his "boyfriend," he says.

The Last Lost Generation

Janson Wu | Posted 01.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Janson Wu

Together, if we have the tenacity to strive for an even more just and inclusive world, we can make this generation of young people the first to know what it feels like to, in Leelah's words, always be "treated like humans, with valid feelings and human rights."

In Defense of the "Social Justice Warrior"

Tile Wolfe | Posted 12.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Tile Wolfe

We're winning when young people have the internet's arsenal at the ready. We're winning when online discourse translates into offline action. We're winning when seemingly "niche" groups reflect a new generation of LGBT people who defend their own survival, and others.

Finding Home for the Holidays

Irene Monroe | Posted 12.23.2014 | Religion
Irene Monroe

I truly believe if American Christians stayed more focused on the message and teachings of Jesus, many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people would not have the annual angst of searching for home for the holidays.

Larry Robinson Talks New Help-Yourself Book Mirror, Mirror and More (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 12.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with psychotherapist and life counselor Larry Robinson about his new book, Mirror, Mirror: Reflections of Self: 365-Day Life Journal.

In Memory of Danny Garvin, One of the Heroic Homeless LGBT Youths Who Fought in the Stonewall Uprising (PHOTOS)

Carl Siciliano | Posted 12.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Carl Siciliano

Danny was never able to forget what it meant to be a homeless teen. He overcame homelessness and built a good life for himself, but he bore the scars in his psyche, and in his body. He contracted hepatitis while he was homeless; it shortened his life.

When Life Hands You Anti-Gay Lemons...

Walt Hawkins | Posted 12.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Walt Hawkins

After viewing his sermon and interview, in honor of Pastor Steven L. Anderson, I made donations to a center here in New York City that provides assistance to homeless LGBT youths, and to an organization that delivers meals to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses.

The Three C's I Experience When Coming Out As Trans

Leo Sheng | Posted 12.15.2014 | Teen
Leo Sheng

I feel like I owe it to those people to speak up and speak out, but I also owe it to myself to respect myself enough not to toss out my experiences carelessly. Like I said before, I'm cool with talking about gender. It's something that needs to be talked about.

Why LGBTQ Scholarships Are Crucial: One Gay Man's Personal Story

Tommy Craven | Posted 12.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Tommy Craven

As a young gay man in conservative southern Indiana, I had lots of reasons to argue that LGBTQ scholarships were indeed very necessary. I dreamed of going to college in NYC where I could express myself freely. However, with my mom's very low income the idea of affording college in NY seemed an impossible dream.

Boil the Water

Zeke Stokes | Posted 12.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Zeke Stokes

I grew up in an age in which contracting HIV was tantamount to a death sentence. Thankfully, that's no longer the case. But it's no longer the case so long as someone is tested, diagnosed, and receives a continuum of treatment. In the U.S., we are currently missing the mark by a mile.

Retreats Help LGBT Youth Reconnect With Spirituality

Religion News Service | Caleb K. Bell | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) Jordyn Garrett left home so he could become Olivia. Lerato “Lee” Mokobe left South Africa to pursue her dreams, but can’t return ...

World AIDS Day 2014: Young, Old, Black, White, MSM

Matthew Ebert | Posted 01.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

This is a conversation started over a dinner table, a glass of red wine, a chocolate mousse, in a luxurious hotel neither one of us could afford. On the dime of some charity--we talked about AIDS. I will admit I wanted to kiss him. So I didn't.

How to Ensure 'It Gets Better' Now for LGBTQ Youth

Jeffrey Levi | Posted 01.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Jeffrey Levi

For decades, the country has approached the HIV/AIDS epidemic focused on individual behavioral risk. But, research shows that is only one part of the equation.

Recognizing Transgender Awareness Week

Abbe Land | Posted 01.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Abbe Land

As a suicide-prevention organization, The Trevor Project knows how important it is for young people to feel accepted for who they are and know that someone out there cares about their future. That's why we're standing alongside national organizations, colleges, and communities nationwide to help raise the visibility of trans* people and the unique issues they face.

We Have a Dream: Improve Transparency and Accountability at the NYPD

Chris Bilal | Posted 01.18.2015 | Black Voices
Chris Bilal

We are asking courageous New York City Council members to exercise their oversight power by passing the Right to Know Act, which would strengthen police accountability and transparency by requiring officers who stop us to identify themselves.

Why LGBT Communities and Our Allies Should Care about Net Neutrality

Mary L. Gray, Ph.D. | Posted 01.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Mary L. Gray, Ph.D.

The Net Neutrality debate is important to LGBT communities because, simply put, LGBT-identifying people will be collateral damage if Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are allowed to discriminate among content, apps or services

'My Family Kicked Me Out for Being Gay'

Thomas Krever | Posted 01.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Thomas Krever

It's one of the most common statements we hear when a young adult first contacts the Hetrick-Martin Institute, the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit organization that provides life-saving services to at-risk LGBTQ youth ages 13 to 24. In fact, about 80 percent of HMI youth are homeless or lack secure housing, most often because of family rejection for identifying as LGBTQ.

Student Punched In The Face For Kissing His Boyfriend Gets The Last Word

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 11.10.2014 | Gay Voices

Late last week, a stranger punched Cole Ledford in the face for kissing his boyfriend on the sidewalk. But the Ohio State University junior has a mess...