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Why Arkansas Needs To Take Graham Moore's Advice and Stay Weird

Donald Collins | Posted 02.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Donald Collins

Graham Moore encouraged the kid out there who doesn't fit in to #stayweird in his Oscar's acceptance speech because he knows that his "weirdness" comes from a perfect and authentic part of himself; it's what makes him "different" and creative.

Conservative Mom Explains Why Her Trans Daughter's Gender Identity Goes Beyond Personal Politics

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.23.2015 | Gay Voices

The conservative Christian mother whose impassioned speech about her transgender daughter went viral in July 2014 recalled the experience in a new int...

A Gay Dad's Open Letter To The Texas School That Rejected Out Teen

Posted 02.23.2015 | Gay Voices

By Rob Watson | The Next Family The world of teens and tweens can be a treacherous one. As the dad to two 12-year-olds, I see it as a world where c...

How About an LGBT Institute for Community Resiliency and Climate Adaptation to Support Our Health and Wellness?

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 02.20.2015 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

We have had five nor'easters in a month and nearly four feet of snow are still piled high here in the boondocks of eastern Connecticut. Throw in arctic temperatures, ice, wind, the monotony of a gray-and-white landscape, and cabin fever, and even a resilient Yankee heart can sink.

I Never Asked His Name

Diriye Osman | Posted 02.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

My bus came into view and I said goodbye. As I got on the bus and sat down, the young man smiled and waved at me. I waved back and wondered what his life would have been like if he had received the kind of support and opportunities I was lucky enough to have obtained.

These Are The Brave And Beautiful Faces Of At-Risk LGBT Youth

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 02.17.2015 | Arts

"During various times of my life, I have felt an acute sense of being isolated," photographer Joan Lobis Brown explained to The Huffington Post. "I be...

A Gay Dad's Open Letter to the School Censoring a Mural of a Kiss

Rob Watson | Posted 02.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

Kaela Wilton is a 16-year-old student at Onoway Jr./Sr. High School in Alberta, Canada. For an art project, approved by her art teacher and the school principal, she depicted two young men in an affectionate kiss. After its unveiling and subsequent complaints, the school covered the mural and would not allow it to be seen.

This Is How We Win

Diriye Osman | Posted 02.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

You may feel like your future is slipping from your grasp, that if you don't rush now to greet your dreams you might lose out on them, but please wait. If you are coming from an unsupportive environment with regards to your sexual orientation, the best thing to do is to establish your independence.

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 02.02.2015 | 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 02.22.2015 | 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 02.18.2015 | 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 02.18.2015 | 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 02.15.2015 | 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 02.14.2015 | 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 02.10.2015 | 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 02.08.2015 | 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.