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An Open Letter to Gay Catholic Priest From a Gay Catholic Priest

Fr. Gary M. Meier | Posted 02.08.2016 | Religion
Fr. Gary M. Meier

I know what's it's like to feel you have a secret that nobody can know about. I know what it's like to feel ashamed about being gay. I know what it's like to wonder if your silence about being gay is causing more harm than your ministry is causing good.

Why I Cheered for 'Queer'

Julie Tarney | Posted 02.07.2016 | Queer Voices
Julie Tarney

As the mom of a child who defies labeling, the word "queer" gives my son a place in a richly diverse community of people living as their authentic selves.

Why Homophobic Harlem Church Building Should Become LGBT Homeless Youth Shelter

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.05.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

The last thing Manning would ever fathom for the church space is it becoming NYC's largest homeless shelter and resource center for LGBTQ African American youth. And the Ali Forney Center has launched a fundraising drive to grab the space.

Guns Blazing, Cameras Shooting -- Coming Out in Romania

Ioanina Pavel | Posted 02.04.2016 | Queer Voices
Ioanina Pavel

If there's a fight coming, over the lives of Romania's transgender sons and daughters, Patrick is the one person in the world I'd entrust to lead the charge, with the carnation and the bullhorn both.

Hawaii Considers Banning Gay Conversion Therapy

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics

Following federal calls to end gay conversion therapy for LGBT youth, Hawaii lawmakers have introduced a bill that would ban the practice in professi...

Life-saving Healthcare for LGBT People -- Telehealth

Chris Wood | Posted 01.26.2016 | Technology
Chris Wood

If implemented and regulated correctly, telehealth will provide quick access to medical professionals concerning physical illnesses and allow those who are homeless or without a stable home to keep vital health appointments when finances or transportation are limited.

From A to T: Advice for Trans and Gender Nonconforming Youth, Adolescents, Families and Allies -- Queer Eye for the Trans Person Edition

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

As we change our gender, clothing can be one of the most intimidating obstacles we face. What do we do?

Just Because You Do 'Good' Work Doesn't Mean You're a Good Person

Michael Lee | Posted 01.15.2016 | Education
Michael Lee

One of the ideas we have to get beyond is the idea of someone being inherently moral or just or generally "good" because of the nature of the work with which they are involved.

A Trans Kumite

Mandi Camille Hauwert | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mandi Camille Hauwert

In between a breath, gravity and its pull eluded me. Suspended in mid-air, in time. The world around me reduced to a blur; ears ringing in pain. With ...

Why Child Homelessness Is the LGBT Problem We Should Be Talking About

Richard Greggory Johnson III | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard Greggory Johnson III

As a country, we need targeted public service announcements, op-eds, and human rights workers to draw the problem of LGBT youth homelessness out of the closet, and into the light.

NYC's Links Vital for LGBT

Chris Wood | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Chris Wood

To a disheartened, forgotten, and frustrated LGBT youth - homeless, scared, and desperate - access to the internet can be everything. It can be access to support, to services, to friends. It can be the ability to find shelter for the night, food for the day, and a coat for the cold.

Trans* Year End Reflections: The Shape of Things to Come

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

Right now our community is in the awkward, liminal space where we move from past to future, from disempowerment to autonomy. We have endured decades of conflict. Our struggles are finally showing signs of victory.

Y'ALL, Don't Let Southern Youth Drown in 2016

Basil Soper | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Basil Soper

As I move into my thirtieth year on earth and the New Year is upon us. It's dawned on me that I've accomplished the impossible and I feel compelled to draw attention to the lack of support that exists for southern youth

The True Colors Fund for End of Year Giving

Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen

While many celebrities associate themselves with charities as a means of generating positive PR, rock legend Cyndi Lauper puts her time and money where her mouth is.

LGBT Youth Participate in Unforgettable Giants Game

Anna Aagenes | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Anna Aagenes

As the smoke rose, the crowd cheered, and the stadium music got louder, the Giants players emerged to enter "the gauntlet." In the beginning of each game, the gauntlet is formed by two lines of people who enthusiastically high-five the players as they burst out onto the field.

Taking Advantage of the Winter Break: How GSA Sponsors Can Use Winter Break to Renew, Reflect and Re-Energize

Desiree Raught | Posted 12.17.2015 | Education
Desiree Raught

The holiday break presents us GSA sponsors with the chance to rewind, reflect, and renew, and that's exactly what I plan to do. I plan to renew my commitment to my students, my school, and my community while taking advantage of the much needed two-week holiday break.

Shameful U.S. History Repeating Itself

Mark Baer | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics
Mark Baer

On November 28, 2015, my spouse and I went to see Trumbo, which is based upon the life of Dalton Trumbo and how it was impacted during one of the most shameful times in U.S. history -- the McCarthy era. The film interested me because of many comparable similarities today and because the father of close childhood friends of mine had been included on the Hollywood-blacklist.

Mom or Dad? Which One Accepts You More?

Marten Weber | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marten Weber

Perhaps "masculinity" in my father's mind is more than it seems. Perhaps he did associate "gay" with weakness and has now seen that living a gay life honestly takes a lot of courage. Perhaps in his eyes, I am now a man.

Mom, I Always Knew You Were a Lesbian

Lori Sokol | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lori Sokol

It had been six years since I delicately disclosed to my teenage son that I was dating a woman for the very first time. But my surprise announcement was quickly eclipsed by his sardonic response. "Mom, I always knew you were a lesbian!" he quipped, without a hint of surprise.

The Year We Thought About Impact

Pam Chamberlain | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Pam Chamberlain

For the past few months I have been happily attending screenings of our award-winning film The Year We Thought About Love, a 2015 documentary directed...

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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.