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A Christian Oligarchy to Call Our Own

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 03.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

The disparity in power between a corporation and its employees is huge, and only widening. Now imagine they have both the ability to enforce their religious beliefs on its employees and control the government.

Here's Why Queer Voices In Fashion Matter

The Huffington Post | Chanel Parks | Posted 03.26.2015 | Style

The fashion industry is quick to embrace new trends, colors and styles. But when it comes to including diverse voices and physical representations, t...

Salesforce CEO Cancels Company Events In Indiana After Passage of Anti-Gay Law

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 03.26.2015 | Business

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff canceled the company’s events in Indiana over a new law that could protect business owners who refuse to serve LGBT couples.

Misusing Religious Freedom as a Weapon of Mass Discrimination

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 03.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

Officially entitled the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" this bill will allow individuals and businesses in the state to deny services to LGBT people on "religious liberty" grounds -- doing nothing to restore freedom and everything to bolster bigotry

Upon The Adoption Of "Marriage Between Two People"

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 03.26.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

It has been a good while since the PCUSA has led our country by our witness to justice, love in action.

Great Expectations: The Journey of Heather Has Two Mommies

Lesléa Newman | Posted 03.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Lesléa Newman

"Did you ever expect your book to cause so much controversy?" is the question I am most frequently asked when the discovery is made: I am the author o...

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 Bible Belt's Long Running Hypocrisy

Richard Fowler | Posted 03.25.2015 | Media
Richard Fowler

These states, with their history of hatred and discrimination, have the audacity to say they are disciples of Jesus and practice the principles of the Bible.

America's Largest Gaming Convention Threatens To Leave Indiana Over Anti-Gay Bill

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics

Organizers of Gen Con, said to be the largest gaming convention in the U.S., have threatened to take their event -- and potentially millions of dollar...

6 Dinge, die ich meinem (schwulen) Sohn mit auf den Weg geben möchte

Patrick Roth | Posted 03.25.2015 | Germany
Patrick Roth

Ja, du bist tatsächlich und wahrhaftig schwul! Deine Sexualität beeinflusst so gut wie jeden Aspekt deiner Identität, trotzdem bist du kein schwuler junger Mann. Du bist ein junger Mann, der schwul ist. Du bist nicht mein schwuler Sohn. Du bist mein Sohn.

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.

The "Tragic" Humanity of Black Trans Women

Raquel Willis | Posted 03.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Raquel Willis

When I was forced to stop looking at my identities as if they exist in a vacuum, I realized that being a black trans woman is a major risk and accepting myself would be just the first battle with a society obsessed with compartmentalization.

Heather Barwick, Don't Let Your Pain Hurt Other Kids

Ariel Chesler | Posted 03.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Ariel Chesler

I'm sorry that your pain has brought you to a place that has you advocating a position that is guaranteed to cause more pain to other children. You must know that children will continue to be raised by same-sex couples. Gay marriage doesn't deny children anything. It grants them equality.

You Seriously Won't Believe Why This Man's License Plate Was Rejected. Seriously.

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 03.24.2015 | Gay Voices

Apparently the tag "LGBTALY" is too sexual for the roads of Oklahoma. John Patrick Keefe II of Edmond applied for the vanity plate "LGBTALY" to sh...

Fear and Loathing of the Religious, From Christians to Scientologists

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

What the hell has happened to religion? When did "all that is holy" translate into bigotry, fear, intolerance, and bullying rather than, say, "the love relationship between the creator God and created man" or "the study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself, others and all of life?"

Kamala's Choice

Mike Mennonno | Posted 03.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Mike Mennonno

California is a funny place. In some ways it's ahead of the curve -- think, I don't know, crop-tops and the Apple watch -- in other ways it's, well, on a par with Uganda. The recent advancement of the "Sodomite Suppression Act" and the Attorney General's hamstrung reaction is a case in point.

Cyber Suitors: Shattered Illusions Along the Information Superhighway

Josh Sabarra | Posted 03.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Josh Sabarra

I was tentative about saying the "L word;" it was a big step for me -- especially considering that Lucas and I had never actually met. In person, that is. The Internet has, indeed, made the world a very small place.

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

Benjamin O'Keefe | Posted 03.23.2015 | 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.

Twenty Years Ago Today...

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 03.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

It seems impossible that so much time has gone by, as so much of him and that experience remains within me, prompting memories such as this. I think of him often and relate to our children each year, as we unpack Shane's trove of nutcrackers, just who he was and what he meant to me.

At the UN, 'Disappointment and Cautious Optimism' About LBTI Rights

Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 03.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D.

The distinct human rights concerns of such "multiply marginalized" LBTI (lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex) people were outlined in a Statement in Reaction to Political Statement of the 59th Commission on the Status of Women that was signed by more than 50 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and activists.

Hillary Clinton Ready to Take the Next Step to Forging a 'More Perfect Union'

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

We live in a complex world and it's one Clinton knows well. There are no easy answers on how to deal with ISIS, the Iranians, the Israeli/Palestinian question, race relations, etc. Anyone who suggests there are easy answers to these and other thorny issues should be regarded as a fool.

'Jar of Hearts' Star Christina Perri: Vans Full of Lesbians Are Coming With Me to the Dinah

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 03.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Pollo Del Mar

The gig places Perri among an elite list including Katy Perry, Iggy Azalea, Lady Gaga and Ke$ha -- not to mention successful out acts like Tegan & Sara, Wanda Sykes, Mary Lambert and more -- to headline The Dinah.

How to Be a Gay Ally to the 'Other Others'

Domenick Scudera | Posted 03.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

There are many of us in the LGBT community who want allies, but do we extend ourselves to help the "other others," those people who are seemingly most unlike ourselves? Now that we as a community are gaining strength and more equality, it is time for us to become vocal and visible allies to other communities.

Growing Older and Facing Loss as LGBT People: A Question of Care

Robert Espinoza | Posted 03.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Robert Espinoza

I believe the unifying theme for LGBT aging advocates lies in our ability to respond to loss. We must imagine solutions that catch each other when we experience profound loss, and we need stories that account for our unique histories and commonalities.

There's More Than One Kind of Family -- It's Time Our Laws Include Everyone

Yee Won Chong | Posted 03.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Yee Won Chong

My family does not look like me. We don't share the same DNA. But our family ties are real and our economic stability is interdependent. We must make sure the rights of each person and their families are equally protected.