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Transitive Thoughts: Musings on Harassment, Societal Pressures and Detransition

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 11.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Kelsie Brynn Jones

Over the course of these past weeks, I have experienced more profound doubt about my gender transition than at any other time since I earnestly began my journey last December. As the anniversary approaches, I cannot help but notice the gradual yet significant decline in social acceptance, which appears to correlate with becoming visibly further feminized.

Where Angels Fear to Tread: LGBTQ Safe Travel Guide

Dane Steele Green | Posted 11.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Dane Steele Green

Like any self-respecting gay man, I find the idea of going back into the closet, even for a weeklong vacation, is, at the very least, galling. That being said, if you are going to a destination known to get more than a little 'phobic, there are a few elementary precautions you should take.

Honoring Harvey Milk's Legacy in Europe

Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker | Posted 11.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker

There is much more to be done to ensure that the LGBT community is endowed with the same rights as all humans across the globe. But what I saw in Hungary last month gives me hope. People like Tim Cook give me hope. And my own son helps me believe that we will someday bring about real change in the world for justice for all.

Actor And Comedian Alec Mapa And Husband Jamie Open Up About Their Beautiful Family

Posted 11.19.2014 | Gay Voices

November is National Adoption Month and RaiseAChild.US is celebrating with twice weekly “Let Love Define Family™” series installments in Huffing...

Tyler James Williams: The Black Community Is 'Notoriously Homophobic'

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 11.19.2014 | Black Voices

Actor Tyler James Williams, who made a splash in this year’s breakout indie darling “Dear White People,” sat down with HuffPost Live on Tuesday ...

A 21st Century Modest Proposal

Samuel Faktorow | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Samuel Faktorow

I propose that we ban all heterosexual marriages, defined as being the union of only one man and only one woman, and legalize homosexual marriage, defined as being the union of either only two men or only two women.

Times Have Changed for Gays in Professional Wrestling, Says WWE Legend Jimmy Hart

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Pollo Del Mar

"Back in the old days...I think you could get away with whatever you wanted to do," said World Wrestling Entertainment legend Jimmy Hart of the professional wrestling industry, "Now, you have to watch what you say, watch what you do."

Exclusive! World Premiere of Sofia's Video, "Friendly Little Ghost"

Tristan Higgins | Posted 11.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Tristan Higgins

I got the chance to interview up and coming singer songwriter Sofia recently. If you don't know who she is, you're going to want to. Think kd lang meets John Mayer.

#weekinLGBT with Rob Smith: The 'Ex-Gay' Video, LGBT Veterans, and Rose McGowan

Rob Smith | Posted 11.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Rob Smith

On this episode of #weekinLGBT, I take on that crazy "ex-gay" video, give a salute to three special LGBT veterans, and give a "special comment" on Ros...

Turkey Ambivalent on LGBTQI Population

Irene Monroe | Posted 11.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

Turkey is a country conflicted when it comes to its LGBTQI population. On the one hand, Turkey was the first country in the Muslim world to hold an LGBTQI pride march, but on the other, the rate of hate crimes against LGBTQI people in Turkey is the highest among European countries.

First Indian Literary Festival at Columbia a Hit

Jim Luce | Posted 11.17.2014 | Books
Jim Luce

Under the direction of my good friend Aroon Shivdasani, the first literary festival of the Indian American Arts Council (IAAC) with Columbia Universit...

USAID Leads as the United States Strengthens Its Commitment to the LGBT Community

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 11.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Peter D. Rosenstein

While this is only a beginning in studying this issue, it seems clear that giving people their rights and allowing them to participate fully in society, particularly economic society, is beneficial to countries.

We Need to be Better PrEPared

Robert Bolan, MD | Posted 11.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Robert Bolan, MD

By now, many of you may have seen the headlines or read news about what sounds like encouraging results, announced in late October, about two clinical trials of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) in gay and bisexual men.

When Pregnancy Is Fatherhood

Posted 11.16.2014 | Gay Voices

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices, in a partnership with blogger Scout, LGBT HealthLink and researcher Michael G. Bare, brings you a round up of some of t...

LOOK: This Is What An LGBT Ally Looks Like

The Huffington Post | Noah Michelson | Posted 11.15.2014 | Gay Voices

The queer community has come along way in the last 50 years -- and especially in the last 10 -- but we couldn't have done it on our own. To celebra...

Grammy Winner Sharon Isbin Talks New Documentary and LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 11.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with Sharon Isbin, the multiple Grammy-winning guitarist and one of the most acclaimed classical guitarists in the world, about the new American Public Television documentary she stars in, Sharon Isbin: Troubadour.

Carol Kuruvilla

LGBT Christians Speak Out: "Love The Sinner, Hate The Sin" Won't Cut It Anymore

HuffingtonPost.com | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.14.2014 | Religion

After a seven-year hiatus from the music world, Grammy-nominated Christian musician Jennifer Knapp in 2010 took the brave step of telling her fans tha...

10 Things I Learned From Emceeing the 20th Lavender Seniors Gala

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 11.14.2014 | San Francisco
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

On Saturday November 8th I had the privilege of emceeing the 20th Lavender Seniors of the East Bay Gala at the North Oakland Senior Center. There were more than 200 folks present.

Man Who Claimed To Be 'Delivered' From Being Gay Insists Viral Testimony Is Legitimate

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 11.14.2014 | Gay Voices

The young man who claimed to have been "delivered" from homosexuality at a Christian event in Missouri insists his viral video testimony was legitimat...

How Personal Barriers Didn't Stop These Gay Dads From Becoming A Family

Posted 11.14.2014 | Gay Voices

In today’s installment of the Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family™” series, we highlight a culturally-diverse, m...

The Power of a Complex Heritage

Diriye Osman | Posted 11.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

One of the great markers of maturity is an appreciation for complexity. Although I'm of Somali descent, I did most of my growing up in Nairobi and London. As the years zipped by, the lens of my identity also zoomed out to encompass my sexuality as an out and proud gay man.

Boycott the World Cup and Demand Equality

Steve Siebold | Posted 11.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Steve Siebold

Organizations like FIFA and the country of Qatar take away from the true spirit of the sport through their discrimination. Discriminating over one's sexual preference is uncalled for in any and all circumstances. It's common sense that homosexuals are no better or worse than anyone else, and should be left alone to live life on their own terms.

Binyavanga Wainaina and Me

Diriye Osman | Posted 11.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

The award-winning Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina is many things to many people. For some, including me, he is simply one of the most imaginative and gifted writers at work today. For others, and again I include myself in this list, he is a pan-African cultural hero.

Don Lemon Wants You To 'Let Love Define Family'

Posted 11.12.2014 | Gay Voices

What are you waiting for? Don Lemon, host of "CNN Tonight," is featured in the first of a new three-part series of public service announcements (PS...

A Look At The Changing Faces Of Equality And Family

Posted 11.12.2014 | Gay Voices

November is National Adoption Month and RaiseAChild.US is celebrating with twice weekly “Let Love Define Family™” series installments in the Huf...