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Facebook Forcing Drag Queens Out of the Closet

Jeza Belle | Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeza Belle

In a reported effort to enforce safety rules that insist that all users indicate their legal name, Facebook may have put Sister Roma, and potentially thousands of other drag performers, at risk while inadvertently igniting a firestorm that is sweeping across the LGBT community.

The Problem With the '75 Percent of Lesbians Are Fat' Statistic

Jodi Savitz | Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Jodi Savitz

As long as this statistic is being touted as a scientifically proven fact, we have a problem. It is daily espousing a condescending correlation between lesbian identity and unhealthy weight. This notion is and will continue to affect the physical and emotional well-being of many a queer girl, both young and old.

Why the 'We Can't Teach About LGBT History for Religious Reasons' Argument Makes No Sense Whatsoever

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Ferroni

As a history teacher, I cherish history and know the importance of all people's history. However, when it comes to teaching LGBT history, many so-called religious people always pull out the religious card.

Happily Never After

Lisa Steinberg | Posted 09.15.2014 | Entertainment
Lisa Steinberg

No one will ever be one hundred percent of what you want them to be or idolize them to be. An actor or actress is just one small part of a show, and their lives outside of that show exist in whatever way they chose to live. If you don't agree with what they are doing, how they act, or how they live that life, it's time to start questioning why you follow or idolize them.

What Does Transmasculinity Look Like?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices

What does the face of transmasculinity or masculine of center queer people look like? A compelling new anthology from Brooklyn-based collective "bk...

HIV, Aging and LGBT people: A Metamorphosis

Robert Espinoza | Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Robert Espinoza

On April 3, 2008, my longtime friend Don (last name withheld) tested positive for HIV, the same day as his mother's 56th birthday. He remembers the da...

Justice for George and Victory for Fred in Arizona

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 09.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

The news just broke in this AP story: "A judge has handed a victory to a gay man who lost his spouse to cancer last month and was denied death benef...

Gay Christian Mingle: A Story of LGBT Second Adolescents

Amelia Markham | Posted 09.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Amelia Markham

Maybe puberty only happens once physiologically, and maybe no matter how hard I try I can't make lyrics from Dashboard Confessional or The Spill Canvas resonate the way they did in 2006, but I do know that I am starting to see what it means to be a person of faith who takes ownership of what they believe.

Need More Proof Being Gay Isn't a Choice? Here It Is!

Steve Siebold | Posted 09.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Steve Siebold

If more people have the courage and mental toughness of Daniel Pearce to stand up for who they really are, more rights, freedoms and opportunities will continue to come to those who identify as LGBT.

From Diagnoses to Dignity -- Barriers to Health Care for Transgender People

Kyle Knight | Posted 09.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Kyle Knight

From being labelled as having a disorder to shouldering the burden of some of the highest rates of violence and HIV infection in the world, the perils of daily life for transgender people are multi-layered and can inflict substantial harm, experts and activists say.

Jim Morgrage Talks 'Harbor to the Bay' AIDS Bike Ride and LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 09.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with Jim Morgrage, President of Harbor to the Bay, a one-day bike ride from Boston to Provincetown, which takes place on Sept. 20, with 100-percent of all pledges going directly to fight HIV/AIDS.

Catholic League Drops Out of NYC's St. Patrick's Day Parade Over Decision To Include Gay Group

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.11.2014 | Religion

The Catholic League has backed out of the nation’s largest and oldest St. Patrick’s Day Parade, criticizing event organizers for letting an LGBT g...

Exposé Singer Jeanette Jurado: Our Enduring Success Is 'a Huge Compliment'

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 09.11.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

Comfortably at No. 5 though, besting acts like The Spice Girls, En Vogue and Martha & The Vandellas, was Exposé. According to singer Jeanette Jurado, the '80s freestyle collective is all-too-grateful its music, now "classics," lives on.

Dreamers' Message to Sen. Reid: Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied

Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez | Posted 09.11.2014 | Latino Voices
Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez

Once it became clear that Senator Reid's office provided cover to the President's decision to delay, we knew we had to mobilize and send a clear message to both Democratic leaders and to our community: We will hold any politician accountable who stands in the way of our families' freedom.

The 7 Queerest Questions I've Been Asked as a Gay Dad

Brent Almond | Posted 09.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Brent Almond

While the motivations may be different, the questions all make the same assumption -- that every child needs a father and a mother in order to be healthy and happy.

The Questions I Want My Son To Keep Asking

Brent Almond | Posted 09.10.2014 | Parents
Brent Almond

As two gay men adopting a child -- as "different" parents raising a "different" family -- this was, in fact, what we'd signed up for. Yet no amount of preparation or groundwork or open-mindedness kept me from being surprised by these not-really-out-of-the-blue questions.

Criminalization of LGBT People and Those Living With HIV Threatens Global Progress Against AIDS

Kenneth H. Mayer, M.D. | Posted 09.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Kenneth H. Mayer, M.D.

A decade-long public health partnership between the U.S. and African countries should have clarified, by words, actions and example, that human rights are critical to success in stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS throughout the world, particularly in those countries hardest hit by the epidemic. Any new public health partnerships must make this a priority.

The Best 4-Letter Word I Know

Abbe Land | Posted 09.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Abbe Land

I have a favorite 4-letter word that packs a powerful punch. No, it isn't one that TV censors would rush to *bleep* out, nor is it a word that writers replace with %*#'s and $@%'s. However, it does carry a "bad word" stigma that it doesn't deserve. The word in question is, surprisingly, "Help."

The Difference Between Tolerance and Acceptance

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 09.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Often, I see the words "acceptance" and "tolerance" being used interchangeably. The LGBT community often talks of building a tolerant society, but it is by no means enough.

Back-to-School Not Welcoming to All LGBTQ-Students in Massachusetts

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

It's back-to-school season for most and stepping back into the scene isn't easy for a lot of students -- especially LGBTQ students.

Maura Healey Is a New Voice for Massachusetts

Stephanie Schriock | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Stephanie Schriock

Even though Maura is running in a state where the rights of women and the rights of the LGBT community have seen such great strides, she knows there is still work to do. And rights to protect -- Maura's proven herself; she will safeguard these hard-won protections and will remain vigilant as Massachusetts moves forward and faces new challenges.

Transgender Woman Murdered Only Steps From Her Home (UPDATED)

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.08.2014 | Gay Voices

In a story that is depressingly familiar, another transgender woman has lost her life at the hand of an attacker. Alejandra Leos was reportedly sho...

Wednesday's St. Patrick's Day Parade Announcement Isn't Progress -- It's an Insult to New York's Irish LGBT Community

Mary Emily O'Hara | Posted 09.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Mary Emily O'Hara

Parade organizers say LGBT groups are "free to apply" to march in 2016. What's missing from this statement is any recognition of the years of shunning, hostility, and even violence we Irish gays have experienced at the hand of the committee.

My Queer Son Is My Own Personal 'Fashion Police'

Julie Tarney | Posted 09.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

Harry graduated from college two years ago. He's a photographer, a fixture in the Brooklyn drag scene, and my personal stylist. At least that's how I see it.

What I'm Proud To Tell The World About My Daughter

Kerstin Auer | Posted 09.05.2014 | Parents
Kerstin Auer

There is one thing that I have been itching to take a stand on -- online and offline -- and it's something I am not willing or able to respect any asshole opinions on: my daughter is gay and I think that's perfectly fine.