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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.

Carolina for the Equality Win

Ashland Johnson | Posted 02.05.2016 | Queer Voices
Ashland Johnson

You can tell a lot about a team by how hard they work on on the field and how well they treat their fans. The Carolina Panthers are winning in both categories.

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.

Virtual Dialogue With Davey Wavey: We Are Making Progress

David Michael Conner | Posted 02.05.2016 | Queer Voices
David Michael Conner

This is an Instagram-satisfaction selfie culture, and visuals are the commodity today, not ideas.

Focus on the Family's LGBTQ Descendants: Executive's Gay Daughter Speaks Out

E.C. Iwata | Posted 02.05.2016 | Religion
E.C. Iwata

When attempting to talk about Focus on the Family, it's particularly difficult not to plunge head first into the dark waters of "Us vs. Them" as one its LGBTQ descendants. However, Amber Cantorna, a Focus executive's daughter, inspires us to try.

For LGBT People, Australia Isn't the Last Bastion of Colonialism's Toxic Legacy

Sean O'Toole | Posted 02.05.2016 | Queer Voices
Sean O'Toole

Unfortunately, the Commonwealth appear to persist, often to the extreme, in abnegation of a lot of basic rights to their LGBT citizens.

How Can I Be Transgender? I'm Not Miserable and Depressed

Bethany Grace Howe | Posted 02.05.2016 | Queer Voices
Bethany Grace Howe

The stereotype of the unhappy transgender person is everywhere. It certainly makes good TV, and no one ever made a magazine cover saying, "Hello, I'm relentlessly content."

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.

Hear Hear! Our Voices Are More Than Gay Voices

Sarah Prager | Posted 02.04.2016 | Queer Voices
Sarah Prager

There is no perfect term for all of us (we are too wonderfully diverse for that) but "gay" is about as far from inclusive as you can get and I'm glad Huffington Post Queer Voices made the change like so many other organizations have done.

Should I Be on PrEP?

Nate Warden | Posted 02.03.2016 | Queer Voices
Nate Warden

At a personal level, the decision to start PrEP is a bit more complicated. Let's look at some of the key considerations, questions and implications.

117 Ways to Describe LGBTQ Identity

Sue Kerr | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sue Kerr

While we can certainly tease out some common terms, this shows that there is no monolithic LGBTQ identity -- if we only listen to what people have to say.

10 Steps to Winning the Transgender Bathroom "Debate"

Stephanie Mott | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home
Stephanie Mott

There is no right way or wrong way to be trans. The only thing that counts is that we work together and unite our strengths.

Let's Talk About People That Aren't Young Cis White Gay Men

Davey Wavey | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home
Davey Wavey

The real issue here isn't my alleged hypocrisy or ageism. It's that the videos gay men most often share, discuss and click on aren't the ones with important messages or diverse representation. Instead, it's the videos with the shirtless, young, muscled white guys.

O-Kern-Homa, the 2016 Edition

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home
Domenick Scudera

This woman needs to talk to someone about why she is ignoring the duties she was elected to do in lieu of drafting needless, dangerous, discriminatory bills.

Ted Cruz Scares Me the Most

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home
Brynn Tannehill

Let's step back for a moment and consider what a Christian Nation with Christian Laws based on a strict literalist interpretation of the Bible would mean for LGBT people.

Hello From the Other Side: A Message to Davey Wavey About Older Gay Men

David Michael Conner | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
David Michael Conner

From one Davey to another, all the way from the other side of 35 (there's not such a distance between us; just a million miles of experience), now that you've begun to see the cruelty promulgated by young gay men against older gay men, think about what you're doing.

Elizabeth Schwartz Talks SAGE Fundraising Event and LGBT Issues (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with Elizabeth Schwartz, Co-chair of the Board of Directors of SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders) about their upcoming even...

"Round Hole Square Peg" - Transgender Art as Part of a Trevor Project Auction Benefit Art Party!

Kathy Leonardo | Posted 02.01.2016 | Arts
Kathy Leonardo

Transgender awareness and its inclusion in mainstream media have been simmering on a steady boil since Jill Soloway's Transparent debuted on Amazon TV...

6 Ways to Argue That Produce Long-lasting Love

Isaac Archuleta | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Isaac Archuleta

We were driving across the autobahn in East Germany. As the tires sang along to the cadence of the highway's cement slabs, I found that my heart rate ...

We Are Not Your Enemies -- Pinklying, Pinkwashing and the Decline of the LGBTQ Left

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.03.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

The pinklying crowd, as evident in their assault at Creating Change, conflates queer Jews with Israelis and the Israeli government. A Wider Bridge and its members and guests were all mindlessly held responsible for the actions of the Israeli government. None of the protestors, nor the Task Force, ever bothered to ask the organization for its positions on the issues of concern.

Why Courts Matter: The Iowa Caucus

Donna Red Wing | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Donna Red Wing

The judicial emergency crisis in our federal courts is too often an issue left out of major political conversation. This has also been true of the 201...

Who Is More American Than Donald Trump?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Without absorbing that the Constitution is the foundation of the United States, it is pointless to claim to be an American, except perhaps by coincidence of birth.

Diversity Pictures Won't Fix Hollywood's Diversity Problem

Matt Kidd | Posted 01.28.2016 | Entertainment
Matt Kidd

Films like Straight Out of Compton, 12 Years a Slave, Selma, Milk, Letters from Iwo Jima are important stories to tell and do fantastic jobs of highlighting minorities. Yet these films that focus on minorities have a tendency to ghettoize and stereotype diverse actors.

Crossing the Line: When Criticism of Israel Becomes Anti-Semitic

Jonathan Greenblatt | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Greenblatt

To be specific, when a person conflates Jews, Israelis, and the Israeli government, it is anti-Semitic. When all Jews and all Israelis are held responsible for the actions of the Israeli government, it is anti-Semitic.

For This Gay Man, the Gym Has Often Been the Most Terrifying Place in the World

Nicholas Snow | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nicholas Snow

I am taking contrary action to be in an environment that is filled with emotional triggers. Just walking in the door is an exercise in self-love and self-acceptance, and the gym is now a place of healing and reclamation.