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Why I Finally Refused to Lose Weight to Keep a Man

Jeza Belle | Posted 09.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeza Belle

Friends and family became concerned as I was slowly wasting away, but the attention I received from my man and the boys in the bars more than made up for their worries and validated the importance of being skinny.

What's It Like Being Blind and Gay? (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 09.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-09-20-20140918GeorgeWalkvid.pngGeorge Ashiotis started going blind when he was 5 years old. When he was a teenager, he worked at Lighthouse as an assistant counselor, helping younger visually impaired teens. After helping his sister dye her hair black, he ended up going to work with black fingernails, leading to his first experience of homophobia.

How to Collect the Information We Need From LGBT Patients

Sean Cahill, Ph.D. | Posted 09.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Sean Cahill, Ph.D.

The maxim that you cannot manage what you cannot measure has become a cliché. But when it comes to managing -- and ending -- the disparities in health experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, the need for standardized collection of data is critical.

The Next Big Thing for the Progressive Church

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 09.19.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

It's time for progressive Christians to claim discipleship. It's time to get radical, not about our politics or our policies, but about our faith. It's time to stop throwing the baby Jesus out with the bath water, and start putting the horse before the cart.

t.A.T.u. Singer Says She Would 'Condemn' A Gay Son

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 09.19.2014 | Gay Voices

When asked during a recent TV appearance if she would "condemn" her son if he was gay, Yulia Volkova, former member of the Russian girl band t.A.T.u, ...

The Millers Share The Beautiful Story Of How Their Military Family Was Formed

Posted 09.19.2014 | Gay Voices

The obstacles to family building faced by the couple featured in this week’s Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family™...

Paul Saltalamacchia Talks Planning a Fabulous Wedding and LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 09.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with Paul Saltalamacchia, Senior Catering Sales Manager for Hilton Worldwide, whom I'm working with to plan my own wedding. Saltala...

The Business Case for Ally Engagement

Joanne Sprague | Posted 09.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Joanne Sprague

For LGBT inclusion in particular, policy alone doesn't drive culture: 91 percent of Fortune 500 companies prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, yet 53 percent of LGBT workers remain closeted at work.

Anti-Gay Preacher's Message Of Hate Drowned Out By Students' Hymn About Love

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 09.18.2014 | College

On Tuesday and Wednesday, a controversial Christian preacher appeared on the campus of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and accordi...

The 10 Most Liberal Colleges

College Magazine | Posted 09.18.2014 | College
College Magazine

Imagine a college where protests break out on the quad as often as the on-campus wind turbine produces electricity. At each of these schools, open-minded students feel at home in the company of peers who aren't afraid to voice their opinions.

But What's Your Real Name? Facebook's Dangerous Name Policy

Mark Daniel Snyder | Posted 09.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark Daniel Snyder

Facebook policy states that users should use their "real name" like that on their "driver's license or credit card." For transgender people, a community already violently targeted at disproportionate rates, this unfair policy could present another barrier to being able to safely, publicly live an authentic life.

Despite Facing Backlash, Facebook Refuses To Change Controversial Policy

AP | BARBARA ORTUTAY and PAUL ELIAS | Posted 09.17.2014 | Gay Voices

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco drag queens are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag...

Pope Francis Is the Answer to Church's Prayers

Steve Siebold | Posted 09.17.2014 | Religion
Steve Siebold

In an ever-evolving and modernized world, the faster the church stops telling people they are hopeless sinners and starts building them up, the better chance this archaic institution has to survive. And that's exactly what the Pope is doing.

'Writing Is How I Leave My Family And How I Take Them With Me'

The Huffington Post | Braden Goyette | Posted 09.19.2014 | Latino Voices

Daisy Hernández's new memoir, A Cup Of Water Under My Bed, is full of sentences that linger with you long after you've finished reading -- the kind o...

Big Data's Impact On Underserved, Low-Income Consumers On FTC Radar

Edward J. Black | Posted 09.16.2014 | Technology
Edward J. Black

It is precisely because big data is so essential that regulators should thoughtfully pursue policies that allow the global Internet economy to grow responsibly, while taking care not to unnecessarily restrain this growth.

Is John Travolta Gay? Who Cares?

Joshua Estrin | Posted 09.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Joshua Estrin

John Travolta's sexual orientation is nobody's business other than his own, and the damaging nature of the speculation should be familiar to anyone whose sexuality has been called into question or who has been called "fag," "faggot," "queen" or any of a host of far more derogatory names.

7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming Out as Gay

John Paul Brammer | Posted 09.16.2014 | Gay Voices
John Paul Brammer

Coming out was the best thing I've ever done for myself. That being said, coming out came with its fair share of struggles that I felt I had to navigate alone. To all the gay men who have just come out or are in the process of coming out, I hope this list helps make your experience a little easier.

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 09.18.2014 | 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.