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Seriously?! Aunt Asks Gay Nephew If She Can Call Him 'Albert the F*****'

Nathan Manske | Posted 10.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-10-24-20141023AlbertEisenbergsmall.jpgOverall, Albert Eisenberg had a pretty great coming out experience and was given lots of support by his family and friends. There were two experiences he had, though, that show that there's still a lot of progress that needs to happen in terms of LGBTQ acceptance and understanding.

Same-Sex Couples Are Now Allowed To Adopt In Utah

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics

Utah's Supreme Court lifted its stay on same-sex adoptions Thursday, two weeks after the state dropped its legal fight over the issue. In May, the ...

The Right to Write: How the Disciplinary System Comes down on Incarcerated Writers

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 10.23.2014 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

While I might not be able to protect myself, you, the American people can. I'm nothing but an inmate. That I know. But I'm an inmate who is willing to force an issue in the public sphere.

Gay Guys Can Do Better Than The Word 'Basic' Too

H. Alan Scott | Posted 10.23.2014 | Gay Voices
H. Alan Scott

So why do we keep using that word even though it feels kind of icky? And why are my fellow gay brothers so into it?

On Gays, the Vatican and the Episcopal Church

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 10.22.2014 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

In terms of God's justice, we may have moved too slow and too late but we kept moving. And it's taken us nearly 40 years. Forty years of steps forward and steps back. But we've kept on moving ... and after nearly 40 years in the wilderness I do believe we can see the Promised Land of full inclusion on the horizon.

'Queen of the Clouds' Tove Lo: "I Sing Things I Wouldn't Say"

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 10.22.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

"I find it really cool when people have this artist persona they can put on," admits singer Tove Lo. "They can go out and act like this other person; I can't pull that off...I can't censor myself."

Book of Jewels...

Craig Stewart | Posted 10.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart

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The Third Way: A Response to the Southern Baptist Convention

Danny Cortez | Posted 10.21.2014 | Religion
Danny Cortez

The past few months and years, the church has become increasingly polarized on the LGBT debate. We have neglected to see the importance of what Jesus prayed. Our churches have become dysfunctional and our witness has diminished.

I'm Not Sure If I Was Sexually Assaulted Or Not: On Men And Date Rape

H. Alan Scott | Posted 10.21.2014 | Gay Voices
H. Alan Scott

I've never been in a situation where I thought I could be raped. I'm a big guy, strong, how could I be raped? Until the moment when my legs were in the air, totally vulnerable, looking into the eyes of a man insistent on fucking me, did I ponder, Am I in danger?

Jennifer Bendery

Transgender Troops In Other Nations Are Proof That Inclusive Militaries Work

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Cpl. Natalie Murray has been a member of the Canadian Armed Forces for 27 years. She is a radar technician, and she has been deployed as...

Why Frank Schaefer in Memphis Matters in New York

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 10.21.2014 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

Rev. Schaefer saw the connection between church and violence. His long journey toward acceptance and, now, activism began when he found out his son was gay and considering suicide, largely because of what he had been taught in church.

On Bended Knee

Lisa Steinberg | Posted 10.20.2014 | Entertainment
Lisa Steinberg

Even at its rockiest, Glee has had a steadfast message that we are all underdogs, and there is nothing, and no one, we cannot be. There is nothing you can't accomplish with faith, hope, dreams, drive, and a special group of friends.

Gay Marriage to Ferguson

Caitlin Breedlove | Posted 10.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Caitlin Breedlove

(Serena Sebring) From Gay Marriage to Ferguson: LGBTQ Organizing and Black Liberation In 2012, Southerners On New Ground (SONG) organized against A...

Think Hillsong's Brian Houston Is Open To Same-Sex Marriages? Think Again

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.20.2014 | Religion

Megachurch pastor Brian Houston caused a stir last week by declaring that the influential and global Hillsong Church is in an “ongoing conversation...

LOOK: Shonda Rhimes Shuts Down Tweeter Who's Upset With Gay Sex Scenes

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 10.20.2014 | Gay Voices

Over the weekend, a tweeter complained to Shonda Rhimes that "gay scenes" in the TV shows "Scandal" and "How to Get Away with Murder" were "too much."...

Homoground Is Throwing the First Queer CMJ Showcase Ever

Brett Gleason | Posted 10.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Brett Gleason

I approached Homoground founder Lynn Casper over the summer to help fill the gap in what I saw was a lack of LGBTQ representation in what's always been such a great week to check out new artists.

After Controversial Comment About Being Gay, Jillian Michaels Says She Was 'Misunderstood'

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 10.20.2014 | Gay Voices

Jillian Michaels wants to clarify comments she made about her sexuality. Over the weekend, the former "Biggest Loser" trainer gave an exclusive st...

What's The Number 1 Factor for Youth Avoiding Unsafe Sex?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.20.2014 | Gay Voices

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices, in a partnership with bloggers Liz Margolies and Scout, brings you a round up of some of the biggest LGBT wellness stor...

Five Things the Synod Just Did

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 10.20.2014 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

All in all, the last two weeks have proven a very Jesuit "way of proceeding," as St. Ignatius Loyola would say. It's what we call "discernment," which includes prayer, as well as much discussion, some division and even some debates.

Possibilities and Nostalgia: Conversations with Herbie Hancock and Annie Lennox

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.20.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

HH: "I'm saying that everybody has infinite opportunities for exploration in a forward motion of their life and hopefully this is an encouragement for people to not be afraid to get out of their comfort zone and examine new territory, new ideas, new perspectives as part of the growth process."

Urvashi Vaid Talks Future of LGBT Equality and Being Honored by GLAD (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 10.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with Urvashi Vaid, who has been a leader in the LGBT and social-justice movements for nearly three decades and is being honored by Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) with the Spirit of Justice Award on Oct. 24.

Why I Am Wearing Purple Today #SpiritDay

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 10.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

October 16 is the fifth annual #SpiritDay organized by GLAAD (formerly the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) to "go purple" and take a stand against bullying and show support of the LGBT(lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) youth.

Trans Women's Place In The Feminist Movement

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 10.17.2014 | Gay Voices

As more high-profile women (and men!) proudly call themselves feminists, the conversation around feminism is getting bigger and louder. But where do t...

Ted Cruz, the Houston Hype, and the Dishonesty of the Anti-Equality Movement

Peter Montgomery | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

As exciting as it is to hear the alarm bells and read the hyperventilating emails, the truth is far less dramatic. Sorry, Sen. Cruz, but the government is not policing sermons for political correctness. It's not going to start tossing anti-gay preachers in jail.

New Yorkers Can Be Leaders in the Fight for Global LGBT Rights

Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 10.17.2014 | New York
Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D.

LGBT people still have plenty of struggles in the United States, including even here in New York. But many of our challenges pale by comparison with the atrocious - and often worsening -- circumstances facing LGBT people in many other countries.