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The Work of Love

Sofia Rose Smith | Posted 02.12.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Sofia Rose Smith

Break-ups can be the pits, and they can also be incredible opportunities for personal and relational growth. I applaud anyone and everyone who has made the choice this year to part with someone to make space for something new. I honor you.

An Open Letter to Franklin Graham: We Are Not the Enemy

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 02.12.2016 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

Stop harming us. Stop harming the church. Open your own heart and mind to the God who is still speaking, as the UCC puts it. We are not your enemy, though I fear you may always see yourself as ours.

Top 5 Ways This Valentine's Day Is the Queerest Ever

Allison Hope | Posted 02.12.2016 | Queer Voices
Allison Hope

As we gather this Valentine's Day to celebrate our love and our newly granted equal right to love under the law, we should remember that despite all the progress we've made, efforts are underway to chip away at the rights we've already been granted and to block those we have yet to secure. So let's love today and continue to fight tomorrow so we can one day achieve full equality.

What I've Learned By Falling In Love With A Cook

Andy Marra | Posted 02.12.2016 | Women
Andy Marra

I'm not sure if anyone or anything can ever really prepare you for all of the trials that come with loving someone who cooks for a living.

Seeing is Believing: Unlocking the Power of Senior LGBT Women in Business

Stephanie Sandberg | Posted 02.12.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Sandberg

The first time my lived version of professional success was staring me in the face, the penny finally dropped: I finally saw that an out LGBT woman could not only succeed, but thrive in a global corporation.

What in the World Is LGBT Cultural Competence, Anyway?

Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W. | Posted 02.11.2016 | Queer Voices
Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W.

Lack of provider education is only a small piece of the problem that keeps our community from seeking health care and receiving high quality treatment.

Uniqueness in the Queer Community Losing Out to Cookie-Cutter Uniformity

Peter C. Frank | Posted 02.11.2016 | Queer Voices
Peter C. Frank

When did we shift from celebrating our diversity to enshrining who we, the queer community, are in such a cookie-cutter definition? Further, when did we, as a democratic society, become unable to deal with differing viewpoints, where anything other than the gospel of what one person dictates becomes an attack?

Romanian Orphan Uninvited To Christmas By Adoptive Parents After Coming Out As Gay

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.11.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

When Florin Helf was born, he was abandoned by his birth mother in at a Romanian hospital. A long seven and a half years later, Florin ran through an airport into the arms of his new adoptive mother yelling the only English word he knew "Mommy!"

Diedra Meredith Talks LGBT Academy of Recording Arts & More (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 02.11.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlotte Robinson

In celebration of Black History Month I talked with Diedra Meredith, CEO of OUTmusic Inc and Chairwoman of the LGBT Academy of Recording Arts that recently presented their 9th annual OUTmusic Awards.

An Agenda Behind Israel's 'Pinkwashing' Accusers?

Peter Darvas | Posted 02.10.2016 | Queer Voices
Peter Darvas

The anti-Israel activists who recently disrupted a presentation by an Israeli LGBT center at the Chicago "Creating Change" conference are attempting to hijack the LGBT movement to further an agenda of hatred.

Members Of Congress Urge Ban On Gay Conversion Therapy

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics

Four Democratic members of Congress sent a letter to the head of the Federal Trade Commission Monday urging the agency to "take all actions possible"...

Why Is Bob McDermott So Obsessed With Sex?

Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson | Posted 02.09.2016 | Hawaii
Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson

That Bob McDermott is so focused on sex, primarily of the gay kind, while his district's residents are worried about crime, skyrocketing housing costs, inadequate school funding, and other pressing local issues, raises the kind of red flags we've seen so many times before with rabidly anti-gay, moralizing political figures.

Not Just Another Gay Bar

Juanita MORE! | Posted 02.09.2016 | San Francisco
Juanita MORE!

It was announced a few weeks ago that the Gangway will be closing soon. When it does, the city will lose its oldest continuously operating gay bar, and the LGBT community will lose one more of its queer spaces.

An Open Letter to Gay Catholic Priest From a Gay Catholic Priest

Fr. Gary M. Meier | Posted 02.10.2016 | Religion
Fr. Gary M. Meier

I know what's it's like to feel you have a secret that nobody can know about. I know what it's like to feel ashamed about being gay. I know what it's like to wonder if your silence about being gay is causing more harm than your ministry is causing good.

Franklin Graham Is the Worst Thing to Happen to God (and America) in a While

Derek Penwell | Posted 02.08.2016 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Not only is Franklin Graham's penurious score-keeping of who's in and who's out a distortion of Christianity, it's a bastardization of what it means to be American.

Here's What Happened When This Gay Man Had A Run-In With Kim Davis At The Airport

Ben Mann | Posted 02.08.2016 | Queer Voices
Ben Mann

I love Kim Davis. I love my friends and family. I love my community. And, I love those who would choose to tear me down. If you don't approve of my message or the tactics by which I choose to share my story, I still love you.

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.