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Eyewitness to History: From the 'Amen Corner' in the East Room

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 07.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

Equal protection isn't equal protection unless it protects all Americans equally. And we cannot allow the First Amendment guarantee of the free exercise of religion to be perverted in an effort to undermine the equal protection guaranteed by the Fourteenth.

'He Doesn't Have a Mom... Because She's Dead'

Brent Almond | Posted 07.21.2014 | Parents
Brent Almond

My instinct was to defend and protect my cub, to nip the lies in the bud and reinforce them with truth. However, I realized that I'd been granted a rare glimpse into my child's daily life -- and that 99% of these situations will take place when I'm not around.

Georgia Seeks Dismissal Of Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit

AP | KATHLEEN FOODY | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's attorney general is asking a judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit filed by a gay rights group challenging the state's constit...

Moving Forward After Today's Executive Orders

Rebecca Isaacs | Posted 07.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Isaacs

We urge the next Congress to introduce a comprehensive bill that addresses discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations like the comprehensive laws we have passed in many states.

From the Supreme Court to the Family Table: What Prop 8 Means for Latino Same-Sex Couples in California a Year Later

Rep. Linda Sanchez | Posted 07.21.2014 | Latino Voices
Rep. Linda Sanchez

Our families are there for us during quinceañeras, graduations, and weddings. Those same family values taught us the importance of strong, loving, committed relationships. As Members of Congress, we want to make sure that everyone, regardless of who they love, is accepted, has the same legal protections, and has the right to marry whomever their heart chooses.

The Hidden Error in 'Biblical' Arguments Against Gay Marriage

Rev. Dr. Mark Achtemeier | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mark Achtemeier

In the early 2000s, I was working hard to keep lesbian and gay persons out of the ministry of my denomination, the Presbyterian Church (USA). I did this in part because I thought the biblical case against gay relationships was straightforward. I was wrong.

The Power of Learned Optimism

Marina Gomberg | Posted 07.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Marina Gomberg

My wife, Elenor, and I are among the plaintiffs in one of Utah's two marriage equality lawsuits ping-ponging its way up the judicial system. Our case is seeking the State's recognition of the roughly 1,300 couples who married this last winter.

I Did It: I Made A Will

Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W. | Posted 07.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W.

I don't want to die. I am healthy and active and merely 61-years-old. My 86-year-old father is a nationally ranked tennis player, reinforcing the belief that if I keep eating and living well, my genes will take me past 90. So, until now, I felt justified in postponing writing a will. Everything involved in creating one seemed hellish to ponder.

I Am NOT Cisgendered

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 07.18.2014 | Gay Voices
J Nelson Aviance

I am NOT "cisgendered." I reject that label. Why? From what I've read, "cisgendered" is a label that began in academic discourse as a way of describing people who weren't trans. But the meaning of it was akin to what we might call "normatively gendered."

What My Son Taught Me About Gender Identity

Julie Tarney | Posted 07.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

Then it dawned on me. The handsome, bearded young man sitting next to me at the restaurant didn't just idolize female characters, he related to them. He identified with them.

How This Lesbian Couple Is Fighting To Make Florida A Better Place For All Families

Posted 07.18.2014 | Gay Voices

This week’s Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family” installment highlights the journey of a couple from Florida who o...

10 Years Later, 448 Pounds Lost, 1 Life-Changing Procedure

Woody Woodbeck | Posted 07.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Woody Woodbeck

How can we truly get a respectful acceptance from others when we internally are being unjust to those in our own community?

The Most Gay-Friendly Retirement Cities In The U.S.

Moira McGarvey | Posted 07.18.2014 | Fifty
Moira McGarvey

Today we're taking a look at gay-friendly retirement locations. It turns out that it's a myth that most gay people live in a handful of well-known urban neighborhoods like the Castro in San Francisco or Chelsea in New York City. You can go back to the 2000 Census and learn that same-sex couples live in 99 percent of U.S. counties.

Director Marina Rice Bader Talks Anatomy of a Love Seen and LGBT Issues (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 07.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with writer/director Marina Rice Bader about her new film Anatomy of a Love Seen, premiering July 18 at Outfest in Los Angeles.

New Dungeons & Dragons Rules Embrace Diverse Gender Identities, Sexual Orientation

Dana Rudolph | Posted 07.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Rudolph

Many of us have been bending our characters' genders and sexual orientations for years, but it's terrific to see the game officially embrace this.

What If Gay Men Forgave One Another?

Josh Hersh | Posted 07.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Hersh

Maybe forgiveness is a muscle we've allowed to get flabby and weak. Maybe we've been holding out for an apology from our perpetrator that may never arrive. The truth is that when we refuse to forgive others, we only imprison ourselves.

Anti-PrEP Scare Tactics

Peter Staley | Posted 07.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Peter Staley

Anti-PrEP hysteria is hitting new lows, with attempts to frighten early adopters of Truvada PrEP, the pill that is highly effective at blocking HIV infections.

Reflections on the Presbyterian Church General Assembly and How Gracious Debate Can Lead to Action

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 07.17.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

If one of America's historic mainline churches can respectfully and prayerfully debate important issues like marriage, justice or geopolitical conflicts -- and reach a conclusion graciously -- might this be a turning point in our national debates? I have hope that this is so.

10 Being the Worst Pain You've Ever Experienced in Your Life...

Tristan Higgins | Posted 07.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Tristan Higgins

Sometimes I wonder if the pain is all in my head. If it really hurts or I just think it does. This is especially true whenever I find myself at a doctor talking about my "situation."

Utah Asks SCOTUS For Stay In Case Recognizing Same-Sex Marriages

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics

The office of Utah's attorney general has filed an emergency petition to the U.S. Supreme Court seeking a stay on a ruling that the state must legally...

To Sir with Love or Ain't I a Woman Too

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 07.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

I am a woman with a deep voice; I am almost always called "sir" over the telephone. When I correct the person I usually say, "It's not sir, I am a woman with a deep voice." I get various reactions after that.

Black Women Speak Out Against White Gay Men For 'Stealing' Their Culture

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 07.16.2014 | Gay Voices

A recent article criticizing white gay men for perpetuating "aggravating" and "damaging" stereotypes of black women has sparked many conversations abo...

More Athletes Like Ian Thorpe Needed to Help Fight Homophobia

Steve Siebold | Posted 07.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Steve Siebold

In an ideal world, Australia's famed swimming star Ian Thorpe should be known for one thing: dominating the sport of swimming. But of course, we don't live in an ideal world, and ever since Thorpe entered the limelight more than 15 years ago, rumors about his sexuality have swirled in the media and in the public forum.

Dolly Parton Talks Fame, Fans and Dance Music

Chris Sosa | Posted 07.15.2014 | Entertainment
Chris Sosa

Country music has but one queen, and she has no intention to abdicate the throne. Dolly Parton has entered a new phase of increasing cultural relevance.

ENDA: The Nightmare Scenario in Which GOPers Push a Bad Bill That Gay Groups Dropped

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 07.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Believe it or not, right now some Republicans are working feverishly to get support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the GOP and try to pass it in the House in this session, with the dangerous religious exemption that caused LGBT groups to withdraw support. The irony here is off the charts.