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Why I'm a Black Man Before I'm a Gay Man

Terrence Chappell | Posted 10.31.2014 | Black Voices
Terrence Chappell

If you're a black man, it doesn't matter how many degrees you hold. It doesn't matter how much money you make. It doesn't matter where you live or what kind of car you drive; to some you're still a n*****, and that is the cold, hard truth about the world we live in today, and it's what my parents had to teach me growing up. I don't experience this with my identity as a gay man.

Thank You, Tim Cook

Jonathan D. Lovitz | Posted 10.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Jonathan D. Lovitz

Apple has an impressively large and well-organized segment of out employees -- most of the major tech companies do, in fact -- and I bet they are all walking a bit taller and prouder today. We have a long way to achieve that level playing field, but that "sunlit path toward justice" Tim refers to just got much, much brighter.

Queering All Saints and All Souls: Celebrating the Queer Body of Christ

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 10.31.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

The queer saints gather to break bread together, to keep Sabbath, to pray, to watch and witness, to hope, believing in the Beloved Community of unconditional grace that we have not yet seen in fullness -- only in a glass darkly in our queer koinonia. This is true love for God, without self-interest, with nothing left to gain.

Gay Couple Shares Their Unique Journey To Parenthood

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.31.2014 | Gay Voices

In this week’s Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family™” series, we explore the journey of two men -- one who adopte...

On My Candidacy

Lt. Dan Choi | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics
Lt. Dan Choi

I'm still on the frontline: this time for my school. After a long battle to end the oppressive "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in the military, I wanted to restart my life.

Kate Sheppard

Alaska's GOP Congressman Says He'd 'Probably' Vote For ENDA

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics

Alaska's Republican congressman, Don Young, suggested in a debate Thursday night that he may be open to voting for workplace protections for gays and ...

Fox News Is Trying to Kill Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance

Carlos Maza | Posted 10.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Carlos Maza

Fox News helped turn a bogus story about subpoenas sent to a handful of Houston pastors into a national rallying cry for religious liberty. Now the network is helping promote an event that will pit some of the country's most extreme anti-LGBT voices against the city's nondiscrimination ordinance.

The 29 States Where You Can Still Be Fired For Being Gay

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 10.30.2014 | Business

"If hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy."

10 Things You Need to Know About the 16th Annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 10.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

The 16th annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit takes place for the first time in San Francisco November 3rd through 6th at the Moscone Center West. Here are 10 things you need to know about it.

What We Think About When We Think About Intimate Partner Violence

Sharon Stapel | Posted 10.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Sharon Stapel

We can make the voices of LGBTQ people a part of the conversation about intimate partner violence. Really, we have to. We want DVAM, and all violence prevention efforts, to include and to be led by LGBTQ folks.

On the 'A' w/Souleo: African-American Literary Awards Show Faces Questionable Future

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 10.29.2014 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

For the second time in its ten year history, the African-American Literary Awards Show [AALAS] has canceled its ceremony. The first cancellation in 2005 was due to Hurricane Katrina but this year the challenges appear to be internal.

LGBTIQ Rights in Africa: One Step Forward, One Step Back

Fareen Walji | Posted 10.29.2014 | World
Fareen Walji

While the recent Ugandan and Kenyan court rulings are two victories to celebrate, we know there have been many battles quietly lost.

Why I Am Voting for Women: I'm Not a Special Interest Group

Kristen Elechko | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Kristen Elechko

If we remain mired in the past, Massachusetts risks being swept into the sea of red that looms ahead for many states in this mid-term election. Therefore, it is critical that we vote with conviction and steady hand, as the way to lead ourselves to a much brighter future.

America's 10 Worst LGBT Work Insults

Ian Johnson | Posted 10.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Ian Johnson

"LGBT Diversity: Show Me the Business Case," the new report from the largest global LGBT research initiative, LGBT2020, reveals what life in 2014 is like for LGBT Americans at work. And, unfortunately, the news from the U.S. workplace is not that good.

When Southern Baptists Get Saved

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 10.28.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

Salvation was always such an important part of my upbringing. We were constantly begged, pushed, prodded and manipulated to go down the aisle. If I got saved once, I got saved a hundred times.

You Can Be An Atheist But Madonna Makes Miracles

Angela Vitaliano | Posted 10.28.2014 | Arts
Angela Vitaliano

Courtesy of Carlo William Rossi For many years I stubbornly decided not to get photographs of myself. Or, of course, to let anybody do that. I didn'...

Go for It: An Interview With Author Angelic Rodgers

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 10.28.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

'Ultimately, my advice would be the same for any writers -- write about real characters and interesting plot lines. LGBT readers want representation, not lectures or sob stories (at least not all of the time).'

Gay Man's Guide to the 2014 Elections

Chris Cormier | Posted 10.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Chris Cormier

Attention gay men: You need to vote on November 4. Here are a few campaign highlights as a Gay Man's Guide to the 2014 Elections, because pundits don't know how to explain how important this election is in "gay man's terms." Meet your ballot box divas.

Spilled Milk: I'm Married, I'm Married Not

William Lucas Walker | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
William Lucas Walker

I love South Carolina. Loved growing up there. Love going back. Despite the fact that we're two guys with kids, in 15 years we've never had a bad experience. That's the South Carolina I love. But it doesn't mean we're safe. Not as a family.

Exclusive: Jodi Picoult on Elephants, Politics and the Paranormal

Chris Sosa | Posted 10.29.2014 | Books
Chris Sosa

With "Leaving Time," which debuted as the best-selling fiction book in the U.S., Picoult highlights the plight of elephants, specifically their targeting by humans. The novel is pointed in its assessment.

Why We Shouldn't Lose Sight of Full Equality

Patrick McNeil | Posted 10.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Patrick McNeil

Whether at school or in public spaces, many LGBT youth don't feel safe and continue to face disgraceful levels of discrimination (and some don't feel safe at home, either). But when they enter the workforce, disadvantages persist.

Seattle Mormon Leadership to LGBT Members: You Are Welcome Here

Mitch Mayne | Posted 10.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Mitch Mayne

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held a special service delivering a message of love, inclusiveness, and welcome to any Mormon who has felt harmed by or pushed out of the faith -- especially LGBT Mormons and their families.

Here's Why Being Gay Might Increase Your Likelihood Of Getting Skin Cancer

Posted 10.26.2014 | 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...

What It's Really Like To Be Asexual

Literally, Darling | Posted 10.25.2014 | Women
Literally, Darling

There's no way to escape it or avoid it. I don't even have the option of joining a hippie commune like I could if I was tired of capitalism, greed and processed foods.

LOOK: This Is What Genderqueer Looks Like

The Huffington Post | Noah Michelson | Posted 10.31.2014 | Gay Voices

Though queer people are gaining more and more visibility in mainstream media and society, that doesn't mean that the images we're presented with are a...