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Bruce Jenner, the Hottentot Venus and Me

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 04.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

Everyone who transitions does so somewhat publicly, though not all of us have cameras focused on our every move. When we speak of Bruce, hopefully we can remember that Bruce is, at heart, a person, and give him the dignity he is due.

We Can Talk About Bruce's Politics Without Ruining the Moment

Jeffrey S. Trachtman | Posted 04.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Jeffrey S. Trachtman

I don't see the contradiction in embracing the good Jenner has done, while respectfully asking "What the heck?" on his apparently discordant politics -- not to enforce liberal orthodoxy, but to encourage self-reflection in someone who has a unique public platform.

Why Don't General Smoking Cessation Messages Work For The LGBT Community?

Posted 04.26.2015 | Gay Voices

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices, in a partnership with blogger Scout, LGBT HealthLink and researcher Susana Fajardo, brings you a round up of some of th...

The Time for Equality Is Now

Stuart Gaffney | Posted 04.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Stuart Gaffney

The solutions to these problems are clear. As we continue to undertake the lengthy processes of achieving protections under all states' laws, Congress must act now to prohibit discrimination nationwide against LGBT people in all aspects of our lives. The time for equality under the law is now.

Combating the Collateral Damage of Homophobia

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 04.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

I want to caution that for all the drama, excitement, enthusiasm and analysis sparked by the political dimension of the marriage equality debate, there is also a deeply personal dimension that is easy to overlook. It is the collateral damage of systemic homophobia that accelerates when marriage equality is in the news cycle.

Bruce Jenner Perfectly Explains Transgender Experience With One Sentence

Kadia Blagrove | Posted 04.25.2015 | Black Voices
Kadia Blagrove

From one sentence I realized, it's not for me to understand something I can't naturally relate to, but I must be compassionate. No one owes anyone a detailed breakdown of their personal and private experiences (especially when it can be so hard to put into words). The message is: I don't feel like my true self.

Here Are The Most Common Questions About The Trans Community, Answered

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 04.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

At every LGBTQ training I give, people are the most interested in one thing: trans people. So what is transgender? It's a persistent feeling that your gender does not match the sex you were assigned at birth. Evidence leads us to believe we are about .5 percent of the population, or one in every 200 people.

Challenging Dual Stereotypes: The Reality for LGBTQ AAPI Communities and How Foundations Can Help

Lyle Matthew Kan | Posted 04.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Lyle Matthew Kan

There is a pervasive cultural myth that all gays are rich, and that all Asian Americans are overachievers. Individuals who identify as LGBTQ and AAPI are therefore often assumed to be better off. However, these misconceptions all too often mask real struggles and hardships faced by LGBTQ AAPI communities.

An LGBTQ Invitation to Israel

Arthur Slepian | Posted 04.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Arthur Slepian

We look forward to leaders from around the world coming to Israel in June, taking this opportunity to participate in the conference, to see the community and the country for themselves, and to join in the celebration of Tel Aviv Pride. We will be stronger together.

Here's The Beautiful Story Of Two Gay Men Changing Their Lives To Welcome Kids Into Their Family

Posted 04.24.2015 | Gay Voices

In today’s Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family™” series installment, meet two men who are willing to change thei...

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Meet The Trans Man Poised To Make History On The Cover Of Men's Health

HuffingtonPost.com | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 04.24.2015 | Gay Voices

Men's Health magazine might put an openly transgender man on the cover for the very first time. The health-focused magazine is holding its annual "...

Activist Remembers Those He Met on 6,000-Mile Walk for Equality (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 04.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-04-24-1429841365-638767-2015042214297451469265555AlanBounvillesmall.jpgAlan Bounville walked 6,000 miles for gender-identity and sexual-orientation equality. But what happened early on in his walk, at a small grocery store in a rural town, is what led him to one of his most memorable experiences.

Why the American Family Needs Same-Sex Parents

Gary J. Gates | Posted 04.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Gary J. Gates

The recent events in Indiana and Arkansas prove that a Supreme Court decision bringing marriage for same-sex couples to all parts of the nation won't end political conflict associated with LGBT rights. But it will improve America's families.

Meet Colin Fallesen, Producer/Presenter of Pinksixty News

Nicholas Snow | Posted 04.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

I welcome special guest co-host, London-based Colin Fallesen (via Skype, from London, with cocktail in hand), Producer/Presenter of the five-year-old Pinksixty News -- a daily one-minute news show sourced from websites and journalists throughout the world.

Why the Next Supreme Court LGBT Decision Matters to All of Us

Andy Thayer | Posted 04.23.2015 | Chicago
Andy Thayer

The four marriage cases before the Supreme Court this spring are provoking a complacent response from some in our community who should know better. Once again, their response is not only mistaken, it's dangerous to our rights.

This Hooters-Style Restaurant With Scantily-Clad Waiters Is About To Make Dreams Come True

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 04.23.2015 | Gay Voices

Move over, Hooters. A new Texas restaurant is all about the scantily-clad men. Tallywackers is a bar and restaurant slated to open in May in Dalla...

When a Parent Transitions as Transgender

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 04.23.2015 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

It is important for both families and transitioning parents to know that they are not alone, and that communication, empathy, and unconditional love are transformative in helping meet any challenge.

1,000,000 Reasons to Look Beyond Marriage Equality and Say #IDO

Karen Dixon | Posted 04.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Karen Dixon

This is not the time to grow complacent, but it is the time to celebrate our achievements to date and then recommit our time, voices and resources to ensure the fight against discrimination continues. Say #IDo as a symbol of America's collective resolve to ensure "Liberty and Justice for All."

Lesbian Asylum Couple Marry at San Francisco City Hall

Melanie Nathan | Posted 04.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Melanie Nathan

History was made Friday as a lesbian couple, seeking asylum in the United States, celebrated their marriage at San Francisco City Hall.

Dear Garth Brooks, #PeopleLovingPeople

Buster Ross | Posted 04.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Buster Ross

When I stood in the crowd with my pink glasses and suit, I understood the purpose of my life. That I was born into a world where I loved my mamma, and I loved my gay dad and I loved my cowboy uncle. That's what love is about, knowing that none of us are so different that we don't share something.

Yes, Homosexuality Absolutely Is A Choice

John Pavlovitz | Posted 04.21.2015 | Religion
John Pavlovitz

Confession time. Yes, LGBT people are absolutely making a choice. They are choosing to be the most honest, authentic versions of themselves. The only relevant choice for straight Christians is whether we are willing to examine both our personal opinions and our theology accordingly. The choice is ours.

A Night of a Thousand Genders

Lori Sokol | Posted 04.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Lori Sokol

'Why do we need to be told which toys are appropriate for girls and boys?' and 'Why are toys even categorized according a child's gender?' But, there was still a more crucial question that even I, a life-long feminist, did not think to ask: "Are there really only two genders?"

Marina and the Diamonds Singer: Some Female Pop Stars' Love for Gay Fans Feels Forced

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 04.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Pollo Del Mar

Don't expect to find Marina Diamandis gushing about her gays anytime soon. While she admits overwhelming support from the LGBT community, the Marina and The Diamonds star refuses other pop divas' seemingly obligatory means of addressing it.

Another Glimmer of Hope That the Veil of Silence Is Lifting

Allison Hope | Posted 04.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger does what a lot of films have not yet done: Shine a light on the life of a pioneer transgender activist and artist, without shying away from the nuances that makes Kate Bornstein the quirky, colorful, brilliant person she is.

A Queer Movie That Doesn't Lead With Its Queer Foot

Sarah Beauchamp | Posted 04.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Sarah Beauchamp

While the film doesn't revolve around sexuality, through the character of Shirin, Akhavan sheds light on an otherwise underrepresented group of people. "No one believes in bisexuality," Akhavan says.