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David Mixner | Posted 09.01.2015 | Gay Voices
David Mixner

In order to deflect from its record of torture and lack of any human rights, the government has attempted to make the LGBT community and women scapegoats. These two groups have suffered greatly under the current government and the military.

You've Probably Never Heard Lesbian Sex Described The Way Miley Is Describing It

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 09.01.2015 | Gay Voices

Miley Cyrus puts her sex-positivity into the lyrics for "Bang Me Box," a track off her new album.   The singer dropped her fifth studi...

In a Word, What It Means to Be Pansexual

Raina Bowe | Posted 09.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Raina Bowe

A high school student I've known most of her life came out to me a while back. Laughing that both of us thought the other knew, we finally got around to talking about just where we stood out of the closet, so to speak.

Transgender Healthcare Equality (VIDEO)

Christian Hendricks | Posted 08.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Christian Hendricks

Healthcare access issues for trans people are largely overlooked -- often because healthcare isn't a sexy topic for the media, but it's an increasingly important part of the LGBTQ movement.

Rentboy Raid: the Stonewall for Sex Workers?

Katherine Koster | Posted 08.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Katherine Koster

If this is the "Stonewall" of sex work, let it not be the aftermath of Stonewall where a privileged minority colonizes and benefits off the work of society's "others."

WATCH: 5 LGBT Celebrities Share Their Coming-Out Stories

The Huffington Post | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 08.30.2015 | Gay Voices

The process of coming out as gay, lesbian, bisexual or any other non-heteronormative sexual identity can be both daunting and cathartic. Even after mu...

How to Spot Anti-Trans Concern Trolls

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 08.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

A concern troll is a person who participates in a debate posing as an actual or potential ally who simply has some concerns they need answered before they will ally themselves with a cause. In reality they are a critic, or flat out someone who wishes harm upon the transgender community.

Everything Is Rent

Janson Wu | Posted 08.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Janson Wu

The opening number about the struggles of paying rent and avoiding eviction, ends with: "'Cause everything is rent." In the case of Rentboy.com, that line takes on new dimensions. For so many LGBT individuals, sex work is a necessity, in order to pay for rent and food, healthcare and so on.

This Catholic High School Is Standing Up To The Church

The Huffington Post | Lila Shapiro | Posted 08.31.2015 | Gay Voices

A Catholic high school in Portland, Oregon, made history this week by instituting a policy that forbids employment discrimination against gays and l...

How a 'Pornographic' Lesbian Graphic Novel Ignited a Culture War at Duke

The Daily Dot | Posted 08.28.2015 | Entertainment
The Daily Dot

A group of freshmen at Duke University is boycotting a critically acclaimed book assigned for summer reading because of its gay-themed content. The book in question is Alison Bechdel's illustrated memoir Fun Home--which has recently been made into a Tony Award-winning musical. The memoir follows Bechdel's relationship with her closeted gay father, who committed suicide after the then-19-year-old author came out to her parents as a lesbian. It's a tough story to read, no doubt, but it's a reality that many LGBT people face.

Behind the Marriage Controversy, a Massive Confusion About Love

John Backman | Posted 08.28.2015 | Religion
John Backman

I've noticed a deep and disturbing trend: a massive confusion in U.S. culture over the word love. The truth is, we toss the word around in many different ways. Most of them are unhelpful. Some are downright destructive.

When Did Gays Become the Morality Police?

Christian Gabriel | Posted 08.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Christian Gabriel

The modern LGBT rights movement has been veering toward conservatism for some time, evidenced by its primary and overarching mission to finally achieve Marriage Equality.

Why a Gay Atheist Reads the Bible: A Lesson in Learning to Duke's Class of 2019

Michael Lambert | Posted 08.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Lambert

No matter how far a Southern man goes, he can't outrun Scripture. After a decade as an open atheist and nearly half as long as an openly gay man, the Word still imperceptibly slips from my lips at the odd moment or two.

Gay 'Big Brother' Adopts 'Little Brother'

Nathan Manske | Posted 09.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

Surrounded by death during the AIDS crisis, Larry Bennett wanted to focus on something happier and more positive, namely his desire to be a Big Brother and care for children.

Caitlyn Jenner Explains How She Wants A Guy To Treat Her

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 08.27.2015 | Gay Voices

Jennifer Boylan gives Caitlyn Jenner a lesson in the "normalcy" of trans women during a discussion about relationships in an upcoming episod...

Hasidic Mother: Sneaking Out to See My Lesbian Lover

Leah Lax | Posted 08.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Leah Lax

I won't let myself imagine the betrayal that will linger in my children's eyes for years. Soon, I will tell myself that I do this as a matter of survival, pikuach nefesh, that like Levi scrubbing his hands even on the Sabbath when he had cancer, the Law stipulates that survival supersedes the Law.

What Does a Post-HIV Gay Culture Look Like?

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 08.26.2015 | Gay Voices
J Nelson Aviance

What exactly will sex between men look like after HIV is effectively contained or eradicated? How will it affect gay male culture? And is that the goal of safe sex education and advocating for the use of PrEP?

Lousine Shamamian Shakes the Earth at the Fringe Fest 2015

Christopher Atamian | Posted 08.26.2015 | Entertainment
Christopher Atamian

Humor, biography and historical tragedy often make for strange if not incompatible bedfellows, but Lousine Shamamian has managed to unite the three with brilliant gusto at this year's New York Fringe Festival.

Stonewall: A Journey to the Past to Create a Future

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 08.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Kelsie Brynn Jones

The depiction of events at Stonewall in Emmerich's portrayal serves to add to the myriad of other productions and narratives which have sought to incorrectly portray Stonewall as a white gay male party -- and furthers the harmful view that transgender is a new phenomena.

Dr. Drew Says Special On Transgender Issues Was Inspired By Caitlyn Jenner

The Huffington Post | Judah Robinson | Posted 08.26.2015 | Media

What is it like to be trans in America? A new special on HLN with Dr. Drew hopes to give others a better understanding. Dr. Drew said he wan...

Here Are Some Of The Best Journalists Covering LGBT Issues

The Huffington Post | Judah Robinson | Posted 08.26.2015 | Media

BuzzFeed made out big this year at the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association's Excellence in Journalism Awards.  BuzzFeed staffer J. ...

Hollywood "Takes Care of Its Own," Unless You Are Trans, Part 2

Darya Teesewell | Posted 08.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Darya Teesewell

Hollywood is exploiting us while considering us unfit for trans-specific health coverage.

The Feds' RentBoy Raid Is an Attack on LGBTs and Sex Workers

Chris Sosa | Posted 08.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Chris Sosa

Sex workers shouldn't be forced to live in the shadows, facing violence alone and without access to the basic health and human services those in non-criminalized professions take for granted.

5 ways to Make Your Classroom LGBT Inclusive

Anthony Nicodemo | Posted 08.25.2015 | Education
Anthony Nicodemo

After coming out as gay two years ago, I've had such an incredible journey. So many people have shared personal stories, and I've learned so much about myself. Unfortunately, many of the stories I've heard make me shake my head.

Making History: Telling My Story to the U.N. Security Council

Subhi Nahas | Posted 08.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Subhi Nahas

Three years ago, when I escaped Syria, or even three months ago when I arrived in the United States, I would never have imagined I would be selected to make an historic address to the United Nations Security Council about the plight of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender refugees like me.