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Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 07.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

News Flash: There is a critical difference between feeling excluded because you're disagreed with and being excluded because of who you are.

Fashionably Late // Pride Year Round

Dane Steele Green | Posted 07.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Dane Steele Green

2015 will go down in history as pivotal for the LGBTQ community, and the fact that the verdict of Obergefell v. Hodges came just days before the June 28 anniversary of the Stonewall Riots made this year's pride events a collection party for the ages.

I Once Was Lost, But Now Am Found. Was Blind, But Then I Came Out!

Jordan Reeves | Posted 07.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Jordan Reeves

I was more than a blind follower or a casual experimenter in faith. I was a deep-seated convert and a wholehearted zealot -- I was a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Hearing Loss, the Forgotten Disability

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 07.30.2015 | Technology
Janice S. Lintz

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted 25 years ago, yet we are still discussing the same issues for people with hearing loss. The terms "disability" and "access" have morphed into just meaning physical disability and physical access.

LGBT Suicide: A Risk Reduction Strategy

Stephanie Mott | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
Stephanie Mott

I was highly honored to have the opportunity to participate in the Midwest Regional Suicide Prevention Conference last week in Kansas City. There were many intimate discussions about what can be done to lessen the likelihood that people will choose to attempt to bring an end to their own lives.

"Men Are Gay Because They Like Men." Femmephobia and Sizeism in the Gay Community

Nathan Manske | Posted 07.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

While Jason was celebrated for his aesthetic on the stage, there was one place he went soon after where his look was met with either jealousy or sizeism: a gay bar.

From Spirit Day to 2 Billion Under 20

Brittany McMillan | Posted 07.31.2015 | Books
Brittany McMillan

On October 20th, 2010, I asked people all over the world to wear purple to stand up to homophobic bullying, to show support for the LGBTQ community and to remember the lives of the boys and girls who die by suicide every year because they don't feel comfortable in their own skin.

Dear Straight Men, Come Out Already

Mason Hsieh | Posted 07.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Mason Hsieh

Apparently, they called it a "bro-job," which referred to the oral sex the male rowers occasionally engaged in with one another in the showers back in high school.

At the Crossroads of a Movement: Our Work Is Not Done

Stephanie Battaglino | Posted 07.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Battaglino

What an amazing three months it has been! Now that we have all caught our collective breath from an unprecedented Pride Month, let's step back for a moment and consider what has transpired during this time for the entire LGBTQ community.

In a Word, What It Means to Be Gay

Raina Bowe | Posted 07.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Raina Bowe

From a stereotype standpoint, the original meaning of the word "gay" makes sense. As everyone "knows" gay people are always happy. Indeed, it was not until the Stonewall riots of 1969 that many people had any idea gay people were madder than hell.

Is Sexual Preference a Choice?

Craig E. Sherman | Posted 07.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Craig E. Sherman

If as a society, we accept homosexuality, then naturally, we must afford all individuals with equal rights and privileges, regardless if they freely choose a gay lifestyle or if they are compelled by genetic disposition. So why do we continue to avoid answering the fundamental question in favor of the question of genetics?

Drag Bans and LGBT Youth: Which Matters More?

Lola Olson | Posted 07.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Lola Olson

Maybe if even half of those so enraged by a drag ban got enraged about a lack of services for LGBTQ youth, maybe we'd find ourselves in a world where we don't just say "It Gets Better". We make it better.

Mary Bonauto, Civil Rights Advocates and Activists Talk LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 07.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

It was an intimate celebration with GLAD Board members and leaders who worked tirelessly to achieve equality for our LGBT community, including Mary Bonauto, GLAD's Civil Rights Project Director.

Confessions Of An 'Old' Virgin

Wes Janisen | Posted 07.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Wes Janisen

My unshakable virginity was due to 40% social anxiety, 30% bad taste in potential sexual partners, 15% unrealistic expectations, 10% stupidity and 5% being a little too focused on pizza.

Mean Girls, Caitlyn Jenner and the Responsibility of Being a Trans Ally

Adam Hunt | Posted 07.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Adam Hunt

The enemy is the same ignorance and hate that leads to transphobia, racism and misogyny. It's the same ignorance that causes us to jump to defend our mistakes, rather than attempt to understand why or how we could be wrong. It's the same hate that drives people to inexplicably murder another person they deem as other, or wrong, or perverted, or less-than.

I Am A Gay Scoutmaster, And I Can Finally Be Myself

Ryan Scott | Posted 07.28.2015 | Religion
Ryan Scott

I am an Eagle Scout, and I am the Scoutmaster of Troop 179 in Springfield, OR, and I happen to be gay. For the first time in my 18 years in scouting, I can truly be myself.

"I Love the Sinner" Is Often What Abusers Say

Derek Penwell | Posted 07.28.2015 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Participating in a system that belittles, punishes and commits violence against those who are often in the weakest position to defend themselves, frames you as an abuser in the eyes of those whom you claim only to be trying to love.

Sen. Jeff Merkley: It Doesn’t 'Feel Right' To Separate LGBT Equality Act From 1964 Civil Rights Act

The Huffington Post | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 07.29.2015 | Gay Voices

There was an avalanche of hope and excitement last week among supporters of full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people when...

Sense8-tional

Charlotte Safavi | Posted 07.28.2015 | Entertainment
Charlotte Safavi

OK, I'm a little late to the party. The 12-episode sci-fi drama Sense8 produced and created by J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) and written by siblings Lana and Andy Wachowski (The Matrix) has already debuted June 5 on Netflix.

5 Things 60-Somethings Can Learn From Caitlyn Jenner

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.27.2015 | Fifty

  1. It's never too late to be who you are or chase a dream. Caitlyn is 65 and just transitioned with the whole world watching. So, is it really...

Bishop Comes Out As Gay After 'A Lifetime Of Denying' The Truth

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.30.2015 | Religion

A bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America came out as gay during the denomination's recent youth conference in Detroit. Bishop Kevi...

The Problem With (Many) Nonprofits

Rhys Harper | Posted 07.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Rhys Harper

You don't need a fancy website with Flash graphics. Really, I promise you -- you don't. In fact, please stop hiring web development firms that cost tens of thousands of dollars.

This Heterosexual Pride Parade Could Not Have Failed Any Harder Than It Just Did

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 07.27.2015 | Gay Voices

Heterosexuals apparently weren't too prideful this weekend.  Blogger Anthony Rebello was the organizer behind the Heterosexual Parade at Sea...

Being Christian Doesn't Give You The Right To Discriminate

Dale Hansen | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The fight here is not about religious freedom. The courts have already determined what is and isn't covered, and arguments like the one presented by Jeremy Tedesco show an ignorance to the facts in order to feign oppression.

Georgia Pastor Has No Time For Anti-LGBT Hypocrites

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 07.28.2015 | Religion

Religious people who are critical of the LGBT community and the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage are "hypocritical," ...