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Negotiating for Cessation of Persecution of LGBT People in Iran

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Repressive regimes around the world currently and throughout history have scapegoated, oppressed, and murdered LGBT people. The time has long since passed that we speak out against repression in all of its forms

New Rock Musical Out Of My Comfort Zone Spotlights Bullying and Gender Identity

Holly Cara Price | Posted 02.26.2015 | Impact
Holly Cara Price

I spoke to the cast at rehearsals last month and marveled as the production evolved before my eyes into a singing, dancing powerhouse punctuated by dialogue that rings true and real.

In Defense of Pastor Rob Bell -- Anti-Gay Christians Cause Their Own Irrelevance

Jessica Joseph | Posted 02.26.2015 | Religion
Jessica Joseph

The glaring hypocritical pitfall of Anti-LGBT Christians is not only being noticed by more and more people, it's further exacerbated when people unveil the embarrassing, historical pattern of Christians selectively wielding the scriptures purely to oppress those towards whom they already had a prejudice.

Off to the ER: Will I Be Treated With Dignity?

Beck Bailey | Posted 02.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Beck Bailey

Recently I found myself in a situation that many transgender people dread: I was in an accident and required emergency medical care.

Jane Clark Talks Filmmaking That Mirrors Diversity and Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 02.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with director/writer Jane Clark ("Meth Head" & "Elena Undone") about her new comedy horror cult classic "Crazy Bitches". Clark is a fierce straight ally who believes in bringing diversity to all of her films.

Agents of Change: 5 Inspiring Souls Worthy of Our Attention Right Now

Greg Archer | Posted 02.25.2015 | Impact
Greg Archer

They walk among us -- those agents of change. Sometimes, we just need to be reminded of who they are. Take note of five stand-outs creating significant sea changes.

Stop Reacting, Start Creating: The TNG2 Manifesto

Zack Rosen | Posted 02.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Zack Rosen

I put so much of myself online, for so long, that I woke up one day in 2011 with nothing left. I spent the year following as a couch cushion, a soft fixture of my own red velvet sectional and the leather davenports of too many trained professionals.

Not Yet Over the Rainbow, or the Unexpected Vigor of Intransigence

Frank Bua | Posted 02.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Frank Bua

Whether the old guard is wising up or dying off is no longer relevant. The gay rights movement is being won person by person, family by family, city by city, with Washington, D.C. a reluctant, self-congratulatory last stop.

Gay People Are Gods: Protecting LGBT Communities Is a Divine Right

Mark Charles Hardie | Posted 02.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Mark Charles Hardie

I believe it is important for heterosexual people and homosexual people to love and respect one another regardless of sexual orientation or transgender identity. However, it is also vital for LGBT communities to wield police power backed by the force of law.

Eventually I Will Stop Trying to Convince People That They Should Want to Stay in West Virginia

Daniel Brewster | Posted 02.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Daniel Brewster

I graduated from West Virginia University and have worked tirelessly as a member of the faculty at West Virginia University for more than a decade. If HB 2881 passes, I could ultimately be fired for nothing more than being born gay.

#ThisIsLuv: A Black Bisexual Manifesto

Crystal Fleming | Posted 02.26.2015 | Black Voices
Crystal Fleming

The erasure of bisexual people is particularly problematic for African-Americans, who already face the strain of racism. Bi black people exist at the intersections of many forms of oppression, and this difficult positionality makes it complicated for us to find love.

Japan Pulls a Kimono out of the Closet

Billy Kolber | Posted 02.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Billy Kolber

Private businesses, like the Hotel Granvia Kyoto and Tokyo's OutAsiaTravel have been reaching out to LGBT tourists for years. But for a Japanese government agency to do so in such a public and integrated way is unprecedented.

I'm 40 and Gay. Here's What I've Learned So Far.

Kevin Thornton | Posted 02.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Kevin Thornton

I'm entering an emerging group of healthy, middle-aged gay men. The daddy demographic, if you will. Match that with inevitable equal marriage rights even here in the Bible Belt; it's a whole new world of possibilities. I'm 40 and gay. Here's what I've learned so far.

Giving up Homophobia for Lent: Queering the Christian "Way of Sorrows"

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.24.2015 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

As Lent begins, some LGBTQIA students have been holding prayer vigils throughout southern California on conservative Christian campuses where they are either still enrolled as students or are alumni.

Why Arkansas Needs To Take Graham Moore's Advice and Stay Weird

Donald Collins | Posted 02.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Donald Collins

Graham Moore encouraged the kid out there who doesn't fit in to #stayweird in his Oscar's acceptance speech because he knows that his "weirdness" comes from a perfect and authentic part of himself; it's what makes him "different" and creative.

Dear Queer People: Let's Stop Making Straight People Walk On Eggshells

Brooke Sopelsa | Posted 02.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Brooke Sopelsa

Is this what we want, to make people nervous about engaging in dialogue? I hate to think about all the teachable moments that never happened because someone was afraid to ask me -- or any of us -- a question.

Why Trans Lives Matter to This Lesbian

Allison Hope | Posted 02.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

As of today, trans women of color are the most targeted victims of hate. They are murdered by men who pass them on the street, by intimate partners in bed and by lovers who traded in love and understanding for ignorance and violence.

Celebration Planning Can Be Effective Therapy!

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 02.21.2015 | Weddings
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

If we are mindful and reflective as we plan weddings and other milestone celebrations, we can develop skills for forging and maintaining relationships that will last a lifetime.

Here's How Gay Dating Apps Are Helping Spread HIV Awareness

Posted 02.21.2015 | 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...

Why Father's Day Is Extra Significant For These Two Dads

Posted 02.20.2015 | Gay Voices

Today’s Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family™” series installment features a military couple’s journey to paren...

Dana Liebelson

Obama Administration Urges Homeless Shelter Programs To Protect Transgender Residents

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As temperatures dip far below freezing in the Northeast, the Obama administration is urging homeless shelter programs to respect the sel...

Why 'Queer Hair Professionals' May Soon Be Flocking To This New York Shop

Reuters | Posted 02.20.2015 | Gay Voices

By Maria Caspani NEW YORK, Feb 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For Ayanna, getting a haircut at her local barbershop in New York Cit...

Zach Carter

Obama's Trade Deal Rewards A Brutally Anti-Gay Dictator -- And LGBT Lawmakers Are Not Pleased

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Prominent LGBT members of Congress assailed the Obama administration on Wednesday for including Brunei and Malaysia -- two nations deepl...

Walter Naegle Talks About His Relationship With Bayard Rustin and Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 02.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

In celebration of Black History Month, I talked with Walter Naegle, who was pioneer civil rights activist Bayard Rustin's partner for the last decade of Rustin's life.

Gay Marriage Is Good For Your Health -- Even If You're Not Gay

Sanjeev K. Sriram | Posted 02.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Sanjeev K. Sriram

Given the network of mutuality in which we live, the health of our whole society improves when we uphold the rights for our LGBT brothers and sisters.