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The Real 'Gay Heroes'

Katie Sgarro | Posted 05.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Katie Sgarro

Tom* is a hopeful LGBTQ asylum seeker from Jamaica. In Jamaica, sexual activity between men is punishable by up to 10 years of imprisonment and hard labor. Openly gay people are ostracized, beaten and even murdered. For Tom, coming out would most likely be met with ridicule and death threats.

European Gay Rugby Tournament for LGBT-Tolerance in Sport

Christian Mentz | Posted 05.28.2015 | Sports
Christian Mentz

700 sportsmen took part in the Union Cup in Brussels. Winners are the Kings Cross Steelers from London - but its about much more than just winning!

Desmond Child Talks GLAAD Nashville Concert and LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 05.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with Grammy winning songwriter producer Desmond Child about his upcoming performance at Ty Herndon and GLAAD's Concert for Love and Acceptance that takes place at City Winery in Nashville, Tennessee on June 12th.

Astraea Honoring Boston's Heroines

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

The evening of May 12th at the South End's wildly popular Bohemian hip spot "The Beehive" was a night to remember.

Transgender Footprints in the Sand

Stephanie Mott | Posted 05.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

I have endured a lifetime of believing that my faith was at odds with my transgender identity. I have come to know that my faith was at odds with my inability to trust God enough to embrace my authentic self.

'Drag Race' Superstar Bianca Del Rio Really Isn't a Kathy Griffin Fan

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 05.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Pollo Del Mar

To quote perennial RuPaul's Drag Race favorite Latrice Royale, "Oh, the shade of it all!" From other Drag Race winners to comic peers, when it comes to Bianca Del Rio's razor-sharp tongue, nobody's safe. This past weekend, the drag superstar had some choice words for LGBT icon Kathy Griffin.

5 Steps to Understanding Racial Bias

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 05.27.2015 | Impact
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Whether in business or personal life, racial bias separates people from their possibilities, organizations from the causes of equality and justice, and society from the benefits of true inclusion. It is incumbent upon each of us to eliminate racial bias where we find it.

Religion Doesn't Create Terrorists. Society Does

Dale Hansen | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

If the goal is to stop this sort of organized violence that plagues the world, then finding other ways to provide disaffected youth the money, protection, inclusion and social bonding they are missing that lead them to become outlaws in the first place should be our top priority.

So You Want to Host the Super Bowl?

Ashland Johnson | Posted 05.27.2015 | Sports
Ashland Johnson

Louisiana, Georgia, and Florida, we hear you want to host the Super Bowl--one of the most iconic and lucrative sports event in country. Congratulations, you've made it to the finals for states in the running for the 2019 and 2020 bidding process.

Republican Finally Demands Charges in Duggar Scandal... Against Police Chief Who Followed the Law

David Pakman | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
David Pakman

Naturally, I was heartened and optimistic this morning when I read that a Republican finally stepped up and was calling for charges in the case. Unfortunately, Arkansas State Senator has called for charges against Kathy O'Kelley, Chief of the Springdale, Arkansas police.

A New Ireland Has Been Born

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Ruairí McKiernan

The yes vote has inspired a generation just as Ireland prepares to commemorate the 1916 rising. It has shown us what is possible when we dare to dream and realise our huge power to change reality no matter how impossible it might seem.

19 Hypocrisies and Counting

Domenick Scudera | Posted 05.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Josh Duggar is a role model. Everyone says so. Mike Huckabee has already pardoned him, and he's not even president yet!

Could Pregnancy Be A Way For Queer Teens To Avoid Bullying?

Posted 05.25.2015 | 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 Importance of Finding Your Tribe (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 05.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-05-22-1432338746-5872862-2015052214323122322116311RobertandGarysmall.jpgThroughout Robert Scott's life, he had an alcoholic father, became overweight and addicted to drugs, and was affected by the AIDS crisis in San Francisco in the 1980s. Reflecting on his life, he realizes one thing: the importance of finding one's tribe.

How and Why Everyone Needs to Support LGBTQQ Young Adults Who Are Living with Cancer

Emily Drake | Posted 05.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Emily Drake

Regardless of age, having cancer is a difficult experience. Living with cancer as a young adult presents unique challenges, such as dealing with reduced or impaired fertility rates, disruptions in education plans, etc. However, being diagnosed with cancer as a LGBTQQ-identified person, involves other difficulties.

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Even Republicans Aren't Happy With The New GOP-Led Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics

Democrats and Republicans alike are unhappy with the GOP-led Congress. Fox looks to the polls to narrow down contenders in the GOP debate, which coul...

Liz Page Talks 30th Anniversary of AIDS Walk Boston and LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 05.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with Liz Page founder of the AIDS Walk Boston & 5K Run that's in its 30th year and takes place on Sunday June 7th.

Mormon Mother Fighting for LGBTQ Inclusion in Her Church

Wendy Montgomery | Posted 05.21.2015 | Religion
Wendy Montgomery

Growing up in a very conservative religious environment, it turned our world upside down when our 13-year-old son came out to us. The learning curve was steep since we were coming from a place of almost total ignorance about all things LGBT-related.

Girl Scouts Have Awesome Response To 'Family' Group That Wants To Ban Trans Scouts

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 05.22.2015 | Gay Voices

A "family" group doesn't want transgender girls accepted into the Girl Scouts of the USA, but the Girl Scouts sure don't care. Last week, the Amer...

After Marriage: It's All About Global Equality

Joel Simkhai | Posted 05.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Joel Simkhai

Like many of you, I have been eagerly following the news about the Supreme Court hearing on marriage equality. This is undoubtedly an exciting time for our movement and I am holding my breath hoping for a historic win. It is also the time to start the community conversation about the next chapter of our movement.

Messages From the Playground: Healing Homophobia Before it Begins and Preventing Bullying Before it Starts

Chris Tompkins | Posted 05.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Chris Tompkins

Talking about shame, we are exposing it and nipping it in the bud. Having uncomfortable conversations with children at a young age doesn't put them at risk, instead, it does the opposite. It keeps them from risk.

Trans Icon Janet Mock Gives Heartfelt Advice To Young People Struggling With Identity

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 05.21.2015 | Gay Voices

As a kid, transgender icon Janet Mock felt like her gender identity was policed by those around her. In a recent video for the "It Got Better" pro...

Bobby Jindal Vows To Enforce Religious Freedom Measure Through Executive Order

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) said Tuesday he plans to issue an executive order "to accomplish the intent" of a religious freedom bill that died in ...

I'm Coming Out: Underrepresented LGBT Perspectives on HIV/AIDS

Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr. | Posted 05.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.

As an HIV-positive gay man, I believe that coming out is never-ending. I will hopefully continue to meet new people until my last day. And I will probably come out to them about something--my status, my orientation, my tattoos--every time.

Barnard Likely To Usher In Transgender Women

Metro | Posted 05.19.2015 | Women
Metro

Women's colleges across the country are re-assessing how transgender women fit into their communities.