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An Interview With Sofia: John Mayer Meets kd lang

Tristan Higgins | Posted 12.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Tristan Higgins

I recently sat down with up-and-coming singer-songwriter Sofia. We had so much fun talking that I lost myself in a few places. What? I'm not a professional journalist. I am a butch lawyer who writes a blog, and I can count on one hand how many times I have actually sat down with another butch. What follows is (most of) our conversation.

HoliGay Shopping List

Nick Norton | Posted 12.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Nick Norton

A great resource that I would like to direct you to is the Human Rights Campaign's Holiday Buyer's Guide, which provides a comprehensive review of a great number of businesses concerning how LGBT-friendly they are.

Law Professor: National Same-Sex Marriage 'Overwhelmingly Probable' Next Year

Robert J. Feldman | Posted 12.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Robert J. Feldman

We verily hope, pray and believe that the Professor Leonard's bold assertion that same-sex marriage will become the law of the land next year will come to pass. It is my prediction that Professor Leonard is right. The United States of America will finally recognize that love transcends gender.

Where It All Began...

Craig Stewart | Posted 12.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart

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12 Holiday Reasons to Be #Out2Enroll and #GetCovered

Kellan Baker | Posted 12.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Kellan Baker

Twelve months of coverage. If you signed up for coverage by December 15, you'll start the new year off with coverage on January 1, 2015 -- and unlike your New Year's resolutions, you'll be able to keep that coverage for the whole rest of the year.

Let's Talk About the South, You Guys

Rhys Harper | Posted 12.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Rhys Harper

When you are tempted to say things like "Ugh, (insert Southern state here) is a terrible state and I am never living there," I am asking you to just pause, and remember that there are LGBT people who live in that state and love that state.

Elise Foley

House Democrats: LGBT Immigrant Minors Need Better Protections

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly 60 House members demanded in a letter sent Monday to the Obama administration that it provide more information on when it will im...

Kansas Pastor Claims She's Received Death Threats For Officiating Same-Sex Weddings

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.14.2014 | Religion

A Kansas pastor is refusing to give in to hate. Rev. Jackie Carter, a pastor at First Metropolitan Community Church, claims she’s been getting de...

Legendary Hulk Hogan Says Pro Wrestling Has Moved Past Its 'Barbaric Mindset' About Gays

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 12.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Pollo Del Mar

Not long ago, sports -- including big-time wrestling -- were less accommodating for gay competitors. Only recently have most pro athletes remained active in their chosen careers after coming out.

Are Bisexual Women More Prone To Substance Abuse?

Posted 12.14.2014 | Gay Voices

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices, in a partnership with blogger Scout, LGBT HealthLink and researcher Michael G. Bare, brings you a round up of some of t...

What This Gay Atheist Learned From Being an Evangelical Christian

Chris Sosa | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion
Chris Sosa

After a few years outside the isolation of an Evangelical community, these are values I find most lacking in the mainstream and would pass on to others who are still building their own identities.

Zeke Stokes Talks New Tie Line, GLAAD and LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 12.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with Zeke Stokes, Vice President of Programs at GLAAD, about his new line of handmade men's ties, his passion for fashion and his spin on LGBT issues.

We're Here, We're Queer, We're Covered!

Julian Aldana | Posted 12.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Julian Aldana

This year, young LGBTQ adults who still lack health insurance have another chance to sign up and reap the benefits of coverage. Some of those benefits include free HIV screenings, depression screenings, well-woman visits and preventive services such as pap tests and mammograms.

Holiday Gift Ideas for Gender Non-Conforming Kids

Julie Tarney | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents
Julie Tarney

When it comes to gift buying for kids -- at Hanukkah, Christmas or birthdays -- I'm an advocate for giving a child something they really want. In other words, gifts are supposed to add to a child's happiness. And my emphasis here is on the stand-alone word "child's," with no gender-labeling modifiers.

How Did a Visit to a Barbershop Change a Transgender Man's Life? (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 12.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-12-12-20141210CharliePoulsonsmall.jpgWhen Charlie Poulson began his gender transition in college, his transition was followed with great interest by the people in small-town Ames, Iowa. Everyone knew he was transgender. But then he went on a trip to Rome.

Children Of LGBT Couples Share Their Experiences Growing Up

Posted 12.12.2014 | Gay Voices

This week’s installment the Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family™” series looks at the health and well-being of c...

And Now for the Reception

Lorri L. Jean | Posted 12.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Lorri L. Jean

Before we think we're done, let's remember: just like in real life, after the wedding comes the reception. What will happen now in states where marriage is legal but public support remains low?

Why LGBTQ Scholarships Are Crucial: One Gay Man's Personal Story

Tommy Craven | Posted 12.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Tommy Craven

As a young gay man in conservative southern Indiana, I had lots of reasons to argue that LGBTQ scholarships were indeed very necessary. I dreamed of going to college in NYC where I could express myself freely. However, with my mom's very low income the idea of affording college in NY seemed an impossible dream.

Three New Books on the Theme of "It Isn't Easy Being Gay"

Janet Mason | Posted 12.10.2014 | Books
Janet Mason

I have never been one to complain about my lot -- after all coming out as a lesbian was, for me, a kind of freedom (and I wouldn't trade my life for any other). But I was reminded of the fact that it is still hard to be gay by three new books that I recently read.

If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mothers

Elizabeth Baudouin | Posted 12.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth Baudouin

The doctor didn't expect to find what he found. It wasn't ovarian cancer but it certainly was everywhere. Her biopsy went to the cancer board -- you know, the one filled with the "experts" who would try to figure out what we were dealing with.

Is Your Online Persona Killing Your Game?

Nicholas Marlin | Posted 12.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Marlin

In the age of digital dating your online persona can make or break you. With as much as 70 percent of gay couples now meeting online, it's difficult to argue the importance of your online persona. Mountains of revealing personal information is available to any potential love interest with a just few simple keystrokes.

Boil the Water

Zeke Stokes | Posted 12.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Zeke Stokes

I grew up in an age in which contracting HIV was tantamount to a death sentence. Thankfully, that's no longer the case. But it's no longer the case so long as someone is tested, diagnosed, and receives a continuum of treatment. In the U.S., we are currently missing the mark by a mile.

Retreats Help LGBT Youth Reconnect With Spirituality

Religion News Service | Caleb K. Bell | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) Jordyn Garrett left home so he could become Olivia. Lerato “Lee” Mokobe left South Africa to pursue her dreams, but can’t return ...

My First Experiment in Non-Monogamy

Kevin Thornton | Posted 12.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Kevin Thornton

My last relationship was a gay, polyamorous, open, interracial threesome. (I know, very 2013.) In a time when gay couples are becoming remarkably mainstream, we were "destroying the sanctity of gay marriage," I would often joke. Some didn't find it funny.

Don't Let Seoul's Mayor Buckle to Homophobia and Transphobia

Andy Marra | Posted 12.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Andy Marra

As mayor, Mr. Park halted the enactment of Seoul's Charter of Human Rights for the city's upcoming observance of Human Rights Day. Why? The Charter included a provision stating support for non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.