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How a Gay Dad Comes out Today - and Every Day

Ian Colvin | Posted 10.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Ian Colvin

Twenty years ago, the hardest words to ever come out of my mouth were, "I'm gay" -- and unfortunately, the reactions weren't as positive or as humorous as the reactions I get now. For so many young LGBTQ, the reactions still aren't favorable.

Coming Out and Taking In

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 10.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

Taking in is when we recognize the potential others see in us and let ourselves make meaning out of it.

Ireland's Hidden Gay History: 'The Outing' Grows as LGBT Rights Go Mainstream

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 10.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Charles Karel Bouley

They say love can be found in the most unlikely of places; well, if that's the case, then Ireland has a festival for you if you happen to be a member of the LGBT community. Called The Outing, all sorts of people from all around the world are having a ball and looking to fall in love.

Transgender Rights and Public Bathrooms

Paul Heroux | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics
Paul Heroux

It follows that if gender is part of someone's core identity it is a protected right. If someone identifies as a male, then it is his right to use a male bathroom. If someone identifies as a female, then it is her right to use a female bathroom.

Showing True Colors for Supportive Housing

Deborah De Santis | Posted 10.12.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

For too many LGBT young people, discrimination is one of the main reasons they end up homeless. Sometimes they are even thrown out on the streets by their own families, who will not allow them to live their lives as LGBT.

The Dangers Of Being LGBT In ‘Tolerant’ Philippines

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 10.12.2015 | World

This is the second part of a 10-part series on LGBT rights in Southeast Asia, which uncovers the challenges facing the LGBT community in the region a...

'Treated Like Animals': The Indonesian LGBT Story

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 10.12.2015 | World

This is the first part of a 10-part series on LGBT rights in Southeast Asia, which uncovers the challenges facing the LGBT community in the regi...

Being LGBT In Southeast Asia: Stories Of Abuse, Survival And Tremendous Courage

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 10.12.2015 | World

This is a 10-part series on LGBT rights in Southeast Asia, which uncovers the challenges facing the LGBT community in the region and highli...

Why I'm Stonewalling 'Stonewall'

Daniel Penchina | Posted 10.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Daniel Penchina

Stonewall, a film about a young gay man from Kansas set amid the Stonewall riots has been bombing at the box office. I didn't go see it. I also wouldn't watch a movie about the Montgomery bus boycotts that centered on a fictionalized white woman.

Halloween: A Gender Flexible Kid's Dream

Julie Tarney | Posted 10.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

So this year, while my Harry is planning their five costumes, I'm hopeful that the little boys who want to be this year's Pink Power Ranger and the girls who fancy themselves as Antman get the encouragement they need to find and express every magical ounce of their Halloween joy.

The Gendered Journey

Maya Zuckerman | Posted 10.09.2015 | Media
Maya Zuckerman

The world is actually getting better. Fifteen years into the 21st century, life on the whole has improved for a great deal of humanity. Access to basic needs like food, shelter, water, education and work has improved.

'I Lost Everything Within A Day' Of Disclosing HIV Status

Nathan Manske | Posted 10.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

Cody Walker was in a relationship and had a great new job. But then he got his diagnosis that he was HIV positive and he lost everything.

Dear Black People: A Word from a Gay Black Man

Donovan Thompson | Posted 10.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Donovan Thompson

Being black and gay is one of the most unique and undesired perspectives to have, but it's mine. I have a problem with a community that I belong to, love and support choosing not to fully embrace me because I was born just as gay as I was black.

Coming Out and Being Out as a Lesbian Mom

Dana Rudolph | Posted 10.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Rudolph

I came out well before I became a parent, but even being out from day one of parenthood doesn't mean visibility is easy.

Jeanne Leszczynski Talks Women's Week in Provincetown 2015 and More (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 10.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This small discussion blossomed into the idea of a clambake on the beach for one weekend in October that would be called Women's Weekend. The event was a resounding success and today is one of the largest and longest running lesbian events in history

The Life and Death of Coming Out Trans

Stephanie Mott | Posted 10.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

Sometimes I am asked if it frightens me to be open as a transgender woman. Yes, of course it does. But I will not hide. I am not ashamed of who I am.

Black, Gifted and Whole: Celebrating the Brilliance and Resilience of Black Gay Men

George M. Johnson | Posted 10.08.2015 | Black Voices
George M. Johnson

Black Gifted and Whole is a revolutionary attempt to change the narrative of Black gay men across the world.

Gay Adoption Is Not Always Easy

Andrew Branham | Posted 10.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Branham

If I had to offer advice to other gay or straight couple's that are considering adoption it would be to simply 'do your homework.'

Out of Exodus: Interview with Alan & Leslie Chambers

Jamie Arpin-Ricci | Posted 10.07.2015 | Religion
Jamie Arpin-Ricci

At that time, Chambers apologized for the damage Exodus had done to so many people. While maintaining that much good had been done in the organization, he admitted that they had also brought a great deal of suffering.

10 Ways to Make It Easier for Your Child to Come Out

Laurin Mayeno | Posted 10.07.2015 | Parents
Laurin Mayeno

If your child is thinking about coming out, you probably don't know about it. You might suspect that your child is LGBT, or you may not have the slightest idea. There are ways that parents and caregivers can make the days before and after coming out much easier for their children.

The War On 'Political Correctness' Is Pointless

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 10.07.2015 | Latino Voices

It's time that we accepted this reality: there is absolutely nothing wrong with being "politically correct."  The phrase has been around for ages...

'Lesbian Danielle Steel' K'Anne Meinel on Breaking the Rules

Sarah Toce | Posted 10.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Sarah Toce

If there are any rules in storytelling, Meinel breaks them all. "Rules? What are rules? I break 'em every chance I get," she acknowledges.

The New Battleground for Same-Sex Couples Is Equal Rights for Their Kids

The Conversation US | Posted 10.07.2015 | Gay Voices
The Conversation US

Children born into same-sex families frequently are biologically related to only one parent, and the law recognizes only that one parent. The legal status of the child's relationship with her nonbiological parent varies from state to state.

Sharing the Stories of LGBTQ Youth: Matt, 15, Ossining, N.Y.

Diana Scholl | Posted 10.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl

"I feel like the sooner I can go on hormones, the better. I've been known at Matt since 8th grade, and have been using masculine pronouns since the beginning of 9th grade. But there are certain people who might not fully accept me until I am transitioning."

I Bring A Marrige Proposal To My Apartment

Robert Kingett | Posted 10.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Robert Kingett

While a relationship is definitely something we all hope for in our lives it's good to figure out a few things in one's life. It's good to wonder what could have been, or what would be. It's healthy for the soul to think about the alternative.