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Queer Shame and How Liberal Communities Harm the Children They Embrace

Marissa Castrigno | Posted 09.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Marissa Castrigno

Plenty of mothers hang rainbow flags in honor of their children and then make a point to make a positive comment about visibly queer couples. To be a spectacle, even for someone's kind liberal gaze, still makes you a spectacle.

Still Fighting Against Marriage Equality? "Dude, Get Over It."

Nathan Manske | Posted 10.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

When Paul Lalonde was in his early 20s, he would watch conservative televangelist Charles McVety on TV every Sunday evening. Needless to say, it rubbed him the wrong way.

Both Feet Firmly Planted in Midair

Rev. Chris Glaser | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion
Rev. Chris Glaser

As the first Jesuit pope visited the United States, the first openly-gay Jesuit priest went to heaven. As John McNeill passed through the pearly gates, Saint Peter asked, "Where's your partner, Charlie?"

Ross Douthat And The Shocking Misunderstanding Of Liberal Christianity

Derek Penwell | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Liberals and conservatives, Protestants and Catholics are all having to come to terms with an increasingly secular landscape. Aspiring to be more like Ross Douthat's vision of Christian orthodoxy, in other words, is no longer a hedge against decline, if it ever really was.

Celebrating the Democratic Party's Commitment to Equality

Henry Muñoz | Posted 09.30.2015 | Latino Voices
Henry Muñoz

To a room full of elected officials, business leaders, entertainers, and civil rights activists --including Supreme Court plaintiff Jim Obergefell -- President Obama recited the major milestones that have been reached for the LGBT community during his presidency

What Can We Do To Help Each Other?

Apryl DeLancey | Posted 09.29.2015 | Women
Apryl DeLancey

Recently there have been a couple of events I attended where the audience asked the panel or speaker, "What can we do to help each other?" One question came from the LGBT community and the other from an entrepreneurial women's event.

Azealia Banks Is the Donald Trump of Rap

Domenick Scudera | Posted 09.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Ms. Banks thinks that she is somehow advancing the cause for women of color and bisexual women, so I wanted to be as kind and respectful as possible. But it is difficult to maintain positive thoughts toward someone so mean-spirited.

Whoops! Pizzeria That Refused To Cater Gay Weddings Just Catered A Gay Wedding

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 09.29.2015 | Gay Voices

Remember Memories Pizza, the Indiana restaurant that refused to serve same-sex couples at their weddings using the defense of Indiana's controver...

Kerry Washington Gives Empowering Message To LGBT Youth

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 09.29.2015 | Gay Voices

Actress Kerry Washington dropped in for AOL Build last week to discuss a number of topics, including winning GLAAD's Vanguard Award earlier ...

Azealia Banks Compares The LGBT Community To 'Gay White KKK's'

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 09.29.2015 | Gay Voices

(Note: The following story includes graphic language.) Azealia Banks compared the LGBT community to "gay white KKK's" in a recent tweet days afte...

4 Tips for a Top GSA

Desiree Raught | Posted 09.25.2015 | Education
Desiree Raught

As both a Gay-Straight Alliance Sponsor for McKinley Tech High School in Washington, D.C., and an LGBT Liaison for my school district, I have learned -- and am excited to share -- a number of tips that can help Gay-Straight Alliances make schools safer and more supportive for all students.

Pope Francis Filled Me With Hope

Aaron Jay Ledesma | Posted 09.25.2015 | Religion
Aaron Jay Ledesma

President Barack Obama welcomed His Holiness Pope Francis to the U.S. during a White House ceremony, and I was there. The experience was full of emotions. While of course I was excited to just see the pope and the president from a distance, I was also excited and curious to hear what His Holiness would say.

Dear Matthew Gates: Thanks For Being Revolutionary

Brian Stewart | Posted 09.25.2015 | College
Brian Stewart

Whether you believe it or not, your decision to own and share your truth has already inspired someone else to do the same. Like yourself, I was raised in a black household, in a black neighborhood, and attended a black church. Like yourself, my experience at my HBCU was bittersweet.

The Unexpected Queer Pleasures of Ryan Adams' Taylor Swift Cover Album

The Daily Dot | Posted 09.25.2015 | Entertainment
The Daily Dot

Ryan Adams and Taylor Swift might make for a seemingly unexpected mashup, but the pairing isn't all that unusual. Girl Talk's Feed the Animals and Night Ripper brought together acts as seemingly incongruous as Notorious B.I.G., Aphex Twin, and Elton John to form something totally new and totally transcendent. Who knew that Dolla would bring out the best in Avril Lavigne?

The Pope's Arrival in the United States: The Personal and the Political

Ben de Guzman | Posted 09.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Ben de Guzman

His most brilliant move of the morning was to own what is often a core contradiction of religion: although religion often relies on tradition and a consistency of dogma and practice to achieve its ends, the Pope reminded us, "we know that things can change."

Tunisian LGBT Activist: Gay Community Is Persecuted As So-Called Progressives Stay Silent

HuffPost Maghreb | Rihab Boukhayatia | Posted 09.25.2015 | World

A 22-year-old male Tunisian student was sentenced Tuesday to one year in prison for having sexual relations with a man, in accordance with Article...

Gay Teen's Catholic School Says He Can't Bring His Date To Homecoming

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 09.25.2015 | Gay Voices

FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13 A gay student at an all-boys Catholic prep school in Memphis, Tennessee, says school administrators are refusing to a...

LBT Media Guru Ebone Bell to Be Honored at 25th Mautner Anniversary Gala

Desiree Raught | Posted 09.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Desiree Raught

On Friday, September 25th the Mautner Project of Whitman-Walker Health, a leader in health services for LBTQ women, honored 3 outstanding members of the LBTQ women's community at their 25th annual Mautner Gala.

Caitlyn Jenner Is Not a Perfect LGBT Rights Advocate

The Daily Dot | Posted 09.24.2015 | Entertainment
The Daily Dot

The idea that Caitlyn Jenner must be a perfect advocate runs the risk of assuming that trans people cannot think differently, or if they do, their transness is diminished. The sad truth is that many individuals still have lukewarm support of marriage equality.

On Loving a Bisexual Man

Janson Wu | Posted 09.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Janson Wu

When I first started dating my husband Adam, he had just broken up with a woman. It was my first time dating someone bisexual, and I was filled with doubt and confusion as to whether this could work.

If You Think 'Straight-Acting' Is An Acceptable Term, You're An A**hole

Noah Michelson | Posted 09.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Noah Michelson

It's time we stop using "straight-acting" as some kind of dreamy, aspirational bridge-building tactic or lure. And while we're at it, how about we just stop trying to act like straight people all together and start acting like exactly who we are?

LGBTQ Literature Creates Social Justice in the Classrooms and Beyond

Michael Carosone | Posted 09.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

When LGBTQ literature is taught, read and analyzed in the community college English classroom, the clear message is that it is important enough to study and to include in the curriculum; therefore, LGBTQ people must be important enough to be considered as human beings and citizens.

Lawrence "Larry" Watson Talks Music For Social Change and LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 09.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with Lawrence "Larry" Watson who is performing with his Jazz Group "Workforce" and special guest guitarist Shun Ng at the Promise Place School Boston Gala that takes place Saturday September 26, 2015 at the Seaport Boston Hotel.

I'm Bi, Married and Proud

A.J. Walkley | Posted 09.23.2015 | Gay Voices
A.J. Walkley

It's #BiWeek and today, September 23, is Celebrate Bisexuality Day. As a newly married person, I've never been more proud to proclaim my bisexuality as I am today -- and part of that reason is because regardless of my past and present advocacy.

From Abused and Homeless to Ph.D.

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 09.23.2015 | Impact
DaShanne Stokes

"Oh, my God. Are you serious?" That's a reaction I often get when people hear how I accidentally discovered, at the age of twenty, that I was adopted.