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Ricky Martin Says 'BREAK YOUR SILENCE,' Calls For Gun Control After Orlando

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 06.16.2016 | Latino Voices

The Orlando massacre has "proven that gun laws MUST change in this country," according to Ricky Martin. The singer took a stand on gun control in an o...

Inaction Cannot Be An Option

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Since 1963 more than 176,000 children have died from gun violence in America — over three times more than all the soldiers killed in action in the Vietnam War and every external conflict since. Our children have a right to grow up in a caring and decent society that protects their right to live and learn in safety.

I Refuse To Be Scared Back 'Into The Closet' After What Happened In Orlando

The Tab | Posted 06.17.2016 | College
The Tab

Being openly out now for almost three years, I have lived in fear, but I'm tired of that fear. The worst possible thing that could have possibly occurred just did, that's no reason to slink back into my closet. Now is the time to be prouder than ever and stand tall against tyranny and bigotry.

How The Gay Community Can Help Save America

Shawna Vercher | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics
Shawna Vercher

This community is well-organized, well-funded and now they are beyond angry.

'OITNB' Star Opens Up About The Time She Went To Jail... For Being Gay

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.16.2016 | Queer Voices

For The Huffington Post's "4 Inappropriate Questions With..." interview, Lea DeLaria looked back on the time she was arrested in Missouri for being ga...

What Addiction Recovery Can Teach Us About Change: Thoughts After the Shooting in Orlando

Constance Scharff, Phd | Posted 06.16.2016 | Queer Voices
Constance Scharff, Phd

How do we overcome addiction? Completely new actions. Can we apply the same principles to mass shootings?

Dad, It Could Have Been Me

Matt R. Salmon | Posted 06.16.2016 | Queer Voices
Matt R. Salmon

Even to this day, when I am with a man that I am dating and I want to hold his hand or kiss him, I often refrain; if I decide to give him a peck on the cheek or squeeze his hand I am never without the fear that someone might bring harm to us. That is, unless I am in a gay establishment.

As A Latino And Gay Person, I Grieve

Samy Nemir Olivares | Posted 06.16.2016 | Latino Voices
Samy Nemir Olivares

What happened in Orlando was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S history. It is one of the darkest chapters in our LGBTQ history. I can't help but think: This could have been me. This could have been any of us.

First Openly Gay Senator Wants Everyone To Remember Orlando Massacre Was A Hate Crime

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), who in 2012 became the first openly gay person elected to the U.S. Senate, wants to remind people that Sund...

To My Conservative Christian Family: A Response To The Orlando Shooting

Isaac Archuleta | Posted 06.16.2016 | Queer Voices
Isaac Archuleta

The true effects of homophobia don't exist on the external surface where crime is committed. They rest in the fabric of the human soul who has been taught that they aren't as good, intrinsically, as their heterosexual neighbor.

Tribute To The Orlando Victims

Lena Hades | Posted 06.16.2016 | Crime
Lena Hades

I have drawn these sketches to pay tribute to the Orlando victims. Juan Ramon Guerrero, Leroy Valentin Fernandez, Martin Benitez Torrres, Rodolfo A...

#OrlandoStrong Shows The World Standing In Solidarity With The LGBTQ Community

The Huffington Post | Jenna Amatulli | Posted 06.16.2016 | Queer Voices

The 49 people killed in Sunday morning's massacre at Pulse, a gay nightclub, in Orlando, Florida, will never be forgotten. Not because they were part ...

Homophobia: The Undeclared World Epidemic

Donovan Thompson | Posted 06.16.2016 | Queer Voices
Donovan Thompson

To all of the homophobes out there -- you were raised by the doctrines of the same hate group that birthed this massacre. You share sentiments that have resulted in death. You may not have pulled the trigger here, but your words and beliefs were his inspiration and will surely embolden others to do the same.

Orlando: One Tired Gay Person's Perspective

Cynthia Huggins | Posted 06.16.2016 | Queer Voices
Cynthia Huggins

I am a fairly well known, highly visible, openly gay person of ambiguous gender. And tonight, after Orlando, I am nervous. If you're not gay or trans, please don't pretend to know what that feels like. No offense, but you just don't.

This New Film Looks At What Happens When A Parent Transitions

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.16.2016 | Queer Voices

With her own wedding just around the corner, filmmaker Sharon Shattuck began to examine her parents' unique relationship in the new documentary film, ...

We Must Expunge The Culture Of Hatred

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

There is a culture of hatred in our midst, targeting our LGBT community. It is not some remnant of a generation soon to pass, nor merely a product of the fringe. To some degree, it is born in the halls of our own offices of government offices, and lauded by some of our own so-called leaders.

When Religion Is Hijacked By Hate

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 06.16.2016 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

It has become so predictable that you can practically set your clock by it. I'm talking about the point after a national trauma when actual Christianity gets hijacked by someone spewing hate.

Beyond Anger and Politics, An Attack Close To Home

Nate Warden | Posted 06.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Nate Warden

I woke late on Sunday, June 12, 2016. I had been out dancing with friends the night before and when I opened my eyes, I found many more phone notifications than usual. In the moments that followed, I skimmed headlines and texts; I tried to process quickly.

Why We Have Pride

Asher Huey | Posted 06.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Asher Huey

Pride is when we show that no matter what is thrown at us, we won't be ashamed. We have pride to show the world that we are not embarrassed about who we are.

Burn It All Down

Tristan Higgins | Posted 06.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Tristan Higgins

Since he (and all of us) has the right to hate, we must remove the awful temptation to turn that hate into violent action. Without a gun, he's just a homophobic asshole. With one, he is a homicidal maniac. No one should be allowed to burn it all down.

We Are All Orlando

Stephanie Battaglino | Posted 06.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Battaglino

Innocent, vibrant lives were taken far too early. Bright lights of hope for a better, more loving tomorrow snuffed out in the blink of an eye and in the muzzle flash of an AR-15.

On Fear And Pride

Lauren Kelly | Posted 06.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Lauren Kelly

Even though I didn't choose it, and even though I have never, ever felt more exposed, and even though I know I'll never actually be done coming out, I am so proud to be a part of this community, a community that most certainly includes straight allies, without whom I wouldn't feel as safe and accepted.

Love Is Love Is Love...

Kristen Noel | Posted 06.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Kristen Noel

Self-love is a result of showing up for our own work. If we want to profess that 'love is love' and fill our social media sites with hashtags, we must first fill our own wells of compassion...unconditional compassion and love. Tap into it that beautiful well within and watch what flourishes.

Happy Pride! Here Are 28 Characters That Made Us Proud To Be Queer

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.15.2016 | Queer Voices

In recent years, shows like "Transparent” and "Orange Is the New Black” have been honored with critical accolades for their diverse, complex portr...

Dalai Lama Warns Against Scapegoating Muslims After Orlando Shooting

Reuters | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.15.2016 | Religion

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Monday called the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in which 50 people died, a "very serious...