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Join Hands With Our LGBTQ Family

Farhana Khera | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Farhana Khera

The struggles of the LGBTQ and Muslim communities for freedom and equality are inextricably linked. That's why I am calling on American Muslims to focus on what unites us -- a common pursuit of dignity, equality and justice for all people.

Muslim Group Invites Islamophobic Congressman To Dinner, And He's A Total Jerk About It

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics

The Alabama Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations on Monday asked Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) to apologize for previously claiming that Mus...

(More Than) Prayers For Orlando: Taking Accountability For Our Own Role In Anti-Gay Violence

Gyasi Ross | Posted 06.23.2016 | Crime
Gyasi Ross

t's not just about the worst of the worst--the face of evil. It's also about us, the "regular people" who help create the environments that allow those faces of evil to fester. We have the power to change those environments.

The Deadly Plague Of Homophobia

Justin Utley | Posted 06.22.2016 | Queer Voices
Justin Utley

I can't pretend to know what was in his sick mind. But if Mateen was gay and was tormented by trying to reconcile that with his religion, culture, family and his own self-worth -- that I know something about.

North Carolina Governor Bashes Schools That Stand Up For Transgender Students

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 06.22.2016 | Queer Voices

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory continues to defend the state's sweeping anti-LGBT law despite public outrage and political backlash, going as far as ...

Rituals for Summer Solstice + Full Moon

Sofia Rose Smith | Posted 06.21.2016 | Religion
Sofia Rose Smith

Call a gathering of loved ones together, in person or on the phone. {You can also just gather with yourself, your sacred stones/candles, and the Sun}. Have each person light a candle, representing the Light of the Sun, Joy, and the Light that is always within us.

The World We Live In As LGBT Travelers

Dane Steele Green | Posted 06.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Dane Steele Green

Yes, every country in the world has a thriving gay community, but being gay in New York City is very different from being gay in Cairo.

Silence Is Killing Your LGBT Relatives

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 06.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

To call what happened in Orlando an "attack on America," or the act of a "radicalized Islamist," or not to call your LGBT family members at this time, sends the message: "Things are just as bad for you as they are for me." And that is simply not true.

5 Tips To Make Coming Out Easier

Alexandra Harra | Posted 06.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Alexandra Harra

When I was a little girl, I often wondered why my aunt--"Mama Mona," as I called her--was accompanied by her friend Allie every time she visited us. I...

'Coming Out' At 72: Who I Am And Why It Matters

Kenna Henderson | Posted 06.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Kenna Henderson

I'm struck by the fact that those who are least likely to know anything about us believe themselves most qualified to describe who and what we are.

An Open Letter To My Conservative Christian Family: A Response To The Orlando Shooting

Isaac Archuleta | Posted 06.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Isaac Archuleta

I truly understand how "hating sin" feels like it could produce religious stability or moral certitude. It's imperative, however, that we acknowledge that the hatred of mankind -- our hatred -- is causing death, not life. It's producing separateness, not communion.

The "Orlando Syndrome": Re-Traumatizing a Community of Survivors

Gary Cohan | Posted 06.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Gary Cohan

I'm a Los Angeles-based medical doctor who, for the past 25 years, has specialized in treating the LGBT community. I've witnessed the ravages of AIDS, the physical and psychological trauma of violent hate crimes, depression and suicide in a community specifically targeted for discrimination because of who they love.

The Real Tipping Point: Death At the Intersection of Hate, Poverty and Respectability Politics

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 06.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Kelsie Brynn Jones

While white trans women and trans feminine people have escaped much of the worst violence, Black, Latinx, Native American and other transgender people of color have not.

Conversations With LGBTQIA Muslims In Wake Of Orlando Shooting

The Huffington Post | Ishita Singh | Posted 06.21.2016 | HuffPost Live 321


The Biggest Lesson I Learned From The Pulse Nightclub Tragedy

Michael Cook | Posted 06.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Cook

There are so many lessons to take from this tragic event. Communication needs to be paramount in any relationship, but when you are truly speaking your truth and living out loud, as the person you truly are, it is crucial; for both sides.

Why Pride?

Audrey Mitchell | Posted 06.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Audrey Mitchell

Throughout the years, I have heard arguments that there shouldn't be a Pride, that straight people don't get a day to march around being proud of their sexual orientation (that's every day of the year btw), and that gay people ruined the rainbow.

Welcome To My Life As The Nation's First Transgender Teacher

Karen Topham | Posted 06.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Karen Topham

They tell me it was "brave" of me to transition back in the 90s, before people understood transsexuals and before there were any other examples of anyone doing what I was doing as a teacher, but I wonder how brave it can be to do the only thing in the world that you actually can do.

Terrorist Shoots, NRA Scores

Marty Rudoy | Posted 06.20.2016 | Comedy
Marty Rudoy

CLEVELAND: Goodyear Satire Co-- In sports news, the NRA Finals ended in victory as the Senate blocked four gun control measures supported by a 70% mi...

An Open Letter To Omar Mateen's Father

JD Stewart | Posted 06.20.2016 | Queer Voices
JD Stewart

I hope that parents of young LGBTQ children see your mistake and give their own the love and support they deserve.

Save Your Sympathy. You Are The Problem.

C.J. Prince | Posted 06.26.2016 | Queer Voices
C.J. Prince

When politicians fail to support equality and instead pass discriminatory legislation or when they refuse to speak out against that discrimination, they are helping to foster the climate in which LGBTQ people are feared, scorned, hated and, ultimately, targeted.

It's Time To Get Loud About Hate

Gretchen Kelly | Posted 06.20.2016 | Queer Voices
Gretchen Kelly

I believe that love always wins, that love will always defeat hate. This week that belief has been shaken.

The inclusion of all populations

Dr. Chris Beyrer | Posted 06.20.2016 | World
Dr. Chris Beyrer

I wanted to celebrate with colleagues and friends the enormous progress we have made in responding to the epidemic.

Queer Lives Lost: When Will Safety Be The Priority?

The Heller School | Posted 06.20.2016 | Politics
The Heller School

For queer and trans individuals nationwide, especially queer and trans people of color, safety from discrimination, harassment, violence and death is not a guarantee. Nor are other basic human rights.

A Red, White, & Blue Reflection

Justin Curmi | Posted 06.20.2016 | Politics
Justin Curmi

This is not the American dream, but the American reality. A dream is what occurs in the mind of an individual, whereas reality is what everyone experiences physically and mentally.

Dear Straight People Who Need To Know What Pulse #Orlando Means To Us

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 06.20.2016 | Queer Voices
Bino A. Realuyo

You see, gay clubs -- they're our family reunion. Where we found the brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts and even the parents who were missing in the past lives we have lead, the new family who saw us for what we were as soon as we accepted their embrace.