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The Beautiful Story Of A Military Family Living And Loving In A Post-DADT World

Posted 06.20.2014 | Gay Voices

This week’s installment of the Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family” series honors the many LGBT-headed families wh...

Elegy for Things We've Lost

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 08.19.2014 | Gay Voices
J Nelson Aviance

Sadly, I feel that as a community we've lost something precious. Societal changes have swept away anti-gay laws in a lot of places in our country, and marriage equality is a reality -- or soon will be -- in many states. Yet what price did we pay to make that happen?

LGBT Rights: Not Just a #FirstWorldProblem

Steven Wozencraft | Posted 08.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Steven Wozencraft

The movement for international LGBT rights is not going to be won overnight. And while meetings in Stockholm or Washington, D.C. are important, the real work is being done by the on-the-ground activists in countries like Uganda, India, Myanmar, Lebanon, and Russia, many of whom risk their lives on a day-to-day basis.

LOOK: Hillary Rodham Clinton Signs 1,200 Books at University Book Store

Sarah Toce | Posted 08.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Sarah Toce

Hillary for 2016? The LGBT community may just have a clear front runner if the guest and media turnout was any indication.

'Gays-Only' Village Outed As Hoax

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 06.19.2014 | Gay Voices

Wanting to make a point about the violence facing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the Netherlands, a Dutch gay rights group th...

Gender Proud Presents: The Colombian Trans Woman Stranded in Hong Kong for 8 Months

Allie Hoffman | Posted 08.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Allie Hoffman

Her story starts in Colombia. As a trans woman, she was treated miserably. After a particularly brutal beating, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a pharmacist and scientist, and fled to Taipei, where she got a scholarship and began to live her life anew.

The Moment Is NOW for Professional Sports to Ban LGBT Discrimination

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 08.18.2014 | Sports
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Professional sports commissioners and team owners should follow President Obama's lead and ban LGBT discrimination on the field and in the locker room, in boardrooms and contracting, among fans and employees -- and they should do it now, in this national month of Gay Pride.

I'm Running for U.S. Senate to Promote LGBT Equality in Washington the Way We Have in Maine

Shenna Bellows | Posted 08.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Shenna Bellows

We need a national Human Rights Act along the lines of the Maine Human Rights Act. We need to outlaw discrimination in employment, housing, credit, public accommodations and educational opportunity on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation -- once and for all, nationwide, no exceptions.

Netherlands Planning To Build Gays-Only Village?

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 06.19.2014 | Gay Voices

UPDATE -- June 19: The proposed "gay village" in Tilburg, Netherlands, was an elaborate hoax orchestrated by a Dutch gay rights group to raise awarene...

For Matthew Shepard and His Family

Enrique Torre Molina | Posted 08.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Enrique Torre Molina

At the end of my first year in college, just when I began to come out to my family and friends, I read about a young man in the United States, Matthew Shepard, who had been brutally murdered for being gay. This shocked me for many reasons -- first, because I identified with a few of Matthew's traits.

Taking the LGBT Sports Movement to the Next Level

Avery Stone | Posted 08.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Avery Stone

After leaving this latest LGBT Sports Summit -- and ruminating on the movement's progress -- I cannot help but consider the next level. We need to take what we've learned and go big or go home. Here are my top three takeaways.

Who Is Writing Your Story

Kent Reiersgaard | Posted 08.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Kent Reiersgaard

Here's the short story: We're a legally married, Washington State couple living the life of our dreams. But it wasn't an easy road.

How the LGBT Experience Will Transform the Practice of Mindfulness

Jay Michaelson | Posted 08.16.2014 | Religion
Jay Michaelson

Does being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender have anything to do with practicing mindfulness? Sure. Over the years, many LGBT voices have made themselves heard within Buddhist communities, and have enriched the sangha as a result.

Jennifer Bendery

Obama Leaving His Mark On Judiciary As Senate Confirms Gay, Black Judges

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate made history on Tuesday with its vote to confirm Darrin Gayles to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florid...

An Inch at a Time Toward ENDA

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 08.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

This is what liberty and justice for all looks like: making sure that that equal protection equally protects all Americans.

Sam Stein

Congressional Republicans Go Silent On Obama's LGBT Discrimination Order

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama announced Monday that he’s moving forward with an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminati...

Finding Pride After Periods of Shame

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 08.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Gregory G. Allen

When I moved to New York City in 1987, I was an 18-year-old closeted man unsure of what life had in store. A friend of my mother's back in Texas said she knew people who ran a church in the city, and this Southern Baptist boy was looking for something that reminded him of home and was eager to join them.

Top 10 Reasons LGBT New Yorkers Should Be Proud This Pride Season

Nathan M. Schaefer | Posted 08.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan M. Schaefer

It's the three-year anniversary of marriage equality in the Big Apple and the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling on DOMA, which cited New York in its decision as justification for the favorable outcome.

New Study Reveals Why People Forget To Take Their HIV Meds

The Huffington Post | James NIchols | Posted 06.16.2014 | Gay Voices

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices, in a partnership with bloggers Liz Margolies and Scout, brings you a round up of some of the biggest LGBT wellness stor...

An Open Letter to Parents

Brendan Draper | Posted 08.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Brendan Draper

We know the world is changing. Gay marriage is gaining support in households as well as in courts and legislatures, but there's still the fundamental problem that coming out as a gay man puts you in a minority community with majority parents.

Trans Dad: My Kids' Favorite Stuffed Animals Are Transgender

Mark Daniel Snyder | Posted 08.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark Daniel Snyder

Just in time for Father's Day! Willy Wilkinson is a Bay Area father of three kids, author, and public health consultant. In this video he tells adorab...

Talking Beauty Culture With Male Model Barrett Pall

Eliel Cruz | Posted 08.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Eliel Cruz

It's easy to villianize those who have won the genetic lottery. You know, the ones with the amazing metabolism that had abs before they even began wor...

Modern Families: Rethinking the Ties that Bind

Sunny Bjerk | Posted 08.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Sunny Bjerk

Let's face it: Even as we battle the myths surrounding race, gender, gender roles, sexuality, class, domesticity and the nuclear family, we haven't adequately addressed the myths or stigma around non-biological family structures.

For Pride Month, Daring To Be 'Wild And Precious' In A New One-Man Show

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 08.13.2014 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

Although he's a white gay man, Cadwell is clear that struggling with being "different" isn't unique to gay men or other sexual minorities.

ACLU's Work for LGBT Community Has Broad Reach

James Gilliam | Posted 08.13.2014 | Gay Voices
James Gilliam

Though much has changed since my first Pride celebration, we still face hurdles to full equality. We lack federal protections in the workplace and for LGBTQ students.