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Where Have All the Good Ones Gone?

Paula K. Garrett | Posted 06.15.2015 | Religion
Paula K. Garrett

I grew up thinking Billy Graham was a hero. My family was Baptist; my dad, a Baptist preacher. I was an adult before I realized Graham wasn't exclusively Baptist though by then he might as well have been because conservative Christians seemed, largely, to have let go of doctrinal differences in favor of ideological absolutes.

Can I Ever Forgive Evangelicals?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.15.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I noticed with interest and, quite frankly, surprise an article headline on the front page of The New York Times dated Tuesday, June 9, 2015, which stated: "Evangelicals Open Door to Debate on Gay Rights."

Boycotts or Love?

Michael Cheshire | Posted 06.15.2015 | Religion
Michael Cheshire

Look, at some point, the Christian church is going to need to dust off the old practices of a guy named Jesus, and simply start loving and caring for people where they are at.

What Are the Sounds of Transphobic Dinosaurs Dying?

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 06.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

Ultimately the age of dinosaurs will pass; their fossils will be discovered by future anthropologist-archeologists to be scrutinized, dissected, and viewed as oddities whose ideas will seem curious for their naiveté.

Open Letter to Deniers of Transgender Existence

Stephanie Mott | Posted 06.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

I have learned to let the light shine into my soul. Believe as you choose, but please do not block the light. It is very important to my ability to exist in this world. If I don't receive the light, I can not share the light with the world.

Here's How Laws Affect The Health Of Queer People

Posted 06.13.2015 | Gay Voices

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices, in a partnership with blogger Scout, LGBT HealthLink and researcher Susana Fajardo, brings you a round up of some of th...

Why North Carolina's Unprecedented Exemption Is Wrong For America

Jay Michaelson | Posted 06.13.2015 | Religion
Jay Michaelson

Some would say that LGBT people can simply find another magistrate to marry them; indeed, the North Carolina law requires that one be made available. This does mitigate some of the harm.

Anti-LGBT Groups Making Inroads Across East Africa

The GroundTruth Project | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
The GroundTruth Project

In some East African countries things may be getting worse for LGBT individuals. While recent attempts to further criminalize homosexuality have failed in Ethiopia and Rwanda, they've succeeded in Chad and Nigeria.

Lisa Viola Talks Provincetown Film Festival and LGBT Issues (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 06.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with Lisa Viola, Senior Programmer for the Provincetown International Film Festival that takes place June 17th to June 21st in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Why I'm Not Joining Graham's War on Islam

Michael Lambert | Posted 06.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Lambert

This month, Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Lindsey Graham gave what appeared to be an encouraging nod to Caitlyn Jenner, claiming she was "welcome in his party." Make no mistake: Graham still believes in all his "family" values. So why extend a hand to the new Ms. Jenner?

It's Time to End Discrimination in the Workplace

Toni G. Atkins | Posted 06.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Toni G. Atkins

This isn't an issue about choice or religion -- these are real people, losing their livelihoods, their sources of income, and they're more likely to become impoverished because we still have not extended protections to many LGBT people. Demanding the right to fair employment and fair workplace treatment is not demanding special treatment or advantages over others

Nick Jonas Is Not the Answer to Our Problems

Ken Schneck, PhD | Posted 06.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Ken Schneck, PhD

We Nick Jonas our issues: glitter up the problem with some star power (with visible abs), charge some hefty ticket prices and explain that, if we all just come together, everything will be fine.

Top 10 Drag Shows Around the World

Cheapflights | Posted 06.12.2015 | Travel

The kitsch. The camp. The queens. If you've ever been to a drag show, you know how entertaining they can be. Get an eyeful with our picks for the top 10 places to see a drag show.

Online Violence Against Trans Women Perpetuates Dangerous Cycle

Rep. Katherine Clark | Posted 06.12.2015 | Women
Rep. Katherine Clark

In much of the country, the absence of commonsense policies protecting transgender people from violence and discrimination means the Internet is often the one place the trans community can find a support network and real economic opportunity.

Why Mike Huckabee Fails His Christian Duty By Mocking Transgender People

USA Today | Kristen Powers | Posted 06.11.2015 | Religion

How should Christians treat transgender people? The answer seems obvious: With respect and love. Yet former governor Mike Huckabee, a favorite of C...

Why The Fight Against HIV/AIDS Still Continues

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 06.13.2015 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

As Black leaders, it is our duty to preserve our communities. In doing so, we must tackle issues that are at hand and be honest with our constituents. Individuals like Mario Cooper paved the way for us to address the disproportionate impact HIV/AIDS is having on minorities.

LGBT Voices for #BlackLivesMatter

Nadine Smith | Posted 06.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Nadine Smith

In a culture literally built on denying black people full humanity, in a society where the gains of the past are under constant attack, at a time when Stand Your Ground laws make fear and bias evidence to exonerate, it is important that we say clearly that Black Lives Matter.

How I (Didn't) Destroy a Fundamentalist Christian

Mike Neergaard | Posted 06.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Mike Neergaard

Our PFLAG chapter recently sponsored a session on the so-called "clobber verses" in the Bible. These aptly named verses are the pretext Christians use to oppose GLBT rights. A twenty-something woman came to the session, and afterwards, she had a question for the speaker.

The Guide to Pride: Nine LGBT Destinations to Visit This Summer (PHOTOS)

Travel + Leisure | Posted 06.11.2015 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

While LGBT pride events occur throughout the year, the summer is always a big time of year for the community to celebrate life and promote equality. The U.S. recognizes June as LGBT Pride Month in honor of the Stonewall Inn events that occurred in New York City more than 45 years ago.

Matt Sheehan

Alibaba Helps Chinese LGBT Couples Say 'We Do' in West Hollywood | Matt Sheehan | Posted 06.11.2015 | World

BEIJING -- It took a trip across the Pacific, but this week seven Chinese same-sex couples finally had the chance to say “I do” in West Hollywood....

Acceptance and Approval:Churches and LGBTQ People

Rev. Martha Spong | Posted 06.10.2015 | Religion
Rev. Martha Spong

Yesterday I was reading about Matthew Vines, author of God and the Gay Christian, and his continuing effort to be in dialogue with evangelical Christian leaders about the acceptance of LGBTQ people in the church.

Mormons Show Off Their Support Of LGBT Rights At Utah's Pride Festival

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 06.10.2015 | Religion

Mormons fighting for LGBT equality showed up in full force at this year’s Utah Pride Festival, an annual celebration and pride march that occurred t...

Ridin' on the "Threeway" of Love (Without a Pink Cadillac)

Josh Sabarra | Posted 06.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Josh Sabarra

It was the first time I'd been invited to join a threeway. "Hey, handsome," Sam began in a private Facebook message, "you seem like a lot of fun." A certified-platinum approval addict, I bit into the hook like a fish desperate for seven (or eight) inches of worm.

The W.H. Must Do More for Older LGBT Cancer Survivors

Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W. | Posted 06.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W.

The single biggest risk factor for developing cancer is age and older LGBTQ people are more likely to be living alone when cancer strikes. While we might wish that a lifetime of family rejection would be reversed upon hearing of a cancer diagnosis, sadly that is not always the case.

Can Evangelicals and Christians Coexist in America?

Derek Penwell | Posted 06.09.2015 | Religion
Derek Penwell

I just read an article entitled, "Can Gays and Christians Coexist in America?" Once again, I find myself annoyed by the presumption--the enduring arrogance present in unself-critically asserting that the "Christian position" with respect to LGBTQ people is by definition condemnatory.