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WATCH: We Asked New Yorkers One Question...

Nathan M. Schaefer | Posted 02.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan M. Schaefer

We asked New Yorkers to finish the sentence, I can get married, but I still can't... and here's how some of them responded.

These 2 Illinois Cities Earned Perfect Scores in New LGBT Equality report by the Human Rights Campaign

Reboot Illinois | Posted 02.02.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The Illinois General Assembly legalized same-sex marriage throughout the state in June, but individual cities have jurisdiction over other laws and policies that can be more or less inclusive of their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents.

Love-Based Activism

Stephanie Mott | Posted 02.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

If my purpose is to create change, to help bring about the end of legalized discrimination against LGBT people, my actions should be such that they are effective at bringing about that change.

Jason Mitchell Talks Wedding Planner Getting Groomed and LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 02.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with wedding planner Jason Mitchell about his new organizer, Getting Groomed: The Ultimate Wedding Planner for Gay Grooms, which offers a refreshing approach for gay men planning a wedding or commitment ceremony.

An Otherthan's Response to the System's Failure to Hold the Man Who Killed Michael Brown Accountable

Tristan Higgins | Posted 02.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Tristan Higgins

In my privileged, albeit otherthan, place, I have been profoundly affected by the killing of Michael Brown, the grand jury's decision not to charge Officer Darren Wilson with any crime for the death, and the reaction afterwards. I am trying to understand. Trying to process. Trying to synthesize my feelings. I want to be part of the solution.

Who Are We to Judge a Country Like Uganda?

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 02.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

I think that before 2009 few people around the world knew what the Ugandan people are like, with little media attention to the country following a bru...

Sending Love for the Holidays

Harry Cook | Posted 02.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Harry Cook

The holiday season is upon us and I thought this would be the perfect time to send some love out to my LGBTQ peeps. Christmas is that time of year when the tree goes up and some drunken relative goes down after one too many sauvignon blanc's. But most of all, it's about family.

Lesbian Romance on Gotham

Meg DeBussey | Posted 02.02.2015 | Entertainment
Meg DeBussey

The increasing popularity of comic-book adaptations and the success of the Batman franchise have garnered the latest installment of Batman-oriented entertainment: the new show Gotham.

Peter Pan: My First Lesbian Role Model

Dana Rudolph | Posted 02.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Rudolph

I know J. M. Barrie never intended Peter to be a girl, much less a lesbian. It was hardly a perfect fit then, but my childhood encounter with it remains a bright spot in my memory. Playing Peter was in many ways the beginning of my coming out process

These Two Dads In Rural Pennsylvania Are Changing Minds About Gay Families

Posted 12.03.2014 | Gay Voices

Today’s “Let Love Define Family™” series installment is written by RaiseAChild.US contributing writer, David Humiston of Pittsburgh, Pennsylva...

4 Reasons Anti-LGBT Christians Need To ReevaluateTheir Beliefs

Jeza Belle | Posted 01.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Jeza Belle

While I'm no stranger to the push-back that being both gay and a drag queen elicits from many religious folks, I am struck by the hateful manner in which many people attempt to mask their bigoted thoughts in pseudo-Christian comments as if to convince readers that they themselves speak for God.

Is There Hope For Egypt's LGBT Community?

HuffPost Maghreb | Najma Kousri Labidi | Posted 12.02.2014 | Gay Voices

EGYPT -- Since General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi came to power in June 2014, Egypt's atmosphere has been tense. The nation's law on demonstrations, adopted...

Halfway Home: A Training Guide For Finishing the Race To End AIDS

Erin Hohlfelder | Posted 02.01.2015 | Impact
Erin Hohlfelder

More countries and private sector actors need to step up their contributions to HIV/AIDS if we're serious about controlling and ultimately ending the disease.

A Santa Cause

Anthony Romeo | Posted 01.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Anthony Romeo

It's been a bit of a hectic time for us, Santa. But I want to take a moment to give you our Christmas list. It's not big this year, really. We really try, all year long, to be the best people we can be, and to work every day to be even better. And we know you see that. Dom and I need your help, Santa. We want a baby this year.

Human Rights and the Fight Against Trafficking

Juhu Thukral | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Juhu Thukral

Trafficking in persons clearly involves human rights concerns, based on the coercion, threats, or violence victims and survivors face. But the ways we as a community respond to human trafficking also involve very important human rights issues.

Now Is the Time to Scale Up PrEP in Los Angeles

Craig E. Thompson | Posted 01.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Craig E. Thompson

A revolution is underway in HIV prevention, and for the first time since the start of the AIDS epidemic in 1981, many in the HIV/AIDS community, including medical providers and health officials, say that an end to AIDS could be in sight.

World AIDS Day 2014: Young, Old, Black, White, MSM

Matthew Ebert | Posted 01.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

This is a conversation started over a dinner table, a glass of red wine, a chocolate mousse, in a luxurious hotel neither one of us could afford. On the dime of some charity--we talked about AIDS. I will admit I wanted to kiss him. So I didn't.

A Black Family Call to Action to Address the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks | Posted 01.31.2015 | Black Voices
Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks

As HIV/AIDS continues to disproportionately impact Black people, it is important to recognize key factors contributing to high rates of HIV infection.

How to Ensure 'It Gets Better' Now for LGBTQ Youth

Jeffrey Levi | Posted 01.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Jeffrey Levi

For decades, the country has approached the HIV/AIDS epidemic focused on individual behavioral risk. But, research shows that is only one part of the equation.

Is 'Coming Out' a Western Construct?

Ali Ahmadi | Posted 01.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Ali Ahmadi

Why is Western society so obsessed with pulling people into certain categories? In an era when sexuality is increasingly understood to be a fluid spectrum, why must we assume that any non-oppressive society must have its fair share of "out-of-the-closet" homosexuals?

Ferguson: Where Do We Go From Here?

Andrea L. Zopp | Posted 01.29.2015 | Chicago
Andrea L. Zopp

What has happened in Ferguson can either move us forward or push us back. Most of its residents are reasonable, peaceful people who want change. But right now, the fact is whatever happens in Ferguson affects black people everywhere as it relates to this singular issue of deadly police force.

Learning from Bayard Rustin in Harlem and Beyond: An Interview with Filmmaker Bennett Singer

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 01.28.2015 | Arts
Stacy Parker Le Melle

If Rustin was afraid or daunted, he never showed it. He kept living his life, standing up for anyone who needed a voice. He loved Black people, but as evidenced by his global activism, he loved all people.

These Two Women Unexpectedly Found Each Other... And Then Made A Beautiful Family

Posted 11.28.2014 | Gay Voices

November is National Adoption Month and RaiseAChild.US is celebrating with twice weekly “Let Love Define Family™” series installments in the Huf...

Justin Luke Zirilli Talks New Book The Gay Gospel and LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 01.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with Justin Luke Zirilli about his new book, The Gay Gospel, a survival guide written specifically for 20-something gay men that tackles dating, sex, breakups, family issues, personal finance and more.

Restlessness or Respectability? A Spiritual Freedom to Be Dangerous After Ferguson

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 01.26.2015 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

African American historians, womanists in particular, have long warned that "respectability" is an elite ideology that encourages the marginalized to conform to sociocultural standards and mannerisms defined only by those in power.