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The Black Church: Bold and Bad Enough To Accept and Affirm

Rev. Cedric A. Harmon | Posted 11.13.2015 | Black Voices
Rev. Cedric A. Harmon

The prevailing Black Church culture forces too many to face the untenable choice: hide behind a mask or be cast aside from an extended family they've known all their lives.

Where's Log Cabin Republican Activism This Campaign Season?

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

I am hoping to see LGBTQ Republicans publicly bring to the fore how being anti-LGBTQ in 2015 is a huge political liability for any Republican candidate, especially one seeking the highest office in the land.

Jonathan Welsh Talks Miami White Party Week and LGBT Issues (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlotte Robinson

Since its inception in 1984 the White Party Week has raised millions of dollars for Care Resource, South Florida's oldest and largest non-profit community health care focusing on HIV/AIDS research, prevention and currently extending medical services.

MassMutual Asks Gay Couples About Their Marriages -- Cue Tears

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A new ad by MassMutual gets to the heart of gay marriage -- the everyday beauty of it. Now that the right for the LGBT community to wed has been lawfu...

5 Reasons You Should Trade in Your Apps for a Real Matchmaker

Donovan Thompson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Donovan Thompson

I'm on a quest to help highlight the issues within our community that continue to both harm and divide us. Dating is no exception. I am convinced that many of the apps we use to connect are doing us a huge disservice.

Arrest Pastor Kevin Swanson?

Marc Leandro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marc Leandro

I believe that the words of Iowa Pastor Kevin Swanson at last weekend's so-called National Religious Liberties Conference, and on many previous occasions, may well meet the definition of incitement to illegal action.

Award-Winning Sex-Change Documentary Call Me Marianna Brightens Polish Film Festival in America

Greg Archer | Posted 11.12.2015 | Chicago
Greg Archer

Faith, trust and the courage to live as the person you know yourself to be all come into play in Karolina Bielawska's moving, award-winning documentary Call Me Marianna. The film has been turning heads at film festivals around the world.

Glad to Be Gay With Money, Where Do You Fit in?

David Rae | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
David Rae

Numerous studies report that in general LGBT Americans earn more and carry less debt than the general population. But does this mean we are actually better with money?

Dear Newlyweds: Take It From Me

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Julie R. Enszer

What helps us, besides the marriage license, now recognized in every state in the union, to imagine 25, 30, 40 years together? While I do not have good, concrete answers, these four observations suggest how we have woven the first 19 years -- and how we might continue to knit the next 19.

Gay Transphobia, 2015 Style

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

Neither the gay nor the ally community has been free of having to deal with the "ick factor," and there is just as much trans homophobia as there is gay transphobia, in my experience. Just as racism goes both ways, but is far more significant when directed against the powerless, gay transphobia is far more dangerous than trans homophobia.

Why We're Adding the Q to LGBT

Rebecca Isaacs | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rebecca Isaacs

I am proud to announce that Equality Federation's staff and board, several of whom identify as queer, have decided to add the letter Q to our mission and begin using the full acronym LGBTQ. To some this decision may seem like we are late to the party and to others it may be a challenge.

Restoring Honor to LGBT Veterans

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

Congress's repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was a watershed moment that ended institutionalized discrimination unjustly targeting gay, lesbian and bisexual service members. Yet thousands of service members who were discharged because of their sexual orientation still bear the scars of that discrimination.

Valley of the Judys

Noah Tsika | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Noah Tsika

Mateik, whose ongoing project There's No Place will be featured at Brooklyn's Morbid Anatomy Museum on Friday, November 13th, is interested in what's unexpectedly, expansively queer about such "gay icons" as Garland, Diana Ross, and Billie Jean King, among a whole host of others.

President Obama Is Not My Ally

Evan Greer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Evan Greer

Hearing Chelsea's voice was a powerful reminder: President Obama may talk a good talk when it comes to gay rights, but his Administration's policies speak louder than his speech-writer's words, and they're detrimental to LGBTQ+ people around the world.

Latinos Need More Than Bernie Sanders to See Progress--We Must Also Rebuke Neoliberals

César Vargas | Posted 11.10.2015 | Latino Voices
César Vargas

Conservatives and their policies (or obstruction of) have been tremendously destructive to the African-American and Latino community. But have neoliberals been any better for us?

To My Mormon LGBT Brothers And Sisters: God Knows And Loves You

Mica McGriggs | Posted 11.11.2015 | Religion
Mica McGriggs

Churches at their foundation operate as ministers, vehicles that deliver people to their healing, wholeness, liberation and salvation. What churches don't get to do is determine who enters the vehicle.

Is Lyme the New AIDS? Part Three: A Caution to Gay Men

David Michael Conner | Posted 11.10.2015 | Healthy Living
David Michael Conner

Note: This is the third and final entry in a series about how my life has been devastated by Lyme disease. With the advent of PrEP and effective med...

Mormon Church Punishes Children Of LGBT Parents for Parents' 'Transgressions'

John Halstead | Posted 11.10.2015 | Religion
John Halstead

In the Mormon view, children are not cursed by any "original sin" and children are not responsible for the sins of their parents -- until now. Despite of the Church's inept attempts to justify this policy, many Mormons and non-Mormons, are seeing it as punishing the children for the "sins" of their LGBT parents.

I Have Been Living With HIV For Five Years, And I'm Proud Of It

Gabriel Estrëla | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Gabriel Estrëla

I am alive, I am an artist, I am gay, and I am HIV positive. I am who I am, and I enjoy every day of my life. This is a reason to be proud. Yes, it is.

A Gay Mormon's Take on the Church's New Policy towards Same-Sex Couples

Kent Blake | Posted 11.10.2015 | Religion
Kent Blake

As a gay Mormon, I make my home in the borderlands. In a theology that says every man must be married to a woman in order to be with God and progress in heaven, gay Mormons are anomalies. No one quite knows what to do with us.

Pregnant Woman Walking (and Other Mystifying Acts)

Sarah Toce | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sarah Toce

There's nothing to see here. Just a nine-month pregnant woman making her way in the world so that her daughter one day has all the opportunities afforded to every male counterpart she encounters.

10 Reasons I Quit Online Dating

Barrett Pall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Barrett Pall

Dating isn't a game, there shouldn't be rules, and the longer you stay a player the longer you just get stuck playing a video game.

4 Murders of Gay Men in Yemen

Elham Manea | Posted 11.09.2015 | World
Elham Manea

Why should they care about the fate of four persons at a time when a whole population is being besieged, bombarded and starved to death? Yet this incident should send alarm signals worldwide -- for it does give us a taste of what is yet to come.

"Straight Women Don't Exist!" and Other Terrible Science Reporting

Nadia Khayrallah | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nadia Khayrallah

Recently, the internet erupted a bit over the scientific "discovery" that women are "bisexual or gay, but never straight."

Miley Cyrus And Her Tongue Help Raise $50,000 For Charity

The Huffington Post | Cole Delbyck | Posted 11.08.2015 | Entertainment

Miley Cyrus had quite the night at the LGBT Center's Vanguard Awards Gala Saturday evening. Not only was she honored with an award for her work ...