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New Dungeons & Dragons Rules Embrace Diverse Gender Identities, Sexual Orientation

Dana Rudolph | Posted 07.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Rudolph

Many of us have been bending our characters' genders and sexual orientations for years, but it's terrific to see the game officially embrace this.

What If Gay Men Forgave One Another?

Josh Hersh | Posted 07.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Hersh

Maybe forgiveness is a muscle we've allowed to get flabby and weak. Maybe we've been holding out for an apology from our perpetrator that may never arrive. The truth is that when we refuse to forgive others, we only imprison ourselves.

Anti-PrEP Scare Tactics

Peter Staley | Posted 07.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Peter Staley

Anti-PrEP hysteria is hitting new lows, with attempts to frighten early adopters of Truvada PrEP, the pill that is highly effective at blocking HIV infections.

Reflections on the Presbyterian Church General Assembly and How Gracious Debate Can Lead to Action

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 07.17.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

If one of America's historic mainline churches can respectfully and prayerfully debate important issues like marriage, justice or geopolitical conflicts -- and reach a conclusion graciously -- might this be a turning point in our national debates? I have hope that this is so.

10 Being the Worst Pain You've Ever Experienced in Your Life...

Tristan Higgins | Posted 07.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Tristan Higgins

Sometimes I wonder if the pain is all in my head. If it really hurts or I just think it does. This is especially true whenever I find myself at a doctor talking about my "situation."

Utah Asks SCOTUS For Stay In Case Recognizing Same-Sex Marriages

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics

The office of Utah's attorney general has filed an emergency petition to the U.S. Supreme Court seeking a stay on a ruling that the state must legally...

To Sir with Love or Ain't I a Woman Too

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 07.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

I am a woman with a deep voice; I am almost always called "sir" over the telephone. When I correct the person I usually say, "It's not sir, I am a woman with a deep voice." I get various reactions after that.

Black Women Speak Out Against White Gay Men For 'Stealing' Their Culture

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 07.16.2014 | Gay Voices

A recent article criticizing white gay men for perpetuating "aggravating" and "damaging" stereotypes of black women has sparked many conversations abo...

More Athletes Like Ian Thorpe Needed to Help Fight Homophobia

Steve Siebold | Posted 07.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Steve Siebold

In an ideal world, Australia's famed swimming star Ian Thorpe should be known for one thing: dominating the sport of swimming. But of course, we don't live in an ideal world, and ever since Thorpe entered the limelight more than 15 years ago, rumors about his sexuality have swirled in the media and in the public forum.

Dolly Parton Talks Fame, Fans and Dance Music

Chris Sosa | Posted 07.15.2014 | Entertainment
Chris Sosa

Country music has but one queen, and she has no intention to abdicate the throne. Dolly Parton has entered a new phase of increasing cultural relevance.

ENDA: The Nightmare Scenario in Which GOPers Push a Bad Bill That Gay Groups Dropped

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 07.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Believe it or not, right now some Republicans are working feverishly to get support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the GOP and try to pass it in the House in this session, with the dangerous religious exemption that caused LGBT groups to withdraw support. The irony here is off the charts.

The Beginning of the Rainbow

Jeff Bogle | Posted 07.21.2014 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

Kids cannot develop a worldview if the world is kept from them and they cannot learn empathy if they are unaware of the struggles of others -- past and present.

22 Years Later: Thank You, Colorado!

Conor Gaughan | Posted 07.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Conor Gaughan

In the fall of 1993, my eighth grade English teacher assigned our first research paper. I wrote about a Colorado's Amendment 2, which prevented any town, county or the state from passing laws that would make discrimination against gays illegal.

Marriage Equality, But What About Divorce?

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 07.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

I was with my wife for nearly 10 years before we were married the first time, we had two kids, and I never considered a prenuptial agreement, because I thought it would be forever.

An Inside Look at America's Diverse Travelers

Cesar M. Melgoza | Posted 07.14.2014 | Travel
Cesar M. Melgoza

By taking language preferences, historical tours and tailored resources into consideration, attractions can ensure that vacationers are having the most fulfilling experience possible while maximizing their profits.

Al Mohler Is Right About One Thing When He Says, 'No Third Way!'

Ken Wilson | Posted 07.14.2014 | Religion
Ken Wilson

People who are gay come to churches as indivisible beings. Like the seamless garment of Jesus, they cannot be split into parts that can be included and other parts that can be excluded.

Tatted Rugby Realness: Jaye Lish

Matthew Terrell | Posted 07.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Terrell

Livingston looked forward to the yearly rugby drag ball when all the butch, bearded, tatted players donned too-tight skirts and cheap wigs for charity. Although he never won Miss Ruck (he got first runner-up twice though), rugby drag was essential to his spurring his drag career and finding lasting love.

Mayor Wants To Ban Gays From KISSING In Public

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 07.12.2014 | Gay Voices

An Italian mayor said this week that he finds kissing between people of the same-sex so "morally harmful" that he wants to ban it in his municipality....

Adding the Ally Voice to the Fight for Trans Justice

Glennda Testone | Posted 07.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Glennda Testone

I want to see a large and vocal movement of allies who are standing alongside transgender people and helping to create a just world where members of trans and gender non-conforming communities no longer face stigma and violence and have the same opportunities as everyone else.

HIV: Two Steps Forward and Just One Step Back

Ace Robinson | Posted 07.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Ace Robinson

HIV care, treatment and research seem to be more often taking two steps forward with each step back. For the first few decades after HIV was isolated and characterized, we far too often took two steps backward with each step forward.

Gay Son Reflects On Growing Up In The '80s With Lesbian Mom

Posted 07.11.2014 | Gay Voices

This week’s Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family” installment features an interview with Brian Doyle, age 41, a Los...

The Sign That This Dad Brought To A Gay Pride March Will Make You Believe In Better Tomorrows

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 07.11.2014 | Gay Voices

This week, a dad in India is inspiring us all to wear our hearts a little more obviously on our sleeves. Not content to merely support his son in ...

Your Problem With Guns or Gays Is Not Political

Robin Koerner | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Collapsing the subcultural divides in our society through actual human relationship dissolves our political differences, because it reveals that much of what we thought were differences of political principle are really rationalizations of the suspicion we feel toward those whose experiences and pleasures we simply cannot imagine sharing.

LGBT Month Celebrated in Federal Prison: A Validation for Lives Dismissed

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 07.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Christopher Zoukis

Prison is an odd place to be celebrating LGBT issues. To us non-LGBT prisoners, it can feel as if this celebration causes more problems than it solves. But if we look within ourselves and focus on the real issue then I think that we can come to the agreement that celebrating LGBT month in prison really wasn't a bad idea at all.

Booklet on Anti-Gay Propaganda a Useful Resource in 'Culture War'

Alvin McEwen | Posted 07.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Alvin McEwen

As LGBTs exist in the midst of all this drama regarding the so-called culture war, I thought I would talk about something near and dear to my heart.