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Diva Internet Sensation Has An Important Message For You

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.17.2014 | Gay Voices

Hopefully you saw the viral video of 15-year-old Brendan Jordan stealing the show while werking for the camera during a random news broadcast (we're e...

This Gay Couple Shares The Beautiful Story Of How Their Family Formed

Posted 10.17.2014 | Gay Voices

This week’s Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family™” series installment spotlights Ed and Joey, who have carved out...

Missouri Coalition Pushes State to National Leadership on LGBT Health

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 10.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

After today you might want to rethink the charms of the Show Me State. For the last year a local coalition has been pushing adoption of LGBT-welcoming policies at hospitals. In this week's release of HRC's Healthcare Equality Index, Missouri zoomed from 37th in the country to sixth in the number of local LGBT leader hospitals.

Black Colleges: Stop Discriminating Against LGBT

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 10.17.2014 | Black Voices
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

The reality is that most black colleges have not accepted sexual identity diversity as an issue with which they need to be concerned. A number of reasons have been suggested -- among these, a level of social and religious conservatism within the black community.

Courts, Churches Coming Around on LGBT Rights

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 10.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

By letting this decision, and others like it, stand, the Supreme Court seems to be recognizing the amazingly swift turnaround in public attitudes on the issue of same-sex marriage and on gay and lesbian rights, in general.

Making #SpiritDay 24/7, Not Just 10/16

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 10.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

What do we do tomorrow? When the purple is back in the closet (so to speak) and kids are still at risk and homophobia and transphobia are still real and present and bullying and killing our youth?

The Natural: Ritchie Torres Is Redefining Both Identity and Politics in New York City While Scoring a Big Win for LGBT Seniors

Christopher Murray | Posted 10.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Christopher Murray

At 26-years-old, the youngest member of the New York City Council is a self-proclaimed "old soul." He's a freshman Councilmember, but is already part of the leadership there, the chairperson of the Committee on Public Housing.

Distorted Love: The Toll of Our Christian Theology on the LGBT Community

John Pavlovitz | Posted 10.16.2014 | Religion
John Pavlovitz

We're making it virtually impossible for gay people to exist in our churches, and then feeling justified in damning them for walking away from God when they leave. The truth is that so often they aren't turning away from God; they're just removing themselves from harm's way.

A Letter to the People Who Hate Us Because of What Happened to Our Gay Son

Linda Robertson | Posted 10.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Linda Robertson

For those of you who are determined that we suffer and be held accountable for our mistakes, we can only say that the pain of knowing how deeply we wronged our son and not being able to sit down across from him and ask for his forgiveness is agony beyond all attempt to describe it.

Wild Times in LGBT Cultural Competency Trainings

Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W. | Posted 10.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W.

Cultural competence training is not a showdown; at best it is a profound meeting of diverse human beings who all want to offer the highest quality care.

Want to Create Change? Then Come Out

Harvey Makadon, M.D. | Posted 10.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Harvey Makadon, M.D.

In a talk I recently gave at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, I was asked to discuss the challenges and opportunities that I faced during a career as a physician who is also gay. These issues came alive for me as I was writing my talk when I found a letter I wrote to my father years ago:

Why I'm Voting for Wendy Davis

Amy Arndt | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
Amy Arndt

People who admit they aren't passionate about politics ask me why I'm voting for Wendy. As a mother, I'm voting for Wendy Davis because I agree with her position on women's reproductive rights. However, Wendy Davis is not a one-issue candidate.

Sarah Silverman's Equal Pay Video Faces Backlash

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 10.13.2014 | Women

Sarah Silverman's viral video promoting a new campaign to close the wage gap is facing backlash over a premise some claim makes light of gender confir...

Straight Pride... Really?

Shane Jordan | Posted 10.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Shane Jordan

Is it a double standard that I should be able to post pride images and you can't? No. You don't have to.

'The Talk' Cohost Aisha Tyler on Gay Marriage: Equality Is for All

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 10.13.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

While the towering six-foot-tall comedian says this is only one of many connections to the LGBT community, she admits it was personal prejudices faced in her interracial relationship that cemented her commitment to marriage equality.

Influential Caribbean Country Is Leaning Towards LGBT Rights

Jessica Joseph | Posted 10.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Jessica Joseph

According to a recent UNAIDS survey, Trinidad and Tobago's population is having a radical shift in attitudes towards LGBT Rights. It is not the only survey of its kind that reflects this.

A Letter to the Lost

Michael Varrati | Posted 10.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Varrati

It is a disheartening fact that, in 2014, so many kids...and also some adults...feel the anguish of a societal prison designed to stop an individual from being who they are inside.

The Fight Beyond Marriage Equality

Alex Hayden DiLalla | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
Alex Hayden DiLalla

I remember where I was a little over two years ago when my fellow North Carolinians voted to declare me and thousands of other LGBT North Carolinians as second-class citizens.

Carrying Forward the Legacy of Harvey Milk

Daniel Wein | Posted 10.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Daniel Wein

The sold-out audience was euphoric, still in a state of shock regarding a Supreme Court action that had unilaterally doubled the number of states with marriage equality earlier in the day. "Harvey Milk is looking down on us," Kristin Chenoweth had remarked to many throughout the night.

These Mormons Hope To Make Church More Welcoming Of Gays And Lesbians

The Associated Press | BRADY McCOMBS | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Court decisions this week paving the way for same-sex marriage to become legal in dozens of states, including Mormon stronghol...

Interview: Laverne Cox Presents New Hope For Trans Youth With Documentary The T Word

Sarah Toce | Posted 10.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Sarah Toce

The Emmy-nominated actress recently made history when she became the first transgender person to grace the cover of Time magazine in May of 2014.

What's the Real LGBT Health Epidemic?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.12.2014 | 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...

Trans and Intersex Awareness and Understanding in the LGB Community

Patti Spangler | Posted 10.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Patti Spangler

For over 25 years, I was an ordinary woman with a secret. It's a secret that always made me feel "less than" and caused me to leave behind a trail of failed dreams and relationships. In those years of ordinariness, no one ever discovered my secret even though not a single day went by without me being terrified they would.

How This Couple Found The Strength To Let Go Of The Foster Kids They Grew To Love

Posted 10.10.2014 | Gay Voices

The couple featured in this week’s Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family™” series installment set out to become ad...

Why Coming Out on Coming Out Day Still Matters

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 10.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

Break down some myths. Destroy some lies and distortions. And if we do it long enough and loud enough and together enough eventually we will be done.