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Messages From the Playground: Healing Homophobia Before it Begins and Preventing Bullying Before it Starts

Chris Tompkins | Posted 05.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Chris Tompkins

Talking about shame, we are exposing it and nipping it in the bud. Having uncomfortable conversations with children at a young age doesn't put them at risk, instead, it does the opposite. It keeps them from risk.

Trans Icon Janet Mock Gives Heartfelt Advice To Young People Struggling With Identity

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 05.21.2015 | Gay Voices

As a kid, transgender icon Janet Mock felt like her gender identity was policed by those around her. In a recent video for the "It Got Better" pro...

Bobby Jindal Vows To Enforce Religious Freedom Measure Through Executive Order

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) said Tuesday he plans to issue an executive order "to accomplish the intent" of a religious freedom bill that died in ...

I'm Coming Out: Underrepresented LGBT Perspectives on HIV/AIDS

Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr. | Posted 05.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.

As an HIV-positive gay man, I believe that coming out is never-ending. I will hopefully continue to meet new people until my last day. And I will probably come out to them about something--my status, my orientation, my tattoos--every time.

Barnard Likely To Usher In Transgender Women

Metro | Posted 05.19.2015 | Women
Metro

Women's colleges across the country are re-assessing how transgender women fit into their communities.

Former Bully Sends Powerful Apology To Classmate 20 Years Later

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 05.20.2015 | Good News

An apology that one man received from an old classmate reminds us all that it's never too late to right your wrongs. ChadMichael Morrisette, now 3...

The Hypocrisy of 'Pro-Life' and the GOP

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

In actuality, the GOP conducts itself as a party that stands for life until birth; then one is left to fend for oneself.

Will Female and Gay Narratives Ever Be 'Normal' in Mainstream Film?

Molly Fosco | Posted 05.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Molly Fosco

There have been a number of actresses who've played extremely strong, tough characters in recent years -- Meryl Streep and Reese Witherspoon to name a few -- which have been very well received and widely accepted by audiences. But the gay love story still presents a set of new challenges entirely.

My Commencement Address at UPenn

Ambassador Samantha Power | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Ambassador Samantha Power

Even with all that you've learned in your time at Penn, heading out into a world that looks like ours can feel overwhelming. Intimidating. Paralyzing, even. Where do you start on problems that seem so big and injustices that run so deep? How do you go about making this broken world even a little less broken?

A Visual History: Plaintiffs in Four Decades of Marriage Cases

Evan Wolfson | Posted 05.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Evan Wolfson

As we look forward to a decision, we hope to keep the celebrations going this summer. We hope the justices see what a majority of Americans and so many lower courts have come to see: It is time to end marriage discrimination nationwide

Attacking a Gay Engineer Won't Un-Crash That Train

H. Alan Scott | Posted 05.18.2015 | Media
H. Alan Scott

We're all more than a headline, or a tweet, or a 15-second Instagram video. We're human, made up of different ideas and experiences that shape who we are. By focusing on one event, and especially one aspect of a person, we're using this judgment as an answer to the problem, or worse, flat out discrimination.

How to Advance LGBT Rights in Red States

Steve Urquhart | Posted 05.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Steve Urquhart

The narrative playing out in the media and in state capitals across the country is that LGBT freedom advances only at the detriment of religious liberties, and vice versa. That doesn't have to be the case. By bringing both sides together with mutual respect, we were able to move Utah in the right direction.

Here's Why We Should ALL Be Getting Our HPV Vaccines

Posted 05.17.2015 | 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...

Queen Latifah Opens Up About Those Lesbian Love Scenes In 'Bessie'

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 05.15.2015 | Gay Voices

On-screen love scenes, gay or straight, should not be a matter of controversy, according to Queen Latifah. Latifah spoke with BET about a same-sex ...

‘The New Black' Opens New Dialogue About LGBT, Religion In The Black Community

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 05.15.2015 | Black Voices

(RNS) Is gay marriage a civil right like black equality? Or is it a sin African-Americans should condemn? That’s the question at the heart of “...

Unzipped Episode 4: 'The Condom Broke' (VIDEO)

Tyler Curry | Posted 05.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

From condoms breaking to anonymous sex, Zakh, Eric, Ronnie and Anthony talk about what sometimes keeps them up at night and what the actions they can never take back.

Is Homophobia to Blame for Google Claiming That This App Is Sexually Explicit?

Jenny Block | Posted 05.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Jenny Block

The Curve Magazine Android app has been suspended again. Why? "Violation of the sexually explicit material provision of the Content Policy." That's what they say anyway. Except the app contains NO sexually explicit material.

Celebrities and Activists Discuss the Future of LGBT Civil Rights (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 05.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with nineteen celebrity activists on the Red Carpet at the 26th GLAAD Media Awards in NYC. First I spoke with Steven Petrow an awa...

This Lesbian Couple Shares Joys And Struggles Of Creating Their Beautiful Forever Family

Posted 05.15.2015 | Gay Voices

To celebrate National Foster Care Month, this installment in the Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family™” series cont...

Standing Shoulder-to-Shoulder With LGBTI Advocates Around the World on IDAHOT

Todd Larson | Posted 05.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Todd Larson

There's lots of good work being done and lots more to do. Let's take the occasion of IDAHOT to celebrate the former and renew our commitment to the latter with the domestic LGBTI agenda having accrued the mind bogglingly speedy and extensive gains that it has accrued in recent years.

Without DACA, We Will Lose Fierce Advocates for Justice

National Council of La Raza | Posted 05.15.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

As a gay undocumented youth, Jesus Chavez understands well the challenges of living with secrets. He grew up in California's Central Valley, always aware of his immigration status, but forbidden from speaking about it.

Why I Stopped Using the T-Word: Transition

Stephanie Mott | Posted 05.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

The idea that we transition reinforces the idea that there is some kind of gender change. It reinforces the idea that at some point in my life, I was a man. It reinforces the exact idea that most significantly creates barriers to bringing about an understanding.

Don't Forget About Us in the Middle: LGBT's in the Midwest and the South

Brandon Wallace | Posted 05.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Brandon Wallace

Those of you on the coast need to remember that when it comes to LGBT issues, the Midwest and the South is about a decade behind you. Now, think back to the way things were a decade ago for you. See how we can't abandon ship just yet?

Beautiful New UN Video Presents LGBT "Everyday Heroes" to the World

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 05.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Charles Radcliffe

New York City's Times Square - with its throngs of visitors, office workers, hawkers of fake designer wear and life-sized Elmos and Buzz Lightyears - today serves as the unusual setting for a United Nations video launch.

Blond Jesus: Singer Garrett Miller's Creative Eucharist for Marriage Equality and Beyond

Greg Archer | Posted 05.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Greg Archer

Singer-songwriting Garrett Miller may not be the real incarnation of a Gay Messiah but on the creative front, he's definitely rising to the occasion.