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If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mothers

Elizabeth Baudouin | Posted 12.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth Baudouin

The doctor didn't expect to find what he found. It wasn't ovarian cancer but it certainly was everywhere. Her biopsy went to the cancer board -- you know, the one filled with the "experts" who would try to figure out what we were dealing with.

Is Your Online Persona Killing Your Game?

Nicholas Marlin | Posted 12.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Marlin

In the age of digital dating your online persona can make or break you. With as much as 70 percent of gay couples now meeting online, it's difficult to argue the importance of your online persona. Mountains of revealing personal information is available to any potential love interest with a just few simple keystrokes.

Boil the Water

Zeke Stokes | Posted 12.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Zeke Stokes

I grew up in an age in which contracting HIV was tantamount to a death sentence. Thankfully, that's no longer the case. But it's no longer the case so long as someone is tested, diagnosed, and receives a continuum of treatment. In the U.S., we are currently missing the mark by a mile.

Retreats Help LGBT Youth Reconnect With Spirituality

Religion News Service | Caleb K. Bell | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) Jordyn Garrett left home so he could become Olivia. Lerato “Lee” Mokobe left South Africa to pursue her dreams, but can’t return ...

My First Experiment in Non-Monogamy

Kevin Thornton | Posted 12.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Kevin Thornton

My last relationship was a gay, polyamorous, open, interracial threesome. (I know, very 2013.) In a time when gay couples are becoming remarkably mainstream, we were "destroying the sanctity of gay marriage," I would often joke. Some didn't find it funny.

Don't Let Seoul's Mayor Buckle to Homophobia and Transphobia

Andy Marra | Posted 12.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Andy Marra

As mayor, Mr. Park halted the enactment of Seoul's Charter of Human Rights for the city's upcoming observance of Human Rights Day. Why? The Charter included a provision stating support for non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

What's The Most Effective Way To Fight HIV In The Trans Community?

Posted 12.07.2014 | Gay Voices

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices, in a partnership with blogger Scout, LGBT HealthLink and researcher Michael G. Bare, brings you a round up of some of t...

The Day I Held My Boyfriend's Hand

Olan Harrington | Posted 12.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Olan Harrington

I held my boyfriend's hand the other day. I caught it and held it until we reached the main gates of University College Cork, as I usually do on campus, only this time I didn't let go after we'd passed through. We moved along the Western Road, toward Washington Street, and as we reached the innards of Cork City, something strange lingered over me.

The Gift of Marriage

Dr. Anna Sher Simon | Posted 12.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Dr. Anna Sher Simon

My deepest gratitude is for the simple joy of being able to refer to my partner of twelve years as "wife" without feeling like a fraud. It has been a long road to get here.

These Two Dads Share The Story Of How Musicals Have Shaped Their Beautiful Family

Posted 12.05.2014 | Gay Voices

As we approach the holiday season, the Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family™” series continues to bring you heartwa...

WATCH: We Asked New Yorkers One Question...

Nathan M. Schaefer | Posted 12.06.2014 | 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 12.04.2014 | 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 12.04.2014 | 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 12.04.2014 | 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 12.04.2014 | 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 12.05.2014 | 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 12.03.2014 | 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 12.03.2014 | 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 12.03.2014 | 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 12.02.2014 | 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 12.02.2014 | 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 12.01.2014 | 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 12.01.2014 | 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.