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Here's How Gay Dating Apps Are Helping Spread HIV Awareness

Posted 02.21.2015 | 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...

Why Father's Day Is Extra Significant For These Two Dads

Posted 02.20.2015 | Gay Voices

Today’s Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family™” series installment features a military couple’s journey to paren...

Dana Liebelson

Obama Administration Urges Homeless Shelter Programs To Protect Transgender Residents

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As temperatures dip far below freezing in the Northeast, the Obama administration is urging homeless shelter programs to respect the sel...

Why 'Queer Hair Professionals' May Soon Be Flocking To This New York Shop

Reuters | Posted 02.27.2015 | Gay Voices

By Maria Caspani NEW YORK, Feb 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For Ayanna, getting a haircut at her local barbershop in New York Cit...

Zach Carter

Obama's Trade Deal Rewards A Brutally Anti-Gay Dictator -- And LGBT Lawmakers Are Not Pleased

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Prominent LGBT members of Congress assailed the Obama administration on Wednesday for including Brunei and Malaysia -- two nations deepl...

Walter Naegle Talks About His Relationship With Bayard Rustin and Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 02.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

In celebration of Black History Month, I talked with Walter Naegle, who was pioneer civil rights activist Bayard Rustin's partner for the last decade of Rustin's life.

Gay Marriage Is Good For Your Health -- Even If You're Not Gay

Sanjeev K. Sriram | Posted 02.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Sanjeev K. Sriram

Given the network of mutuality in which we live, the health of our whole society improves when we uphold the rights for our LGBT brothers and sisters.

What Does It Mean to Be Transgender?

Robi Ludwig, Psy.D. | Posted 02.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Robi Ludwig, Psy.D.

Ryan Sallans, who is a transgender man and author of the book Second Son, is an activist and international speaker on this topic. Ryan has agreed to answer my questions regarding some of the most-talked-about questions about what it means to be transgender.

Christians: You Have 5 Months

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 02.18.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

I call on all Christians to lay down your scriptures, dogmas, doctrines and interpretations long enough to learn how to love your neighbor as your self.

More Than a Woman: Transcending Gender and HIV

Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr. | Posted 02.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.

It was several years ago when I had my first experience with a friend coming out to me as transgender. I hadn't seen her for many years, but I was happy for her transition from the young man I had known to her new self.

I Never Asked His Name

Diriye Osman | Posted 02.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

My bus came into view and I said goodbye. As I got on the bus and sat down, the young man smiled and waved at me. I waved back and wondered what his life would have been like if he had received the kind of support and opportunities I was lucky enough to have obtained.

Violence Against the 'Other' as Systematic Blight on Our Society

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Whenever anyone of us is diminished, we are all demeaned, when anyone or any group remains institutionally and socially stigmatized, marginalized, excluded, or disenfranchised, when violence comes down upon any of us, the possibility for authentic community cannot be realized unless and until we challenge it in truly transformational ways.

Here's What I Want My Politician Brother to Know About How His Vote Will Affect LGBT People

Donald Collins | Posted 02.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Donald Collins

Arkansas bill SB202 blocks all cities and counties from enacting anti-discrimination laws that protect LGBT people. My brother, Arkansas Rep. Charlie Collins (District 84), cast his vote Friday in support of the SB202. What's incredible to me is that my brother supported this bill even though he has a gay brother and a lesbian sister.

The Queer's Guide to Surviving (and Thriving in) the Straight Male Barbershop

Naomi Gordon-Loebl | Posted 02.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Naomi Gordon-Loebl

Barbershops are incubators for masculinity. As a visibly queer person, regardless of gender, entering a space like that can be intimidating and even scary. But under the right circumstances, going to the barber can also be a positive and affirming experience.

Skin and Bones in the Closet

Zoe Dolan | Posted 02.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Zoe Dolan

I kept silent about my sex change for several years. I knew only one other transgender lawyer, and she was already established. There were no role models to help me believe it was possible to open up without jeopardizing my career. I feared losing the life ring that my job provided for my soul. But no woman is an island.

The Power and Pleasure You Can Unleash When Your Inner Artist Joins Your Inner Activist

Macky Alston | Posted 02.17.2015 | Arts
Macky Alston

What would happen, do you think, if we unleashed our most creative selves as we're considering what action to take to right the wrongs in this world?

Here's Why Coming Out Early Pays Off

Posted 02.15.2015 | 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...

Let's Celebrate the NBA and Its Effort to Be More LGBT Inclusive

Hudson Taylor | Posted 02.19.2015 | Sports
Hudson Taylor

While LeBron James and Kevin Durant might be some of the biggest success stories out of the league, perhaps it's time to pause and celebrate the league itself for its efforts to create a more inclusive environment for LBGT players and fans.

Two Gay Authors: Families of Origin vs. Choice

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 02.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

David Pratt, Lambda Award-winning novelist for Bob the Book, is back with a funny and touching new novel, Looking After Joey. In it, Calvin, a single accountant, must look after Joey, a porn character who unexpectedly steps through the TV into Calvin's life--and can't go back.

11 Things Christians Need to Stop Saying to LGBT People (VIDEO)

Eliel Cruz | Posted 02.13.2015 | Religion
Eliel Cruz

In the interest of building a bridge of respect, compassion and even solidarity, here are a few common messages Christians need to rethink when they're talking about the LGBT community.

Leading Regional LGBT Group Slapped With a "Foreign Agent" Fine in Russia

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 02.13.2015 | World
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

Another day, another court battle lost for the Russian LGBT community, this time set to the tune of Secret Agent Man.

A Poem for the Haters This Valentine's Day

Allison Hope | Posted 02.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

Because Valentine's Day is all about love (and oppressive Roman emperors and corporate marketing), I figured why not write a love poem to all those LGBT haters out there. Because love conquers all, after all. And if doesn't, at least it makes them squirm.

Why the CW's 'The Flash' Is a Pretty Great Gay Show

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 02.13.2015 | Gay Voices
J Nelson Aviance

This is a CW show and not Pride & Prejudice. But it is nice to see a classic heroic journey; a 21st century superhero who isn't just a two-dimensional good guy, but struggles with the responsibilities that accompany having superpowers.

This Gay Couple Adopted Their Gay Son After Reading Tragic News Stories About LGBT Youth

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.13.2015 | Gay Voices

In today’s Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family™” series installment, Patrick Roth and Wade Holmes share how read...

Affinity Housing: A Model for Affordable LGBT Senior Housing

Kathleen M. Sullivan, PhD | Posted 02.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Kathleen M. Sullivan, PhD

Currently there are an estimated 2 million LGBT seniors in the United States; by 2030, that number will more than double. For those of us working to meet the needs of this growing and vulnerable population, the future is now. We must address the glaring need for housing that is inclusive, accepting and affordable for older LGBT adults.