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I Am A Gay Scoutmaster, And I Can Finally Be Myself

Ryan Scott | Posted 07.28.2015 | Religion
Ryan Scott

I am an Eagle Scout, and I am the Scoutmaster of Troop 179 in Springfield, OR, and I happen to be gay. For the first time in my 18 years in scouting, I can truly be myself.

"I Love the Sinner" Is Often What Abusers Say

Derek Penwell | Posted 07.28.2015 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Participating in a system that belittles, punishes and commits violence against those who are often in the weakest position to defend themselves, frames you as an abuser in the eyes of those whom you claim only to be trying to love.

Sen. Jeff Merkley: It Doesn’t 'Feel Right' To Separate LGBT Equality Act From 1964 Civil Rights Act

The Huffington Post | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 07.29.2015 | Gay Voices

There was an avalanche of hope and excitement last week among supporters of full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people when...

Sense8-tional

Charlotte Safavi | Posted 07.28.2015 | Entertainment
Charlotte Safavi

OK, I'm a little late to the party. The 12-episode sci-fi drama Sense8 produced and created by J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) and written by siblings Lana and Andy Wachowski (The Matrix) has already debuted June 5 on Netflix.

5 Things 60-Somethings Can Learn From Caitlyn Jenner

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.27.2015 | Fifty

  1. It's never too late to be who you are or chase a dream. Caitlyn is 65 and just transitioned with the whole world watching. So, is it really...

Bishop Comes Out As Gay After 'A Lifetime Of Denying' The Truth

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.30.2015 | Religion

A bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America came out as gay during the denomination's recent youth conference in Detroit. Bishop Kevi...

The Problem With (Many) Nonprofits

Rhys Harper | Posted 07.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Rhys Harper

You don't need a fancy website with Flash graphics. Really, I promise you -- you don't. In fact, please stop hiring web development firms that cost tens of thousands of dollars.

This Heterosexual Pride Parade Could Not Have Failed Any Harder Than It Just Did

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 07.27.2015 | Gay Voices

Heterosexuals apparently weren't too prideful this weekend.  Blogger Anthony Rebello was the organizer behind the Heterosexual Parade at Sea...

Being Christian Doesn't Give You The Right To Discriminate

Dale Hansen | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The fight here is not about religious freedom. The courts have already determined what is and isn't covered, and arguments like the one presented by Jeremy Tedesco show an ignorance to the facts in order to feign oppression.

Georgia Pastor Has No Time For Anti-LGBT Hypocrites

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 07.28.2015 | Religion

Religious people who are critical of the LGBT community and the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage are "hypocritical," ...

Jason Stuart Talks Being An Out Actor and LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 07.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with Jason Stuart one of the most prolific character actors and an outrageous openly gay stand-up comedian.

Cara Delevingne Says She's Gay Because She's Too Crazy For Men

Sarah Beauchamp | Posted 07.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Sarah Beauchamp

When I first heard that professional eyebrows Cara Delevingne was on the cover of Vogue talking openly about her relationship with St. Vincent's Annie Clark, I thought, "Awesome! We need more queer cover girls!" Then I read it. And sighed a deep, painful sigh.

Debunking the Crazy Homophobic Claims About the Equality Act

Matt Baume | Posted 07.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

Ever notice the big gay loophole in the Civil Rights Act? It's great that we just won marriage -- but in most states you can still be fired, or kicked out of your home, or refused basic services on the basis of who you love or the gender you express.

A Failure to Listen

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 07.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

This past week I was at the Netroots Nation 2015 conference. In the past, this has been one of my favorite progressive events, full of both energy and positivity. This year the theme was intersectionality within the LGBT movement. I am forced to report that we are failing at it. Horribly.

Queer People Need Safe Spaces. This Website Wants You To Know Where They Are.

Patrick McNeil | Posted 07.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Patrick McNeil

When Kevin Hawkins was 16 and living in an area of Maryland still struggling to accept queer people, his mother disowned him. Down in South Carolina, Kesha Garner, who now lives in Washington, D.C., remembers growing up without adequate resources for LGBTQ+ people.

Why Obama Shouldn't Take Kenyan Welcome For Granted

Brian Dooley | Posted 07.24.2015 | World
Brian Dooley

Kenya's troubles shouldn't be minimized. Its civil society is under fierce attack from its government. Its refugee and Muslim communities are scapegoated for terrorist attacks. Its LGBT people are at serious risk. And its security forces are chronically undermined by corruption.

How Ritual Baths Present Obstacles Of Inclusion For Transgender Jews

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.23.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Converting to Judaism about a year ago, a transgender man in Washington, D.C., asked his rabbi a pointed question about the last step in the pr...

The Gay Marriage Ruling And A Fight To Make Ohio and America Whole

Hans Johnson | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics
Hans Johnson

Anti-LGBT bullying and job and housing bias persist in America's heartland, as do misguided drives by some extremists to give bigotry justified by religion the force of law. But even they see the writing on the wall. The days of the gay exception are numbered.

Mental Illness, Societal Oppression, and My Rebuttal to Bruce Levine

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 07.23.2015 | Healthy Living
J Nelson Aviance

In a recent piece posted on Salon.com, Bruce E. Levine made the bold statement that: For nearly two decades, Big Pharma commercials have falsely tol...

Rick Santorum Regrets Remarks Comparing Homosexuality To Bestiality

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

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Let's Talk About (Gay) Sex

Janson Wu | Posted 07.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Janson Wu

One of the fundamental reasons why people are prejudiced against gay people is because they are uncomfortable with the idea of two people of the same sex having sex. Psychological studies have shown for decades that we as a society are deeply uncomfortable, and at times disgusted, by same-sex sexuality, and in particular gay male sexuality.

Why 180+ LGBT Leaders Are Headed to North Carolina

Rebecca Isaacs | Posted 07.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Isaacs

Progress hasn't come easily, and there are many challenges ahead of us. That's why LGBT advocates from the state-based equality movement will convene in Charlotte this week for Equality Federation Institute's annual Summer Meeting, hosted by Federation member Equality North Carolina.

Spewing Hate: I Support My Ex-Pastor's First Amendment Rights

Chris Sosa | Posted 07.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Chris Sosa

He's not being persecuted, we're just both taking part in a time-honored practice called free speech. It's protected, and there's not a single reason to believe anyone is going to stop you or me from stating exactly what's on our minds unless we cross into the zones of harassment or personal defamation.

How Bea Arthur Became a Champion for Homeless LGBT Youth

Carl Siciliano | Posted 07.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Carl Siciliano

I thank you Bea, for flying across the country into the cold, to help us protect our youths. I thank you for your compassionate heart and your noble spirit. I thank you for recognizing that LGBT youths are deserving of love, and speaking out for them.

American Christianity Has Been Hijacked

Mikah Meyer | Posted 07.21.2015 | Religion
Mikah Meyer

Why has American Christianity become known for the pain it causes? Let American Christianity stop being known as a religion that hurts, as a faith focused on what we're against, and instead let them know we are Christians by our love.