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Leaving the Mormon Church for Good

Holly Kearl | Posted 11.18.2015 | Religion
Holly Kearl

Earlier this month, a newly revealed letter detailed how the Mormon Church, believes that people in same-sex marriages are "considered apostates and could be excommunicated" and their children are not allowed to be baptized into the church until age 18, instead of the usual age 8.

Summertime on a Cold Autumn Night -- A Music Fund for Bobby E.

Plumfund | Posted 11.18.2015 | Impact

Gershwin's "Summertime" is "one of the most covered songs in the history of recorded music, with more than 33,000 covers ...". But you've never heard it until you've heard Bobby E. sing it.

Transgender State Legislator: Not This Time

Stephanie Mott | Posted 11.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

Perhaps the most important thing I set out to do was to give a few young people, who happen to be transgender, some hope that they could live authentically and make it in this world.

'Out 100' Responses Are Telling and Useful

David Michael Conner | Posted 11.17.2015 | Gay Voices
David Michael Conner

Of course, newsstand magazines can be expected to put attractive -- impossibly attractive, computer-altered -- models on the cover. But with reader reactions being what they are, maybe it's time to reconsider how our community is framing itself.

Rose McGowan: 'Caitlyn Jenner You Do Not Understand What Being A Woman Is About'

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 11.17.2015 | Gay Voices

Rose McGown does not think Caitlyn Jenner understands what being a woman is about.  Jenner was honored Nov. 9 at Glamour's 2015 Women of the Yea...

Homophobic Slur Proves Duke Is Not Yet a Community of "Integrity and Principles"

Jessie Petrow-Cohen | Posted 11.16.2015 | College
Jessie Petrow-Cohen

We have a duty to ensure that each and every student on Duke's campus feels safe, and loved, and protected. And only then, only when we have achieved a goal that is so fundamental and essential to lives of Duke students, can we call the Duke Community "a community of integrity and principles."

Beyoncé Was Never My HERO

Michelle Ofiwe | Posted 11.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelle Ofiwe

As a queer Houstonian, I will never ask that #BeyBeaHero. I have always abstained from the idea that any ally -- even a multimillion dollar, mega-popular one like Queen Bey -- could ever take center stage in a fight for equal rights for queers like me.

Meatless Monday: Miami Sprouts Vegan for Second Annual Seed Food and Wine Festival

Ellen Kanner | Posted 11.16.2015 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Seed Food and Wine, Miami's five-day plant-based party, is back again for its second year. And this time, they're bringing vegan burgers.

A Trans Sisterhood

Mandi Camille Hauwert | Posted 11.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Mandi Camille Hauwert

Throughout our lives, all I ever wanted was to be a big sister. As I was wheeled into my gender confirmation surgery, I took comfort in knowing that my family was there.

The Truth About Transgender Suicide

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 11.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

For this year's transgender awareness week I wanted to write about something that the transgender community and its allies are often afraid to discuss...

The Black Church: Bold and Bad Enough To Accept and Affirm

Rev. Cedric A. Harmon | Posted 11.13.2015 | Black Voices
Rev. Cedric A. Harmon

The prevailing Black Church culture forces too many to face the untenable choice: hide behind a mask or be cast aside from an extended family they've known all their lives.

Where's Log Cabin Republican Activism This Campaign Season?

Irene Monroe | Posted 11.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

I am hoping to see LGBTQ Republicans publicly bring to the fore how being anti-LGBTQ in 2015 is a huge political liability for any Republican candidate, especially one seeking the highest office in the land.

Jonathan Welsh Talks Miami White Party Week and LGBT Issues (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 11.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

Since its inception in 1984 the White Party Week has raised millions of dollars for Care Resource, South Florida's oldest and largest non-profit community health care focusing on HIV/AIDS research, prevention and currently extending medical services.

MassMutual Asks Gay Couples About Their Marriages -- Cue Tears

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 11.13.2015 | Gay Voices

A new ad by MassMutual gets to the heart of gay marriage -- the everyday beauty of it. Now that the right for the LGBT community to wed has been lawfu...

5 Reasons You Should Trade in Your Apps for a Real Matchmaker

Donovan Thompson | Posted 11.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Donovan Thompson

I'm on a quest to help highlight the issues within our community that continue to both harm and divide us. Dating is no exception. I am convinced that many of the apps we use to connect are doing us a huge disservice.

Arrest Pastor Kevin Swanson?

Marc Leandro | Posted 11.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Marc Leandro

I believe that the words of Iowa Pastor Kevin Swanson at last weekend's so-called National Religious Liberties Conference, and on many previous occasions, may well meet the definition of incitement to illegal action.

Award-Winning Sex-Change Documentary Call Me Marianna Brightens Polish Film Festival in America

Greg Archer | Posted 11.12.2015 | Chicago
Greg Archer

Faith, trust and the courage to live as the person you know yourself to be all come into play in Karolina Bielawska's moving, award-winning documentary Call Me Marianna. The film has been turning heads at film festivals around the world.

Glad to Be Gay With Money, Where Do You Fit in?

David Rae | Posted 11.12.2015 | Gay Voices
David Rae

Numerous studies report that in general LGBT Americans earn more and carry less debt than the general population. But does this mean we are actually better with money?

Dear Newlyweds: Take It From Me

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 11.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

What helps us, besides the marriage license, now recognized in every state in the union, to imagine 25, 30, 40 years together? While I do not have good, concrete answers, these four observations suggest how we have woven the first 19 years -- and how we might continue to knit the next 19.

Gay Transphobia, 2015 Style

Dana Beyer | Posted 11.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Neither the gay nor the ally community has been free of having to deal with the "ick factor," and there is just as much trans homophobia as there is gay transphobia, in my experience. Just as racism goes both ways, but is far more significant when directed against the powerless, gay transphobia is far more dangerous than trans homophobia.

Why We're Adding the Q to LGBT

Rebecca Isaacs | Posted 11.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Isaacs

I am proud to announce that Equality Federation's staff and board, several of whom identify as queer, have decided to add the letter Q to our mission and begin using the full acronym LGBTQ. To some this decision may seem like we are late to the party and to others it may be a challenge.

Restoring Honor to LGBT Veterans

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

Congress's repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was a watershed moment that ended institutionalized discrimination unjustly targeting gay, lesbian and bisexual service members. Yet thousands of service members who were discharged because of their sexual orientation still bear the scars of that discrimination.

Valley of the Judys

Noah Tsika | Posted 11.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Noah Tsika

Mateik, whose ongoing project There's No Place will be featured at Brooklyn's Morbid Anatomy Museum on Friday, November 13th, is interested in what's unexpectedly, expansively queer about such "gay icons" as Garland, Diana Ross, and Billie Jean King, among a whole host of others.

President Obama Is Not My Ally

Evan Greer | Posted 11.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Evan Greer

Hearing Chelsea's voice was a powerful reminder: President Obama may talk a good talk when it comes to gay rights, but his Administration's policies speak louder than his speech-writer's words, and they're detrimental to LGBTQ+ people around the world.

Latinos Need More Than Bernie Sanders to See Progress--We Must Also Rebuke Neoliberals

César Vargas | Posted 11.10.2015 | Latino Voices
César Vargas

Conservatives and their policies (or obstruction of) have been tremendously destructive to the African-American and Latino community. But have neoliberals been any better for us?