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"The Lucky Country"... Really?

Harry Cook | Posted 08.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Harry Cook

Australia used to hold the title of "The Lucky Country"... Yeah, lucky if you're a heterosexual, caucasian male. The rest of us are screwed.

Sex Addict or Gay Man?

Renato Barucco | Posted 08.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Renato Barucco

Over the past year, I had several conversations about sexual compulsivity. Collecting background information for Sexed, a novel about sex addiction, I learned that the problem, in various interpretations, is a serious concern for many gay men.

Here's How Filmmaker Xavier Dolan Plans To Fix Film's Diversity Problem

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 08.17.2015 | Entertainment

At 26 years old, Xavier Dolan has already made five films -- his third of which won the Queer Palm at Cannes and his fifth of which shared the J...

Three Things About Abstinence-Only Sex Ed You Need to Know Now

Carolyn Davis | Posted 08.14.2015 | Education
Carolyn Davis

John Oliver's brilliant piece did a marvelous job laying out many of the problems in the abstinence-only approach, from its emphasis on shame and ineffectiveness in preventing unplanned pregnancy or STIs to its harmful neglect of the needs of LGBTQ teens.

21-Year-Old Selfie Jedi Could Teach You A Thing Or Two About Gender, Depression And Identity

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.17.2015 | Arts

Hobbes Ginsberg is a 21-year-old photographer based in Los Angeles. Her specialty is the selfie. But, in lieu of flattering angles and pouty li...

A Primer on Gender Identity and Transgender Children

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 08.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Dr. Joe Wenke

For transgender people, claiming our authentic gender identity is very challenging. For children, that's especially true. Our voices are silenced very early.

Why Protest Someone Who Agrees With You? Here's Why.

Matt Baume | Posted 08.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

If you're a member of any group that's been shut out, pushed aside, forgotten or made fun of, you'll never change anything by following the rules. The rules are what marginalized you in the first place. You've got to break a few of them if you want to make history.

Hook Up Apps Are the Wrong Arena to Demand Equality

Jessica Joseph | Posted 08.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Jessica Joseph

It's up to you, especially if you are not in the mainstream to re-define for a new LGBT generation what is considered a heroic, erotic, queer ideal.

Meet The Same-Sex Couple Who's Helping To Change What It Means To Be An American Ambassador

The Huffington Post | Sasha Bronner | Posted 08.13.2015 | Gay Voices

Designer Michael Smith and his partner of 15 years, James Costos, are used to being photographed in their Los Angeles and Palm Springs ...

Kristen Stewart Won't Define Her Sexuality For You

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 08.12.2015 | Entertainment

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The Race/War

Christian Gabriel | Posted 08.11.2015 | Black Voices
Christian Gabriel

Non-white people uphold and participate and support racism every day simply by existing, but they will never experience the privilege of whiteness existing in a system designed to keep white peoples on top.

#NotMyStonewall: Why I'm Not Giving The Movie "Stonewall" A Chance

Jules Horowitz | Posted 08.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Jules Horowitz

The filmmakers may be scrambling in post-production to try to fix all of the issues people see with the film, but it's unlikely they will manage to fix the most egregious errors.

The #1 Reason I Hate Gay Marriage

Allison Hope | Posted 08.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

While I shed tears of joy on Supreme Court marriage day, a whole new doom cloud of fears set in. Now that marriage is law of the land, us gays were going to start to feel some of the same stupid social pressures everyone else did. Cue the headache.

Quiet Policy Victories Spell Big Wins for Athletics

Ashland Johnson | Posted 08.11.2015 | Sports
Ashland Johnson

It's up to advocates to create the right legal and policy environments for those athletes, coaches, and fans to live their lives openly. And two recent civil rights developments have the potential to do that.

Inside Sister Monica’s Secret Ministry To Transgender People

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.11.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Sister Monica lives alone in a small house at the edge of a Roman Catholic college run by a community of nuns. She doesn’t want to reveal...

How #LoveWins for All

Maritza Martinez | Posted 08.11.2015 | Latino Voices
Maritza Martinez

If there was one thing you could do that would ensure that your family members would have a reduced chance of suicide, substance abuse, unsafe sex, and homelessness, would you do it? That one thing we can all do is accept and support our LGBTQ family members. That is how #LoveWins.

A Response To Sunnivie Brydum

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 08.11.2015 | Gay Voices
J Nelson Aviance

I recognize that in some contexts the word 'cis-' is useful, particularly in legal documents. I also understand the alienating nature of 'othering' language, which would include making a binary of 'trans' and 'nontrans'. However, a 'trans'/'cis-' binary is a problem.

John Kasich: 'One, but Not the Same' on Marriage Equality

Adam Phillips | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
Adam Phillips

As an evangelical pastor in Portland, Ore. this is the kind of tone and vision I hope for in our public servants -- no matter their party or politics.

Target Angers Customers With Its Stores' New Non-Gendered Policy

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 08.11.2015 | Gay Voices

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It's Okay to Be Gay, So Long As You're White

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 08.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Adam Kirk Edgerton

Are we as a country advancing rights for all minorities equally, or are we just reshaping whiteness?

This Is Why Shame Isn't Working For You

Jeffrey Marsh | Posted 08.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Jeffrey Marsh

If we're going to be accepted by the world, we've got to learn to accept ourselves first. And to do that, we need to get over feeling bad. If we're going to do it, if we're going to give up feeling bad, we need to dispense with this foolish notion that shame and feeling bad are helping.

It Has to Be One... Or the Other

Josh Sabarra | Posted 08.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Josh Sabarra

I lost a friend, but I haven't lost hope. I wake up every morning, wondering if this will be the day I meet the man of my realistic, 40 year-old dreams -- someone who hasn't been in my life in another capacity; a man with whom a history will begin... now.

Why I'm Terrified To Come Out Trans To My Stepson

Mac Scotty McGregor | Posted 08.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Mac Scotty McGregor

Some who know me and my work would be very surprised that I have been slow to come out to my stepson. Even for a hard core transgender activist and sex educator, confronting the shame that I may be dumping on my kids head in the middle of teenage angst and middle school has been hard to bear.

Why Houston Is Asking Beyoncé To #BeyBeAHERO

Carlos Maza | Posted 08.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Carlos Maza

Beyoncé has yet to respond to her hometown's request for help. If she does decide to take a stand against the effort to rollback basic non-discrimination protections in Houston, she'll likely have a monumental impact on the outcome of the vote in November.

Stonewall: Roland Emmerich and Jon Baitz's Failure of Imagination

Martin Luz | Posted 08.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Martin Luz

n his post, Emmerich fails to answer the most salient question of the film's critics: Why on Earth did you need to insert this "midwestern [white] man" into the Stonewall story as the tortured hero?