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22 Years Later: Thank You, Colorado!

Conor Gaughan | Posted 07.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Conor Gaughan

In the fall of 1993, my eighth grade English teacher assigned our first research paper. I wrote about a Colorado's Amendment 2, which prevented any town, county or the state from passing laws that would make discrimination against gays illegal.

Marriage Equality, But What About Divorce?

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 07.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

I was with my wife for nearly 10 years before we were married the first time, we had two kids, and I never considered a prenuptial agreement, because I thought it would be forever.

An Inside Look at America's Diverse Travelers

Cesar M. Melgoza | Posted 07.14.2014 | Travel
Cesar M. Melgoza

By taking language preferences, historical tours and tailored resources into consideration, attractions can ensure that vacationers are having the most fulfilling experience possible while maximizing their profits.

Al Mohler Is Right About One Thing When He Says, 'No Third Way!'

Ken Wilson | Posted 07.14.2014 | Religion
Ken Wilson

People who are gay come to churches as indivisible beings. Like the seamless garment of Jesus, they cannot be split into parts that can be included and other parts that can be excluded.

Tatted Rugby Realness: Jaye Lish

Matthew Terrell | Posted 07.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Terrell

Livingston looked forward to the yearly rugby drag ball when all the butch, bearded, tatted players donned too-tight skirts and cheap wigs for charity. Although he never won Miss Ruck (he got first runner-up twice though), rugby drag was essential to his spurring his drag career and finding lasting love.

Mayor Wants To Ban Gays From KISSING In Public

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 07.12.2014 | Gay Voices

An Italian mayor said this week that he finds kissing between people of the same-sex so "morally harmful" that he wants to ban it in his municipality....

Adding the Ally Voice to the Fight for Trans Justice

Glennda Testone | Posted 07.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Glennda Testone

I want to see a large and vocal movement of allies who are standing alongside transgender people and helping to create a just world where members of trans and gender non-conforming communities no longer face stigma and violence and have the same opportunities as everyone else.

HIV: Two Steps Forward and Just One Step Back

Ace Robinson | Posted 07.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Ace Robinson

HIV care, treatment and research seem to be more often taking two steps forward with each step back. For the first few decades after HIV was isolated and characterized, we far too often took two steps backward with each step forward.

Gay Son Reflects On Growing Up In The '80s With Lesbian Mom

Posted 07.11.2014 | Gay Voices

This week’s Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family” installment features an interview with Brian Doyle, age 41, a Los...

The Sign That This Dad Brought To A Gay Pride March Will Make You Believe In Better Tomorrows

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 07.11.2014 | Gay Voices

This week, a dad in India is inspiring us all to wear our hearts a little more obviously on our sleeves. Not content to merely support his son in ...

Your Problem With Guns or Gays Is Not Political

Robin Koerner | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Collapsing the subcultural divides in our society through actual human relationship dissolves our political differences, because it reveals that much of what we thought were differences of political principle are really rationalizations of the suspicion we feel toward those whose experiences and pleasures we simply cannot imagine sharing.

LGBT Month Celebrated in Federal Prison: A Validation for Lives Dismissed

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 07.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Christopher Zoukis

Prison is an odd place to be celebrating LGBT issues. To us non-LGBT prisoners, it can feel as if this celebration causes more problems than it solves. But if we look within ourselves and focus on the real issue then I think that we can come to the agreement that celebrating LGBT month in prison really wasn't a bad idea at all.

Booklet on Anti-Gay Propaganda a Useful Resource in 'Culture War'

Alvin McEwen | Posted 07.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Alvin McEwen

As LGBTs exist in the midst of all this drama regarding the so-called culture war, I thought I would talk about something near and dear to my heart.

Every Child

Rita Soronen | Posted 07.10.2014 | Impact
Rita Soronen

Every child deserves a home. Yet the child welfare system does not have a sound record of developing best practices for serving children and youth waiting to be adopted who have been identified as "difficult to place."

Jennifer Bendery

Nancy Pelosi Stands By ENDA With Religious Exemption, Hints At 'Plan' To Address Concerns

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- At a time when gay rights groups are pulling their support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act over its broad religious exemption,...

Judge: Colorado Clerk Can Continue Issuing Gay Marriage Licenses

AP | NICHOLAS RICCARDI | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics

DENVER (AP) — A Boulder County clerk who has been issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in defiance of Colorado's gay-marriage ban can conti...

Why Do So Many Hot Young Gay Celebrities Go After Older Men?

Mike Alvear | Posted 07.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Mike Alvear

Typically when you see somebody with a trifecta of blessings -- youth, wealth and fame -- you're going to see them out from under a lot of bodies. But that is not the case with many gay celebrities. It's not just that they've settled down; it's that they've settled down with somebody from another generation. Why?

"I Love My Transgender Brother"

Marsha Aizumi | Posted 07.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Marsha Aizumi

As the mother of a transgender son, I often wonder how my younger straight son truly felt as our family was navigating through some of our most challenging years.

Where's the Beef in Burger King's 'Proud Whopper' Campaign?

Misha Pinkhasov | Posted 07.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Misha Pinkhasov

For the "Proud Whopper" promotion to have been meaningful, Burger King should have gotten its own workplace practices in order before preaching equality to others.

Rift Over Religious Exemption In Anti-LGBT Discrimination Order

AP | DAVID CRARY and LISA LEFF | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

In the intensifying debate over religious liberty, President Barack Obama faces pressure from opposite flanks as he prepares to issue an executive ord...

Religious Freedom Is Under Attack -- But Not How You Think

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 07.10.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

With the Supreme Court's Holly Lobby decision, an ugly piece of history is being repeated. Religion is being used as a tool to take away freedom. Discrimination is not Christian. Discrimination is sin.

ENDA Was Awful Before Hobby Lobby

Noah Baron | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Noah Baron

ENDA is to employment nondiscrimination what civil unions are to marriage -- a token, but ultimately simply another reminder that LGBT persons are regarded as less-than, and that discrimination against us is regarded as more legitimate than it is against nearly any other group in the United States today.

20 Photos of the Fabulous World Dyke March (Toronto 2014)

Kelly Cogswell | Posted 07.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Kelly Cogswell

Led by Dykes on Bikes, the World Dyke March on June 28 included a rainbow of marchers from women's health collectives and craftivists, to Canadian unions and individual dykes. Some marched for politics. Some just for fun.

Spit or Swallow? A Gay Christian Challenge to Lukewarm Christian Moderates as the Supreme Court Swings Right

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

Where education and "dialogue" with lukewarm Christian "allies" continues to be a one-sided effort to which only LGBTQ Christians and a handful of outspoken allies contribute, perhaps it's time to recognize what Jesus taught in the parable of the sower.

Jennifer Bendery

Gay Rights Groups Pull Support For ENDA Over Sweeping Religious Exemption

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Gay rights groups are jumping ship on legislation they previously hailed as one of their biggest priorities of the year: the Employment ...