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Michael Sam Reportedly Engaged To Longtime Boyfriend

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 01.09.2015 | Gay Voices

Congratulations may be in order for Michael Sam, the NFL’s first openly gay player, and his longtime boyfriend, Vito Cammisano. According to a TMZ r...

To Be a Fly on the Wall

Stuart Gaffney | Posted 01.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Stuart Gaffney

On January 9, the United States Supreme Court will discuss whether to review of one or more of the five marriage equality cases now before it. We, like millions of other LGBT Americans, will have to wait for the Court's public announcement, which could come later in January.

A Writer's Guide to Surviving Trauma

Diriye Osman | Posted 01.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Diriye Osman

Whenever readers ask me how I started writing, I find myself stumped, because I know people want their anecdotes edited and perfectly formed. The real...

What's Next, Pam Bondi?

Izak Pratt | Posted 01.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Izak Pratt

After what seemed like an eternity, Florida has finally embraced marriage equality, albeit by force. Federal Judge Robert Hinkle ruled, back in August, that it was unconstitutional for Florida to ban gay marriage. Despite his ruling, many hurdles were to come, all on account of one woman.

The Last Lost Generation

Janson Wu | Posted 01.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Janson Wu

Together, if we have the tenacity to strive for an even more just and inclusive world, we can make this generation of young people the first to know what it feels like to, in Leelah's words, always be "treated like humans, with valid feelings and human rights."

It Takes a Village

Dan Fotou | Posted 01.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Dan Fotou

There is a lot of hurt on all sides that boils to the surface when we learn of the suicide of a teen who was desperate for clarity, for acceptance, for love, and for inner peace. But instead of doing the challenging work of finding entry points for discussion that can lead to understanding and eventually acceptance and healing, so often we're reinforcing this "us vs. them" dichotomy.

Terry Baum Talks Hick: A Love Story: The Romance of Lorena Hickok and Eleanor Roosevelt (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 01.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with playwright/actress Terry Baum about her solo play Hick: A Love Story: The Romance of Lorena Hickok and Eleanor Roosevelt, which is based on 2,336 letters that Mrs. Roosevelt wrote to Ms. Hickok over 30 years.

You Would Like Your Church to Be Trans-Welcoming: Now What?

Stephanie Mott | Posted 01.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

You have talked it out with church leaders and maybe even the congregation, and you have decided that you would like your church to be more welcoming to transgender people.

Respect for Marriage: An Open Letter to Jeb Bush

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 01.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

But please - with all due respect - let's stop perpetuating the lie that marriage equality is a threat to religious liberty. Because nothing could be further from the truth. And that, you will recall, is covered in the Ninth Commandment.

Violence Against Police Should Not Be Prosecuted as Hate Crime

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

In the wake of the murder of two New York City police officers, the National Fraternal Order of Police sent a letter to the White House and Congress asking that "bias attacks" against police be prosecuted more harshly through hate crime laws.

You Never Know Who Is Watching

Marsha Aizumi | Posted 01.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Marsha Aizumi

You never know who is watching, listening and looking for a sign that they have value, that life can be good, that they will still be loved. I will speak up for those individuals, just like Dean did.

Justice for Leelah Alcorn: Pass Leelah's Law

A.J. Walkley | Posted 01.06.2015 | Gay Voices
A.J. Walkley

In an effort to hasten change, the Transgender Human Rights Institute has begun a petition calling for a permanent end to transgender conversion therapy in Leelah's name. At this point, only with help from the federal government can we hope to see differences made quickly in the United States on this front.

I Have Three-and-a-Half Gay Exes and This Is Why I Support Marriage Equality

Cassie Delaney | Posted 01.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Cassie Delaney

Support marriage equality not just for the LGBT community, –but for the awkwardly pubescent girls having their hearts broken by well-dressed, closeted young men.

Real Talk With Rob Smith -- Race and Racism in the Gay Community (VIDEO)

Rob Smith | Posted 01.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Rob Smith

On this episode, I take on the recent "I don't date black guys" piece from "I'm From Driftwood" and the debate about racism within the gay community.

Supporting the HIV-Positive Community Requires New Tools for Ending Stigma

Sean Howell | Posted 01.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Sean Howell

When we at Hornet, a gay social network with 4.4 million users, launched our "Know Your Status" campaign in 2011, it was received with such fanfare that we decided to make it a permanent feature in our app. Now, in light of new science, the feature is evolving with significant enhancements.

African HRC Reflects on 2014

Melanie Nathan | Posted 01.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Melanie Nathan

As Americans revel in equality gains, we cannot forget that as LGBTI people, we are all members of a persecuted global minority with a responsibility towards one another, regardless of who we are or where we live.

A Dad Dropped His Son Off on a Date and It Restored My Faith in Humanity

Benjamin O'Keefe | Posted 01.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Benjamin O'Keefe

I held it together in public, but I really wanted to cry at the beautiful moment I had just witnessed. But then it hit me; I had just judged someone. I had assumed that because this man fit a certain stereotype that he was instantly against equality, and there was no way that he could possibly approve of his son's sexuality.

Fear and Ignorance Are the Locks

Stephanie Mott | Posted 01.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

It is not possible for anyone other than me to know my gender. But I cannot hate the people whose actions and beliefs are at the very root of why a transgender teenager would find it necessary to end their own life.

Why Liberal Protestantism Should Quit Living in Fear of Its Own Death

Derek Penwell | Posted 01.05.2015 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Are we too liberal? Do we have enough arbitrary rules to halt the decline and sustain a stable membership? These are questions that should be qualified by being asked in light of the most important question: Are we following Jesus faithfully?

When Being Trans Is Not Trans Enough

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 01.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Kelsie Brynn Jones

Let us not forget that transgender is an umbrella that encompasses all persons whose authentic identity does not conform unambiguously to conventional notions of male or female genders and assigned gender at birth. Male and female are increasingly being presented as two distinct states, with nothing between.

Of Rose Parades in Pasadena & Marriage Equality in Florida

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 01.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

Yes, we are still on a journey toward making that dream of liberty and justice for all not just a pledge we make to our flag but a reality we live in our nation. And next week -- when same-sex couples start getting married in Florida -- we will be a little closer to that goal.

How A Football Game Changed Inspired This Man To Build A Beautiful Family

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 01.02.2015 | Gay Voices

To start the New Year’s weekly Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family™” series, Rich Valenza shares a personal stor...

'You're Really Nice, but I Don't Date Black Guys': Racism or Preference? (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 12.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-01-01-20141231NelsonMosesLassitersmall.jpgNelson Moses Lassiter was excited about coming to terms with his sexuality. He imagined that, upon venturing out into the gay scene, he'd encounter a world more accepting than the one he was used to. What he discovered was not unlike the one he came from, though.

Gay Men: What Is Your New Year's Contribution?

Josh Hersh | Posted 12.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Hersh

January is often the month when many of us feverishly start to fulfill or come up with what we want to change in our own lives in the coming year. We become a nation of wide-eyed idealists, hell-bent on doing more, becoming more and repairing the so-called chinks in our armor.

In Defense of the "Social Justice Warrior"

Tile Wolfe | Posted 12.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Tile Wolfe

We're winning when young people have the internet's arsenal at the ready. We're winning when online discourse translates into offline action. We're winning when seemingly "niche" groups reflect a new generation of LGBT people who defend their own survival, and others.