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Ghost in the Machine

Josh Sabarra | Posted 07.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Josh Sabarra

I would agree to second and third dates with men I knew weren't going to go the distance. For the longest time, I believed that settling for a lopsided equation was the best I could do; after all, it wouldn't be easy to meet a man who wanted me, imperfections and all.

The Biggest LGBT Wellness Stories Of The Week

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.20.2015 | Gay Voices

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices, in a partnership with blogger Scout, LGBT HealthLink and researcher Susana Fajardo, brings you a round up of ...

4 Things You Have to Find Out the Hard Way When You Transition

Mac Scotty McGregor | Posted 07.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Mac Scotty McGregor

Did you enjoy massages? Going to the gym? Using bathrooms? Sitting in the jacuzzi naked? Guess what? This has just become more complicated.

The Brave New World of Gender Pioneers

Mac Scotty McGregor | Posted 07.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Mac Scotty McGregor

I think it's so important in this time of rapid change and fast social media that we remember how new all of this is to most people.

Gay Marriage, as a Civil Right, Does Not Violate Religious Liberty

Christine Stoddard | Posted 07.17.2015 | Religion
Christine Stoddard

There are many versions of Christianity. My favorite version is that of hippie Jesus: God is love, pure and simple. I hope that love will continue to win.

'Wizzer Pizzer' Is Entertaining and the Perfect Production for Seattle's Capitol Hill

L. Steven Sieden | Posted 07.20.2015 | Entertainment
L. Steven Sieden

Theatre22's latest production Wizzer Pizzer is an offbeat, timely, enjoyable journey down an LGBT Yellow Brick Road. The play uses The Wizard of Oz as its foundation with the Dorothy character played by Eric Mulholland as a transsexual man struggling with his identity.

LGBT "Treatment" Programs Are Often Child Abuse

Lorri L. Jean | Posted 07.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Lorri L. Jean

It isn't "treatment" to withhold food and water from a youth. It isn't treatment to beat a teenager. And nothing should ever be considered treatment that involves denial of medical care, solitary confinement, electric shocks or public humiliation. That's not therapeutic. That's child abuse.

For Famous Rhodes Twins, Helping LGBT Youth Is Now a Family Affair

Jim Key | Posted 07.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Jim Key

Fresh from celebrating the historic marriage equality victory on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, Aaron and Austin Rhodes -- the twins well-known for their recent and emotional YouTube video in which they came out to their dad -- visited the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

Celebrating Freedom Of -- And Freedom From -- Religion

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 07.17.2015 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

Your personal opinions and beliefs about who should or should not be getting married has absolutely no bearing on who you issue marriage licenses to as a county clerk. Period.

Let's Have a Conversation About Manhattan Mini Storage and Gender Identity

Brandon Topp | Posted 07.17.2015 | New York
Brandon Topp

Manhattan Mini Storage's bold advertisements are expected, but one of their recent "Storage Space Love Stories" is worthy of more conversation than it's provoked. The image is all over New York City's MTA-- a transgender woman, or male drag queen, poses by a vanity with furs and wigs surrounding.

'All Eyes' on Double Duchess: The Electro-Hop Duo Inspired by All-Things-Grace Jones

Oscar Raymundo | Posted 07.17.2015 | Entertainment
Oscar Raymundo

Together as electro-hop duo Double Duchess, David "davO" Richardson and Krylon Superstar have been performing live and making San Francisco partygoers sweat their butts off for years -- five at the very least. But this week marks the culmination of every drop of sweat they, themselves, have spilt on stage.

#LoveWins: A Historic Moment for LGBT Rights

Jason Tengco | Posted 07.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Jason Tengco

As the son of immigrants from the Philippines, an oftentimes traditional and predominantly Catholic nation, it wasn't always easy being fully open and honest about my sexuality. And so, coming out to my parents the summer after graduating high school was one of the most liberating experiences of my life.

Why Nothing Pisses Me Off More

Unwritten | Posted 07.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Unwritten

I wanna throw a big "hell yeah" to those openly defending their transgender or gender-fluid identities, increasing the activity in this discussion. Although it should never feel taboo to be different than the "norm" (I'm using that term ironically, let me be clear), I'm glad there are some kick-ass role models to guide the way to create a new norm; a norm that lets everyone be whatever the hell they want.

The Best Birthday Present

Melissa McLaren | Posted 07.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Melissa McLaren

For my daughter, growing up is a two-edged sword. She's getting older with all the privileges that bestows, but each day brings her another step closer to puberty, and the next steps necessary to keep her from developing as a boy.

Are LGBTQ People in Your Diversity Plan?

Matt Kidd | Posted 07.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Kidd

By excluding LGBTQ people from broader inclusion initiatives, firms may unintentionally signal that the thought diversity out LGBTQ people bring to the workplace is less valuable than that of other underrepresented minorities.

Jen Foster Talks The White Room Sessions & LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 07.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with singer/songwriter Jen Foster about launching her Pledge Music Campaign to support her new ambitious double record project entitled The White Room Sessions.

Behind the Issue: Sinister Wisdom 97: Out Latina Lesbians

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 07.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

Today is the official release date of Sinister Wisdom 97: Out Latina Lesbians. There are many things that are unique about this issue of Sinister Wisdom.

The Amazing Lea DeLaria Talks Pop Culture, LGBTQ Social Change, and the Radical Power of Big Boo and David Bowie

Lisa Stulberg | Posted 07.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Lisa Stulberg

We had a chance to catch up with DeLaria again last week to talk with her about the third season of Orange Is the New Black, her new jazz album House of David, and her sense of hope for the modern queer movement.

The Bible Does Not Condemn Homosexuality

Adam Phillips | Posted 07.16.2015 | Religion
Adam Phillips

Billy Graham's son is terrified that President Obama and a whole host of us have chucked out our Bibles in order to support marriage equality. This is laughable if it weren't so powerfully sad. Here's the thing, Franklin: You need to read your Bible better.

Your Bigotry Threatens Children, Not My Homosexuality

Domenick Scudera | Posted 07.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Some conservative political leaders want you to believe that gay men are a threat to children. They choose to turn away from actual problems facing kids in American schools. In doing so, they are perpetuating the obstacles that LGBT youth must face every day.

"I Was Very, Very Happy That Stonewall Had Happened."

Nathan Manske | Posted 07.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

Perry couldn't seem to escape the abuse from being gay, whether it was from bullies or the cops. But one night in June, Perry was at the bar, Julius', when he heard that there was a raid down the street at Stonewall and "the girls" were fighting back.

Judge Rules Utah Must Recognize Same Sex Parents On Child's Birth Certificate

Associated Press | Kelly Chen | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics

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Remembering Gay Icon Elaine Stritch

Alex Hopkins | Posted 07.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Alex Hopkins

Image of Elaine Stritch in her dressing room Savoy Theatre, London, by Alan Warren, courtesy of Wikipedia Commons Theatre legend Elaine Stritch died...

The Cult of Conversion & Confession

Tristan Higgins | Posted 07.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Tristan Higgins

A few of my longtime friends have told me that they want to see more of the real writing that I do. The stuff that is about my life, my feelings, my struggles. Like this one about my physical disabilities and battle with pain.

Marrying Health and Human Rights: How LGBT Health and Population Health Will Improve Because of Marriage Equality

Sandro Galea | Posted 07.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Sandro Galea

In ruling that the 14th Amendment requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, the U.S. Supreme Court not only addressed a fundamental issue of equality, but may have unwittingly contributed to improved public health.