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Our Gay Anniversary: 20 Years and Counting

Domenick Scudera | Posted 11.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

When I was younger, I could not tell my mother that a fulfilling life was in store because I did not know what the future would hold for me. But I am older now, and I have a 20-year (and counting) relationship from which to draw.

Tokyo Issues Japan’s First Same-Sex Marriage Certificate

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 11.05.2015 | Gay Voices

Holding rainbow fans and grinning from ear to ear, a couple in Japan was photographed on Thursday with a very special document clutched in their hand...

Documentary Explores The Reality Of Being Black And Gay In The Church

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 11.08.2015 | Black Voices

This week, BET premiered a documentary that shows the experiences of being queer and black in the church and explores LGBTQ individuals of faith navig...

Beyoncé Ignored the LGBT Community in Houston

Carlos Maza | Posted 11.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Carlos Maza

The drumbeat for Beyoncé to speak up in defense of HERO continued. Two weeks into the #BeyBeAHERO campaign, the hashtag had made over 10 million impressions on social media. But still, nothing.

Houston: We Have A Problem

Donna Red Wing | Posted 11.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Donna Red Wing

LGBT and progressive groups from around the nation outspent the opposition and brought in political leaders and celebrities in support of the ordinance. But it was the conservatives, armed with their hard-hitting "bathroom campaign" and religious liberty rhetoric who resonated with voters.

We Can't Be Scared of the 'Bathroom Predator' Myth

Carlos Maza | Posted 11.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Carlos Maza

Anytime voters have been asked about legal protections for LGBT people -- in Arkansas, Missouri, and North Carolina in just the past twelve months -- the "bathroom predator" talking point has been devastatingly effective at getting people to vote against their LGBT neighbors.It shouldn't be.

When Your Child Comes Out: Embracing An LGBT Loved One | Posted 11.04.2015 | Black Voices

With an increasing number of Black parents being open to exploring the second option, here is some affirming and practical advice from everyday people and LGBT experts on how your family can best support a young person who likely needs it now more than ever.

What Is It About Christians and Bathrooms?

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 11.04.2015 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

Bathrooms are important. We all need them, and perhaps that is part of the reason bathrooms become central in conservative Christian challenges to civil rights around issues of gender. Bathrooms level the playing field. As my mother used to say, "Everybody has to go."

Developing: LGBT Equal Rights Measure On The Ropes In Houston

Houston Chronicle | Whitney Snyder | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics

Early voting results show Houston's equal rights ordinance failing by a wide margin, with 62.5 percent of voters opting to repeal the law and 37.5 pe...

Religious Liberty Is Not a Weapon of Discrimination

Donna Red Wing | Posted 11.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Donna Red Wing

Religious liberty should not and cannot be used as a weapon of discrimination. We need to be very clear that we will not allow the radical religious right to undermine the rights and liberties of LGBT Americans or anyone else under the guise of religious liberty.

In a Word, What it Means to be Lesbian

Raina Bowe | Posted 11.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Raina Bowe

For some reason I'd always thought there was some kind of cultural divide within the LGBTQ community over the use of the words "gay" and "lesbian."

A Landmark Year for Important Policy

Toni G. Atkins | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics
Toni G. Atkins

"Landmark legislation" is a term that gets thrown around pretty easily in political circles, but many of the bills passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown this year live up to that lofty description.

It Should've Been Us: A Very Complicated Uncomplicated Love Story

Barrett Pall | Posted 11.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Barrett Pall

We didn't necessarily find love in a hopeless place, but we found something that had the possibility to turn into love.

A Black Gay Man's Journey to Self Acceptance

Nhojj | Posted 11.02.2015 | Gay Voices

I am a gay man. I proclaim it for all who couldn't proclaim it. I proclaim it for all who can't yet proclaim it. I proclaim it because it is part of who I am, and like being a man and being black, it is something to celebrate and be proud of.

For Asylum Seekers, Representation Can Mean the Difference Between Life and Death

Human Rights First | Posted 10.30.2015 | Impact
Human Rights First

This week marks National Pro Bono Week, a time to celebrate the dedication and generosity of pro bono attorneys. For asylum seekers, a lawyer can mean the difference between life and death. With representation, asylum seekers have a much better chance of receiving protection.

Chef Rossi Talks New Book The Raging Skillet and LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 10.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

Chef Rossi's story is a fabulous journey of cooking her way through some of life's biggest challenges in New York City's most unlikely kitchens.

Ryan Murphy Reveals The Heartbreaking Reason He's So 'Prolific'

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 10.30.2015 | Gay Voices

Television critics have called Ryan Murphy 'prolific,' something the writer has not taken as wholly positive. But while accepting the amfAR Inspirati...

Is Lyme the New AIDS? Part Two: Life With Lyme and Controversies

David Michael Conner | Posted 11.02.2015 | Healthy Living
David Michael Conner

Last February I finally got a true medical diagnosis for the cause of some of my health problems: Meniere's disease, which an ENT specialist said ...

GOTLV: Get out the Lesbian Vote in 2015

Beth Shipp | Posted 10.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Beth Shipp

Jackie Biskupski is a vanguard, as the first out woman in the Utah State Assembly. Now, she is running to be the first out lesbian mayor of Salt Lake City, where she'd also be the first single mother in that role; in fact she'd only be the second woman mayor of the city!

Somewhere Between National Coming Out Day and TDOR: The Reformation Project Conference in Kansas City, November 5-7

Stephanie Mott | Posted 10.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

It seems pretty basic to me. If you are using the Bible to advance policies and positions that exclude anyone, you are misusing the Bible. This is not what the Bible really calls us to do.

Queer Clergy Activate in Support of the Black Lives Matter Movement

Rabbi Debra Kolodny | Posted 10.29.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Debra Kolodny

On Saturday October 17 two-dozen leaders from the Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Indigenous African and Unitarian Universalist faiths gathered to give witness to our unwavering support for the Black Lives Matter Movement in Pioneer Square in downtown Portland Oregon.

Trans Bodies Are Not a Halloween Costume

Delia Melody | Posted 10.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Delia Melody

It's easy to say it's "just a costume," and at the end of the night, you can take it off. But we can't take off our transness, and we will continue having to live with the consequences of the subtle, casual hatred your costume embodies.

Which Party Stands With Trans People?

Barbra Siperstein | Posted 10.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Barbra Siperstein

For trans people the difference between the parties is very clear, but on the surface, based on the Democratic CNN debate, one might not know how stark the difference is between Democrats and Republicans.

LGBTQ Students: More Than Victims of Bullying

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 10.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

Jessica Fields is a Professor of Sociology and Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University. She is the author of Risky Lessons: Sex Education and Social Inequality and studies sexuality education in middle schools, high schools, jails, and universities.

Diversity In Picture Books

Melanie Hope Greenberg | Posted 10.29.2015 | Books
Melanie Hope Greenberg

Picture book crafting challenges me to depict life in its simplest forms. At the same time the craft is multi-dimensional. I've always enjoyed paintings which tell several stories captured in a single frame.