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These Black Trans Couples' Stories Tug At Our Heartstrings

The Huffington Post | Taryn FInley | Posted 06.29.2015 | Black Voices

“I identify as a trans man,” Tiq Milan said sitting next to his wife, Kim Milan, a woman who identifies as queer. NBC BLK interviewed Tiq, ...

The Teachers Who Gave Me a Voice

Parker Jessica Davidson | Posted 06.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Parker Jessica Davidson

Living a happy life as a gay teen in Nixa, Missouri isn't the easiest thing to achieve. Most of my life was spent in the metaphorical closet where it was dark, scary, and smelled like moth balls.

Queering the Confederacy: Why #TakeDowntheFlag Matters to LGBTs

Michael Lambert | Posted 06.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Lambert

The Civil War wasn't about slavery. That's what I was told by teachers, family, friends, churchgoers and casual motorists at gas stations throughout my childhood in rural Alabama. Black and white had nothing to do with it, they said.

Finally Kissed at San Francisco Pride

Belo Cipriani | Posted 06.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Belo Cipriani

"Sometimes," my mom told me, "men kiss men and women kiss women and there's nothing wrong with that. Sadly though, not all countries allow men to kiss men or women to kiss women. So, they come to San Francisco to be free. That's what 'pride' means -- it means freedom."

Here's How Unrealistic Gay Beauty Standards Are Affecting You

Posted 06.21.2015 | 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 some of th...

FtM Feelings On Father's Day

Basil Soper | Posted 06.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Basil Soper

Fathers don't have to be biologically related to their children. Dads can be queer. They can be kind. Fathers shouldn't have anything to do with upholding patriarchal male standards. Fathers are all genders. Fathers can be so much more then what our traditional view of them is.

Waiting for the Court - But Not for History

Roger Doughty | Posted 06.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Roger Doughty

The joy of Pride isn't really about whether the Supreme Court rules in our favor. We all hope that 2015's Pride will bring another great legal triumph. But in the end, Pride has, does, and will matter even more.

My Husband Was Living in the Wrong Body

Mary Lasher | Posted 06.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Mary Lasher

I am still in love with the person I married back in 1984. A person who today is a she. I have witnessed true joy in the person I've grown a life with -- a person whose blue eyes shine because she feels right in her own skin.

Muslims And Jews Find Common Ground At Iftar Shabbat Dinner

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.20.2015 | Religion

At sunset on Friday evening, Muslims around the world broke their Ramadan fast with a ritual meal, called an iftar. At the same time, Jews around the ...

Jacob Kerr

LGBT Asylum Seekers Not Getting Enough Relief, Report Finds

HuffingtonPost.com | Jacob Kerr | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While the United States awaits a major Supreme Court decision that could legalize gay marriage across the nation, there are more than 70...

Hey Ladies, Men Hate Their Butts Too, OK?

H. Alan Scott | Posted 06.19.2015 | Comedy
H. Alan Scott

I reject the term "skinny fat" for its inherent shaming connotations, but deep down I'm almost positive that's what I am.

What Are Anti-Marriage-Equality Forces Really Demanding? Hint: It's Not a 'Live and Let Live' World

Peter Montgomery | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

Political and religious leaders opposed to marriage equality have been ramping up the intensity of their rhetoric in the weeks leading up to the Supreme Court's imminent decision on the constitutionality of state laws banning same-sex couples from getting legally married.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Vivian Green Is Vivid and Carefree on New Album

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 06.19.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Singer Vivian Green wants her fans to know that everything is fine. No, she is not going through romantic troubles as she effectively sang about on hit singles like "Emotional Rollercoaster" and "Gotta Go Gotta Leave."

A Look At The Beautiful Unexpected Journey These Two Gay Men Took To Fatherhood

Posted 06.19.2015 | Gay Voices

In this week’s Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family™” series installment, contributing writer Eric Criswell celeb...

Large Fears: A Book for the Little Black Boy in Us All

Yolo Akili | Posted 06.18.2015 | Books
Yolo Akili

People try to beat the magic out of black boys who like the color pink. They say it's to protect us. But it's not. It's to protect them. It's to protect them from their fear. It's to protect them from their ignorance.

Our Father's Sons

Garrett Paknis | Posted 06.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Garrett Paknis

Compassion can shatter the walls that keep us separated and away from the epic-ness that we could be. That we are. All we've got to do is love, which starts with ourselves.

LGBT Tourism Conference Proves Argentina Is Doing It Right

David Duran | Posted 06.18.2015 | Gay Voices
David Duran

Argentina is once again dominating tourism within Latin America, not only because of its wide range of things to see and do throughout the entire country, but because they have cornered the market within LGBT tourism within the region.

Is Israel Safe for Tourists?

John Nicholson | Posted 06.18.2015 | Travel
John Nicholson

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that Israel is located smack dab in the middle of one of the world's biggest political hotspots. But it does take a few to keep this tiny country along the eastern Mediterranean safe and secure, and that seems to be why Israel is bouncing back big time in 2015.

Il Papa vs. My Fathers: What The Pope Doesn't Understand About Child Abuse

Buster Ross | Posted 06.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Buster Ross

Pope Francis says children need heterosexual parents. Daddy Francis, if you're reading this: The gay men in my life have been some of the most nurturing and supportive parents imaginable.

Life After Top Chef Win: An Interview With Yigit Pura

Hilal Isler | Posted 06.24.2015 | Entertainment
Hilal Isler

It might be eight in the morning, but pastry chef Yiğit Pura is already on his third espresso. "I've been up since five," he says, cheerfully.

Let's Be Clear: Gay Men Are Not Child Molesters and Should Serve as Boy Scout Leaders

Steve Siebold | Posted 06.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Steve Siebold

In 2014, the Boy Scouts of America finally began to allow openly gay youths into its organization. As of today, no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone. It was a great victory indeed.

Southern Baptist Anti-Gay Stance Echoes Its Prior Support of Segregation

Jeffrey Small | Posted 06.18.2015 | Religion
Jeffrey Small

At the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention taking place in Columbus, Ohio this week, SBC President Ronnie Floyd took a defiant stance against same-sex marriage in anticipation of the upcoming Supreme Court ruling on the issue.

MoMA Acquires Iconic Rainbow Flag Just In Time For LGBT Pride

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.18.2015 | Arts

In 1978, artist Gilbert Baker created the rainbow flag hoping to craft an iconic image of LGBT pride, by the community, for the community. Tod...

A Message to The Black and Latino Youth

César Vargas | Posted 06.16.2015 | Latino Voices
César Vargas

To the inner city Black and Latino Youth who feel alone, abandoned by their loved ones, by school administrators, and their communities: You are not alone. You matter.

Is This the Dumbest Anti-Gay Argument?

David Pakman | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
David Pakman

No matter how you slice or present this slippery slope argument against gay marriage, it makes no sense.