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An Open Letter To My Brother Who Worked Security During Pride

Chris Hernandez | Posted 06.27.2016 | Queer Voices
Chris Hernandez

During Pride this year, as many members of the LGBTQ community prepared to party as a sign that we would not be silenced by the shooter who targeted a gay club in Orlando, you had a job to do. Thank you.

Canada, It's Time We Eliminated The Blood Ban

Zac Thompson | Posted 06.28.2016 | HuffPost Live 321
Zac Thompson

Last week Canada softened its gay blood ban, but isn't time we eliminated it entirely?

Brexit, More Bad News For Black Women

OmiseekeTinsley | Posted 06.28.2016 | Black Voices
OmiseekeTinsley

As an African American woman living in Texas, every morning I hold my breath reading the news, bracing myself for what terrible violence against black...

A Reminder to Humanity: We're All Different, So Let's Accept it and Move On

Sara Uzer | Posted 06.27.2016 | Impact
Sara Uzer

What if we stopped frantically attempting to put the blame on one single aspect of the shooter's life to pinpoint the motive? What if we quit identifying and analyzing the particular group of people who are being victimized in this situation, and looked at the much larger issue that no one seems to want to talk about?

Two Weeks After Orlando, Trump's Reaction Looks Even Crazier

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.27.2016 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

There are statements that may appear foolish and wrong-headed when initially uttered, yet which--after the passage of time--we recognize as containing previously unseen wisdom. This ain't one of them.

#KeepTheirSeats

Khadijah Abdullah | Posted 06.26.2016 | Queer Voices
Khadijah Abdullah

51 Muslim states blocked 11 LGBT groups from attending the UNAIDS Meeting.

Celebrating Incremental Victories in an Instantaneous Gratification World

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 06.26.2016 | Queer Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

Three years ago this morning my then-partner and I sat in our living room with our laptops open to SCOTUSblog and - with tears in our eyes - watched m...

The Muslim Gay Rights Movement Must Begin

Khwaja Khusro Tariq | Posted 06.26.2016 | Religion
Khwaja Khusro Tariq

"I fell a-weeping, and I cried, 'Sweet youth, Tell me why, sad and sighing, thou dost rove These pleasant realms? I pray thee speak me sooth What i...

The One Thing We Have To Stop Asking Trans People

Zac Thompson | Posted 07.01.2016 | HuffPost Live 321
Zac Thompson

The question, "are you a boy or are you a girl?" seems like an innocent one, but for a person in the midst of a gender transition it can tap into serious personal insecurities.

LGBT Rights: Bringing The 'Pride' Movement To Addiction Treatment

Dr. Jonathan Horey | Posted 06.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jonathan Horey

Addiction can truly happen to anyone. We treat people of all lifestyles, demographics and socioeconomic statuses, all of whom have learned how similar their struggles are to each other's, and that they have more in common than they may have originally thought.

No Netflix, No Chill: In Russia, it's Better to Purge than to Binge

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 06.24.2016 | World
Eliot Borenstein

The attack on Netflix is the brainchild of Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky. If you're not familiar with his work, just imagine the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Modern Language Association as run by Glenn Beck.

Calling Off The Search For God

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 06.24.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Rea Nolan Martin

By most accounts, the search for God is an ancient, oil-slicked highway rutted with potholes, interrupted by long tunnels that lead mostly to more lon...

This Pride, Brooklyn's Queer Community Comes Together In Sacred Resialiance

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 06.24.2016 | Queer Voices

Almost two weeks after the massacre of 49 queer people at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, various communities in New York City are now preparing ...

From A Hillary Superdelegate: An Open Letter To My Grandson And Other Respectful Bernie Supporters

Barbra Siperstein | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
Barbra Siperstein

Hillary will be the DNC nominee, she learned from Obama and followed the rules and won convincingly the most votes and the most delegates. Bernie was welcomed into the DNC, he was made a superdelegate, and received a proportional percentage of people on the Platform Drafting Committee.

Queer Muslim Artist Saba Taj Sees Her Art As An Act Of Resistance

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 06.24.2016 | Religion

HuffPost Religion is highlighting the voices of Muslim artists this Ramadan. Every Friday of the holy month, we’ll feature artwork and reflections f...

A Beleaguered Muslim Community Confronts the Horror and Aftermath of Orlando

Charles Alexander | Posted 06.24.2016 | Religion
Charles Alexander

Imagine just for a brief moment that you are a Muslim Afghan-American. Most probably you work hard. You pay your taxes. You try to raise your children...

To the LGBT Community Centers During this Difficult Time: Thank You

Naomi Goldberg | Posted 06.24.2016 | Queer Voices
Naomi Goldberg

Coauthored by Alex Sheldon, Research Analyst at the Movement Advancement Project There are more than 200 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LG...

A Call to Action for Philanthropists in the Wake of Orlando

Aaron Dorfman | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics
Aaron Dorfman

Empowering LGBTQ communities - keeping them safe and giving them a platform to demand respect and humanity - will be difficult even in the wake of marquee victories, but it can happen. Beating the NRA will not be easy, but it can be done if we invest in building people power among all those who have been impacted by gun violence.

Netanyahu Is So wrong About Orlando, Here's Why

Sarah Illingworth | Posted 06.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Sarah Illingworth

Three days after the shooting of 49 people at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded with a speech on YouTube...

Strike A Pose Documentary Star Kevin Stea: Reunion Was Cathartic For Madonna's Blond Ambition Dancers

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 06.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Pollo Del Mar

"Over the years, it held on as this lingering, amazing job that changed people's lives," said Stea, who 25 years ago shot to fame with the Blond Ambition tour and accompanying film Madonna: Truth or Dare.

Hate Is Trending In The United States Of America And There Is Only One Response.

Shantell Yasmine Abeydeera | Posted 06.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Shantell Yasmine Abeydeera

It may seem an improbability for most, but I haven't flicked through social media in several days. Ten days if I'm being precise. Because ten days ago...

The Moment The Christian Church Acknowledged My Queerness

Chris Hernandez | Posted 06.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Chris Hernandez

For the first time I felt as if there was a deliberate call for that congregation to stand with the queer community in their time of mourning.

LGBT Muslims Make An Important Point About Coming Out In Their Community

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 06.24.2016 | Religion

Much of the conversations surrounding the shootings that took place at a gay night club in Orlando last week have been about the shooter's Muslim iden...

When Unconditional Love Is Anything But

Sandra McDonald | Posted 06.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Sandra McDonald

Though otherwise I am a happily transitioned woman, part of me feels empty, like I am less of a person -- and though she doesn't realize it yet, the same is true for my sister. I would ask my sister right now: Is sustaining your hate worth such heavy costs?

When Unconditional Love Is Anything But

Sandra McDonald | Posted 06.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Sandra McDonald

Though otherwise I am a happily transitioned woman, part of me feels empty, like I am less of a person -- and though she doesn't realize it yet, the same is true for my sister. I would ask my sister right now: Is sustaining your hate worth such heavy costs?