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How Do You Find Joy After a Positive HIV Diagnosis? This Poet Has an Answer! (VIDEO)

J Mase III | Posted 07.31.2014 | Gay Voices
J Mase III

What messages do we send people about being HIV-positive? One of my favorite poets, Timothy DuWhite, explores the concept of finding joy while dealing...

More of the Real Story Behind the LGBT MBA Job Fair Story

Matt Kidd | Posted 07.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Kidd

Why did I raise my hand to go into the non-profit world? Because despite the legal equality progress our community has made, we've yet to reach the status of "out" in the workplace. I truly believe our work educating and connecting LGBTQ students from the point they launch their careers will get us closer to that goal.

Kissing Doesn't Kill

Matthew Ebert | Posted 07.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

Face facts, Truvada will be in everyone's bloodstream in about 15 minutes, so why argue over it? On two fronts we can assault this virus -- the POZ and the NEG, the dirty and the clean. Can we cut the crap and get in one line?

Stigma and Discrimination Are Killing Gay Men -- News From the International AIDS Conference

Linda_Villarosa | Posted 08.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Linda_Villarosa

What is the effect of the new, repressive anti-LGBT laws around the world? "We have evidence to show that the law is killing people."

The Case of Jane Doe: How Public Systems Fail Our Most Vulnerable Youth

Shannan Wilber | Posted 07.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Shannan Wilber

Sadly, her story is all too familiar. Too many children "rescued" by the government from families unable to care for them are abandoned to caregivers who subject them to abuses more terrible than those prompting the state's intervention in the first place.

Did Jesus Really Condemn Same-Sex Marriage?

Rev. Dr. Mark Achtemeier | Posted 07.30.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mark Achtemeier

Opponents of marriage equality claim that Jesus confers his own stamp of approval on marriage between a man and a woman, and in so doing rules out the possibility of faithful, loving same-sex partnerships among his followers. There are multiple problems with this claim.

For At Least A Few Hours, California Has Its First Gay Governor

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics

California has never elected a woman or LGBT individual as governor. But on Wednesday, one state politician will make history -- albeit for only a few...

Breaking: The War Over Same Sex Marriage Has Been Won!

Derek Penwell | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

The war for same gender marriage has been won. I received the news today. I didn't read it in the newspaper, didn't see it on the news crawl at the bottom of the screen on CNN. I heard the announcement from a 17 year-old kid, out in the middle of the rural midwest.

To Be Black, Trans and Brilliant: Lourdes Ashley Hunter

J Mase III | Posted 07.29.2014 | Black Voices
J Mase III

Lourdes is a self-described black, trans revolutionary, academic and orator residing in Brooklyn. As co-founder of the Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC), she is leading a transformative movement that uplifts the narratives and leadership of trans people of color.

Appeals Court Strikes Down Virginia Gay Marriage Ban

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled Monday that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The 2-1 ruling upheld a p...

Gays, Politics and the 2014 Midterms

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 07.28.2014 | Gay Voices
J Nelson Aviance

If you want your voice to matter and your vote to count, get off your couch, leave your parents basement and find the office of your local political party.

Boston LGBTQ Communities Divided on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

At a recent protest rally on the streets of Boston, just one of many that I've seen personally, watched on TV and read about, members of our community went at each other's throats, demonstrating not only how we're not monolithic when it comes to passion and politics but how LGBTQs are inextricably tied to world events.

The First Gay President

Richard Alther | Posted 07.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard Alther

Although such things are happening slowly but surely, will being queer continue to inhibit the likelihood of the first gay president?

Jennifer Bendery

Republicans Have Zero Reaction To Obama's Historic LGBT Order

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When President Barack Obama signed an executive order Monday making it illegal for federal contractors to fire or harass employees based...

President Obama Should Go Big on Immigration Reform

Joe Hansen | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics
Joe Hansen

The unfolding humanitarian crisis on the border further highlights the urgent need to fix our broken immigration system and create a clear and fair path to citizenship. Yet some Congressional Republicans are using the plight of immigrant families to call for even stricter enforcement policies. It's shameful.

Yahoo Harassment Case: Why No One Is Saying 'Rape'

Maggie Quale | Posted 07.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Maggie Quale

Despite how far the U.S. is moving forward with recognizing equality in same-sex relationships, parenting and employment rights, the notion of two people of the same sex harassing or abusing one another is considered a joke.

3 Ways LGBT Christians Are Blessing the Church

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 07.25.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

A first step in helping to heal the antagonistic separation between non-affirming and affirming Christians and congregations, is for all to open their eyes to the ways that LGBT Christians are already blessing -- and possibly even renewing -- the Church as a whole.

LGBT Elites Need to KISS

Brian Stone | Posted 07.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Brian Stone

I'll be called out as a hetero-normative cisgender supporter of the patriarchy for saying this, but it would be nice if we could use English to talk about our issues. Maybe it's a bit quaint to advocate simplicity, but it seems to me that the LGBT elite have created an entirely new language made up of six syllable words.

When Bigger Isn't Necessarily Better...

Posted 07.25.2014 | Gay Voices

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices, in a partnership with bloggers Liz Margolies and Scout, brings you a round up of some of the biggest LGBT wellness stor...

Lesbian Couple Share Their Story Of Creating A Family

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.25.2014 | Gay Voices

This week’s Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family” installment spotlights Diane and Cherie. The couple have chosen t...

Maura Healey Returns to Talk Massachusetts Attorney General Primary Race and LGBT Issues (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 07.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I revisited Maura Healey, who's running for the office of attorney general in Massachusetts and was recently endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Healey, who is openly gay, is currently leading the Democratic primary polls by a narrow margin.

Free Speech and the Bible Museum

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 07.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

An effort by the pro-LGBT group Truth Wins Out (TWO) to block the opening of a private Bible museum in the Nation's Capital is a misguided assault on constitutional protections that properly protect everyone, including LGBT Americans and their opponents.

Planting Seeds of Change as LGBT Christians - from El Salvador to North America

Richard M. Weinberg | Posted 07.24.2014 | Religion
Richard M. Weinberg

That any church these days would take the step toward full inclusion of the LGBT community is courageous. That the Salvadoran Episcopal Church's Sexual Diversity Ministry even exists is a miracle to behold.

Dear Progressives, We're Not Doing It Right

Jamie McGonnigal | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Jamie McGonnigal

When a science fiction convention is more affirming, less body-shaming, more welcoming and less sneering than a conference with 3,000 plus "progressives," we're doing something wrong. I loved Netroots Nation in Detroit this year, but we need to do better as a community.

Pimping Diversity

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 07.24.2014 | Business
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

We have all bought into a social construct that permits us to feel good about perpetrating a fraud. Corporations, universities, government agencies, minorities and "good white folks" alike -- we are all complicit in pimping diversity.