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Our Next Fierce Advocate

Gautam Raghavan | Posted 10.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Gautam Raghavan

In recent days, there has been a lot of talk about Secretary Hillary Clinton's record on LGBT equality. And rightfully so: for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) voters and our allies, the 2016 election may be the most important election in recent history.

Transhumanism Political Party Reaches First Birthday

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 10.29.2015 | World
Zoltan Istvan

On October 7th, 2015, the Transhumanist Party reached its first birthday. Started as way to introduce forward thinking and futurist politics into government, the party has caught on around the world and now has over a dozen national parties.

Love Was Missing at the Parliament of the World's Religions

Isaac Archuleta | Posted 10.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Isaac Archuleta

At the Parliament of the World's Religions I surveyed the constellation of religious leaders from around the world. Hand in hand with the man of my dr...

GOP Rep Opens Up About Raising Transgender Son

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 10.29.2015 | Latino Voices

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) took her message of acceptance for the transgender community to Spanish-language television Wednesday, ...

Your 3 Biggest Questions About Lesbian Dating, Answered

Alison Nicole | Posted 10.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Alison Nicole

No one ever taught us the rules about how to relate to women on a romantic level. We have to struggle through the process of trial and error to figure out where to meet new people in the gay community, or what to say to start up a conversation with someone we like.

No Room For Friendly Fire

Joel Goldman | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact
Joel Goldman

None of us have the same story and path. There will never be one face of HIV, but the more of us who come out HIV+, the more understanding there will be. To see the transformation we want, it's vital to bring HIV back into the public conversation.

The Changing Face of San Francisco

Juanita MORE! | Posted 10.28.2015 | San Francisco
Juanita MORE!

These are complex problems without easy solutions. But if my years of fundraising, DJ'ing, performing and party planning have taught me one thing, it's that you have to get up, get out, and do something. Otherwise you are a spectator in your own life.

Matt Damon Is Right On Coming Out In Hollywood, But Not For the Reason You Think

The Daily Dot | Posted 10.27.2015 | Entertainment
The Daily Dot

Damon once said that gay actors needed to stay inside the closet if they wanted to succeed. He pointed to Rupert Everett as an example of someone who had, in effect, screwed things up for himself by being an out gay actor. But what really transpired?

Why It Matters That Gus Kenworthy Came Out

Chris French | Posted 10.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Chris French

When you grow up gay in this part of America, where LGBT people are essentially invisible, just one hero can change your life.

On Being the Parent of a Transgender Child

Paul Heroux | Posted 10.27.2015 | Parents
Paul Heroux

Recently, I had the opportunity and pleasure of meeting Marcia and Ryan. Marcia is the mother of Ryan who is a 9 year old transgender child living in my community. Ryan was born with the anatomy of a male, but Ryan describes herself as having "the heart and brain of a girl."

Harry Reid Meant To Say 'LGBT,' But It Came Out 'LBJ'

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics

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Report Finds Just Half Of Americans Are Protected From Anti-LGBT Discrimination At Work

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics

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5 Reasons Why I Never Want to Pass As Straight Again

Kevin Hogan | Posted 10.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Kevin Hogan

Since my coworkers only knew me as a happily married man, they'd erroneously assumed I was straight. For my part, I didn't think my sexual orientation was my colleagues' business, so I didn't bring it up. In short, for years, I never publicly challenged my straight persona.

This Gay Stand Up Comic Reveals The Incredible Homophobia He's Faced

Sampson McCormick | Posted 10.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Sampson McCormick

Funny is funny, and for a long time, funny has existed in the gay, women, disabled and other minority stand-up that's often overlooked, simply because we're seen as either niche or unmarketable.

LGBTQ Bullying: Zero Tolerance is Not the Answer.

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 10.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

Zero tolerance policies do little to solve problems of bullying in schools. They disproportionately impact the lives of LGBTQ students and students of color, and students who take action to defend themselves become punished. They make clear institutional racism, heterosexism, homophobia and transphobia.

The Evolution Of Leadership: Hillary Clinton And DOMA

Elizabeth Birch | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth Birch

Today, regardless of lessons learned over the years, it is important that every young person understand that Hillary Clinton is one of the most important global voices on LGBT human rights in our time.

I Didn't Always Know I Was Allowed to Be Queer

Sarah Gladstone | Posted 10.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Sarah Gladstone

Attraction doesn't care about making things simple, easy, or clear-cut. But I didn't know that. So in response to my pondering I told myself, You like boys, and that's a fact. You can't be gay, so you must be straight.

Trans Hacking Startup Land: Gender Performance and Deception

Alyx Baldwin | Posted 10.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Alyx Baldwin

After I moved away from being gender ambiguous, I unbound myself and started presenting as a queer woman. I reached out to many LGBTQ* startup allegiances for help with fundraising. That was where I met more hostility than ever before.

People Always Wonder If I've Had 'Transgender Surgery'

Mikki del Monico | Posted 10.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Mikki del Monico

When you focus on a transgender person's body, you miss the chance to ask about that person's life, and it is our stories that humanize us, not just transgender people but everyone.

A Trans Odyssey: The Impact of Dear Texas

Mandi Camille Hauwert | Posted 10.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Mandi Camille Hauwert

Breaking free of assumed gender roles requires unfathomable sacrifice and courage. To capture that, what it is to be Trans, on stage -- is miraculous.

Why LGBT People Should Care About This Straight Man's Sex Offender Case

The Huffington Post | Noah Michelson | Posted 10.23.2015 | Gay Voices

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices and HuffPost Live will take a look back at some of the biggest queer news stories from the past week. Check back every F...

4 Things They Didn't Teach You in Sex Ed

John Sovec | Posted 10.23.2015 | Gay Voices
John Sovec

Sex was portrayed as unromantic, missionary position and something that was more a chore than a pleasure. And there was definitely no room for the urges I was feeling to get it on with another guy.

The Danger of Complacency after Obergefell

Harvard University’s Institute of Politics | Posted 10.22.2015 | College
Harvard University’s Institute of Politics

We are not a complacent generation, so let's not let the recent Supreme Court decision make us complacent about civil rights and safe spaces for anyone else who is still struggling to thrive in a society where they are not always treated as equal.

Gay Adoption: What to Expect and Helpful Tips

Andrew Branham | Posted 10.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Branham

I am hoping to shed some light on the adoption process with the hopes that others can learn from our mistakes. By following these guidelines, your adoption is much more likely to be an enjoyable experience from start to finish.

What Should White LGBTQ Organizations Do Post-Marriage Equality?

Irene Monroe | Posted 10.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

With this June's historic Supreme Court ruling -- Obergefell v. Hodge -- that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states many white LGBTQ organizations nationwide have been questioning what to do next.