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The 25 Best and Worst Sex Moments From 2015

Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T.

It seems like sexuality is the one field with more of an ideological divide than politics. This year there is greater tolerance than ever to the many sexuality identifications and definitions. At the same time, there are many movements that promote failing programs and invisible walls of discrimination.

The Next Frontier for LGBTQI Inclusion: Engaging Religion

Mychal Copeland | Posted 12.29.2015 | Religion
Mychal Copeland

Until we address the complexity of American religious traditions and their relationship to LGBTQI issues, ensuring equality for all sexual and gender orientations will not be realized.

Homeless for the Holidays

Carl Siciliano | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Carl Siciliano

This is not a problem that will be solved by doing LGBT sensitivity trainings and hanging rainbow flags in warehouse shelters; we need to be advocates for smaller, more humane models of shelter where LGBT youth will be safer.

Korea's First-Ever Openly Gay Student Council President Speaks Out

HuffPost Korea | Sara Elkamel | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

BoMi Kim has been the student council president at Korea's most prestigious university, Seoul National University, since late November. She is a...

An Interview With Anteros Cruises, a Dedicated LGBT Cruise

Robert Kingett | Posted 12.28.2015 | Travel
Robert Kingett

People may claim they are accepting of traveling gay couples but this is before they stare at a gay couple expressing affection on a romantic cruise line when straight couples are happily enjoying the atmosphere, not worried about stares or whispers.

Big Wins, Bigotry and Backlash: The Queer Political Stories of 2015

The Huffington Post | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

2015 was a historic year with marriage equality coming to every state in the nation and transgender visibility surging. But the backlash to queer righ...

Ten Years of Christmas as a Transgender Woman

Stephanie Mott | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

What a difference a decade makes. From the most lonely of places, from the darkest of moments, from an abundance of hopelessness, the miracle of Christmas has a particular meaning to me.

This Lesbian Japanese Teen Says It’s Been Really Difficult To Find Support And Information

HuffPost Japan | Sara Elkamel | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

In Tokyo’s Shibuya and Setagaya Wards, same-sex partnerships have started to be officially acknowledged. Societal acceptance towards the LGBT c...

LGBT Youth Participate in Unforgettable Giants Game

Anna Aagenes | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Anna Aagenes

As the smoke rose, the crowd cheered, and the stadium music got louder, the Giants players emerged to enter "the gauntlet." In the beginning of each game, the gauntlet is formed by two lines of people who enthusiastically high-five the players as they burst out onto the field.

Elliot Tiber Talks New Memoir After Woodstock and LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with writer/producer Elliot Tiber about his third volume of memoirs entitled "After Woodstock." The book completes his trilogy following the critically acclaimed "Palm Trees on the Hudson" and his breakout bestseller "Taking Woodstock" co-written with Tom Monte and made into a feature film by director Ang Lee.

ICYMI: 12 Important or Influential LGBT Voices You May Not Know

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kelsie Brynn Jones

In a world flooded with social media postings, many inspirational or influential voices are overlooked; swept up in the seemingly endless sea of noise. Here are some lesser-known Twitter users that are influential voices that may have been overlooked.

No Way Out

Katie Sgarro | Posted 12.22.2015 | World
Katie Sgarro

Although often lauded as one of the most generous in the world, the U.S. asylum system remains conspicuously flawed. Many potential asylum seekers are...

Stealth Trans Houdini in the Men's Locker Room

Willy Wilkinson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Willy Wilkinson

It became a daily thought, to claim my body as male and to feel the liberation of congruence. I wondered what it could be like to have a body that would go unnoticed among men in the locker room; I fantasized about one day going for a swim without concern for my emotional and physical safety.

Am I the Only Lesbian Who Didn't Love 'Carol?'

Allison Hope | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Allison Hope

This was the beginning of something explosive that had the potential to move me to tears, to arousal, to the moon and back. And then it didn't.

Taking Advantage of the Winter Break: How GSA Sponsors Can Use Winter Break to Renew, Reflect and Re-Energize

Desiree Raught | Posted 12.17.2015 | Education
Desiree Raught

The holiday break presents us GSA sponsors with the chance to rewind, reflect, and renew, and that's exactly what I plan to do. I plan to renew my commitment to my students, my school, and my community while taking advantage of the much needed two-week holiday break.

"These White Gay Guys Are Coming to Take All Our Jobs." Workplace Discrimination in the Mayor's Office

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

James Felton Keith went back to his hometown of Detroit to help rebuild the city after it went bankrupt. On his first day working in the new mayor's office, a colleague was giving him a tour of the office when two gay men walked by and were introduced. After they left, James was shocked at what he heard from his colleague:

Beyond Marriage: Equality May Change Your Financial Future Too

David Rae | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
David Rae

No matter what, the numbers don't lie, legal recognition of our relationships is paramount to having a healthy financial life now and a truly secure and happy retirement later.

Federal Funding Is Not a Form of Religious Liberty

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

Church-related universities can choose to believe what they want and practice their faith in whatever ways they choose. What they should not be able to is to do is to discriminate against transgender, lesbian, and gay students and staff and receive federal benefits while so doing.

Diversity: The Cause and Solution to All of Life's Problems

Josh Rivedal | Posted 02.01.2016 | Impact
Josh Rivedal

I admit the title of this post was a bit over the top (okay, way over the top). I feel like when most people hear the word "diversity," they think...

Lose Them the Way You Find Them

Josh Sabarra | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Josh Sabarra

"If you weren't married," I said, "I would be all over you." Our chemistry was undeniable, and gone were the days that I kept my feelings bottled up. Whatever was between us had to be acknowledged because the butterflies in my stomach refused to settle down.

We Need To Decriminalize Sex Work In The U.S.

Victoria M. Rodriguez-Roldan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Victoria M. Rodriguez-Roldan

We must end the criminalization of all people who work in the sex trade in order to end this violence. Laws punishing people who engage in sex work serve only to worsen the violence and economic hardships of transgender people already struggling to survive.

Kate Clinton Talks 2015 LGBT Year End Review (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with Kate Clinton our favorite political humorist for our seventh annual LGBT year end review and chat about what 2016 will bring.

Being Trans By Being Yourself

Quora | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

I once told my therapist: "I'd rather live my life as a funny looking woman than try to exist another day as a man.

Courageous Conversation With K.T. Martin

Derrick De Lise | Posted 12.15.2015 | Religion
Derrick De Lise

K.T. Martin Dealing with a LGBTQIA+ identity within any of the segments of Christianity is rarely, if ever, easy. There are an ever-growing number o...

Shameful U.S. History Repeating Itself

Mark Baer | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics
Mark Baer

On November 28, 2015, my spouse and I went to see Trumbo, which is based upon the life of Dalton Trumbo and how it was impacted during one of the most shameful times in U.S. history -- the McCarthy era. The film interested me because of many comparable similarities today and because the father of close childhood friends of mine had been included on the Hollywood-blacklist.