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Criminalization of LGBT People and Those Living With HIV Threatens Global Progress Against AIDS

Kenneth H. Mayer, M.D. | Posted 09.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Kenneth H. Mayer, M.D.

A decade-long public health partnership between the U.S. and African countries should have clarified, by words, actions and example, that human rights are critical to success in stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS throughout the world, particularly in those countries hardest hit by the epidemic. Any new public health partnerships must make this a priority.

The Best 4-Letter Word I Know

Abbe Land | Posted 09.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Abbe Land

I have a favorite 4-letter word that packs a powerful punch. No, it isn't one that TV censors would rush to *bleep* out, nor is it a word that writers replace with %*#'s and $@%'s. However, it does carry a "bad word" stigma that it doesn't deserve. The word in question is, surprisingly, "Help."

The Difference Between Tolerance and Acceptance

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 09.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Often, I see the words "acceptance" and "tolerance" being used interchangeably. The LGBT community often talks of building a tolerant society, but it is by no means enough.

Back-to-School Not Welcoming to All LGBTQ-Students in Massachusetts

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

It's back-to-school season for most and stepping back into the scene isn't easy for a lot of students -- especially LGBTQ students.

Maura Healey Is a New Voice for Massachusetts

Stephanie Schriock | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Stephanie Schriock

Even though Maura is running in a state where the rights of women and the rights of the LGBT community have seen such great strides, she knows there is still work to do. And rights to protect -- Maura's proven herself; she will safeguard these hard-won protections and will remain vigilant as Massachusetts moves forward and faces new challenges.

Transgender Woman Murdered Only Steps From Her Home (UPDATED)

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.08.2014 | Gay Voices

In a story that is depressingly familiar, another transgender woman has lost her life at the hand of an attacker. Alejandra Leos was reportedly sho...

Wednesday's St. Patrick's Day Parade Announcement Isn't Progress -- It's an Insult to New York's Irish LGBT Community

Mary Emily O'Hara | Posted 09.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Mary Emily O'Hara

Parade organizers say LGBT groups are "free to apply" to march in 2016. What's missing from this statement is any recognition of the years of shunning, hostility, and even violence we Irish gays have experienced at the hand of the committee.

My Queer Son Is My Own Personal 'Fashion Police'

Julie Tarney | Posted 09.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

Harry graduated from college two years ago. He's a photographer, a fixture in the Brooklyn drag scene, and my personal stylist. At least that's how I see it.

What I'm Proud To Tell The World About My Daughter

Kerstin Auer | Posted 09.05.2014 | Parents
Kerstin Auer

There is one thing that I have been itching to take a stand on -- online and offline -- and it's something I am not willing or able to respect any asshole opinions on: my daughter is gay and I think that's perfectly fine.

Why I Wrote A Book About A Transgender Child

Jessica Herthel | Posted 09.05.2014 | Parents
Jessica Herthel

My husband and I looked at each other and breathed sighs of relief. They got it. Or at least, they got enough of it. I had told them that Jazz was a girl born with a boy body and yet never once did it occur to my girls to refer to Jazz as "he" or "him."

This Groundbreaking Program Is Helping Queer Families

Posted 09.05.2014 | Gay Voices

In this week’s Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family™” series installment, we talk with Audra Langley, Ph.D., asso...

A Conversation on Lesbian Marriage

Kathryn Hamm | Posted 09.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Kathryn Hamm

After 28 years together Kim and Renate celebrated their legal marriage in the fall of 2013 and remain passionately thoughtful and engaged in questions of coming out, falling in love and helping couples move from the first blush, butterflies and excitement of a new relationship to the mutual respect, understanding and intimacy that grows after years of togetherness.

Cerebral Palsy and a Wheelchair: Two Things That Won't Stop Andrew From Going to a Gay Club (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 09.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-09-05-20140903AndrewMorrisonGurzasmall.jpgAfter an awkward conversation with the driver of the special wheelchair-accessible bus about where he was going, and then entering the club through the freight elevator, Andrew had an experience that reminded him that he's different from an already-different group.

Who Would Jesus Picket?

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 09.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

So how about this for a deal. What if the Christians focused on loving their neighbors and let the Cowboys -- including Michael Sam -- focus on playing football. Seriously!

Stay In

Matthew Ebert | Posted 09.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

Come out -- but if there's a lightning storm going on, stay inside. Stay there until you can come out safely. Violence may not always end up with the victim walking off in one piece and wearing a purse full of gold. Why? We haven't cured any of this bigotry with viral videos. And sometimes it gets worse.

Can Money Solve a Bad Coming Out?

Dieter Holger | Posted 10.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Dieter Holger

Daniel Pierce's bravery touched many. After-all, his story garnered over 3.5k donations. We hope the best for Pierce and other youth in his situation. Assumedly, that cash will come in handy for him though.

Michelangelo Signorile

Catholic League Leader: Gays Must Keep Pants On If Marching In St. Pat's Day Parade

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 09.04.2014 | Gay Voices

Responding to the decision by organizers of New York’s St. Patrick's Day Parade ending its ban and allowing for the first time an LGBT group to marc...

All-Women's College Changes Policy To Welcome Genderqueer, Transgender Students

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 09.03.2014 | Gay Voices

As students cheered and whooped, the president of the all-women's Mount Holyoke College announced this week that the university has officially changed...

Duke's Historic LGBTQ-Inclusive Application Question Matters

Daniel Kort | Posted 09.03.2014 | College
Daniel Kort

While most students do not identify as LGBTQ, the mere presence of this question sends a powerful message to the Duke community about diversity.

Lesbian Proposes to Girlfriend on Facebook

Allison Hope | Posted 09.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

Brandiilyne had just updated her Facebook page to vent about a 20-page paper she had just been assigned in school. In fact, she was completely overwhelmed with back to school and her many other ventures. She was so busy in fact, that she almost missed the most important Facebook post of her life.

NFL Teams Turning Their Backs on Michael Sam Will Push Athletes Deeper into the Closet

Anthony Nicodemo | Posted 09.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Anthony Nicodemo

This weekend Sam was cut by the Rams after a strong preseason. St. Louis was the wrong fit. The Rams handled the entire process with class. Yet the disturbing part is that no other team felt he was good enough to make a roster.

Spilled Milk: Back to (Catholic) School

William Lucas Walker | Posted 09.08.2014 | Religion
William Lucas Walker

We figured that as Episcopalians, while we may not be Catholic, we were close enough: same pomp, no pope, less guilt. It surprises some to learn that Kelly and I actually met at church. We still attend regularly. Not regularly enough, as we were soon to find out.

Why I Hope This Is My Last Arrest at the White House

Sandy Sorensen | Posted 09.02.2014 | Religion
Sandy Sorensen

Last week, I was arrested with more than 130 other advocates outside the White House. This is not the first time I have been arrested in an act of civil disobedience in front of the White House protesting our nation's immoral immigration system -- but I am praying that it is the last time.

Want Marriage Equality? Don't Sit Out These Elections

Chris Cormier | Posted 09.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Chris Cormier

As a gay man who has spent the last decade working to advance marriage equality, I cheer "yaaaas" with each new marriage victory. And yet, I know that our momentum will quickly be stunted if we sit out the November elections.

Five Ways You Can Help Pass GENDA

Nathan M. Schaefer | Posted 08.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan M. Schaefer

Together we can shape this election season to produce the best possible outcome to position us for success in the 2015 legislative session in New York.