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The Golden Globes Isn't the Only Victory for the Trans Community This Year

Julian Aldana | Posted 01.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Julian Aldana

Jeffrey Tambor made a great point this last Sunday -- representation matters. That's also why the ACA matters, and will continue to matter, for trans young adults looking for an affordable path to a healthier life.

Billie Jean King - Rallying for a New Equality

Lori Sokol | Posted 01.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Lori Sokol

Currently, there is no U.S. federal law that adequately protects lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workers from employment discrimination. But King has no plans to retire, at least not off the court.

His Royal Highness, Marco Rubio

Izak Pratt | Posted 01.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Izak Pratt

You can't have your cake and eat it too, senator. One can't favor rule by popular opinion or rule by court of law only when it's convenient for their cause.

Is the Gay Community Scaring Away Our Straight Allies?

Mason Hsieh | Posted 01.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Mason Hsieh

When one of my new straight-male friends asked if he could sit in on a QSA meeting, I immediately said yes and took him to a panel on LGBT dating, hoping to show him how cool the queer community is. The discussion was mostly civil, until my fledgling ally worked up the courage to ask one simple question.

It's Time to Ban 'Reparative Therapy'

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 01.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

The right is pushing hard on talking points claiming that transgender teens need to be pushed into (religious) "therapy" that no reputable, licensed mental-health professional would provide. Their rationales are riddled with half-truths, logical fallacies, and outright lies. Here are the facts.

What Really Happens When Gay Mormon Men Marry Straight Women

Salt Lake Tribune | Peggy Fletcher Stack | Posted 01.15.2015 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) The Mormon couples profiled on TLC’s “My Husband Is Not Gay” may find these statistics sobering: Marriages like theirs — ...

My Fellow Christians, What Do We Do When Your Religious Beliefs Violate My Religious Beliefs?

Lorie Burch | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Lorie Burch

I'm not saying my religious beliefs are the way for everyone to live or believe. But neither are yours. In fact, they are not truly universal religious beliefs but your personal beliefs. And that's OK. But you don't get to impose those on everyone else to prevent them from living, working, and loving with the same freedom that you are afforded by virtue of who you are.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Being a Radical: Assata Taught Me

justin adkins | Posted 01.13.2015 | Impact
justin adkins

As I ring in a new year I commit to continuing to listen, to act, to learn, and to speak. I implore you to join me. Stand up, stand with, walk alongside, and speak up. It is not going to be easy, but together we can change the world.

Falling in Love With a Cartoon Character (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-01-14-20150109AlexZuccarosmall.jpgAlexander first realized he was gay at 5 years old thanks to a Hercules pillow set, a secret comfort he could turn to when he couldn't explain himself to his friends at school. The pillow was his "boyfriend," he says.

The Gender Police

Olivia Wilson | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Olivia Wilson

The tribalism of organizing the world into categories comes from a very basic place to identify those around us. There are those that are men, those that are women and there are those that are not. Having the wisdom to know when it matters is what will make the world a better place.

Tianguis Turistico Mexico Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary in Acapulco

Bryen Dunn | Posted 01.13.2015 | Travel
Bryen Dunn

Tianguis is the largest tourism showcase in all of Mexico, attracting hundreds of local exhibitors, and thousands of international buyers. The event is also open to the general public, providing locals with the knowledge they need to visit other parts of their own country.

Nation's First City Where Tourism Recognizes the 'T' in LGBT

David Duran | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices
David Duran

There has been a massive and much-needed wave of news regarding anything having to do with that often neglected sub-group within the LGBT acronym. Transgender awareness is finally stepping forward in this country.

What Happens When the World's Largest Queer Record Label Closes and No One Notices?

J Mase III | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices
J Mase III

The fact that an organization with a roster of 200 people can find a way to concretely analyze their privilege sets a standard. I want to believe in a world where we do not shy away from conversations about racial justice.

Panti Bliss Just Made Another Important Statement About Street Harassment

Patrick McNeil | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Patrick McNeil

Bliss isn't asking for you to consider more carefully the little things - like holding your partner's hand - so that you too feel what she's felt her entire life. She's asking for a greater understanding of your privilege, because all the little things she experiences add up to something pretty big. And that's significant.

Freedom of Speech Is Divine: Westboro Baptist, the Gay Christian Network and Paris

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 01.12.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

God placed humans in the Garden of Eden and gave them the right to agree or disagree. One of the primary ways that we express agreement or disagreement is through speech. The most divine thing that we do on any given day is express who we are and what we believe.

When Dating Is Like Stubbing Your Toe

Wilson Knight | Posted 01.12.2015 | Entertainment
Wilson Knight

Everything is great, you have the temperature set, your pillows are in the perfect position to support, and you are drifting along in a gentle breeze of sleep, and suddenly you wake up with an insufferable thirst.

Russia: Don't Let the Trans People Drive the Bus!

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 01.12.2015 | World
Eliot Borenstein

For several years now, I've tried to temper satirical criticism of the occasional excess in Russia's political culture with the concern that I'm reducing a complex system of government to the latest installment of News of the Weird.

How to Respond When Someone Asks You to Stop Flaunting Your Homosexuality Online

Kevin Thornton | Posted 01.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Kevin Thornton

This "stop flaunting it" sentiment really gets my big gay goat. Being gay isn't some weird hobby. It's not a penis fetish. (Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan.) It's who I am. My sexuality runs a thread through every part of my being, just as it does for all people both gay and straight.

2015 Golden Globes: Big Wins for Diversity and Standing Out

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 01.12.2015 | Entertainment
Jimmy Nguyen

Go 2015 Golden Globe Awards! The show gave us the comedy magic of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. But more importantly, it was a night of big wins for characters and stories that personify the power of standing out exactly as who you are.

Remembering Leelah

Posted 01.10.2015 | Gay Voices

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices, in a partnership with blogger Scout, LGBT HealthLink and researcher Michael G. Bare, brings you a round up of some of t...

The Queerness of Disability: The Julian Way

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 01.09.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

Regardless of the normative circumstances of death and destruction going on all around her in the 14th Century, Julian of Norwich believed in the power of God to partner with us in liberating the self through love.

Meet The Gay Man (And His Beautiful Kids) Who Fought To Make Gay Adoption Legal In Florida

Posted 01.09.2015 | Gay Voices

In this Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family™” series installment, I spoke with Robert Lamarche, LCSW, JD, who, alo...

Michael Sam Reportedly Engaged To Longtime Boyfriend

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 01.09.2015 | Gay Voices

Congratulations may be in order for Michael Sam, the NFL’s first openly gay player, and his longtime boyfriend, Vito Cammisano. According to a TMZ r...

To Be a Fly on the Wall

Stuart Gaffney | Posted 01.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Stuart Gaffney

On January 9, the United States Supreme Court will discuss whether to review of one or more of the five marriage equality cases now before it. We, like millions of other LGBT Americans, will have to wait for the Court's public announcement, which could come later in January.

A Writer's Guide to Surviving Trauma

Diriye Osman | Posted 01.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Diriye Osman

Whenever readers ask me how I started writing, I find myself stumped, because I know people want their anecdotes edited and perfectly formed. The real...