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DNC Summer Meeting From a LGBT Perspective

Barbra Siperstein | Posted 09.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Barbra Siperstein

The status and support for The Equality Act is a major story and should be a continuing dialogue for all LGBTQ Americans and families and allies in 2016 election cycle.

Oregon Judge Refuses To Perform Same-Sex Marriages

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics

 A circuit court judge in Oregon's Marion County is refusing to perform same-sex marriages, claiming doing so would violate his First Amendment r...

Came and Went: A Dispatch From the Dating Trenches

Josh Sabarra | Posted 09.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Josh Sabarra

Apparently, Sean had one thing on his mind, and it wasn't a subject with any emotional substance. After all, our courtship was just 24 hours old, and he already wanted to have phone sex.

Six Months in a Leaky Boat

Adrian Coysh | Posted 09.08.2015 | Impact
Adrian Coysh

Previously I have referred to the Diversity and Inclusion journey of businesses as uncharted territory, requiring careful navigation.

Kim Davis: Canary in the Coal Mine Called Theocracy

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 09.03.2015 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

Whether it's denial of marriage licenses to same-sex couples or denial of reproductive health care to women, the trend of conflating individual religious beliefs with public policy decisions is a slippery and dangerous slope to the erosion of genuine religious liberty

Cleary Wolters, the Real Alex Tells Her Story In Out Of Orange and More (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 09.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

After her release in 2008 Wolters thought she left her scandalous past behind her until she saw a commercial for a new TV show that stopped her in her tracks. The scene showed a young blond woman hopping out of a van wearing an orange prison uniform.

Straight Educators for LGBT Students (#SE4LGBTS)

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 09.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Ferroni

We can no longer be quiet on matters that involve the well-being of our students. Which is why we must openly support the LGBT cause in our classrooms, because it will save lives. I am asking -- pleading for my fellow educators [especially straight educators] to no longer be a silent supporter in this matter.

Mirror Mirror, Break the Wall

LGBT News | Posted 09.02.2015 | Arts

There in the middle of the festival grounds, adorned within a classic Spiegeltent of wood canvas and mirrors stood an island within the island, Magic Mirror - the espoused "hetero-friendly queer venue" of the festival.

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Matt Bevin 'Absolutely' Supports Kentucky Clerk

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics

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Ahead Of Pope's U.S. Visit, Survey Finds Many Catholics Disagree With Church On LGBT Families

The Huffington Post | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 09.02.2015 | Religion

Just weeks ahead of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States for the World Meeting of Families, a major international Catholic festiva...

Queer Eye for the Messiah Guy

RJ Martin | Posted 09.01.2015 | Gay Voices
RJ Martin

Jesus' success, because how could he fail, is now inscrutable fact. He is not only the most recognizable person to ever walk the earth, except maybe Lucille Ball, he is also People Magazine's Sexiest Man of the millennium. Sorry Clooney.

Glitter in the Woods: A Week at 'Camp' Camp

Warren Hoffman | Posted 09.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Warren Hoffman

No, Disney World hasn't set up a new outpost and no, it's not an Indigo Girls theme park. It's called 'Camp' Camp, a LGBT adult summer camp, and for nineteen years, folks from all over the world have been flocking to this Brigadoon-like place for a magical summer experience.

What's Next for the Equality Movement? A Western Perspective

Mihai Pătru | Posted 09.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Mihai Pătru

There is no doubt that the latest wins achieved by the LGBT community opened another chapter for the equality movement. While marriage equality in the U.S. and Ireland has drawn attention to the LGBT situation around the world, there has been increased interest regarding next steps.

Guinea Liberate

David Mixner | Posted 09.01.2015 | Gay Voices
David Mixner

In order to deflect from its record of torture and lack of any human rights, the government has attempted to make the LGBT community and women scapegoats. These two groups have suffered greatly under the current government and the military.

You've Probably Never Heard Lesbian Sex Described The Way Miley Is Describing It

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 09.01.2015 | Gay Voices

Miley Cyrus puts her sex-positivity into the lyrics for "Bang Me Box," a track off her new album.   The singer dropped her fifth studi...

In a Word, What It Means to Be Pansexual

Raina Bowe | Posted 09.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Raina Bowe

A high school student I've known most of her life came out to me a while back. Laughing that both of us thought the other knew, we finally got around to talking about just where we stood out of the closet, so to speak.

Transgender Healthcare Equality (VIDEO)

Christian Hendricks | Posted 08.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Christian Hendricks

Healthcare access issues for trans people are largely overlooked -- often because healthcare isn't a sexy topic for the media, but it's an increasingly important part of the LGBTQ movement.

Rentboy Raid: the Stonewall for Sex Workers?

Katherine Koster | Posted 08.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Katherine Koster

If this is the "Stonewall" of sex work, let it not be the aftermath of Stonewall where a privileged minority colonizes and benefits off the work of society's "others."

WATCH: 5 LGBT Celebrities Share Their Coming-Out Stories

The Huffington Post | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 08.30.2015 | Gay Voices

The process of coming out as gay, lesbian, bisexual or any other non-heteronormative sexual identity can be both daunting and cathartic. Even after mu...

How to Spot Anti-Trans Concern Trolls

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 08.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

A concern troll is a person who participates in a debate posing as an actual or potential ally who simply has some concerns they need answered before they will ally themselves with a cause. In reality they are a critic, or flat out someone who wishes harm upon the transgender community.

Everything Is Rent

Janson Wu | Posted 08.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Janson Wu

The opening number about the struggles of paying rent and avoiding eviction, ends with: "'Cause everything is rent." In the case of, that line takes on new dimensions. For so many LGBT individuals, sex work is a necessity, in order to pay for rent and food, healthcare and so on.

This Catholic High School Is Standing Up To The Church

The Huffington Post | Lila Shapiro | Posted 08.31.2015 | Gay Voices

A Catholic high school in Portland, Oregon, made history this week by instituting a policy that forbids employment discrimination against gays and l...

How a 'Pornographic' Lesbian Graphic Novel Ignited a Culture War at Duke

The Daily Dot | Posted 09.09.2015 | Entertainment
The Daily Dot

A group of freshmen at Duke University is boycotting a critically acclaimed book assigned for summer reading because of its gay-themed content. The book in question is Alison Bechdel's illustrated memoir Fun Home--which has recently been made into a Tony Award-winning musical. The memoir follows Bechdel's relationship with her closeted gay father, who committed suicide after the then-19-year-old author came out to her parents as a lesbian. It's a tough story to read, no doubt, but it's a reality that many LGBT people face.

Behind the Marriage Controversy, a Massive Confusion About Love

John Backman | Posted 08.28.2015 | Religion
John Backman

I've noticed a deep and disturbing trend: a massive confusion in U.S. culture over the word love. The truth is, we toss the word around in many different ways. Most of them are unhelpful. Some are downright destructive.

When Did Gays Become the Morality Police?

Christian Gabriel | Posted 08.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Christian Gabriel

The modern LGBT rights movement has been veering toward conservatism for some time, evidenced by its primary and overarching mission to finally achieve Marriage Equality.