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Need More Proof Being Gay Isn't a Choice? Here It Is!

Steve Siebold | Posted 09.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Steve Siebold

If more people have the courage and mental toughness of Daniel Pearce to stand up for who they really are, more rights, freedoms and opportunities will continue to come to those who identify as LGBT.

From Diagnoses to Dignity -- Barriers to Health Care for Transgender People

Kyle Knight | Posted 09.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Kyle Knight

From being labelled as having a disorder to shouldering the burden of some of the highest rates of violence and HIV infection in the world, the perils of daily life for transgender people are multi-layered and can inflict substantial harm, experts and activists say.

Jim Morgrage Talks 'Harbor to the Bay' AIDS Bike Ride and LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 09.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with Jim Morgrage, President of Harbor to the Bay, a one-day bike ride from Boston to Provincetown, which takes place on Sept. 20, with 100-percent of all pledges going directly to fight HIV/AIDS.

Catholic League Drops Out of NYC's St. Patrick's Day Parade Over Decision To Include Gay Group

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.11.2014 | Religion

The Catholic League has backed out of the nation’s largest and oldest St. Patrick’s Day Parade, criticizing event organizers for letting an LGBT g...

Exposé Singer Jeanette Jurado: Our Enduring Success Is 'a Huge Compliment'

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 09.11.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

Comfortably at No. 5 though, besting acts like The Spice Girls, En Vogue and Martha & The Vandellas, was Exposé. According to singer Jeanette Jurado, the '80s freestyle collective is all-too-grateful its music, now "classics," lives on.

Dreamers' Message to Sen. Reid: Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied

Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez | Posted 09.11.2014 | Latino Voices
Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez

Once it became clear that Senator Reid's office provided cover to the President's decision to delay, we knew we had to mobilize and send a clear message to both Democratic leaders and to our community: We will hold any politician accountable who stands in the way of our families' freedom.

The 7 Queerest Questions I've Been Asked as a Gay Dad

Brent Almond | Posted 09.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Brent Almond

While the motivations may be different, the questions all make the same assumption -- that every child needs a father and a mother in order to be healthy and happy.

The Questions I Want My Son To Keep Asking

Brent Almond | Posted 09.10.2014 | Parents
Brent Almond

As two gay men adopting a child -- as "different" parents raising a "different" family -- this was, in fact, what we'd signed up for. Yet no amount of preparation or groundwork or open-mindedness kept me from being surprised by these not-really-out-of-the-blue questions.

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...