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My First Pride Was So '80s

Matthew Ebert | Posted 06.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

I remember my first LGBT Pride March; it was NYC in 1984. That June, I was living in Chelsea -- not paying rent, just living there with my boyfriend on his working dime. He was 39, about to turn 40, and I was 19.

Am I Losing My Queer Cred?

Justin Ropella | Posted 06.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Justin Ropella

When the hairstylist asked about my partner, I got to use female pronouns without feeling like I was breaking her trust in any way. I was strangely compelled to disclose my partner's transgender status, though. Why would I want to tack on some kind of modifier when identifying her as woman to a total stranger?

A Gayish List of My Favorite Gay (Male) Romance Novels

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 06.24.2014 | Gay Voices
J Nelson Aviance

In honor of Pride month, I thought I'd write a post on my favorite fiction focused on gay characters. I primarily listen to and read urban fantasy/paranormal romance, though I sometimes read regular gay romance.

What If Feminists Stole the National Health Agenda?

Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W. | Posted 06.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W.

Recently, on one of my long walks, I asked myself, "What if we started from scratch and redefined 'health and wellness' in a way that is fad-proof and could withstand the test of time without dictating regular changes in diet, exercise and outfits? What would that look like?" Then a friend sent me a link to Ms. Fit.

R&B Star Sevyn Streeter: 'Writing Lyrics Is Like Reading My Diary to the World'

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 06.23.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

"I haven't always been that great at moving on from past relationships," Sevyn Streeter confesses, "And I don't think I'm the only one who's had that experience."

Director Jane Clark Wasn't a Fan of Horror Films Before Shooting Frameline Pic Crazy Bitches

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 06.23.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

"I'm a big, big scaredy-cat when it comes to horror movies," admits director Jane Clark. "I never even really went to horror movies, except movies like Scream - and even that, I'm covering my eyes through half of it."

Vigil Held For Transgender Woman Burned To Death

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 06.23.2014 | Gay Voices

A vigil took place over the weekend for a 31-year-old transgender woman whose body was tragically found burned to death and hidden behind a dumpster l...

Why Pride Is Not a Choice, But Necessary to Our Survival

Allison Hope | Posted 06.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

As we pull ourselves back up and wipe off the loss, we are held up by those before us who took to the streets that fateful night at Stonewall and refused to remain victims. We are leap years closer to equal rights because of their brave sweat and tears and we carry on the fight in their honor.

Trans Priest Shares Message Of Acceptance At Washington National Cathedral

Reuters | Posted 06.23.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON, June 22 (Reuters) - An Episcopal chaplain on Sunday became the first openly transgender priest to preach at the historic National Cathed...

Study Reveals Where You Find Your Sexual Partners Is Key To Your Risk For STI's

Posted 06.22.2014 | Gay Voices

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices, in a partnership with bloggers Liz Margolies and Scout, brings you a round up of some of the biggest LGBT wellness stor...

Rising Numbers of LGBTI Refugees Facing Fight for Survival

Neil Grungras | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Neil Grungras

The recent upsurge in persecution of LGBTI people across the globe has sent the number of refugee applications rising sharply. As long as the abuses continue, the numbers will surely escalate.

For LGBT People, the Pope Is No Hero

Scott Novak | Posted 06.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Scott Novak

On Thursday, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco participated in the homophobic March for Marriage across from the Supreme Court, leading thousands of protesters in prayer against same-sex marriages.

This Community Is Ours -- Let's Own It!

Josh Hersh | Posted 06.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Hersh

At what moment did gay men throw up their hands and say, "This isn't my community anymore! I'm stepping away. Moving away. I don't belong here anymore"? I ask because I hear that often.

We Are All Equal; And When We Are Not, It's Time to Step Up

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 06.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Marianne Mollmann

On June 10, the UN Human Rights Council started a three-week session, where -- rumor has it -- a new resolution addressing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity might be discussed.

A Year Out of the Closet

Anthony Nicodemo | Posted 06.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Anthony Nicodemo

A year ago, I nervously boarded a flight from Kennedy airport in New York to Portland, Oregon. I would be attending the LGBT Sports Coalition's Summit hosted by Nike. Over 50 leaders in the LGBT sports world would embrace me and change my life forever.

Drawing Boobs Drew Trouble for My 5-Year-Old Son

Julie Tarney | Posted 06.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

A few months earlier, in the summer of 1992, Harry had told me, "Inside my head I'm a girl." So I knew biological differences between boys and girls didn't make that much sense to him. It was what was in his head that mattered.

The Beautiful Story Of A Military Family Living And Loving In A Post-DADT World

Posted 06.20.2014 | Gay Voices

This week’s installment of the Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family” series honors the many LGBT-headed families wh...

Elegy for Things We've Lost

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 06.19.2014 | Gay Voices
J Nelson Aviance

Sadly, I feel that as a community we've lost something precious. Societal changes have swept away anti-gay laws in a lot of places in our country, and marriage equality is a reality -- or soon will be -- in many states. Yet what price did we pay to make that happen?

LGBT Rights: Not Just a #FirstWorldProblem

Steven Wozencraft | Posted 06.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Steven Wozencraft

The movement for international LGBT rights is not going to be won overnight. And while meetings in Stockholm or Washington, D.C. are important, the real work is being done by the on-the-ground activists in countries like Uganda, India, Myanmar, Lebanon, and Russia, many of whom risk their lives on a day-to-day basis.

LOOK: Hillary Rodham Clinton Signs 1,200 Books at University Book Store

Sarah Toce | Posted 06.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Sarah Toce

Hillary for 2016? The LGBT community may just have a clear front runner if the guest and media turnout was any indication.

'Gays-Only' Village Outed As Hoax

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 06.19.2014 | Gay Voices

Wanting to make a point about the violence facing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the Netherlands, a Dutch gay rights group th...

Gender Proud Presents: The Colombian Trans Woman Stranded in Hong Kong for 8 Months

Allie Hoffman | Posted 06.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Allie Hoffman

Her story starts in Colombia. As a trans woman, she was treated miserably. After a particularly brutal beating, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a pharmacist and scientist, and fled to Taipei, where she got a scholarship and began to live her life anew.

The Moment Is NOW for Professional Sports to Ban LGBT Discrimination

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 06.18.2014 | Sports
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Professional sports commissioners and team owners should follow President Obama's lead and ban LGBT discrimination on the field and in the locker room, in boardrooms and contracting, among fans and employees -- and they should do it now, in this national month of Gay Pride.

I'm Running for U.S. Senate to Promote LGBT Equality in Washington the Way We Have in Maine

Shenna Bellows | Posted 06.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Shenna Bellows

We need a national Human Rights Act along the lines of the Maine Human Rights Act. We need to outlaw discrimination in employment, housing, credit, public accommodations and educational opportunity on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation -- once and for all, nationwide, no exceptions.

Netherlands Planning To Build Gays-Only Village?

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 06.19.2014 | Gay Voices

UPDATE -- June 19: The proposed "gay village" in Tilburg, Netherlands, was an elaborate hoax orchestrated by a Dutch gay rights group to raise awarene...