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I Am A Woman, Not A Man In A Dress

Marilu Rose Fanning | Posted 10.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Marilu Rose Fanning

All of those little mis-gendered pronouns and mis-gendered references to those of us who are already struggling to become or stay positive about our lives can be really destructive. And yes, just because you didn't mean for them to be, they are very hurtful.

You Being You: Celebrating Being True to Yourself

Jo Brothers | Posted 10.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Jo Brothers

"This year we surveyed 1,000 Kiwis with Nielsen and we found that nearly half of all employees in NZ, whether gay or straight, don't feel they can be their authentic selves at work. We need to address this to unlock the potential of our people."

Tennessee Church Breaks Ties With Boy Scouts Troop Over LGBT Acceptance

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.15.2015 | Religion

After a partnership of more than 50 years with its local Boy Scout troop, a Tennessee church has decided to break ties with the organization...

Eleven Words I Wish He'd Taken Back

Noël Gordon | Posted 10.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Noël Gordon

At first, I kept my head down, torn between interrupting a private conversation or just quietly dealing with the churning in the pit of my stomach. But eventually, the rhetoric grew to be too much.

Our Work for LGBT Rights Isn't Done

Ambassador Samantha Power | Posted 10.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Ambassador Samantha Power

In scores of countries around the world LGBT people are at a real risk of being discriminated against because of who they are. That is not acceptable for LGBT people living in those countries, but it is also not acceptable for LGBT people in this country.

Brunei's LGBT Community Faces Terrifying Future

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 10.15.2015 | World

This is the fifth part of a 10-part series on LGBT rights in Southeast Asia, which uncovers the challenges facing the LGBT community in the region an...

5 Reasons Josh Schonewolf Might Be the Best LGBTQ Event Producer in Years

Ernest Owens | Posted 10.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Ernest Owens

In an era where the LGBTQ community has evolved politically, the nightclub scene has been heavily criticized for not catching up. Go to any major American city, and you will hear members complain about the body shaming, ageism or potential racism that occurs.

'Love and Hip Hop''s Gay Storyline Sparks Round Table Discussion

Donovan Thompson | Posted 10.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Donovan Thompson

Miles, a rapper, and his boyfriend, Milan, allow the cameras into their lives this season, exposing the complexities of having a secret gay relationship within the world of Hip Hop.

Pittsburgh's LGBTQ Film Festival Celebrates 30 Years

Sue Kerr | Posted 10.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

I don't attend a lot of film festivals. I don't especially like crowds and I loathe pretense, so I shy away from spaces that feel cliquey or uncomfortable. I'm much more likely to show up for media previews or screenings devoted to people with whom I identify. Reel Q fits the bills because it is well, really queer (and trans).

Why LGBTQ Clergy Are Standing Up For Black Lives Matter

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.14.2015 | Religion

On Thursday Oct. 15, a group of LGBTQ clergy members from around the country will gather in Portland, Oregon for a four-day conference focused on the&...

Yoko Ono Opens Up About John Lennon's 'Desire' To Have Sex With Men

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 10.14.2015 | Gay Voices

Yoko Ono discussed sexual fluidity in a recent interview, revealing neither she nor John Lennon agreed with society's binary...

In Cambodia, Some Families Still Try To 'Cure' LGBT Sons And Daughters

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 10.14.2015 | World

This is the fourth part of a 10-part series on LGBT rights in Southeast Asia, which uncovers the challenges facing the LGBT community in th...

An Endorsement of Nothing: When a Pope Betrays the Gay World With Kisses

Benjamin Brenkert | Posted 10.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Benjamin Brenkert

Until the Pope sits down with a pen to reconcile Church doctrine with what is truthfully occurring in nature, much as he did with climate change, he endorses nothing and sets gay people up for even more betrayal -- because Pope Francis cannot assure the world that his successor will be as "gay friendly."

John R. Gordon's Fun, Informative Graphic Novel

Diriye Osman | Posted 10.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

The British novelist, playwright and publisher, John R. Gordon, creates a necessary addition to this cultural lineage with his first graphic novella, Yemi & Femi's Fun Night Out, which is sexy, hilarious and serious.

The Baby-Steppers: LGBT Travel

Dane Steele Green | Posted 10.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Dane Steele Green

If there is one dead horse I just love to beat, it is "do your research." The world being what it is, gay travel is usually a path of least resistance, that is, going to places where the odds are in our favor we will have the time of our lives while at the same time still keeping our lives.

How WWII Started The Modern Gay Rights Movement

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 10.13.2015 | Gay Voices

We often attribute the 1969 Stonewall Riots as being the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement. But the first time gay peop...

Anti-Bullying: Failing To Tackle Gender And Sexual Inequalities

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 10.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

We need to make clear connections between gender inequality, sexism, and the harassment experienced by LGBTQ and gender non-conforming kids -- including girls who express sexual agency. Student activism can be a useful tool for bringing awareness to schools.

How Singapore Is Limiting Basic Human Rights

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 10.13.2015 | World

This is the third part of a 10-part series on LGBT rights in Southeast Asia, which uncovers the challenges facing the LGBT community in the regi...

How a Gay Dad Comes out Today - and Every Day

Ian Colvin | Posted 10.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Ian Colvin

Twenty years ago, the hardest words to ever come out of my mouth were, "I'm gay" -- and unfortunately, the reactions weren't as positive or as humorous as the reactions I get now. For so many young LGBTQ, the reactions still aren't favorable.

Coming Out and Taking In

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 10.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

Taking in is when we recognize the potential others see in us and let ourselves make meaning out of it.

Ireland's Hidden Gay History: 'The Outing' Grows as LGBT Rights Go Mainstream

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 10.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Charles Karel Bouley

They say love can be found in the most unlikely of places; well, if that's the case, then Ireland has a festival for you if you happen to be a member of the LGBT community. Called The Outing, all sorts of people from all around the world are having a ball and looking to fall in love.

Transgender Rights and Public Bathrooms

Paul Heroux | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Paul Heroux

It follows that if gender is part of someone's core identity it is a protected right. If someone identifies as a male, then it is his right to use a male bathroom. If someone identifies as a female, then it is her right to use a female bathroom.

Showing True Colors for Supportive Housing

Deborah De Santis | Posted 10.12.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

For too many LGBT young people, discrimination is one of the main reasons they end up homeless. Sometimes they are even thrown out on the streets by their own families, who will not allow them to live their lives as LGBT.

The Dangers Of Being LGBT In ‘Tolerant’ Philippines

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 10.12.2015 | World

This is the second part of a 10-part series on LGBT rights in Southeast Asia, which uncovers the challenges facing the LGBT community in the region a...

'Treated Like Animals': The Indonesian LGBT Story

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 10.12.2015 | World

This is the first part of a 10-part series on LGBT rights in Southeast Asia, which uncovers the challenges facing the LGBT community in the regi...