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When Southern Baptists Get Saved

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 12.28.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

Salvation was always such an important part of my upbringing. We were constantly begged, pushed, prodded and manipulated to go down the aisle. If I got saved once, I got saved a hundred times.

You Can Be An Atheist But Madonna Makes Miracles

Angela Vitaliano | Posted 12.26.2014 | Arts
Angela Vitaliano

Courtesy of Carlo William Rossi For many years I stubbornly decided not to get photographs of myself. Or, of course, to let anybody do that. I didn'...

Go for It: An Interview With Author Angelic Rodgers

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 12.28.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

'Ultimately, my advice would be the same for any writers -- write about real characters and interesting plot lines. LGBT readers want representation, not lectures or sob stories (at least not all of the time).'

Gay Man's Guide to the 2014 Elections

Chris Cormier | Posted 12.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Chris Cormier

Attention gay men: You need to vote on November 4. Here are a few campaign highlights as a Gay Man's Guide to the 2014 Elections, because pundits don't know how to explain how important this election is in "gay man's terms." Meet your ballot box divas.

Spilled Milk: I'm Married, I'm Married Not

William Lucas Walker | Posted 12.28.2014 | Politics
William Lucas Walker

I love South Carolina. Loved growing up there. Love going back. Despite the fact that we're two guys with kids, in 15 years we've never had a bad experience. That's the South Carolina I love. But it doesn't mean we're safe. Not as a family.

Exclusive: Jodi Picoult on Elephants, Politics and the Paranormal

Chris Sosa | Posted 12.28.2014 | Books
Chris Sosa

With "Leaving Time," which debuted as the best-selling fiction book in the U.S., Picoult highlights the plight of elephants, specifically their targeting by humans. The novel is pointed in its assessment.

Why We Shouldn't Lose Sight of Full Equality

Patrick McNeil | Posted 12.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Patrick McNeil

Whether at school or in public spaces, many LGBT youth don't feel safe and continue to face disgraceful levels of discrimination (and some don't feel safe at home, either). But when they enter the workforce, disadvantages persist.

Seattle Mormon Leadership to LGBT Members: You Are Welcome Here

Mitch Mayne | Posted 12.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Mitch Mayne

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held a special service delivering a message of love, inclusiveness, and welcome to any Mormon who has felt harmed by or pushed out of the faith -- especially LGBT Mormons and their families.

Here's Why Being Gay Might Increase Your Likelihood Of Getting Skin Cancer

Posted 10.26.2014 | 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...

What It's Really Like To Be Asexual

Literally, Darling | Posted 12.25.2014 | Women
Literally, Darling

There's no way to escape it or avoid it. I don't even have the option of joining a hippie commune like I could if I was tired of capitalism, greed and processed foods.

LOOK: This Is What Genderqueer Looks Like

The Huffington Post | Noah Michelson | Posted 10.31.2014 | Gay Voices

Though queer people are gaining more and more visibility in mainstream media and society, that doesn't mean that the images we're presented with are a...

Five Reasons The LGBT Community Should Not Sit Out This Election

Jeza Belle | Posted 12.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeza Belle

While midterm elections are not as sexy as the ones in which we get to pick a president, here are five reasons why the LGBT community should not sit out this year.

Gay Dads Share Story Of Opening Hearts To 2 Toddlers With Connection To Deaf Community

Posted 10.24.2014 | Gay Voices

This week’s Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family™” series installment focuses on Diligent Recruitment of foster-a...

Seriously?! Aunt Asks Gay Nephew If She Can Call Him 'Albert the Faggot'

Nathan Manske | Posted 12.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-10-24-20141023AlbertEisenbergsmall.jpgOverall, Albert Eisenberg had a pretty great coming out experience and was given lots of support by his family and friends. There were two experiences he had, though, that show that there's still a lot of progress that needs to happen in terms of LGBTQ acceptance and understanding.

Same-Sex Couples Are Now Allowed To Adopt In Utah

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 10.24.2014 | Politics

Utah's Supreme Court lifted its stay on same-sex adoptions Thursday, two weeks after the state dropped its legal fight over the issue. In May, the ...

The Right to Write: How the Disciplinary System Comes down on Incarcerated Writers

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 12.23.2014 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

While I might not be able to protect myself, you, the American people can. I'm nothing but an inmate. That I know. But I'm an inmate who is willing to force an issue in the public sphere.

Gay Guys Can Do Better Than The Word 'Basic' Too

H. Alan Scott | Posted 12.23.2014 | Gay Voices
H. Alan Scott

So why do we keep using that word even though it feels kind of icky? And why are my fellow gay brothers so into it?

On Gays, the Vatican and the Episcopal Church

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 12.22.2014 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

In terms of God's justice, we may have moved too slow and too late but we kept moving. And it's taken us nearly 40 years. Forty years of steps forward and steps back. But we've kept on moving ... and after nearly 40 years in the wilderness I do believe we can see the Promised Land of full inclusion on the horizon.

'Queen of the Clouds' Tove Lo: "I Sing Things I Wouldn't Say"

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 12.21.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

"I find it really cool when people have this artist persona they can put on," admits singer Tove Lo. "They can go out and act like this other person; I can't pull that off...I can't censor myself."

Book of Jewels...

Craig Stewart | Posted 12.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart

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The Third Way: A Response to the Southern Baptist Convention

Danny Cortez | Posted 12.21.2014 | Religion
Danny Cortez

The past few months and years, the church has become increasingly polarized on the LGBT debate. We have neglected to see the importance of what Jesus prayed. Our churches have become dysfunctional and our witness has diminished.

I'm Not Sure If I Was Sexually Assaulted Or Not: On Men And Date Rape

H. Alan Scott | Posted 12.21.2014 | Gay Voices
H. Alan Scott

I've never been in a situation where I thought I could be raped. I'm a big guy, strong, how could I be raped? Until the moment when my legs were in the air, totally vulnerable, looking into the eyes of a man insistent on fucking me, did I ponder, Am I in danger?

Jennifer Bendery

Transgender Troops In Other Nations Are Proof That Inclusive Militaries Work

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Cpl. Natalie Murray has been a member of the Canadian Armed Forces for 27 years. She is a radar technician, and she has been deployed as...

Why Frank Schaefer in Memphis Matters in New York

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 12.21.2014 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

Rev. Schaefer saw the connection between church and violence. His long journey toward acceptance and, now, activism began when he found out his son was gay and considering suicide, largely because of what he had been taught in church.

On Bended Knee

Lisa Steinberg | Posted 12.18.2014 | Entertainment
Lisa Steinberg

Even at its rockiest, Glee has had a steadfast message that we are all underdogs, and there is nothing, and no one, we cannot be. There is nothing you can't accomplish with faith, hope, dreams, drive, and a special group of friends.