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Skin and Bones in the Closet

Zoe Dolan | Posted 02.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Zoe Dolan

I kept silent about my sex change for several years. I knew only one other transgender lawyer, and she was already established. There were no role models to help me believe it was possible to open up without jeopardizing my career. I feared losing the life ring that my job provided for my soul. But no woman is an island.

The Power and Pleasure You Can Unleash When Your Inner Artist Joins Your Inner Activist

Macky Alston | Posted 02.17.2015 | Arts
Macky Alston

What would happen, do you think, if we unleashed our most creative selves as we're considering what action to take to right the wrongs in this world?

Here's Why Coming Out Early Pays Off

Posted 02.15.2015 | Gay Voices

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices, in a partnership with blogger Scout, LGBT HealthLink and researcher Susana Fajardo, brings you a round up of some of th...

Let's Celebrate the NBA and Its Effort to Be More LGBT Inclusive

Hudson Taylor | Posted 02.19.2015 | Sports
Hudson Taylor

While LeBron James and Kevin Durant might be some of the biggest success stories out of the league, perhaps it's time to pause and celebrate the league itself for its efforts to create a more inclusive environment for LBGT players and fans.

Two Gay Authors: Families of Origin vs. Choice

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 02.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

David Pratt, Lambda Award-winning novelist for Bob the Book, is back with a funny and touching new novel, Looking After Joey. In it, Calvin, a single accountant, must look after Joey, a porn character who unexpectedly steps through the TV into Calvin's life--and can't go back.

11 Things Christians Need to Stop Saying to LGBT People (VIDEO)

Eliel Cruz | Posted 02.13.2015 | Religion
Eliel Cruz

In the interest of building a bridge of respect, compassion and even solidarity, here are a few common messages Christians need to rethink when they're talking about the LGBT community.

Leading Regional LGBT Group Slapped With a "Foreign Agent" Fine in Russia

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 02.13.2015 | World
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

Another day, another court battle lost for the Russian LGBT community, this time set to the tune of Secret Agent Man.

A Poem for the Haters This Valentine's Day

Allison Hope | Posted 02.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

Because Valentine's Day is all about love (and oppressive Roman emperors and corporate marketing), I figured why not write a love poem to all those LGBT haters out there. Because love conquers all, after all. And if doesn't, at least it makes them squirm.

Why the CW's 'The Flash' Is a Pretty Great Gay Show

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 02.13.2015 | Gay Voices
J Nelson Aviance

This is a CW show and not Pride & Prejudice. But it is nice to see a classic heroic journey; a 21st century superhero who isn't just a two-dimensional good guy, but struggles with the responsibilities that accompany having superpowers.

This Gay Couple Adopted Their Gay Son After Reading Tragic News Stories About LGBT Youth

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.13.2015 | Gay Voices

In today’s Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family™” series installment, Patrick Roth and Wade Holmes share how read...

Affinity Housing: A Model for Affordable LGBT Senior Housing

Kathleen M. Sullivan, PhD | Posted 02.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Kathleen M. Sullivan, PhD

Currently there are an estimated 2 million LGBT seniors in the United States; by 2030, that number will more than double. For those of us working to meet the needs of this growing and vulnerable population, the future is now. We must address the glaring need for housing that is inclusive, accepting and affordable for older LGBT adults.

How Bioware and Freddie Prinze Jr. Are Helping to Make a Better Future

Matt_Kane | Posted 02.12.2015 | Gay Voices

Dragon Age can not only stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the most inclusive shows on TV, it could teach the Hollywood film industry a thing or two about not underestimating their audience. As for its many LGBT fans, this is a game some of us could have scarcely imagined we'd get to play one day.

Undocumented. Unafraid. Queer. Unashamed.

Carlos Padilla | Posted 02.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Carlos Padilla

The release of one or two detainees out of detention is not enough. We must challenge the system itself. We need solidarity for those in our community, as well as for those who are not undocumented or LGBTQ.

Jon Stewart Slams Kansas, Alabama On Gay Rights: 'There's No Place Like Homophobia'

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 02.12.2015 | Comedy

A day after announcing his impending retirement from “The Daily Show,” it was business as usual for Jon Stewart on Wednesday as he railed against ...

Damn, Sam: Reaction of a Kansas Activist

Stephanie Mott | Posted 02.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

He does not speak for Kansas. He does not speak for God. Hate is not a Christian value. Hate is not a Kansas value. Hate is not an American value. The greatest possible gift I can give to this world is to be my true, authentic self. Sam Brownback has no power to change that.

11 Ways the Global LGBT Community Has Helped the American LGBT Movement

Andrew Park | Posted 02.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Park

The American LGBT community has increasingly begun to contribute to the success of LGBT rights worldwide. However, the contributions go both ways. Countries in some other parts of the world have adopted gay equality laws much earlier than the United States.

Axelrod Throws Obama Under the Bus on Same-sex Marriage

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

I understand not speaking out on certain issues before their time. But this passage in Axelrod's book seems to have no purpose other than to try to sell more books, and it definitely could lead to questions about what Obama really thinks about a host of other issues.

Are E-Cigs More Socially Contagious For Queer People?

Posted 02.10.2015 | Gay Voices

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices, in a partnership with blogger Scout, LGBT HealthLink and researcher Michael G. Bare, brings you a round up of some of t...

The Alabama Threesome: A Judge, His Bible and Bigotry

Izak Pratt | Posted 02.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Izak Pratt

There are those with immense power that choose to abuse or misuse that power in order to advance their own ideology, careers or agendas -- all while negating the oaths they swore to uphold. In the end, justice is the first casualty, and the innocent suffer.

What Straight People Don't Understand About the LGBT Struggle

Kevin Thornton | Posted 02.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Kevin Thornton

I look back on my own piece of the LGBT struggle with utter respect and reverence. As gay acceptance is sweeping the country at an unprecedented rate, let it do so in a way that allows us to sing our songs without being viewed as exclusionary.

The Berlinale Diaries: Jafar Panahi's Taxi, Breathe Umphefumlo and the True Meaning of Democracy

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.08.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

I'll admit it can take just one film to usually convince me to come to a film festival. In the case of this year's Berlinale, it was Jafar Panahi's Taxi. I knew I wanted to sit in that bursting at the seams press screening, first thing in the morning, to watch it. And, as is usually the case with my cinematic instinct, I was right.

Antonia Blumberg

Pope Francis Backs Slovakia's Referendum Against Same-Sex Marriage | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.06.2015 | Religion

As Slovakia gears up for a referendum on same-sex unions this coming weekend, Pope Francis gave his blessing to the country's efforts to block marriag...

The New Gay Flake: He'd Rather Text Than Meet

Mike Alvear | Posted 02.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Mike Alvear

He doesn't just respond to your texts; he actually initiates them. He tells you how hot he thinks you are, and sends loads of pics and goes crazy over yours. But meet? Good luck.

It's Time for Justice Roy Moore to Go

Chad Griffin | Posted 02.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Chad Griffin

If Roy Moore isn't prepared to uphold the law, than perhaps the role of Chief Justice isn't right for him. And if he doesn't recognize that, then perhaps others should recognize it for him and remove him from office. The Court has lots of room for different legal thinkers, but it has no place for those who refuse to think about the law.

Maura Pfefferman and the Changing Face of Our Jewish Community

Idit Klein | Posted 02.06.2015 | Religion
Idit Klein

Change is happening. In the past couple of years, we've seen the number of requests from day schools, summer camps, youth movements and other institutions for resources and training around trans issues grow exponentially.