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Heather Barwick, Don't Let Your Pain Hurt Other Kids

Ariel Chesler | Posted 03.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Ariel Chesler

I'm sorry that your pain has brought you to a place that has you advocating a position that is guaranteed to cause more pain to other children. You must know that children will continue to be raised by same-sex couples. Gay marriage doesn't deny children anything. It grants them equality.

You Seriously Won't Believe Why This Man's License Plate Was Rejected. Seriously.

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 03.24.2015 | Gay Voices

Apparently the tag "LGBTALY" is too sexual for the roads of Oklahoma. John Patrick Keefe II of Edmond applied for the vanity plate "LGBTALY" to sh...

Fear and Loathing of the Religious, From Christians to Scientologists

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

What the hell has happened to religion? When did "all that is holy" translate into bigotry, fear, intolerance, and bullying rather than, say, "the love relationship between the creator God and created man" or "the study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself, others and all of life?"

Kamala's Choice

Mike Mennonno | Posted 03.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Mike Mennonno

California is a funny place. In some ways it's ahead of the curve -- think, I don't know, crop-tops and the Apple watch -- in other ways it's, well, on a par with Uganda. The recent advancement of the "Sodomite Suppression Act" and the Attorney General's hamstrung reaction is a case in point.

Cyber Suitors: Shattered Illusions Along the Information Superhighway

Josh Sabarra | Posted 03.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Josh Sabarra

I was tentative about saying the "L word;" it was a big step for me -- especially considering that Lucas and I had never actually met. In person, that is. The Internet has, indeed, made the world a very small place.

A Young Man Was Allegedly Beaten for Being Gay and Mississippi Doesn't Think It's a Hate Crime

Benjamin O'Keefe | Posted 03.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Benjamin O'Keefe

Faggot. It's unfortunately a word that most gay men have had thrown at them at some point in their life. It's a word that Devin Norman heard yelled at him in a grocery store parking lot this weekend before he was allegedly brutally beaten for being a gay man in Mississippi.

Twenty Years Ago Today...

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 03.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

It seems impossible that so much time has gone by, as so much of him and that experience remains within me, prompting memories such as this. I think of him often and relate to our children each year, as we unpack Shane's trove of nutcrackers, just who he was and what he meant to me.

At the UN, 'Disappointment and Cautious Optimism' About LBTI Rights

Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 03.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D.

The distinct human rights concerns of such "multiply marginalized" LBTI (lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex) people were outlined in a Statement in Reaction to Political Statement of the 59th Commission on the Status of Women that was signed by more than 50 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and activists.

Hillary Clinton Ready to Take the Next Step to Forging a 'More Perfect Union'

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

We live in a complex world and it's one Clinton knows well. There are no easy answers on how to deal with ISIS, the Iranians, the Israeli/Palestinian question, race relations, etc. Anyone who suggests there are easy answers to these and other thorny issues should be regarded as a fool.

'Jar of Hearts' Star Christina Perri: Vans Full of Lesbians Are Coming With Me to the Dinah

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 03.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Pollo Del Mar

The gig places Perri among an elite list including Katy Perry, Iggy Azalea, Lady Gaga and Ke$ha -- not to mention successful out acts like Tegan & Sara, Wanda Sykes, Mary Lambert and more -- to headline The Dinah.

How to Be a Gay Ally to the 'Other Others'

Domenick Scudera | Posted 03.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

There are many of us in the LGBT community who want allies, but do we extend ourselves to help the "other others," those people who are seemingly most unlike ourselves? Now that we as a community are gaining strength and more equality, it is time for us to become vocal and visible allies to other communities.

Growing Older and Facing Loss as LGBT People: A Question of Care

Robert Espinoza | Posted 03.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Robert Espinoza

I believe the unifying theme for LGBT aging advocates lies in our ability to respond to loss. We must imagine solutions that catch each other when we experience profound loss, and we need stories that account for our unique histories and commonalities.

There's More Than One Kind of Family -- It's Time Our Laws Include Everyone

Yee Won Chong | Posted 03.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Yee Won Chong

My family does not look like me. We don't share the same DNA. But our family ties are real and our economic stability is interdependent. We must make sure the rights of each person and their families are equally protected.

Fully Human

Josephine Skriver | Posted 03.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Josephine Skriver

I am a daughter to two beautiful people, who both happen to be gay. I am a friend. I am a lover. I am a dreamer. I am certainly many things, but one thing I am not -- is synthetic.

Here Is Why I Use the Word 'Queer'

Jenny Block | Posted 03.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Jenny Block

That word has been used against us in the past. But you can't use a word against someone who already calls that word their own. So I claim it. I own. I use it, and I wear it. I am queer.

Here's Why Gay And Bi Men Might Be Twice As Likely To Get Skin Cancer

Posted 03.21.2015 | 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...

He Told His Boyfriend, 'I Love You.' His Boyfriend's Response Brought Him to Tears. (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 03.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

When Michael Coulter left Flint, Michigan, and went to college, he "met more gay people in one hour" than he had in his entire life. But there was one who caught his eye, and that boy would become his first love. As the school year continued, Michael's feelings only grew stronger, and with summer break approaching, he felt like he was ready to share his feelings.

Mary Lambert: I Thought Singing 'Same Love' Might Get Me Killed

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 03.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Pollo Del Mar

Mary Lambert isn't just open about being a lesbian. One spin of plucky single "Secrets" lays bare the singer/songwriter's struggles with weight, bipolar disorder, a dysfunctional family and much, much more. Says Lambert with a laugh, "I'm severely out!"

Dana Liebelson

Indiana Expected To Pass Bill That Could Legalize Discrimination Against LGBT Citizens

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Indiana is expected to pass a religious freedom bill that could legalize discrimination against LGBT citizens. The legislation has langu...

The Incredible Story Of What May Have Been The First Gay Man To Adopt A Child In California

Posted 03.23.2015 | Gay Voices

Today’s “Let Love Define Family™” series installment about a pioneering gay foster-adoptive parent is written by RaiseAChild.US contributing w...

Pope Will Break Bread With Gay, Transgender Inmates

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 03.20.2015 | Religion

(RNS) When Pope Francis pays a visit to Naples this Saturday (March 21) he will have lunch with some 90 inmates at a local prison, a contingent that w...

Daughter of Same-Sex Couple Powerfully Responds to Woman Who Lashed Out Against Gay Parenting

Sidney Switzer | Posted 03.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Sidney Switzer

I have worked for years educating the gay and straight community alike that my family structure is just as good for raising children as any other, so I feel the need to respond to Heather Barwick, a daughter of gay moms, who believes her family structure (my family structure) was detrimental to her upbringing.

Comedian Julie Goldman: 'I Would Be Lesbian Maude' in Modern-Day Remake

Sarah Toce | Posted 03.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Sarah Toce

It makes sense that Goldman would have an unapologetic outlook on her comedy. Joan Rivers was, after all, one of her favorite comedians.

K.B. Draper Talks The U-haul Diary and LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 03.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This book isn't an inspiring tale of the triumphant power of love or another coming out story, but instead, it's an intelligent, honest and hilarious read about the lesbian dating scene.

What Happens When A Gay Spouse Comes Out In A Straight Marriage

Jason Howe | Posted 03.21.2015 | Divorce
Jason Howe

For Trevor it was the culmination of years of a growing awareness of his sexual orientation. While he had experienced boyhood crushes on other boys, he always had a girl on his arm and had never dated a man.