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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...

For Matthew Shepard and His Family

Enrique Torre Molina | Posted 06.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Enrique Torre Molina

At the end of my first year in college, just when I began to come out to my family and friends, I read about a young man in the United States, Matthew Shepard, who had been brutally murdered for being gay. This shocked me for many reasons -- first, because I identified with a few of Matthew's traits.

Taking the LGBT Sports Movement to the Next Level

Avery Stone | Posted 06.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Avery Stone

After leaving this latest LGBT Sports Summit -- and ruminating on the movement's progress -- I cannot help but consider the next level. We need to take what we've learned and go big or go home. Here are my top three takeaways.

Who Is Writing Your Story

Kent Reiersgaard | Posted 06.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Kent Reiersgaard

Here's the short story: We're a legally married, Washington State couple living the life of our dreams. But it wasn't an easy road.

How the LGBT Experience Will Transform the Practice of Mindfulness

Jay Michaelson | Posted 06.17.2014 | Religion
Jay Michaelson

Does being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender have anything to do with practicing mindfulness? Sure. Over the years, many LGBT voices have made themselves heard within Buddhist communities, and have enriched the sangha as a result.

Jennifer Bendery

Obama Leaving His Mark On Judiciary As Senate Confirms Gay, Black Judges

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate made history on Tuesday with its vote to confirm Darrin Gayles to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florid...

An Inch at a Time Toward ENDA

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 06.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

This is what liberty and justice for all looks like: making sure that that equal protection equally protects all Americans.

Sam Stein

Congressional Republicans Go Silent On Obama's LGBT Discrimination Order

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama announced Monday that he’s moving forward with an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminati...