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A Love Letter to LGBT Progress

Kent Reiersgaard | Posted 06.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Kent Reiersgaard

I doubt the people who took a stand on a hot summer evening at the Stonewall Inn knew their acts of defiance would usher in a new era of LGBT rights. Oh how I wish we could go back to that day in 1969 to tell all those people what was ahead.

A Trans Response To Christian Conservatives Uncomfortable With Caitlyn Jenner

Dana Beyer | Posted 06.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Today, post-Jenner, with the surrender of many religious conservatives on the impending "redefinition of marriage," they can no longer afford to treat trans persons as afterthoughts. We must be attacked head-on theologically. That, however, is proving to be rather difficult.

This Photo Series Powerfully Denounces The Pain Caused By Prejudice In Small Towns In Brazil

HuffPost Brazil | Diego Iraheta | Posted 06.06.2015 | Gay Voices

Being gay in a country town in Brazil can be an oppressive experience -- an oppression of feeling, relating and being. In places far from the...

Gay, Straight, or Lesbian - Is It Really A Choice?

LGBT News | Posted 06.05.2015 | Gay Voices
LGBT News

It is in the literary world, and an important one. There is an ongoing dilemma in the writing world--Should writers write what they feel passionate about or write for the masses? Since first considering crossing genres from contemporary romance into LGBT romance, I learned that this question is driven by much more than sales.

Bravery Is Not a Contest

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 06.08.2015 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

This week Caitlin Jenner's picture appeared on the front cover of Vanity Fair. Immediately people online began to juxtapose her photo next to photos of veterans and first responders, saying that "real bravery" looked like the latter, and that Caitlin was not brave.

Snoop Dogg, Mike Huckabee and Timbaland -- Stop Hating on Caitlyn Jenner, Now!

Bonnie Fuller | Posted 06.05.2015 | Entertainment
Bonnie Fuller

Snoop, Timbaland and Drake Bell, I'm surprised by your insensitivity to Caitlyn Jenner. But Connor Cruise and Mike Huckabee, your ignorance about transgender people is majorly dismaying.

Levi Chambers Talks New LGBT Millennial Site and LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 06.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

June marks the beginning of LGBT Pride celebrations throughout the country and this week I talked with Levi Chambers Editor in Chief of Pride.com.

The True Story Of How This Gay Couple Created Their Beautiful Family

Posted 06.05.2015 | Gay Voices

Today, we introduce Eric, Jason and their son Justin in this week’s Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family™” series...

Jennifer Bendery

Senate Rejects Extending Veterans Benefits To Married Gay Couples And Their Kids

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate quietly rejected legislation Thursday that would have extended certain veterans' benefits to married same-sex couples and the...

How Ireland Embraced Marriage Equality

Kristi Lowe | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics
Kristi Lowe

This would be an historic moment for any country, but it is even more so for this bastion of conservative Catholicism. So how did Ireland, one of the last Western democracies to decriminalize homosexuality, become the first country to embrace marriage equality by popular vote? Five factors shaped the outcome.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Art Exhibition and Non-profit Organization Look at LGBT Issues Beyond Marriage Equality

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 06.04.2015 | Arts
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Critics of the marriage equality campaign -- by far the most high-profile agenda item in the movement -- argue that it has overshadowed other relevant issues such as homelessness. Aiming to literally put a face on this topic in the hopes of raising awareness is the permanent exhibition Untitled.

An Open Letter to Caitlyn Jenner

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 06.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Kelsie Brynn Jones

There are some within the community who will be not as welcoming as others; pointing to your privilege over the vast majority of trans women, and excluding you for it, forgetting that just as with the cisgender population, there are women of all social classes, shapes and sizes who are transgender.

I'm Deaf and Gay -- And That's Totally Okay

Connor R. McLaren | Posted 06.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Connor R. McLaren

I grew up with the idea that I had two strikes against me. I have had to face discrimination from all directions: hearing, Deaf, straight, and gay. While most people have interacted with members of a minority group, very few have insight into the challenges of being a "double-minority."

Caitlyn Jenner, Chelsea Manning and the Problem People Have With Transgender Women

Chelsea Stone | Posted 06.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Chelsea Stone

We as a culture do not like women as autonomous beings. We do not support them -- sometimes we punish them.

The Free Market Economics of LGBT Equality in Texas

Tyler Curry | Posted 06.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

After the tremendous backlash that the Indiana economy and business community experienced as a result of the passage of the "religious freedom" legislation, Oeftering says business leaders in Texas were even more inclined to sign the pledge.

Air Force Captain: Hook-Up Apps Are Helping Me End AIDS

Jim Key | Posted 06.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Jim Key

U.S. Air Force Captain Anthony Interrante, 34, refused to let a Middle East deployment stop him from riding in this year's AIDS/LifeCycle or from finishing the 545-mile ride as one of the top fundraisers. How does a critical-care flight nurse serving in Afghanistan raise more than $59,000 to fight HIV? "Easy," he says. "I mostly used Grindr and Scruff."

The Transgender Ninja

Mac Scotty McGregor | Posted 06.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Mac Scotty McGregor

I've learned over time and with experience that there are times to educate and times when it's best to be the trans ninja. I sometimes take a step back and evaluate how people will best receive and be open to listening to me. In my humble opinion, we can make more positive change by being warm, friendly, and respectful even to those who don't get us right now.

Why We Should Award Courage

Ryley Rubin Pogensky | Posted 06.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Ryley Rubin Pogensky

It could not be more fitting that Caitlyn Jenner will be receiving the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at this year's ESPYs, as the internet continues to both praise and debate what it means to have a beloved Olympian come out as a trans woman.

Caitlyn Jenner Makes Her Debut, and Anti-Transgender Bigots Go Nuts

David Pakman | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
David Pakman

Right wing media wasted no time in going after Caitlin Jenner, ridiculing everything from her physical appearance to her name. Bryan Fischer, Host of Focal Point for the American Family Association, asserted on his program that he will continue to call Caitlyn Jenner "Bruce" and insisted on using male pronouns.

Debunking Empty Arguments Against "Gay Rights" at the UN

Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 06.26.2015 | Impact
Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D.

Ultimately, each country must approach LGBT issues in its own way and through its own structures. No single uniform approach is possible, or even to be desired.

Embracing the LGBT Community During Pride

Anthony Nicodemo | Posted 06.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Anthony Nicodemo

With Pride month upon us LGBT folks from throughout the country will spend the month partying and taking Pride in our community. Flags will fly and parades will be had. In many ways mainstream America will witness the media perpetuated stereotype of LGBT community.

Mike Huckabee Belittled Transgender People In February Speech

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) belittled efforts to make public facilities more accessible to transgender individuals in a speech earlier this...

New UN Report: Treat LGBTI Humans As Humans

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 06.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Marianne Mollmann

Intended originally to share good practices and ways to overcome violence and discrimination, this report in reality spells out the violence and discrimination that must be overcome. That's not a coincidence.

The Dangerous Hypocrisy of the Right: The Josh Duggar Edition

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 06.02.2015 | Gay Voices
J Nelson Aviance

The rhetoric of religious freedom and the 'war on Christianity' -- so often used as a justification for discrimination against LGBTQ people -- has nothing to do with religion or faith.

Meet Utah's First Transgender Political Candidate

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

Utah could soon have its first openly transgender elected official. On Monday, Sophia Hawes-Tingey, a transgender woman, announced her candidacy fo...