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Elizabeth Keener Talks New Web Series "Skirtchasers" and LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 06.22.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlotte Robinson

Keener plays Robyn Samuels who is freshly single after a break-up with her long time girlfriend the day before their wedding. As Robyn deals with mending her broken heart she realizes her issues with commitment go way back to her father after the split of her parents.

Author Kirk Frederick Recalls LGBTQ Marvel And 'Male Actress' Charles Pierce In Passionate New Book

Greg Archer | Posted 06.22.2016 | Queer Voices
Greg Archer

This year will be remembered for many things, maniacal political ramblings among them, however as 2016 rolls into its soul-stirring second half, we're...

Don't Let Orlando Scare You Back In The Closet

Desirae Hoover | Posted 06.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Desirae Hoover

It's 2:22 a.m. at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Omar Mateen, 29, has already shot over 11 innocent club goers. He is on the phone with a 911 di...

The Holy Sacrifice Of The Mass-acre

Benjamin Brenkert | Posted 06.22.2016 | Queer Voices
Benjamin Brenkert

The young men and women who sought holy communion at the nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida ended up participating in their own mass and sacrifice. T...

Outpouring Of LGBT, Muslim Groups Sign Statement Against Bigotry

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.22.2016 | Religion

In the wake of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, LGBT and Muslim groups have come together with the message that "love is stro...

Pulse Is The LGBT Community's Challenger

Karen Topham | Posted 06.22.2016 | Queer Voices
Karen Topham

Sunday, I didn't need video to confirm the stories. The scene has become sickeningly familiar to us all. And yes, it's still very personal.

Pride In Love

Rance Collins | Posted 06.22.2016 | Queer Voices
Rance Collins

The LGBT community suffered one of the most heinous displays of hate our country has ever witnessed. Many would react with anger, and justifiably so. It was love, though, that swept over LA on that cool, cloudy June morning.

Then Why Hide Taylor Schilling?

Sue Carswell | Posted 06.22.2016 | Queer Voices
Sue Carswell

I once wrote she had the freedom to not tell us anything about her personal life. But that was over a year ago, and now I simply want her to commit.

The Power of Place

Theresa Pierno | Posted 06.22.2016 | Queer Voices
Theresa Pierno

There are places in America where events occurred that are so powerful, they helped shape our nation's history and culture--and must never be forgotte...

Join Hands With Our LGBTQ Family

Farhana Khera | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Farhana Khera

The struggles of the LGBTQ and Muslim communities for freedom and equality are inextricably linked. That's why I am calling on American Muslims to focus on what unites us -- a common pursuit of dignity, equality and justice for all people.

Muslim Group Invites Islamophobic Congressman To Dinner, And He's A Total Jerk About It

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics

The Alabama Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations on Monday asked Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) to apologize for previously claiming that Mus...

(More Than) Prayers For Orlando: Taking Accountability For Our Own Role In Anti-Gay Violence

Gyasi Ross | Posted 06.23.2016 | Crime
Gyasi Ross

t's not just about the worst of the worst--the face of evil. It's also about us, the "regular people" who help create the environments that allow those faces of evil to fester. We have the power to change those environments.

The Deadly Plague Of Homophobia

Justin Utley | Posted 06.22.2016 | Queer Voices
Justin Utley

I can't pretend to know what was in his sick mind. But if Mateen was gay and was tormented by trying to reconcile that with his religion, culture, family and his own self-worth -- that I know something about.

North Carolina Governor Bashes Schools That Stand Up For Transgender Students

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 06.22.2016 | Queer Voices

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory continues to defend the state's sweeping anti-LGBT law despite public outrage and political backlash, going as far as ...

Rituals for Summer Solstice + Full Moon

Sofia Rose Smith | Posted 06.21.2016 | Religion
Sofia Rose Smith

Call a gathering of loved ones together, in person or on the phone. {You can also just gather with yourself, your sacred stones/candles, and the Sun}. Have each person light a candle, representing the Light of the Sun, Joy, and the Light that is always within us.

The World We Live In As LGBT Travelers

Dane Steele Green | Posted 06.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Dane Steele Green

Yes, every country in the world has a thriving gay community, but being gay in New York City is very different from being gay in Cairo.

Silence Is Killing Your LGBT Relatives

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 06.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

To call what happened in Orlando an "attack on America," or the act of a "radicalized Islamist," or not to call your LGBT family members at this time, sends the message: "Things are just as bad for you as they are for me." And that is simply not true.

5 Tips To Make Coming Out Easier

Alexandra Harra | Posted 06.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Alexandra Harra

When I was a little girl, I often wondered why my aunt--"Mama Mona," as I called her--was accompanied by her friend Allie every time she visited us. I...

'Coming Out' At 72: Who I Am And Why It Matters

Kenna Henderson | Posted 06.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Kenna Henderson

I'm struck by the fact that those who are least likely to know anything about us believe themselves most qualified to describe who and what we are.

An Open Letter To My Conservative Christian Family: A Response To The Orlando Shooting

Isaac Archuleta | Posted 06.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Isaac Archuleta

I truly understand how "hating sin" feels like it could produce religious stability or moral certitude. It's imperative, however, that we acknowledge that the hatred of mankind -- our hatred -- is causing death, not life. It's producing separateness, not communion.

The "Orlando Syndrome": Re-Traumatizing a Community of Survivors

Gary Cohan | Posted 06.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Gary Cohan

I'm a Los Angeles-based medical doctor who, for the past 25 years, has specialized in treating the LGBT community. I've witnessed the ravages of AIDS, the physical and psychological trauma of violent hate crimes, depression and suicide in a community specifically targeted for discrimination because of who they love.

The Real Tipping Point: Death At the Intersection of Hate, Poverty and Respectability Politics

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 06.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Kelsie Brynn Jones

While white trans women and trans feminine people have escaped much of the worst violence, Black, Latinx, Native American and other transgender people of color have not.

Conversations With LGBTQIA Muslims In Wake Of Orlando Shooting

The Huffington Post | Ishita Singh | Posted 06.21.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

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The Biggest Lesson I Learned From The Pulse Nightclub Tragedy

Michael Cook | Posted 06.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Cook

There are so many lessons to take from this tragic event. Communication needs to be paramount in any relationship, but when you are truly speaking your truth and living out loud, as the person you truly are, it is crucial; for both sides.

Why Pride?

Audrey Mitchell | Posted 06.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Audrey Mitchell

Throughout the years, I have heard arguments that there shouldn't be a Pride, that straight people don't get a day to march around being proud of their sexual orientation (that's every day of the year btw), and that gay people ruined the rainbow.