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On Fathers and Foreskins

Jason Howe | Posted 03.11.2015 | Parents
Jason Howe

Our twins were due in two months via surrogacy in India, where clinics are prohibited by law from revealing the gender of a fetus. I'm half-Jewish, and while I'm not religious, Jake wanted to be certain that my children remained culturally "members of the Tribe." I was unconvinced that that required subjecting them to an optional surgical procedure.

LGBTQ Kids Blossoming and Living Their Truths at Camp

Jenna Tenn-Yuk | Posted 03.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Jenna Tenn-Yuk

When I think about the young people who go to Camp Ten Oaks and Project Acorn (Ten Oaks' other camp for youth), my heart is filled with so much joy. These young people can experience community, belonging and live their truths. Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to have those experiences.

Rachel Held Evans Defends Leaving Evangelicals For Episcopalians

Religion News Service | Jonathan Merritt | Posted 03.10.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Rachel Held Evans has grown into a powerful voice in American Christianity, first as the author of “Evolving in Monkey Town” and later with ...

Book Before Its Read

Juanita MORE! | Posted 03.10.2015 | San Francisco
Juanita MORE!

Music, it's so often said, has one of the strongest associative links for memory; you hear a song from your youth and immediately -- if only fleetingly -- you are transported back to that time of history and the textures come again into focus.

Deepening Our Inclusion of People With Disabilities

Bonnie St. John | Posted 03.10.2015 | Business
Bonnie St. John

"Disability is represented in all other dimensions of human difference including race, faith, and sexual orientation. Almost everyone will experience a temporary disability at some point in their lives and likely end up with one or more life-long disabilities as they grow older."

There Will Always Be Zoraks

Stephanie Mott | Posted 03.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

The idea that creating legal protections for LGBT citizens grants special rights is purely absurd. Special rights are rights that one group of people have while others do not. The special rights in this situation are the rights that are denied to LGBT Americans.

What Causes Homosexuality? Who Cares?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The meaning is quite clear: When any group of people is targeted for oppression, it is ultimately everyone's concern. We all, therefore, have a self-interest in actively working to dismantle all the many forms of oppression, including heterosexism.

Matt Sheehan

China is Imprisoning These 5 Women For Speaking Out On Women's Rights

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sheehan | Posted 03.09.2015 | World

BEIJING -- Chinese authorities rang in Sunday’s International Women’s Day with a contradiction: celebrating the country’s first draft law on dom...

Italian Lesbian Teen Couple Faces Abuse, Threats Of Rape Because Of Their Love

HuffPost Italy | Silvia Renda | Posted 03.08.2015 | Gay Voices

This post originally appeared on HuffPost Italy and was translated into English. Imagine walking down the street with your boyfriend or girlfrien...

This Is What a (Marriage Equality) Movement Looks Like

Janson Wu | Posted 03.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Janson Wu

The marriage equality movement has given us the tools to tackle these new challenges. We have built shared values of love, respect and family that we can now use to fuel society's greater understanding of all LGBTQ individuals, in all aspects of our lives.

New Study Finds Gender Identity May Be Biological

Posted 03.07.2015 | 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...

Dr. Ben Carson: National Malpractice

LGBT News | Posted 03.06.2015 | Gay Voices
LGBT News

As the reputed Republican Hopeless for the 2016 presidential election, Carson takes every opportunity to congratulate himself on his ability to speak his mind at any cost -- the cost in this case being the reinforcement of an utterly nonsensical and dangerous notion, but the cost in all cases being rationality and someone else's well-being.

Jennifer Bendery

The Army Just Made It A Little Easier For Transgender Troops To Serve

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a sign that the U.S. Defense Department may be inching closer to lifting its ban on transgender troops, the Army announced Friday tha...

The Year of Equality

Stuart Gaffney | Posted 03.06.2015 | Gay Voices
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Stuart Gaffney

Change is in the air, as in just the past year we have seen a marriage bill proposal in Taiwan, progress towards partnership recognition in Tokyo and Yokohama in Japan, and signs of progress in countries including Vietnam, China, Nepal, Thailand and more.

Singer Christina Perri, Dinah Shore Weekend Headliner, Reflects on 'Whirlwind' Career

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 03.06.2015 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

Most performers can't pin-point exactly when their lives changed, but Christina Perri remembers the moment clearly.

Gabriel Arana

Fox News Signs MLK's Anti-Abortion, Anti-LGBT Niece As Contributor

HuffingtonPost.com | Gabriel Arana | Posted 03.06.2015 | Media

Fox News has signed Alveda King, the niece of civil-rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., as a contributor, Fox president Roger Ailes announced today. K...

Mariah Hanson Talks the Dinah Palm Springs 25th Anniversary and More (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 03.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

A quarter-century ago Mariah Hanson launched what would become her enduring legacy to both the city of Palm Springs and the LGBT community.

What Happens When A Career-Driven Gay Couple Decides To Start A Family?

Posted 03.06.2015 | Gay Voices

Today’s story in the Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family™” series explores the challenges one career-oriented LG...

When the Political is Personal

Julie Netherland | Posted 03.06.2015 | Gay Voices
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Julie Netherland

I'm a butch lesbian, and, as long as I can remember, I have had my gender mistaken on a daily basis. These incidents range from being called "sir" to being chased out of restrooms and locker rooms by security guards to anti-queer and anti-trans harassment on the street

Time Warner Cable Is for Straight People Only, Please

Em & Lo | Posted 03.05.2015 | Women
Em & Lo

Let's start with the first page, which begins with the instructions, "Let's start with an easy one: Are you a guy or a girl?" Wait, what? Do movies buffer differently for guys and girls? Do women need their tech advice given in a pretty pink font?!

Being Masculine Doesn't Make You a Top: The Real Problem With Russell Tovey

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 03.05.2015 | Gay Voices
J Nelson Aviance

Second, Tovey isn't just "proud to be masculine," as I've seen some trolls insisting. It isn't "just the way he is" or "who he wants to be." Tovey places a positive moral value on being masculine, and negative value on gay male effeminacy.

You Go, Gurl!: How LGBTQ Literacies Create Social Justice in the Classrooms and Beyond

Michael Carosone | Posted 03.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

I do not believe in keeping information within the confines of academia. (What is the purpose of knowledge if it only remains within the ivory tower and tiny bubble that is the university?)

The Inspiring Reason One 14-Year-Old Is Suing Her Middle School

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 03.05.2015 | Teen

A Florida teen is suing her middle school for the right to launch a Gay-Straight Alliance club, which she says will serve as a sanctuary for lesbian, ...

Hundreds Convene at Seattle Church to Discuss Hate Crimes

Sarah Toce | Posted 03.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Sarah Toce

Hundreds of concerned citizens convened for more than two hours on Capitol Hill at the All Pilgrims Church Tuesday evening for the LGBTQ Hate Crimes Public Forum, sponsored largely by Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant.

Feeling Russell Tovey (Why I Strut)

Patrick Roth | Posted 03.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Patrick Roth

For much of my life, I have taken what I was born with, mixed it with what the world has given me and crafted the man that everyone else sees. I've also learned to like who I am, regardless of how others see me. That's really no different than what Russell Tovey did.