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LGBT Traffic Signals Let You Cross The Street With Pride

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 06.20.2016 | Queer Voices

Pedestrian crossing signals in central London get a makeover this week. Seven different filters showing either gender-related symbols or queer couples...

Helpers: What You Can Do in a Time of Crisis

Joe Baker | Posted 06.20.2016 | Queer Voices
Joe Baker

When tragedy strikes, we know all too well how to pray for victims, hold moments of silence and express sympathy. What we're less adept at is taking appropriate action in response to that tragedy.

10 Reasons Why Orlando was Homegrown Monster

Hal Donahue | Posted 06.20.2016 | Politics
Hal Donahue

The Scranton, Pennsylvania, LGBTQ community is normally low key in this fairly conservative community. Monday evening, change came to Scranton. St. Lu...

What The Orlando Shooting Means For Latino Civil Society

Hector E. Sanchez | Posted 06.20.2016 | Latino Voices
Hector E. Sanchez

These policy reforms, and many others, are important because we cannot advance the well-being of the Latino community, or the nation as a whole, if we fail to create a society in which we respect the dignity of every LGBTQ person and enable them to live to their full potential.

Istanbul Police Violently Disperse Banned LGBT Rally

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 06.19.2016 | World

ISTANBUL, June 19 (Reuters) - Istanbul riot police fired tear gas and rubber pellets on Sunday to disperse a march for transgender people banned after...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.18.2016 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week started off with the horror in Orlando. It was at once a hate crime, an act of terror and another tragic example of our lack of common sense gun control. Before the victims' bodies were even identified, Donald Trump was trying to fear-bait and scapegoat, bragging that he'd somehow been proven right and doubling down on his plan to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. But Trump's disgusting attempt to capitalize on a national tragedy didn't work. According to a CBS poll, only 25 percent approved of his shameful response, while 51 percent disapproved, and nearly two-thirds rejected his Muslim ban. Meanwhile, several members of Congress walked out of the now-traditional post-massacre moment of silence, with Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) calling them "an abomination" that does not "honor the victims" but "mocks them." Senate Democrats then took over the Senate for 15 hours demanding action on gun control. Whatever the outcome, it is heartening to know that the time of silence is finally over, and that voices for reform are being heard over racist, divisive dog-whistles.

A Note To My Younger Self About My Upcoming 'Dirty 30'

Matthew Rose | Posted 06.20.2016 | Queer Voices
Matthew Rose

Usually, I'm not a big fan of my birthdays. They historically bring to mind things going wrong in my life, things beyond my control. It has become a r...

28 Characters That Make Us Proud To Be Queer

The Huffington Post | Ishita Singh | Posted 06.17.2016 | HuffPost Live 321


Without A Pulse

Ryley Rubin Pogensky | Posted 06.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Ryley Rubin Pogensky

I fight every day to be able to breathe as a POC person. As a queer person. As a trans person. It is on dance floors that many of us forget all of the "others" that we are. We rightfully lose ourselves.

Arline Isaacson Talks LGBT Grieving And Survival (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 06.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This is a time when we need to come together to console our sorrow and begin the healing progress from the devastation of this horrific attack on our LGBTQ community and move forward in solidarity as a nation.

Four Inappropriate Questions With Lea DeLaria

The Huffington Post | Ishita Singh | Posted 06.17.2016 | HuffPost Live 321


LGBT Latinx Activists: Orlando Shooting Targeted People Of Color

The Huffington Post | Ishita Singh | Posted 06.17.2016 | HuffPost Live 321


Laverne Cox And The Important Matter Of Counting LGBT People

David Michael Conner | Posted 06.17.2016 | Queer Voices
David Michael Conner

I agree with Laverne Cox that LGBT people need to be better represented, respected, and cared for by our federal government. But there are problems.

Lamentations For Orlando And Our National Soul

Rev. Libby M. Grammer | Posted 06.17.2016 | Religion
Rev. Libby M. Grammer

Largest massacre in US history. Violence perpetuated against a "soft target." 49 deaths and 53 wounded. Muslim-American shooter. Terrorism against the LGBTQ community.

3 Things Religious Leaders Can Do In The Wake Of The Massacre In Orlando

Frederick W. Schmidt | Posted 06.17.2016 | Religion
Frederick W. Schmidt

Reflecting on the terrorist attack on Pulse in Orlando, columnist Bruce Bower notes that the events "'shocked' some politicians. 'Who would have expec...

God is Counting on Us to Make Their Memories a Blessing

Rabbi Rick Jacobs | Posted 06.17.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Rick Jacobs

What is the proper religious response to acts of barbarism like the massacre we saw perpetrated against members of the LGBT community in Orlando on Sunday?

The Orlando Shooter Was American, Not An "Other"

Melody Moezzi | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Melody Moezzi

For all the innocent people who have lost their lives as a result of what may well have been Mateen's internalized homophobia turned outward, countless others lose their lives every day as a result of internalized homophobia and transphobia turned inward.

Orlando And Intolerance In America

Rosjke Hasseldine | Posted 06.17.2016 | Women
Rosjke Hasseldine

I cried as I watched survivors relive the horror of the Orlando nightclub shooting and friends and family members mourn their dead. It is horrific to ...

A Gap In Justice

James Young | Posted 06.17.2016 | Queer Voices
James Young

Academic and healthcare institutions must do better at expanding educational curricula and resources to account for LGBTQ people.

How The Orlando Attack Has Changed Me As A Gay Man

Wayne Dhesi | Posted 06.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Wayne Dhesi

On the Tuesday after the shocking attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando I made a rainbow ribbon to wear to show solidarity with the victims and their loved ones. I've been wearing my rainbow ribbon since then and I've come to realise a few things.

Church Reshaped By Queer Spaces

Seth Kaper-Dale | Posted 06.17.2016 | Religion
Seth Kaper-Dale

The Christian tradition began when a certain Jesus of Nazareth lived radically, in ways that frightened status-quo religion and society. The whole time he lived radically he empowered people around him to live and lead radically & lovingly too.

AIDS, Guns, and Orlando

Warren Hoffman | Posted 06.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren Hoffman

In the days since the shooting massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando that took the lives of 49 people, mostly from the LGBTQ community, and wounded many more, there have been countless commentaries about how the LGBTQ community should respond to this tragedy.

#KeepKissing Encourages Queer Couples To Show That Love Is Stronger Than Hate

The Huffington Post | Ishita Singh | Posted 06.17.2016 | HuffPost Live 321


The Truth About Islam

Zac Thompson | Posted 06.17.2016 | HuffPost Live 321
Zac Thompson

Islam is a set of religious beliefs held by over 2 billion people. These beliefs are not based on fear mongering, persecution, or hatred. Yet we're currently dealing with rampant Islamophobia in the United States.

Love First, Ask Questions Later

Staci Frenes | Posted 06.17.2016 | Religion
Staci Frenes

Like everyone else, I'm stunned and sickened by the hate and violence of the mass shooting in Orlando. That it happened at a venue that was intended to be a safe gathering place for a marginalized community was particularly horrific and heartbreaking.