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8 Days of Chanukah, 365 Days of Worrying

Rachel Kinsey Sicks | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rachel Kinsey Sicks

While December 7 marks the first of 8 days of Chanukah, every day marks the first of 365 days of worrying! What better way to celebrate than by watching a half-Jewish drag a cappella quartet sing a hilarious anthem to anxiety, "Don't Be Happy, Worry?"

The Prevention of Suicide Through Unconditional Love

Chloe Hollett, J.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Chloe Hollett, J.D.

Although suicide is not seasonally dependent, the festivities may bring many LGBT persons more dread than cheer. Reflect on your relationship with your child this holiday season. A parent's assurances of unconditional love can be the difference between life and death.

Mom, I Always Knew You Were a Lesbian

Lori Sokol | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lori Sokol

It had been six years since I delicately disclosed to my teenage son that I was dating a woman for the very first time. But my surprise announcement was quickly eclipsed by his sardonic response. "Mom, I always knew you were a lesbian!" he quipped, without a hint of surprise.

As an Independent Voter and Former GOP Activist, Hillary Has Won Me Over

Jimmy LaSalvia | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics
Jimmy LaSalvia

I've taken a look at the candidates in both major parties, the minor parties, and even some possible independent candidates. For me and other fiscally conservative, culturally modern voters who care about America's place in the world, Hillary Clinton is the obvious choice for president in 2016.

What Happened to Bullying?

David Michael Conner | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
David Michael Conner

Then she asked, "what happened to bullying, anyway? It used to be on the news every day. When did it stop being a concern?" Good question.

Bridget McManus Talks New Web Series Maybelle and LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlotte Robinson

In this original web series set in rural Virginia, Maybelle discovers herself for the first time and fights for the woman she loves.

PFLAG Pioneers Oral Histories

Steve Krantz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Steve Krantz

Learning from the past, from the wisdom of pioneers, is crucial for future generations. Following is a short personal history with a message of family love embodied in PFLAG pioneers - luminaries of LGBTQ activism - that should be captured and remembered.

Why HIV Should Never Be a Crime

Ed Coffin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Ed Coffin

In light of World AIDS Day, I have seen several articles posted regarding the criminalization of HIV and the comments posted on pieces of this nature fall nothing short of ignorant and incredibly stigmatizing.

Mo'Nique - "I'm Saying to a Community That Loves Me, I Love You Back. And Thank You"

Michael Cook | Posted 12.02.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Cook

From the sitcom hilarity of "The Parkers" to the raw drama of "Precious", Mo'Nique is a powerhouse every time she hits the screen. Recently seen in ...

How HIV Became a Treatable, Chronic Disease

The Conversation US | Posted 12.03.2015 | Healthy Living
The Conversation US

In 2015, the lifespan of a person living with HIV is approximately the same as someone not living with HIV, an impossibility in the early days of the epidemic. But we should also resolve to be part of the generation that stops this virus in all populations. The time to act is now.

John R. Gordon, a Graphic Novelist on the Rise

Diriye Osman | Posted 12.01.2015 | Arts
Diriye Osman

The comic is a smartly drawn, intelligently presented primer on HIV prevention, particularly in relation to young, black gay men in Britain.

The Frozen Conflict of LGBT Rights

András Simonyi | Posted 12.01.2015 | World
András Simonyi

One wonders whatever happened to the vigor with which the rights of LGBT people was put on the international agenda a few years ago.

We tied the knot and drank the champagne; must we smash the glasses?

Scott G. Brown | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Scott G. Brown

What began as the Stonewall Riots in 1969 was the beginning of the Gay Revolution in New York when a young mob of effeminate, homeless, Black, White, ...

Love and Drugs in the New Colombia

Courtenay Strickland | Posted 12.01.2015 | Crime
Courtenay Strickland

The story starts out much like ones you've heard before: boy meets girl, or girl meets girl, or boy meets boy. They chat, they smile, they connect. On...

To End AIDS, We Must Value the Lives Most At Risk

Janson Wu | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Janson Wu

HIV disproportionately targets the most socially and economically vulnerable in our society. That is why, if we are to reach our goal of getting to zero, we must focus on counteracting the many ways our governments, institutions and society devalue the lives of those who are most marginalized.

Dear Newlyweds: Here's What You Should Know About Life After The Wedding

David Rae | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
David Rae

I've been gay my whole life, a Certified Financial Planner for well over a decade, coupled with my sweetheart for six years and married to him for 13 months and counting. From this perspective, I'd like to share a few tips for a happy, healthy and successful marriage with my LGBT brethren.

Know Someone in Crisis? They Can Text For Help 24/7 via Crisis Text Line

Craig Newmark | Posted 11.30.2015 | Impact
Craig Newmark

The Crisis Text Line is important to know about, especially this time of year. It's important to know that you're not alone and that there are lots of folks out there who want to listen to you, and who want to help.

Lessons From Thanksgiving at Home

Nate Warden | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nate Warden

I didn't have the patience to accept others for who they were, mostly because I didn't think others had the patience to accept me for who I was. There were the usual challenges a young gay man faces before coming out, and I don't mean for my brevity to belittle them. They're brutal. But this isn't a coming out story. This is a coming home story.

8 Things That Will Definitely Happen on Thanksgiving If You're Trans

Isaac Fornarola | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Isaac Fornarola

Today is Turkey Day, and you're trans. You know it's about to get tricky. Maybe it's the first Thanksgiving that you've been out to your family. Maybe you're a seasoned pro. Either way, if you're wondering what to expect, here are 8 things that are, well, definitely going to happen.

Expanding Gender and Making It Roomier for All Of Us: three from Daylight Books

Janet Mason | Posted 11.25.2015 | Books
Janet Mason

Gender has always been on my mind -- or in my face -- whether I like it or not. As a budding feminist and then a young lesbian with short hair, I was called "Sir" on more than one occasion. I didn't like it, but was happy to have the privileges that being perceived as male brought. I am over six feet tall and trained as a martial artist.

Why I'm Grateful to Be Gay This Thanksgiving

Allison Hope | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Allison Hope

This is the first Thanksgiving when our love is officially and legally recognized all across the country. Whether you're sitting around the table with Aunt Jane and Uncle Bob in Topeka or Tallahassee, you've got the federal government on your side when they launch into their ignorant diatribe.

From Gay Oppression to Women's Equality: The Evolution of a Novel

Greg Hogben | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Greg Hogben

I set out to write a book to shift the narrative of the gay community and the church. Instead, I ended up writing a different story. After broader exposure to the vast challenges standing in the way of achieving the true definition of equality, the novel aims to shift the narrative of women, the LGBT community, and the determination we all need to achieve real and concrete progress for both.

HIV-Positive Men Read Mean Grindr Messages For One Important Reason

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

“I wouldn’t want anything to do with an ugly pile of HIV like you.” “Sluts like you deserve it.” “You&rsqu...

This Is the Opposite of Jealousy

Renato Barucco | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Renato Barucco

Psychologist Bram Buunk studied the fascinating emotion we call jealousy over the course of four decades. The focus and the critical questions of his ...

Defending Caitlyn Jenner Against Rose McGowan

Rocco Papa | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rocco Papa

McGowan doesn't seem to understand equality. Equality is welcoming all people regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, etc.