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"I Was Very, Very Happy That Stonewall Had Happened."

Nathan Manske | Posted 07.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

Perry couldn't seem to escape the abuse from being gay, whether it was from bullies or the cops. But one night in June, Perry was at the bar, Julius', when he heard that there was a raid down the street at Stonewall and "the girls" were fighting back.

Judge Rules Utah Must Recognize Same Sex Parents On Child's Birth Certificate

Associated Press | Kelly Chen | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics

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Remembering Gay Icon Elaine Stritch

Alex Hopkins | Posted 07.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Alex Hopkins

Image of Elaine Stritch in her dressing room Savoy Theatre, London, by Alan Warren, courtesy of Wikipedia Commons Theatre legend Elaine Stritch died...

The Cult of Conversion & Confession

Tristan Higgins | Posted 07.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Tristan Higgins

A few of my longtime friends have told me that they want to see more of the real writing that I do. The stuff that is about my life, my feelings, my struggles. Like this one about my physical disabilities and battle with pain.

Marrying Health and Human Rights: How LGBT Health and Population Health Will Improve Because of Marriage Equality

Sandro Galea | Posted 07.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Sandro Galea

In ruling that the 14th Amendment requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, the U.S. Supreme Court not only addressed a fundamental issue of equality, but may have unwittingly contributed to improved public health.

Rebecca Klein

Few School Districts Have Anti-Bullying Policies Protecting LGBT Students | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.15.2015 | Gay Voices

A majority of American school districts have no policies protecting LGBT students from bullying, according to a report released Wednesday. Nearly 3...

Here's Why LGBT Equality Must Be About More Than the U.S.

Kevin Jennings | Posted 07.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Kevin Jennings

We in the U.S. are not, in fact, the world. We need to cure our movement of its myopia and remember that justice for the LGBT community is a global cause, spreading far beyond our borders.

Indonesia's Transgender Muslims, Known As Waria, Celebrate Ramadan

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.14.2015 | Religion

During the holy month of Ramadan, a group of transgender Muslims in Indonesia meets regularly at the Al-Fatah Islamic school on the outskirts of the ...

Meet Shane, The Army's First Openly Trans Soldier

The Huffington Post | Chloe Fox | Posted 07.14.2015 | Gay Voices

On the surface, Sergeant Shane Ortega, 28, doesn't stand out or appear out of the ordinary among his fellow Army soldiers.  He works out con...

A Bill to Finally End the Abuse of Teens at Residential Treatment Programs and "Boot Camps"

Rep. Adam Schiff | Posted 07.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Rep. Adam Schiff

There are hundreds of good residential treatment programs that provide services which can truly help youth recover and transition from serious behavioral problems or traumatic experiences. But without stronger federal regulation and oversight, programs that engage in abusive practices will continue to slip through the cracks.

LGBT Students Face More Sexual Harassment And Assault, And More Trouble Reporting It

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 07.14.2015 | College

It was September of their sophomore year at Tufts University in 2012 when John Kelly went to a party and saw someone who had sexually assaulted them ...

LGBTQ People Of Color Are Not Monolithic--In Reality Or Fiction

Riley S. Wilson | Posted 07.13.2015 | Black Voices
Riley S. Wilson

Not all black gay men are either fairies or homothugs. Not all lesbians are butches. LGBTQ people of color are creative, hopeful, well-learned, and at times buoyantly empathetic. Where is the content that shows us in this light?

Our Iran Moment

Shahar Azani | Posted 07.13.2015 | World
Shahar Azani

This deal, which refuses to face the regime's vehement anti-Semitism and its perilous nature, undermines the very foundation we stand on as free and open democracies.

Dear White Gay Men: Stop Objectifying Gay Men of Color

Lamar Dawson | Posted 07.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Lamar Dawson

A few nights ago at a bar in Chelsea, my friends and I were approached by a friendly white guy visiting from Utah. After a few polite introductions and pleasantries, he pulled me over to tell me, "you're a really hot black guy."

Art AIDS America: An Impressive Exhibition and an Important Curatorial Event

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 07.15.2015 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

Art AIDS America may be the most important, historically salient, stylistically diverse, and politically inspirational exhibit of them all. Which is saying something.

Dear White House Conference on Aging: Inequality Is the Primary Concern

Robert Espinoza | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Robert Espinoza

We must tackle inequality at its roots. We should move from reflection to action, heeding the recommendations that come from experts in socio-economic inequality. A system reformed for the most vulnerable -- as a history of policy change in this country will confirm -- becomes a system that's ultimately stronger for everyone

Meeting the Challenge of the HIV Continuum

Harvey Makadon, M.D. | Posted 07.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Harvey Makadon, M.D.

If we have learned anything over the 30-year course of the AIDS epidemic, it is that we would be foolish to put all of our HIV prevention eggs in the treatment basket.

Trans-Genre Artist Justin Vivian Bond on Performance and Vulnerability

BOMB Magazine | Posted 07.10.2015 | Gay Voices
BOMB Magazine

Sometimes drunk straight people come up to me and want to lecture me about sexuality and gender. Do they really think they're going to deliver any profound illuminations? So I just act a little drunker than them and say something ridiculous and scare them off. It's the kindest way.

Bobcat Goldthwait, Larry Kramer, Jennifer Coolidge and LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 07.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

In the conclusion of my exclusive two-part audio montage series, I talked with celebrities, activists and filmmakers at the 17th annual Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) press luncheon.

The Beautiful Story Of How One Lost Boy Found Two Moms

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 07.10.2015 | Gay Voices

Here is an inspiring Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family™” series installment from contributing writer Eric Criswe...

New Zealander Sophie Sills on Being Queer & Playing Women's Sport

Sarah Illingworth | Posted 07.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Sarah Illingworth

Sophie Sills is a 22 year-old student from Auckland, New Zealand. Queer, and a long-time footballer, as part of her Master of Arts in Psychology Sophie is conducting a study on if and how being LGBTQ affects players' experiences of playing women's sport. I interviewed her for

From Ashes to Rainbow

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 07.09.2015 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

The questions we must answer in these days of victory are, How will we honor the sacrifices and the struggle of those who have come before us? and Whose angels will we be? Who of God's children will survive and find salvation because of the work we have done?

Awkward Prom Photos Have Gone Queer, And We Couldn't Be Happier

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 07.09.2015 | Arts

We hold a special place in our hearts for awkward prom photos -- especially those with curly updos, poofy dresses, uncomfortable engagement shoot-sty...

Even Norman Rockwell's Depiction of America Evolved With Changing Times

Domenick Scudera | Posted 07.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Rockwell once gave us an idealized America, but he went on to provide illustrations of the difficult aspects of our nation, as well: racial conflict, civil rights, violence, poverty. Rockwell's America was complex and rich in its diversity. Kim Davis' America is an illusion.

WATCH: Same-Sex Couple Denied Marriage License In Kentucky

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 07.09.2015 | Gay Voices

On June 26, the Supreme Court made the landmark decision to legalize gay marriage nationwide. At the time, the court said it was granting same-sex cou...