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#weekinLGBT with Rob Smith: The 'Ex-Gay' Video, LGBT Veterans, and Rose McGowan

Rob Smith | Posted 01.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Rob Smith

On this episode of #weekinLGBT, I take on that crazy "ex-gay" video, give a salute to three special LGBT veterans, and give a "special comment" on Ros...

Turkey Ambivalent on LGBTQI Population

Irene Monroe | Posted 01.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

Turkey is a country conflicted when it comes to its LGBTQI population. On the one hand, Turkey was the first country in the Muslim world to hold an LGBTQI pride march, but on the other, the rate of hate crimes against LGBTQI people in Turkey is the highest among European countries.

First Indian Literary Festival at Columbia a Hit

Jim Luce | Posted 01.17.2015 | Books
Jim Luce

Under the direction of my good friend Aroon Shivdasani, the first literary festival of the Indian American Arts Council (IAAC) with Columbia Universit...

USAID Leads as the United States Strengthens Its Commitment to the LGBT Community

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 01.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Peter D. Rosenstein

While this is only a beginning in studying this issue, it seems clear that giving people their rights and allowing them to participate fully in society, particularly economic society, is beneficial to countries.

We Need to be Better PrEPared

Robert Bolan, MD | Posted 01.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Robert Bolan, MD

By now, many of you may have seen the headlines or read news about what sounds like encouraging results, announced in late October, about two clinical trials of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) in gay and bisexual men.

When Pregnancy Is Fatherhood

Posted 11.16.2014 | Gay Voices

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices, in a partnership with blogger Scout, LGBT HealthLink and researcher Michael G. Bare, brings you a round up of some of t...

LOOK: This Is What An LGBT Ally Looks Like

The Huffington Post | Noah Michelson | Posted 11.22.2014 | Gay Voices

The queer community has come along way in the last 50 years -- and especially in the last 10 -- but we couldn't have done it on our own. To celebra...

Grammy Winner Sharon Isbin Talks New Documentary and LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 01.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with Sharon Isbin, the multiple Grammy-winning guitarist and one of the most acclaimed classical guitarists in the world, about the new American Public Television documentary she stars in, Sharon Isbin: Troubadour.

Carol Kuruvilla

LGBT Christians Speak Out: "Love The Sinner, Hate The Sin" Won't Cut It Anymore

HuffingtonPost.com | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.14.2014 | Religion

After a seven-year hiatus from the music world, Grammy-nominated Christian musician Jennifer Knapp in 2010 took the brave step of telling her fans tha...

10 Things I Learned From Emceeing the 20th Lavender Seniors Gala

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 01.14.2015 | San Francisco
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

On Saturday November 8th I had the privilege of emceeing the 20th Lavender Seniors of the East Bay Gala at the North Oakland Senior Center. There were more than 200 folks present.

Man Who Claimed To Be 'Delivered' From Being Gay Insists Viral Testimony Is Legitimate

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 11.14.2014 | Gay Voices

The young man who claimed to have been "delivered" from homosexuality at a Christian event in Missouri insists his viral video testimony was legitimat...

How Personal Barriers Didn't Stop These Gay Dads From Becoming A Family

Posted 11.14.2014 | Gay Voices

In today’s installment of the Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family™” series, we highlight a culturally-diverse, m...

The Power of a Complex Heritage

Diriye Osman | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

One of the great markers of maturity is an appreciation for complexity. Although I'm of Somali descent, I did most of my growing up in Nairobi and London. As the years zipped by, the lens of my identity also zoomed out to encompass my sexuality as an out and proud gay man.

Boycott the World Cup and Demand Equality

Steve Siebold | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Steve Siebold

Organizations like FIFA and the country of Qatar take away from the true spirit of the sport through their discrimination. Discriminating over one's sexual preference is uncalled for in any and all circumstances. It's common sense that homosexuals are no better or worse than anyone else, and should be left alone to live life on their own terms.

Binyavanga Wainaina and Me

Diriye Osman | Posted 01.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

The award-winning Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina is many things to many people. For some, including me, he is simply one of the most imaginative and gifted writers at work today. For others, and again I include myself in this list, he is a pan-African cultural hero.

Don Lemon Wants You To 'Let Love Define Family'

Posted 11.12.2014 | Gay Voices

What are you waiting for? Don Lemon, host of "CNN Tonight," is featured in the first of a new three-part series of public service announcements (PS...

A Look At The Changing Faces Of Equality And Family

Posted 11.12.2014 | Gay Voices

November is National Adoption Month and RaiseAChild.US is celebrating with twice weekly “Let Love Define Family™” series installments in the Huf...

The Gay Military Hero You've Probably Never Heard Of

Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Jennifer Bendery

WASHINGTON -- Many people have never heard of Leonard Matlovich. I hadn't until today. But it was his tombstone that I used to jog by a couple of time...

#WeekinLGBT With @robsmithonline -- Democrats' Midterm Woes and HIV Breakthrough

Rob Smith | Posted 01.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Rob Smith

#weekinLGBT with @robsmithonline is a weekly webseries covering the news of the week from an LGBT perspective. Up this week, we tackle the Democrats' Midterm Election woes as well as an exciting new breakthrough in the fight against HIV.

Defrocked Mennonite Pastor Who Officiated Gay Son's Wedding: 'My Conscience Is Clear'

The Associated Press | Posted 11.10.2014 | Religion

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A retired Mennonite pastor from Pennsylvania who lost his credentials after officiating at his gay son's wedding says he hopes...

Student Punched In The Face For Kissing His Boyfriend Gets The Last Word

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 11.10.2014 | Gay Voices

Late last week, a stranger punched Cole Ledford in the face for kissing his boyfriend on the sidewalk. But the Ohio State University junior has a mess...

Wait for Me Until I Welcome: Further Reflections From an Orthodox Rabbi to His Gay Children

Avi Orlow | Posted 01.10.2015 | Religion
Avi Orlow

If we think our tradition demands we risk our children's lives by not accepting them, like Avraham, maybe we are misreading our tradition. God does not need our defense, and God will most certainly be there when we get back. All our children are angels who are just waiting to be welcomed into the tent.

HIV Testing Kits... From A Bathhouse Vending Machine?

Posted 11.09.2014 | Gay Voices

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices, in a partnership with blogger Scout, LGBT HealthLink and researcher Michael G. Bare, brings you a round up of some of t...

Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth: Riley, 21, From Philadelphia

Diana Scholl | Posted 01.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl

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Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Lawyer Lambastes Anti-Gay Marriage Ruling As 'Fundamentally Misguided'

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics

DETROIT -- A federal appeals court ruling in favor of anti-gay marriage laws in four states stunned members of the LGBT community and left hundreds of...