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It's Time to Expel Michele Bachmann From Congress

Walt Hawkins | Posted 10.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Walt Hawkins

Personally, I don't believe my tax dollars should be used to pay the salary of someone who wants to convince the world that my ultimate desire is to be able to legally molest children.

Religious Discrimination 101

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 10.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

The First Amendment protects your right as an American to the free exercise of your religion. It does not protect your right to use your religion as an excuse to discriminate against other Americans.

A Heinous New Anti-LGBT Law Aimed At 'Non-Traditional' Families Could Be Headed Our Way

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.08.2014 | Gay Voices

This week’s Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family™” installment features a Call to Action by RaiseAChild.US Founde...

Can Telenovelas Put An End To Homophobia?

Roberto Perez | Posted 10.07.2014 | Latino Voices
Roberto Perez

The fact remains that LGBT people are only properly portrayed in a staggeringly few novelas. The majority of the melodramas simply fail the LGBT community and larger Latino community with either two-dimensional, frequently disparaged LGBT characters or a world simply not inhabited by LGBT characters at all.

'We Are Lesbians!' Family Vacation Turns Into Dyke March Participation (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 10.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-08-07-20140806KayleighSalstrandsmall.jpgDo you remember your first Pride event? Kayleigh certainly does, along with the impact that participating in Dyke March with her family had on her life.

Gay Men and the Difference Between Community and Community

Josh Hersh | Posted 10.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Hersh

Meaningful, rich Community is something we do and create more than who we are. Community is active, whereas community is often passive. Small "c" community describes, whereas Community is an intentional act of creation.

"Better to Marry": For Christians, Gay Marriage -- Not Celibacy

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 10.06.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

As a scholar of religion who is gay (and -- by the way -- currently celibate), I staunchly oppose this heretical Christian claim that the rare spiritual gift of and vocation to celibacy is automatically to be assigned to an entire group of people merely because of their affectional or sexual orientation.

'I Like Jesus -- It's His Followers I Can't Stand'

Derek Penwell | Posted 10.06.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

There's a growing dissatisfaction with the traditional view of the church among emerging generations. This dissatisfaction has any number of causes, which the disaffected would name as anti-institutionalism, hypocrisy, judgmentalism, etc. But there's one area of vexation that always seems to come up: the Jesus Gap.

Prosperity in Africa Depends on Rights and Equality for Every African

Jessica Stern | Posted 10.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Jessica Stern

LGBT individuals away from medical care and treatment, school, jobs and even housing. As a result, LGBT Africans are overrepresented among the under-educated, under-employed and homeless. What can the U.S. do to help advance rights for LGBT Africans?

Gay Widower Shares Heartbreaking Story Of Why He's Suing Alabama

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 08.06.2014 | Gay Voices

No story breaks the heart quite like one about love. In a conversation with HuffPost Live's Marc Lamont Hill about whether Alabama is falling behi...

A Trans Woman on Saving MichFest

Kayley Whalen | Posted 10.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Kayley Whalen

When people all around you are telling you directly that you have no claim to your womanhood and that by merely existing you are furthering the patriarchy, it cuts right through to your heart. I want to be able to return to the Land feeling welcome and safe. MichFest is my home too.

Sixth Circuit Marriage Arguments: 'It's Personal'

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 10.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

"Nervous and excited about this. I think a lot of people forget that this isn't just political posturing and ideological debate -- it's personal, it's my life and the lives of many I love!"

My Capricious Reading Habits, Authors' Sustained Attentions

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 10.05.2014 | Books
Julie R. Enszer

Now, I am no longer a young reader, but it is summer. I am reading. And, in many ways, still reading at the frantic pace I embraced at eight and nine. I want to gather stars for completed books before fall arrives with its demands to read other things.

Why My First Gay Games Is a Homecoming

Nathan M. Schaefer | Posted 10.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan M. Schaefer

The games being held in Ohio is a personal symbol of progress. Here is this huge event that takes years to plan that is proudly being hosted in the place where I grew up (a very different message from the one I received when the state changed the constitution to ban same-sex marriage).

Openly Lesbian Council Member Heckled, Called 'Filth'

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics

When a local resident heckled Jovanka Beckles recently, it was nothing new for the first openly lesbian member of the City Council in Richmond, Califo...

Signs You Might Be a Serial Dater (and What to Do About It)

Kim Rosenberg | Posted 10.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Kim Rosenberg

There is nothing better than being emotionally ready for a relationship. If you exude these qualities and are stable in all areas of your life, you're ready to accept a healthy relationship and a new love.

My Journey From Christian College to Drag

Jeza Belle | Posted 10.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeza Belle

When I packed up my Buick and headed off from Long Island to a small Christian college in rural Arkansas, it never dawned on me that one day I'd be performing comedy dressed in women's clothes while sharing the name of the world's greatest harlot.

Gay Life In The Dirty Dirty

Posted 08.03.2014 | Gay Voices

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices, in a partnership with bloggers Liz Margolies and Scout, brings you a round up of some of the biggest LGBT wellness stor...

One Couple's Incredible Journey To Becoming Parents

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.01.2014 | Gay Voices

This week’s Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family™” installment features an exclusive glimpse into a family’s fi...

Great News For Uganda's Gay Community (Finally)

AP | RODNEY MUHUMUZA | Posted 10.01.2014 | Gay Voices

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan court on Friday invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, pleasing activists and watchdog gro...

LOOK: Here's What Happened When Real Women Tried Cosmo's Lesbian Sex Tips

Jenny Block | Posted 10.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Jenny Block

When I saw Cosmo posted a story called "28 Mind-Blowing Lesbian Sex Positions," for one second I thought, "Oh wow!" "Look at that!" "Cosmo is becoming more inclusive!" But it wasn't one second later before my bubble was eternally and mind-shakingly burst.

The 8 Things Gay Men Need to Say Less Often

David Toussaint | Posted 09.30.2014 | Gay Voices
David Toussaint

8. "Community": News flash, men: We are no longer a "community" any more than left-handed men are. We are a minority, and we're more often than not using the appeal to "community" to bring others down a notch.

How Do You Find Joy After a Positive HIV Diagnosis? This Poet Has an Answer! (VIDEO)

J Mase III | Posted 09.30.2014 | Gay Voices
J Mase III

What messages do we send people about being HIV-positive? One of my favorite poets, Timothy DuWhite, explores the concept of finding joy while dealing...

More of the Real Story Behind the LGBT MBA Job Fair Story

Matt Kidd | Posted 09.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Kidd

Why did I raise my hand to go into the non-profit world? Because despite the legal equality progress our community has made, we've yet to reach the status of "out" in the workplace. I truly believe our work educating and connecting LGBTQ students from the point they launch their careers will get us closer to that goal.

Kissing Doesn't Kill

Matthew Ebert | Posted 09.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

Face facts, Truvada will be in everyone's bloodstream in about 15 minutes, so why argue over it? On two fronts we can assault this virus -- the POZ and the NEG, the dirty and the clean. Can we cut the crap and get in one line?