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Straight Pride... Really?

Shane Jordan | Posted 12.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Shane Jordan

Is it a double standard that I should be able to post pride images and you can't? No. You don't have to.

'The Talk' Cohost Aisha Tyler on Gay Marriage: Equality Is for All

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 12.12.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

While the towering six-foot-tall comedian says this is only one of many connections to the LGBT community, she admits it was personal prejudices faced in her interracial relationship that cemented her commitment to marriage equality.

Influential Caribbean Country Is Leaning Towards LGBT Rights

Jessica Joseph | Posted 12.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Jessica Joseph

According to a recent UNAIDS survey, Trinidad and Tobago's population is having a radical shift in attitudes towards LGBT Rights. It is not the only survey of its kind that reflects this.

A Letter to the Lost

Michael Varrati | Posted 12.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Varrati

It is a disheartening fact that, in 2014, so many kids...and also some adults...feel the anguish of a societal prison designed to stop an individual from being who they are inside.

The Fight Beyond Marriage Equality

Alex Hayden DiLalla | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics
Alex Hayden DiLalla

I remember where I was a little over two years ago when my fellow North Carolinians voted to declare me and thousands of other LGBT North Carolinians as second-class citizens.

Carrying Forward the Legacy of Harvey Milk

Daniel Wein | Posted 12.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Daniel Wein

The sold-out audience was euphoric, still in a state of shock regarding a Supreme Court action that had unilaterally doubled the number of states with marriage equality earlier in the day. "Harvey Milk is looking down on us," Kristin Chenoweth had remarked to many throughout the night.

These Mormons Hope To Make Church More Welcoming Of Gays And Lesbians

The Associated Press | BRADY McCOMBS | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Court decisions this week paving the way for same-sex marriage to become legal in dozens of states, including Mormon stronghol...

Interview: Laverne Cox Presents New Hope For Trans Youth With Documentary The T Word

Sarah Toce | Posted 12.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Sarah Toce

The Emmy-nominated actress recently made history when she became the first transgender person to grace the cover of Time magazine in May of 2014.

What's the Real LGBT Health Epidemic?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.12.2014 | 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...

Trans and Intersex Awareness and Understanding in the LGB Community

Patti Spangler | Posted 12.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Patti Spangler

For over 25 years, I was an ordinary woman with a secret. It's a secret that always made me feel "less than" and caused me to leave behind a trail of failed dreams and relationships. In those years of ordinariness, no one ever discovered my secret even though not a single day went by without me being terrified they would.

How This Couple Found The Strength To Let Go Of The Foster Kids They Grew To Love

Posted 10.10.2014 | Gay Voices

The couple featured in this week’s Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family™” series installment set out to become ad...

Why Coming Out on Coming Out Day Still Matters

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 12.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

Break down some myths. Destroy some lies and distortions. And if we do it long enough and loud enough and together enough eventually we will be done.

Mark Gilbert Talks Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2014 (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 12.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with Mark Gilbert, Interim Executive Director and Board Chair of the Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, one of the most highly regarded LGBT film festivals in the nation.

How 1979 Prepared Me for 2024

Cindy Rizzo | Posted 12.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Cindy Rizzo

My 1979 I suddenly find myself in Boston, leaving the Public Garden after the Pride March. I meet a young lesbian in her twenties. She has very sh...

Interview: Cyndi Lauper's Kinky Boots Are Changing the World

Sarah Toce | Posted 12.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Sarah Toce

"You have to stand your ground and be who you are and find acceptance -- if not in others, than in yourself. That's the road to happiness...and as Oscar Wilde said, and is quoted by [the character] Lola: 'Be Yourself: everyone else is already taken.'"

The Gay Travel Capitals of the World

Dane Steele Green | Posted 12.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Dane Steele Green

When it comes down to brass tacks, travel agents and destination-marketing companies love us LGBTQs -- so much so that they use the term "gay capital" as a lure. Sometimes they are spot-on. Other times it's a little dubious. So here is the question: What makes a "gay capital" just that?

Context and the Blue Pill of Prevention

Joseph Lunievicz | Posted 12.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Joseph Lunievicz

Stories offering a white, affluent, gay, male-centric perspective have hit the street running. The term 'Truvada whore' is already an early soundbite from mainstream media. But don't be fooled. The first voices may be the loudest, but they are not the most important.

My Zipcode Makes Me Legal: Lament For My Lesbian Posse

Paula K. Garrett | Posted 12.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Paula K. Garrett

This should be cause for celebration. We will have finally won our rights. And yet, I am melancholy. I am grateful, but I am not satisfied. I have this nagging, gnawing question: what about our friends?

A Win In Kenya For The Transgender Community

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 10.08.2014 | Gay Voices

While the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community struggles to achieve basic human rights throughout Africa, transgender Kenyans have ...

A Look At Aromantic, Queerplatonic And Other Orientations You Might Not Have Heard Of

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 10.08.2014 | Gay Voices

It started as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) and later grew into LGBTQIA (adding in queer, intersex and asexual). But it may become eve...

'Real World' Star Reveals Her 'Hardest Moment' Was Being Gender Policed On MTV

Alex Berg | Posted 12.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Alex Berg

I spoke with Fitz about the style series, the pressure LGBT women face to conform with conventional femininity, and if she's fully recovered from her time on reality TV.

Celebrating Marriage Equality Monday

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 12.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

As a priest and pastor, I am grateful that bogus arguments distorting Christian values and deploying them as weapons of mass discrimination have been rejected by the highest court in the land.

What a Waste: Let's Throw Away These 7 Gay Backhanded Compliments

William Dameron | Posted 12.06.2014 | Gay Voices
William Dameron

When a friend told me that a couple of female friends made a remark about one of my pictures by saying "What a waste," I was flattered. But, then I thought "I'm sure my husband doesn't think so."

Transgender Faith Tour

Stephanie Mott | Posted 12.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

So, why did I feel the need to do a transgender faith tour? I ran out of fingers and toes (and hairs on my head) as I tried to keep a count of the number of times I have heard LGBT and Christian represented as an either/or proposition. You can be Christian or you can be LGBT, the story goes, but you can not be both.

Silence = Death: Coming Out of the Queer IPV Closet

Melissa M. Wilcox | Posted 12.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Melissa M. Wilcox

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Odds are, you'll hear about straight, gender-conforming women who are or have been abused by straight, gender-conforming men. Those stories are important, but they leave queer survivors and our abusers invisible just as we are the rest of the year.