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#AllyFail, a Poem on the Shortcomings of Allyship

J Mase III | Posted 09.06.2014 | Gay Voices
J Mase III

As a trans person of color, there are so many times during my day when I am challenged to exist in a space not designed for me. For some, this poem may ring very true, for others it may make them very uncomfortable.

My Letter to the Members of the Cape Henlopen School Board About Their Censorship of my Great Big Gay-YA Novel

emily m. danforth | Posted 09.06.2014 | Books
emily m. danforth

I'm proud that The Miseducation of Cameron Post is now in the company of so, so many novels that have been banned and challenged and censored throughout history--many of them among my all time favorites, the very books that shaped me as a reader, a writer, and a person.

Have Gay Groups Set Their Own Trap With a Religious Exemption in ENDA?

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 09.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

ENDA would allow a Catholic hospital or school to fire a lesbian nurse or janitor or cafeteria cashier simply on the basis of her sexual orientation. That is a much broader exemption than allowed for any other group under the 1964 Civil Rights Act. And it's abhorrent.

You Belong In The Gay Community

Josh Hersh | Posted 09.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Hersh

I'm here to tell every gay man reading this: You belong in the gay community. Just as you are. The thing is, if you don't believe you belong (or even want to belong) in the gay community, you never will.

Listening to #TheseOrgsAintLoyal

Maya Rupert | Posted 09.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Maya Rupert

The overwhelming failure of so many LGBT organizations to mention the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act is a symptom of a larger problem, and until more LGBT organizations start showing up more consistently and visibly for folks of color, they will keep questioning the motives of the movement.

When Your Own College Wouldn't Want You Because You're Gay: Evangelical Leaders Ask for Right to Discriminate

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 09.06.2014 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

After the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision, conservative religionists tried seizing the opportunity to exclude people from their midst whose non-heterosexuality troubles them. The president of my own alma mater was one of them.

Republican Hatred Overshadows America's Founding Values

Gerry Myers | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Many politicians in Washington do not agree with one another but, the Republican Party seems to go beyond disagreement and promote hatred. They hate O...

Controversial New Guidelines Mean Queer Women Could Opt Of This Procedure

Posted 07.07.2014 | 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...

OITNB: Season II Sexualities

A.J. Walkley | Posted 09.06.2014 | Gay Voices
A.J. Walkley

I must admit, I shouted at the TV when I heard the word "bi" uttered in the second episode this season, spoken by protagonist Piper Chapman's (Taylor Schilling) ex-fiancé, Larry (Jason Biggs). Said shout was more surprise than a cheer of happiness, however.

It's Time Kyiv Got It Right

Brian Dooley | Posted 09.04.2014 | World
Brian Dooley

Working with local LGBT activists from Mozaika in Latvia, I was lucky enough to be part of the early Riga Pride marches there from 2006, and in the first pride march in Lithuanian capital Vilnius in 2010. Those Baltic Pride events have proved a huge success.

Obama's Immigration Announcement and What's Next

Ryan Campbell | Posted 09.01.2014 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

While many on the right are already decrying our "imperial President" on his recent action, the truth of the matter is that he had to act.

Our Culture Is Our Survival

Charles Stephens | Posted 09.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Charles Stephens

In the days following National HIV Testing Day where many of us made grand pledges to rid our communities from HIV once and for all, we must look to culture.

Country Star Wynonna, Husband Cactus Moser Label Her New Album 'Vintage Modern'

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 09.01.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

Whether as half of iconic country music duo The Judds -- she and mother Naomi hit No. 1 an impressive 14 times -- or for her chart-topping solo success, Wynonna is an entertainment industry legend. Still, even a consummate professional with more than three decades in the business can get distracted.

Queer Rights in Kenya: A Conversation With Njeri Gateru

Randal Mason | Posted 09.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Randal Mason

When asked about the recent progress of Kenya's LGBT movement, Njeri Gateru doesn't hesitate to answer with the word "visibility." Ms. Gateru is one of 500 fellows taking part in the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, the new flagship program of President Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative. IREX is pleased to share her story.

Politics May End at the Border, But Equality Does Not Have To: Global Corporate LGBT Inclusion

Deena Fidas | Posted 09.01.2014 | Business
Deena Fidas

Criminalization of homosexual acts, bans on open military service recognition of married same-sex couples; no nationwide hate crimes or basic employment protections.

Why I Don't Celebrate LGBT Pride Month

Akilah Bolden-Monifa | Posted 08.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Akilah Bolden-Monifa

LGBT Pride Month has become more about paying lip service to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community than it is about addressing the real issues that affect us. It is a token gesture, implying that everyone can ignore our issues for the other 11 months of the year.

What's Next in LGBT Law

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 08.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

The speed with which court cases are overturning laws and state constitutional amendments limiting marriage equality is breathtaking. All of this progress (and one potential setback) does prompt one essential question, however: What's next for the LGBT community in the legal world?

Judge Strikes Down Kentucky's Gay Marriage Ban

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics

A federal judge has struck down Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage, ruling that gay couples have the right to marry in the Bluegrass State. "In Am...

Away From Home: Story of a Nigerian Gay Asylee

Priyanka Gupta | Posted 08.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Priyanka Gupta

Michael, who is living with HIV, fled Nigeria two years ago after being beaten up and threatened with his life by anti-gay vigilantes. He was shunned by his family and was forced to live a life of exile in the US.

Drain on My Parade: Did the Human Rights Campaign Sell Us Out on ENDA and Outsource LGBT Rights?

Andrew Miller | Posted 08.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Miller

Such is HRC's disdain for our community that they evidently used ringers at the New York City Pride Parade: fresh-faced 20-somethings who work for McCann, one of the largest ad agencies in the world. The largest -- and richest -- LGBT-rights group in the country could not be bothered to field a team for the largest LGBT-pride parade in the country.

LOOK: Scenes From Brooklyn's Radical Queer Pride Fantasy (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.01.2014 | Gay Voices

Last Friday a group of Brooklyn queers curated a radical Pride party, 'RIOT!', in response to what many decry as the corporatization and homonormatizi...

Confessions of an HRC Canvasser

Francisco J. Tirado | Posted 08.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Francisco J. Tirado

You're walking down the street (perhaps shopping, or on your lunch break), and up ahead you see one of those street activists with the binders. They're trying to make eye contact with you, but you've averted your gaze and pulled out your phone. "Hey! Do you have one minute for gay rights?"

I'm a Homosexual and There Ain't Nothin' Wrong with That

Michael Rohrer | Posted 08.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

Gay people have to be courageous to accept ourselves, be honest about our feelings, and live our lives. I struggle with that courage every day, but when I read the bull**** that people say, I just want to stand tall with my chest puffed out and say, "I'm a homosexual and there ain't nothin' wrong with that!"

7 Stunning Images From What May Be Muslim World's Largest LGBT Celebration

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 07.01.2014 | Gay Voices

Amid a sea of rainbow flags, tens of thousands of gay rights supporters and LGBT community members came together to promote equality at Istanbul's gay...

Little Black Gay Boys (VIDEO)

Craig Stewart | Posted 08.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart

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