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Record Number of Reported LGBT Homicides So Far In 2015

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 04.02.2015 | Gay Voices

In the last two years, the transgender community has seen some historic gains. A series of legal victories made it easier for transgender people to re...

Igor Bobic

Tom Cotton To Gays Of America: At Least You're Not Living In Iran

HuffingtonPost.com | Igor Bobic | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Be grateful, gays of America. Instead of being potentially denied services at your local restaurant, you could be living in Iran, where ...

Religious Freedom - You've Got to Be Carefully Taught to Hate

Rob Stephenson | Posted 04.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Rob Stephenson

Although not written to specifically target LGBT persons, there is now well-grounded concern that such laws will lead to increases in discrimination based on sexual orientation. What message are we sending to our children about their rights and their right to discriminate against others?

What Kind of Priest Would Be Against a Religious Freedom Act?

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 04.01.2015 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

What kind of priest would be against a Religious Freedom Act? The kind of priest who is all in favor of religious freedom -- and inalterably opposed to having religious freedom hijacked and misused as a weapon of mass discrimination.

Dana Liebelson

Texas Lawmaker Defends Religious Freedom Proposal By Invoking Nazis

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Texas lawmaker sponsoring a religious freedom proposal invoked the Nazis on Tuesday to fend off criticism that the proposal could be u...

Live Heroically By Claiming Our LGBT Heroic Legacy

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 04.01.2015 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

Our people have left us a powerful, inspiring legacy. But it's up to each of us to claim it for ourselves, to own it and live it. What better time to do that than as we mark the passing over of death and the resurrection -- and triumph -- of life itself?

George Brescia Talks Web Series 'Dress Up! With George B Style' (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 04.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

Style expert George Brescia has spent the last 25 years working with top fashion and beauty leaders, including Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan and Tommy Hilfiger, as well as fashion directors at Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman and Lord & Taylor.

LGBTQ Health Disparities Have Been Eliminated

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 04.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

I've worked in the field of LGBTQ health my whole adult life. Frankly, considering the depth of our disparities, I felt that I would have job security forever.

Dana Liebelson

Arkansas Governor Says He Won't Sign 'Religious Freedom' Bill Until Changes Are Made

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) said on Wednesday he would not yet sign a controversial religious freedom act into law, requesting that...

Why I Think My Church Is Upset About Indiana's RFRA

Rick Lowery, Ph.D. | Posted 04.01.2015 | Religion
Rick Lowery, Ph.D.

My church is moving our 2017 General Assembly out of my hometown Indianapolis in response to Indiana's RFRA, recently signed by Gov. Mike Pence. This is painful for our church and for my family. I'm a Bible scholar and minister -- not a lawyer or judge -- but I've studied the history of RFRA and think I understand what's at stake.

Indiana's RFRA Threatens True Religious Freedom

Sally Steenland | Posted 04.01.2015 | Religion
Sally Steenland

The current debate about religious freedom is already shaping laws and policies that will affect each one of us. Many of these laws and policies are harmful and will have far-reaching consequences that affect the everyday details of our lives that even the supporters of these laws are likely to regret.

Jonathan Cohn

Why Indiana's Religious Freedom Law Is Such A Big Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics

If you’ve been following the controversy over Indiana’s new religious freedom law, you might be confused about what it really says and what it wil...

Which Is the Better Picture?

Fr. Gary M. Meier | Posted 04.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Fr. Gary M. Meier

The Catholic churches teaching as well as conservative Christian church teachings regarding homosexuality are causing harm to those who are struggling with their sexual identity.

Governor Mike Pence Is an Abomination

Marc Leandro | Posted 03.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Marc Leandro

The situation in Indiana is upsetting for a lot of reasons. One is the overt discrimination against LGBT individuals the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act, as currently written, will protect under the law. Another is the utter venality displayed by Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

Hobby Lobby Comes Home to Roost as States Consider 'Religious Freedom' Legislation

Elliot Mincberg | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
Elliot Mincberg

For far-right activists and legislators concerned about marriage equality and other LGBT rights, Hobby Lobby provided the perfect opportunity: Pass state Religious Freedom Restoration Acts and effectively grant a religious-exemption claim from LGBT anti-discrimination laws, based on the Supreme Court's rewriting of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.

Dana Liebelson

Arkansas Legislature Copies Indiana, Passes Controversial Religious Freedom Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Arkansas passed a religious freedom bill on Tuesday that is similar to an Indiana law that has faced national backlash for legalizing di...

A Simple Solution: My Modest Proposal for Indiana and Beyond

Stampp Corbin | Posted 03.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Stampp Corbin

Rather than have a discussion about the timing of the Indiana law and the differences between all RFRA legislation in the United States, I have a simple solution; make every business post a public notice which lists all people they will not serve.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Continues to Dodge the Discrimination Question

Bob Cesca | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
Bob Cesca

If there's an upside to Gov. Mike Pence signing the pro-discrimination SB101 "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" into law last week, it's this: the bigots, homophobes and neo-segregationists have been coaxed out of the woodwork, exposing themselves for what they really believe.

Unmasking Black Gay Privilege

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 03.31.2015 | Black Voices
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

I have benefitted from black gay privilege throughout my career as a senior human resources, financial and diversity officer. I have accessed spaces and opportunities that "stereotypical" black men were not able to access.

Governor Pence Is Right: Tolerance is Not a Liberal Value

Mike Mennonno | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Mike Mennonno

I don't know what religion Mike Pence is, but the Christian religion does not call for tolerance, regardless of what a political party with a persecution complex would have him believe. The Christ of the gospels did not exhort his disciples to "tolerate thy neighbors," but to love them.

Dana Liebelson

Indiana Governor Either Confused Or Misleading Everyone About His Controversial Law

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Tuesday, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) repeatedly compared the controversial religious freedom law he signed last week to an existing f...

On Coming Out as Transgender One Year Ago: The Power of Visibility

Geena Rocero | Posted 03.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Geena Rocero

It was exactly a year ago when I allowed myself to be fully seen by the world as the woman that I am: a proud transgender female. For a long time, I was paralyzed by fear in accepting my truth. I finally decided that I could not be paralyzed anymore. I realized that to accept vulnerability is to allow your authenticity to shine.

The Latest Assault on the Affordable Care Act: An HIV-Positive, 34-Year-Old Man's Perspective

Jeremy Markman | Posted 03.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Jeremy Markman

I would not be here today if it wasn't for the free, quality health care I was given in the form of Medicaid. I support the ACA and I advocate for a single payer national health insurance system. This is what we all need in order to be a society in which our ideals are realized rather than sold off. We can't go backwards, there's just too much at stake.

Gabriel Arana

Gov. Mike Pence Invokes Selma In Defending Indiana's Anti-LGBT Law

HuffingtonPost.com | Gabriel Arana | Posted 03.31.2015 | Media

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) went on “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday morning to defend the “religious liberty” bill he recently signed, which critic...

Igor Bobic

GOP Presidential Hopefuls Rise To Defend Indiana Law That Many See As Anti-Gay

HuffingtonPost.com | Igor Bobic | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential hopefuls are lining up in defense of Indiana’s controversial “religious freedom” law, which critics warn w...