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Everyone's a Little Biased

Dr. Carmen Cruz | Posted 10.21.2014 | Latino Voices
Dr. Carmen Cruz

As a diversity trainer and psychologist, I've heard how classism, racism/colorism, and homophobia hurt others. Given that understanding differences is a slow process in our self-development, I believe there are three steps to move yourself along the continuum.

Reflections on Marriage (Part 1): What Marriage Means

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 10.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

What does marriage mean to me and my wife? How is it different from what we imagined? How is it the same as what society presents about marriage? Can we live queerly in marriage? How? Why? Is marriage good for our sexuality? For our sex lives? Is marriage good for our sense of happiness? Or does it bring new layers of misery?

Filmmaker Caryn Hayes Talks Short Film Clean Hands and LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 10.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with filmmaker Caryn Hayes about her acclaimed short film Clean Hands, which follows Anna (Grasie Mercedes) and Kirsten (Dawn Noel), a married lesbian couple who are caring for Anna's terminally ill, homophobic father.

Sex, Intimacy, and Being Gay

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 10.21.2014 | Gay Voices
J Nelson Aviance

Sex seems central to intimate and romantic relationships. If it is a means of intimate communication, and communication is the secret to a lasting and healthy relationship, why don't we gay men talk about it that way more often?

Turning 20 Twice

Joe Hutcheson | Posted 10.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Joe Hutcheson

I now find myself turning the age that is supposed to be "the new 30," but that feels like a mathematical impossibility. I've realized that it's not the aging process itself that I fear. I do my best to fear only things I have some control over, like icky spiders and abdominal fat. It is the stigma of age that I fear most.

Trans* Surgeries Don't Make the Man (or Woman)

Justin Ropella | Posted 10.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Justin Ropella

A very common experience trans* people have is that conversation can tend to veer rather quickly to their genitalia. While I can certainly understand the curiosity, can we all just agree that conversations about one's genitals are conversations best left under the "personal/private" umbrella?

The Ties That Bind Us

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 10.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Kelsie Brynn Jones

As a transgender woman I get asked by gays and lesbians quite frequently how the T fits in the LGBT, and why transgender rights should be part of the larger gay agenda. Rather than shrug off the question, I take the time to actually answer.

Prague LGBT Community Supports Ukraine (PHOTOS)

Olena Kagui | Posted 10.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Olena Kagui

The fourth annual Prague Pride Parade, held on Aug. 16, ended with a festival in Letna Park. What made this year's event special was the Ukrainian flags spotted in between the extravagant costumes and rainbows. The largest LGBT event in central Europe chose to share their special day with Ukraine.

LGBT History Added To Smithsonian Institution's Collection

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 10.19.2014 | Gay Voices

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people ar...

How To React If Your Teammate Comes Out To You

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 08.19.2014 | Sports

There's only one way to react to teammates who come out: SUPPORT THEM. It's just that simple. Respect them -- exactly as you would any other ...

What Robin Williams' Death Means to Me

Justine Valinotti | Posted 10.18.2014 | Entertainment
Justine Valinotti

I normally don't pay much attention to what happens to celebrities. But Robin Williams' apparent suicide has left me with a grief I have not experienced over the death of anyone else I never knew personally.

Inner-City 'Barbarians'? Calling Out Racism on the Airwaves

Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks | Posted 10.15.2014 | Black Voices
Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks

When you work on issues that directly affect people's lives, it's easy for passion to overcome politeness. That said, there are some lines you just don't cross. Recently, on Tallahassee radio station WFLA, Florida Family Policy Council president John Stemberger crossed one of the most basic lines we have: racism.

Syleena Johnson: Lesbian R&B Divas: Atlanta Co-Star Monifah Carter Is 'So Brave'

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 10.15.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

Sharing your private life on reality television is "tricky" for anyone, admits Syleena Johnson. That's why the Grammy-nominated singer considers her R&B Divas: Atlanta costar Monifah Carter particular "courageous" for allowing audiences to watch the evolution of her same-sex relationship.

Grammy-Winner Estelle: Being Told I Couldn't Make It Helped Me Understand LGBT Struggles

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 10.15.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

Warning to small-minded people: Don't mess with Estelle's gay fans! With choice words for the narrow points-of-view which "seem to run the world," the Grammy-winning singer admitted negative attitudes toward the LGBT community "really bug" her.

Meet The First Openly Gay CEO Of A Publicly Traded Bank

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 08.28.2014 | Business

Trevor Burgess was upfront about his sexuality on the first resume he ever put together after college. And when it came time for his company to file d...

When I Traded in My Girlfriend for a Wife

TueNight | Posted 10.14.2014 | Gay Voices
TueNight

Wife is such a loaded word for lesbians. When I married my girlfriend, it took at least six months before I could call her wife. I'd skate around the issue; she was my partner, my spouse, my lover. All of those words seemed more appropriate than wife. Wife comes with ownership -- baggage neither of us could carry.

Wanda Sykes on Kids, Family and Hitting the Road

Sarah Toce | Posted 10.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Sarah Toce

The truth: Sykes is a down-to-earth mama who does comedy for a living and loves the hell out of life, but when I talked to her -- she was a normal chick trying to get a few words in before her five-year-old twins -- Lucas and Olivia -- hauled off into the nearby pool.

Black Gay Men, Advocacy, Memory and the South

Charles Stephens | Posted 10.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Charles Stephens

One can look historically, without resorting to nostalgia. As black people and certainly as black gay men we should know as well as anyone that history is more horror than romance. Anyway, nostalgia in American culture, more often than not, is a function of the privileged.

Paul Burston's Polari, the Most Exciting Literary Movement in London

Diriye Osman | Posted 10.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

Paul Burston, the creator of the Polari Literary Salon in London, has, through sheer charm, hard work and diligence, transformed the possibilities of what a literary event should be: a space crackling with energy, ideas, excitement, raucousness and just plain ole fun.

A Matter of Words

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 10.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

Folks are not familiar with issues around adoption and don't know the correct language to use unless they have been impacted by adoption or educated on the issues. Likewise with the LGBT community.

Federal Court Refuses To Delay Virginia Gay Marriage Ruling

AP | MICHAEL FELBERBAUM | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has denied a request to delay its ruling striking down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban. A panel of ...

Is Celibacy the New Ex-Gay Ministry?

Irene Monroe | Posted 10.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

Now, with more and more ex-gay ministries losing not only potential clients and political leverage but the monies that reparative therapies generate, there is a gradual shift from "curing" homosexual orientations to promoting abstinence from sex altogether.

LGBT, Non-LGBT Americans Are Equally 'Moderate' About Religion

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion

Religion has not always been kind to the LGBT community. Signs like the one ATLAH Worldwide Missionary posted outside its church in Harlem, New York c...

O Captain, My Captain: Thank You, Robin Williams

H. Alan Scott | Posted 10.11.2014 | Entertainment
H. Alan Scott

I had the great opportunity to share a meal with Robin Williams. Let me clarify, in no way were we close. But in that moment, talking with him, seeing that man that so changed my life, who in unexplainable ways has contributed to my being an openly gay writer/comedian, I'm overwhelmed with emotion.

Suffer Little Children

Stephanie Mott | Posted 10.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

More and more people are choosing not to be identified as Christian. Does anyone really wonder why? The persecution is coming from the very people who are claiming to be the victims. They have attacked Christianity at its very core.