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A Note To My Younger Self About My Upcoming 'Dirty 30'

Matthew Rose | Posted 06.20.2016 | Queer Voices
Matthew Rose

Usually, I'm not a big fan of my birthdays. They historically bring to mind things going wrong in my life, things beyond my control. It has become a r...

28 Characters That Make Us Proud To Be Queer

The Huffington Post | Ishita Singh | Posted 06.17.2016 | HuffPost Live 321


Without A Pulse

Ryley Rubin Pogensky | Posted 06.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Ryley Rubin Pogensky

I fight every day to be able to breathe as a POC person. As a queer person. As a trans person. It is on dance floors that many of us forget all of the "others" that we are. We rightfully lose ourselves.

Arline Isaacson Talks LGBT Grieving And Survival (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 06.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This is a time when we need to come together to console our sorrow and begin the healing progress from the devastation of this horrific attack on our LGBTQ community and move forward in solidarity as a nation.

Four Inappropriate Questions With Lea DeLaria

The Huffington Post | Ishita Singh | Posted 06.17.2016 | HuffPost Live 321


LGBT Latinx Activists: Orlando Shooting Targeted People Of Color

The Huffington Post | Ishita Singh | Posted 06.17.2016 | HuffPost Live 321


Laverne Cox And The Important Matter Of Counting LGBT People

David Michael Conner | Posted 06.17.2016 | Queer Voices
David Michael Conner

I agree with Laverne Cox that LGBT people need to be better represented, respected, and cared for by our federal government. But there are problems.

Lamentations For Orlando And Our National Soul

Rev. Libby M. Grammer | Posted 06.17.2016 | Religion
Rev. Libby M. Grammer

Largest massacre in US history. Violence perpetuated against a "soft target." 49 deaths and 53 wounded. Muslim-American shooter. Terrorism against the LGBTQ community.

3 Things Religious Leaders Can Do In The Wake Of The Massacre In Orlando

Frederick W. Schmidt | Posted 06.17.2016 | Religion
Frederick W. Schmidt

Reflecting on the terrorist attack on Pulse in Orlando, columnist Bruce Bower notes that the events "'shocked' some politicians. 'Who would have expec...

God is Counting on Us to Make Their Memories a Blessing

Rabbi Rick Jacobs | Posted 06.17.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Rick Jacobs

What is the proper religious response to acts of barbarism like the massacre we saw perpetrated against members of the LGBT community in Orlando on Sunday?

The Orlando Shooter Was American, Not An "Other"

Melody Moezzi | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Melody Moezzi

For all the innocent people who have lost their lives as a result of what may well have been Mateen's internalized homophobia turned outward, countless others lose their lives every day as a result of internalized homophobia and transphobia turned inward.

Orlando And Intolerance In America

Rosjke Hasseldine | Posted 06.17.2016 | Women
Rosjke Hasseldine

I cried as I watched survivors relive the horror of the Orlando nightclub shooting and friends and family members mourn their dead. It is horrific to ...

A Gap In Justice

James Young | Posted 06.17.2016 | Queer Voices
James Young

Academic and healthcare institutions must do better at expanding educational curricula and resources to account for LGBTQ people.

How The Orlando Attack Has Changed Me As A Gay Man

Wayne Dhesi | Posted 06.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Wayne Dhesi

On the Tuesday after the shocking attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando I made a rainbow ribbon to wear to show solidarity with the victims and their loved ones. I've been wearing my rainbow ribbon since then and I've come to realise a few things.

Church Reshaped By Queer Spaces

Seth Kaper-Dale | Posted 06.17.2016 | Religion
Seth Kaper-Dale

The Christian tradition began when a certain Jesus of Nazareth lived radically, in ways that frightened status-quo religion and society. The whole time he lived radically he empowered people around him to live and lead radically & lovingly too.

AIDS, Guns, and Orlando

Warren Hoffman | Posted 06.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren Hoffman

In the days since the shooting massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando that took the lives of 49 people, mostly from the LGBTQ community, and wounded many more, there have been countless commentaries about how the LGBTQ community should respond to this tragedy.

#KeepKissing Encourages Queer Couples To Show That Love Is Stronger Than Hate

The Huffington Post | Ishita Singh | Posted 06.17.2016 | HuffPost Live 321


The Truth About Islam

Zac Thompson | Posted 06.17.2016 | HuffPost Live 321
Zac Thompson

Islam is a set of religious beliefs held by over 2 billion people. These beliefs are not based on fear mongering, persecution, or hatred. Yet we're currently dealing with rampant Islamophobia in the United States.

Love First, Ask Questions Later

Staci Frenes | Posted 06.17.2016 | Religion
Staci Frenes

Like everyone else, I'm stunned and sickened by the hate and violence of the mass shooting in Orlando. That it happened at a venue that was intended to be a safe gathering place for a marginalized community was particularly horrific and heartbreaking.

What I Still Don't Understand About Orlando

Michael Whelan | Posted 06.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Whelan

Never has a mass shooting elicited so much support -- for the shooter. You think these voices are the few, but they're not. They are many. But these voices are important. They show exactly what it is like to be gay in the world today. And let's not forget that any one of these people can go out and buy a gun. I mean, what's stopping them?

Orlando After Tragedy: Much More Than World's Theme Park

The Conversation US | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

Those inside Pulse felt that sense of community on the dance floor and at the bar. And when a madman tried to take that all away, he created a greater sense of community that comes from a shared grief. There is a there there in the hearts and tears of Orlando.

LISTEN: Christina Aguilera Releases Powerful Song Dedicated to Orlando Victims

Lamar Dawson | Posted 06.20.2016 | Entertainment
Lamar Dawson

Six-time Grammy Award winner and coach from NBC's The Voice Christina Aguilera just released a touching ballad dedicated to the victims of the Orlando...

Just Be Decent

Kerry Walters | Posted 06.17.2016 | Religion
Kerry Walters

There's an iconic scene in the 1990 film "The Bonfire of the Vanities" in which a courtroom erupts in raucous chaos when an utterly unscrupulous speci...

A Letter to the Man Who Assaulted Me on the Occassion of Pride

Harry Lewis | Posted 06.20.2016 | Queer Voices
Harry Lewis

To My Perpetrator, On the Occassion of Pride: Sometimes when I'm not doing well I type your name into Google to see whether your life has been ruined ...

When Your Soul Is Stirred By Grief

Larissa Marks | Posted 06.16.2016 | Religion
Larissa Marks

Earlier this week, there was a tragedy that shook our world. It caused us a deep pain. Our souls were stirred with grief.