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Holding Out for a Hero? Meet the LGBTQ Batman

Raina Bowe | Posted 11.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Raina Bowe

Clearly, the LGBTQ community needs a superhero that everyone knows about -- our own Batman, as it were. But here's the good news: I have someone! And, like Batman, he's rich and on a mission to use his powers for good.

On Being the Parent of a Transgender Child

Paul Heroux | Posted 10.27.2015 | Parents
Paul Heroux

Recently, I had the opportunity and pleasure of meeting Marcia and Ryan. Marcia is the mother of Ryan who is a 9 year old transgender child living in my community. Ryan was born with the anatomy of a male, but Ryan describes herself as having "the heart and brain of a girl."

Faith at the Intersection: Black Lives Matter and the LGBTQ Community

Rabbi Debra Kolodny | Posted 10.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Rabbi Debra Kolodny

Only when all of us take up this charge can we ensure that never again will a Black Church be burned, will a police officer gun down an unarmed Black person, will a Black transgender woman be murdered, and grotesquely disproportionately incarcerate Black people. Never again.

Camp Brave Trails: Healing Behind the Lens

Kyle Jarrett | Posted 09.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Kyle Jarrett

It was a weekend of beautiful invitations, to dance, to hike, to talk and to prance across the dining hall in a lacy, blue tutu, hailed by shouts of "Go Kyle!" rather than "Oh God," or "You're so weird" or that awful silence.

"The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey:" A 21st-Century Play for a 21st-Century Audience

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 08.06.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

His sensitivity and thoughtfulness contrasted my first impression of him from a few days before, when he primarily portrayed a gruff detective from the Jersey Shore in his one-man show at the Westside Theatre.

What Are the Sounds of Transphobic Dinosaurs Dying?

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 06.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

Ultimately the age of dinosaurs will pass; their fossils will be discovered by future anthropologist-archeologists to be scrutinized, dissected, and viewed as oddities whose ideas will seem curious for their naiveté.

Beautiful New UN Video Presents LGBT "Everyday Heroes" to the World

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 05.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Charles Radcliffe

New York City's Times Square - with its throngs of visitors, office workers, hawkers of fake designer wear and life-sized Elmos and Buzz Lightyears - today serves as the unusual setting for a United Nations video launch.

We Welcome Bruce Jenner With Open Arms -- But He's Not Our Standard Bearer

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 05.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

Bruce stands on the shoulders of those before. His acceptance is only possible because of the courage of those who resisted at Stonewall, and the countless others who have rebelled against intolerance while simply attempting to be the people they felt themselves to be. They are our heroes and heroines.

Bruce Jenner, the Hottentot Venus and Me

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 06.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

Everyone who transitions does so somewhat publicly, though not all of us have cameras focused on our every move. When we speak of Bruce, hopefully we can remember that Bruce is, at heart, a person, and give him the dignity he is due.

Dear Straight People: Stop Asking Non-Straight People When 'They Knew'

Rennie Pasquinelli | Posted 04.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Rennie Pasquinelli

The point is: Sexual orientation varies amongst almost everyone. It's fine if you've known that you are straight for your entire life. But it's also fine for people who aren't straight to know that for just as long. Or to have just realized it the other day.

What Should An LGBTQ Person Do During The Holidays?

Joseph LoGiudice | Posted 02.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Joseph LoGiudice

Recently a colleague put me in touch with Orie Givens IV, the host of Queer Minded, to discuss issues that may be encountered by LGBTQ people during the holidays. Here are potential scenarios that could apply to you as an LGBTQ person during the holidays.

The Real Superheroes of P'Town Carnival

Irene Monroe | Posted 10.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

While inarguably P'Town is known as the best LGBTQ summer resort on the East Coast, and this year marked the 36th anniversary of Carnival, our presence wasn't always as welcoming as it is today.

When We Should Not Have to Choose: Religious Exemptions, LGBTQ Communities and Immigrant Justice

Caitlin Breedlove | Posted 09.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Caitlin Breedlove

Religious exemptions are not only an excuse for businesses and organizations to discriminate against LGBTQ people. They also raise the question of who can participate equally and openly in public life in this country.

Thirteen Reflections on Citizen Poet Queer

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 05.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

Why invest in LGBTQ literary culture? Literature builds empathy. All people need empathy, but queers particularly need empathy to achieve our civil and human rights agenda.

Music for Social Change: Fancy Reagan's 'Say Something' Helps LGBTQ Teens

Brian Normoyle | Posted 04.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Brian Normoyle

LGBTQ teen homelessness is an often-overlooked aspect of the national struggle for equality. Of the nearly 2 million teens affected by homelessness each year, an estimated 40 percent of them identify as LGBTQ.

The Visibility Project Challenges Race and Gender Perception With Powerful Photographs

Aja Beech | Posted 11.13.2013 | Arts
Aja Beech

A common thread in the production and appreciation of all art is a singular idea with many facets and applications: perception. The Visibility Project confronts ideas of perception through photographs taken of "Asian American queer, women, trans and gender non-conforming folks."

On Building LGBTQ Community

Thomas Naples | Posted 06.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Thomas Naples

My hometown, Warwick, N.Y., is a small, rural-suburban town in the Hudson Valley. Data show that Warwick has a higher concentration of same-sex households than much of the rest of the county. I wondered where all those gay people were, so I decided to found The LGBTQ Center of the Warwick Valley.

The Westboro Baptist Church And Michelle Shocked Help The LGBTQ Community

Cindy Zelman | Posted 06.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Cindy Zelman

The reaction to Michelle Shocked's hate speech is a gauge of how far attitudes toward the LGBTQ community have come over the last few decades. It was an anti-bigot reaction, not an anti-queer reaction. The reaction was a litmus test of American attitudes toward homophobia.

The Pot Calling the Kettle Intolerant

Michael Rohrer | Posted 06.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

Let's talk about tolerance for a second. I'll begin with a definition. According to Random House Dictionary, it's a noun defined as: "a fair, objectiv...

The Queer Community Has To Stop Being Transphobic: Realizing My Cisgender Privilege

Todd Clayton | Posted 04.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Todd Clayton

I used to be a transphobic gay man. I remember making jokes. I remember feeling uncomfortable when trans* people would walk into the coffee shop. But something shifted inside me when I saw Matrix co-director Lana Wachowski's acceptance speech for the HRC Visibility Award in 2012.

Black Or White: Which Group Is More Likely To Be Gay?

Posted 10.19.2012 | Black Voices

Contrary to stereotypical images, which peg LGBT people as disproportionately white, male, urban and wealthy, a new survey shows that the LGBT communi...

Our Community's Lack of Internal Cohesion May Contribute to LGBTQ Suicides

Phillip M. Miner | Posted 03.07.2012 | Gay Voices
Phillip M. Miner

By ignoring our lack of internal cohesion and constantly blaming all of our unhappiness on other people, we are missing the opportunity to decrease incidents of suicide in our community.