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Transgender Children Can't Wait for Schools to Change

Nola Sarina | Posted 02.05.2016 | Queer Voices
Nola Sarina

Two and a half years. That's the average wait time for a transgender child in my region to be seen and assessed by a psychiatrist who specializes in gender dysphoria.

Where Would MLK Have Stood on Marriage Equality?

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

This MLK holiday reminds me how Alabama has always been a troubling state when it comes to upholding the civil rights of its denizens.

Holding Out for a Hero? Meet the LGBTQ Batman

Bethany Grace Howe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Bethany Grace Howe

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.

October Is Queer Romance Month!

Suzanne Brockmann | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Suzanne Brockmann

Over the past dozen or so years, the romance genre has begun to embrace LGBTQ equality. Because let's face it, love is love, and everyone deserves a chance to find their reflection in a book with a happy ending.

Stonewall Is for Idiots. Try Stonewall for Dummies, Instead

Bethany Grace Howe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Bethany Grace Howe

A pivotal moment in the history of the LGBTQ movement in America, it's gone from being a historical footnote for most, to being featured in an address by the President of the United States, to now being a critically reviled film by just about everyone.

"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.

Personal Health Condition, or Diagnosis: Homo

Rev. Martha Spong | Posted 07.15.2015 | Religion
Rev. Martha Spong

While my sexual orientation is something my doctor knows about, I have never considered it to be a Personal! Health! Condition! in the sense that it merited a box of its own on a digital chart.

Out in the Night: A Gripping Reminder of LGBTQ Issues "Beyond Caitlyn" [Spoilers]

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 06.10.2015 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Out in the Night, a POV documentary airing June 22nd on PBS, reminds us that countless others in the LGBTQ/gender non-conforming communities still face discrimination daily.

Searching for Freedom From Acts of Religious Freedom

Michael Rohrer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Rohrer

It's time I made a statement that is extremely difficult for me to make: I can't care what the Bible says about homosexuality. I can't live with that fear anymore. It's debilitating. I wanted to say I don't care, but I couldn't...not yet.

Astraea Honoring Boston's Heroines

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

The evening of May 12th at the South End's wildly popular Bohemian hip spot "The Beehive" was a night to remember.

Imagining My World

Suzanne Brockmann | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Suzanne Brockmann

Equal marriage didn't just "come" to Florida. We dragged it here, not by saying it was never going to happen, but by getting together, by working together, and insisting that it would.

Discrimination in the Name of Religious Freedom

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.19.2015 | Religion
Irene Monroe

A movement is afoot in state legislatures across the country to disenfranchise LGBTQ Americans.

George Wallace, Rosa Parks, Stokely Carmichael, and the LGBTQ Movement Beyond Marriage

Lisa Stulberg | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lisa Stulberg

Gov. George Wallace is a reminder that recognition of basic legal rights is an essential start but just a beginning and is insufficient on its own. Rosa Parks and Stokely Carmichael are reminders that the only way to forever remove George Wallace from our schoolhouse door is to marry the fight for legal equality with a vigorous fight for community strength and vitality.

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

Rennie Pasquinelli | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

Celebrating Our Wins, Organizing for Our Future: LGBTQ Immigrants in Times of Executive Action

Caitlin Breedlove | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Caitlin Breedlove

Unfortunately, on Transgender Day of Remembrance, President Obama seems to have forgotten transgender immigrants. As we see in our work every day, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and its detention centers are the source of some of the most shocking violence that transgender people face in this country.

The Grammy's, Queen Latifah and Marriage Equality

Mike Spradley | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mike Spradley

For me, it is a moment of reflection back to the 1980's when the only gay character on TV was Steven on the show Dynasty. 2014 LGBTQ couples are getting married on the world stage, that is progress.

The Philosophy of Illumination

Nicole 'Little' Lencioni | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nicole 'Little' Lencioni

From personal battles with drugs and alcohol to queer politics to the loss of my mother, I have volunteered my struggles without reserve. It is my belief that if something happens in God's world, then it is worthy of being called truth and should not be avoided or shamed.

Mr. President, Waiting Is Not an Option!

Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez

We seek the day that LGBTQ Americans will be fully equal under the law. Waiting is not an option for the single lesbian mother who may lose her child because she can't get or hold a job in her small Southern town. Waiting is not an option for the queer young person living on the streets.

The Understood 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy in the South

Garrison Gibbons | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Garrison Gibbons

In many ways, the LGBTQ community in the South is complicit in this state of affairs. When I look at the LGBTQ people on my own campus, I witness the "don't tell" aspect. They do not want to be open; they do not want to hold hands in Walmart, kiss at the movies, or wear pride shirts to class.

Haters of Hate Crime Laws

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dr. Joe Wenke

What's up with people who oppose hate crime laws? How can you be against laws that protect people from being targeted because of their race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, disabilities, sexual orientation or gender identity? Well, here's how.

Small-Town Utah, Big LGBT Pride

Kiri Westby | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kiri Westby

Moab Pride has created one of the most unique pride events in the country. This year's theme, "Naturally Engayged," promises to combine the beauty of Moab and its surrounding national parks with Utah's growing awareness and celebration of its LGBT population.

'That's a Man!'

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dr. Joe Wenke

We must face the fact that in the year 2013, despite or maybe in part because of the progress that we have seen in marriage equality and LGBTQ rights, it is dangerous for a gay or transgender person to walk down the street in any city or town in the United States of America.

Worldwide 'I Am Equality' Campaign Builds Momentum (AUDIO)

Nicholas Snow | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nicholas Snow

On Aug. 17, in cities across the world, major photo shoots will be taking place to create powerful images in which people proclaim what they will do to make equality go viral. I was honored to have some of the organizers of the "I Am Equality" campaign on SnowbizNow.

How Does It Feel to Be Southern and LGBTQ After the SCOTUS Decisions? Let's 'Marry the Movement' (VIDEO)

Caitlin Breedlove | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Caitlin Breedlove

We made this video because we believe that the real victory in DOMA and Prop 8 being struck down is the victory of thousands of LGBTQ people and our allies who have changed the culture of this country, not just its policies and laws.

Proudly Advocating for Love and Freedom

Rea Carey | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rea Carey

The LGBTQ equality and reproductive justice movements are so closely aligned in values but too frequently siloed off as unrelated. Reproductive justice and LGBTQ equality are not only rooted in the same principles, but many of our core issues overlap.