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LGBTQ Literature Creates Social Justice in the Classrooms and Beyond

Michael Carosone | Posted 09.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

When LGBTQ literature is taught, read and analyzed in the community college English classroom, the clear message is that it is important enough to study and to include in the curriculum; therefore, LGBTQ people must be important enough to be considered as human beings and citizens.

Symbolically, LGBTQs Are More Than a Rainbow

Raina Bowe | Posted 08.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Raina Bowe

A stand-up comedian that I work with from time-to-time once asked: When did gays get the rainbow? Interesting question, although I'm not entirely sure we "have it." It's not like anyone buys a box of Lucky Charms and thinks the leprechaun is LGBTQ.

In a Word, What It Means to Be Gay

Raina Bowe | Posted 07.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Raina Bowe

From a stereotype standpoint, the original meaning of the word "gay" makes sense. As everyone "knows" gay people are always happy. Indeed, it was not until the Stonewall riots of 1969 that many people had any idea gay people were madder than hell.

Blogging for LGBTQ Families Day: Stories of Pride and Family

Dana Rudolph | Posted 06.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Rudolph

I like to think of this time of year as Parenting Season, the span between Mother's Day and Father's Day. It can be a challenging time for LGBTQ parents and our kids, since we don't fit into those two categories in the traditional way -- but it can also be a great time to celebrate and raise awareness about our families.

10 Countries Unite To Support Queer Rights In South Korea

HuffPost Korea | Dohoon Kim | Posted 05.23.2015 | Gay Voices

On May 17th, the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Korea and the embassies of 10 European countries in South Korea declared thei...

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.

The Politics of Shame and Pride

Olivia Wilson | Posted 06.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Olivia Wilson

Shame. It governs our lives in more ways than we'd want it to. Any cringe, embarrassment, infraction of social norms; It is a learnt mechanism to pull us back into a narrative that we have been told our whole lives.

Greater Palm Springs Pride Festival Moves Downtown This Weekend

Nicholas Snow | Posted 01.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

Palm Springs is already huge on the global gaydar screen, but in this journalist's opinion, it's reputation as one of the best cities for LGBTQ residents and tourists alike is about to go through the stratosphere as a dramatic change comes to the Greater Palm Springs Pride celebration.

Radically Queer Islam: An Interview with the Cast of Coming Out Muslim

J Mase III | Posted 09.01.2014 | Gay Voices
J Mase III

Having roots within Islam as a queer activist, I was more than honored to invite castmates Wazina and Terna, to share a bit about themselves, their current project and what New Yorkers can expect from this show!

Not Feeling the Love for Pope Francis

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 04.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Dr. Joe Wenke

Not feeling the love? Sorry, but when I consider these issues, I just can't. I hear the kinder, gentler tone. I note the warm and fuzzy optics. But as for the prospect of real change -- no. I don't see it.

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

Garrison Gibbons | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay 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.

Small-Town Utah, Big LGBT Pride

Kiri Westby | Posted 11.20.2013 | Gay 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.

Taking Pride in Bradley Manning (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Elias Holtz | Posted 09.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Elias Holtz

The reaction from the crowd was incredible. They cheered and whistled when faux-Bradley was freed to salute them and dance to his liberation. Then, when the soldiers rearrested Bradley and put him back in his cell, they booed. They were pissed. They wanted Bradley to be free.

Religiously Queer

Donna Minkowitz | Posted 06.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Donna Minkowitz

As we celebrate Pride Month and the anniversary of the Stonewall uprising by LGBT bar patrons fighting back against the police, who were trying violently to arrest them, I wonder why more liberals and progressives don't seek to learn about a fascinating ancient theology called Gnosticism.

Revolution vs. Reform: Moving Beyond the Assimilationist '4 Ms' of the LGB Movement

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 08.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

My discomfort in watching the joyous reactions to recent gains for marriage equality stems from my understanding of the Stonewall rebellion as an impetus for revolutionary change within an oppressive social structure, as opposed to mere reform, accommodation, or assimilation.

Being Queer Means...

Nadia Cho | Posted 08.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Nadia Cho

Being queer means constantly questioning what's considered "normal" and why that norm gets privileged over other ways of being. It means criticizing who sets these norms and recognizing the privilege that comes with being able to identify as "normal."

Stonewall x 2

Alice Carey | Posted 08.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Alice Carey

They say if you stay in the same place long enough, you get to see everything. So by staying on the same block in Greenwich Village longer than I ever expected, I've seen history being made in front of the Stonewall Inn, not once but twice.

Trans* Visibility at PrideFest St. Louis 2013

Robyn Carolyn Montague | Posted 08.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Robyn Carolyn Montague

Visibility is what the trans* community needs. It's a factor that is so paramount in our struggle for acceptance and our rights. Despite the rich history of PrideFest in Tower Grove Park, it's time that the trans* community take back to the streets and venues as we did in the past.

Pride Taught Me to Embrace the Gay Lifestyle

David Michael McFarlane | Posted 08.28.2013 | Gay Voices
David Michael McFarlane

After coming out, I pointed a critical finger at Pride to distance myself from the hypersexual exhibitionists that many Christians consider gay people to be. Really, I was being a hypocrite. I didn't like Christians denouncing my sexuality, but I was doing the same thing to Pride participants.

Barefoot Wine Pride Celebration (PHOTOS)

Wayne Anderson | Posted 08.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Wayne Anderson

RuPaul's Drag Race star Manila Luzon held court and thrilled partygoers by socializing and posing for pictures, and she was joined by fellow entertainer Ivy Levan, whose vocal performance of her new single "Hot Damn" brought the house down!

Live Proud

Abbe Land | Posted 08.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Abbe Land

Thirty-five percent of LGBT 18- to 24-year-olds used their mobile device during the coming-out process, underscoring why AT&T and The Trevor Project are collaborating to encourage young people to celebrate their proud moments with the help of social networking.

A Straight Mom's Pride

Julie Tarney | Posted 08.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

"I just wanted you to know that my son's dry cleaning will include an occasional beaded dress or sequined tube top," I explained. "He's a performer, and those items are definitely his, not a girlfriend's."

To Russia With #VirtualPride

Cooper Smith Koch | Posted 08.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Cooper Smith Koch

Last year, a law was passed in Russia that made it illegal to hold LGBT pride parades for 100 years. But that's not stopping our LGBT Russian comrades, or any of us outside Russia, for that matter, from lining the streets of Moscow to celebrate all things LGBT -- virtually, at least.

USA's Characters Unite Campaign and CB2 Join Forces to Celebrate Pride

Toby Graff | Posted 08.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Toby Graff

We know that signs and parties in stores, and commercials on television, will not end hate and discrimination. We recognize that real and lasting progress takes years, not months. But by supporting GLSEN's work, we can help ensure safe schools and communities for many more students.

America Is Almost OK With the Gays, but When Will It Be Cool With People Like Me?

Samia Mounts | Posted 08.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Samia Mounts

You could say I'm a gender-bent pansexual polyamorist. Not gay, straight, or bi but something else altogether. My best relationships are with people who are like me: queer and highly sexual, with an appreciation and respect for all the gray areas that human sexuality has to offer.