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The Politics of LGBTQ People: Caitlyn Jenner and Class Differences

Joseph LoGiudice | Posted 06.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Joseph LoGiudice

Should LGBTQ people automatically get along with each other because they are designated as a minority group that has endured decades of oppression and stigmatization? LGBTQ organizations have only hired leaders who are invested in white, privileged, able-bodied, patriarchal politics.

Jim Parsons Carries "An Act of God," Broadway's Latest Laugh-Out-Loud Comedy

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 05.29.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

Studio 54 boasts a legacy of irreverence. The opera house turned television studio turned disco club became one of the sexiest venues in New York City during the '70s, kenneling the coolest cats in the country.

Searching for Freedom From Acts of Religious Freedom

Michael Rohrer | Posted 05.28.2015 | Gay 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 05.28.2015 | Gay 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.

Graduation to Womanhood: Being Transgender at a Southern College

Raquel Willis | Posted 05.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Raquel Willis

Some people come out of the college experience with a degree, others with incredible stories, and others simply with a better understanding of their body's tolerance for alcohol. But some, like me, left with a newfound understanding and sense of purpose; I matriculated as a timid, confused boy and departed as a woman standing in her truth.

On Indiana's RFRA, Discrimination and Sex

Jennifer G. Bird | Posted 05.31.2015 | Religion
Jennifer G. Bird

People who grow up being told that sex is only to happen between a man and a woman will quite naturally have discomfort about versions of sex that look different. But their discomfort does not mean that only hetero-sex is okay.

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

Lisa Stulberg | Posted 04.26.2015 | Gay 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 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.

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

Caitlin Breedlove | Posted 01.24.2015 | Gay 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.

I Stand With Barb Webb

Laura De Palma | Posted 11.07.2014 | Detroit
Laura De Palma

As an alumna of Marian High School and advocate of social justice, I stand with Barb Webb. Barbara, a former chemistry teacher at Marian High School, was fired before the beginning of the semester for her "nontraditional pregnancy."

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.

Gender-Neutral Bathrooms Are Quietly Becoming The New Thing At Colleges

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 07.18.2014 | College

A popular student center at Northwestern University is the latest college campus facility to embrace gender-neutral bathrooms. New to campus this ...

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.

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!

HGTV and the Benhem Brothers: A Difference of Opinion or Discrimination?

Angela J. Hattery, Ph.D. | Posted 07.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Angela J. Hattery, Ph.D.

Everywhere from college graduation speaker choices to the talking heads on CNN to the blog-o-sphere, people are talking about freedom of speech and the need in the US to nurture healthy debates among people who hold different opinions.

LGBTQ in the South: Quality of Life vs Life and Death?

Caitlin Breedlove | Posted 06.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Caitlin Breedlove

As LGBTQ people, improving our quality of life is our central social change concern but only when our life is not in daily risk. When we are not sure we will have a life tomorrow to defend the quality of, we focus on what is hurting us most deeply every day.

Harlem Parents Respond to Local Hate Speech

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 06.28.2014 | New York
Stacy Parker Le Melle

I am a Harlem parent. For the last seven years, I've lived near ATLAH Ministry, a church that has made itself notorious for posting hateful screeds...

Driving While Black and Brown and LGBTQ

Janet Arelis Quezada | Posted 06.07.2014 | Latino Voices
Janet Arelis Quezada

We were two women in a car, holding hands and sleepily making plans for the week. That's when it happened. We were stopped by police officers engaged in their own common practice, a license raid.

Google Recognizes Incredible American Heroine

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 03.24.2014 | Black Voices

In this search-engine dominated era of the internet, and more often than we might like to admit, people have come to expect and count on the Google ho...

I'm Not The Only Gay Student In My School, I'm Just The One Standing Up

Marcel Neergaard | Posted 05.10.2014 | Teen
Marcel Neergaard

I'm not the only gay youth in Tennessee. I'm not the only gay kid in Oak Ridge. I'm not even the only gay student in my school, I'm just someone who is standing up.

Replacing Sexism With Racism Is Not a Proper Hollaback

Hollaback | Posted 05.04.2014 | Women
Hollaback

What's the biggest myth about street harassment? That men of color comprise the majority of offenders. It's a myth as old as this nation: the idea that Black men are more likely to be sexual predators -- especially of white women.

LGBTQ students at Wake Forest University still face social hurdles

The Old Gold & Black | Posted 01.25.2014 | College
The Old Gold & Black

While progress may be occurring, there is no doubt that Greek life is made of mostly heterosexual individuals. Thus, it is hard for LGBTQ individuals to feel comfortable with themselves in this environment.

The Philosophy of Illumination

Nicole 'Little' Lencioni | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay 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.

ENDA Is a Necessity Because Discrimination Is not an Option

Michael Rohrer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

Boehner is a Republican Representative that most recently, for me, was the face of our government shut down. Now he's the man who would block ENDA. Why are you standing in the way, Mr. Boehner?

Mr. President, Waiting Is Not an Option!

Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay 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.