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The Welcome Challenges of Marriage Equality

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

In celebration of Obergefell v. Hodge we went out for drinks at Legal Sea Foods in Harvard Square. While enjoying the evening summer breeze, my spouse said we could have this experience all year if we moved to a milder climate. I snapped back and said, "I ain't moving to Georgia!" And that's what marriage equality looks like.

Here's Why I Support This Hardware Store Owner's 'No Gays Allowed' Sign

C.J. Prince | Posted 07.02.2015 | Gay Voices
C.J. Prince

On Tuesday, a Tennessee retailer made headlines when he took the whole we-won't-bake-cakes-for-gay-weddings thing to the next level. In response to last week's Supreme Court marriage ruling, Jeff Amyx, owner of Amyx Hardware, taped a "No Gays Allowed" sign to his storefront window.

These People Are Torn Up About Coming Out... As Anti-Gay

Ed Coffin | Posted 07.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Ed Coffin

In a video released the day before the landmark marriage equality decision by SCOTUS, CatholicVote.org has marriage equality opponents say something they're been "afraid" to speak out about.

This Woman's Epic Anti-Gay Video Needs To Be Seen To Be Believed

Ed Coffin | Posted 07.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Ed Coffin

A woman by the name of Becky Wegner Rommel recently posted an epic anti-gay video to Facebook as a result of the SCOTUS decision on marriage equality.

Pride Returns to It's Protesting Roots

Dan Glass | Posted 07.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Dan Glass

'RIP Pride' took place because of the corporate focus of Pride in London is seen to be influenced by those involved in running it. The Pride in London Board who are responsible for delivery of Pride is made up of mainly business bodies who have little or no connection to the queer community.

The Hiding Variations

Michael Rohrer | Posted 07.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

I grew up in a small southern town in The Bluegrass State where corn fields lined the two-lane country roads and lazy Sunday afternoons were spent taking a nap between church services.

46th Annual Chicago Pride Parade (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 06.30.2015 | Chicago
Justin Barbin

An estimated 1 million people attended this past weekend's 46th Annual Chicago Pride Parade which was even more of a celebration thanks to the Supreme Court's historic ruling to make same-sex marriages legal across the country.

No Longer Second-Class

Sacha Finn | Posted 06.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Sacha Finn

As a child of lesbian mothers, I became a de facto member of the LGBTQ community the day I was born. With the legalization of same-sex marriage, I, along with the rest of the queerspawn community, will hopefully no longer have to feel like our families are second-class.

Discover The LGBTQ Archive That's Helping To Make Black Queer Lives Matter

Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 07.01.2015 | Gay Voices

The In The Life Archive (ITLA) at the Schomburg Center for Black Cultural Research in New York is bridging the gap between the LGBTQ and black communi...

From Queer to Cis: My Story of Privilege and Guilt

Ravishly | Posted 06.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Ravishly

Is this a thing that happens? Do people come out -- or come back out -- as cis? How do you celebrate that? Unbake a cake? Re-wrap the gifts? Or do you mourn it? Do you shake your head at the person you thought you knew before shuffling back to your respective safe spaces, crestfallen?

An Open Letter Those Who Dismissed Jennicet Gutierrez As A 'Heckler'

Pat Cordova-Goff | Posted 06.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Pat Cordova-Goff

While President Obama claimed, "You're in my house," he seemed to be more comfortable with reading a speech about trans issues than listening to a trans women speak of her own issues.

A Message Of Hope From A Gay Interspiritual Minister

Dr. Joyce Liechenstein | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Dr. Joyce Liechenstein

Jesus, a great rabbi and master teacher, never said a word about your orientation/identity other than, "You are the light of the world." It is clear to me that if you were going to fry sunny side in hell for eternity because of who you are, he would have at least mentioned it.

Ten Awesome LGBT Activist Heroes You Need to Celebrate This Pride Month

Cheryl Yanek | Posted 06.29.2015 | Impact
Cheryl Yanek

Here are the activists who have helped us get here. LGBT people are still not fully equal under the law, but these 10 amazing individuals took great strides to get us a little bit closer.

Alcohol Companies at L.A. Pride Leave a Bitter Taste

Daniel Kort | Posted 06.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Daniel Kort

Perhaps when police brutality ends, when trans murders stop, and when alcoholism is no longer a problem plaguing our community, it'll be time to have a party. For now, I won't be supporting alcohol companies' unethical attempt to take advantage of me or my community. Cheers.

Is It Really That Strange For a Guy To Wear A Dress?

Miles Robbins | Posted 06.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Miles Robbins

I wear dresses to embrace femininity (adjective) but not to re-assign my gender to female (noun). I think that it is absurd to think that there is a rigidity to the identity of CIS and Heterosexual males and females, that for a man to wear a dress or for a woman to wear pants means they are LGBTQ.

Finally Kissed at San Francisco Pride

Belo Cipriani | Posted 06.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Belo Cipriani

"Sometimes," my mom told me, "men kiss men and women kiss women and there's nothing wrong with that. Sadly though, not all countries allow men to kiss men or women to kiss women. So, they come to San Francisco to be free. That's what 'pride' means -- it means freedom."

LGBTQ Initiative 'Our Tomorrow': How to Make it Worth the Effort

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 06.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Peter D. Rosenstein

It is only together we can respond to the hopes and fears of members of the LGBTQ community as enunciated in "Our Tomorrow" and ensure this and future generations can live safe, secure and happy lives with full civil and human rights and acceptance within the greater community.

Beyond Marriage Equality

Jorge Amaro | Posted 06.19.2015 | Latino Voices
Jorge Amaro

In a few days, the U.S. Supreme Court will be ruling on the issue of marriage equality for the entire country once and for all and soon it will be a reality. But our work is not done.

Il Papa vs. My Fathers: What The Pope Doesn't Understand About Child Abuse

Buster Ross | Posted 06.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Buster Ross

Pope Francis says children need heterosexual parents. Daddy Francis, if you're reading this: The gay men in my life have been some of the most nurturing and supportive parents imaginable.

Courage Isn't a Competition - Reflections on Caitlyn Jenner

Jaena-Mae Caguiat | Posted 06.17.2015 | Women
Jaena-Mae Caguiat

Bravery comes in different shapes, sizes and forms. There is no need to compare bravery, because it's not to be compared. We all have our own battles, you shouldn't ridicule anyone for fighting them.

Catholic Couple Embraces 'Who Am I to Judge'

Nick Stevens | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Nick Stevens

Deb and Steve Word have recently been praised by many media outlets including CNN, for taking in LGBT homeless youth. But for Word family it was an easy decision. That's why it's hard for them to understand why the Church refuses to help LGBTQ homeless youth in the first place.

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.

Gen Zed: The First Animated Series to Feature a Trans Lead

Sidney Chase | Posted 06.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Sidney Chase

Hilarious, witty, and full of heart, Gen Zed is completely ahead of it's time. While the future is far and wide for animation to show creator Hayden Black, every variable counts.

Has Sex Ever Given You Whiplash?

Patrick Vaughn | Posted 06.11.2015 | Religion
Patrick Vaughn

Can someone explain to me why the Bible is not rated NC-17? In chapter 20 we hear about the penalties for breaking these rules. It involves a lot of blood and death. It's ugly, but once we start reading, it's hard to stop.

Acceptance and Approval:Churches and LGBTQ People

Rev. Martha Spong | Posted 06.10.2015 | Religion
Rev. Martha Spong

Yesterday I was reading about Matthew Vines, author of God and the Gay Christian, and his continuing effort to be in dialogue with evangelical Christian leaders about the acceptance of LGBTQ people in the church.