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Bisexual: The New 'It' Word

Kelsey Minor | Posted 12.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Kelsey Minor

In my talk with David and Ashton I gathered that they are looking to create programs that are not only entertaining but will also educate people on some of the difference that make up or world. The two of them decided to create a production company catered to that.

To Be Black, Trans and Brilliant: Sasha Alexander

J Mase III | Posted 12.22.2014 | Black Voices
J Mase III

This summer, I started a series focusing on the lives of black trans leaders. The second in this series of many to come, is Sasha Alexander, founder of Black Trans Media and the hashtag #BlackTransEverything.

We're Here, We're Queer, We're Covered!

Julian Aldana | Posted 12.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Julian Aldana

This year, young LGBTQ adults who still lack health insurance have another chance to sign up and reap the benefits of coverage. Some of those benefits include free HIV screenings, depression screenings, well-woman visits and preventive services such as pap tests and mammograms.

Holiday Gift Ideas for Gender Non-Conforming Kids

Julie Tarney | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents
Julie Tarney

When it comes to gift buying for kids -- at Hanukkah, Christmas or birthdays -- I'm an advocate for giving a child something they really want. In other words, gifts are supposed to add to a child's happiness. And my emphasis here is on the stand-alone word "child's," with no gender-labeling modifiers.

How Did a Visit to a Barbershop Change a Transgender Man's Life? (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 12.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-12-12-20141210CharliePoulsonsmall.jpgWhen Charlie Poulson began his gender transition in college, his transition was followed with great interest by the people in small-town Ames, Iowa. Everyone knew he was transgender. But then he went on a trip to Rome.

Why LGBTQ Scholarships Are Crucial: One Gay Man's Personal Story

Tommy Craven | Posted 12.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Tommy Craven

As a young gay man in conservative southern Indiana, I had lots of reasons to argue that LGBTQ scholarships were indeed very necessary. I dreamed of going to college in NYC where I could express myself freely. However, with my mom's very low income the idea of affording college in NY seemed an impossible dream.

Christians Do Not Need an Olive Branch From the LGBTQ Community

Sue Kerr | Posted 12.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

Bruce Barron, a Pittsburgh resident and former staffer for Rick Santorum, penned a loathsome piece in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette requesting that the LGBTQ community offer Christians an olive branch. So let me break down the absurdity of this piece. Discrimination is discrimination.

Statement on the Suicide of 12-Year-Old Ronin Shimizu

Lillian Rivera | Posted 12.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Lillian Rivera

Children deserve a world where they can just be; where gender "diversion" or gender "non-conformity" is encouraged in order to move toward a more authentic expression of oneself. Youth should be liberated from the constraints of gender in order to define who they are for themselves.

What Should An LGBTQ Person Do During The Holidays?

Joseph LoGiudice | Posted 12.05.2014 | 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.

Sending Love for the Holidays

Harry Cook | Posted 12.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Harry Cook

The holiday season is upon us and I thought this would be the perfect time to send some love out to my LGBTQ peeps. Christmas is that time of year when the tree goes up and some drunken relative goes down after one too many sauvignon blanc's. But most of all, it's about family.

How to Ensure 'It Gets Better' Now for LGBTQ Youth

Jeffrey Levi | Posted 12.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeffrey Levi

For decades, the country has approached the HIV/AIDS epidemic focused on individual behavioral risk. But, research shows that is only one part of the equation.

Is 'Coming Out' a Western Construct?

Ali Ahmadi | Posted 11.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Ali Ahmadi

Why is Western society so obsessed with pulling people into certain categories? In an era when sexuality is increasingly understood to be a fluid spectrum, why must we assume that any non-oppressive society must have its fair share of "out-of-the-closet" homosexuals?

Learning from Bayard Rustin in Harlem and Beyond: An Interview with Filmmaker Bennett Singer

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 11.28.2014 | Arts
Stacy Parker Le Melle

If Rustin was afraid or daunted, he never showed it. He kept living his life, standing up for anyone who needed a voice. He loved Black people, but as evidenced by his global activism, he loved all people.

Thankful for Being Able To Live a Complete Life

Anthony Nicodemo | Posted 11.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Anthony Nicodemo

A few days before the trip, while I began planning dinner reservations, it dawned on me. For the first time my past and present would meet. My new gay friends would be socializing with my longtime straight friends.

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

Caitlin Breedlove | Posted 11.24.2014 | 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.

Online Feminism: Who Are We Excluding?

DebateOut | Posted 11.20.2014 | Media
DebateOut

The feminist blogosphere has become as much a space for social activism and encouraging change as it has for people to air their opinions and comments without fear of consequence. Though online feminism has been instrumental in bringing important issues to light, others worry that it has become exclusive to a fault.

Where Angels Fear to Tread: LGBTQ Safe Travel Guide

Dane Steele Green | Posted 11.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Dane Steele Green

Like any self-respecting gay man, I find the idea of going back into the closet, even for a weeklong vacation, is, at the very least, galling. That being said, if you are going to a destination known to get more than a little 'phobic, there are a few elementary precautions you should take.

Where Ben Can Be Himself

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Kevin M. Ryan

From the time he was 9, he sensed he didn't fit in. At that young age, he'd asked his mother what a kid in his town meant by calling him gay. She told him not to use that "horrible" word, and that gay people are "bad." They "go to hell," she said, urging him "to pray for them, but never go near them."

For a Safe Time, Call AVP!

Sharon Stapel | Posted 11.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Sharon Stapel

At AVP we're all for people meeting up and hooking up online. But as we see the trends in how people are interacting change, we are also shifting our work to help folks stay safe in all situations. And sometimes hooking up online isn't safe.

Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth: Riley, 21, From Philadelphia

Diana Scholl | Posted 11.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl

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This Is What Happened When I Tried Banning Conversion Therapy in Minnesota

Alec Fischer | Posted 11.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Alec Fischer

Having same-sex marriage legalized one year prior gave us hope that our bill would be heard and eventually passed; if our legislators approved marriage equality, surely they would advocate for the restriction of a practice that treats homosexuality as a curable disorder.

What We Think About When We Think About Intimate Partner Violence

Sharon Stapel | Posted 10.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Sharon Stapel

We can make the voices of LGBTQ people a part of the conversation about intimate partner violence. Really, we have to. We want DVAM, and all violence prevention efforts, to include and to be led by LGBTQ folks.

The Marriage Equality Express 2004

Stuart Gaffney | Posted 10.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Stuart Gaffney

Ten years later in October 2014, nearly all the states on the caravan's itinerary -- California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Washington, DC -- have marriage equality.

Seriously?! Aunt Asks Gay Nephew If She Can Call Him 'Albert the Faggot'

Nathan Manske | Posted 12.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-10-24-20141023AlbertEisenbergsmall.jpgOverall, Albert Eisenberg had a pretty great coming out experience and was given lots of support by his family and friends. There were two experiences he had, though, that show that there's still a lot of progress that needs to happen in terms of LGBTQ acceptance and understanding.

Prison for Teen Who Lit "Agender" Youth's Skirt on Fire Thwarts Healing

Sue Burrell | Posted 12.21.2014 | Crime
Sue Burrell

The news of Richard Thomas' seven-year prison sentence raises fresh questions about how the justice system intervenes in dangerous, but clearly adolescent behavior.