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5 Reasons Internet Fame Is Empty and Stupid

Sidney Chase | Posted 11.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Sidney Chase

I am lucky for all that I have, but to those who chase the so called "internet fame," I sincerely advise you from my experience to look for something better.

Lives Guided by Fear: In Honor of the Transgender Day of Remembrance

Chloe Hollett, J.D. | Posted 11.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Chloe Hollett, J.D.

The sad truth is, this personal moment is not exclusive to November 20th. I, like many others, live perpetually is a state of fear of the reaction from those who do not support my identity.

Does 'Gaydar' Work? Yes, and in Just 50 Milliseconds

Raina Bowe | Posted 11.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Raina Bowe

Is "Gaydar" real? For a very long time I didn't think so. I simply assumed it was people keying on silly stereotypes, and I hate when people do that. So to me it was simple: With no snap judgements, there is no gaydar.

A Queer Disability Anthology: Disability and LGBTQ Intersectionality

Karrie Higgins | Posted 11.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Karrie Higgins

Sometimes a book drops in your lap like a miracle you didn't even know you needed. That's what happened with QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology edited by Raymond Luczak and published by Squares & Rebels Press.

5 Reasons You Should Trade in Your Apps for a Real Matchmaker

Donovan Thompson | Posted 11.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Donovan Thompson

I'm on a quest to help highlight the issues within our community that continue to both harm and divide us. Dating is no exception. I am convinced that many of the apps we use to connect are doing us a huge disservice.

Why We're Adding the Q to LGBT

Rebecca Isaacs | Posted 11.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Isaacs

I am proud to announce that Equality Federation's staff and board, several of whom identify as queer, have decided to add the letter Q to our mission and begin using the full acronym LGBTQ. To some this decision may seem like we are late to the party and to others it may be a challenge.

What Should LGBTQ Applicants Look for in a College?

Robert Franek | Posted 11.11.2015 | College
Robert Franek

Coming up with a list of colleges and universities for application involves a lot of consideration for every student. Students who identify as LGBTQ have extra best-fit criteria to consider when it comes to finding their ideal schools.

Holding Out for a Hero? Meet the LGBTQ Batman

Raina Bowe | Posted 11.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Raina Bowe

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.

Is the Church Dying?

Steve McSwain | Posted 11.11.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

First, If the Church wishes to have any kind of viable future, it must stop pretending the Bible is an infallible book written by God and dictated through Divinely-inspired and inerrant writers.

"Straight Women Don't Exist!" and Other Terrible Science Reporting

Nadia Khayrallah | Posted 11.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Nadia Khayrallah

Recently, the internet erupted a bit over the scientific "discovery" that women are "bisexual or gay, but never straight."

A Majority of Christians Are Now Pro-LGBTQ

Brandan Robertson | Posted 11.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Brandan Robertson

A growing number of Christians are realizing that queer love is real love, and that to deny the power of love is to deny something fundamental to our faith. When reality and theology clash, reality will always win out.

A Letter to the Christians in Houston Who Opposed HERO

Brandan Robertson | Posted 11.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Brandan Robertson

I know that you believe that this ordinance was more about your religious freedoms than it was about human rights or equality. But I also want you to know that much of what you have been told is patently false.

How The Defeat of HERO Impacts LGBTQ Youth

Abbe Land | Posted 11.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Abbe Land

This defeat is a setback to LGBTQ rights in Houston, and it sets a dangerous precedent in this country.

Pesky Pronouns

Mary Lasher | Posted 11.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Mary Lasher

A question I get asked a lot is if Dana gets upset if someone slips and makes a mistake when addressing her. Does she get upset if someone accidentally calls her Rick rather than Dana or uses he or him instead of she or her?

On Coming Out to Someone Who Won't Remember

Aletta Brady | Posted 11.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Aletta Brady

He placed his hand on my thigh and looked at me. "I have no qualms with that. I just know that God is preparing someone who sees just how incredible and beautiful you are." When I told him that I was heading home he didn't remember who I was or how long I had been there.

In a Word, What it Means to be Lesbian

Raina Bowe | Posted 11.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Raina Bowe

For some reason I'd always thought there was some kind of cultural divide within the LGBTQ community over the use of the words "gay" and "lesbian."

A Black Gay Man's Journey to Self Acceptance

Nhojj | Posted 11.02.2015 | Gay Voices

I am a gay man. I proclaim it for all who couldn't proclaim it. I proclaim it for all who can't yet proclaim it. I proclaim it because it is part of who I am, and like being a man and being black, it is something to celebrate and be proud of.

WATCH: Gay, Mormon Lead Singer of Neon Trees Brings Down the House in Utah

Marina Gomberg | Posted 10.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Marina Gomberg

While we all anticipated his musical performances to be awe-inspiring, I don't think any of us were ready for the fierce realness he brought to the stage that night during his speech.

Thoughts on Gender

Erin Nugent | Posted 10.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Erin Nugent

When you meet me, don't treat me like a "woman," whatever that means to you. Treat me like a person, treat me how you like to be treated.

On Being the Parent of a Transgender Child

Paul Heroux | Posted 10.27.2015 | Parents
Paul Heroux

Recently, I had the opportunity and pleasure of meeting Marcia and Ryan. Marcia is the mother of Ryan who is a 9 year old transgender child living in my community. Ryan was born with the anatomy of a male, but Ryan describes herself as having "the heart and brain of a girl."

New York Giants Voice Support For LGBT Athletes In New Ad

The Huffington Post | Juliet Spies-Gans | Posted 10.27.2015 | Sports

Past and present New York Giants greats came together recently to throw their weight behind the You Can Play project, a non-profit working wit...

Transwoman, Ashley Hallstrom's Last Request: 'Please Help Fix Society'

Marina Gomberg | Posted 10.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Marina Gomberg

This cannot remain the status quo, and it will take all of us to make real and significant change. Be informed, be kind and be loud.

I Didn't Always Know I Was Allowed to Be Queer

Sarah Gladstone | Posted 10.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Sarah Gladstone

Attraction doesn't care about making things simple, easy, or clear-cut. But I didn't know that. So in response to my pondering I told myself, You like boys, and that's a fact. You can't be gay, so you must be straight.

Trans Hacking Startup Land: Gender Performance and Deception

Alyx Baldwin | Posted 10.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Alyx Baldwin

After I moved away from being gender ambiguous, I unbound myself and started presenting as a queer woman. I reached out to many LGBTQ* startup allegiances for help with fundraising. That was where I met more hostility than ever before.

Pope Criticizes Conservatives At Key Church Gathering

Reuters | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 10.24.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Pope Francis appeared on Saturday to criticize ultra-conservatives after bishops ended a three-week gathering that s...