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Gay 'Big Brother' Adopts 'Little Brother'

Nathan Manske | Posted 08.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

Surrounded by death during the AIDS crisis, Larry Bennett wanted to focus on something happier and more positive, namely his desire to be a Big Brother and care for children.

Gender Identity & Justice for Transgender People

New York Legal Assistance Group | Posted 08.25.2015 | Gay Voices
New York Legal Assistance Group

The standard for determining one letter on the face of an ID is absolutely worth our collective time and attention. The old New York birth certificate and benefit card standards meant that many transgender people were never able to have accurate documents

Changing the World One Coming Out Story at a Time

Nate Warden | Posted 08.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Nate Warden

It was an emotional experience the night I came out to my family, but those painful few hours were nothing compared to the decade of denial and exhausting deceit I had endured up until then.

AFROPUNK Is More Than A Festival, It's A Part Of Black Culture

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 08.21.2015 | Black Voices

AFROPUNK, the revolutionary black counterculture music festival, will celebrate its 10th year in New York City this weekend with -- if last year'...

An Inclusive Mobile App That Will Change Online Dating

Craig Newmark | Posted 08.24.2015 | Technology
Craig Newmark

My team and I interviewed Queery Founder Hayley Thayer about the LGBTQ mobile app. In 2014, Thayer founded and incubated Queery in a graduate communication course in intimacy and technology with the aim of disrupting online dating experiences.

Common App: It's Time to Pop the Question

Daniel Kort | Posted 08.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Daniel Kort

Our nation is at a cultural crossroads for LGBTQ equality, and it's time for our institutions of higher education to follow suit.

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.

9 Things Freshman Orientation Doesn't Tell You About Queer People

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 08.18.2015 | College

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"The Lucky Country"... Really?

Harry Cook | Posted 08.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Harry Cook

Australia used to hold the title of "The Lucky Country"... Yeah, lucky if you're a heterosexual, caucasian male. The rest of us are screwed.

Sex Addict or Gay Man?

Renato Barucco | Posted 08.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Renato Barucco

Over the past year, I had several conversations about sexual compulsivity. Collecting background information for Sexed, a novel about sex addiction, I learned that the problem, in various interpretations, is a serious concern for many gay men.

Religious Liberty, Marriage Licenses and Losing a Job for the Gospel

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 08.14.2015 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

If you really believe doing your job is against your faith, then quitting would be an act of faith. Defying the law so two people you will never see again can't get married? Not so much.

Hungry for Rights

Judge Kemp | Posted 08.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Judge Kemp

The justices serve up a healthy portion of civil equality for everyone to digest. Some people will complain about having been forcibly fed this meal, while others will swallow and move on with their lives knowing that their well being matters.

A Response To Sunnivie Brydum

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 08.11.2015 | Gay Voices
J Nelson Aviance

I recognize that in some contexts the word 'cis-' is useful, particularly in legal documents. I also understand the alienating nature of 'othering' language, which would include making a binary of 'trans' and 'nontrans'. However, a 'trans'/'cis-' binary is a problem.

Why I'm Terrified To Come Out Trans To My Stepson

Mac Scotty McGregor | Posted 08.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Mac Scotty McGregor

Some who know me and my work would be very surprised that I have been slow to come out to my stepson. Even for a hard core transgender activist and sex educator, confronting the shame that I may be dumping on my kids head in the middle of teenage angst and middle school has been hard to bear.

"The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey:" A 21st-Century Play for a 21st-Century Audience

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 08.06.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

His sensitivity and thoughtfulness contrasted my first impression of him from a few days before, when he primarily portrayed a gruff detective from the Jersey Shore in his one-man show at the Westside Theatre.

LGBTQ Youth: Young, Out and Afraid

Steve Pierce | Posted 08.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Steve Pierce

While many of us celebrate the victory for marriage equality in the U.S. Supreme Court, research shows that LGBTQ people face significant challenges throughout their lives -- beginning at a very early age.

LGBTQ Drug Addiction: The Solution Doesn't Fit the Situation

Raina Bowe | Posted 08.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Raina Bowe

Drug use in the LGBT community is about two to three times higher than the general population. I was also right about why: Coping with the everyday stress of social and personal prejudice is too much for some people.

Congratulating Gay People Is Not a Sin

Dr. David Anderson | Posted 07.30.2015 | Religion
Dr. David Anderson

Congratulating gay people is not a sin. Following the Supreme Court's decision in a landmark same-sex marriage case, I released a statement on Facebook, on a radio show, and appeared on Poppy Harlow's CNN show on June 27, 2015. Subsequently there has been some controversy around my statement.

I Once Was Lost, But Now Am Found. Was Blind, But Then I Came Out!

Jordan Reeves | Posted 07.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Jordan Reeves

I was more than a blind follower or a casual experimenter in faith. I was a deep-seated convert and a wholehearted zealot -- I was a disciple of Jesus Christ.

"Men Are Gay Because They Like Men." Femmephobia and Sizeism in the Gay Community

Nathan Manske | Posted 08.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

While Jason was celebrated for his aesthetic on the stage, there was one place he went soon after where his look was met with either jealousy or sizeism: a gay bar.

At the Crossroads of a Movement: Our Work Is Not Done

Stephanie Battaglino | Posted 07.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Battaglino

What an amazing three months it has been! Now that we have all caught our collective breath from an unprecedented Pride Month, let's step back for a moment and consider what has transpired during this time for the entire LGBTQ community.

Sweet Cakes For Your Soul

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 07.22.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Aaron and Melissa Klein have misrepresented the essential teaching of the Christian church. Our greatest commandment is to love our neighbors and to love God. You cannot achieve that faithfully when you place a "gays not welcome" sign in your window.

Protect Thy Neighbor: Fighting Against Marriage License Refusals

Noah Fitzgerel | Posted 07.20.2015 | College
Noah Fitzgerel

For millions of Americans, the decision that the Supreme Court handed down in Obergefell v. Hodges a few weeks ago represented a victory second to few others, moving our country in a more equitable, just and fair direction.

4 Things You Have to Find Out the Hard Way When You Transition

Mac Scotty McGregor | Posted 07.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Mac Scotty McGregor

Did you enjoy massages? Going to the gym? Using bathrooms? Sitting in the jacuzzi naked? Guess what? This has just become more complicated.

Why Nothing Pisses Me Off More

Unwritten | Posted 07.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Unwritten

I wanna throw a big "hell yeah" to those openly defending their transgender or gender-fluid identities, increasing the activity in this discussion. Although it should never feel taboo to be different than the "norm" (I'm using that term ironically, let me be clear), I'm glad there are some kick-ass role models to guide the way to create a new norm; a norm that lets everyone be whatever the hell they want.