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Appreciating Beauty Doesn't Have a Gender

Julie Tarney | Posted 01.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

At Swan Lake this week, I saw lots of little girls on the laps of moms and dads, but no little boys. And I felt a little sad. It's my opinion that little boys deserve as many opportunities to experience art and beauty as girls do, for they are links to creativity and self-expression.

Gay, Closeted, and Heartbroken in Morocco (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 01.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-01-26-20150124AnthonyMercuriosmall.jpgWhile abroad in Morocco, one of 77 countries in which it is illegal to be gay, Anthony Mercurio was dumped by his first love. "I was pretty devastated," Anthony recalls. Unable to express the real reason for his heartbreak, at least Anthony had his host grandmother there to comfort him.

President's 5 Economic Proposals That Could Benefit LGBTQ People

Meghan Maury | Posted 01.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Meghan Maury

This week, President Obama introduce a series of economic proposals during his annual State of the Union speech. Here's how five of them would impact the LGBTQ community.

Is the LGBTQ Community Separated by Gender and Race? (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 01.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-01-17-20150116FemiRedwoodsmall.jpgFemi Redwood of Milton, Delaware, grew up in an environment that was accepting of both her sexuality and her race, despite the fact that she was one of the few minorities in town. This only made her more observant later in life as she encountered less-accepting people and communities.

IndieFlix: A Movement to Change the World One Indie Movie at a Time

Heather Martin | Posted 01.15.2015 | Entertainment
Heather Martin

Imagine this scenario: You recently got divorced, are now a single mother, your father has passed away and you are running a startup. You have exactly six weeks of funding left when your business partner has a heart to heart conversation where he politely bows out of the business.

The Golden Globes Isn't the Only Victory for the Trans Community This Year

Julian Aldana | Posted 01.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Julian Aldana

Jeffrey Tambor made a great point this last Sunday -- representation matters. That's also why the ACA matters, and will continue to matter, for trans young adults looking for an affordable path to a healthier life.

His Royal Highness, Marco Rubio

Izak Pratt | Posted 01.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Izak Pratt

You can't have your cake and eat it too, senator. One can't favor rule by popular opinion or rule by court of law only when it's convenient for their cause.

Falling in Love With a Cartoon Character (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-01-14-20150109AlexZuccarosmall.jpgAlexander first realized he was gay at 5 years old thanks to a Hercules pillow set, a secret comfort he could turn to when he couldn't explain himself to his friends at school. The pillow was his "boyfriend," he says.

What Happens When the World's Largest Queer Record Label Closes and No One Notices?

J Mase III | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices
J Mase III

The fact that an organization with a roster of 200 people can find a way to concretely analyze their privilege sets a standard. I want to believe in a world where we do not shy away from conversations about racial justice.

Panti Bliss Just Made Another Important Statement About Street Harassment

Patrick McNeil | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Patrick McNeil

Bliss isn't asking for you to consider more carefully the little things - like holding your partner's hand - so that you too feel what she's felt her entire life. She's asking for a greater understanding of your privilege, because all the little things she experiences add up to something pretty big. And that's significant.

The Gay Christian Network Conference: A Glimpse Into the Future of the Church

Brandan Robertson | Posted 01.13.2015 | Religion
Brandan Robertson

Every person I met and every story I heard was a clear testimony to me that brighter days lie ahead for LGBTQ people in the Church.

Rest in Peace Leelah Alcorn

Harry Cook | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Harry Cook

A video message about the passing of Leelah Alcorn. A word to parents worldwide. And a message to the LGBTQ youth of the world. Don't let go.

Duke Student Athletes Speak Out on the Power of Language

Daniel Kort | Posted 01.12.2015 | College
Daniel Kort

I am proud of my peers for leading by example in challenging marginalizing language and bias both on and off the field, building safer and more inclusive communities, and validating the identities and experiences of people of all backgrounds.

Dear Fellow Parents of LGBTQ Youth

Beth Leyba | Posted 01.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Beth Leyba

Like so many, I was devastated to hear the news of Leelah Alcorn's death. As a parent of a trans teenager, I was heartbroken that Leelah never knew what it was to fully and fearlessly be herself and to be loved and accepted for who she was.

'You're Really Nice, but I Don't Date Black Guys': Racism or Preference? (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 12.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-01-01-20141231NelsonMosesLassitersmall.jpgNelson Moses Lassiter was excited about coming to terms with his sexuality. He imagined that, upon venturing out into the gay scene, he'd encounter a world more accepting than the one he was used to. What he discovered was not unlike the one he came from, though.

Film Review: Two Mothers or 'How Do Lesbian Birds Make Babies?'

Brandon Judell | Posted 12.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Brandon Judell

Commencing in the first few minutes with tender lovemaking, the film quickly changes focus and concentrates on Isa's fruitless phone calls to various sperm banks everywhere from Munich to Hamburg.

How Do We Find Justice for Transgender Teen Leelah Alcorn?

Dese'Rae L. Stage | Posted 01.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Dese'Rae L. Stage

Leelah Alcorn, a 17 year old transgender teen from Kings Mills, OH, died by suicide early Sunday morning. But for local media in Ohio, Leelah doesn't exist at all.

Unconditional Love: A Missing Link for Homeless LGBTQ Youth

Tracy Baim | Posted 12.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Tracy Baim

I have been thinking about the word "unconditional" a lot this year. As I delve deep into the issues of homeless LGBTQ youth, I often hear the youth say that what they are most missing are consistent adults in their lives, ones who can provide a safety net -- and unconditional support.

Pittsburgh Reaches Out to LGBTQ Elders During Holidays

Sue Kerr | Posted 12.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

So many of our seniors live alone, compared to heterosexual seniors. This situation can create many kinds of health disparities: falls, depression, increased substance abuse, poor nutrition. Our LGBTQ elders need connections to other people who can provide socialization and reduce isolation.

Bisexual: The New 'It' Word

Kelsey Minor | Posted 12.27.2014 | 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.