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The Importance of Finding Your Tribe (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 05.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-05-22-1432338746-5872862-2015052214323122322116311RobertandGarysmall.jpgThroughout Robert Scott's life, he had an alcoholic father, became overweight and addicted to drugs, and was affected by the AIDS crisis in San Francisco in the 1980s. Reflecting on his life, he realizes one thing: the importance of finding one's tribe.

National Ban on LGBTQ "Conversion Therapy" Introduced at U.S. House of Representatives

Buster Ross | Posted 05.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Buster Ross

On Tuesday, Representative Ted W. Lieu introduced the first bill that would ban so-called "conversion therapy" throughout the United States.

Don't Forget About Us in the Middle: LGBT's in the Midwest and the South

Brandon Wallace | Posted 05.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Brandon Wallace

Those of you on the coast need to remember that when it comes to LGBT issues, the Midwest and the South is about a decade behind you. Now, think back to the way things were a decade ago for you. See how we can't abandon ship just yet?

'Homosexuality Is Not an Addiction'

Buster Ross | Posted 05.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Buster Ross

Homosexuality is Not an Addiction is the title of a piece that just came out on Psychology Today. Dr. David Ley's piece cannot be ignored in the conversation on LGBTQ rights and "conversion therapy."

Grindr Is Digitizing the Labelling of Gay Men

Dieter Holger | Posted 05.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Dieter Holger

Is the desire for gays to label one other a continuation of the vicious cycle that oppressed them? And is Grindr making a mistake by feeding into it?

'Love Yourself': Agender Person Goes From Being Bullied in the Newark Projects to Gracing the Cover of French Vogue (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 05.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-05-12-1431405406-5396287-2015050814311195206358299AndreJvid.jpg"Love yourself." It seems like a simple-enough mantra, but for Andre J. it took a lot of learning experiences to understand its true power.

The Mother's Day I Became a Gender Creative Kid's Champion

Julie Tarney | Posted 05.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

The Mother's Day Harry was 12, they handed me a plain business envelope with M❤M written on the front. I unfolded a single sheet of white paper to find a typed poem titled "The Joy of Having a Mother." I was blown away.

We Welcome Bruce Jenner With Open Arms -- But He's Not Our Standard Bearer

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 05.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

Bruce stands on the shoulders of those before. His acceptance is only possible because of the courage of those who resisted at Stonewall, and the countless others who have rebelled against intolerance while simply attempting to be the people they felt themselves to be. They are our heroes and heroines.

Why You Should Always Say 'Hi' to That Cute Person on the Subway (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 05.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-05-02-1430530712-449907-2015042914303389366124849SimoneDavissmall.jpgWe've all been there: You see someone cute on the subway but don't know what to do or if you should chat them up. Simone Davis recalls finding herself in that exact scenario one morning on the way to work.

When All of New York City Held Us

Buster Ross | Posted 04.29.2015 | New York
Buster Ross

Their "baby bag" of hospital supplies sat in the corner, because I was due to make an appearance at any moment. As they drifted to sleep in each other's arms, they dreamed together about who I might be in the world.

Why Jenner's Interview Makes the Case for Supporting Transgender Youth Now

Nicholas M. Teich | Posted 04.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Nicholas M. Teich

I found myself unexpectedly emotional as I watched Bruce Jenner bravely share such a personal story with the world. I tried to grasp why I felt differently than I had with any other transgender "coming out" story, and my reasons were many. But foremost on my mind, as always, were my camp kids.

Queer Fashion Week Serving Unmet Need in Fashion Industry

Anita Dolce Vita | Posted 04.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Anita Dolce Vita

I interviewed De La Rosa and Davis to get QFW's insight about queer style and its impact on the fashion industry and mainstream culture.

Faith Rituals and SCOTUS

Sharon Groves | Posted 04.27.2015 | Religion
Sharon Groves

This past month I have found myself tumbling head first into the elaborate matrix known as "the liturgical committee" set up to plan a multi faith service in Washington, D.C., on the eve of the Supreme Court oral arguments on the freedom to marry.

Bruce Jenner, the Hottentot Venus and Me

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R | Posted 04.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R

Everyone who transitions does so somewhat publicly, though not all of us have cameras focused on our every move. When we speak of Bruce, hopefully we can remember that Bruce is, at heart, a person, and give him the dignity he is due.

Here Are The Most Common Questions About The Trans Community, Answered

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 04.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

At every LGBTQ training I give, people are the most interested in one thing: trans people. So what is transgender? It's a persistent feeling that your gender does not match the sex you were assigned at birth. Evidence leads us to believe we are about .5 percent of the population, or one in every 200 people.

Activist Remembers Those He Met on 6,000-Mile Walk for Equality (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 04.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-04-24-1429841365-638767-2015042214297451469265555AlanBounvillesmall.jpgAlan Bounville walked 6,000 miles for gender-identity and sexual-orientation equality. But what happened early on in his walk, at a small grocery store in a rural town, is what led him to one of his most memorable experiences.

Dear Garth Brooks, #PeopleLovingPeople

Buster Ross | Posted 04.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Buster Ross

When I stood in the crowd with my pink glasses and suit, I understood the purpose of my life. That I was born into a world where I loved my mamma, and I loved my gay dad and I loved my cowboy uncle. That's what love is about, knowing that none of us are so different that we don't share something.

Life's a Bitch for Straight White Folks

Steve Nelson | Posted 04.20.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

Reading the news these days might lead one to believe that white folks, particularly straight male white folks, are a beleaguered minority in America. It reminds me of a Martin Mull "middle class blues" parody years ago, where Mull sang with faux anguish about his martini being too warm. Pity us poor people of privilege.

A Queer Movie That Doesn't Lead With Its Queer Foot

Sarah Beauchamp | Posted 04.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Sarah Beauchamp

While the film doesn't revolve around sexuality, through the character of Shirin, Akhavan sheds light on an otherwise underrepresented group of people. "No one believes in bisexuality," Akhavan says.

'I Literally Went Back to Zero': Woman Sacrificed Everything for This One Reason (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 04.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-04-16-1429228426-8515937-2015041514291062823117356MilaJamsmall.jpgMila decided to sacrifice all she had worked so hard to achieve -- she deleted her YouTube channel, lost all her subscribers, and gave up her fame -- so that she could focus on finally becoming the woman she had been hiding.

Why Gossip About Bruce Jenner Is Damaging to the Transgender Community

Molly Fosco | Posted 04.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Molly Fosco

We don't know if Bruce Jenner identifies as transgender. We don't know anything about the situation. I expect we will find out a lot more when he sits down with Diane Sawyer for a two-hour interview on April 24th, but until then, we shouldn't assume we know anything at all.

Indiana-Style Attacks Reveal Everything Old Is New Again

Rea Carey | Posted 04.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Rea Carey

As our opponents try to impose their prejudices and beliefs on the rest of us -- attempting to redefine, beyond recognition, our existing constitutional right of religious liberty -- progressives have reached a crossroads of opportunity.

Searching for Equality in Indiana and Beyond

John A. Powell | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
John A. Powell

It is especially troubling when the state effectively sanctions private discrimination, placing its weight and imprimatur behind the beliefs of a few to exclude and marginalize. The state is a public entity, entrusted to create and foster space where all members are cared for.

Today I Passed as Straight

Rev. Martha Spong | Posted 04.02.2015 | Religion
Rev. Martha Spong

Today, I passed as straight. Sometimes, no matter how hard I try to not have it be a thing, being queer is a thing. It's a truism of coming out that some of us don't "look" queer, and that means we have to come out more often, because otherwise no one will know.

On Indiana's RFRA, Discrimination and Sex

Jennifer G. Bird | Posted 03.31.2015 | Religion
Jennifer G. Bird

People who grow up being told that sex is only to happen between a man and a woman will quite naturally have discomfort about versions of sex that look different. But their discomfort does not mean that only hetero-sex is okay.