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Dr. Ben Carson: National Malpractice

LGBT News | Posted 03.06.2015 | Gay Voices

As the reputed Republican Hopeless for the 2016 presidential election, Carson takes every opportunity to congratulate himself on his ability to speak his mind at any cost -- the cost in this case being the reinforcement of an utterly nonsensical and dangerous notion, but the cost in all cases being rationality and someone else's well-being.

WATCH: A Field Guide to Spotting and Stopping the Homophobic Laws Coming to Your Home State

Matt Baume | Posted 03.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

Don't look now, but while marriage equality has been spreading across the country, homophobic lawmakers have found a sneaky new way to chip away at civil rights. And not just gay and lesbian civil rights -- EVERYONE'S civil rights.

Alabama Supreme Court Jesters Prove Discrimination is Alive and Well at the Highest Levels of Government

David Fagin | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics
David Fagin

By directly ignoring a federal court's ruling, the bullies who make up the Alabama Supreme Court have shown us that not only is discrimination alive and well, it will risk disobeying actual laws in order to achieve its sectarian goals.

The Religious Right's Crusade for More Money in Politics

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

A new report by Common Cause highlights a web of large, well-funded conservative religious organizations that have joined forces with Republican political operatives to tear down laws that protect our democracy from special interest influence.

Pat Robertson Advises Parents To Skip Their Gay Child's Wedding

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.05.2015 | Gay Voices

Conservative evangelist Pat Robertson advised two concerned parents to skip the same-sex wedding of their child in a "700 Club" segment this week. ...

George Takei Gives Alabama 'The Finger' Over Gay Marriage Ruling With Surprise Campaign

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.04.2015 | Gay Voices

"Star Trek" icon George Takei is lending a hand -- or, rather, a finger -- to the battle for marriage equality in Alabama by helping to launch a socia...

Education & Equality: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.04.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Two years ago, The Pollination Project started a daily giving practice, making daily $1000 grants to social change visionaries around the world. Since we began, 50 more individuals and families have joined in.

Michelangelo Signorile

Activist Predicts That Priests Will be Arrested for Opposing Gay Marriage | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 03.03.2015 | Gay Voices

Conservative activist and media critic L.Brent Bozell, in an interview at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) over the weekend in Nati...

Two Wrongs and Nothing Right in Utah

Don Elkins | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Don Elkins

When I tell you "the church" opens up a mic to talk to the world about something important, people there pay attention, and take it as true. That open-mic really doesn't happen too often in Salt Lake City.

Texas Gets Things Wrong on Marriage

Matt Baume | Posted 03.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

Texas lawmakers are gunning for the judge who let two lesbians to get married. Meanwhile, homophobic lawmakers celebrate the 10th anniversary of the state's marriage ban. There's just one problem -- the law will probably be overturned before it actually turns 10.

Why Zachary Quinto May Never Marry

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.27.2015 | Gay Voices

Zachary Quinto may be one of Hollywood's most high-profile out celebrities and a vocal, if divisive, advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgend...

Dear Queer People: Stop Apologizing to Heteronormativity

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 02.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Kelsie Brynn Jones

The gains in marriage equality and LGBT rights come on the heels of decades of queer marches, demands and legal challenges. They did not come from trying to not offend hetero-normativity.

Inequality Is Connected, Any Color Any Land

Kelsey Heeringa | Posted 02.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Kelsey Heeringa

When it comes to equality, I stand on one side of the struggle as a gay person, but on the other side every day as a white one. Both of these positions are hopeful, daunting, and powerful, on every shore I call home.

George Wallace, Rosa Parks, Stokely Carmichael, and the LGBTQ Movement Beyond Marriage

Lisa Stulberg | Posted 02.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Lisa Stulberg

Gov. George Wallace is a reminder that recognition of basic legal rights is an essential start but just a beginning and is insufficient on its own. Rosa Parks and Stokely Carmichael are reminders that the only way to forever remove George Wallace from our schoolhouse door is to marry the fight for legal equality with a vigorous fight for community strength and vitality.

Texas Wants to Un-Marry Lesbian With Cancer

Matt Baume | Posted 02.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

There is one married lesbian couple in Texas right now. Probably. Last week a judge allowed Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant to obtain a marriage license, citing urgency after Sarah was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The ruling applies only to this one couple. And according to state officials, that's still one couple too many.

Chef Art Smith's Great Gay Move In The Sunshine State

AP | KELLI KENNEDY | Posted 02.22.2015 | Gay Voices

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — With a mix of elegance and irreverence, only celebrity chef Art Smith could round up his famous chef buddies, a sea of whit...

Friday Talking Points -- GOP's Government Shutdown Showdown

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The GOP wasted no time in creating yet another self-induced government shutdown showdown. Not even two full months into their control of Congress, and they are pushing a critical federal department towards shutting down, all in an effort to make a political point.

How to Sow the Seeds of Compassion in Your Kids

Karyn Pickles | Posted 02.20.2015 | Parents
Karyn Pickles

If we teach our kids to interpret cues correctly to guess how someone is feeling and to want other people to feel good, the end result will be kids who make choices that result in other people feeling good and not making choices that make themselves or others feel bad.

A Week to Remember in Alabama

Michael Hansen | Posted 02.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Hansen

I've still got chills thinking about the week that began Monday, Feb. 9. When I woke up that Monday at 5 a.m., it finally hit me: I was about to witness same-sex couples say their vows and be legally wed in Birmingham, Alabama.

Gay Marriage Is Good For Your Health -- Even If You're Not Gay

Sanjeev K. Sriram | Posted 02.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Sanjeev K. Sriram

Given the network of mutuality in which we live, the health of our whole society improves when we uphold the rights for our LGBT brothers and sisters.

Christians: You Have 5 Months

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 02.18.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

I call on all Christians to lay down your scriptures, dogmas, doctrines and interpretations long enough to learn how to love your neighbor as your self.

In Alabama, It's The 1960s All Over Again

Brian Joyce | Posted 02.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Brian Joyce

For the state of Alabama, or any other state, to deny gay couples the equal protection of its laws simply because they're gay is not only wrong and immoral, it's arbitrary, illegal and unconstitutional. It's as simple as that.

LGBT Books to Warm Up With

Janet Mason | Posted 02.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Janet Mason

It's been a cold winter. Very cold. One of the things that I'm doing to keep warm is to take an imaginary LGBT cruise in my head -- through books -- to exotic lands. The first stop was the land of queer history.

Will Gay Sex Finally Be Legalized In Nepal?

Reuters | Posted 02.17.2015 | Gay Voices

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU, Feb 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Nepali transgender Bhakti Shah married almost a decade ago, his ...

Christians to Blame for the 'War on Christianity'

Dale Hansen | Posted 02.16.2015 | Religion
Dale Hansen

If non-Christians should be tolerant of Christian symbols and references in public spaces then why shouldn't Christian's be tolerant of public spaces being void of all religious paraphernalia. After all who does it hurt if the areas owned by everyone are free from all religious trappings?