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Ten Years Blogging LGBTQ Pittsburgh: Happy Blogiversary

Sue Kerr | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sue Kerr

On December 29 in the year 2005, I had a whim -- why not start a blog about LGBT issues? It would be a fun way to share information about the community, I thought. So my website guy got me started on the blogware platform and I was off. I was 35 and antsy.

PFLAG Pioneers Oral Histories

Steve Krantz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Steve Krantz

Learning from the past, from the wisdom of pioneers, is crucial for future generations. Following is a short personal history with a message of family love embodied in PFLAG pioneers - luminaries of LGBTQ activism - that should be captured and remembered.

Healthy Living for the Closet LGBTQ of Faith: Sunshine and Dandelions

E.C. Iwata | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
E.C. Iwata

Turns out, we were designed to live in the light. In fact, a healthy dose of daylight empowers growth and strength in humans, not just dandelions.

Diego Miguel Sanchez Talks Promise Place School Gala and LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlotte Robinson

Diego made history in 2009 as the first openly transgender person to work as a senior legislative staffer on Capitol Hill and for historically testifying in 2008 to the U.S. House on ENDA.

Transgender Teen To Guest Star On USA's 'Royal Pains'

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A transgender teen is slated to play a role on the USA Network's "Royal Pains" in conjunction with a new public service announcement from the network,...

When All of New York City Held Us

Buster Ross | Posted 06.29.2015 | 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.

LGBT Hoosiers Are Not Slogans or Hashtags!

Annette Gross | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Annette Gross

We cannot let our legislators off the hook. The media will be packing up soon. The world will be looking at the next big story. But we owe it to our LGBT brothers and sisters to keep the pressure up here in Indiana.

The Importance of Trans Allies

Stephanie Battaglino | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Battaglino

"I can't do this alone." I muttered those words to myself at several points during my transition, especially as I prepared to come out in my workplace. I can remember feeling as if I was staring up at Mount Everest wondering how, and if, I could ever make it over or around it.

Parent Notes to LGBT Kids Go Viral | SPEAK UP WITH JIMMY NGUYEN (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jimmy Nguyen

In this "Digitally Speaking" segment, I discuss the social media impact produced by these notes, and how they can help parents everywhere better handle the coming out moment for LGBT kids.

WATCH: Katherine Heigl Needs Your Help For Her New Gay Wedding Movie

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Katherine Heigl is asking for your help in finishing a new film in which she plays an embattled lesbian bride-to-be. The "Grey's Anatomy" and "Knoc...

I'm Not Angry With Gabourey Sidibe -- I'm Grateful To Her

Jean-Marie Navetta | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jean-Marie Navetta

I am cisgender and identify as gay. These are not things that I chose. But I do choose to be an ally to my trans friends and colleagues because I want everyone I know to be treated as they want to be treated.

Marriage Equality in Indiana -- HJR-3 and the Hubris of Top Politicians

Rev. Marie Siroky | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rev. Marie Siroky

On January 13th, the House Judiciary Committee listened to public testimony before their scheduled vote to either send the bill through or let it die. After four hours of testimony they didn't vote -- they adjourned.

Dedicated to the One I Love

Suzanne Brockmann | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Suzanne Brockmann

My son Jason was 18 years old, and we were a mess, both crying and laughing as we sat in my office. I'd just written the dedication to my soon-to-be-published book Hot Target, in which I introduced and capital-O-outed Jason to my hundreds of thousands of readers around the world.

Best-Selling Author Reveals How She Discussed Sex With Her Gay Son

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Author Suzanne Brockmann joined HuffPost Live for a candid conversation on how she dealt with raising a gay son. Brockmann, whose books include th...

Three Beautiful Little Words: The True Meaning of 'Mom, I'm Gay'

Suzanne Brockmann | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Suzanne Brockmann

The subtext -- the wondrous, beautiful subtext -- in that one small sentence can fill pages. The main message is: "Mom, I know who I am, and because I know who I am, I won't spend my life crashing around in despair, hurting myself and others, trying to be something that I can never be."

DOMA Pioneer Receives Top Gay Honor In NYC

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Marriage equality advocate Edie Windsor took home top honors at the 2013 PFLAG NYC Awards Dinner. The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) plantiff nabb...

Christopher Rudolph

Sigourney Weaver Celebrates National Coming Out Day With Re-Release Of Emotional Film

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

To celebrate National Coming Out Day, a screening of "Prayers For Bobby" was held in New York City on Friday night with the film's star, Sigourney Wea...

The World Is Watching

Marsha Aizumi | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marsha Aizumi

I realized that the PFLAG China parents were looking to us in the U.S. for signs that the world is changing. I understood that our progress is their hope for their children and their families. China is watching us closely and believing that our evolution can be their future.

(Really Good) Sh*t My Mom Says (About Her Gay Grandson)

Suzanne Brockmann | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Suzanne Brockmann

My 81-year-old mother has been an advocate for equality for as long as I can remember, so when my son Jason first told me that he's gay, I had absolutely no qualms about how my parents would react.

PFLAG Southwestern CT's Final Meeting

Jeffrey Sharlach | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jeffrey Sharlach

Although most farewell dinners are somewhat bittersweet, the parents gathered at the dinner last week couldn't have been happier about ending their regular monthly meetings. There simply was no further need for them, at least in this part of Connecticut.

While Your Child Is Still Alive: A Letter to Parents Who Aren't Ready to March in the Pride Parade

Linda Robertson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Linda Robertson

While your child is still alive, don't worry about what your friends will think. Twenty years from now, your friends' opinions won't keep you up at night. But your remorse about not loving your child while you still had the chance will. Trust me on this.

The Love Party: Celebrating the Downfall of DOMA

Mia Norton | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mia Norton

How does one explain to her young child the significance of a day like this? How do I teach her about the pain and the anguish that so many have suffered leading up to this day? How can I show her that now our dear friends and family can solidify their commitments to one another?

Politicians Have Not Been the Leaders of the Gay Rights Movement

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Joan E. Dowlin

We were compared to drug addicts and the mentally ill. We were even preached to that God hates us. Is it any wonder we were all in the closet back then?

How I Became a Straight Ally

Mia Norton | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mia Norton

I felt underqualified to consider myself a straight ally. I felt like it was presumptions of me to think that the LBGT community could need me as an advocate for the cause.

Children of Same-Sex Parents Share Their Story With the World

Curtis Shaw Child | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Curtis Shaw Child

Whether you've got a mother and a father, are a single parent, have two moms or two dads, are adopted or are a family of mixed race or are a blended family -- love is the guider to truth and Love makes a family.