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Here's Why HuffPost Gay Voices Just Changed Its Name To HuffPost Queer Voices

The Huffington Post | Noah Michelson | Posted 02.03.2016 | Queer Voices

Today, for the very first time, we're thrilled to welcome you to HuffPost Queer Voices. Our name change comes four-and-a-half years after we originall...

This New App Aims To Build An Online, All-Inclusive Queer Community

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

A new app launched last week that claims to be the first gender-inclusive social network for individuals identifying all across the spectrum of queer ...

LGBT Elders Share Their Thoughts About Today's Queer Youth

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

Where would the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community be without our elders? Certainly not at the level of political and social acce...

Here Is Why I Use the Word 'Queer'

Jenny Block | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jenny Block

That word has been used against us in the past. But you can't use a word against someone who already calls that word their own. So I claim it. I own. I use it, and I wear it. I am queer.

The Word 'Queer' Is Only Offensive If You're a Jerk

Sidney Chase | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sidney Chase

The word "queer" is one that still puzzles many minds today, depending on the context, as it is used now as an umbrella term for a staggeringly diverse community, one that becomes more so every day. However, for non-queer persons, one question remains: "When am I allowed to use the word 'queer'?"

Queer Catholics and 'The Third Way'

J. Patrick Redmond | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
J. Patrick Redmond

Wait. There's the rub. As a gay man, I can be gay, I can act gay, I can even be friends with other gays, the church loves me just as I am. But I must not act on my orientation, my biology. Is there an app for that?

Dividing the Conquered: The False Dichotomy Between Black and Queer

Jay Dodd | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jay Dodd

Michael Sam and Jason Collins should complicate our understandings of athletes not Blackness. They complicate our accepted notions of masculinity. It is not that their race doesn't matter, but their sex has catapulted them in ways others haven't which speaks to a deeper issue.

Why Is Gaming Today So Insufferable, and How Can We Fix It?

Noah Baron | Posted 03.08.2014 | Media
Noah Baron

Games have the potentiality to advance empathy and social justice -- but they haven't.

Imitation Cherry-Red Lips and a Buddha Ass: The Real Amanda Lepore (NSFW PHOTOS)

Matthew Terrell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Matthew Terrell

As you see her up on stage, woozily doing her thing, you can't help but be happy for her. Amanda Lepore finds pleasure in the artifice of her body; with her immensely fake tits and voluptuous lips, she proves that her most authentic self can be all ornamentation.

Questioning the Queer Manifest Destiny

Marissa Higgins | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marissa Higgins

Want to live in a neighborhood known for being historically gay-friendly? Be prepared to pay for that locale in cities like Manhattan, Boston, or San Francisco, where the average monthly rental cost of a one-bedroom apartment ranges from $1,881 to $2,700.

Who Can Own 'Queer'?

Eden Walker | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Eden Walker

A friend of mine said that you don't have to be gay to be "queer," and I have to agree, but you can't be straight either. Our educated, empathic straight allies claiming "queer" is as deluded as me claiming to be black because I know when the Windrush landed.

'I Am Because We Are,' but What Are We?

Maurice Tracy | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Maurice Tracy

We are living at a time when the LGBT rights movement is making incredible strides, but whether we really have a "community" is highly debatable. I wonder how we can tell the younger generation that it gets better and not prepare them for the stones that will come from their "community."

Why Can't LGBTs Play Nice Together? A Call For Change

Lisa Mae Brunson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lisa Mae Brunson

Why can't LGBTs play nice with one another? Why do we draw lines and exclude whole groups within our collective community? And most importantly, why do we demand equality from the rest of the world and fail to demonstrate equality within our own?

Popular Web Series Tackles Stigmas Of Bisexuality

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

"The Peculiar Kind" kicks off its second season with a frank discussion of bisexuality. In its premiere Season Two episode, the cast discusses ste...

The Queer Community Has To Stop Being Transphobic: Realizing My Cisgender Privilege

Todd Clayton | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Todd Clayton

I used to be a transphobic gay man. I remember making jokes. I remember feeling uncomfortable when trans* people would walk into the coffee shop. But something shifted inside me when I saw Matrix co-director Lana Wachowski's acceptance speech for the HRC Visibility Award in 2012.

Poll Position: Should Groups Like Asexuals And The Polyamorous Be Included Under The Queer Umbrella?

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

It's Friday and that means we've got another Poll Position topic for you to consider. Our question this week was inspired by a recent HuffPost Gay ...

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The State of LGBT Visibility in the Media

Cathy Renna | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Cathy Renna

From my chair, one I've been sitting in for a long time, there are some big issues that are holding the LGBT community back. Many of us are in denial about some of the most obvious obstacles we have -- or have created -- to moving our community forward.