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Queer Identity

Young Woman Explains Why She Identifies as 'Queer' (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 09.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

After she came out as queer to an ex-boyfriend, and later to a childhood friend with whom she led Bible study, both friends responded with support.

The Transformative Power of Visibility

Simone N. Sneed | Posted 05.27.2014 | Women
Simone N. Sneed

As women's history month draws to a conclusion, I have been reflecting on what it means to expand the work of feminism to better include diverse perspectives and narratives.

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.

LOOK: Transgender Woman Receives SHOCKING And Offensive Note With Divorce Papers

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

A transgender woman in Scotland is demanding an apology after workers at the courthouse who handled her divorce proceedings left a shocking and offens...

20 Of The Most Compelling Queer People Of 2013

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

As we mark the end of 2013, it is important to reflect back on some of the most prominent contributions by members of the queer community this year th...

The State of the Nation: Queer as You Want to Be

Kelly Cogswell | Posted 02.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Kelly Cogswell

Queerness is a gift that not all LGBT people have. It's certainly not inherent in that amorphous thing sometimes called the LGBT movement. We are a political, social and sexual minority, and maybe even a cultural one, but we're held together more loosely than most other minorities.

Why Lesbian Identity Matters

Mona Shattell | Posted 02.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Mona Shattell

There is a misunderstanding that one way to show one's acceptance of LGBTQ folks is to claim that sexual identity really does not matter.

WATCH: Stunning Spoken Word Video Explores The Power Of Labels

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.23.2013 | Gay Voices

Language is important -- and the way language constructs meaning about the how we identify ourselves and relate to others can be both helpful and extr...

WATCH: Taking Back The 'Gay Agenda' With A Drink And A Laugh

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.20.2013 | Gay Voices

"The Gay Agenda" is a new web-based talk show in which a panel of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals discuss and deconstruct th...

WATCH: Politician Gives Awesome Explanation Of What 'Gay' Means To Her Son

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.21.2013 | Gay Voices

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL 23rd District) recently took some time out of her busy schedule to sit down for an interview with SiriusXM Radio t...

Pride and the Problem With 'Normal'

Sean Santiago | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Sean Santiago

Conventional, traditional, normal: These words stand diametrically opposed to my understanding of queer identity. But after last season's menswear shows I noticed a spate of criticisms lodged against the work that young designers were showing on the runway, specifically for flouting conventions.

Why Straight People 'Think All Lesbians Look Like Rachel Maddow'

Posted 10.08.2013 | Gay Voices

Is "looking gay" ever beneficial to your personal life? That was the question posed on HuffPost Live yesterday. Joining the conversation was dapper...

Who Can Own 'Queer'?

Eden Walker | Posted 09.22.2013 | Gay 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.

On Blackness and Queerness

Charles Stephens | Posted 08.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Charles Stephens

Identifying as queer felt like the best way to bring together my identities as someone who is black, male but not conventionally masculine, desiring of other men but not exclusively, and working-class, with an inclination toward the sexually transgressive.

The Joys Of Being Queer

Richard Lyon | Posted 08.21.2012 | Gay Voices
Richard Lyon

"Queer" is more than some kind of catch-all basket. When I am able to put aside my childhood memories, "queer," in the sense of being different and unusual, captures the way I feel about myself.

Does Acceptance Diminish Gay Identity?

Jeffrey Sharlach | Posted 07.14.2012 | Gay Voices
Jeffrey Sharlach

Today you'll see in any bar, gay or straight, young people of every sexual persuasion being themselves with friends who may or may not share their orientation. I can't help but wonder if we've lost something, namely the joy of walking into a gay bar as the member of an exclusive club.

Educating Others On Queer Identity

Blake Owen Middleton, Jr. | Posted 03.25.2012 | Gay Voices
Blake Owen Middleton, Jr.

There are so many people who don't understand anything about queer-identified people. I'm not out to educate the entire world, but if I can help some people understand the things that they don't, I think I've made a difference.

How Being Queer Inspires My Interfaith-Atheist Work

Chris Stedman | Posted 12.05.2011 | Gay Voices
Chris Stedman

At one point in my life, being gay might have contributed to the bitterness I had toward religion and the religious, but now it informs my desire to be deeply and personally invested in active religious pluralism.

Being Queer Means...

Nadia Cho | Posted 08.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Nadia Cho

Being queer means constantly questioning what's considered "normal" and why that norm gets privileged over other ways of being. It means criticizing who sets these norms and recognizing the privilege that comes with being able to identify as "normal."