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Queer Identity

I Didn't Always Know I Was Allowed to Be Queer

Sarah Gladstone | Posted 10.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Sarah Gladstone

Attraction doesn't care about making things simple, easy, or clear-cut. But I didn't know that. So in response to my pondering I told myself, You like boys, and that's a fact. You can't be gay, so you must be straight.

Kate Bornstein Discusses Trans Identity And The Future Of The Queer Movement

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.11.2015 | Gay Voices

This is the second feature in a series that aims to elevate some of the transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals who have played a significan...

This Trans Waitress Had The Perfect Response To A Child Asking 'Are You A Boy Or A Girl?'

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.23.2015 | Gay Voices

The Internet has fallen in love with a transgender woman who had the perfect response to a child's question about her gender identity. While wor...

Here's What It Means To Be Asexual In 2015

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.11.2015 | Gay Voices

What does it mean to be asexual in 2015? The many shades and hues of the identity, which, most simply put, refers to "someone who does not e...

How Model AzMarie Livingston Broke Out Of The Butch/Femme Binary

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 06.24.2015 | Gay Voices

When 28-year-old model AzMarie Livingston came out as a lesbian nearly 15 years ago, she said she felt pressure to fit within the femme-butch binary t...

One Photographer Is Using Social Media To Celebrate 'Queer Icons' Of Color

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 05.20.2015 | Arts

Jahmal. 2014, From the series Queer Icons, Photogravure w/ Chine-Colle, 11x14, image size 8x10. Gabriel Garcia Roman Icons are an essential p...

These Stunning Photos Challenge The Way We Think About Identity

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 05.14.2015 | Gay Voices

"The Identity Project," from photographer Sarah Deragon, challenges the way that we compartmentalize and think about queerness and identity. The ph...

Where Do You Fall On The Spectrum Of Sexuality?

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 04.01.2015 | Gay Voices

Where do you fall on the spectrum of sexuality? We first heard about signer/songwriter Ryan Amador in 2013 when he released his song "Define Me." N...

WATCH: Here's What It's Like To Be Intersex

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 03.31.2015 | Gay Voices

If you have ever been confused about what it means to be intersex, this video is one of the most accessible explanations of this identity that we've e...

Here's Why Queer Voices In Fashion Matter

The Huffington Post | Chanel Parks | Posted 03.26.2015 | Style

The fashion industry is quick to embrace new trends, colors and styles. But when it comes to including diverse voices and physical representations, t...

A Poignant New Film Explores The Nature Of Identity

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 12.03.2014 | Gay Voices

A powerful short film hit the web this week that explores the nature of identity across the queer spectrum. Called "Emma," the two-minute short com...

'What If Our Greatest Attempts At Creating Communities... Make Us Feel So Lonely?'

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.30.2014 | Gay Voices

"Any Size Mirror Is A Dictator" is a compelling new performance series currently running in Brooklyn, New York. Described as "an accumulative proce...

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.