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Queer Liberation

CeCe McDonald Reflects On Life And Activism Since Her Release From Prison

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

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

Bisexual Visibility Week: Excerpt from 'Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out!' on the 25th Anniversary of Its Publication

Binyamin Biber | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Binyamin Biber

Becoming conscious of my sexuality and finally coming out began with my involvement in religious youth activities: Summer camp, retreats and then conferences turned out to be hotbeds of hetero- and homo-eroticism.

Revolution v. Reform: Marriage, Floats, and Rose Parades

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

My discomfort and concern when watching the Rose Parade marriage ceremony stems from my understanding of the Stonewall rebellion as an impetus for revolutionary change within an overridingly oppressive social structure, as opposed to mere reform, accommodation, or assimilation.

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

Kelly Cogswell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

Lesbians Who Eat Their Young: How Sarah Schulman and I Got the Boot From Best Lesbian Erotica 2014

Ella Boureau | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Ella Boureau

In June I sent out a story to be considered for Best Lesbian Erotica 2014, but I could not have imagined the tangled internal politics that would ensue. That fight is emblematic of a broader schism in the queer community, one that calls up all the old questions of assimilation vs. liberation.

Why I Never Want To Be Just Like Straight People (And Why You Shouldn't Either)

Noah Michelson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Noah Michelson

What's got me so despondent (and dramatic)? A couple of recent blog posts that appeared on HuffPost Gay Voices, lamenting, worrying about or lashing out at queers (like me) who don't want to live a heteronormative life.

Queer, Immigrants, All of Us: Not 1 More

Caitlin Breedlove | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Caitlin Breedlove

What makes a white, 32-year-old, middle-class queer woman with no prior charges decide to risk arrest in order to stop ICE from deporting immigrants? I have lived my life as a survivor of sexual violence and as a queer person in the South. I know something about fear.

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.

Bray Away the Gay

Mike Diamond | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mike Diamond

I've reached a conclusion: I'm not gay. Oh, don't misunderstand me. I am definitely homosexual, 100-percent. Honey, I loves me some big, juicy mens. I just don't have the trappings to be a 21st-century gay. I am what I think of as "post-gay."

Revolution vs. Reform: Moving Beyond the Assimilationist '4 Ms' of the LGB Movement

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

My discomfort in watching the joyous reactions to recent gains for marriage equality stems from my understanding of the Stonewall rebellion as an impetus for revolutionary change within an oppressive social structure, as opposed to mere reform, accommodation, or assimilation.

Being Queer Means...

Nadia Cho | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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."

Turning Point Reached

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

When some of us say the LGBT movement has reached a turning point, others object. We have not finished, they say. Of course we have not finished. But to the extent that equality is the goal, we are nearer the finish line than the start. Equality is not everyone's goal, however.

America Is Almost OK With the Gays, but When Will It Be Cool With People Like Me?

Samia Mounts | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Samia Mounts

You could say I'm a gender-bent pansexual polyamorist. Not gay, straight, or bi but something else altogether. My best relationships are with people who are like me: queer and highly sexual, with an appreciation and respect for all the gray areas that human sexuality has to offer.

What's the Point of Pride Marches?

Charlene Obernauer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlene Obernauer

Pride parades, or "gay liberation protests," as they were first called, have been critical to bringing about LGBT rights all over the world. But we've abandoned their initial purpose as a call for equality. We owe it to ourselves, and to our history, to call upon our rich activist traditions.

What I Learned From Gay Sex: Misogyny And Homophobia

Simon Moritz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Simon Moritz

Peter is a gay man I slept with once. When he did come home with me and we were naked in my bed, he kissed my neck, and I moaned, high-pitched and breathy. He stopped, looked me in the eye and said, "Don't do that. It's faggy."

Minnesota, Marriage And Me

Coya White Hat-Artichoker | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Coya White Hat-Artichoker

I know that the entire queer community is not on the same page on the issue of marriage, and I don't think we need to be, but I want to say why I haven't been jumping on the marriage bandwagon, and I want to really give context to my hesitation.

You Can Support Equality Without Being Into Marriage

Nico Lang | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nico Lang

We can support our friends who want to get married while realizing that marriage doesn't speak to all of our experiences, reflecting on those whose systemic issues that marriage can't fix. What about the queer and trans youth whose problems a ring can't fix? We need to put a roof on it.

Both/And Thinking On Same-Sex Marriage

Jennifer Harvey | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jennifer Harvey

Marriage is not liberation. But I don't actually think that liberation is what this week's same-sex marriage euphoria is all about. I think that it's less about marriage and more about what this moment represents in terms of the achievement of public recognition.

9-Million Strong And Counting

Seth Santoro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Seth Santoro

Let's say that there are 9 million LGBTQ Americans. If each of us worked to shift the mindsets of 34 non-affirming individuals, all 314 million Americans could stand to be an incredible and unstoppable beacon of hope for the world. Only we can inspire this paradigm shift.

Longing For The Bad Old Days

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

I can sympathize with inveterate counterculturists who feel that something has been lost amid gains in LGBT equality. Back when gay life existed in a parallel world divorced from our jobs and birth families, a certain freedom reigned, allowing us to let loose and create and experiment.

Pride, Politics, And Liberation: Pride Isn't Just About Parades

Waymon Hudson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Waymon Hudson

Now more than ever, LGBT Pride celebrations need be something more. We need to put the politics back in Pride. We need to be asking people to not only celebrate our community but educate and agitate, as well.

Let's Make Out In Public!

Marten Weber | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marten Weber

If we want to make the world a more tolerant place, gays do need to be more visible, and not just in the Castro. There is enough room to challenge people's attitudes without breaking the law or ending up as a censored YouTube clip. A sweet kiss is enough.

Let the Gay Agenda Be Liberty: An Open Letter to Bruce LaBruce

Bren Shucart | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Bren Shucart

In every city in America (and, I suspect, the Western world) there are drag queens, DJs, artists, and performers busting their asses every day to make gay culture happen. And for you to airily decree gay culture to be dead is a kick in the face.