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10 Countries Unite To Support Queer Rights In South Korea

HuffPost Korea | Dohoon Kim | Posted 05.23.2015 | Gay Voices

On May 17th, the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Korea and the embassies of 10 European countries in South Korea declared thei...

Meet The First U.S. Diplomat For LGBT Rights

Religion News Service | Oren Dorell | Posted 04.29.2015 | Gay Voices

(RNS) WASHINGTON — Becoming a father was a prime motivator for Randy Berry to accept what’s sure to be a controversial new role at the State Depar...

Relive 17 Of The Biggest LGBT Political Stories Of 2014

The Huffington Post | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 12.23.2014 | Gay Voices

The year 2014 saw enormous gains on LGBT rights as well as the pushback by the determined enemies of equality. Marriage equality moved at its fastest ...

A Drag Queen's Open Letter to Facebook

Hamm Samwich | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Hamm Samwich

Latonya Rent, Wendy Ballsdrop, Dildo Swinton, Sheefa Loffa-Sofa, Betty Betty Nice: as ridiculous as some of these names may seem, they're the names by which we introduce, express and promote ourselves, by which we operate and refer to each other, by which we are fondly known and even loved.

This Is What CeCe McDonald Thinks We Should Do To Keep All Queer People Safe

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.21.2014 | Gay Voices

Activist and formerly incarcerated transgender woman CeCe McDonald has firsthand experience with the injustices of the criminal justice system -- part...

Queer Rights in Kenya: A Conversation With Njeri Gateru

Randal Mason | Posted 09.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Randal Mason

When asked about the recent progress of Kenya's LGBT movement, Njeri Gateru doesn't hesitate to answer with the word "visibility." Ms. Gateru is one of 500 fellows taking part in the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, the new flagship program of President Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative. IREX is pleased to share her story.

WATCH: What Is Life Like For Queer Iranians?

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

Like many parts of the world, the life for a lesbian or gay person living in Iran can be incredibly dangerous -- oftentimes even horrific. In an ef...

Russian Children To Receive 10,000 Pro-Gay Coloring Books

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.15.2013 | Gay Voices

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) clothing and accessory company FCKH8 is launching a new campaign that will send 10,000 Russian children ...

WATCH: Vietnam Takes Step Towards Marriage Equality

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.15.2013 | Gay Voices

While not necessarily legalizing gay marriage, Vietnam made an important step towards marriage equality this week -- decriminalizing gay wedding cerem...

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

Matthew Terrell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay 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.

LOOK: Gay Marriage Equated With Incest In Disgusting Meme

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.30.2013 | Gay Voices

Anti-gay group the National Organization For Marriage (NOM) is back in action with a gross new meme on their Facebook that equates marriage benefits f...

LISTEN: Gay Marriage Will Lead To 'Bisexual Marriage,' Right-Wing Ad Claims

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.30.2013 | Gay Voices

As Hawaii inches closer to becoming the fifteenth state to legalize same-sex marriage, conservative pundits are fighting back -- though not very effec...

WATCH: 'Bridegroom' Star On The Crushing Aftermath Of His Partner's Death

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.25.2013 | Gay Voices

If you're not familiar with the story of Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom, it is one of crushing loss and heartbreak -- but also uniquely framed ...

WATCH: Two Gay Men Wed In BEAUTIFUL Chicago Ceremony

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

We are truly living in historic times for American gay and lesbian couples who wish to marry one another, with more and more states coming to recogniz...

WATCH: ADORABLE Gay Couple Weds After 46-Year Relationship

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

After 46 years of love and commitment, Lewis Duckett and Billy Jones publicly tied the knot in a beautiful wedding ceremony at New York's Riverside Ch...

Why Queers Should Care About Sex Offenders

Andrew Extein, MSW | Posted 08.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Andrew Extein, MSW

The same methods historically used by the government to imprison and pathologize homosexuality and gender variation are being used today to justify the extreme marginalization, lifetime institutionalization, and oppression of people who have violated sex laws.

Minnesota, Marriage And Me

Coya White Hat-Artichoker | Posted 06.02.2013 | Gay 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 06.02.2013 | Gay 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.

Walking the Plank: Out and Proud at the DNC 2012?

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 11.05.2012 | Gay Voices
Victor M. Feraru

Much like the sit-ins that took place merely an hour away in the little big town of Greensboro, the queer community finds itself having a historic moment -- and we are very aware of this. The democrats are walking the proverbial plank.

Change Happens, Hank

Erica Keppler | Posted 12.13.2011 | Gay Voices
Erica Keppler

America is changing because the world is changing. Keeping gays and lesbians from getting married won't stop that, but believing it will is the bill of goods the majority have been sold.

The Swing Vote

Ryan Thoreson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ryan Thoreson

The discussion of Kagan's sexuality has been disheartening, not just because it shouldn't matter, but because it makes it painfully obvious how retrograde our sexual politics actually are.