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Harvey Fierstein: Heterosexual 'Doesn't Mean You're Normal'

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 05.11.2014 | Gay Voices

“The biggest thing I learned is that there’s no such thing as normal,” proclaimed Harvey Fierstein, talking about his new hit play “Casa Valen...

Putin Has a Vision and a Strategy, The West Seems to Have Neither

András Simonyi | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
András Simonyi

Putin's tactic is "two steps forward, and one step back". When he takes a step back, the west rejoices, but we should be very careful and watchful. For Putin is preparing the next steps.

We Must Stand for Those Being Pushed Deeper Into the Darkness

Elton John | Posted 07.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Elton John

We can only get married because millions of people took a stand to defend and protect us. The gay people of Brunei -- and Russia, and Uganda, and many other countries -- need us to take another stand today.

Global Criminalization Of Homosexuality, From Dan Savage (VIDEO)

Posted 05.05.2014 | MarloThomas

In the wake of Uganda's recent criminalization of homosexuality, Dan Savage, Host of Savage Lovecast, addressed the highly charged topic of anti-gay l...

Group Aims To Ensure Olympics Will Never Be Held In Another Country With Anti-Gay Laws Again

AP | Posted 04.16.2014 | Gay Voices

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — More than 100,000 members of an international gay rights group have sent messages to the IOC urging changes to ensure t...

The Russian Open Games: Thwarted at Every Turn by the Powers That Be, but a Success Nonetheless!

Greg Louganis | Posted 05.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Greg Louganis

Konstantin and Elvina worked tirelessly to keep spirits high and prevent the obstacles -- bomb threats, a smoke bomb set off at one of the venues, hotels that had been booked in advance suddenly claiming they were under construction and turning away participants once they learned who we were -- from getting us down.

WATCH: Russian 'Thugs' Violently Attack St. Pat's Event, Mistaking Group For Gay Activists

Posted 03.25.2014 | Gay Voices

Footage of Russian "thugs" in the Siberian city of Irkutsk allegedly mistaking members of a St. Patrick's Day flashmob for gay rights activists and be...

Reflecting on the Russian Open Games and the Anti-LGBTI Climate Here

Greg Louganis | Posted 05.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Greg Louganis

Of course, for the Olympics, Russia put its best foot forward, and everyone accused the Western media of "overreacting" to the anti-gay laws here. If those critics had seen what I've witnessed in Russia, they would think differently. Russia does discriminate against its LGBTI citizens.

My Trip to Moscow: It Wasn't Sochi

Greg Louganis | Posted 05.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Greg Louganis

After the Olympics in Sochi -- and yes, I was rather disappointed that I was not a part of the official U.S. delegation -- there was the LGBT-affirming Russian Open Games in the five days between the end of the Olympics and the beginning of the Paralympics.

Why Go to Moscow as a Gay Man Living With HIV/AIDS?

Greg Louganis | Posted 05.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Greg Louganis

It was for that 17-year-old boy who was tortured, beaten and raped with beer bottles and pissed on for just being himself. He was forced to say he was a pedophile. How can a 17-year-old boy be a pedophile?

Putin's 'Holy Russia' Goes to War

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 05.02.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

What do you get when you combine ultra-nationalist religious and political conservatism along with homophobia and sexism? That is the toxic mix that is fueling Vladimir Putin's militaristic moves against the people of Ukraine.

Gay Tennis Legend: 'I'm Worried About The LGBT community For Their safety'

AP | MELISSA MURPHY | Posted 03.02.2014 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Billie Jean King's taxi ride home after the Sochi Olympics included a revelation. She learned Jason Collins joined the Brooklyn Net...

Gay Russian Athletes: 'Sports Is A Human Right'

Reuters | Posted 05.01.2014 | Gay Voices

By Katya Golubkova MOSCOW, March 1 (Reuters) - Disruption and police intrusions marred Russia's first open Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and ...

Et tu Hilton? Open Letter to Global Brands Who Love the Gays While Throwing Them Under the Bus: You Can't Have It Both Ways

Joseph Huff-Hannon | Posted 04.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Joseph Huff-Hannon

Global brands better get used to finding themselves in the cross hairs, because human rights and LGBT rights campaigns and campaigners are increasingly as international as they are. And we're not going away anytime soon.

Detroit: The Gay Promised Land?

Wayne Besen | Posted 04.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Wayne Besen

If Detroit becomes that golden door for gay refugees, the worldwide LGBT community will respond by doing everything in its power to once more lift Detroit's flickering lamp to prominence.

We're Gonna Party Like It's 1980!

Grif Peterson | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Grif Peterson

While it is wonderful to see the U.S. appear rhetorically unified behind gay marriage, convergence theory posits that this will last only insofar as supporting gay rights is at the expense of Russia's public image.

LGBT Rights Under Fire Around the Globe: IPPF Urges Supporters to Renew the Fight

Tewodros Melesse | Posted 04.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Tewodros Melesse

We know the path to equality is an uneven course, which is why we, along with our many partners, work tirelessly in more than 170 countries around the world.

The Problem With Sochi

Chris Kluwe | Posted 04.26.2014 | Impact
Chris Kluwe

What have I learned about the guiding principle of politically free sport, bringing nations together in peace and harmony under the benevolent hand of the IOC? I've learned there is a problem with Sochi.

What Comes Next in Russia's Struggle for Freedom?

Steven W. Hawkins | Posted 04.26.2014 | Impact
Steven W. Hawkins

As the Sochi Olympics come to a close, what is in store for the struggle for freedom and rights in Putin's Russia?

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 04.24.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Tonight's closing ceremony marks the end of the 2014 Winter Olympics. From Bode Miller's tears to Kate Hansen's dance moves; from America's first Ice Dancing gold to Bob Costas's gold medal in freestyle pink eye; from Adelina Sotnikova's stunning win to Shaun White's even more stunning failure; from Olympic rings that failed to light to abandoned speed skating suits, the Sochi Games delivered a host of indelible memories and their fair share of controversial decisions. There was also controversy beyond the competition, including members of Pussy Riot being whipped by angry Cossacks and protests over Russia's anti-gay laws. Of course, from Jesse Owens foiling Hitler in 1936, to the Munich massacre in 1972, to dueling boycotts in 1980 and 1984, the Olympics have never been devoid of politics. Indeed, it's the collective attention they bring to both the best and worst of humanity that captures the public imagination.

To Russia With Love: 'The Devotion Project' Celebrates the Gay Love Putin Wants to Hide

Antony Osso | Posted 04.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Antony Osso

These films are meant to give hope to LGBTQ youth and adults in Russia. I've held fast to the notion that I'd be feel more gratified if I focused on the variety and specificity of our love, rather than condemning other viewpoints.

WATCH: Porn Star To Release Documentary About How Hard It Is To Be Gay In Russia

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 02.20.2014 | Gay Voices

Porn magnate and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights activist Michael Lucas is dead set on showing the world just how terrible it is to be g...

Michelangelo Signorile

Vladimir Vs. Vladimir: Italian Transgender Activist And Ex-MP Recalls Russian Detention

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.19.2014 | Gay Voices

“The second time, I was very afraid,” said former Italian member of parliament Vladimir Luxuria, about her detention in Sochi, Russia after she de...

Here's How to Get McDonald's to Send 'Gay Propaganda' to Sochi's Olympic Village for You

Scott Wooledge | Posted 04.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Scott Wooledge

Although McDonald's has abandoned the #CheersToSochi hashtag, the Cheers to Sochi campaign website is still up and functioning and, according to their press and social media updates, still a conduit to talk to Olympic athletes and teams behind Putin's Lavender Curtain.

What Our Demand of the International Olympic Committee Should Be

Allison Hope | Posted 04.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

Now that we have the stage and international limelight to hear our cause and the plight of LGBT equality, we need to come together to plan next steps.