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Racist Police Brutality Is An LGBT Issue

Tony Varona | Posted 07.18.2016 | Queer Voices
Tony Varona

The LGBT community reflects the rainbow. The rainbow flag, in fact, is a fitting symbol of our motley movement.

LGBT Rights in National Constitutions - would they make a difference in the US and globally?

Dr. Jody Heymann | Posted 06.28.2016 | Queer Voices
Dr. Jody Heymann

Co-authored by David Godfrey This month marks the anniversary of the Supreme Court's historic ruling that extended marriage equality to millions o...

Those Holding 'Anti-Gay' Sentiments Need To Stop Making Things Worse By Expressing Outrage Over The Florida Massacre

Mark Baer | Posted 06.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Mark Baer

Many of those spewing anti-gay rhetoric engage in gaslighting, which “is a form of mental abuse in which a victim is manipulated into doubting their...

Discrimination In America: Who's Next?

Shayne Looper | Posted 05.24.2016 | Religion
Shayne Looper

In the past, to be called "discriminating" was high praise. We rarely hear the adjective used that way (or used at all) anymore, but the noun and verb are everywhere.

When Home Is Hate: A Reflection on HB2

Charlotte Robertson | Posted 04.08.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlotte Robertson

North Carolina is sticky summer nights catching lightening bugs. North Carolina is fading blue mountaintops and salty ocean crests. North Carolina is the best barbeque in the South and tea so sweet it makes your teeth tingle. But, North Carolina is also discrimination.

Sexual Orientation Discrimination Is Now Illegal Under Federal Law: Here's How To Prove it

Donna Ballman | Posted 03.03.2016 | Business
Donna Ballman

The EEOC has brought it's first discrimination lawsuits on behalf of gay workers, arguing that the federal law that covers sex discrimination also pro...

The LDS Church and Utah Politics

Peter Harrison | Posted 02.22.2016 | Religion
Peter Harrison

Here in the state of Utah our 2016 legislative session is in full swing. Only lasting a mere 45 days the session is one of the shortest in the nation. Despite being such a short length Utah legislators pass hundreds of bills every year, oftentimes with many bills being passed on the final day of the session.

Gay Vs. Queer: Labels and Limitations

Paul Katz | Posted 02.10.2016 | Queer Voices
Paul Katz

I didn't boycott either the British or American Queer As Folk series because the word "queer" was in the title. I can't imagine not clicking on this HuffPost page just because I'm not fully in line with the word "queer".

How to be Bisexual and Happy

Neil Endicott | Posted 02.09.2016 | Queer Voices
Neil Endicott

Most bisexual people rarely meet other openly bisexual people in the course of their everyday lives, either in the workplace or through friendship networks. This can lead to a sense of isolation, and a feeling that you are the only bisexual person around. To really understand that we aren't alone as bisexuals, we need to explore and engage with the experience of other bisexual people.

A Tribute to Robert Spitzer, the Most Influential Psychiatrist of His Time

Allen Frances | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Allen Frances

There is an ongoing debate whether the flow of history is pushed forward more by ineluctable forces or by the prominent people who represent them. I u...

The Future Is Bright for Bisexual People, Despite Our Current Challenges

Neil Endicott | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Neil Endicott

Twenty years later, bisexual people still face multiple challenges, but some things have gotten better.

Marked for Death: A Homosexual's Rant to His Would Be Executioners

Michael Rohrer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Rohrer

I'm a person. I'm someone's child, someone's brother, someone's uncle. I'm a cousin, a nephew, a friend. I'm a human being. I deserve to live my life to the fullest just like anybody else.

When Your Child Comes Out: Embracing An LGBT Loved One

EBONY.com | Posted 11.04.2015 | Black Voices
EBONY.com

With an increasing number of Black parents being open to exploring the second option, here is some affirming and practical advice from everyday people and LGBT experts on how your family can best support a young person who likely needs it now more than ever.

The Universality of Gender Fluidity

Noah Manne | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Noah Manne

If the people I have talked to in my practice -- both those who identify as gender minority and those who identify as cisgender -- are any indication, we will likely conclude that gender identity is as much on a scale as is sexual orientation.

6 Truths of Bisexuality

Isaac Archuleta | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Isaac Archuleta

Too often writers, even those who are lauded, write and speak of sexual orientation as though it is a simple attraction to one set of gonads or as though its best understood by identifying with whom one chooses to sleep. What a fallacy.

Here's Why Conversations About Campus Sexual Assault Need To Include LGBT People

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Mainstream conversations about rape often fail to acknowledge sexual assaults that happen against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) commu...

Biphobia Is a Destructive Force in Our Community -- And It Needs to Stop

Neil Endicott | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Neil Endicott

Biphobia pushes many of us to hide in the closet to avoid ridicule and rejection. It can affect our well-being and sense of identity. Looking back on my own experience, some relatively small incidences of biphobia had a large and negative effect on my life.

I Will Never Repent For Being Homosexual

Michael Rohrer | Posted 07.16.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Rohrer

I was put on this Earth to live the often fabulous -- though frequently maligned -- life of a homosexual. Sling your accusatory rhetoric at me all you want. But to use Bible verses to taint someone's existence, his very life, as a sin because he is attracted to someone of the same-sex is deplorable.

What Is Transgender?: A Beautiful Short Film Has an Answer

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 07.01.2016 | Queer Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

To get to the heart of what the words gender and transgender are all about, I believe it is more effective to show than to tell. The new short film, Dylan, by Elizabeth Rohrbaugh, does exactly that.

The Paradoxical World Of Bisexual OKCupid

Frankie Thomas | Posted 06.24.2016 | Queer Voices
Frankie Thomas

The queer world still exists apart -- discrete, you might say -- from the straight world, and to be a bisexual woman on OKCupid is to travel back and forth between them, bicoastal, bilingual, bicultural, always apologizing to one on behalf of the other.

It's Time to End Discrimination in the Workplace

Toni G. Atkins | Posted 06.12.2016 | Queer Voices
Toni G. Atkins

This isn't an issue about choice or religion -- these are real people, losing their livelihoods, their sources of income, and they're more likely to become impoverished because we still have not extended protections to many LGBT people. Demanding the right to fair employment and fair workplace treatment is not demanding special treatment or advantages over others

How Bruce Jenner Changes the Birds and the Bees Talk

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 05.11.2016 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

The birds and the bees talk was never just about information, as much as we wanted it to be. It was about healthy choices and healthy relationships, about finding their way in the world as sexual beings. Which our children are, whether we like it or not.

Here Are The Most Common Questions About The Trans Community, Answered

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

At every LGBTQ training I give, people are the most interested in one thing: trans people. So what is transgender? It's a persistent feeling that your gender does not match the sex you were assigned at birth. Evidence leads us to believe we are about .5 percent of the population, or one in every 200 people.

Is It All Right With You If I'm Just Out as Human?

Shaina Loew | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Shaina Loew

I don't have a word for being a girl who was assigned "female" at birth; identifies as a girl; grew up dressing like (and still sometimes dresses like) a boy; once dated men but now dates women; eats meat, vegetables, gluten, and dairy; is white; has blonde hair and blue eyes; and is short. That's why we have names. I'm just Shaina.

Growing Up Kinky

Dr. Gloria Brame | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dr. Gloria Brame

Growing up kinky, queer, non-binary, and non-heteronormative is a mixed bag that often includes struggles and self-doubt. But you grow up, and chances are that you will find that person or those people who don't just accept you but are grateful for who you turned out to be.