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Sexual Orientation

Age And Its Influence On Sexual Orientation And Attraction

Loren A. Olson, M.D. | Posted 11.28.2016 | Queer Voices
Loren A. Olson, M.D.

Sexuality is a matrix of sexualities, and not a continuum between gay and straight.

The Open Space Of Genders, Sexual Orientations, Identities And Freedoms

Caroline Brousseau | Posted 10.31.2016 | World
Caroline Brousseau

THINKING OUT LOUD - The open space of genders, sexual orientations, identities and freedoms I feel like I have some things in my minds and that writi...

Bi-Erasure... Even After Death?

Kevin Hogan | Posted 09.22.2016 | Queer Voices
Kevin Hogan

Experiencing violence and hate caused by intolerance of your sexual orientation is devastating. It's even worse when you don't have the option to fully and accurately communicate the incident to the authorities because there's no distinct category for bisexuals.

The Problem With Defining Sexual Orientation

Tim Rymel | Posted 09.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Tim Rymel

A conversion therapy survivor once told me, "I never considered myself to be gay, even though I was having sex with male friends in high school." Grow...

We Need To Move Beyond LGBT Alphabet Soup And Slurs

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 08.02.2016 | Queer Voices
DaShanne Stokes

The problem that all of this raises is that no single term is likely to be embraced by everyone, and most terms fall prey to the same problems as those we've already seen. They treat us as monolithic, negating our diversity and the multiplicity with which some people may identify.

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 02.19.2017 | 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 02.10.2017 | 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 02.09.2017 | 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 01.08.2017 | 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 12.09.2016 | 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 11.13.2016 | 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 11.04.2016 | 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 10.26.2016 | 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 10.23.2016 | 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 08.11.2016 | 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.