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Stonewall

The Bleeding Red Pustules of Courage

Matthew Terrell | Posted 05.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Matthew Terrell

We accept the risks of this battle, and believe martyrdom is the highest calling for us warriors. This battle will not be over until every gay man in America has an uncurable sexually transmitted disease! We are ready to fight.

When Police Are Outside Agitators

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 05.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Police must change their perspective from enforcing to protecting. They must know and respect the communities they serve. They must not be above the law. Change will occur only if we push for it together. Let's be about it.

LGBT's: Don't Forget Riots Are What Got Us Here

Brandon Wallace | Posted 05.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Brandon Wallace

I am speaking to the LGBT people who are watching all of the latest events in America unfold. I just want to take this time to remind those LGBT folk that are so quick to condemn the riots in Baltimore that if it were not for rioting, we would not be where we are today.

Girl With Down Syndrome Is Ecstatic About Becoming A Cheerleader, And We Want To Be On Her Team #SquadGoals

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 05.11.2015 | Good News

A middle school girl has received some major news that is totally A-W-E! S-O-M-E! Lacey Parker, a 10-year-old girl who has Down syndrome, found out...

Joe Biden: 'Selma And Stonewall Were Basically The Same Movement'

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 03.09.2015 | Gay Voices

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gays and lesbians are fighting for the same equal rights that African-Americans fought for decades ago, Vice President Joe Biden s...

Why Trans Lives Matter to This Lesbian

Allison Hope | Posted 04.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

As of today, trans women of color are the most targeted victims of hate. They are murdered by men who pass them on the street, by intimate partners in bed and by lovers who traded in love and understanding for ignorance and violence.

Dear Mary Cheney: Here Are Reasons Why Drag Is Socially Acceptable and Blackface Is Not

Domenick Scudera | Posted 04.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Drag is a celebration. Drag is an attitude. Characterizing drag queens as "bitchy, catty, dumb, slutty" is reductive and insulting. The female persona created by a drag queen is robust, powerful, enduring. She has moxie, smarts, humor and beauty.

In Memory of Danny Garvin, One of the Heroic Homeless LGBT Youths Who Fought in the Stonewall Uprising (PHOTOS)

Carl Siciliano | Posted 02.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Carl Siciliano

Danny was never able to forget what it meant to be a homeless teen. He overcame homelessness and built a good life for himself, but he bore the scars in his psyche, and in his body. He contracted hepatitis while he was homeless; it shortened his life.

A Stonewall Riots Veteran Remembered

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 12.18.2014 | Gay Voices

Danny Garvin, who participated in the 1969 Stonewall Riots, died Dec. 9 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and liver cancer in New York. ...

A Black Stonewall Moment

Leon Acord | Posted 02.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Leon Acord

Gays have often compared our fight for equality and acceptance to the struggle of the Black community. While not everyone in the Black community is thrilled about that, the parallels are too strong to deny.

Femininity in Men Is a Form of Power

Diriye Osman | Posted 09.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

If a Somali man is considered feminine he is deemed weak, helpless, pitiful: The underlying message being that femininity is inherently inferior to masculinity. Variants of this thinking extend across most cultures, belief systems, races and sexualities.

What the Straight World Learned From the Stonewall Riots (It Was Indeed "a Flash at Midnight")

Sherman Yellen | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Sherman Yellen

Ultimately the Stonewall Riots help free the gay community from the stigma of being born gay and remaining alive to their true nature, but it helped to free the straight world from the bondage of fear and bigotry regarding the variegated sexuality of humanity; a fear that held it in its grip.

Streisand, Minnelli and Garland: Pop Icons, Gay History

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 08.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Charles Karel Bouley

The gay dating app Jack'd took a survey during this season of Gay Pride about gay icons old and new. The current ones, people like Michael Sams, President Obama, Laverne Cox are not surprises. What was, and what actually set me aback, was the "icons that should be retired" question.

Does Gay Pride Matter?

Slava Mogutin | Posted 08.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Slava Mogutin

When I first arrived in New York nearly 20 years ago, one of the most vivid impressions of my new home city was the first Gay Pride parade I saw. After being thrown out of my country for speaking out on gay issues, seeing such a massive and festive demonstration of freedom and unity was a total revelation for me.

LOOK: Remembering Our Queer History On Stonewall's 45th Anniversary

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 06.20.2014 | Gay Voices

It's been 45 years since the historic Stonewall Riots, but their significance and impact are still as relevant today as ever before. In honor of th...

James Thilman

Groundbreaking Project To Shed New (And Long Overdue) Light On LGBT History

HuffingtonPost.com | James Thilman | Posted 01.29.2015 | Gay Voices

Dave Isay, founder and president of the non-profit oral history project StoryCorps, long envisioned an initiative focused on the lesbian, gay, bisexua...

The Tidal Wave of Gay Portrayals of the Trans Experience

Dana Beyer | Posted 08.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

So we have one more example of gay men performing drag for major audiences and misconstruing for the masses what it means to be transgender.

Look Who Just Signed On To This Historic Gay Rights Film

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 06.06.2014 | Gay Voices

A hotly anticipated new film that aims to tell the story of the historic 1969 Stonewall Riots just added a number of familiar faces to its line-up. ...

Stonewall Activist And LGBT Rights Pioneer Dies At 93

AP | DEEPTI HAJELA | Posted 05.28.2014 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Storme DeLarverie, a lesbian activist who took part in the New York Stonewall riots in 1969 that started the gay rights movement in ...

Long Beach Kicks Off Season of Pride 2014 - May 17, 18

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 07.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Charles Karel Bouley

On the morning of June 28, 1969, a raid was tried at the Stonewall Inn. It wasn't a gay bar -- there were none. It was owned by the mafia, and was a place for all outcasts, including drag queens, butch lesbians, feminine boys and male prostitutes.

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.

A Look At LGBT Landmarks, Then And Now

Posted 10.28.2013 | Gay Voices

By Kristen Droesch for YourTango.com Every political and social movement has its landmarks. The Civil Rights movement had the Lincoln Memorial, an...

Look Who Is Hanging Out At Stonewall...

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.23.2013 | Gay Voices

Really, are there closer friends in the world than Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan? The duo took a break from rehearsals for Broadway classics "No...

Politicians Have Not Been the Leaders of the Gay Rights Movement

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 08.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Joan E. Dowlin

We were compared to drug addicts and the mentally ill. We were even preached to that God hates us. Is it any wonder we were all in the closet back then?

The Stonewall Riots Happened 44 Years Ago Today

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 06.28.2013 | Gay Voices

Today marks the 44th anniversary of the historic Stonewall Inn Riots in the heart of Greenwich Village in New York City. The birthplace of the gay...