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"I Was Very, Very Happy That Stonewall Had Happened."

Nathan Manske | Posted 07.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

Perry couldn't seem to escape the abuse from being gay, whether it was from bullies or the cops. But one night in June, Perry was at the bar, Julius', when he heard that there was a raid down the street at Stonewall and "the girls" were fighting back.

Attorney Says Mississippi Cop Strangled Unarmed Black Man To Death

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 07.14.2015 | Black Voices

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is looking into the case of an unarmed black man allegedly strangled to death by a white cop this week. Jon...

Pornosophy: Tweededum and Tweedledee

Francis Levy | Posted 07.02.2015 | Media
Francis Levy

Once the freedom has been achieved, then the real struggle begins, that of living with the petty annoyances, anal struggles and irritations that characterize most relationships after the flame of initial passion is spent.

Community Gathers At Iconic Stonewall Inn To Celebrate Iconic LGBTQ Victory

Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 06.26.2015 | Gay Voices

What better way to spend the last weekend of pride month than celebrate a hard-won marriage equality victory in one of the LGBTQ rights movement's mos...

Stonewall Still Rages

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 06.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

Stonewall must still rage, until all Americans are protected against discrimination. Until our nation lives the truth that Black lives matter, Brown lives matter and Trans lives matter. We are all connected in the struggle and we did not get to this place of victory alone.

Matt Ramos

Last Weekend Of June Holds Special History For LGBT Community | Matt Ramos | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics

In deciding Friday that marriage equality is the law of the land, the Supreme Court justices not only made history, they also showed their respect for...

An Open Letter Those Who Dismissed Jennicet Gutierrez As A 'Heckler'

Pat Cordova-Goff | Posted 06.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Pat Cordova-Goff

While President Obama claimed, "You're in my house," he seemed to be more comfortable with reading a speech about trans issues than listening to a trans women speak of her own issues.

Stonewalls, an LGBTQI Civil Rights Anthem, Comes Out of the Closet

Nicholas Snow | Posted 06.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

Sometimes things just come together in a rather uncanny way. In 1998 I performed Stonewalls, my original LGBTQI Civil Rights Anthem, for the first time as part of a concert I gave in Hollywood.

An (Overdue) Honor For New York's Stonewall Inn

AP | Posted 06.24.2015 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's landmarks commission has voted to grant official status to the Stonewall Inn, the Greenwich (GREN'-ich) Village bar ...

Pride's Race Problem

Michael Lambert | Posted 06.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Lambert

Have 40 years of Pride celebrations crafted and showcased by white gay men held back the advancement of rights for transgender people of color?

LGBT Voices for #BlackLivesMatter

Nadine Smith | Posted 06.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Nadine Smith

In a culture literally built on denying black people full humanity, in a society where the gains of the past are under constant attack, at a time when Stand Your Ground laws make fear and bias evidence to exonerate, it is important that we say clearly that Black Lives Matter.

An Overdue Honor For NYC's Stonewall Inn?

Reuters | Posted 06.02.2015 | Gay Voices

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK, June 1 (Reuters) - The Stonewall Inn, the bar considered the birthplace of the U.S. gay rights movement, c...

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.