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Holding Out for a Hero? Meet the LGBTQ Batman

Raina Bowe | Posted 11.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Raina Bowe

Clearly, the LGBTQ community needs a superhero that everyone knows about -- our own Batman, as it were. But here's the good news: I have someone! And, like Batman, he's rich and on a mission to use his powers for good.

Attention Homophobes: Gays Aren't Taking Over the Country. You Just Think We Are

Raina Bowe | Posted 09.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Raina Bowe

There don't appear to be as many LGBTQ people as many people assume there are. But they are living in all kinds of places in this country, often in places where you might not think there are that many LGBTQ people to begin with.

Good News If You're A Same-Sex Couple And Hoping To Tie The Knot

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 12.15.2014 | Gay Voices

Good news for same-sex couples who are planning to tie the knot: new research has found that those pairs divorced at a slightly lower rate than their ...

Another Bend of the Arc Towards Justice

Dana Beyer | Posted 09.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

While it doesn't carry any legal weight, only the power of symbolism, the most touching moments for me in the president's presentation were his fluency with the word "transgender."

4 Parents, 2 Gay Dads, 1 Straight Son | SPEAK UP WITH JIMMY NGUYEN (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 08.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Jimmy Nguyen

LGBT parents raising children are increasingly visible -- allowing us to see more situations of a real life "Modern Family" rather than the traditional concept of a nuclear family.

10 Things You Can't Buy With Food Stamps

Sue Kerr | Posted 06.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

Instead of discussing the horror of someone buying soda pop or a steak with SNAP (food stamps), it would be great to turn the conversation to the things that can't be purchased and think for a minute how we could find a workaround.

What Do We Really Know About Asian and Pacific Islander LGBT Individuals and Same-sex Couples?

Ben de Guzman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Ben de Guzman

The Williams Institute has just released "LGBT Asian and Pacific Islander Individuals and Same-sex Couples," a study that provides data on a variety of social, economic, and demographic characteristics of the Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) LGBT community.

Burying the Lede: The LGBT Community's Deafening Silence on Federal Transgender Employment Protections

Dana Beyer | Posted 11.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Transgender Americans are protected against discrimination in employment in all 50 states under federal law. There, I said it. Our gay and trans organizations have been, at best, burying the lede, and at worst, remaining silent and even misrepresenting the current legal state of affairs.

Freedom to Work and the New LGBT Advocacy Paradigm

Dana Beyer | Posted 08.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

National organizations that are structured more like campaigns, or that serve one particular community or cause, along with the legal organizations and the research organizations, have been increasingly effective relative to the multi-issue organizations. The question is why.

Gay Marriage Support Grows In All 50 States, Poll Finds

Posted 05.15.2013 | Gay Voices

Support for same-sex marriage has grown across all 50 U.S. states over the past eight years, a new report has found. Published by the UCLA's Willi...

Closets And Criticisms Of LGBT Research (Part 2)

Amy Andre | Posted 01.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Amy Andre

If we count people who are in the closet or "discordant," then sure, that boosts our numbers, but to what end? Why do we need to know how many of us there are? Is the implication that if there are more of us, then we are more deserving of rights?

Closets And Criticisms Of LGBT Research (Part 1)

Amy Andre | Posted 01.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Amy Andre

Dr. Gary Gates has reported that 50 percent of people who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual identify as bisexual. He's also reported that 3.5 percent of the U.S. adult population identifies as LGB. Detractors seem to feel that the latter percentage is too low and the former too high.

On Dating Men, And Hate Crimes At Home

Amy Andre | Posted 12.16.2012 | Gay Voices
Amy Andre

A new report shows that bisexual women and gay men experience higher rates of domestic-violence victimization than people of other gender-and-sexual-orientation combinations. Thus, queer people in relationships with men are being abused by those men at disproportionate rates.

Why Is Gay Divorce So Complicated?

Robert Hughes, Jr. | Posted 09.09.2012 | Divorce
Robert Hughes, Jr.

The media has been increasingly focused on the legal circumstances of same-sex marriage while overlooking the even more complex situation of same-sex divorce.

Teens Raised By Lesbian Parents Just As Happy As Those Raised By Heterosexual Couples, Study Finds

Posted 01.12.2012 | Gay Voices

A new Dutch study has confirmed what Zach Wahls has been trying to tell us all along: that the quality of life among teens raised by lesbian parents d...

Do Same-Sex Couples REALLY Split Less Than Straight Ones?

Frederick Hertz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Frederick Hertz

The Williams Institute, a prestigious gay-legal think tank located at the University of California Los Angeles, has just released some fascinating statistics.

PHOTOS: Which U.S. Cities Have The Most Gay Couples?

Carly Schwartz | Posted 10.26.2011 | San Francisco

Nearly one million gay couples live in almost every county in the United States, according to groundbreaking data released Thursday by UCLA's same-sex...