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Noah Michelson
Noah Michelson is the Executive Editor of Queer Voices at The Huffington Post. Noah received his MFA in poetry from New York University, and his poems have been featured in The New Republic, The Best American Erotic Poetry from 1800 to the Present, and other publications. Before joining The Huffington Post, Noah served as Senior Editor at Out magazine, and he has also contributed to Details and Blackbook and served as a commentator on CNN, BBC, Fusion, 'Inside Edition' and Sirius XM, among other outlets.

Entries by Noah Michelson

Beloved Activist, Therapist And Author Robert Levithan Dead At Age 65

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 2:14 PM

The following obituary was written by Christopher Harrison with Patrick Pacheco and is being republished here with their permission.

Robert Levithan, gay activist, therapist and author, died peacefully at home on May 13, 2016 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 65.

Levithan, author of “The...

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The Dangers Of Sex In Self-Driving Cars And The Week's Other Biggest Sex Stories

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 10:47 AM

Could we soon be getting it on in the front seats of our cars? 

With the rise of self-driving vehicles, all of the time that was once spent navigating the road could soon be spent having sex. At least that's what Barrie Kirk of the Canadian Automated...

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Scared Of Trans People In Bathrooms? Here's One HUGE Thing You're Forgetting

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 10:23 AM

Awooga! Awooga! My fellow Americans, this is not a drill!

Transgender people occasionally need to relieve themselves and they occasionally need to do it in public restrooms!

Terrifying, right?!?!?!?!?!!?!??!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?

Actually, no. Not at all. But by the way politicians, religious righters, and...

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'Family' Group Member Can't Answer Simplest Question About Trans Bathrooms

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2016 | 7:57 AM

Chris Matthews tackled the controversy over transgender people using public restrooms on his MSNBC show "Hardball" just hours after the Obama administration directed public schools to allow transgender students to use...

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The Biggest Queer Wellness Stories Of The Week

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 1:25 PM

Each week HuffPost Queer Voices, in a partnership with blogger Scout, LGBT HealthLink and researcher Susana Fajardo, brings you a round up of some of the biggest LGBT wellness stories from the past seven days. For more LGBT Wellness, visit our page dedicated to...

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Dan Savage Has A Brilliantly Gross Idea To Protest NC's Anti-LGBT Law

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 1:13 PM

If Dan Savage gets his way, Pat McCrory's office will soon be filled with urine.

On Monday, the writer and activist tweeted his suggestion for how the North Carolina governor and his staff could ensure the "safe disposal" of transgender people's bodily waste:

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RaiseAChild Pays Tribute To Foster Care And Adoption Champions At HONORS Gala

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 4:23 PM

This article was written by our friends at RaiseAChild.US.

Sunday, May 1 marked the beginning of National Foster Care month. To kick off the month, RaiseAChild held their 4th annual HONORS gala and fundraiser at The Jim Henson Company lot in Los Angeles to pay...

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Straight Women Try Strap-On Sex Toys For The First Time

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 10:37 AM

YouTube vlogger Arielle Scarcella knows how to push people's buttons. The mastermind behind videos like "Here’s What Happens When These Lesbians Touch A Penis For The First Time" and "Lesbians Explain: Sleeping With Straight Girls" is an expert when it comes to getting people to think and talk about some of the most intimate aspects of their lives and identities.

Now in her latest video, "Straight Girls Try Strap-Ons For The First Time," above, she's asked three individuals who identify as female and straight to try on a strap-on to find out how the experience complicates their ideas about sex and sexuality.

“I think it’s a whole issue of making men understand that it’s not bad to feel feminine,” one participant notes.

Another woman wonders if the shape utilized for most strap-ons might be part of the reason so many men refuse to try being penetrated by one. “Maybe it shouldn’t be in the shape of a dick," she wonders aloud. "Like, if they want to be manly, make it a football. Make it a beer!”

Scarcella told The Huffington Post that "by showing that men of all types can enjoy anal sex, it hopefully can open the minds of those who are ashamed or afraid to try it." She added, "There are also plenty of women who don't mind being the aggressor [in a sexual...

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Can You Really Break Your Penis? (And Answers To 8 Other Candid Sex Questions)

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 10:39 AM

If human penises don't have any bones in them, can they really break during sex or other intense activities?

That's one of the questions sent in by a listener and tackled on the latest episode of the HuffPost Love+Sex Podcast.

"You can break your...

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레즈비언들이 직접 레즈비언 섹스에 대한 질문 12가지에 솔직하게 답했다

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2016 | 7:39 PM

레즈비언 섹스에 대해 굉장히 많은 사람들이 여러 가지를 궁금해 한다.

다른 모든 섹스처럼, 레즈비언 섹스에도 딱 한 가지 공식 같은 건 없다. 그러나 여성과 여성의 섹스는 다른 섹스들보다 더 많은 질문과 혼란을 낳는 것 같다.
잘못된 믿음을 타파하기 위해 허프포스트 게이 보이시스는 허프포스트 라이브 프로듀서 알렉스 버그,...

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12 Dinge, die du immer schon über lesbischen Sex wissen wolltest

(6) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 11:57 AM

Was lesbischen Sex betrifft, so fragen sich doch viele Menschen, was wirklich unter der Bettdecke (oder auf Küchentischen oder auf der Rückbank eines Taxis) passiert.

Wie auch bei allen anderen Arten von Sex gibt es hier keine universellen Antworten. Es gibt jedoch manche Dinge, die bei einer...

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When It Comes To Gay Men, Masculinity And Femininity, What's Really Going On?

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 11:37 AM

A new video from ASAPThought -- the self-described "science with a social conscience" YouTube channel -- asks, "Are gay men more masculine?"

A provocative question, sure, but if you watch the four-minute clip, you'll quickly realize what's really being examined is the way in which masculinity and femininity is perceived by our culture, who suffers because of how our society has defined its norms for men and women (and mostly attacks or ignores anyone who falls outside of or resists the binary) and ultimately how homophobia and sexism are intimately connected.

"Homophobia is so much more than the irrational fear of gay people," Gregory Brown notes in the video. "Calling someone 'gay' or 'a fag' is another way of calling them more feminine or a sissy or inferior, so, yes, homophobia is sexism."

Check out the full clip above and get a mini crash course in some of the biggest pitfalls of masculinity and what we can do to combat how our society thinks about what it means to be a...

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12 risposte del tutto sincere alle vostre domande sul sesso tra lesbiche

(9) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 9:37 AM

Quando si parla di sesso tra lesbiche, in molti si pongono diverse domande su cosa succeda davvero sotto le coperte (o sul tavolo della cucina, oppure sul sedile posteriore di un taxi).
Come ogni altra tipologia di sesso, non c’è un unico approccio nel sesso lesbico. Tuttavia, ci...

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Cuba Inspires Names Candis Cayne As Honorary LGBT Ambassador To Cuba

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 8:43 AM

Candis Cayne has been named by Cuba Inspires, along with Dr. Mariela Castro-Espin, director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX), as the first honorary LGBT ambassador to Cuba during events related to the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in Havana...

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Here's What Happened When I Agreed To Try 'Smell Dating'

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 11:29 AM

What if instead of relying on dating apps or trying your luck at the bar, all you needed to find love was your nose?

Enter Smell Dating, a project helmed by Tega Brain and Sam Lavigne that investigates the role scent plays in attraction while aiming to help participants track down their soul mate -- or at least a hot date. 

Here are the logistics for "the first mail odor dating service" as listed on its website:

  1. We send you a t-shirt
  2. You wear the shirt for three days and three nights without deodorant.
  3. You return the shirt to us in a prepaid envelope.
  4. We send you swatches of t-shirts worn by a selection of other individuals.
  5. You smell the samples and tell us who you like.
  6. If someone whose smell you like likes the smell of you too, we'll facilitate an exchange of contact information.
  7. The rest is up to you.

Seems easy enough, right? But does it work?

As co-host of the HuffPost Love+Sex Podcast (and the only single member of our podcast team) I volunteered to try Smell Dating. In the podcast episode below, you'll hear exactly what I learned during my journey.

You'll also hear Brain and Lavigne explain how Smell Dating came to be, meet Adam Simon, a fellow Smell Dating participant and the HuffPost Love+Sex listener who inspired this episode, and get the inside scoop on the science of smell from Dr. Charles Wysocki, a meritas member of The Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia.

Want to find out how you can participate in Smell Dating? Head here.

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These Two Moms Share Their Secret To A House Full Of Kids, Love And Happiness

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2016 | 10:29 AM

New foster moms, Renée and Angelique, planned for one child, but quickly discovered a rather simple formula for caring for two. In this week’s RaiseAChild “Let Love Define Family®” series installment for the Huffington Post Queer Voices, contributing writer Beth Hallstrom shares their parenting secret that is helping their foster sons...

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Die kleine Tochter von Chris Hemsworth will einen Penis. Seine Antwort ist perfekt

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 12:08 PM

Chris Hemsworth hat gerade die Erfahrung gemacht, dass man manche Momente als Eltern niemals vorhersehen kann. Der Schauspieler, der gerade seinen Film "The Huntsman & The Ice Queen" bewirbt, hat Moderatorin Ellen DeGeneres von einem besonders unerwarteten Vorfall mit seiner vierjährigen Tochter India Rose erzählt. Er...

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Could Smell Be The Secret To Attraction?

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 10:07 AM

When it comes to finding your soulmate, does the nose know?

That's what Tega Brain and Sam Lavigne wanted to find out when they launched Smell Dating, a project that aims to match potential mates based on their scents.

In the...

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크리스 헴스워스가 '고추가 갖고 싶다'는 딸에게 한 대답

(1) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 1:51 AM


크리스 헴스워스가 다른 사람들이 쉽게 하기 힘든 답변으로 딸과의 작은 갈등을 해결한 사실을 고백했다.

최근 자신의 영화 '헌트맨:윈터스 워'를 홍보 중인 그는 토크쇼에 출연해 엘렌 드제너러스에게 4살짜리 딸, 인디아 로즈와 있었던 생각지도 못한 작은 사고에 대해 고백했다.

헴스워스는 자신의 새로운 영화에 '강한 여성들로부터 구조받는' 장면이...

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Chris Hemsworth's Response To His Daughter's Request For A Penis Is Perfect

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 11:56 AM

Chris Hemsworth just discovered there are some parenting moments you never see coming.

The actor, currently promoting "The Huntsman: Winter's War," opened up to Ellen DeGeneres about an especially unexpected incident with his 4-year-old daughter, India Rose, that left him stumbling to come up with an appropriate response.

After noting that his new film involves being "rescued by these very powerful women" and how he wants his own daughter to live in a world "where [women are] in charge of their own destiny and they’re not waiting for the prince to rescue them," Hemsworth revealed that he's currently dealing with a bit of jealousy in his house.

"My daughter's kind of envious of my [2-year-old twin] boys at the moment," he said. "She came to me the other day and said, 'Papa, I want one of those things that [my sons] Sasha and Tristan have... the things in between their legs."

Hemsworth wasn't sure how to handle the situation and initially tried telling India Rose, "girls have breasts," but she responded, "I don't want breasts!... I really want one... I want a penis!" 

And then he came up with the perfect answer.

"...I was like, 'You know what? You can be whatever you want to be," he said.

Right on, Chris. You ought to schedule a playdate with Adele and her son, as you both apparently have the same awesome idea about letting your kids be exactly who they are and loving them for...

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