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Days In the Lives of the Von Bs

Tom Bartolomei | Posted 02.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Tom Bartolomei

I have to ask myself what the hell is there about my life and my desire to marry the man I love that causes these people to act, well, crazy, for the lack of a better word?

Help!: I Feel Overwhelmed By Arizona

Ken Schneck, PhD | Posted 02.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Ken Schneck, PhD

What lies at the root of my anxiety is what I now understand to be a deadly combination of extreme information sharing and ambiguous calls to action.

Gay Bar's BRILLIANT Response To Homophobic Legislators

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 02.26.2014 | Gay Voices

A popular gay bar in West Hollywood, Calif. is giving homophobic politicians a taste of their own intolerance. The Abbey announced Monday that it i...

My Grandma Is Usually Right

Marina Gomberg | Posted 02.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Marina Gomberg

My grandma called last week. She'd been clipping news stories about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans* (LGBT) movement's progress all over the country and had some questions for me.

'Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs' and the Fraying of America

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 02.27.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Bills that encourage communities to rip apart the fabric of America should be seen for what they are: discriminatory and deeply un-American. That is my sincerely held religious belief.

Arizona Bishop Steps Up Against 'Wolf in Sheep's Clothing' Discrimination Bill

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 02.24.2014 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

When the wolf of bias, bigotry and discrimination presents itself in the sheep's clothing of 'protecting religious liberty' it is crucial for religious leaders to speak the truth that will set us all free. Stepping up to that challenge is the Episcopal Bishop of Arizona Bishop Kirk Smith.

Thank God for Arizona's Religious Freedom Bill: One Gay Man's View

William Dameron | Posted 02.24.2014 | Gay Voices
William Dameron

Now let's talk about the real sin: straight American fashion. Leviticus 19:19 clearly states that garments of two different kinds of materials mixed together is forbidden. Are you a fashion disaster? We will not serve you.

Kansas: What Happened to Its Historic Leadership in Civil Rights?

Dan Glickman | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Dan Glickman

I am particularly proud of the history of Kansas as a progressive leader against discrimination. Fast forward to 2014 and the Kansas House of Representatives turns away from our proud heritage. The Kansas House passed a law that clearly and forcefully discriminates, in both the private and public sector, against same-sex couples.

How Is Discrimination a Religious Freedom?

Domenick Scudera | Posted 04.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

If you refuse to give me and my husband a marriage license -- or sell us a cake or take our photos -- then you are infringing on our right to be treated equally as United States citizens. We are not infringing on your rights. Yours are still intact. Ours are being denied.

Gay Sex Is 'Not Very Pretty' And 'Disgusting,' Right Wing Pundit Claims

Posted 02.20.2014 | Gay Voices

No stranger to anti-gay remarks, conservative televangelist and media mogul Pat Robertson is making headlines with a fresh set of claims. As Right...

LOOK: 'Ex-Gay' Billboard Angers Kentucky's LGBT Community

Posted 02.19.2014 | Gay Voices

Kentucky's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community is crying foul over the appearance of a bizarre billboard will appears to promote a...

Anniversary Album

Stanley Ely | Posted 04.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Stanley Ely

My reaction? Fury, of course, at my classmates!, who felt license to delete a fact central to my life. Was this punishment for deviating from the majority, maybe for not having children?

The Biggest Issue Facing LGBTQ Community Today

Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D. | Posted 04.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D.

As Mr. Gay World 2013 says, "When we can all be free then we can rest, but until then we must pay our dues as those who paid their dues for our current liberties." Right you are, Chris!

Looking for Gold? Find the Rainbow

James Harrell | Posted 04.15.2014 | Gay Voices
James Harrell

Students teetered slightly above my knee, scissors were always a little too small, and I had to hunch over to write on the blackboard. Though on parent's night, it wasn't my size that surprised parents, but my gender.

From the NFL to Africa to Next Door: Civil Rights for Gays?

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 04.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Malcolm Boyd

We've come a long way. We have an even longer way to go. This was illustrated by a seemingly minor or unimportant incident that brushed against my life in the past 24 hours.

Why Global Gay Rights Is NOT a NIMBY Issue

Sylvia Ann Hewlett | Posted 04.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Sylvia Ann Hewlett

For many employees of multinational corporations (MNCs), global gay rights are not a NIMBY issue. It's literally taking place in their backyard. As MNCs expand their operations around the world, they are on the front lines of a confrontation between local cultures and global human rights.

Anti-Gay Restaurant Hilariously Pranked By Gay Rights Supporters

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.10.2014 | Gay Voices

We're willing to bet he didn't see this one coming. After Oklahoma restaurant owner Gary James gave an interview to a local news station explainin...

The Surprising Reason This Gay Activist Welcomes The Westboro Baptist Church

Posted 02.10.2014 | Gay Voices

Author, journalist and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocate Jonathan Rauch expressed a surprising viewpoint of the Westboro B...

This Restaurant Owner Doesn't Want To Serve Gays

Posted 02.08.2014 | Gay Voices

One Oklahoma restaurant owner says he doesn't want to serve gay people. "I really don't want gays around," Gary's Chicaros Club owner Gary James to...

'I Don't Think Homophobia Is Something That Has A Color'

Posted 01.31.2014 | Gay Voices

Author Rob Smith spoke at length about homophobia in the African-American community in an appearance on HuffPost Live this week. Of the perception...

Suspect In Alleged Attack On Gay NYC Journalist Arrested

Posted 01.29.2014 | Gay Voices

A suspect in an alleged Jan. 17 attack on a gay New York journalist just blocks from Times Square has been arrested. The New York Daily News repor...

NYC Theater Journalist Requires Brain Surgery After Alleged Anti-Gay Attack

Posted 01.27.2014 | Gay Voices

Authorities are investigating an alleged attack on an openly gay journalist just blocks from New York's Times Square as a possible hate crime. Ran...

LOOK: Israel Unveils Memorial To Gay Holocaust Victims

AP | ARON HELLER | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel's cultural and financial capital unveiled a memorial Friday honoring gays and lesbians persecuted by the Nazis, the f...

Tennessee Man Who Claimed To Be Anti-Gay Hate Crime Victim Charged With Making False Report

Posted 12.29.2013 | Gay Voices

A gay Tennessee man who claimed to have been robbed and beaten inside his health food shop has been charged with filing a false report. The Paris ...

Typhoon in the Philippines: Equality Amidst Adversity

Ging Cristobal | Posted 02.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Ging Cristobal

Natural disasters do not affect everyone equally or in the same ways. The burning questions are not just about whether we get adequate nourishment or shelter, but also if it is safe to be who we are. Are shelters open to openly gay/lesbian people or transgender individuals?