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Lawrence v. Texas: When LGBT Americans Became Recognized as Second Class Citizens

Ariel Wengroff | Posted 06.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Ariel Wengroff

While there's no argument that progress is being made, many argue that the parameters around LGBT discrimination, particularly gender identity, are still unclear.

Marriage Equality: A Golden Opportunity for the GOP

Christian J. Miele | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Christian J. Miele

Any public policy or law that places a badge of inferiority on certain "less desirable" personal relationships should be struck down. Marriage as a form of expression is a civil, if not an inherent, right.

Blowing Up The Coalition

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 06.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

As Edith Windsor's challenge to DOMA was being heard by the Supreme Court, Keli Goff was trying to drive a racial wedge, writing, "Yet again, wealthy white males are driving the agenda, and everyone else is expected to follow, including the media and the president," to what useful end?

LGBTQ Inclusive Immigration Reform

Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez | Posted 06.11.2013 | Latino Voices
Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez

It would naïve to believe that Congress is considering CIR out of the goodness of their hearts. Republicans and Democrats are trying to deliver on immigration reform to court the Latino vote. So let's explore how Latinos are actually feeling about the inclusion of protections for same-sex couples...

Katherine Graham Must Be Turning Over in Her Grave

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 06.08.2013 | DC
Peter D. Rosenstein

For many years the Washington Post was a reliably progressive paper responsive to its reader's interests. However the Post today is no longer that paper.

Beware of the Gay Marriage Slippery Slope

William Dameron | Posted 06.08.2013 | Gay Voices
William Dameron

It is easy to craft a slippery slope argument, for example; slavery must be maintained, because if we allow people to live in a completely free society, the family will fall apart, the institution of marriage will disintegrate, the government will collapse and Christianity will be rejected. Does this sound familiar?

Raised by Lesbians and I Feel Fine

Ariel Chesler | Posted 06.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Ariel Chesler

I was raised by two women and I am fine, perhaps even better for it, as I had the unique advantage of learning how to be a man from women, and how to be a man who loves women in a world of so much female-oriented hatred.

The Supreme Court and Us: Next Steps for Equality

Andy Thayer | Posted 06.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Andy Thayer

It is our duty to future generations of LGBTQ people to not rest on our laurels of steadily advancing poll numbers, legislative and court gains, but to press our advantage now for the greatest possible gains.

Being Gay, Latino and Fearless

Marcos Saldivar | Posted 06.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Marcos Saldivar

It's a small effort that by no means deserves praise, but if coming out to my family means preventing even one less oppressed gay person, it's worth facing my feelings of trepidation. It's worth enduring an awkward Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

Supreme Court Hearings Show Power of Women's Leadership

Donna P. Hall | Posted 06.05.2013 | Women
Donna P. Hall

From Fox to CNN to NPR to "The Colbert Report," media coverage of the hearings highlighted the incisive questioning of Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan

LISTEN: Lee Swislow, Executive Director Of GLAD, Talks Supreme Court Gay Marriage Cases And More

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 06.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

The day after the U.S. Supreme Court heard two days of historic arguments over marriage equality, I talked with Lee Swislow, Executive Director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), which coordinated the amicus briefs and the party briefs in United States v. Windsor.

Why All Marriage Should Be Declared Unconstitutional and What It Should Be Replaced With

Mark Olmsted | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

A celebration of the love of two people should always be permitted and will always be desired. No one is suggesting the suppression of that aspect of marriage. But legal recognition by the state should be exclusively under a different set of "Plus One" laws.

The 3 Women Who Make Me Feel Good About Old Age

Maddy Dychtwald | Posted 06.05.2013 | Fifty
Maddy Dychtwald

Who are your elder heroes? Who inspires you on the next stage of our life journey?

It Gets Better, But It Also Gets Old

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 06.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

I've been attending gay pride parades and AIDS walks since I was 4 years old. I'm amazed and moved and joyful that what once felt like my personal soap box is now everybody's soap box, but there's a little bitter part of me that CANNOT BELIEVE gay rights is even still an issue.

We Haven't 'Already Won' On Gay Marriage -- Just Ask These Two Moms Fighting To Keep Their Family Together (VIDEO)

Brynn Gelbard | Posted 06.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Gelbard

Lesbian and gay binational couples remain shut out of green cards and fiancé(e) visas. As a result, LGBT families are still torn apart, forced into exile or left fighting to remain together in this country. None of them feel that we have already won, and to say that is an insult to their struggle.

Supreme Court Justices Pose Two Strange Questions in Same-Sex Marriage Cases

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

The Supreme Court in hearing argument in the same-sex marriage cases posed two questions that I doubt were ever asked before.

GLAAD Taps Bill Clinton For Huge Honor

Posted 04.03.2013 | Gay Voices

Bill Clinton will be honored with the inaugural "Advocate for Change" Award at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles. GLAAD officials pointed to t...

The Gay Marriage Case

Neil McCarthy | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics
Neil McCarthy

There is no evidence -- none -- that gay or lesbian marriage will hurt children, harm heterosexual marriages, accelerate the dissolution of the family, or otherwise imperil moral prerogatives or religious liberties.

Mark Sanford: No Gays on the Appalachian Trail

Michael Keegan | Posted 06.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Keegan

Sanford's own experience, you would think, would make him a natural ally of anyone whose unconventional love story has been the object of public scrutiny. Yet, when it comes to gays and lesbians, the former governor's allegiance lies with the Republican right wing.

50 Wedding Songs For 50 States With Marriage Equality (Here's Hoping!)

Glennisha Morgan | Posted 06.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Glennisha Morgan

For those who are planning their weddings (and those who are simply romantics looking forward to their big days), I've pulled together 50 songs (some of my personal favorites), from Céline Dion to Luther Vandross, for each of what I hope will soon be the 50 states with legal gay marriage.

Want to Know How Kids With Gay Parents Feel About Marriage Equality? Ask Them.

Abbie E. Goldberg | Posted 06.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Abbie E. Goldberg

Callie, a 25 year-old woman with two mothers, for example, recalled growing up with the awareness that "we [didn't] have the same rights as other people. [Paying] thousands of dollars just so I could go in and sign this paper in the event that my mom gets hurt, I could visit her in the hospital."

Millbrook v. U.S.: Holding the Government Accountable for Misconduct by Law Enforcement Officials

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.02.2013 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

At a time when the courts are increasingly giving deference to the police and prioritizing security over civil liberties, the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Millbrook v. United States is a glimmer of hope in a sea of gloom.

Bryan & David's 'Big Day'

The Huffington Post | Laura Prudom | Posted 04.01.2013 | TV

"The New Normal" is staging an hourlong season finale on Tuesday, April 2 (9 p.m. ET on NBC), which sees Bryan (Andrew Rannells) and David (Justin Bar...

'With Liberty and Justice for All': Gays Are People Too, Entitled to All the Rights, Privileges and Obligations Enjoyed by Straight People

Sanford Jay Rosen | Posted 06.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Sanford Jay Rosen

How dare we who are heterosexual presume to control and limit LGBT people's lives? How dare we suffer the conceit that being gay is mutable and can or should be changed by therapy?

Gay Flight? Suze Orman May Leave Florida Over Marriage Equality

Posted 04.01.2013 | Miami

If the Supreme Court decides to leave marriage equality up to the states to decide, will gay couples be concentrated in a few select states while the ...