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A Look Back At Some Of The Week's Biggest LGBT News Stories

Posted 06.20.2014 | Gay Voices

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices and HuffPost Live look back at some of the biggest queer news stories from the past seven days. Check back every Friday ...

Desecrating Dr. Maya Angelou's Funeral

Irene Monroe | Posted 08.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

When news circulated that the notorious Westboro Baptist Church was planning to protest the "home-going" service of our nation's most beloved citizen, poet, author, civil-rights activist, and sister sage to us all, Dr. Maya Angelou, there was a collective gasp of disbelief.

Son Of Westboro Baptist Church Founder Talks About His Fathers' Abuse

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 06.09.2014 | Religion

Nate Phelps grew up in a physically and mentally abusive household headed by Fred Phelps, the founder of the hate group known as the Westboro Baptist ...

Not My Father's Son

Nate Phelps | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Nate Phelps

Although I can't control all of it, after working with Brad, Terrie and their talented team this last year, I can make this commitment: This investment will not return empty. We will change hearts and minds. We will save lives.

Fred Phelps May Have Had A Change Of Heart Toward Gays, Relative Says

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 05.23.2014 | Religion

Pastor Fred Phelps, the infamous founder of the intolerant, quasi-religious Westboro Baptist Church, apparently had a change of heart before his death...

Another Phelps Ditches The Westboro Baptist Church

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 05.07.2014 | Religion

Another Westboro Baptist Church member has left the hate church -- Zach Phelps-Roper, age 23. The grandson of Fred Phelps is the fourth Phelps-Roper s...

Being Gay Is a Religious Right

James Brandon | Posted 06.20.2014 | Gay Voices
James Brandon

Living from a place of fully loving every part of yourself, especially when confronted head-on with the haters, is not only the path to a deep spiritual awakening; it is exactly what Jesus faced on His own prophesied path.

Westboro Baptist Church: They're Baaaaack!

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Fred Phelps, until his death in March this year, and his Westboro Baptist Church -- composed mainly of family members -- travel around the country pro...

How I Went Undercover Inside Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church

Jamie Leo | Posted 06.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Jamie Leo

As you would expect, he was a braggart, but he mainly wanted to demonstrate to us what an efficient operation he led. Like a company marketeer, he proudly walked us around, Vanna Whiteing the number of printers and fax machines.

Friday Talking Points -- Democrats Unveil 2014 Strategy

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

House Republicans now say it's just too late to pass an extension of unemployment benefits. This, after they spent time this week trying to strip President Obama of the power to create national monuments. Way to prioritize, guys...

Arizona Vice Mayor Praises Fred Phelps On Facebook After Being Misled By Onion Article

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 03.28.2014 | Religion

Ed Farrell, Vice Mayor of the Arizona town of Maricopa, is probably wishing that he hadn't logged onto Facebook on Monday. The official was critic...

Bringing Mercy and Peace in the Face of Hatred

Fr. Peter-Michael Preble | Posted 05.27.2014 | Religion
Fr. Peter-Michael Preble

We may never see the results of our work but maybe, just maybe, that one small word or that one small gesture will save someone.

Let Your Light Shine

James Brandon | Posted 05.27.2014 | Healthy Living
James Brandon

Life is one big roller coaster ride of personal choices from exhilarating joy to frightening turns and can ultimately be the main distraction for dealing with the Self.

What I Want My Obituary To Say

Josh Misner, Ph.D. | Posted 05.27.2014 | Parents
Josh Misner, Ph.D.

Live your life's story by writing it through the actions by which you want to be remembered.

An Open Letter to Franklin Graham Regarding His Views on Homosexuality

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Frank, you have plenty of anti-gay people besides Putin to admire. And don't worry: Marriage for same-sex couples remains illegal in 33 U.S. states and most countries across the planet, and anti-LGBT attitudes and statutes are alive and well in our country and abroad.

(Second) Thoughts on Fred Phelps

Greg Louganis | Posted 05.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Greg Louganis

Often it is my second thought that is best, and that was true when it came to Fred Phelps.

Liquor Store Celebrates Westboro Founder's Death With Champagne

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 03.26.2014 | Small Business

After the death of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, a liquor store in Oklahoma decided to celebrate with some bubbly. Phelps, the foun...

Fred Phelps Is Gone... And What Is Left Behind? (PHOTO)

Brent Almond | Posted 05.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Brent Almond

Thank you, Fred Phelps. Thank you for enraging us, empowering us and uniting us. Thank you for bringing together LGBT and civil-rights activists, veterans and pacifists, bikers and schoolteachers, Republicans and Democrats, atheists and believers.

Be Grateful to Homophobic Preacher

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 05.24.2014 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

Many seem to be rejoicing over Phelps death, but we should be mourning because Phelps and his vile ideology helped shine a light on the true evil of bigotry and homophobia. The WBC has spurred people to sympathize with and rally behind the LGBT movement.

Why This Gay Activist Will Miss Fred Phelps

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Wayne Besen

No one has done more to turn the next generation away from anti-LGBT bias than Fred Phelps. In this sense, he was a monumental failure who achieved the polar opposite of what he set out to accomplish.

You'll Never Believe How These People Counter-Protested The Westboro Baptist Church

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 03.24.2014 | Gay Voices

Even in the wake of Fred Phelps' death, members of the Westboro Baptist Church continue to use hate as their weapon of choice. But counter-protesters ...

Why I Don't Grieve For Fred Phelps

Walker Bristol | Posted 05.24.2014 | Religion
Walker Bristol

My spirituality demands that I be critical of my ego and critical of my anger. It is suspiciously easy to react to the elimination of a hateful force like Fred Phelps with love, rather than mockery and resentment. But there is so much space between.

God Has a Little Talk With Fred Phelps

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg | Posted 05.24.2014 | Comedy
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

God: You were expecting some white man with a beard. Puleeeaze! Fred: But you're Black, and you look like Barbra Streisand.

The "Negative Sainthood" of Rev. Fred Phelps

Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2014 | Religion
Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D.

Every life lived has something to teach us about ourselves and God, does it not?

A Casserole for Fred Phelps

Josh Kilmer-Purcell | Posted 05.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Kilmer-Purcell

I'm sending a casserole to Fred Phelps' daughter, Shirley Phelps-Roper -- a person I'm proud, and somewhat befuddled, to call an old friend.