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Faith and Marriage Equality: Welcome to the Party

Stephanie Mott | Posted 11.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

The recent appearance of pastors and churches declaring their willingness to perform marriages for same-sex couples has led to some of the most amazing imagery of the marriage equality struggle. Imagery the likes of which seemed all too impossible not long ago, especially in the deeply-red states of America.

The Unauthorized Top 5 Gay NYC Holiday Musts

Scott Alexander Hess | Posted 11.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Scott Alexander Hess

Truth is, I absolutely adore Manhattan during the holidays. There's no better place in the world. It was tough to come up with a top five must do list, but I considered everything from literary lushness to naked ambition.

Lavenderizing Italian American Heritage Month: A Celebration of Intersecting Identities

Joseph LoGiudice | Posted 11.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Joseph LoGiudice

I imagine some of you may relate to feeling like an outsider at some point in your life. Some of you may feel enormous social pressure to conform to what others expect of you. Those that expect you to alter yourself may be your own family, ethnic community, and friends.

Is The New Normal the New Derogatory?

Andrea Vale | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrea Vale

Before I learned that my best friend is gay, I laughed at the comical portrayals of gay men on shows like Saturday Night Live, which used some variation on the flamboyant gay man as a regular gag. Before I learned that my best friend is gay, I saw such caricatures as light play, and never did it cross my mind that they were not necessarily realistic or accurate.

Actor Andra Fuller of Adult Swim's Black Jesus Talks About His Battle Scars and Scares

Ilana Rapp | Posted 11.18.2014 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

I don't know how to cook food, but I have a new recipe called Andra Fuller. This guy is educated, good looking AND funny. I know, right? Where'd he come from?! Step aside, people! Yeah, that means you. I'm in line first.

The Flash's Patrick Sabongui, Who Plays a Gay Police Captain, Gives Us Insight to His Character and Home Life

Ilana Rapp | Posted 11.18.2014 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Playing a complex character, let alone a a character from a comic book, is not an easy task. The actor has to think about how to make the character his own while not misrepresenting how the fans view the character.

A Movement That Matters: Trans Rights in Lesotho

Randal Mason | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Randal Mason

"There's a lot of stigma in the general population," says Tampose Mothopeng, a human rights defender from Lesotho, who's been described by NPR as "young, idealistic, and transsexual."

#weekinLGBT with Rob Smith: The 'Ex-Gay' Video, LGBT Veterans, and Rose McGowan

Rob Smith | Posted 11.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Rob Smith

On this episode of #weekinLGBT, I take on that crazy "ex-gay" video, give a salute to three special LGBT veterans, and give a "special comment" on Ros...

Winning the Right to .GAY: a Global Call to Action

Anne Stockwell | Posted 11.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Anne Stockwell

Within the next two weeks, the governing body of the Internet will rule on who gets to operate the new domain .GAY. I'm concerned that this decision is about to go badly for LGBT people.

First Indian Literary Festival at Columbia a Hit

Jim Luce | Posted 11.17.2014 | Books
Jim Luce

Under the direction of my good friend Aroon Shivdasani, the first literary festival of the Indian American Arts Council (IAAC) with Columbia Universit...

We Need to be Better PrEPared

Robert Bolan, MD | Posted 11.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Robert Bolan, MD

By now, many of you may have seen the headlines or read news about what sounds like encouraging results, announced in late October, about two clinical trials of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) in gay and bisexual men.

The Power of a Complex Heritage

Diriye Osman | Posted 11.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

One of the great markers of maturity is an appreciation for complexity. Although I'm of Somali descent, I did most of my growing up in Nairobi and London. As the years zipped by, the lens of my identity also zoomed out to encompass my sexuality as an out and proud gay man.

Old Dogs & New Tricks: The Oral History of a 'Gay' Web Series

Brad Liberti | Posted 11.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Brad Liberti

Leon Acord isn't exactly feeling perky today. No, he's not kvetching because his wildly successful Web series -- which follows the lives of four gay men over the age of 40 trying to navigate life and love in L.A. -- is gearing up to premiere its highly anticipated third season. The truth of the matter is that he's just a little tired.

BET Editor Slams Black Church: ‘Being Gay Is Not A Sin'

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 11.13.2014 | Black Voices’s Entertainment Editor Clay Cane joined HuffPost Live Tuesday and expressed his extreme disappointment in the black church for actions that ...

#WeekinLGBT With @robsmithonline -- Democrats' Midterm Woes and HIV Breakthrough

Rob Smith | Posted 11.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Rob Smith

#weekinLGBT with @robsmithonline is a weekly webseries covering the news of the week from an LGBT perspective. Up this week, we tackle the Democrats' Midterm Election woes as well as an exciting new breakthrough in the fight against HIV.

How to Handle Drama in the Workplace (VIDEO)

Jimmy Fowlie | Posted 11.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Jimmy Fowlie

2014-11-10-20141108gogoboyfightpicsmall.jpgIn Episode 6 of Go-Go Boy Interrupted, Danny Carter makes a triumphant return to his old club on a probationary period, but what he finds out changes everything.

Gay Iranians Are Getting Gender Reassignment Surgery To Avoid Death

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 11.10.2014 | Gay Voices

Iran's harsh stance against gays is pushing some citizens to undergo gender reassignment surgery as a means of protecting themselves. Dr. Ali Hame...

What Really Makes A Man... A Man?

Brad Liberti | Posted 11.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Brad Liberti

I spent years faking interest in football, baseball, and basketball and pretending Adam Sandler movies were funny and getting shot with a paintball was enjoyable. If you could have branded me with a label on my forehead that let the world know I was in fact manly, I would have begged you to do it. Though never once did I ask myself what being a man actually meant to me.

Teachers: Time to Ban Derogatory Language in Your Classroom

Dr. Carmen Cruz | Posted 11.06.2014 | Education
Dr. Carmen Cruz

October was National Bullying Prevention Month, an annual campaign started in 2006 to illuminate the problem in schools and enhance prevention efforts. However, we still have a ways to go in zero tolerance in schools for bullying.

A Message to All Gay Professionals: Copy Tim Cook and Come Out for the Third Time

Barry Whyte | Posted 11.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Barry Whyte

In my experience, gay people go through the process of coming out three times. First, they come out to themselves and their immediate friends. The second time is to their family and wider community. Finally, they come out in the workplace. But it shocks me how few gay people do the latter.

Why Every Man Should Dress in Drag at Least Once

Brad Wheelis | Posted 11.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Brad Wheelis

Something happens when you put on a dress, a wig, and some makeup. Your personality transforms. You just can't help it.

Am I a Drug Addict or Just Really Fun? (VIDEO)

Jimmy Fowlie | Posted 11.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Jimmy Fowlie

In episode 5 of Go-Go Boy Interrupted, Danny decides to clean up his act and get a real job (as a babysitter). However, the interview goes south when Danny's partying history catches up with him.

The Challenges of Being a Gay Stay-at-Home Dad

Alex Davidson | Posted 11.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Alex Davidson

You might think a gay stay-at-home Dad in San Francisco would be surrounded by others in similar situations - I did. But more often that not I was reminded of how rare a species I was - oftentimes I was the only gay dad anywhere.

What Makes Men 'Gay'?

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 11.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

My encounter with the virulently anti-gay Benham brothers at the Values Voter Summit had me asking myself: What makes men "gay"? Of course, I don't mean what makes people actually homosexual, biologically, or what inspires them to desire gay sex. Rather, what makes men appear "gay" within popular culture and thought to be gay even by gay men themselves?

Islamo-Fascism for Real: To Appease Islamists, Egyptian Court Makes a Travesty of Justice Over Gay Wedding

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 11.04.2014 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Old Time Religion is a global scourge. People of good faith, whether they adhere to a mainstream religion, no religion, or humanism, need to stand united against religious fascism in all its guises.