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To See the Holy See

Jordan Roth | Posted 10.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Jordan Roth

Just as the church asked if they are capable of welcoming us without compromising their doctrine on the family and matrimony, so too must we ask if we are capable of allowing them this opportunity for reflection and growth without compromising our own strength and knowledge that we are not flawed beings and that we do not require their affirmation to affirm ourselves.

New Yorkers Can Be Leaders in the Fight for Global LGBT Rights

Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 10.17.2014 | New York
Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D.

LGBT people still have plenty of struggles in the United States, including even here in New York. But many of our challenges pale by comparison with the atrocious - and often worsening -- circumstances facing LGBT people in many other countries.

Ebola, HIV, and the Politics of Contagion

Jim Downs | Posted 10.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Jim Downs

That Ebola now compels other Americans to consider the threat of a contagious virus suggests how fortunate they have been. Instead of sounding off an alarm of hysteria, they might just want to listen to how the other half lives.

Missouri Coalition Pushes State to National Leadership on LGBT Health

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 10.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

After today you might want to rethink the charms of the Show Me State. For the last year a local coalition has been pushing adoption of LGBT-welcoming policies at hospitals. In this week's release of HRC's Healthcare Equality Index, Missouri zoomed from 37th in the country to sixth in the number of local LGBT leader hospitals.

What a Gay Teacher Would Have Meant to Me

Blake O'Bryan Montgomery | Posted 10.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Blake O'Bryan Montgomery

I had no idea what I would be as an adult because I didn't see anybody I could be. What I would have given to hear a high school teacher say, "I'm gay," "I'm a lesbian," "I'm queer;" to tell me that I could grow up to be a person a young man would respect?

Kimmel Shows Why Being Anti-Gay Divorce Doesn't Make Any Sense

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 10.15.2014 | Comedy

Those against gay marriage are up in arms over an even more sacred institution being encroached upon by same sex couples: divorce. On Tuesday night...

What Happens When Your Mom Catches You Having Sex (VIDEO)

Jimmy Fowlie | Posted 10.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Jimmy Fowlie

2014-10-14-20141010gogoboyinterruptedbedsmall.pngEpisode 2 of Go-Go Boy Interrupted shows what happens after a night of heavy binge drinking causes Danny to struggle to remember who the man in his bed is. And then the worst person who could drop by for a visit does.

Gay American Men Shockingly Ignorant About HIV/AIDS, Kaiser Study Finds

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 10.10.2014 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

More distressing than the profound lack of knowledge about HIV/AIDS among the 431 adult men who participated in the survey is the fact that it reveals a startling failure -- even an absence -- of HIV education among gay and bisexual men, despite the fact that we account for the nation's highest number of those living with or at risk for HIV.

How 1979 Prepared Me for 2024

Cindy Rizzo | Posted 10.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Cindy Rizzo

My 1979 I suddenly find myself in Boston, leaving the Public Garden after the Pride March. I meet a young lesbian in her twenties. She has very sh...

SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Manners Matter

Soul Dancer | Posted 10.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Soul Dancer

As an out gay monk, reverend and private-practice counselor/social worker, I daily witness the impact of Windsor v. United States.

How I Met My Mentor

Jason Stuart | Posted 10.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Jason Stuart

Co-authored with Belinda Carroll When I was a tiny gaybee -- before I became a stand-up comic -- I used to watch a lot of stand-up comedy. Especially...

This Week, We're All Gay: Supreme Court's Pass Is a Play

Alan Kelly | Posted 10.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Alan Kelly

Our laws define us, if even by force, and so we move forward, wearing the shoes of the disenfranchised.

A Look At Aromantic, Queerplatonic And Other Orientations You Might Not Have Heard Of

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 10.08.2014 | Gay Voices

It started as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) and later grew into LGBTQIA (adding in queer, intersex and asexual). But it may become eve...

Married Catholics Make A Splash At Synod By Suggesting The Church Should Welcome Gay Couples

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.07.2014 | Religion

A devout married couple urged Pope Francis and members of the Synod of Bishops to freely welcome gay couples into the church. Ron and Mavis Pirola,...

The Erasure of 'Gay' From Black History & the Black Community Must Stop

Alvin McEwen | Posted 10.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Alvin McEwen

This leaves me feeling as if the events of black history, which are supposed to be a part of my heritage, are nothing more than hand-me-downs donated to me out of charity because there are very few, if any, events which are specific to me as an LGBT person of color.

Transgender Faith Tour

Stephanie Mott | Posted 10.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

So, why did I feel the need to do a transgender faith tour? I ran out of fingers and toes (and hairs on my head) as I tried to keep a count of the number of times I have heard LGBT and Christian represented as an either/or proposition. You can be Christian or you can be LGBT, the story goes, but you can not be both.

Why I'll Be Purple on October 16th

Zeke Stokes | Posted 10.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Zeke Stokes

In the midst of all life's uncertainties, we must create space that allows our youth -- especially LGBT youth -- to thrive so that they are able to reach their full potential.

Greg Walloch, the Gay Comedian with Cerebral Palsy, Talks About Howard Stern

Ilana Rapp | Posted 10.13.2014 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

What's the difference between an actor, comedian, writer and storyteller? I'm still figuring that one out, so I'm looking forward to your comments with the explanation.

In a Same-Sex Marriage? Time to Focus on Financial Equality

PolicyGenius | Posted 10.07.2014 | Money
PolicyGenius

Here are some expert tips from professional financial planners and advisors on how a same-sex couple can best plan for a long and secure future together.

The Pumpkin Path

Anthony Romeo | Posted 10.03.2014 | Parents
Anthony Romeo

October 13. Mark it on your calendars, friends. In addition to being a great day for a hooded sweatshirt and a pumpkin-spiced anything, it's also the day that Dom and I go in for our initial session with an adoption agency in New Jersey.

If I Have Gay Children: A Rabbi's 8 Promises

Avi Orlow | Posted 10.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Avi Orlow

If I have gay children, I'll love them. I don't mean some token, distant, tolerant love that stays at a safe arm's length. It will be an extravagant, open-hearted, unapologetic, lavish, embarrassing-them-in-the-school cafeteria, kind of love.

The Lucky Ones: Personal Reflections for LGBTQ History Month

Morgan Meneses-Sheets | Posted 10.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Morgan Meneses-Sheets

It is LGBTQ History Month, which got me thinking about my own history. When I came out to my mother her struggle was largely based on worrying what the neighbors would think.

Brazil Pastor Wants To Know: 'Why Can't I Be Gay And Christian?'

The Guardian | Beth McLoughlin | Posted 10.02.2014 | Religion

From the outside, there is little to distinguish the Metropolitan community church from the many other evangelical houses of worship in Rio’s Zona N...

Is the World Ready for Out, Black Male Artists?

Donovan Thompson | Posted 10.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Donovan Thompson

Fortunately, finally, we are being offered great music from real performers that happen to be gay like Sam Smith, but it's not enough. As a black man, I would love to celebrate artists that can offer a multitude of truthful creative stories on a larger scale.

Deal Breaker No. 1: Why I'll Never Again Date a Guy Who's in the Closet

Jeremy Helligar | Posted 09.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeremy Helligar

I fell in love with a boy who had to sneak out of his house to see me. I say "boy" not because we were teenagers breaking curfew. Shane and I were grown men, consenting adults who had been seeing each other for several months. We had everything: chemistry, passion, heat. But only when we got behind closed doors.