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Gay Marriage: The Tide Has Turned. Will the Supreme Court Listen?

Peter Dreier | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

So far, the Supreme Court has been much more cautious about same-sex marriage than it was about inter-racial marriage a half-century ago. Its two rulings in June 2013 -- overturning DOMA and California's Prop 8 -- reflected the basic conservatism of the Roberts Court.

8 Incredible Ways That Cities Are Showing Their Acceptance For Gay Pride

Posted 08.25.2014 | Gay Voices

June marks the 45th anniversary of the historic Stonewall Riots in New York City, an event that helped crystalize the modern-day LGBT rights movement ...

And The World's Most Accepting Nation For Gays Is...

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.18.2014 | Gay Voices

Great news for Spain's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community: the nation tops a list of 40 countries most accepting of homosexuality...

Letter From a Mom

Greg Louganis | Posted 05.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Greg Louganis

"Obviously I never met your mother, but I am the mother of four -- all in their early 20s. In some ways all mothers are the same. If our kids grow up to be kind and happy people who are comfortable in their own skin, that's the ultimate gift."

'Frozen' by Fear and Intolerance

Tom Bartolomei | Posted 04.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Tom Bartolomei

So on Tuesday February 18, Huffington Post ran a story with the headline "Disney's 'Frozen' Slammed By Mormon Grandmother For 'Gay Agenda To Normalize Homosexuality.'" With a title like that how could I not read the piece? I was completely blown away by what I read.

Coming Out Day

Hayley Mierzwa | Posted 12.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Hayley Mierzwa

As many members of the LGBT community celebrated National Coming Out Day this month, it is important for us to take a moment to remember that not everyone who comes out has the luxury of receiving a safe, let alone accepting, reaction.

How Star Wars and the Force Prove That Marriage Equality Is Right

Tom Bartolomei | Posted 11.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Tom Bartolomei

Chibuihem Amalaha claims he has used science and magnets to prove that marriage equality is wrong, so I thought I would use Star Wars and the concept of the Force to prove how being against marriage equality is wrong.

A Message for Dinosaurs

Tom Bartolomei | Posted 11.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Tom Bartolomei

A message to all the dinosaurs out there, including Bryan Fischer, John Kasich, Mike DeWine, Vladimir Putin, the Westboro Baptist Church, One Million ...

A Rare Moment of Good

Allison Hope | Posted 11.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

This was the first time that someone had apologized to me in the face of misjudging my sexuality. It was a tiny blip on the map for LGBT equality, but it felt like much more. It felt indicative of a seismic shift in consciousness that's slowly but surely occurring.

Drag: A Doorway to Acceptance

Tom Bartolomei | Posted 09.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Tom Bartolomei

Drag is more than entertainment, more than bookings, more than staying on top; it's a doorway to acceptance. Drag teaches us to be true to ourselves and accept others for who they are. If more parents took their children to all-ages drag shows, they would grow up more accepting and loving.

The End Goal of the LGBT Movement

George Weinberg | Posted 09.08.2013 | Gay Voices
George Weinberg

Let me suggest an answer that would have been unimaginable 50 years ago: Think about a society that views being gay as we now view being left-handed. The goal is for homosexuality to lose all its negative connotations, to become worth mentioning only in special, neutral contexts.

Dinosaurs

Tom Bartolomei | Posted 08.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Tom Bartolomei

Times are changing, but unfortunately, that change is coming at a price. The hate crimes in New York made national news, and this past weekend two gay...

Pink Rainbow

Tom Bartolomei | Posted 08.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Tom Bartolomei

This past weekend, three members of the Columbus, Ohio, LGBT community were attacked. To show these cowardly attackers that we stand together, a movement has been started to wear pink on Friday, because one of the victims was wearing pink when the attack occurred.

New Poll Reveals Acceptance Levels Of Homosexuality Around The World

Posted 06.06.2013 | Gay Voices

The fight for marriage equality continues to dominate global headlines, but a new survey reveals a surprising divide on the acceptance of homosexualit...

'Live and Let Live' Isn't Enough Anymore

Tom Bartolomei | Posted 07.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Tom Bartolomei

It's no longer sufficient for our straight friends to say, "I have no problem with you being gay," or, "I have gay friends." What we really need is for LGBT people and our allies to stand together and say that enough is enough when it comes to homophobia.

Change Is Not Easy

Tom Bartolomei | Posted 07.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Tom Bartolomei

Sometimes I think that we gay people forget how long it took some of us, if not the majority of us, to accept our own sexuality. Why is it that we expect our family, friends and the entire country to immediately accept it just because we have?

Equality Crept Into The Wedding

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 12.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

My brother-in-law's family of origin is two gay men -- my husband and I -- or at least that's how he portrayed us at his wedding. We were the only people asked to stand and represent him by reading verse before the hundred or so guests. It struck me that change had arrived.

A Caveman Evolution

Domenick Scudera | Posted 06.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

About a 3 or 4 million years ago, two young cavemen, Ook and Zowie, fell in love. They hid their love from the rest of their clan by secretly going off to the far, dark corners of the cave to kiss and cuddle.

Accept And Tolerate My Gay Kid? That's Not Good Enough

Amelia | Posted 06.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Amelia

With politicians there is a lot talk of "acceptance" and "tolerance" when it comes to homosexuality. I accept the fact that I have to pay taxes. I tolerate the fact that I have to go to the dentist. Why should either of those words apply to how a parent feels about their child?

'My So Called Life' Star On Coming Out In Hollywood

HuffPost Live | Posted 02.08.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

With increasing support and acceptance of LGBT rights, students, leaders, and members of the LGBT community are more open to coming out in public. Huf...

LOOK: High School Student Comes Out In Touching English Class Essay

The Huffington Post | JR Tungol | Posted 01.30.2013 | Gay Voices

When students at an unidentified high school were asked to write about a "weight that [they] carry daily," one teen took the opportunity to make a big...

Lesbian Muslim Unveiled: The Quest For Progressive Islam Values

SheWired | Nazly Siadate | Posted 01.29.2013 | Gay Voices

A good friend of mine and I were in a heated debate at Starbucks—naturally—over whether or not it’s possible to reconcile Islam with the LGBTQ c...

How Friendly Is 'Gay-Friendly'?

Martin Maidenberg | Posted 03.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Martin Maidenberg

Over the holiday break I spent time with friends, family and other loved ones who have supported and loved me without reservation over the years. However, three separate encounters led me to question what I had come to know about support as opposed to true understanding.

Heartwarming Stories Are Great, But Bad Things Still Happen To Gay People In Ohio

Lady Bunny | Posted 03.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Lady Bunny

Let's be real: Joel and Ethan's pizza story is heartwarming precisely because it is an exception to what usually happens. And though people's attitudes toward gays are slowly softening, go a few miles outside a city center and you get much less friendly treatment.

Gay Marriage And Good Conversations

Harold Ross | Posted 02.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Harold Ross

How will non-gay America learn about our country's gay community? Why not simply have, or at least consider having, a good conversation with a gay person? My enlightenment came at the end of my 17th summer.