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What the Queer Rights Movement Should Learn From Martin Luther King Jr.

Noah Michelson | Posted 03.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Noah Michelson

Love is action. Love is terrifying. And when we speak out, when we open up our mouths and say, "No more. I am not a sin. I am not a mistake...," we are engaged in that kind of love.

The Death of HIV Activism?

David Duran | Posted 02.05.2014 | Gay Voices
David Duran

Who is putting together the group of people who want to tell the drug companies to make HIV drugs accessible to everyone?

WATCH: Why You Should Wear Purple Today

OWN | Posted 10.17.2013 | OWN

The millions of people who chose to wear purple today -- October 17, Spirit Day -- are taking a stand against bullying and showing support for lesbian...

Dan Savage Deserves To 'Die Of Every Disease Known,' Right Wing Pundit Claims

Posted 08.29.2013 | Gay Voices

Dan Savage has certainly sparked his share of conservative ire over the years, but now, a right wing talk show host has gone even further by calling f...

'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.

Public Protests and Pride Parades: The Power of Participation

Murray Lipp | Posted 07.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Murray Lipp

One of the defining characteristics of the LGBT community is our resilience and refusal to accept oppression. We're also known for our capacity, as a community, to put on a grand party when the situation demands it.

When the Movement Does Not Save Your Life

Charles Stephens | Posted 05.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Charles Stephens

We enter social justice work as survivors. As black gay men particularly, but by no means exclusively, we learn to endure and inevitably resist racism and homophobia. What's less clear is how we survive each other.

WATCH: 'Dear Azealia Banks, Love Don't Hate'

Posted 02.19.2013 | Gay Voices

Filmmaker, activist and internet personality Ryan James Yezak, who's widely known for his "Second Class Citizens" project, released a new video direct...

WATCH: Beautiful, Inspiring 'So God Made A Gay Man' Video

Posted 02.14.2013 | Gay Voices

The Dodge Ram Super Bowl "So God Made A Farmer" commercial, which debuted earlier this month, started a brand new meme. In the last week we've see...

Getting Back In The Activism Game

Corey Scholibo | Posted 04.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Corey Scholibo

I stopped being an LGBT activist not because my beliefs changed, but for the same reason that someone who's worked at an ice cream parlor for years eventually can't stomach another scoop. So it was with some surprise that I found myself on the board of the Don Thompson Film Festival.

Race and Class After the Election: Talking With LGBT Activist Urvashi Vaid

Christopher Carbone | Posted 02.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Christopher Carbone

Like many LGBT Americans, longtime activist Urvashi Vaid woke up on Nov. 7 with a smile on her face. Vaid, the former executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, spoke with me about the class and race-based issues that get left out of mainstream conversations.

Michelangelo Signorile

Ugandan Activist: I'd Be 'Sentenced To Death' If Anti-Gay Bill Passes

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 12.02.2012 | Gay Voices

“If the law is passed the way it is right now, I would go to jail, and I would be killed,” said Ugandan gay activist Frank Mugisha, speaking from ...

Get Up, Stand Up: Overcoming Election-Induced 'PTSD'

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 12.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

In the four years since Prop 8, I have shown all the signs of a sort of election-induced "PTSD." I don't want to hear the rhetoric. I don't want to see the debates. I don't want to follow the polls. I don't even want to watch The Daily Show. It's that bad.

When Enough Is Enough: Get Out And Shout

John Carroll | Posted 10.21.2012 | Gay Voices
John Carroll

I have to admit, it's been a long time since I've felt the need to be politically active. But When Mike Huckabee spoke out in favor of Chick-fil-A's anti-gay stance and called for a "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," and thousands upon thousands of like-minded people showed up, it woke me up.

Preserving a Hero's Legacy

The New York Public Library | Posted 09.25.2012 | Home
The New York Public Library

Vito spotlights the passionate, dedicated and fierce-yet-gentle activist who help found organizations such as ACT UP, exposed negative stereotypes of homosexuals in mass-market films in his legendary book The Celluloid Closet and fought for government action during the AIDS crisis.

The New Gay Activist: Swapping Parades For Council Meetings

Jonathan Kipp | Posted 09.12.2012 | Impact
Jonathan Kipp

We are helping to move rural and suburban Americans from just theoretically supporting same-sex marriage -- based on their sense of fairness, justice and goodness -- to actually liking, maybe even loving, us.

Making The Right Choice

Justin Sedor | Posted 08.04.2012 | Gay Voices
Justin Sedor

Not everyone can be an "activist" -- that's what I told myself for a long time. But as I continued living my quaint collegiate life, I found it harder and harder to ignore the fact that kids who looked like me and walked and talked like me were killing themselves after being called "faggot."

What Will History Say? An Interview With Fred Karger, the First Openly Gay Man to Run for President

Justin Sedor | Posted 07.29.2012 | Gay Voices
Justin Sedor

While Karger looks every bit the presidential candidate, with horn-rimmed glassesand that infectious smile, he's not exactly Mitt Romney. For starters, he's never held public office. He's also an out gay man.

LGBTQ Portraits Make Their Way To The Hole

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 05.22.2012 | Arts

There is plenty of debate surrounding the fight for LGBTQ equality these days, but photographer iO Tillett Wright is out to show that sometimes no rhe...

Mexican LGBT Activist Brutally Murdered

Posted 03.16.2012 | Latino Voices

Nearly 2000 individuals congregated outside a civic plaza in Puebla, Mexico on Tuesday, demanding justice for slain Mexican transgender activist Agn&e...

Conservative Activists Fight Pro-LGBT License Plates

AP | By TOM LoBIANCO | Posted 02.17.2012 | Politics

INDIANAPOLIS -- Gay activists and gay-youth support groups are winning small battles nationwide to stamp specialty license plates supporting their cau...

Michelangelo Signorile

Humanitarian Award-Winning Ugandan Gay Activist Fears For His Life

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 01.12.2012 | Gay Voices

A Ugandan gay activist who wrote a New York Times op-ed piece in December, speaking out against homophobia in his country enforced by the government a...

Not in our name: African human rights activists reject UK aid conditionality

Mark Canavera | Posted 01.29.2012 | World
Mark Canavera

An oft-told African proverb (whose precise culture of origin often changes with the teller) asserts that "When elephants fight, the grass suffers." Pu...

WATCH: New Film By Gay Students Explores Trials Of LGBT Youth

Posted 01.08.2012 | Education

By students, a new documentary takes an in-depth look at the trials of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teenagers in Colorado -- and their path ...

Using Our Voice

Lance Bass | Posted 12.13.2011 | Gay Voices
Lance Bass

Recently I was reading about Lady Gaga and her impactful meeting with President Obama. I met not one but two sitting presidents, and not once did it cross my mind to use those unique occasions to influence a cause or change the world.