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LOOK: Stunning Photo Series Showcases LGBT Couples Around The World

Posted 02.21.2014 | Gay Voices

A New York-based photographer's stunning series showcasing same-sex couples around the world is making the media and blogosphere rounds. Photograp...

What Ping the Duck, Duck Dynasty, Same-Sex Marriage in Utah, and Most of the Rest of Us Have in Common

Janet Mason | Posted 03.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Janet Mason

What the Duck Dynasty controversy illustrates most strongly is that we are more alike than different. Racism and homophobia and sexism all have things in common.

Harvey and Me: Harvey Milk on a Stamp and Remembering His Times

Janet Mason | Posted 02.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Janet Mason

Now that Harvey Milk is on a stamp, I'll be able to ask for him by name whenever I go to the post office. The announcement was made close to the 35th anniversary of the assassination of Harvey Milk, who became the first openly gay official to hold public office.

Of Love Between Brothers and Sisters

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

Of course brothers and sisters have differences of opinion, argue and fight with each other. Nothing new there. The prolific English hymn writer and ...

Married With Benefits in Montgomery County PA: Same-Sex Marriage As Real As It Gets

Janet Mason | Posted 10.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Janet Mason

Montgomery County began issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples last month when a lesbian couple contacted the County through their lawyer and said they would like to get married.

LGBT Pride Month and James Baldwin: When Identity Matters

Janet Mason | Posted 08.11.2013 | Books
Janet Mason

I feel compelled to come out to people that I have just met. And I have noticed that most people -- especially young people -- of all races don't seem to have the same knee-jerk homophobic reaction that they used to have. And this is progress. I think James Baldwin would agree.

Coming Full Circle: Stonewall, My Mother, and Me

Lesléa Newman | Posted 08.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Lesléa Newman

My mother had no idea she had a living, breathing gay person under her very own roof; said gay person -- me -- didn't know either.

It's Time for the U.S. to Cover IVF (for Gays and Lesbians Too)

Dov Fox | Posted 11.14.2013 | Politics
Dov Fox

It is true that dysfertility fits less comfortably within the medical model. But why should that alone make less worthy the desires of gays and lesbians to have a genetic child?

Lesbian Moms Threaten To Overshadow Turkish PM's Dutch Visit

AP | TOBY STERLING | Posted 05.15.2013 | Gay Voices

AMSTERDAM — A Dutch lesbian couple have gone into hiding with their foster son after the boy's biological parents said on television in Turkey t...

Republicans, Report Cards & Roll Call

Rev. Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 05.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Cindi Love

If they "break" with the master plan of the most conservative factions in their party, they lose. If they don't vote for true equality and justice for all of their constituents, they lose. They have to decide where they want to stand.

Were You Ever Teased for Having Gay Moms? A Tale of Two Uteri

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 05.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

I was only totally caught off-guard once by teasing and that was the first time it happened, the day I started school. I joined the first grade mid-year as a transplant from Manhattan. Back then, I was maintaining my Manhattan-dwelling habit of introducing myself as, "I'm Emma. I have two moms."

Yoga: How We Serve Diverse Sexual and Gender Identity-based Cultures

Rob Schware | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Jacoby Ballard, who began teaching yoga in 2000, and has been teaching Queer and Trans Yoga and Yoga for all Genders since 2006 at both the Third Root Community Health Center and the New York City LGBT Community Center.

Did Homophobia Convict a Wisconsin Woman of Murder?

David Protess | Posted 04.21.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

In light of the progress that's been made by the LGBT movement, it's hard to imagine that not too long ago an innocent woman could be convicted of murder because she was a lesbian. And, it's harder still to believe that it could happen in a city like Madison, Wis.

Women and Girls: Asia Pacific Lesbians, Bisexual and Trans Women Left Out in the Cold

Grace Poore | Posted 03.30.2013 | World
Grace Poore

Lesbians, bisexual women and transgender women experience violence and discrimination as women and as people with nonconforming sexual orientation and gender identity -- from their families, religious groups, employers, police, and general public.

Dear Santa: What I Want For Christmas

Janet Mason | Posted 02.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Janet Mason

All I want for Christmas is for the Supreme Court to strike down DOMA and make federally recognized same-sex marriage the law of the land. If it does not strike down DOMA, then I would like heterosexuals to lose the special rights that they have gained through marriage.

Who Will I Be Married To?

Lev Raphael | Posted 02.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Lev Raphael

With the Supreme Court scheduled to hear two same-sex marriage cases, I'm wondering, like everyone else, what their decisions will be. I'm also wondering what I'll call the guy I've been with for 28 years, and the question has bedeviled me for as long as we've been together.

Giant

Roger Doughty | Posted 01.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Roger Doughty

That's the word that keeps coming to mind. Giant results, and giant efforts that brought those results about. Countless people -- LGBT and allies -- made the calls, knocked on the doors and wrote the checks to bring us another step closer to that day when we are all truly equal and free.

LGBT History Month Icon Of The Day: Joan Nestle

The Huffington Post | JR Tungol | Posted 10.13.2012 | Gay Voices

New York native Joan Nestle is an award-winning author and co-founder of the Lesbian Herstory Archives, "the world's largest collection of materials b...

One Year Since the Repeal of DADT: No Story at All?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

What did the study -- "the first scholarly effort to assess the accuracy of such predictions about the impact of DADT repeal on military readiness" -- show?

Why President Bush Wasn't Invited to Speak at the Republican Convention

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 11.07.2012 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

I want a President who cares more about people than he cares about corporations, even if he claims corporations are people.

Pastor Rick Warren Deletes Tweet Supporting Chick-Fil-A Action

Leah McElrath | Posted 10.02.2012 | Gay Voices
Leah McElrath

The tweet immediately following where the Chick-Fil-A related tweet should be is one that says: "Your past is past. It can't hurt you unless you let it." If this is the case, one must wonder why Warren felt the need to delete the tweet supporting Chick-Fil-A.

The AIDS Response Owes a Great Debt to LGBT Communities

Michel Sidibé | Posted 09.19.2012 | Gay Voices
Michel Sidibé

The global AIDS response would never have reached where it is today without the courageous, inspiring and consistent action and activism by the LGBT community over the last 30 years. But the AIDS epidemic is still tragic.

Lesbian Couple Ordered To Leave Kentucky Park After Kissing

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.12.2012 | Gay Voices

A lesbian couple was ordered to leave a Kentucky park while taking maternity photos on the park's grounds, and the women believe they were ousted beca...

Pride and Persecution: LGBT Global Love

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 08.28.2012 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

I write about the hatred of LGBT people in Eastern Europe by religious and governmental authorities. I write about Jamaica where hating gays is a popular topic for music lyrics and where murders are escalating. Pride and persecution are both real. We rejoice in the good and confront the evil.

Romney's Mormonism A Tough Sell For Millennials

Robert P. Jones, Ph.D. | Posted 01.31.2012 | Religion
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D.

Given their broader acceptance of minority religious groups, the discomfort with a Mormon president among the Millennial generation is at first glance somewhat surprising.