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The 8 Things Gay Men Need to Say Less Often

David Toussaint | Posted 07.31.2014 | Gay Voices
David Toussaint

8. "Community": News flash, men: We are no longer a "community" any more than left-handed men are. We are a minority, and we're more often than not using the appeal to "community" to bring others down a notch.

What If Gay Men Forgave One Another?

Josh Hersh | Posted 07.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Hersh

Maybe forgiveness is a muscle we've allowed to get flabby and weak. Maybe we've been holding out for an apology from our perpetrator that may never arrive. The truth is that when we refuse to forgive others, we only imprison ourselves.

You Belong In The Gay Community

Josh Hersh | Posted 07.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Hersh

I'm here to tell every gay man reading this: You belong in the gay community. Just as you are. The thing is, if you don't believe you belong (or even want to belong) in the gay community, you never will.

Vintage Black-And-White Photos Chronicle The Stonewall Era Gay Scene

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 07.02.2014 | Arts

At only eight years old, Anthony Friedkin began taking photographs in his native Los Angeles. By 11 he could develop them in a dark room. At 19 years ...

Obama's Challenge to the LGBT Community

Peter Staley | Posted 06.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Peter Staley

Lost in all the online coverage of President Obama's speech at the DNC LGBT Gala this week in New York -- with his powerful words on the AIDS crisis and his announcement that he would sign an executive order barring federal contractors from firing us -- was a challenge to our community that few noticed.

This Community Is Ours -- Let's Own It!

Josh Hersh | Posted 06.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Hersh

At what moment did gay men throw up their hands and say, "This isn't my community anymore! I'm stepping away. Moving away. I don't belong here anymore"? I ask because I hear that often.

LOOK: Hillary Rodham Clinton Signs 1,200 Books at University Book Store

Sarah Toce | Posted 06.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Sarah Toce

Hillary for 2016? The LGBT community may just have a clear front runner if the guest and media turnout was any indication.

Let's Be the Love Our Community Needs Us to Be

Josh Hersh | Posted 07.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Hersh

The truth is, we can't change other people. This is an idea we as gay men would be wise to embrace. If the way another gay man acts is getting you down, upset or sends you into a fit of frustration and fury, it's time to change your thinking.

The End. I Am No Longer Mentoring the 8-Year-Old Who Told Me "I Hate Homos"

Robbie Romu | Posted 06.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Robbie Romu

My duty to Sam was to keep him safe and to be a positive role model, both of which I did. I did not sign up to be abused or to tolerate homophobia.

You Didn't Show Up for Your Stoning

Nathalie Vassallo | Posted 05.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathalie Vassallo

Leaders of various LGBT groups gave speeches, we all sang, we hugged, we held up a huge rainbow flag, we took photos and we proudly protested against hate.

Race and Sex at HBCUs

Marcus Lee | Posted 05.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Marcus Lee

These questions -- and many more -- complicate simplistic narratives of sexuality and help to debunk the idea that one can quantify LGBT friendliness.

Blueboy -- A Tale of Yesteryear

Aundaray Guess | Posted 03.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Aundaray Guess

The cartoons weren't like the ones I watched on Saturday morning though. I never remembered Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble doing what the men were doing in the magazine.

Healing the Gay Community From the Inside Out

Joel Readence | Posted 03.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Joel Readence

If we're able to find happiness, purpose and validation from within, we're then able to shift our lives for the better and begin to view the other members of our community with the compassion and love they deserve.

What Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black Revealed About the Gay Community

Brian Stone | Posted 02.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Brian Stone

In a recent blog post here on HuffPost, Gay Voices Editor-at-large Michelangelo Signorile writes in defense of Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black's reported relationship. I think that in his post, Signorile has unwittingly exposed a major generational divide in the gay community.

Yes, Suicide Is a Gay Issue

Michael Carosone | Posted 11.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

My youth was consumed by loneliness, feelings of not belonging, and thinking of ways to kill myself. I experienced many dark nights of the soul. And television saved me. Although I read a lot, I looked to TV for the noise to comfort me and make me feel less lonesome.

LGBT: What Does It Really Mean?

Stephanie Mott | Posted 11.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

LGBT. These letters stand for "lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender." They also stand for "love, grace, beauty, and truth." The challenges of, and the solutions to, creating a different world are intertwined in these two representations of these four letters.

Reflecting a Dark Future in the Crystal Ball

Joe Putignano | Posted 11.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Joe Putignano

I've never judged anyone for using drugs. How could I? I find it oddly intelligent for people to gravitate to those things that make them feel whole; however, as with most drugs, meth becomes a prison made of molecules, locking the user in.

On Yom Kippur, Pride Is a Mitzvah

Jonathan D. Lovitz | Posted 11.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Jonathan D. Lovitz

A few years back, during my Logo TV days, I was asked to be Grand Marshal of Orlando Pride. This was a huge honor for me. However, that year torrential rain forced Pride to be moved a month later -- smack dab on Yom Kippur. Oy vey!

What We See in Russia: Blood and Sacrifice

David Gudelunas | Posted 10.14.2013 | Gay Voices
David Gudelunas

Think seeing a lot of red equal signs is powerful? Try looking at images of soldiers brutally beating a gay kid. Talking about the horrific acts is one thing, but seeing them is a far more powerful thing that even the most distracted among us cannot avoid.

Don Lemon Reminds Me of Sad Similarity Between Black, Gay Communities

Alvin McEwen | Posted 09.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Alvin McEwen

Don Lemon dehumanized the African-American community by reducing it to stereotypes, much like the religious right does to the LGBT community. Certainly this is not what Lemon was trying to do, but it was something that he maybe should have realized, given that he is a black gay man.

Gay v. Ex-Gay and the Ties That Divide

Brittney Bullock | Posted 09.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Brittney Bullock

There is arguably a great deal of hostility toward the ex-gay community, but upon a closer investigation, the cause is clear and comprehensible.

Quinn's Self-Defense

Eliot Armand Glenn | Posted 08.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Eliot Armand Glenn

In response to vicious hate crimes against LGBT New Yorkers, City Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn is sponsoring an insulting series of classes in "street smarts" and self-defense. As a policy response to these tragedies, Quinn's offer is inadequate and inappropriate.

'I Am Because We Are,' but What Are We?

Maurice Tracy | Posted 07.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Maurice Tracy

We are living at a time when the LGBT rights movement is making incredible strides, but whether we really have a "community" is highly debatable. I wonder how we can tell the younger generation that it gets better and not prepare them for the stones that will come from their "community."

Why Can't LGBTs Play Nice Together? A Call For Change

Lisa Mae Brunson | Posted 07.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Lisa Mae Brunson

Why can't LGBTs play nice with one another? Why do we draw lines and exclude whole groups within our collective community? And most importantly, why do we demand equality from the rest of the world and fail to demonstrate equality within our own?

On Building LGBTQ Community

Thomas Naples | Posted 06.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Thomas Naples

My hometown, Warwick, N.Y., is a small, rural-suburban town in the Hudson Valley. Data show that Warwick has a higher concentration of same-sex households than much of the rest of the county. I wondered where all those gay people were, so I decided to found The LGBTQ Center of the Warwick Valley.