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Gay Equality

What Would Harvey Milk Think If He Were Alive Today?

Dustin Lance Black | Posted 07.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Dustin Lance Black

It seems that the message we too often miss from Milk's work is that all Americans have an interest in equality because soon we will all be minorities in some way or another. Harvey called this his "coalition of the us's" -- not only gays but blacks, Asians, seniors, the disabled.

The Global LGBT Rights Kaleidoscope (VIDEO)

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 07.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Charles Radcliffe

The improvement in the human rights situation of LGBT people is real, but millions have yet to feel its touch. Extending the reach of progress and guaranteeing the rights of every LGBT individual, no matter where they live, is emerging as a vital, if contested, objective of human rights activism.

LISTEN: MarriageEqualityUSA's Cathy Marino-Thomas Talks LGBT Issues

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 07.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

I talked with Cathy about homophobia, the gay marriage cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and the media hype surrounding NBA center Jason Collins' coming out despite the fact that tennis legends Martina Navratilova and Billy Jean King came out way back in 1981.

Life After Marriage

Heidi Shink | Posted 07.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Heidi Shink

When the time comes that we finally get the marriage equality we've been fighting for, will the fight be over? How does a movement survive the realization of its goals? In other words, is there life after marriage equality? The answer is yes. But the question is no laughing matter.

Peace Of Mind

Tom Bartolomei | Posted 06.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Tom Bartolomei

Some of you may be wondering why the LGBT community is making such a big deal over marriage equality. Simply put, it's for peace of mind. There are over 1,138 federal rights that married straight couples take for granted. If you are in a same-sex relationship, it's not the same

The 20th Anniversary Of The LGBT March On Washington: How Far Have We Come?

Nadine Smith | Posted 06.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Nadine Smith

Twenty years later, how close are we to those aspirational goals set down by a process that gave grassroots activists, wealthy donors and national organization leaders an equal voice in the planning? Here are the primary demands, followed by the full platform.

The Boy Scouts: Still Anti-Gay And Sending A Dangerous Message To Youth

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 06.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

So a boy can come out as gay, be a great scout and be accepted by the organization but not even think about being a scoutmaster as an adult? And how can a gay scout feel that he is not stigmatized by the Boy Scouts of America when the organization is still discriminating against gay adults?

Preservational Leadership

Andrew Longhi | Posted 06.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Andrew Longhi

Just as Sen. Portman can center his understanding of LGBT equality only on an issue that will affect his son, self-appointed LGBT leaders enjoy a special, institutional legitimacy without feeling the urge to set goals that meet the needs of all their constituents.

Family Research Council Defends Republican's Outdated Propaganda Against LGBT Community

Alvin McEwen | Posted 06.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Alvin McEwen

For the record, Dave Agema was not debating. He was spreading lies and distortions derived from bad sources. With free speech comes responsibilities and the main responsibility is the hope that one doesn't use his or her free speech to spread lies and deceptions.

HRC And My Marriage

Jay Brown | Posted 06.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Jay Brown

My wife Kendra and I are acutely aware of the glacial speed with which HRC came to embrace the "T" in "LGBT." But since 2007 -- and even before then -- HRC has done more for transgender Americans than they're ever credited with doing.

Dear Opponents Of Marriage Equality: Here's Why I Call You A Bigot

Jessica Gerson | Posted 06.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Jessica Gerson

It's not that you disagree with me, and it's not that you're a proud Christian. The reason I call you a bigot, and the reason that we cannot politely agree to disagree, is that you are trying to make me, my life and my family subject to your opinion and/or religious belief.

Marriage Equality Matters For All Americans: Lessons From The Supreme Court And Matthew Shepard

Jacob Combs | Posted 06.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Jacob Combs

Equality cannot and should never wait for majority support, but even more importantly, laws that thwart equal treatment under the law and thus create pain in the minds and hearts of those against whom they discriminate actively harm our nation every day they're on the books.

Minnesota, Marriage And Me

Coya White Hat-Artichoker | Posted 06.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Coya White Hat-Artichoker

I know that the entire queer community is not on the same page on the issue of marriage, and I don't think we need to be, but I want to say why I haven't been jumping on the marriage bandwagon, and I want to really give context to my hesitation.

Is It Right to Call A Bigot A Bigot?

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 05.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Dr. Joe Wenke

It really comes down to this: If, based on your religious beliefs, you demonize people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and you deny people the right to have sex and marry, then you are against freedom and equality for those people. You are practicing bigotry.

Standing For Marriage Equality In The Bible Belt

Shane Jordan | Posted 05.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Shane Jordan

"But do you really want to be known for promoting gay marriage?" a friend asked me when I spoke my mind on the subject. I suppose I'd like to be known for being honest and for supporting freedom and equality for everyone.

LGBT Rights Debate Unfolds At The UN (VIDEO)

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 05.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Charles Radcliffe

For decades the word "gay" was almost never heard in formal meetings at the UN. Today, after a series of recent diplomatic breakthroughs, awareness of the gravity and extent of homophobic violence and discrimination -- and the need to tackle it -- is widespread and growing.

Gay Rights Activists Look Forward To Retirement Following Supreme Court Decision

Jacob Tobia | Posted 05.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Jacob Tobia

"If the Supreme Court strikes down Prop 8 and rules DOMA unconstitutional, I'll be overjoyed," said gay rights activist John Smith. "I mean at that point, the gay rights movement will be pretty much over." Prominent activists throughout the gay and lesbian community seem to be in agreement.

Do Libertarians Really Threaten LGBT Rights? I Don't Think So

James Peron | Posted 05.26.2013 | Gay Voices
James Peron

It was government sodomy laws that made our existence a crime. Some of us wanted to limit government -- horrors! -- by repealing those laws.

The Myth Of Libertarianism And The Fight For LGBT Equality

Maya Rupert | Posted 05.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Maya Rupert

The libertarian premise that without government intervention everyone would be free to do what they want is simply a myth for marginalized communities. True equality for the LGBT community will require government enforcement and protection of fundamental rights and freedoms.

Five Years Of Marriage Equality Activism (PHOTOS)

Wayne Anderson | Posted 05.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Wayne Anderson

I decided to revisit some of the photographs I've taken while attending Prop 8 protests and marriage equality rallies over the last five years. It's hard to deny that Prop 8 not only galvanized the marriage equality movement but added vigor to the fight in other LGBT-equality-related areas.

9-Million Strong And Counting

Seth Santoro | Posted 05.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Seth Santoro

Let's say that there are 9 million LGBTQ Americans. If each of us worked to shift the mindsets of 34 non-affirming individuals, all 314 million Americans could stand to be an incredible and unstoppable beacon of hope for the world. Only we can inspire this paradigm shift.

Congress, Clergy And The Courts: It's Time To Move On

Rev. Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 05.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Cindi Love

The American people have "moved on" into the unknown of what it will be like for LGBT people to be equal under the law. We see that the world will not end and that our society will not crash and burn. We shouldn't have to drag our Congress, our clergy and our courts with us.

The Portmans: Profiles In Courage

Tom Carpenter | Posted 05.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Tom Carpenter

Sen. Portman could have remained silent about his son's coming out. That inaction would have been politically expedient for a conservative member of the Republican Party. Instead, he took to the air and wrote an op-ed explaining why he had changed his position on marriage equality.

The Supreme Kiss (Part 3): 'Yes Sir, That's My Baby' (VIDEO)

Sarah S. Kilborne | Posted 05.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Sarah S. Kilborne

The Supreme Kiss: Let's Kiss Inequality Goodbye is a campaign to raise awareness about equal rights and the Supreme Court hearings on marriage equality.

The Supreme Kiss: Let's Kiss Inequality Goodbye

Sarah S. Kilborne | Posted 04.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Sarah S. Kilborne

Let's show the Supreme Court that we are ready to embrace another chapter in civil rights. While the lawyers are making their cases, let's make our own. On March 26, kiss someone you love, and share your kiss with the world. Text it, tweet it, post it. Tell everyone, "I kiss for equality!"