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We Won! But Our Work Is Not Done

Joe Mirabella | Posted 01.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Joe Mirabella

I have never felt prouder to live in the state of Washington, but it is not enough for me to know that my state treats my family equally. I want every LGBT person in the world to be able to live a life of dignity, respect and equal treatment under the law.

The Great Gay Election Of 2012

Todd Fernandez | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Todd Fernandez

If all the many millions of LGBT Americans vote this year, 2012 will be the year that we liberated ourselves from oppression while also liberating America in many ways. With one vote, one year, we will pull together to protect all political minorities and the very ideals of our nation.

No Freedom Until We Are Equal

Shane Bitney Crone | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Shane Bitney Crone

I hurt each and every day because the man I loved died. But I hurt more knowing that he and I were denied basic human rights that should be guaranteed to couples like us by the state. Marriage is about more than the rings, the dancing and the cake.

The 10 Greatest Indignities Against LGBT People

Rob Watson | Posted 12.29.2012 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

Why are we mad? Because for too long LGBT people in our society have been stripped of simple dignity and decency. We have been denied all the things that we are supposed to deserve in a country based on "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

Why A President Romney Could Be Good For The Gay Community

Wayne Anderson | Posted 10.24.2012 | Gay Voices
Wayne Anderson

How could Mitt Romney winning the White House be a good thing for the gay community? On the surface it seems totally counterintuitive, but a Romney presidency could be a golden opportunity.

Equal Rights Shouldn't Have An Asterisk

Kel Kelly | Posted 12.23.2012 | Gay Voices
Kel Kelly

This isn't about gay rights. It's about human rights. And equal rights should not have an asterisk that carves out some exclusion. A vote for a candidate who doesn't support gay rights is a vote for discrimination, no matter how you rationalize it in your head.

Setting It Straight: Why Gays Won't Win

Michael Solis | Posted 12.19.2012 | Gay Voices
Michael Solis

How did it come to be that lesbians and gays still have to contort themselves to fit into some straight mold? An undeniable factor is leadership. The LGBT community lives in a world that has been designed by and for straight people -- or straight white males.

Luck Be A Lady Tonight

Randy Neece | Posted 12.05.2012 | Gay Voices
Randy Neece

Where is this place where two strangers can meet in the night and instantly receive more than 1,000 rights as husband and wife, while those very same rights are denied to another couple who have been together for 30 years? Where else could this place be but the Twilight Zone?

I Have A Friend

Andrew Cotto | Posted 11.20.2012 | Gay Voices
Andrew Cotto

Throughout this ordeal my friend felt like a bystander. The doctors wouldn't speak to him, and the nurses treated him like an annoying friend of the family. He was family. This was his partner in terrible pain, thousands of miles from home in an inhospitable hospital.

LGBT People Speaking Our Truths

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 11.19.2012 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I was asked to give a presentation focusing on bullying prevention to approximately 200 high-school students in a moderately sized Midwestern city. The next day, the organizer of the event emailed me to say that five parents had called the principal to complain.

The New Normal Not Good Enough

Lynne Huffer | Posted 11.18.2012 | Gay Voices
Lynne Huffer

In promoting the matrimonial ideal above all others, the marriage-equality movement produces new categories of discrimination, legitimizing some relationships at the expense of others. Those others -- the new deviants, the new abnormals -- have all but disappeared from our political landscape.

Longing For The Bad Old Days

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 08.25.2012 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

I can sympathize with inveterate counterculturists who feel that something has been lost amid gains in LGBT equality. Back when gay life existed in a parallel world divorced from our jobs and birth families, a certain freedom reigned, allowing us to let loose and create and experiment.

The Danger Of Using The 'Gay Marriage' Construct: A Prime Example

Robyn Harper | Posted 08.22.2012 | Gay Voices
Robyn Harper

Mr. Pierce's equating "gay marriage" with civil partnership at one point and using it to refer to marriage equality at another point highlights the danger of the use of the construct "gay marriage."

Gay Pride: Contagious And Mainstreamed by Obama

Robert V. Taylor | Posted 08.05.2012 | Gay Voices
Robert V. Taylor

The upward curve of acceptance toward LGBT people and the right to marry continues to increase exponentially. Pride month invites celebration of the strides made toward inclusion and the well-being of LGBT people. It also invites us to actively pursue those same realities for all people.

Our Collective Evolution

Martin Berusch | Posted 07.10.2012 | Gay Voices
Martin Berusch

I remain steadfast and unwavering, convinced that we are on the cusp of true change: equality, tolerance, acceptance, inclusion, and ultimately the cohesive celebration of being one happy people who celebrate our inalienable rights to live as a truly free people under God.

Re-Occupy "Tradition": The History Of Faith And LGBT Rights

Heather White | Posted 03.07.2012 | Religion
Heather White

If the Christian right can ground their politics in "tradition," those of us who support LGBT rights have at least as much historical prerogative to say "my tradition supports LGBT justice and equality."

After Equality

Chris Ashford | Posted 01.23.2012 | Gay Voices
Chris Ashford

The gay rights project has morphed from one defined by liberation into one defined by equality. This concept is about abolishing difference rather than celebrating it.

Slippery Slopes: The Religious Right and Marrying Dogs

James Peron | Posted 01.22.2012 | Gay Voices
James Peron

It is the legal consent of the two partners, not the ceremony, that makes a marriage valid. If you take the contractual view of marriage, you immediately see the absurdity of the concerns of people such as Tamara Scott.

Unequal, Even in Death

James Peron | Posted 01.15.2012 | Gay Voices
James Peron

The English poet Philip James Bailey wrote, "The sole equality on earth is death." Apparently he did not consider the inequality of death when it comes to gay people, especially to same-sex couples.

We Should Make Marriage About Commitment

Lanae Erickson | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics
Lanae Erickson

Next April, as the cherry blossoms are flowering across the city, I will stand in front of my family and friends and make a public promise of lifetime fidelity and commitment to my partner of five years.

Barney Frank Talks 'Radical Homosexual Agenda' (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) celebrated the repeal of the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell earlier this week by admitting he is pursuing a "radical hom...

Obama Affirms Support For Repealing DOMA, Says His Stance On Gay Marriage Is 'Evolving'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On Tuesday evening, with the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell headed for the president's desk, Barack Obama signaled that he will continue to push for ...

Gay Text Book?

KTXL | Rick Boone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Senator Mark Leno of San Francisco is proposing Senate Bill 48, known as the Fair Education Act. It would require classroom text books to be re-writte...

Oops! Valerie Jarrett Apologizes For Controversial Remark

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett is attempting to make amends for a highly criticized statement she made earlier in the week referring to th...

Accomplices in Hatred, Allies in Hope

Darren Rosenblum | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Darren Rosenblum

At last, more than just LGBT academics and a few activists are raising the need for more active statements of support for free expression of one's sexual and gender identity.