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Femininity in Men Is a Form of Power

Diriye Osman | Posted 09.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

If a Somali man is considered feminine he is deemed weak, helpless, pitiful: The underlying message being that femininity is inherently inferior to masculinity. Variants of this thinking extend across most cultures, belief systems, races and sexualities.

The 12 Most Baffling Things Gay Men Do, Besides Vote Republican

David Toussaint | Posted 07.19.2014 | Gay Voices
David Toussaint

1: Send out random photos of their a**hole. I'll admit it: I'm a butt guy. I can look at gorgeous rear ends all day, and anyone who wants to send me a photo of their perky bottom has my blessing. But a butthole?

Sissy Boy

Domenick Scudera | Posted 03.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

What I admire is seeing a boy who is effeminate remain that way into adulthood. I am a college professor, and I see male students who are just as nancy and fay as can be. I admire their strength. If I had not trained myself to be more "normal," would I have been more like them?

20 Of The Most Compelling Queer People Of 2013

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

As we mark the end of 2013, it is important to reflect back on some of the most prominent contributions by members of the queer community this year th...

The State of the Nation: Queer as You Want to Be

Kelly Cogswell | Posted 02.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Kelly Cogswell

Queerness is a gift that not all LGBT people have. It's certainly not inherent in that amorphous thing sometimes called the LGBT movement. We are a political, social and sexual minority, and maybe even a cultural one, but we're held together more loosely than most other minorities.

Why Lesbian Identity Matters

Mona Shattell | Posted 02.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Mona Shattell

There is a misunderstanding that one way to show one's acceptance of LGBTQ folks is to claim that sexual identity really does not matter.

Why Do Straight Girls Love Lesbian Porn?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

Note: The video above contains some language which may not be appropriate for sensitive or work environments. YouTube vlogging sensation Arielle Sc...

WATCH: Stunning Spoken Word Video Explores The Power Of Labels

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.23.2013 | Gay Voices

Language is important -- and the way language constructs meaning about the how we identify ourselves and relate to others can be both helpful and extr...

Why Do Gays Hate Their Bodies?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.18.2013 | Gay Voices

Vlogger Arielle Scarcella is back this week with another thought-provoking video that challenges gays and lesbians to think critically about the way t...

Apple Responds To Student's Campaign to Change 'Gay' Definition In Company's Dictionary

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.13.2013 | Gay Voices

A 15-year-old daughter of two lesbian parents is campaigning to have technology giant Apple change the definition of "gay" in the company's dictionary...

WATCH: Politician Gives Awesome Explanation Of What 'Gay' Means To Her Son

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.21.2013 | Gay Voices

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL 23rd District) recently took some time out of her busy schedule to sit down for an interview with SiriusXM Radio t...

10 Celebrities Who Nonchalantly Sashayed Out Of The Closet Like It Was No Big Deal

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.11.2013 | Gay Voices

Twenty years ago, if a celebrity was brave enough to come out of the closet, it was a huge event and usually involved some sort of harrowing confessio...

WATCH: What's The Big Obsession With D*ck?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.07.2013 | Gay Voices

Polarizing vlogger Arielle Scarcella is back this week with another thought-provoking video that continues to challenge traditional notions of identit...

DENIAL: Homosexuality Is a "Choice," Right?

Jonathan Rauch | Posted 07.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Jonathan Rauch

I am always bitterly amused when I hear people say that homosexuality is a choice. I could only imagine, as a prepubescent boy, the relief I would feel when nature finally flipped that hormone switch, when at last I would begin to slaver and tremble over pictures of boobs in dog-eared copies of Playboy, stashed lovingly under my bed. Truly, I looked forward to it.

DENIAL: Why Sinbad Was More Than a "Sailor Man" to Me

Jonathan Rauch | Posted 07.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Jonathan Rauch

My childish, playtime fantasy was freighted with a strange power. This was more than playing Batman and punching invisible enemies in the stomach. I wanted in a deeper, more slavishly yearning way to be Sinbad the Sailor.

DENIAL: My 25 Years Without a Soul

Jonathan Rauch | Posted 07.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Jonathan Rauch

I have a peculiar memory which must date to when I was 10 or 11 years old. I am sitting daydreaming one afternoon, and it occurs to me that I will never get married. Simultaneously with this realization comes the recognition that I have always understood that marriage was unlikely for me, and that today is merely the first time I have said so, to myself, "aloud."

Confessions of a Former Hottie

Aundaray Guess | Posted 06.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Aundaray Guess

As a former hottie I didn't know I was continuing the lineage that was already cast before me.

When Did You First Realize You Weren't Straight?

Allison Hope | Posted 01.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

I admit that I was totally clueless until I got hit with the gay stick at age 15. I knew I was different. I knew I didn't want to wear dresses or get married, but I didn't get the memo that the way I liked boys wasn't the way that other girls my age felt.

Stop Dismissing the Chick-fil-A Fight

Guy Branum | Posted 10.03.2012 | Gay Voices
Guy Branum

Chick-fil-A is a direct insult, and treating it as anything else requires that gay people either in some way say they're not gay, or consent to a belief that heterosexuals have the right to insult us.

Does Acceptance Diminish Gay Identity?

Jeffrey Sharlach | Posted 07.14.2012 | Gay Voices
Jeffrey Sharlach

Today you'll see in any bar, gay or straight, young people of every sexual persuasion being themselves with friends who may or may not share their orientation. I can't help but wonder if we've lost something, namely the joy of walking into a gay bar as the member of an exclusive club.

How Being Queer Inspires My Interfaith-Atheist Work

Chris Stedman | Posted 12.05.2011 | Gay Voices
Chris Stedman

At one point in my life, being gay might have contributed to the bitterness I had toward religion and the religious, but now it informs my desire to be deeply and personally invested in active religious pluralism.

Who Are The Real Sodomites?

Jay Michaelson | Posted 06.15.2011 | Religion
Jay Michaelson

In Genesis, rape is the means, not the essence, of Sodom's wickedness. Reading the story Sodom as being about homosexuality is like reading the story of an axe-murderer and saying it's about an axe.