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Three New Books on the Theme of "It Isn't Easy Being Gay"

Janet Mason | Posted 12.10.2014 | Books
Janet Mason

I have never been one to complain about my lot -- after all coming out as a lesbian was, for me, a kind of freedom (and I wouldn't trade my life for any other). But I was reminded of the fact that it is still hard to be gay by three new books that I recently read.

Meet the Pastor Who Told Me He Hoped I Got Brain Cancer and Died

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 12.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Anderson is the embodiment of hate and makes the late Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church look like Ghandi.

Why Houston Is Forcing Pastors To Turn In Their Sermons

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.15.2014 | Religion

Some Houston pastors are being forced to hand their sermons over to the city -- and they're not happy about the government reading over their shoulder...

Living Marriage Equality: Redeeming the Dream and All I Love and Know

Janet Mason | Posted 12.08.2014 | Books
Janet Mason

I am a new convert to the cause of same-sex marriage. I have been a lesbian for most of my life and a second generation feminist. When I was young, I never dreamed of being married. When I came out (in the early 1980s), I was hugely relieved that I had dodged the matrimonial bullet.

The Right's New Strategy After Gay Marriage Loss: Finding the Gay 'Partial Birth Abortion'

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 12.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Frank Schubert said that if by chance marriage equality opponents lost at the high court, as pretty much happened yesterday, they would have to go the route they did with abortion after Roe v. Wade. They'd have to seek "incremental" wins, he said, as they did then, chipping away slowly at abortion rights.

Your Bogeyman: Whether You Stalk Him or Face Him...Defeat Him

Michael Rohrer | Posted 11.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

I recently saw a production of Stalking the Bogeyman at New World Stages in NYC. The play tells the true story of David Holthouse: the rape he endured in 1978 as a 7-year old, and his plan, as an adult, to murder his rapist.

'The Roosevelts:' Ken Burns Closets Eleanor, Disappears FDR's Gay Sex-Entrapment Scandal in the Navy

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 11.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

I enjoyed watching Ken Burns' The Roosevelts: An Intimate History last week, keeping in mind that these PBS documentary series are usually a heavy bit of American myth-making. Still, there are a few things just too glaring to hide or treat with discretion in 2014, though Burns arrogantly thinks he can.

BREAKING: Gay Couple Watches Football. Can We Get Back To The Game Now?

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 09.08.2014 | Gay Voices

What at first appears to be two bros horsing around in an ad for DirecTV's NFL coverage turns out to be something else entirely. The two -- one a G...

Michael Sam and the NFL's Virulent Homophobia

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 11.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

The NFL is a league that tolerates homophobia, the lofty words of its officials notwithstanding. And until LGBT groups and politicians stand up and take it on rather than cowering, homophobia will continue to get a pass.

Donald Sterling Is Gay, V. Stiviano Claims In Lawsuit

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 08.22.2014 | Gay Voices

Donald Sterling is gay and never had sex with presumed girlfriend V. Stiviano. So says Stiviano in a new lawsuit, according to TMZ. As the gossip s...

High on Heels

Michael Rohrer | Posted 10.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

Sometimes a man's gotta do something that's out of the ordinary. Sometimes he has to push himself. Sometimes a man's gotta walk into a shoe store and buy a pair of heels.

99-Year-Old Sprinter Leaves Aging In The Dust

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 08.18.2014 | Fifty

Ida Keeling finished last in her 100-meter race at the Gay Games in Akron, Ohio, Tuesday, but she still ran away with the show. That's because Kee...

Have Gay Groups Set Their Own Trap With a Religious Exemption in ENDA?

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 09.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

ENDA would allow a Catholic hospital or school to fire a lesbian nurse or janitor or cafeteria cashier simply on the basis of her sexual orientation. That is a much broader exemption than allowed for any other group under the 1964 Civil Rights Act. And it's abhorrent.

I'm a Homosexual and There Ain't Nothin' Wrong with That

Michael Rohrer | Posted 08.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

Gay people have to be courageous to accept ourselves, be honest about our feelings, and live our lives. I struggle with that courage every day, but when I read the bull**** that people say, I just want to stand tall with my chest puffed out and say, "I'm a homosexual and there ain't nothin' wrong with that!"

Pat Sajak Pulls Major Blunder With Gay Contestant

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 06.27.2014 | Gay Voices

This time it wasn't a contestant committing a big flub on "Wheel of Fortune." Host Pat Sajak did the honors instead. While introducing player T.K. ...

This Coming-Out Will Make You Want To ... Redecorate?

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 06.26.2014 | Gay Voices

"I'm different," the young man tell his parents in the ad above. "I don't like to do what other men like to do." Good thing that Mom and Dad are si...

Your Package Is So Gay

David Duran | Posted 08.25.2014 | Gay Voices
David Duran

When it comes to same-sex weddings, I stand pretty firm in my beliefs that a wedding is a wedding and anytime the word "wedding" is proceeded with the word, "gay", and followed by the word "package", I cringe. But do we really need that welcome, or are we as a community possibly taking advantage of the extra attention?

Lila Shapiro

The Gay Tea Party Is In Trouble

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 06.05.2014 | Gay Voices

Jimmy LaSalvia and Christopher R. Barron, the founders of a gay conservative lobbying group that styled itself after the tea party, have never feared ...

Still Married in Pennsylvania: PA Constitutional Ban Struck Down and Marriage Is Re-Defined

Janet Mason | Posted 07.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Janet Mason

I gave my friend a high five, kissed my partner (now my legal partner/spouse), and as we drove home, we joked about putting a sign and a trail of tin cans on the back of our car.

Confessions of an Adult Grudge Holder

Michael Rohrer | Posted 07.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

We can't go back. We can't change it. We can learn from the past and make better choices, or let the past keep us from growing. For me, those feelings have no place in my present.

Lesbian Author Tackles Edmund White, Gains a Deeper Understanding of the Gay Icon, the Writer, the Human Being

Janet Mason | Posted 07.08.2014 | Books
Janet Mason

When I heard about his latest book, I decided that it was time to read Edmund White. As a lesbian writer, I have very little in common with White, but as I kept reading Inside a Pearl, what I found was an Edmund White I could relate to -- one who could lay his life on the page.

Discovering and Outgrowing My Mother's Shoes

Michael Rohrer | Posted 07.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

Sometimes I did try wearing my mom's skirts or dresses, but getting them off quickly when I heard the car pull into the driveway proved less than advantageous.

#ROSWEGLYN- A Youtube 'Meet and Greet' That Became So Much More

Megan Evans | Posted 07.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Megan Evans

Youtube hasn't just brought ROSWEGLYN together as friends, but it also has brought a whole new community along with it where acceptance is key.

Lesbian Truthtellers Write Books to Take Home With You: Essayist Judith Witherow and Novelist Renee Bess

Janet Mason | Posted 06.25.2014 | Books
Janet Mason

I was reminded of the quote from the late poet Muriel Rukeyser -- ''What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open'' -- when I read Judith K. Witherow's collection of essays, Strong Enough To Bend.

Round Two: India's LGBT Community Tries Again To Strike Anti-Gay Law

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 04.23.2014 | Gay Voices

India’s Supreme Court has agreed to hear pleas against the controversial sodomy law that recently re-criminalized gay sex. In July 2009, the Delh...