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Are Too Many People Writing Poetry?

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 07.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

Poetry is a cacophony of voices. I want more people to write poems, especially queer people, feminists, and people of color. For too long LGBT voices, feminist voices, and voices of people of color have been excluded or eluded from literary cultures and canons.

I Dedicate This Video to All the Femme Lesbians Out There! Happy Pride, Ladies

Jodi Savitz | Posted 06.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Jodi Savitz

Each week I receive hundreds of letters from feminine lesbians worldwide who feel invisible. These raw and often emotional messages inspired me to produce this video. Its intention is to help more women realize that their feelings regarding their sexual orientation are legitimate and that they are not alone.

How a Feminist Lens Failed Me

Andreea Nica | Posted 08.13.2014 | Women
Andreea Nica

You see, when it came to women, I didn't have a clear standard to measure their advances. I couldn't reconcile the fact that these were women. Our culture teaches us how to defend ourselves against male aggressors but these same-sex threats were too alien.

LGBT Literature: It's Not All Life and Death

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 07.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

Two Internet memes are promoting literary issues that I care about deeply. On May 1, 2, and 3, a groups of activists using Twitter hashtags raised awareness about the need for diverse characters and story lines in children's and young adult books.

Hitting Close to Home: Homophobia and Transphobia In Asia = Family Violence

Grace Poore | Posted 07.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Grace Poore

While many of those interviewed spoke to societal discrimination and repeated experiences of exclusion in public spaces, at work and at school, the family was reported to be the primary perpetrator of violence against lesbians, bisexual women and transgender people.

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.

LGBT Parenting: Does Every Moment Have to Be a Teaching Moment?

Sunny Bjerk | Posted 06.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Sunny Bjerk

As LGBT youth, adults and families know all too well, bullying isn't confined to just the playground, classroom, or cafeteria -- it can happen to anyone, anywhere. And as my wife and I prepare for the birth of our first child, we have to learn when negative actions become a teaching moment.

'The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray', 'Foolish Hearts': Gay Love and Marriage?

Janet Mason | Posted 06.02.2014 | Books
Janet Mason

Love makes the world go round. And when it comes to LGBT civil rights, love is what all the fuss is all about. Two recent books from Cleis Press (both published in 2013) brought the idea of love to the forefront of my mind, in very different ways.

God Said Kill... A Lot of Things

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 05.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicole Breedlove

When exactly did folks begin using the bible as an excuse to hate everyone who isn't white, Christian, male and straight? I mean, if I should be killed simply because I'm gay and the bible said so then surely they should meet that same fate for their actions right?!

The Incredibly True Adventures of a Lesbian Bartender: That Time I Met a Homophobic Anti-Semite

Jodi Savitz | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Jodi Savitz

On this night I just can't help but offer my two cents to the asshole whose blatantly anti-Semitic, homophobic slurs begin to radiate throughout the space where I so calmly and coolly am drinking a semi-local brew on my night off.

Sinister Wisdom and the Legacy of Adrienne Rich

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 05.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

The death of Adrienne Rich on March 27, 2012, filled me with grief and a profound sense of loss. It took a few months before I could contemplate a tribute issue, but I knew immediately that Sinister Wisdom must do a tribute issue.

Like Murderers, Gays Can Change If They Repent, Pundit Claims

Posted 02.21.2014 | Gay Voices

It's been quite a week for conservative televangelist Pat Robertson. The media mogul, who is no stranger to anti-gay remarks, made headlines earli...

Facing Divorce? Top 5 Things Same-Sex Couples With Children Need to Know

Nicole H. Sodoma | Posted 04.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicole H. Sodoma

Knowing what to do is critical when one is faced with a life-changing event such as a separation; and for same-sex couples with children, the combination of state-by-state and federal laws pertaining to their relationships can add complexity.

Gay Men, Lesbians and the Ocean Between Us

Tyler Curry | Posted 04.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

Simply, gay men and lesbians feel isolated from one another because we are two completely different animals who are forced to share the same cage.

Dear Kacey Musgraves, I Have a Big Lesbian Crush on You!

Jodi Savitz | Posted 03.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Jodi Savitz

Drawn in by her adorableness and very nice legs, I found my eyes glued to the screen. "Who is this chick?" I thought, half genuinely curious, half just thinking she was attractive. Then I heard, "Kiss lots of boys, or kiss lots of girls if that's what you're into," and it was as if a thunderbolt had struck!

Proud to Be a Cafeteria Catholic

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 03.30.2014 | Religion
Rea Nolan Martin

I know, I know. Shame on me for ordering my doctrine off the a la carte menu when the prix fixe would buy me so much more salvation, right? If only my...

The Incredibly True Adventure of a Lesbian Bartender in the Big Apple

Jodi Savitz | Posted 03.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Jodi Savitz

It is truly a remarkable thing to witness time and time again the way men, women, locals and foreigners become obsessed with the fact that I'm a dyke. It happens at least five times a night.

Coming Out of the Holidays in One Peace

Joanne Fleisher | Posted 03.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Joanne Fleisher

There's just one more unstructured weekend left before resuming my normal life. As a relatively recent lesbian widow, I begin to obsess at the start of December about how to handle Christmas, my birthday (the 30th), New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

My 2014 Resolution as a Gay Christian? Keep Pressing Play

Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge | Posted 02.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

Because LGBT people keep pressing play in the wider society, marriage rights have been granted in places like Utah and New Mexico.

'You Don't Want Your Children To Grow Up As Lesbians,' Pundit Tells Concerned Mother

Posted 12.12.2013 | Gay Voices

Pat Robertson is at it again. The conservative televangelist, who was recently named by the British lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) ...

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.

Happy National Genocide (Thanksgiving) Day!

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices
Nicole Breedlove

In 1637 the body of a white man was discovered dead in a boat. Armed settlers -- which we tell our children were God fearing, gentle, sharing, kind Pilgrims -- invaded a Pequot village. They also set the village, which included many children, on fire.

A Lesson in Bravery

Elizabeth Denham | Posted 12.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth Denham

I spoke to my friend Morgan Reid during a time when I was struggling with worry about what people thought of me. Morgan, at the ripe old age of 20, taught me what it means to be brave.

'I've Just Never Seen So Many Gays In One Place'

Posted 10.14.2013 | Gay Voices

By Biz Hurst for YourTango.com It's an interesting concept for me to date an actual lesbian. I'm 24, and, looking back on my past relationships, I...

The Ties That Bind

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Coming out is one of the fundamental experiences that ties LGBT together. We also share the stresses caused by the cognitive dissonance required to live a lie. When we refuse to stick up for one another, we deny the reality and lessons of our own experiences.