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

Janet Mason | Posted 04.03.2014 | 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 03.31.2014 | 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 03.17.2014 | 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 03.07.2014 | 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 02.24.2014 | 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.

Why This Lesbian Prefers Country Life To The City

Posted 10.08.2013 | Gay Voices

An Alabama-based lesbian spoke out in support of a recent study which found that gays and lesbians living in metropolitan areas may not be as happy, h...

Look Out, Your Hate is Showing: Homophobia is Alive and Well

Jenny Block | Posted 09.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Jenny Block

On Sunday night, I went to the True Colors concert tour stop in Dallas. It was like Gay Pride with better music. You could be as out as you want to be there with no need for worry. Or so I thought.

My Interview With Michael Iemma About His Film, Stitch, Part I

Michael Carosone | Posted 10.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

I embrace a title such as this because "Hell Yeah! I am a gay filmmaker who is going to tell my stories about my life." Our community has been denied this freedom for far, far too long.

The Worst (And Most Hilarious) Lesbian Stereotypes That Just Won't Die

Posted 08.25.2013 | Gay Voices

By Mary Malia for YourTango.com Lesbians stereotypes: you use them, lesbians use them, we all use them. Stereotypes simplify our thinking about lo...

Goodbye Gauley Mountain: One Of The Most Seductive Environmental Documentaries Of The Year

Greg Archer | Posted 10.15.2013 | Impact
Greg Archer

Eco patriotism gets a delicious and effective makeover in Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story. And leave it to two enterprising lesbia...

Why I Don't Do Pride Anymore

Eden Walker | Posted 10.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Eden Walker

It wasn't neo-Nazis and threats of violence that stopped me from going to Pride. It wasn't the commercialization of Pride that deterred me from staking my claim to my part of the LGBTQI space. It was a butch lesbian with a bouncer's badge.

Trayvon Martin, the Voting Rights Act, the Repeal of DOMA and The Sin Warriors: We Are All Connected

Janet Mason | Posted 09.25.2013 | Books
Janet Mason

Unfortunately, it is safe to assume that had the U.S. Supreme Court not reached its verdict in 1967, many states would have kept their laws against interracial marriage for as long as they could.