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'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.

(Another) Open Letter to Edward Snowden

Dorian de Wind | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

A couple of weeks ago, Melissa Harris-Perry at MSNBC posted a letter to Edward Snowden. Some believe that the letter was a bit sarcastic. Let me try...

Praise for Annie Rachele Lanzillotto's Writing

Michael Carosone | Posted 09.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

I had the privilege of attending one of Annie Rachele Lanzillotto's events for her two new books: her memoir, L Is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Fr...

Mastering in Love: LGBT Dating and the Journey to the Ring

Nicholas Marlin | Posted 09.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Marlin

Instead of dating to find Mr. or Mrs. Right, date to learn more about yourself and what makes you happy. Make it less about getting the ring and more about discovering what makes you want to give someone a ring. And use each relationship to hone in on what your ideal life will be like.

YouTube Sensation Steve Grand and All-American Reconciliation

Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D. | Posted 09.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D.

The soul of America is responding to Steve Grand in a powerful way, searching for reconciliation between LGBTQ people and a heterosexual majority who are striving to understand them. Spiritually, reconciliation is more compelling than rejection, since its motive energy comes from love.

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage Equality

Nicholas Marlin | Posted 09.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Marlin

"Frank and Nikki sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G." Almost everyone knows the rest of this song: "First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes th...

Divided U.S. Supreme Court Gives Key Victories To Same Sex Marriage

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Brian Levin, J.D.

Today, Kennedy again vigorously laid out the importance of the marital relationship and the right of states to define and impart those rights to minorities without undue interference from the federal government.

Making Gay and Lesbian Relationships and Marriage Simple Through Ten Truths

Joe Kort, Ph.D. | Posted 06.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Joe Kort, Ph.D.

Whether you're gay, lesbian or straight, marriage can be simple! Relationship science can make breakups and divorce a thing of the past.

Being Open to Love

Nicholas Marlin | Posted 06.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Marlin

Being open to love is not always easy. For some it may come naturally but for most it takes practice.

Rape Is Rape

Kate Muwoki | Posted 06.02.2013 | World
Kate Muwoki

While homophobic and transphobic sentiments seek to minimize the gravity of rape of LGBT people, the fact remains -- rape is rape. And, thanks to the work of women's and LGBT civil society organizations in South Africa, this violence is increasingly being exposed and denounced.

Equal Rights for All: It's Finally Time for Adopted People, Too

Adam Pertman | Posted 06.01.2013 | Politics
Adam Pertman

As our country has focused enormous attention in recent days on the rights of one minority, gay men and lesbians, we continue (alas) to give short-shrift to the decades-long effort to achieve equality for millions of people in another segment of our population: Americans who were adopted into their families.

The Unexpected Power of Coming Out

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 05.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

When Senator Portman's son came out, it became a living, breathing example of the butterfly effect. When we tell the truth about ourselves and our lives, it doesn't just affect us and those we tell. It ripples outward, and contributes to the tsunami of social change we are witnessing.

Were You Ever Teased for Having Gay Moms? A Tale of Two Uteri

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 05.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

I was only totally caught off-guard once by teasing and that was the first time it happened, the day I started school. I joined the first grade mid-year as a transplant from Manhattan. Back then, I was maintaining my Manhattan-dwelling habit of introducing myself as, "I'm Emma. I have two moms."