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(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."

'Butch/Femme' Photo Project Challenges Identity Norms

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.12.2013 | Gay Voices

Photographer Wendi Kali shot almost 100 people in 35 cities as part of her new "Butch/Femme Photo Project," which she's deemed an exploration of lesbi...

The 'Struggle' Over Marriage Equality

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 04.03.2013 | Comedy
Dr. Joe Wenke

I've always strongly supported the right of heterosexuals to marry so long as they promise never to procreate. I mean, look at the results so far.

Anti-Gay Road Rage: 71-Year-Old Charged With Beating Woman WIth Steering Wheel Lock

Posted 01.31.2013 | Gay Voices

An elderly Washington state resident has been slapped with anti-gay hate crime allegations after what started off as a simple fender-bender spiraled i...

WATCH: New Series Follows Lesbians Down South

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 01.30.2013 | Gay Voices

“Girl Play TV” fills the void of leading fictional black lesbian characters with masculine-centered or identified women. The New Orleans-based sho...

Lesbian Muslim Unveiled: The Quest For Progressive Islam Values

SheWired | Nazly Siadate | Posted 01.29.2013 | Gay Voices

A good friend of mine and I were in a heated debate at Starbucks—naturally—over whether or not it’s possible to reconcile Islam with the LGBTQ c...

Did Ashley Furniture Fire A Worker For Being Gay?

Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices

A New Jersey outlet of America's largest furniture manufacturing companies has been slapped with a lawsuit from a former employee who says she was fir...

Jodie Foster Comes Out While Accepting Golden Globe Award

AP | CHRISTY LEMIRE | Posted 01.14.2013 | Gay Voices

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Jodie Foster came out without really coming out, and suggested she was retiring from acting without exactly saying so, in a l...

Catherine New

Lesbian Couple Alleges Bank Of America Discriminated Based On Sexual Orientation

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 01.10.2013 | Business

In the early spring of 2012, Patty Snyder and her partner Shelley (who asked to use only her first name) went house hunting in South Daytona, Fla. The...

Homo For The Holidays

Joe Kort, Ph.D. | Posted 02.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Joe Kort, Ph.D.

With the holidays approaching, I ask people in my therapy office what they are doing. They tell me about going to visit each other's families and friends together. However, my lesbian and gay couples often tell me how each goes to his or her own family gatherings and not to the other's.

Homosexuality Is Caused By Sex With Demons, Former Stripper Claims

Posted 11.25.2013 | Gay Voices

A former stripper turned ministry leader who claims she once considered becoming a lesbian has offered up a rather unusual explanation for homosexuali...

Why Calling Rachel Maddow An 'Angry Young Man' Could Be Devastating

YourTango | Biz Hurst | Posted 11.17.2012 | Gay Voices

It seems like a million years ago that I was an introverted, closeted lesbian, forced to spend every day in a suffocating classroom, in a rural farm c...

Modern Family 'Yard Sale': Do TV Writers Still Have a Social and Cultural Responsibility?

Taylor Cole Miller | Posted 12.31.2012 | Gay Voices
Taylor Cole Miller

It used to be that we, as a public, could hold networks accountable and responsible for the ways in which they represent minority characters. But can we still do that? Are writers of our current television fare no longer held accountable for the characters they create?

Why This Liberal Woman Is Voting for Mitt Romney

Brett Blumenthal | Posted 12.26.2012 | Politics
Brett Blumenthal

Just as the nation took a chance on Obama four years ago, I'm betting on Mitt Romney to focus on what is most important to our nation right now: getting us back on our feet, developing jobs for our people, and strengthening our nation's security.