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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.

The Deliciously Queer World of American Horror Story

Taylor Cole Miller | Posted 12.23.2012 | TV
Taylor Cole Miller

As children of television, we are wont to believe that what we see on TV accurately reflects what's happening in the era. When you think of the 1950s, you might call up images of I Love Lucy or The Honeymooners to color in what you might never know -- what life was actually like in the 1950s.

The Gay Soccer Dad and Lesbian Costco Mom Vote

Karl Frisch | Posted 12.03.2012 | Gay Voices
Karl Frisch

With so much at stake for LGBT people and numerous historic electoral wins on the horizon this fall, shouldn't President Obama and Mitt Romney have a frank discussion about issues important to LGBT Americans and their families?

Radio Host's Offer To 'Change' Lesbians Willing To Date Him Backfires

Posted 09.23.2013 | Gay Voices

A nationally-syndicated radio host has reportedly apologized after allegedly promising to "change" any "hot lesbians" willing to go out on a date with...

Keeping Austin Weird -- One Proud Moment at a Time

Dorian de Wind | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

As in any state of the Union, good and bad things happen in Texas. As in any city or town in our country, things happen in our state's beautiful capital, Austin, that can make one feel ashamed and that can make one feel proud.

'Real L Word' Women Talk Sex, Nude Photos And Secret Crushes

Posted 08.31.2012 | Gay Voices

What better way to wrap up the summer than with a spirited game of "Never Have I Ever"? At least that's how "The Real L Word" cast member Somer Bin...

Announcing The Church Of The Homosexual

Mark Olmsted | Posted 10.28.2012 | Comedy
Mark Olmsted

I mean, really, if Scientology can call itself a Church, why can't we? I don't know about you, but I could use some tax-exempt status when I bang the old headboard. And we could finally use protections afforded freedom of religion by the Constitution.

Alleged Anti-Gay Crime Victim Charged With Making False Report

Posted 08.23.2012 | Gay Voices

A Nebraska-based woman who claimed to have been the victim of an anti-gay hate crime last month has been charged with making a false report. The L...