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Rereading Cheryl Clarke's First Poetry Collection: Narratives

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 07.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

First published in 1982 by Clarke, Narratives: poems in the tradition of black women is a vital part of lesbian-feminist print culture.

He Must Lead Them: Can We Roll With That?

Ken Wilson | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Ken Wilson

Perhaps it is our job, we insider sheep, to take our eyes off the controversy and place them on the shepherd, who may be not so much seeking our opinion on the matter as executing his own.

I'm Running for U.S. Senate to Promote LGBT Equality in Washington the Way We Have in Maine

Shenna Bellows | Posted 08.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Shenna Bellows

We need a national Human Rights Act along the lines of the Maine Human Rights Act. We need to outlaw discrimination in employment, housing, credit, public accommodations and educational opportunity on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation -- once and for all, nationwide, no exceptions.

Is Obligating Women the Answer?

Rabbi Haviva Ner-David | Posted 08.10.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Haviva Ner-David

Rabbi Pamela Barmash's teshuvah misses a ripe opportunity to re-examine our relationship to mitzvoth in a world that is hopefully breaking down hierarchy and gender roles and heading towards complete egalitarianism. Do we really perform mitzvoth because we feel obligated?

Long Beach Kicks Off Season of Pride 2014 - May 17, 18

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 07.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Charles Karel Bouley

On the morning of June 28, 1969, a raid was tried at the Stonewall Inn. It wasn't a gay bar -- there were none. It was owned by the mafia, and was a place for all outcasts, including drag queens, butch lesbians, feminine boys and male prostitutes.

First Steps on a Pilgrimage: A Reflection on the Thinking of Lee and Vines

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 07.14.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

If the Church was able to clarify its understanding of Scripture based on Galileo's new information about the heavens, then we can surely clarify our reading of the Bible based on new information about same-sex relationships.

The American Left Radio Could Use a Right Hook (VIDEO)

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 06.04.2014 | Media
Charles Karel Bouley

Hook doesn't have to worry ever again; his future success is almost assured. He has a loyal fan base which is growing, not shrinking.

I Want Poetry to Matter: A Manifesto

Michael Carosone | Posted 06.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

In celebration of National Poetry Month 2014, I present my new poem: a poetic manifesto for a new world. By the way, I also think that we need to queer or gayify National Poetry Month!

St Patrick's Day, Ireland 2014: A Celebration of Pride and History

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.17.2014 | Travel
Charles Karel Bouley

Today, March 17th, 2014 in Dublin all bets are off, the city is exploding with joy and pride, happiness and the most welcoming spirit possible.

Notes from Nicaragua: Chicken of the Sea

Joe Hutcheson | Posted 04.15.2014 | Comedy
Joe Hutcheson

As soon as I put the toothbrush in my mouth, I realized what I'd done and went straight for the vodka.

Let's Stop Being #SurplusGiraffe

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Charles Karel Bouley

Don't many of us feel like Marius, the #SurplusGiraffe? How many of us feel that someone in our life, some bank or boss, some Congress person or Senator can end our lives as we know them, and feed it to not the lions but the wolves of Wall St.?

What Would King Say Today?

Stan Duncan | Posted 04.11.2014 | Religion
Stan Duncan

What would King say about marriage equality? The short answer, of course, is that nobody knows. Homosexuality was in the closet in King's day so no one can say for certain. There are, however, a few clues.

The New(er) Normal

Anthony Romeo | Posted 03.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Anthony Romeo

If I had ovaries, I think it would be safe to say they've been aching. I want a baby. I want a baby very, very badly.

Do Gay People Control the Weather?

Lillian Daniel | Posted 03.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Lillian Daniel

Whenever there is extreme weather, some weird religious leader gets airtime for blaming someone. Whether it's a tsunami, an earthquake, a heat wave or a drought, someone will say it's God's way of getting our attention and therefore it has to be someone's fault.

The Gay Philadelphia Story, Part 1

Thom Nickels | Posted 03.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Thom Nickels

Until the 1980s, the nucleus of Philadelphia's queer community was west of Broad Street around the area of 15th and Spruce, where bars like the Mistique -- a bohemian drag and jazz bar -- were major focal points of the city's night life.

The Case For Dating Shiksas: Why One Gay Jewish Woman Dates Outside of the Tribe

J.E. Reich | Posted 02.25.2014 | Gay Voices
J.E. Reich

No matter which way you put it on paper, it is related to the same course of logic that was used fifty years ago to ban interracial dating. The rhetoric of "stick to your own kind" vis-a-vis Jewish dating isn't exactly bigotry, but it isn't quite not.

What the Hell Happened to Traditional Values Like Love?

Lydia Nibley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Lydia Nibley

Real transformation within families, groups of friends, communities, corporations, institutions, governments, and communities of faith is an inside job. Change is found in the smallest choices we make every day about how we treat each other.

'Diversities' May Enrich 'LGBTQIAP' Alphabet Soup

Ron Suresha | Posted 11.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Ron Suresha

I have advocated using the expression "gender and sexual minorities," or the acronym "GSM," as the collective political term for people who are not cisgender and/or heterosexual. So it was welcome news when UK therapists came out this year in favor of a splendid refinement of the term.

My Qui-Gon Jinn

Tom Bartolomei | Posted 11.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Tom Bartolomei

Sept. 12 was my mom's birthday. This post is dedicated to her, as well as to my dad and all those family members who stand with the LGBT community and fight alongside us.

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.

Artist, Viva Ruiz, Talks Non-existent Biological Clocks, Brainwashing, and the Importance of Partying

Phillip M. Miner | Posted 10.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Phillip M. Miner

If you've never seen/heard/danced your ass off to any of Viva Ruiz's work, you're missing out. It's hard to pin down Ruiz. Native New Yorker, first-generation American, queer, feminist, dancer, filmmaker, musician, revolutionary: you can try to label her, but, if you do, you're missing the point.

Russia and Egypt: An Interesting Sense of Outrage

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics
Charles Karel Bouley

There's a lot be be angry about across the world. But there's also a lot to be angry about right here. A lot. And we can't keep acting like sectarian violence isn't happening in the streets of America.

The GOP's Politics of Subtraction

Jan Schakowsky | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics
Jan Schakowsky

Add up all the voters that the Republicans have done their best to reject, and I refuse to believe that there are enough "safe" districts for them to maintain control of the House. I see danger for Republicans in 2014.

Fun Facts About a Dating App With a Conscience

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 09.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Victor M. Feraru

Some boys want sex. Some want more friends. Some want something in between. As with almost everything, there is usually an app for that. However, some...

The End of Exodus Doesn't Mean the End of 'Ex-Gay' Movements

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 08.23.2013 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

Exodus taught that gays and lesbians could either change or repress their sexual attractions through a process of prayer and counseling. So its disappearance is a major change in the ex-gay ministry landscape. But the ideas behind Exodus' ministry continue to thrive.