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Wait for Me Until I Welcome: Further Reflections From an Orthodox Rabbi to His Gay Children

Avi Orlow | Posted 11.10.2014 | Religion
Avi Orlow

If we think our tradition demands we risk our children's lives by not accepting them, like Avraham, maybe we are misreading our tradition. God does not need our defense, and God will most certainly be there when we get back. All our children are angels who are just waiting to be welcomed into the tent.

The Pumpkin Path

Anthony Romeo | Posted 10.03.2014 | Parents
Anthony Romeo

October 13. Mark it on your calendars, friends. In addition to being a great day for a hooded sweatshirt and a pumpkin-spiced anything, it's also the day that Dom and I go in for our initial session with an adoption agency in New Jersey.

If I Have Gay Children: A Rabbi's 8 Promises

Avi Orlow | Posted 10.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Avi Orlow

If I have gay children, I'll love them. I don't mean some token, distant, tolerant love that stays at a safe arm's length. It will be an extravagant, open-hearted, unapologetic, lavish, embarrassing-them-in-the-school cafeteria, kind of love.

Want to Be a Children's Author? Here Are Some Tips

Melissa Carter | Posted 09.23.2014 | Books
Melissa Carter

As a gay mother I've had to be discerning because many children's books include a mother and father, and have often thought about writing some of my own to reflect his upbringing.

To Our Future Baby:

Anthony Romeo | Posted 11.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Anthony Romeo

By the time you read this, we might all be in very different places in our life. I might be chubbier, your Dad might have more gray hair than he had when I wrote this. It might be 2024, it might be 2034, or later.

Rereading Cheryl Clarke's First Poetry Collection: Narratives

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 09.22.2014 | 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.