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Growing Up Gay

Memories of a Gay Childhood

Jan Phillips | Posted 09.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Jan Phillips

I've been thinking of my own early years as a queer youth: how despairing I was, how wrong I felt, how terribly unseen and unheard. Then I remembered my suicide notes, how occasionally I would write one and leave it around to be found.

Jane Lynch: I Wish I Had A Show Like ‘Glee' Growing Up

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 07.10.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

As the final season of "Glee" approaches, Jane Lynch joined HuffPost Live to reflect on the impact the show has had on both her and the show's fans. ...

Dancing in His Underwear for the Garbage Man, and Other Ways Noah Michelson Was a Sexual, Queer Kid (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 08.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-06-11-20140611NoahMichelsonsmall.jpgIt might not come as a surprise to you that Noah Michelson, Executive Editor of The Huffington Post's Gay Voices vertical, is a proud queer man. What might surprise you is how young he was when he first discovered his pride and sexuality.

My First Boy Crush, and Why I Will Always Remember Him

Gary Nelson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Gary Nelson

The first time I said "I love you" out loud and actually meant it was on my high-school stage in the spring of 1966. We were alone, or at least I thought we were. Joey, my beloved, was sitting at the baby grand. He looked right at me and started playing "Michelle" by the Beatles.

Pages From the Penis Book: My (Possibly Shocking) Sexual Life as a Gay Child

Noah Michelson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Noah Michelson

Something must have been off when my mother was pregnant with me. What else could explain why, from the day I was born, all I've ever been able to think about is having sex with men?

Gay and Southern: Discuss

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 11.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

We wanted to talk about it. What follows comes from a Gchat conversation between me (raised by two moms in the Northeast) and Todd Dakotah Briscoe, who's gay and from a "red state" and kind enough to share his story.

Growing Up Gay in Russia

Wes Hurley | Posted 10.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Wes Hurley

Realizing I was gay in Russia felt like a terminal disease diagnosis. There I was, a secret pedik, one of the monsters I'd heard about so much yet knew so little about. Convinced that I was the only real gay person in Russia, I felt completely alienated from the human race.

DENIAL: Homosexuality Is a "Choice," Right?

Jonathan Rauch | Posted 07.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Jonathan Rauch

I am always bitterly amused when I hear people say that homosexuality is a choice. I could only imagine, as a prepubescent boy, the relief I would feel when nature finally flipped that hormone switch, when at last I would begin to slaver and tremble over pictures of boobs in dog-eared copies of Playboy, stashed lovingly under my bed. Truly, I looked forward to it.

DENIAL: Why Sinbad Was More Than a "Sailor Man" to Me

Jonathan Rauch | Posted 07.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Jonathan Rauch

My childish, playtime fantasy was freighted with a strange power. This was more than playing Batman and punching invisible enemies in the stomach. I wanted in a deeper, more slavishly yearning way to be Sinbad the Sailor.

DENIAL: My 25 Years Without a Soul

Jonathan Rauch | Posted 07.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Jonathan Rauch

I have a peculiar memory which must date to when I was 10 or 11 years old. I am sitting daydreaming one afternoon, and it occurs to me that I will never get married. Simultaneously with this realization comes the recognition that I have always understood that marriage was unlikely for me, and that today is merely the first time I have said so, to myself, "aloud."

Deprived, Not Depraved: Lewis' Story

Neal Boulton | Posted 04.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Neal Boulton

Over the years, Lewis and I became liver-recovery buddies. "Oh, I am sure I had far more fun," Lewis said one day during our first year of doctor's visits, after I declared that at least I'd had fun destroying my liver. "Indirectly far more fun, that is," he added in his usual enigmatic way.

Walking Into Positivity

Aundaray Guess | Posted 12.22.2012 | Gay Voices
Aundaray Guess

Recently I wrote a blog about how HIV prevention should move beyond handing people condoms. My story wasn't that straightforward, and as I reveal how I became infected with HIV, hopefully you'll see my reasoning.

Don't Just Come Out... Out Your Story!

Derek Gerson | Posted 10.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Derek Gerson

Beginning today, we're giving you (yes, you!) an unprecedented opportunity to connect with LGBT youth and let them know about the world of support that's out here for them. We're launching Out Your Story, a new online platform for people to share their experiences of growing up LGBT.

Growing Up Gay in Greece

Konstantin Kakanias | Posted 10.31.2012 | Gay Voices
Konstantin Kakanias

I could have never imagined that my imaginary friend, my savior, my muse, would eventually take real form and have a name.

Kathleen Miles

Good News For Gay Teens In Calif.

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 06.08.2012 | Los Angeles

Being a teenager can be rough. But the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) latest report is a wake-up call to just how much harder it can be for lesbian, ga...

The Value of Facebook In Gay Lives, Then And Now

Mark Allen | Posted 07.30.2012 | Gay Voices
Mark Allen

Using Facebook, I recently found closure with someone from my problematic gay adolescence. It was the early '80s, and we were both in the ninth grade. I had a big, bewildering, gay crush on Zach. I was enthralled by him.

A Gift Of 'Glee' From Lima, Ohio

Dan Kimpel | Posted 06.23.2012 | Gay Voices
Dan Kimpel

You might know my hometown, Lima, Ohio, as the geographic locale for the television show Glee. As it appears on this hit Fox series, McKinley High is one zany, multicultural mecca where fashionably attired students break into song in the hallways. Don't believe it.

Are You A Boy Or A Girl?

Lance Brister | Posted 05.23.2012 | Gay Voices
Lance Brister

These days, I'm mostly comfortable in my own skin. I enjoy being a man. But the embarrassed little boy who could never be himself will always be part of me. I try to carry him with tenderness, and tell him, always, that it's OK to be just who he is.

Growing Up Gay In The 1990s: Has That Much Changed For Today's Gay Youth?

emily m. danforth | Posted 04.29.2012 | Gay Voices
emily m. danforth

I wish Cameron Post's world felt dated to readers -- not just the movie references or the song titles, but also the culture of overt and sanctioned bigotry. But what's absurd is that there are plenty of teenage readers today who can fully relate to Cam's experiences.

Born This Way: 15 Stories Of Growing Up LGBTQ

Paul V. | Posted 12.11.2011 | Gay Voices
Paul V.

I think it's about time the world knows what it means to grow up as an LGBTQ kid, and I wanted to create a safe place for the LGBTQ youth of today to hopefully see themselves.