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The Term Homophobia Is Improper

Mark Baer | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
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Mark Baer

Religion aside, I firmly believe that those who argue that homosexuality is a choice do so in order to justify senseless beatings of gays and lesbians, and continued discrimination and mistreatment against them. I also believe without a doubt that it is a choice to be a nasty human being.

The Difference We Haven't Overcome: Why the Color Line Endures in America

Robert T. Carter, Ph.D. | Posted 09.30.2014 | Education
Robert T. Carter, Ph.D.

Before the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, recedes in the rear-view mirror, let's be straight with ourselves about what the events surrounding his death tell us about race in America.

3 Men Arrested In Anti-Gay Shooting

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 09.29.2014 | Gay Voices

Editor's note: This victim in this story has been described in reports as a "man dressed as a woman." As we are unsure if this is correct or if the vi...

NYPD Bungled Hate Crimes Reporting

Matt Sledge | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- The NYPD has repeatedly misreported the number of hate crimes incidents it investigates, a state comptroller's audit released Thursday fou...

Philadelphia's Recent Flash Mob Gay Bashing

Thom Nickels | Posted 09.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Thom Nickels

Anti-gay prejudice used to be called the last acceptable prejudice, but that has changed. Despite societal advances, many still believe that being gay is a major sin. Although one can believe this and still be respectful of gays as persons, the concept can become twisted.

Why the 'We Can't Teach About LGBT History for Religious Reasons' Argument Makes No Sense Whatsoever

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Ferroni

As a history teacher, I cherish history and know the importance of all people's history. However, when it comes to teaching LGBT history, many so-called religious people always pull out the religious card.

Gay Activist In 'Serious' Condition After Being Beaten Ahead Of City's Event

AP | Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A German man who took part in a gay rights conference suffered life-threatening brain injuries when he was severely beaten i...

Alejandra Leos and the Plight of Transwomen of Color

Julia Meszaros | Posted 09.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Julia Meszaros

Transwomen of color face the most violence out of any transgender population, and also face the most forms of discrimination within larger society. While Laverne Cox and other transwomen of color are gaining public recognition within the media, the lives of these women remain precarious and potentially dangerous.

Is Beard Cutting a Hate Crime?

Donald Kraybill | Posted 08.27.2014 | Religion
Donald Kraybill

Did Congress intend for the hate crimes statute to cover religiously motivated violence within a religious group? Does beard cutting, as temporary disfigurement, qualify as a form of bodily injury for a hate crime victim?

Lila Shapiro

'These Murders Are A Steady Drumbeat'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 08.29.2014 | Gay Voices

It's been a year since Dolores Nettles rushed to the hospital and listened to her daughter's heart beat for the last time. Since then, she has been wa...

Life After 'L Word Mississippi': The Good, Bad and the Ugly

Brandiilyne Dear | Posted 08.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Brandiilyne Dear

Since the premiere of L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin, Susan and I have been flooded with positive messages and encouragement. We have been swaddled in what seemed to be a warm comforting safety blanket... until seven days later.

Man Shot After Reporting Cross Burning In Yard

AP | EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS | Posted 08.19.2014 | Crime

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi sheriff says a man was beaten and shot two weeks after calling authorities to report a cross burning in his yard...

Here's How You Can Fight Anti-Semitic Hate Speech Online

Religion News Service | Lugi Serenelli | Posted 08.16.2014 | Religion

BERLIN (RNS) It’s been 17 years since Suzette Bronkhorst co-founded the Dutch Complaints Bureau for Discrimination on the Internet, but she said she...

Against All Odds: From Iraq to Silicon Valley

Kirk-Anthony Hamilton | Posted 08.13.2014 | HuffPost Home
Kirk-Anthony Hamilton

Imagine a life where you are not allowed to be creative and you have no idea that you are not living up to your full potential or that a better life is attainable? Despite our daily challenges, few reading this would ever be able to fully understand such a reality.

Standing With Our Sikh Friends on This Day of Mourning

Murali Balaji | Posted 08.05.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

For many Hindu Americans, the pain that Sikhs have felt hits close to home, in part because of both faith's shared history and because many Hindus and Sikhs in the United States have congregated in the same communities.

Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminism: What Exactly Is It, And Why Does It Hurt?

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 08.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Kelsie Brynn Jones

Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminism, or TERF, is a loosely-organized collective with a message of hate and exclusion against transgender women in particular. They have attached themselves to radical feminism as a means to attempt to deny trans women basic access to health care, women's groups, restroom facilities, and more.

Mom Accused Of Doing Horrific Things To Daughter For Being Gay

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 07.18.2014 | Gay Voices

A New Mexico woman could face hate crime charges after allegedly beating and sexually abusing her 17-year-old daughter, who identifies as a lesbian. ...

4 Ways to Deal With the Dreaded 'Haters' in Your Life

Carol Morgan | Posted 09.14.2014 | Women
Carol Morgan

Luckily, most people in the world are nice. But when that occasional 'hater' pops up, what should you do? I'll have some suggestions for you here in a bit. But let me first give you an example from my life.

Actress Testifies for Homeless Victims

Street Sense | Posted 09.10.2014 | DC
Street Sense

"It is time for Congress to act," emphasized actress Susan Sarandon during a recent congressional briefing about violence against the homeless. "We can't allow these people to be invisible any longer."

Police Investigating Two Possible Hate Crimes From SF Pride Weekend

Reuters | Posted 09.03.2014 | Gay Voices

SAN FRANCISCO, July 3 (Reuters) - Police are investigating two physical attacks during San Francisco's gay pride celebration over the weekend as pos...

Can You Pre-empt a Hate Crime?

Nedda Alammar | Posted 08.27.2014 | Women
Nedda Alammar

Why is it that the real shock value in random acts of racism comes more from the source out of which it comes, than the statements themselves? It's always comes from someone you never think. And maybe that's why it's so shocking.

Police Investigating Cop Killers For White Supremacy Links

Reuters | Posted 08.09.2014 | Crime

UPDATE: Authorities in Nevada identified the suspects as Jerad Miller, 31, and his wife, Amanda Miller, 22. June 9 (Reuters) - Law enforcement offi...

In Support of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 08.03.2014 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

As religious people, we are called to love our neighbor as ourselves. There's not a qualifier to that command. Love one another. That is the basis of community, religious or otherwise.

A War on Women

Lauren Hersh | Posted 07.29.2014 | Women
Lauren Hersh

There is a war on women and we can no longer afford to classify this gender-based violence as "random and isolated.

UCSB Community Stands in Solidarity After Hate Crime

Madison Medeiros | Posted 07.27.2014 | College
Madison Medeiros

With regular concerts in the parks and a plethora of student organizations, Isla Vista seems like paradise on the outside. But once you look past the sea of beautiful people, the organic foods, and kegs lining Del Playa, you'll find a community where darkness easily hides, overshadowed by dub-step and glistening sunsets.