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Sending Harvey Milk Throughout the Planet

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 08.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

As marginalized people, we are pushing the boundaries unwilling any longer to accept the repressive status quo. In coalition with other disenfranchised groups and allies, we are refusing to buckle under and to assimilate into a corrupt system.

Your Toddler Might Be Gay

Dana Sitar | Posted 08.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Sitar

If we keep talking to that little girl for the next 10 years as if it's her destiny to fall in love with a man, how will she react to herself and others if she finds herself attracted to the girls around her, not the boys? Or to both?

If You Want to Survive, Then You'll Celebrate Pride!

Michael Carosone | Posted 08.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

Another June. Another reason to celebrate LGBTQ Pride. Last year, I wrote: "It is that time of year again: June, when we celebrate gay pride.

Westboro Baptist Church: They're Baaaaack!

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Fred Phelps, until his death in March this year, and his Westboro Baptist Church -- composed mainly of family members -- travel around the country pro...

Taking a Community Approach to Campus Sexual Assault Prevention

Robert Pleasants | Posted 06.09.2014 | College
Robert Pleasants

Ending sexual assault is not a "women's issue," and until we change our thinking to include everyone in the effort, we won't begin to see a significant decline in this form of violence. This move toward a more inclusive community approach has gained traction in the last decade, a trend I've noticed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Learning More From Gay Sex: Fighting Straight People in the Bedroom

Simon Moritz | Posted 05.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Simon Moritz

So far in life I've encountered an even-split between gay men with children from a past marriage who talk about their sexuality as an evolving identity, and those who tell it as a movement from the closet to a fixed gayness, which does more or less invalidate their years of "living a lie."

To Dismantle the Spokes on the Oppression Wheel

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

We can see concepts and issues of oppression as a wheel with each of the separate spokes representing the numerous forms, which continually trample over the rights and the very lives of individuals and entire groups of people.

The Pervasive Heterosexualizing of American Youth

Michael Carosone | Posted 04.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

The pervasive heterosexualizing of American youth is becoming worse, more severe, and more dangerous. Allow me to explain. More and more, I am readi...

Is Everybody Gay? (It's So In)

Quincy LeNear Gossfield | Posted 04.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Quincy LeNear Gossfield

How many times have you heard someone ask, "Is everybody choosing to be gay these days?" Why, now that you mention it, my dear keen observer of universal truth, yes! And because of that, I now quit being gay! That's right, y'all. The jig is up.

What the Duck: Justice or Lost Opportunity?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.21.2014 | Entertainment
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Phil Robertson, in his own misguided and offensive fashion, has given us as a society much to unpack by his linking multiple issues and multiple form of oppression (heterosexism, racism, classism, environmental control and degradation), and all in the context of religious justification.

Ways We Try to Justify Our Traditions: Sports and Beyond

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Norma Cook Everist

The debate about whether the Washington Redskins should bow to pressure to change its name will continue as long as we as a nation fail to see the difference between trying to justify traditions and recognizing the real deep-seated problems.

Why Are Lesbian Nurses Still Invisible?

Mona Shattell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Mona Shattell

I know something about being a nurse and a lesbian. I don't want it to be "on the DL" that some of our most significant and historical nurse leaders were in fact lesbians: Lillian Wald, Jane Addams, and maybe even Florence Nightingale, to name just a few.

10 Easy Ways to Reduce Homophobia: A Guide for Straight People

Michael Solis | Posted 08.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Solis

The following are 10 strategies geared toward heterosexual men and women, who are key to dismantling forms of communication that invisibilize LGBT people. The catch is that a few of them require straight people to step outside the heteronormative comfort zone and pretend to be gay.

Myths and Stereotypes That Dehumanize Gay Men Must Be Challenged: Start With These 10!

Murray Lipp | Posted 08.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Murray Lipp

While those who support LGBT equality sometimes innocently engage in stereotyping of gay men, it is ultimately those who promote heterosexist and homophobic agendas who are the most likely to draw on myths and stereotypes in their efforts to rationalize discrimination.

Is Homosexuality a 'Handicap'?

Rob Watson | Posted 08.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

In the file was a letter from my mother to her cousin, written in November 1992. She stated, "We are now convinced that Rob was born with a handicap and all we can do is love and support him in the same way we would with any other kind of handicap." Handicap? Really?

A Gay Dad Sounds Off on Fundamentalists Who Target My Kids

Rob Watson | Posted 07.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

That is exactly what author Amber Lee Parker and illustrator Hannah Segura have done with the release of their children's book God Made Dad and Mom. The colorful picture book seems pleasant, but the point of the story clearly is to deride LGBT families.

The Top 10 Arguments Against Gay Marriage: All Receive Failing Grades!

Murray Lipp | Posted 07.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Murray Lipp

There is no logical or reasonable basis for denying same-sex couples access to secular marriage laws. Opposing the inevitable (marriage equality) is a waste of time, money and energy.

We Must Target the Origins of Homophobic Violence: Religion, Patriarchy and Heterosexism

Murray Lipp | Posted 07.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Murray Lipp

Although the increasing visibility of LGBT people and gains in equality may be associated with short-term rises in homophobic violence, these changes are merely triggers. We must move beyond superficial and individualistic analyses of such heinous events and target their root causes.

'So... Who's The Bride?'

Jamie McGonnigal | Posted 06.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Jamie McGonnigal

Luckily, we haven't run into any outright bigotry with any of our wedding vendors, so we feel very fortunate. But every time I see a form or am asked for the name of my soon-to-be wife, it's another conversation to have.

Intra-LGBT Discrimination: Beware The Rush To Family Values

Thom Senzee | Posted 06.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Thom Senzee

When we fail to honor, respect and celebrate our community's diversity, the enemy is us. Last year, a troubling story came to my attention, a story that illustrates the perils of becoming too concerned with acceptability by heterosexual standards and conforming to so-called family values.

Why Religious Invocations at Presidential Inaugurations?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Many of our framers, the chief architects of the United States Constitution, most clearly did not have these measures in mind.

Now That The AP Has Banned 'Homophobia,' What Word Should Journalists Use Instead?

Holly R. Cashman | Posted 02.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Holly R. Cashman

Given the AP Stylebook's decision to discourage the use of the word "homophobia" by journalists, I thought it might be interesting to take a look at "heterosexism," what it does and doesn't mean, and why it (along with "anti-gay") cannot exactly replace "homophobia."

Fighting A Boogeyman: How Gut Reactions Slowed The LGBT Rights Movement

Phillip M. Miner | Posted 02.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Phillip M. Miner

For the majority of my grandfather's generation, homosexuality was, frankly, just plain gross. This disgust has played an important role in the efficacy of the LGBT rights movement. Our early activists were fighting more than ideas; they were fighting a deeply ingrained gut reaction.

The Associated Press And Terms Like 'Homophobia'

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The AP revealed recently that its stylebook will no longer include the word "homophobia" in political or social contexts. Oddly, and for entirely different reasons, I agree that the terms like "homophobia," "biphobia" and "transphobia" are imprecise at best, so I, too, find them problematic.

God And Natural Disasters: It's The Gays' Fault?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Last week ultra-right-wing rabbi Noson Leiter referred to Hurricane Sandy as "divine justice" for the state of New York's 2011 legalization of marriage for same-sex couples. Conservative Christian leaders have long held LGBT people responsible for natural disasters.