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Lesbian Mom's Son Makes Surprising Anti-Gay Discovery When He Searches For His Home On Google Maps

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 11.26.2014 | Gay Voices

A North Carolina lesbian couple is crying foul after their home was reportedly labeled with an anti-gay slur on Google Maps. Canton residents Jenn...

WATCH: This Hockey Team Is Stripping Down To Fight Homophobia (NSFW)

Posted 11.20.2014 | Gay Voices

Note: The above video features content that may not be appropriate at work or in other sensitive environments These European university sports team...

How This Daughter of Lesbians Met God

Vanessa Mártir | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Vanessa Mártir

As a girl, I was exposed to different religions. Mom was a Jehovah's Witness for some time before she met Millie when I was two. Of course Mom was excommunicated when it was revealed that she was with a woman

When Holiness Is Violence

Broderick Greer | Posted 11.17.2014 | Black Voices
Broderick Greer

Despite our good intentions, Christianity in the United States still has a long way to go. Instead of seeking to heal the wounds of slavery and institutionalized racial discrimination, many denominations are seeking out fresh ways of shaming and condemning their LGBTQ members.

Turkey Ambivalent on LGBTQI Population

Irene Monroe | Posted 11.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

Turkey is a country conflicted when it comes to its LGBTQI population. On the one hand, Turkey was the first country in the Muslim world to hold an LGBTQI pride march, but on the other, the rate of hate crimes against LGBTQI people in Turkey is the highest among European countries.

On My 50th Birthday, a Letter to Myself at 17

David Munk | Posted 11.16.2014 | Gay Voices
David Munk

I see you at 17 -- feathered hair, parachute pants, asymmetrical smile. You have just graduated from high school. Despite your outward ebullience, I see that, beneath the jocular façade, you are so very sad. Of this you are (mostly) unaware.

Student Punched In The Face For Kissing His Boyfriend Gets The Last Word

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 11.10.2014 | Gay Voices

Late last week, a stranger punched Cole Ledford in the face for kissing his boyfriend on the sidewalk. But the Ohio State University junior has a mess...

My Lesbian Mom Died Terrified of Going to Hell

Vanessa Mártir | Posted 11.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Vanessa Mártir

I was orphaned when my mother Millie died nine years ago. My biological mother went back to being a Jehovah's Witness and now says she regrets being with Millie for 20-some-odd years. "Les di un mal ejemplo," she says. That's B.S. See, Millie is the one who loved me -- tender, unconditional, I-believe-in-you love.

Steve Jobs, iPhones and Gay Propaganda in Russia

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 11.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Eliot Borenstein

I send this warning to Russia's hard-liners: don't mess with Apple. You can't win this fight -- just ask Dr. Dre. Don't let Russia become the next Beats Electronic. When it comes to swallowing up its competitors, the Russian Federation has nothing on Apple.

Magazine Names Vladimir Putin 'Person of the Year'

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 11.07.2014 | Media

The Advocate has named Russian president Vladimir Putin its "Person of the Year." "Driving the governmental, religious, and popular disdain for gay...

The Danger of Presuming Post-Sexuality

Jack Bryant | Posted 11.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Jack Bryant

My students saw homophobic language as obviously offensive. It wasn't something anyone, including the writer of the material, needed to point out to them. To do so was, in their mind, a waste of creative energy, perhaps even old-fashioned, like a heavy-handed morality tale. On the one hand I found this refreshing, but on the other, this discovery was also worrisome.

The Kids Are All Right: LGBT Families With Kids

Shane Jordan | Posted 11.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Shane Jordan

Despite studies proving otherwise, some people still insist that children are being ruined by this type of family dynamic. They deem homosexual couples as "unfit"parents, but don't seem to have concrete or legitimate evidence to substantiate their claims.

Why I'm a Black Man Before I'm a Gay Man

Terrence Chappell | Posted 10.31.2014 | Black Voices
Terrence Chappell

If you're a black man, it doesn't matter how many degrees you hold. It doesn't matter how much money you make. It doesn't matter where you live or what kind of car you drive; to some you're still a n*****, and that is the cold, hard truth about the world we live in today, and it's what my parents had to teach me growing up. I don't experience this with my identity as a gay man.

Queering All Saints and All Souls: Celebrating the Queer Body of Christ

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 10.31.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

The queer saints gather to break bread together, to keep Sabbath, to pray, to watch and witness, to hope, believing in the Beloved Community of unconditional grace that we have not yet seen in fullness -- only in a glass darkly in our queer koinonia. This is true love for God, without self-interest, with nothing left to gain.

Ebolaphobia Going Viral

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Though no one can reasonably argue that infectious diseases pose no concern or risk of spreading, as a nation, we must investigate the rational science of transmission and avoid acting on fear, baseless speculation, and apparent political expediency.

Seriously?! Aunt Asks Gay Nephew If She Can Call Him 'Albert the Faggot'

Nathan Manske | Posted 10.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-10-24-20141023AlbertEisenbergsmall.jpgOverall, Albert Eisenberg had a pretty great coming out experience and was given lots of support by his family and friends. There were two experiences he had, though, that show that there's still a lot of progress that needs to happen in terms of LGBTQ acceptance and understanding.

LOOK: Family Circle Magazine Receives Disgusting Backlash After Featuring Its First Gay Family

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 10.23.2014 | Gay Voices

Women's magazine Family Circle just made history by featuring a gay family in its publication for the first time ever, but they were met with backlash...

Why Scandal Is One of the Most Important Shows Ever for the Gay Rights Movement

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 10.22.2014 | Entertainment
Nikki Gloudeman

Obviously, Scandal isn't the first show with a prominent gay character. But it is the first major network show to include a gay character -- chief of staff Cyrus Beene -- within a distinctly conservative framework.

The Word Isn't Normal. The Word Is Mainstream.

Lara Lillibridge | Posted 10.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Lara Lillibridge

Backlash towards a gay person who says "this is harder than being straight" should be directed at the straight world.

Here's A Better Idea For The Gay Man Who Wants To Raise $150,000 For Anti-Gay Bakers

Noah Michelson | Posted 10.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Noah Michelson

This gay man wants us to co-sign these anti-gay bakers' hate because of some misguided mumbo-jumbo about love and acceptance. I'd like to humbly suggest that we not do that.

LOOK: Shonda Rhimes Shuts Down Tweeter Who's Upset With Gay Sex Scenes

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 10.20.2014 | Gay Voices

Over the weekend, a tweeter complained to Shonda Rhimes that "gay scenes" in the TV shows "Scandal" and "How to Get Away with Murder" were "too much."...

A Letter From a Gay Father to His Daughter on 'March for All' Day

Mathieu Nocent | Posted 10.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Mathieu Nocent

Two days before yet another "March for All," I find myself this evening with the bitter taste of the meals that preceded this weekend, when thousands of people took to the streets against you.

Leaving the GOP Gov. Huckabee? Great, Take the Other Anti-gay Republicans With You

H. A. Goodman | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Gov. Huckabee should "grow a spine" of his own and follow through on his recent threat of becoming an independent if Republicans raise "the white flag of surrender" on gay marriage.

How Houston Attorneys Are Reinforcing Homophobia By Infringing on Religious Liberties

Brandan Robertson | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Brandan Robertson

As an evangelical Christian and an activist for LGBTQ rights, I am deeply disheartened by the actions we are seeing in Houston. I stand in complete solidarity with the churches and pastors that have been subpoenaed, demanding that these legal actions be reversed.

Wild Times in LGBT Cultural Competency Trainings

Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W. | Posted 10.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W.

Cultural competence training is not a showdown; at best it is a profound meeting of diverse human beings who all want to offer the highest quality care.