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Homophobic Bigotry

Here's An Easy Test To Find Out If You're Anti-Gay (And Maybe Don't Even Know It)

Noah Michelson | Posted 02.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Noah Michelson

It's time that we made a promise to ourselves that we won't look the other way any longer. It's time that we started challenging each other and ourselves to be accountable to what we believe and what we espouse.

Progress in San Antonio

Jason Stanford | Posted 10.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Jason Stanford

The encouraging bit in San Antonio City Councilwoman Elisa Chan's unguarded comments is her awareness that her views are not fit for public consumption. When bigoted politicians know that they have to hide their prejudice, we are surely making progress.

Giving Sexual Bigotry Its Due

Jonathan Wolfman | Posted 09.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Jonathan Wolfman

There is one posting genre I'd like to see far less, and I believe we will, for it saddens me to see the video iterations of famous figures (religious and political) scoring our LGBT citizens for being who they are, and damning the rest of us (the "nation") for promoting their increasing freedom.

'Tolerate' Your Homophobia? Um, No

John Becker | Posted 09.09.2013 | Gay Voices
John Becker

The Ender's Game author's hateful beliefs have relegated him so far to the margins of society that it's beginning to threaten his bottom line. So is he publicly recanting his anti-gay views and apologizing? Of course not. Instead, Card has the audacity to beg his pro-LGBT fans for "tolerance."

The End Goal of the LGBT Movement

George Weinberg | Posted 09.08.2013 | Gay Voices
George Weinberg

Let me suggest an answer that would have been unimaginable 50 years ago: Think about a society that views being gay as we now view being left-handed. The goal is for homosexuality to lose all its negative connotations, to become worth mentioning only in special, neutral contexts.

What If Paula Deen Had Called Someone a Fag?

Avery Stone | Posted 08.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Avery Stone

Paula Deen and Alec Baldwin both used offensive language and demeaned whole populations of people. Why is there a vast disparity between how the public and businesses reacted? Why did Baldwin get off the hook while Deen is fighting to hang on to any semblance of dignity?

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.

The Arsenal Is Empty

Jason Howe | Posted 08.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Jason Howe

Any Supreme Court victory for backers of Prop 8 and DOMA will be a Pyrrhic one. One by one, their arguments have been exposed as falsehoods and have no power as American society moves toward full acceptance of LGBT rights. Their arsenal is empty.

To the Silent Southern Moderate

Anthony Michael Kreis | Posted 08.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Anthony Michael Kreis

I hope that Southern moderates will come to understand, despite any disagreements about how LGBT equality should be codified in law, that when they fail to speak truth to anti-science, false, and irrational statements dripping with unadulterated bigotry, it has real consequences.

The Other 'F' Word

Asher Huey | Posted 07.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Asher Huey

This past weekend I was called a "faggot." Recently I'd realized that nothing like that had happened to me in a while and wondered if or when it would. When it did, it made me realize how much, and how little, has changed.

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.

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.

Dear Opponents Of Marriage Equality: Here's Why I Call You A Bigot

Jessica Gerson | Posted 06.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Jessica Gerson

It's not that you disagree with me, and it's not that you're a proud Christian. The reason I call you a bigot, and the reason that we cannot politely agree to disagree, is that you are trying to make me, my life and my family subject to your opinion and/or religious belief.

Is It Right to Call A Bigot A Bigot?

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 05.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Dr. Joe Wenke

It really comes down to this: If, based on your religious beliefs, you demonize people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and you deny people the right to have sex and marry, then you are against freedom and equality for those people. You are practicing bigotry.

Pride Taught Me to Embrace the Gay Lifestyle

David Michael McFarlane | Posted 08.28.2013 | Gay Voices
David Michael McFarlane

After coming out, I pointed a critical finger at Pride to distance myself from the hypersexual exhibitionists that many Christians consider gay people to be. Really, I was being a hypocrite. I didn't like Christians denouncing my sexuality, but I was doing the same thing to Pride participants.

What Will the Future of Heterosexism Look Like?

Josh A. Goodman | Posted 09.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Josh A. Goodman

Do the increasing acceptance of homosexuality and the recent Supreme Court rulings mean that anti-LGBT prejudice is on the way out? Not exactly. Just like racism and sexism are alive and well in 2013, I suspect the same will be true for heterosexism several decades from now.