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Deep in the Tell-Tale Heart of the Texas GOP

Michael Winship | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

No, this is not some Game of Thrones spinoff. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the official 2014 platform of the Republican Party of Texas, 40 pages of unrestrained, right-wing bluster.

Being Gay Is Caused By A 'Putrid-Smelling Demon' That Pigs Would Reject, Minister Claims

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 07.23.2014 | Gay Voices

Holy Fire Ministries founder Bert Farias penned an eyebrow-raising piece about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Charisma...

Bernardine Evaristo, Literary Rebel With a Cause

Diriye Osman | Posted 07.22.2014 | Books
Diriye Osman

British-Nigerian novelist and poet, Bernardine Evaristo is not only a master of literary gender-bending but she's also adroit at subverting well-worn tropes from slavery to stifled sexuality in a way that feels new, visceral, vital.

New Survey Has Surprising Findings About How Many Gays Are In The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 07.15.2014 | Gay Voices

A federal report released Tuesday says just 2 percent of Americans over the age of 18 identify as gay or lesbian. The report, released by the U.S....

12 Biblical Principles You're (Probably) Not Living By

Zack Hunt | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Zack Hunt

I'm drawing from both the Old and the New Testaments to offer 12 biblical principles you're probably not living by, but should be if you're really being faithful to everything the Bible says.

Homosexuality Is 'A Direct Attack On Who God Is,' According To This Pundit

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 07.09.2014 | Gay Voices

The Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver fired off at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in an impassioned speech at a "Celebrate Ame...

To Be Out or Not Be Out... That Is the Question

Jason Stuart | Posted 07.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Jason Stuart

I came out 21 years ago. In my line of work as an actor and comedian, it has been one of the single best choices I have made for both my career and life. But I got to make that choice for myself. This brings us to Simon Hobbs.

I'm a Homosexual and There Ain't Nothin' Wrong with That

Michael Rohrer | Posted 07.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

Gay people have to be courageous to accept ourselves, be honest about our feelings, and live our lives. I struggle with that courage every day, but when I read the bull**** that people say, I just want to stand tall with my chest puffed out and say, "I'm a homosexual and there ain't nothin' wrong with that!"

Review of Straight Expectations: What Does It Mean to Be Gay Today? by Julie Bindel

Alex Hopkins | Posted 06.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Alex Hopkins

Bindel's rage at the current state of play burns through every page, but is juxtaposed with moments of surprising poignancy as she reflects on her own early days as part of a very different "community" -- that of the Gay Liberation Front, which is the point of comparison on which much of her argument rests.

4 Gay-Themed Movies You May Not Know, But Should

John Farr | Posted 06.26.2014 | Entertainment
John Farr

Gay-themed movies have been gaining traction for years, though some of the finest still don't get the recognition they deserve. Here are several titles new to my list that merit a wider audience.

On Leaving the Prison of Tops and Bottoms

Yolo Akili | Posted 06.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Yolo Akili

Language can quickly become a prison.

Letter to the Intolerant Posse

Scott Terry | Posted 06.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Scott Terry

Does your God still condone slavery? No? Your God has changed over the centuries, hasn't He? Why haven't you?

Uganda's Anti-Gay Law and America's Right Hand

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 06.20.2014 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

While every American has a right to free exercise, I believe two initiatives of the U.S. government, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and the G.W. Bush administration's expansion of the Faith-Based Initiative, have perpetuated a very asymmetrical view of religious freedom.

Perry Admits He 'Stepped Right In It'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 06.20.2014 | Politics

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) admits he "stepped right in it" when he compared homosexuality to alcoholism while discussing gay conversion therapy last we...

Court: Alabama's Anti-Sodomy Law Is Unconstitutional

Reuters | Posted 06.17.2014 | Gay Voices

June 16 (Reuters) - An Alabama appeals court has thrown out a law prohibiting consensual homosexual intercourse, declaring it to be unconstitutional...

Why Rick Perry Thinks It's Politically Clever to Liken Homosexuality to Alcoholism

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 06.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

While it was widely reported that Perry had likened homosexuality to alcoholism, it went almost unnoticed that the Texas GOP platform had removed its prior call to recriminalize homosexuality. And that may be a key fact in understanding what is going on in the minds of Texas GOP leaders.

Fathers Who Are Redefining Manhood

Ama Yawson | Posted 06.16.2014 | Black Voices
Ama Yawson

Tony Porter, Armond Mosley and others are doing phenomenal work in leading men towards a more holistic definition of manhood.

That Time the Texas Republicans Fell into a Time Warp

Sara Goldfarb | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Sara Goldfarb

There simply isn't any way to explain how, in 2014, the Texas Republican Party legitimately believed its hot-off-the-presses policy platform should include "reparative therapy" for gays.

North Korea, Hillsong and the Denial of Denial

Peter Rollins | Posted 06.11.2014 | Religion
Peter Rollins

North Korea never fails to offer up interesting and telling examples of how ideology functions. One such example can be found in their claim that homosexuality doesn't actually exist there.

When I Call Myself Bisexual

Don Weise | Posted 06.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Don Weise

I'd like to be free to consider myself a gay man who's fundamentally bisexual or a bisexual who's primarily gay. I don't know that it matters which I choose, or if I choose. What matters to me is coming to the most authentic expression of who I truly am and living from that place, openly.

Would it Matter If We Weren't Born Gay?

Jeremy Helligar | Posted 06.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeremy Helligar

Using the idea that our sexuality is due to nature over nurture in order to validate or justify it inherently suggests that there might be something wrong with it. Why does being gay need to be validated or justified?

Top Ten Q&As About God, Jesus, the Bible & LGBT People

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 06.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

Here's the 2014 version of my annual Pride Month FAQs about God, Jesus, the Bible and Gay People -- offered in hopes that together we truly can be the change we want to see in the world, and in rebuttal to the rabid rhetoric of the anti-gay religious right.

How Many People Believe That Gays Are 'Born That Way'? The Answer May Surprise You

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.29.2014 | Gay Voices

Despite national advances in the fight for same-sex marriage, Americans remain sharply split on the origins of homosexuality, a new Gallup survey has ...

What You've Been Waiting To Hear Your Pastor Say About Homosexuality..

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.27.2014 | Religion

Ever wondered what Jesus really said about homosexuality and where the Bible stands on gay marriage? Gay marriage has been a contentious issue, par...

BB and Me: Close Calls

Matthew Terrell | Posted 07.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Terrell

I remember how skinny Charlie was when he took off his clothes to hop into Randy's hot tub. He'd clearly lost weight while he was sick, and his developing man-muscles were much more defined now. His small frame, with its taught skin and toned muscles, both alarmed me and titillated me.