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Saudi Arabia Beheads Gays, but Marco Rubio Has No Problem With You Traveling There

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 12.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

If human rights abuses really were the metric by which we decided on trade and travel, the U.S. should be banning Americans from visiting our staunchest allies and our most popular vacation spots (including much of the Caribbean, where homosexuality is illegal, though it's not illegal in Cuba). It would literally be much of the globe.

Looking for Friends In All the Wrong Places

Josh Sabarra | Posted 12.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Sabarra

Dating websites are for dating, not for finding people who want someone to grab dinner with every now and again or who need a ride to the airport at holiday time. I have those people in my circle, and I'm already not getting flowers and sex from them.

Generations of HIV

Alex Garner | Posted 12.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Alex Garner

Each generation of gay men has the distinct experience of being uniquely impacted by HIV. One of the best-understood and often explored generational experiences of HIV is the early years -- a time when the disease violently and unexpectedly emerged in the community.

Is 'Coming Out' a Western Construct?

Ali Ahmadi | Posted 11.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Ali Ahmadi

Why is Western society so obsessed with pulling people into certain categories? In an era when sexuality is increasingly understood to be a fluid spectrum, why must we assume that any non-oppressive society must have its fair share of "out-of-the-closet" homosexuals?

New Study Identifies Evolutionary Basis Of Homosexuality

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 11.26.2014 | Science

Scientists have long been puzzled by homosexuality, as it seems to be at odds with the basic human drive to reproduce. Various theories have been o...

"Unfollowed" Into Happiness

Josh Sabarra | Posted 11.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Sabarra

The decision to write an honest and candid memoir about "coming out" and living life authentically should be accompanied by a list of side effects similar to that of the antidepressant Lexapro: confusion, headaches and sleeping problems.

Calling Nevada's Incoming Speaker Racist And Sexist Would Be A Huge Understatement

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics

Ira Hansen is a Republican member of the Nevada State Assembly. He's served since his 2011 swearing-in, and with his party's newly acquired majority, ...

The Imitation Game: World War II Like You Never Knew

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 11.19.2014 | Arts
Lisa Kaas Boyle

The Imitation Game is a well crafted, beautifully shot and acted World War II film that tells the behind the scenes story of how we won the war: a story that remained secret for 50 years.

(Not) Finding Love Through Textual Chemistry

Josh Sabarra | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Sabarra

Technology is a danger of the contemporary dating landscape. I don't have it all figured out, but I have developed the "Donovan Rule:" No frequent calling or texting before the first meeting - and no overnight bags on Date 1.

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.

Alan Turing Helped Save the World & They Persecuted Him

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 11.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I usually find TV award shows as primarily fluff and hype, and they rarely stir deep emotions in me. However, listening to Benedict Cumberbatch's acceptance speech in the Best Actor category at the American Film Awards ceremonies for his portrayal of Alan Turing in the film "The Imitation Game" brought me to tears.

New Study Suggests Genetic Link For Male Homosexuality

AP | LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 11.17.2014 | Gay Voices

CHICAGO (AP) — A large study of gay brothers adds to evidence that genes influence men's chances of being homosexual, but the results aren't strong ...

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...

My AA: Approval Anonymous

Josh Sabarra | Posted 11.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Sabarra

In my entire 40 years, I've never once been high or intoxicated. Still, an AA program would serve me well. Approval Anonymous. A support group that could help eliminate my need to be accepted by other people and direct me toward the sense of self that I am just beginning to claim after decades of living inauthentically.

LGBTIQ Rights in Africa: One Step Forward, One Step Back

Fareen Walji | Posted 10.29.2014 | World
Fareen Walji

While the recent Ugandan and Kenyan court rulings are two victories to celebrate, we know there have been many battles quietly lost.

When Southern Baptists Get Saved

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 10.28.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

Salvation was always such an important part of my upbringing. We were constantly begged, pushed, prodded and manipulated to go down the aisle. If I got saved once, I got saved a hundred times.

First Nighter: Ivo van Hove's Strong Take on 'Angels in America'

David Finkle | Posted 10.27.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Since Tony Kushner could be considered to know best, why not quote what he says he admired after seeing Ivo van Hove's revival of the playwright's Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels in America, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music: "It had this feeling of being stripped to its absolute bare bones."

1,000 Strong for Marriage Equality at the ERLC Conference

Brandan Robertson | Posted 10.24.2014 | Religion
Brandan Robertson

This week, evangelical Christians will converge in Tennessee to attend a conference in opposition of marriage equality. I'll be there as a representative of Evangelicals for Marriage Equality, to present the signatures of hundreds of evangelicals -- one thousand, in fact -- who disagree.

On Gays, the Vatican and the Episcopal Church

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 10.22.2014 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

In terms of God's justice, we may have moved too slow and too late but we kept moving. And it's taken us nearly 40 years. Forty years of steps forward and steps back. But we've kept on moving ... and after nearly 40 years in the wilderness I do believe we can see the Promised Land of full inclusion on the horizon.

The Third Way: A Response to the Southern Baptist Convention

Danny Cortez | Posted 10.21.2014 | Religion
Danny Cortez

The past few months and years, the church has become increasingly polarized on the LGBT debate. We have neglected to see the importance of what Jesus prayed. Our churches have become dysfunctional and our witness has diminished.

Stunning 85% Of Young Catholics Support Gay Equality

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.17.2014 | Religion

While the Vatican vacillates over whether to welcome gays into the church, the new kids in the flock seem to have no qualms about the subject. Clos...

Why Coming Out on Coming Out Day Still Matters

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 12.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

Break down some myths. Destroy some lies and distortions. And if we do it long enough and loud enough and together enough eventually we will be done.

Should Incest Between Consenting Adult Siblings Be Legalized?

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.10.2014 | Gay Voices

Responding to a German ethics panel's suggestion of de-criminalizing sex between adult siblings, a group of psychologists and experts joined HuffPost ...

Celebrating Marriage Equality Monday

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 12.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

As a priest and pastor, I am grateful that bogus arguments distorting Christian values and deploying them as weapons of mass discrimination have been rejected by the highest court in the land.

Greg Walloch, the Gay Comedian with Cerebral Palsy, Talks About Howard Stern

Ilana Rapp | Posted 12.02.2014 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

What's the difference between an actor, comedian, writer and storyteller? I'm still figuring that one out, so I'm looking forward to your comments with the explanation.