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An Open Letter to "Duck Dynasty" and Supporters

Charles Clymer | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Charles Clymer

Please take your duck whistles and complaints to the nearest Chick-fil-A and let the rest of us celebrate the triumph of the human spirit and actual bravery in free speech with those folks from Pussy Riot.

Westboro Baptists Are Proud Of 'Duck Dynasty's' Phil Robertson

Posted 12.20.2013 | Religion

A&E sparked controversy when the network suspended Phil Robertson from the hit show 'Duck Dynasty' after GQ published an interview with his condemnati...

Republican Steams Over Sex Ed Program For Promoting Homosexuality

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser | Nanea Kalani | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics

A state lawmaker suing the state for legalizing same-sex marriages says a controversial sex education program being taught in some public schools is i...

India's Supreme Court Re-Criminalizes Gay Sex

Prerna Lal | Posted 02.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Prerna Lal

Overturning a High Court decision, the Indian Supreme Court upheld Indian Penal Code 377, an archaic and barbaric law that criminalizes "homosexual" acts, rendering almost 20 percent of the global LGBT population illegal.

The Interview as Cruising Ground (Part 2)

Christopher Hennessy | Posted 02.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Christopher Hennessy

Explicitly stated or not, all of the interviews with the poets in my book, I believe, are affected or influenced by the many ways in which gay men encounter each other--intimately, antagonistically, as mirrors of each other's social position and history, or just as old friends.

Indian Gay Activists Protest Top Court's Ruling Against Gay Sex

AP | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices

NEW DELHI (AP) — Hundreds of gay rights activists gathered in India's capital and other cities across the country on Sunday to protest a decision by...

The Interview as Cruising Ground (Part 1)

Christopher Hennessy | Posted 02.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Christopher Hennessy

My interview with Koestenbaum can read, at least in some moments, like flirting, or even cruising. There's double entendre; there's performance; there's even a moment in which we cozy up over one of his books, tracing fingers over line after sexual line of poetry.

Coming Out for Marriage Equality in Japan

John Lewis | Posted 02.10.2014 | Gay Voices
John Lewis

Coming out appears to be particularly difficult for many Japanese LGBT people because of the importance of social conformity in Japan. Many college students told us that they had known perhaps only one openly LGBT person in their entire lives.

These Are All The Places Where You Can Get Arrested Just For Being Gay

www.upworthy.com | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

In 76 countries, homosexuality and/or transsexuality are criminalized. In five countries, it is punishable by death. ...

Some of My Best Friends Are Probably Gay

Galanty Miller | Posted 01.27.2014 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

I'm against gay marriage because the Bible clearly states that a man can live inside a giant fish. But seriously, folks... Same-sex marriage is leg...

The Song of Songs and a Sexual Mystery in Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose

Michael Gilmour | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

The English translation of Umberto Eco's debut novel The Name of the Rose (Italian 1980) first appeared thirty years ago, and it continues to delight and surprise, even after multiple readings.

Benjamin Britten: The Love and Death of a Gay Genius

Kevin Childs | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Kevin Childs

Only the English seem incapable of acknowledging the brilliance of one of our own without trying to rummage about in his life for something innocent that can be twisted into an all-consuming fault. In fact, it sounds faintly homophobic, as though we still can't have a national treasure who was gay.

The Broken Covenant

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Adam Kirk Edgerton

The good Rev. Frank Schaefer, a pastor probably not unlike the one I idolized as a child, has been suspended by the United Methodist Church for officiating the wedding of his gay son. It is a blow that, even after nearly a decade away from the church, leaves me filled with anger and despair.

The Final 6 Reasons Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore (Part Three)

Steve McSwain | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Here are a few final thoughts I have on why nobody wants to go to Church anymore and what the Church and leaders must do to reverse the decline and maybe even reclaim some of the 35 million Americans who have departed.

Homosexuality Remains Illegal In A Surprising Number Of Nations

Posted 11.12.2013 | Gay Voices

HuffPost Live tackled news of a new Kaleidoscope Trust report, which found that 41 out of the 53 Commonwealth countries still deemed homosexuality il...

Private Schools and Diversity

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 11.11.2013 | Education
Frank Ligtvoet

It is time that diversity is lived, not only by the diverse people themselves, but by all the others in the same way. We need a little more action and a little less conversation. The difference between what our kids see and what they should see, will tell us what to do.

Label Mayhem: The Problem With a Binary System of Sexuality in a Society That's Changing Its Views on Love

Bekki Charbonneau | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Bekki Charbonneau

I am a queer woman. I flip-flop between identities. I have been "straight," then "bisexual," then "pansexual," then a weeping puddle in the middle of the floor (which has occurred frequently enough to be considered an identity, in my opinion). But I have figured out a few things (probably).

How Much Sex Is Healthy?

Robert Weiss | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Robert Weiss

As a sexual addiction and intimacy disorders specialist, I am often asked about the frequency of sex. Couples want to know what is "healthy." Usually, they're afraid they're either having way too much sex or not nearly enough.

We Must (Not) Surrender

Jesse Jackman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Jesse Jackman

A photo of me kissing my husband was unaccountably removed by Facebook for "violating community standards," and I was banned from my account for 12 hours. Facebook eventually restored the photo, but they still have not contacted me directly to offer any sort of explanation or apology.

Every Single Article Ever Written About Being Gay in Beirut in One Convenient Article

Raja Farah | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Raja Farah

Hamed Sinno, the openly gay frontman of the Lebanese band Mashrou3 Leila, is gay. His gay voice represents the entire Arab world. Through his gay songs he captures the angst of the youth, singing about things no one gay has ever sung about in a gay way.

Blue Is The Warmest Color and Sexual Insecurity

Aliza Polkes | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Aliza Polkes

This begs the questions: why is everyone fawning over this movie? Are we so sexually illiterate in film that we feel the need to jump at any portrayal of deviant sexualities -- in this case homosexuality -- and deem them "brilliant" simply because of the subject matter?

Should Eminem's Talent Cover Up His Homophobia?

Jack Rattenbury | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jack Rattenbury

When I thought hip hop was becoming a more accepting place with Frank Ocean coming out as bi-sexual, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis releasing 'Same Love' and both becoming commercially successful. 'Rap God' was just a gunshot taking us back in time making us realise that we've got a long way to go.

The First Gay Pope

Simon LeVay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Simon LeVay

When Newsweek famously dubbed Barack Obama "the first gay president" of the United States, the phrase didn't really refer to Obama's sexuality but to his positive attitude toward gay people. So should Pope Francis likewise be considered "the first gay pope"?

He Said, She Said: 10 Things We Wish Sex Ed Taught Us

Melissa White | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Melissa White

"Left to rely on what I heard, I expected to feel something akin to a sonic boom followed by that sparkly thing twilight "vampires" do."

'Who Puts What Where?'

Richard Alther | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard Alther

Unless we acknowledge that same-sex couples and single gays are just as loving, complicated, libidinous, sometimes sexual, sometimes not -- in other words, just as human and normal -- as everyone else, a large swath of our population will remain disgusted with the whole business.