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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.

'That Is So #Gay'

Stephanie Michele | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Michele

I can't quite shake the magnitude of what happened between these two boys. I have empathy for both of them because I realize that extreme actions are byproducts of extreme longing.

Praying With Gratitude for the Love Between Same-Sex Partners

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 12.16.2013 | Gay Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

The love between partners who love like this is not to be hidden or denied, as some who pray would claim. Rather, such love is the fulfillment of divine promise and thus is to be celebrated as a love through which all on Earth may bless themselves.

Debating Sexual Behavior Vs. Attraction...Among Straight Men

Posted 10.11.2013 | Gay Voices

HuffPost Live tackled the ongoing debate over perceptions of straight men who have sex with other men in an Oct. 11 segment. "I don't it necessari...

Christian Campuses on the Front Lines of Gay Debates

Eliel Cruz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Eliel Cruz

Although Seventh-day Adventist institutions of higher education do not suspend or expel LGBT students like some religiously affiliated institutions do, there is still little to no official support for this community. Why is that?

WATCH: Are You A 'Try Sexual?' (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 10.01.2013 | Gay Voices

Are you DTT (Down to Try)? That's what Lauren Devine wants to know in her new single and video, "Try Sexual." The video's setting is a steamy nigh...

U.S. Catholic Women at Crossroads as Gender Gap Disappears: Will Pope Francis Make a Difference?

David Briggs | Posted 11.27.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

The day of reckoning for a church that excludes women from the priesthood and has alienated many with its emphasis on rules governing sexual morality may finally have come.

Methodist Ministers Openly Defy Church Law, Prompt Rulings Review

Religion News Service | Katherine Burgess | Posted 09.26.2013 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Facing a wave of open defiance to church law, the top court of the United Methodist Church is set to consider rulings challenging chu...

Pope Francis: The Church Has Many Obsessions

Steve McSwain | Posted 11.25.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Instead of asking, however, why people are running away from churches faster than a squirrel will cross a busy street, most fundamentalist Christian leaders point to those leaving as if something were wrong with them.

LGBT: What Does It Really Mean?

Stephanie Mott | Posted 11.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

LGBT. These letters stand for "lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender." They also stand for "love, grace, beauty, and truth." The challenges of, and the solutions to, creating a different world are intertwined in these two representations of these four letters.

The Significance of the Pope's Interview: Christianity Doesn't Compel Homophobia

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 11.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Nathaniel Frank

What's critical to realize -- lest we believe that Christian doctrine actually compels its adherents to condemn gay people -- is that anti-gay religious sentiment has always been a matter of tone and focus, so a change here is both the best we're likely to get and possibly all that's really needed.

Thanks for Keeping It Real, DJ Mister Cee

Ariel Chesler | Posted 11.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Ariel Chesler

Public figures, especially in traditionally hypermasculine or homphobic arenas like hip-hop or professional basketball, such as Mister Cee and Jason Collins, have a tremendous impact when they are honest about their sexuality. This is because, as Cee remarked, "the truth will set you free."

When a Redneck Loved a Queer

Eliel Cruz | Posted 11.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Eliel Cruz

In the courtroom in Collegedale, Tenn., our audience was sorry for things that they had never even done to me personally; they understood. They were sorry for a culture that has perpetuated homophobia, and in that moment nothing from the past mattered, and all was now forgiven.

Are You A 'Recovering Heterosexual'?

Posted 09.15.2013 | Gay Voices

By Rick Clemons for YourTango.com Coming out is a monumental event in most people's lives, whether you're actually the person 'coming out' or a me...

Should I Pay for a Date Simply Because I Am the Stud?

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 11.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Nicole Breedlove

When I go out on a date, I always have the same dilemma: pay for the dinner or go dutch? Because I am a masculine-identified woman, I usually end up p...