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'We Are Lesbians!' Family Vacation Turns Into Dyke March Participation (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 08.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-08-07-20140806KayleighSalstrandsmall.jpgDo you remember your first Pride event? Kayleigh certainly does, along with the impact that participating in Dyke March with her family had on her life.

'Being Gay Meant Sadness, Illness, and Death' (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 07.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-08-01-20140730TomWicker2small.jpgWhat was your first impression of the gay community? For Tom Wicker it was illness, death, and filth.

Conversion Therapy Tears Father and Son Apart, but Forgiveness Reunites Them (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 06.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-06-26-20140626MathewShurkasmall.jpgNew Yorker Mathew Shurka came out at the age of 16 to his initially supportive father, who promised to love his son no matter what, and to always stay by his son's side. However, his father's thinking became more and more influenced by homophobia and harmful stereotypes surrounding the gay community.

Dancing in His Underwear for the Garbage Man, and Other Ways Noah Michelson Was a Sexual, Queer Kid (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 08.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-06-11-20140611NoahMichelsonsmall.jpgIt might not come as a surprise to you that Noah Michelson, Executive Editor of The Huffington Post's Gay Voices vertical, is a proud queer man. What might surprise you is how young he was when he first discovered his pride and sexuality.

Gay College Student Tells Homophobic Counselor to Shove It (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 08.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-06-06-20140604NephiNivensmall.jpgIf you were looking for an example of how to be a horrible college mental-health counselor, look no further.

'My Religious Identity Is as Important to Me as My Sexual Identity' (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 07.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-05-22-20140521JohnRussellStangersmall.jpgAfter learning that his religion was anti-LGBTQ, John Russell Stanger, now the first openly gay Presbyterian minister ordained in Texas, stayed in the closet even while earning his B.A. in religion. It was in seminary that John figured out that Jesus would in fact be very accepting and loving toward LGBTQ people.

What Is Love? This Lesbian Teen Has It All Figured Out (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 07.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-05-16-20140515TyuniqueNelsonsmall.jpgTyunique Nelson was struggling with parts of her life. Through her struggles she found some peace with Alex, a new person she met at school.

A Lesbian Rapper's Adorable Tribute to Her Gay Uncle (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 07.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-05-07-20140507MoniqueContrerassmall.jpgWhat is it about gay uncles that makes them almost universally awesome? For Monique Contreras it was the fact that her gay uncle was someone she could confide in.

What It's Like to Come Out in Brazil (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 07.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

Brazil has a reputation as a sex-positive country. But Kelvin explains that when it comes to homosexuality, Brazilian families might not be as liberal as you'd think.

Bisexuals Exist... Really (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 04.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

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Gay Teen Uses Boy Scouts to Help Gay Community (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 04.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-04-17-20140416EricSnydersmall.jpgAs a sophomore in high school, Eric Snyder was about to come out. But then he realized the Boy Scouts had a discriminatory policy against gay and bisexual scouts, forcing him to remain in the closet. Even though Eric couldn't be openly gay, he decided that his Eagle Scout project would be.

This Is What Can Happen When Your Family and Church Aren't Accepting of LGBTQ People (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 06.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

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Young Woman Explains Why She Identifies as 'Queer' (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 06.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

After she came out as queer to an ex-boyfriend, and later to a childhood friend with whom she led Bible study, both friends responded with support.

'I'll Be Damned If I'm Going to Be Buried a Girl': Gender Transition Inspires HIV-Positive Trans Man to Live (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 05.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-03-28-20140326TeoDrakesmall.jpgWhen Teo thought he had nothing else to live for, a therapist reminded him that gender transition was an option.

Coming Out as Queer and Undocumented (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 03.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

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Gay Man Abandoned Wife and Two Kids -- See How the Wife Responded (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 05.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-03-14-20140312RosaManriquezIFD.jpgImagine you have a husband, two infant girls, a house, and a marriage. Then your husband abandons you because he's gay. That's what happened to Rosa Manriquez.

From Homeless to Hopeful: How a Trans Woman of Color Found Her Path (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 05.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-03-06-imfromdriftwoodangelalouissmall.pngAngela's story is a message of how important it is for parents to love and support their children, but also how it's never too late to change your life for the better.

79-Year-Old Recalls the Sex Party in Paris That Awoke Her Bisexuality (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 11.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

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Gay Man Comes Out to Wife and Children, Strengthens Family Unit (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 10.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

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Meet a Rugby Glamazon! (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 09.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

If you hate the whole masc/fem labeling thing, Rudy Flesher's got a story for you. He got the name "Rudy" for being a tough-as-nails, resilient college rugby player, but Rudy later found what could be considered an even tougher passion: dressing in drag.

Richard Socarides, Son of the Founder of Conversion Therapy, on Coming Out to His Dad

Nathan Manske | Posted 06.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

Dr. Charles Socarides didn't just believe that homosexuality could be cured, he was one of the most sought-after therapists for people who wanted to become straight. And for Richard, that hit a little too close to home.

WATCH: Man Recounts Coming Out To His Family After 28-Year Straight Marriage

Nathan Manske | Posted 10.30.2012 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

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LGBTQ Stories: Gay Couple's 4-year (and Counting) Relationship Began 20 Minutes Late

Nathan Manske | Posted 09.18.2012 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

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WATCH: 24-Year-Old AIDS/LifeCycle Rider Recounts The Night He Found Out He Was HIV-Positive

Nathan Manske | Posted 08.08.2012 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

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WATCH: Woman Immortalizes Brother Through AIDS/LifeCycle Riders

Nathan Manske | Posted 06.05.2012 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

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