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Michael Brown, Son, Student 'Thug'?

Ama Yawson | Posted 08.21.2014 | Black Voices
Ama Yawson

The politics of respectability in the black community may not only hinder us from acting and engaging in the constructive protest, lobbying and collective action needed to create a more just society, as it has with respect to the Ferguson protests, but it may also prevent us from simply being and living freely.

Here's Why Lesbians Are More Likely To Orgasm Than Straight Women

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 08.21.2014 | Gay Voices

Lesbians are apparently having better sex than straight women. A recent study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine focuses on how sexual or...

Syleena Johnson: Lesbian R&B Divas: Atlanta Co-Star Monifah Carter Is 'So Brave'

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 08.15.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

Sharing your private life on reality television is "tricky" for anyone, admits Syleena Johnson. That's why the Grammy-nominated singer considers her R&B Divas: Atlanta costar Monifah Carter particular "courageous" for allowing audiences to watch the evolution of her same-sex relationship.

Why Do Lesbians Often Like Masculine Women, Yet Have No Attraction to Men of Equal Masculinity/Femininity?

Quora | Posted 08.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Quora

Lesbians like women. Not "masculinity." As many different lesbians as there are, there are exactly that number of opinions on what they like in women.

This Is What Butch Looks Like

The Huffington Post | Noah Michelson | Posted 08.24.2014 | Gay Voices

Though queer people are gaining more and more visibility in mainstream media and society, that doesn't mean that the images we're presented with are a...

The Real 'L' Word (Especially In The Bible Belt) Is...

Catherine Day | Posted 08.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Catherine Day

This week I caught up with Brandiilyne Dear in hopes that our interview and the documentary she appears in, L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin, might make it easier for those who are suffering with an inability to reconcile their religion with their sexuality to find the support that she is building in the South.

How To Ask A Girl If She's A Lesbian

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 08.06.2014 | Gay Voices

Sexuality isn't always an easy thing to figure out. Particularly if you're a girl at a party and you see another girl across the room you're into. ...

After 11 Years, My Partner Still Has My Number

Sue Kerr | Posted 07.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

Ledcat still has my number, so she is fully aware that I would turn this simple tale of a symbol of love into an activist cry for justice and fairness.

Autism Without Fear: A Tribute to the Author, Nancy Garden (Or Really, to "Sandy and Nancy")

Michael John Carley | Posted 07.08.2014 | Books
Michael John Carley

Nancy Garden, author of the landmark young adult book Annie on My Mind, died on June 23rd at the age of 76. Nancy was family.

Hobby Lobby Is Already about Us: LGBT Hetero-Sex

Amy Andre | Posted 07.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Amy Andre

When was the last time you asked your lesbian BFF what kind of birth control she uses? Your gay neighbor if any of his female lovers are on the pill? Your bisexual bowling league buddies... well, anything p-in-v related whatsoever?

Behind the Issue: Sinister Wisdom 93

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 08.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

Someday, I hope to meet Rose Norman and Merril Mushroom in person. I have talked with both of them on the telephone. We have exchanged innumerable emails. Together we all produced the new issue of Sinister Wisdom on the theme of Southern Lesbian-Feminist Herstories 1968-1994.

I Dedicate This Video to All the Femme Lesbians Out There! Happy Pride, Ladies

Jodi Savitz | Posted 08.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Jodi Savitz

Each week I receive hundreds of letters from feminine lesbians worldwide who feel invisible. These raw and often emotional messages inspired me to produce this video. Its intention is to help more women realize that their feelings regarding their sexual orientation are legitimate and that they are not alone.

Celebrating 40 Years of Disabled Lesbian Activism and Art

Chana Wilson | Posted 08.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Chana Wilson

Over the past four decades, disabled lesbians of the San Francisco Bay Area have claimed their worth and their beauty in a culture that rarely showcases their images. The project illustrates the richness of disabled lesbian artistic expression, featuring physicality, performance, and visual art.

Classmates Back California Teen Whose Yearbook Photo Was Axed Because She Wore A Tuxedo

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.18.2014 | Gay Voices

Classmates and family members are rallying in support of a California teen whose portrait was reportedly axed from her private school's yearbook and g...

LGBT Literature: It's Not All Life and Death

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 07.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

Two Internet memes are promoting literary issues that I care about deeply. On May 1, 2, and 3, a groups of activists using Twitter hashtags raised awareness about the need for diverse characters and story lines in children's and young adult books.

Where to Find Lesbians?

Mary Gorham Malia | Posted 07.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Mary Gorham Malia

It's that time of year when single lesbians converge on Ptown. Why now? It's "Lesbian Time," and it's your chance to find the lesbians. Why is this i...

A Review of Reappearing Act by Kate Fagan

Pat Griffin | Posted 07.06.2014 | Books
Pat Griffin

The Reappearing Act is a gripping memoir written with honesty and wry humor about Kate Fagan's painful, but ultimately triumphant journey to truth and self-acceptance as a lesbian.

Transmuting Transphobia: How My Own Youthful Gender Ambiguities Clouded My Ability to Differentiate Lesbians From Trans Guys

Stephanie Fairyington | Posted 07.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Fairyington

It's a sleepy Saturday afternoon in Downey, California, a dull suburb of Los Angeles, where I grew up. I'm 10. The sun rains a shower of light through...

Sinister Wisdom Receives Leadership Award From Publishing Triangle

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 06.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

Every year The Publishing Triangle recognizes outstanding LGBT books published in the last year and gives two special awards -- a Leadership Award and...

What I Did Not Save

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 06.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

Sometimes, I wake up in a cold sweat thinking about a lost moment of activism, of resistance, of assertion of lesbians' words in Ann Arbor. I think of the ways I have failed lesbians and lesbian culture.

Clear the Smoke, I'm Coming Through

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 06.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicole Breedlove

Lately I'm beginning to feel like a minority in the lesbian community. As an African American lesbian it's very rare to find a woman who likes to date...

Club Skirts Dinah Shore 2014

Reggie Cameron | Posted 06.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Reggie Cameron

The world's largest girl party, Club Skirts Dinah Shore was underway last week with over 25,000 attendees. The event hosts a variety of programming fr...

Wedding Bells Ring at Any Age

Judy Rickard | Posted 05.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Judy Rickard

Everyone's story is different, and yet all stories have the same basics. You meet someone, you have feelings for someone, you make that known, it works out or not. Neither Arlene nor Clara can remember much detail, other than it was "that kiss" that first sealed it.

Why This New Lesbian Dating App Could Break Fresh Ground

Posted 03.27.2014 | Gay Voices

Creators are hoping that an award-winning dating app will break fresh ground as the first of its type designed specifically for lesbian women. As...

Readers Wanted: Building LGBT Literary Cultures

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 05.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

Readers and sales of books to readers are vital for the survival of small presses; readers are also crucial for our literature to flourish.