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The Incredibly True Adventure of a Lesbian Bartender in the Big Apple

Jodi Savitz | Posted 03.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Jodi Savitz

It is truly a remarkable thing to witness time and time again the way men, women, locals and foreigners become obsessed with the fact that I'm a dyke. It happens at least five times a night.

Black or Gay: Choose One

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 03.09.2014 | Black Voices
Nicole Breedlove

The African-American community preaches unity and one love -- except if you're gay. It's almost like we lose our black card when we are LGBT. We are the lepers of the movement even though we have always been an integral part of it. Think Angela Davis. Think Bayard Rustin.

10 Mistakes ALL Lesbians Make

Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

Vlogger and YouTube sensation Arielle Scarcella is back with a new video this week that pokes fun at some of the common "mistakes" made by lesbians in...

Coming Out of the Holidays in One Peace

Joanne Fleisher | Posted 03.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Joanne Fleisher

There's just one more unstructured weekend left before resuming my normal life. As a relatively recent lesbian widow, I begin to obsess at the start of December about how to handle Christmas, my birthday (the 30th), New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Not 'Coming Out' Is a Straight Privilege

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 03.02.2014 | Gay Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

I agree with the critics. Gays and lesbians SHOULDN'T have to come out. But that's only because we shouldn't be forced into hiding in the first place for having done nothing wrong -- only for committing faithfully to our life partner.

Take Your Dream A Step Further

Mary Gorham Malia | Posted 03.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Mary Gorham Malia

It's a new year. Again. It just keeps happening and there is no stopping it. Days tick by and turn into weeks, months and years and still you dream. ...

'You Don't Want Your Children To Grow Up As Lesbians,' Pundit Tells Concerned Mother

Posted 12.12.2013 | Gay Voices

Pat Robertson is at it again. The conservative televangelist, who was recently named by the British lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) ...

Why Girl-On-Girl Action Is On The Rise, According To A Sex Scientist

Posted 01.27.2014 | Gay Voices

Earlier this week, HuffPost Live discussed a recent British study which found that the number of women who claim to have had same-sex encounters has q...

I'm a Woman Who Loves a Woman, but Don't Call Me a Lesbian

Annie L. Scholl | Posted 02.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Annie L. Scholl

I'm a 50-year-old white mother of two adult children, twice married to men, who has been in a relationship with an African-American woman for nearly two years. I don't identify as bisexual. I also don't identify as a lesbian, even though I prefer sex with women to sex with men.

Why Lesbian Identity Matters

Mona Shattell | Posted 02.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Mona Shattell

There is a misunderstanding that one way to show one's acceptance of LGBTQ folks is to claim that sexual identity really does not matter.

Gratitude for the Hetrick-Martin Institute

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 02.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicole Breedlove

Most of the kids that the Hetrick-Martin Institute served were kids of color. We black, Puerto Rican, Asian, Indian and biracial kids were finding a way out of no way, creating impromptu families because our real families hated us or no longer claimed us as their own.

What Straight People Think Lesbians Look Like (VIDEO)

Jodi Savitz | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Jodi Savitz

2013-11-21-jodisavitzlesbianstereotypesstill.pngHow would unsuspecting passersby answer the question, "What do you think a lesbian looks like?" The on-the-spot question: "Can you name three lesbians in the media or popular-culture?" Some people's answers may surprise you.

The Invisible Epidemic: Lesbians and Cancer

Victoria A. Brownworth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Victoria A. Brownworth

Now the pink has been put away for another year and breast cancer is no longer in the spotlight. Unless you happen to be a breast cancer survivor or be battling the disease yourself, that is -- like me and millions of other women, many of us lesbians.

U.S. Congregations Report Major Gains in Accepting Gays and Lesbians, Racial, Ethnic Diversity

David Briggs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

America's pews are becoming dramatically more welcoming to gays and lesbians and increasingly reflective of the nation's racial and ethnic diversity, according to the latest results from a major study of U.S. congregations.

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?

The Perils of Heterosexual Rights

Colleen Logan, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Colleen Logan, Ph.D.

Since fighting to be included in the heteronormative model of marriage and then being steamrolled by the heteronormative model of divorce, I've been fighting these systems from the perspective of the "other" mother.

Blue Is the Hottest Color, or France Again Pushes the Envelope

Erica Abeel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

It would be a damn pity if Blue is the Warmest Color is mainly celebrated for its extended graphic sex scene between two women. This masterful three-hour film is actually about a great deal more.

'I've Just Never Seen So Many Gays In One Place'

Posted 10.14.2013 | Gay Voices

By Biz Hurst for YourTango.com It's an interesting concept for me to date an actual lesbian. I'm 24, and, looking back on my past relationships, I...

The Ties That Bind

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Coming out is one of the fundamental experiences that ties LGBT together. We also share the stresses caused by the cognitive dissonance required to live a lie. When we refuse to stick up for one another, we deny the reality and lessons of our own experiences.

Why Straight People 'Think All Lesbians Look Like Rachel Maddow'

Posted 10.08.2013 | Gay Voices

Is "looking gay" ever beneficial to your personal life? That was the question posed on HuffPost Live yesterday. Joining the conversation was dapper...

Why This Lesbian Prefers Country Life To The City

Posted 10.08.2013 | Gay Voices

An Alabama-based lesbian spoke out in support of a recent study which found that gays and lesbians living in metropolitan areas may not be as happy, h...

'Where Have All the Butches Gone?'

Roey Thorpe | Posted 12.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Roey Thorpe

The question is driven in part by nostalgia and in part by a discomfort with what seems to have been a shift in the way that young lesbians think about gender. And the first question often leads to others: Why are all the butches becoming men?

doris davenport's it's like this

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 11.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

davenport's work has been neglected in contemporary literary criticism and retrospectives of poetry from the black arts and women's liberation movements, but it is ripe for a revisiting and a reappraisal. Now readers can have an electronic copy of davenport's iconic it's like this.

Knowing A Woman Likes 'D**k Is A Turn Off'

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 09.20.2013 | Gay Voices

A video entitled "What Lesbians Think About Bisexuals" went viral earlier this week and the immediate outraged response amongst many people highlighte...

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...