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WATCH: Can Any Good Ever Come From Awful YouTube Comments?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.01.2014 | Gay Voices

Comment sections on the Internet can often be awful and even dangerous places -- particularly if you're lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). ...

Keeping Your Eye on the Prize: Maryland Today Legally Embraces Its Transgender Residents

Dana Beyer | Posted 10.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Today, October 1, the Maryland transgender anti-discrimination law goes into effect, making this state the 18th in the country, along with Puerto Rico and D.C., to offer similar protections. At the end of the day, perseverance has paid off. Watching people evolve is, in some respects, even more satisfying than having them on your side from the start.

Selfies for LGBT Equality UN-Style (VIDEO)

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 10.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Charles Radcliffe

This year, the UN Human Rights Office set up a photo booth near the entrance to the iconic General Assembly Hall. Visitors were invited to stop by and have their photo taken while holding up a sign affirming their support for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people around the world.

When You're the Secret Boyfriend

John Paul Brammer | Posted 09.30.2014 | Gay Voices
John Paul Brammer

Logically, the answer is simple: Don't get involved with someone who isn't willing to be seen with you in public. And in a perfect world, I think that's what I would have done before I allowed myself to become the "secret boyfriend." But as anyone who has ever been in love will tell you, sometimes logic goes out the window.

These Gay Men Have 'Literally No Idea' How To Explain Tampons

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 09.30.2014 | Gay Voices

There's nothing like watching a few good-natured gay men discuss some unfamiliar territory -- in this case, feminine hygiene products. BuzzFeed ask...

The Term Homophobia Is Improper

Mark Baer | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
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Mark Baer

Religion aside, I firmly believe that those who argue that homosexuality is a choice do so in order to justify senseless beatings of gays and lesbians, and continued discrimination and mistreatment against them. I also believe without a doubt that it is a choice to be a nasty human being.

Come Out Against Stigma, Live Out Proud

Paul Kawata | Posted 09.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Paul Kawata

Come out against the stigma facing everyone who is LGBT and living with HIV.

Why I Wrote I Am Harvey Milk

Andrew Lippa | Posted 09.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Lippa

I wrote I Am Harvey Milk for you. I wrote it for anyone who has ever had to hide or keep secret their true nature. I wrote it for me so that I might get a step closer to understanding my own gay life, my own gay wounds, my own gay joys.

He, Zie or They: Gender-Specific Pronouns Are Personal

Julie Tarney | Posted 09.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

I admire my son's outlook. He views himself as an individual first, as we all are, and he's chosen how he wants to be identified, as we should all have the freedom to do.

Online Dating Sucks in the Gay World...Or Does It?

Rick Clemons | Posted 09.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Rick Clemons

Of course before I could suggest this tool for gay dating to a client, I figured I better do my homework.

4 Conversation-Starters for Gay and Bisexual Men, By Gay and Bisexual Men

Noël Gordon | Posted 09.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Noël Gordon

As gay and bisexual men, it can be overwhelming -- and in some cases, downright exhausting -- to keep HIV at the front of our minds and on the tip of our tongues. But talking about it, with a friend, a doctor or a potential partner, can ease our anxieties and potentially change our thinking and our actions for the better.

Raising the Profile of the Gay Games: Here's Why It Matters

Kristen Elechko | Posted 09.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Kristen Elechko

Athletes have the power to inspire. When we have role models -- men who are basketball, soccer and ice hockey players, women who are triathletes, beach volleyball players and runners -- we can become more comfortable, confident and safe in how we identify and who we feel free to become.

Olympic Plan to Bar Discrimination in Host Cities Is Just Lipstick on a Pig

Cyd Zeigler | Posted 09.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Cyd Zeigler

Forgive me if I'm not popping the champagne. In reality, this is nothing more than a publicity ploy to quiet critics some of whom, by all accounts, are buying it hook, line and sinker.

The Politics of Gaymers

Blake O'Bryan Montgomery | Posted 09.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Blake O'Bryan Montgomery

We can hope that GX3: Everyone Games will steer the gaming industry from the cisgendered, white, heterosexual man that represents it today. We can also hope that GX3 will continue to demand space for gaymers without apology.

Suicide Prevention Month: Because One Life Lost Is Too Many

Nathan M. Schaefer | Posted 09.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan M. Schaefer

Our community remains so susceptible to depression and suicide because, although we've made great progress towards equality, we still remain vulnerable to discrimination, harassment and rejection because of who we are and who we love.

Meet Ted And Xavier's Beautiful Family

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.26.2014 | Gay Voices

This week’s Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family™” series installment follows the story of Ted Gottis and Xavier ...

Meet Two of the Trans Minds Behind the Groundbreaking New Show 'Transparent'

Diana Tourjee | Posted 09.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Diana Tourjee

Transparent is an early triumph for the transgender community in film. It is a bridge between worlds, where the tender underbelly of culture has been upturned. Without a careful hand in its creation, it is a story that could never have been told.

Historic Lawsuit Filed Over Firings Of Transgender Employees

AP | By ED WHITE | Posted 09.26.2014 | Gay Voices

DETROIT (AP) — A federal agency on Thursday filed its first lawsuits to protect transgender people in the workplace, accusing a Michigan funeral hom...

Openly Gay Lawmaker Slams Pennsylvania For Not Protecting LGBT Citizens

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 09.25.2014 | Gay Voices

Every human deserves equal protection under the law. But, as one openly gay Pennsylvania lawmaker pointed out Tuesday, that is not the case for LGBT f...

Domestic Violence in the LGBT

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 09.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Kelsie Brynn Jones

We must end the violence inside the LGBT before we can effectively unify to combat the violence from the outside. By maintaining silence, we are not only enabling that person to continue unabated, we are also guilty of exposing others in our already high-risk community to harm.

Senator Jim Ferlo Helps Break Down Those Closet Doors

Steve Siebold | Posted 09.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Steve Siebold

What started out as a routine press conference today for one state senator turned into something a bit more personal.

A Ugandan Parliamentarian's First Gay Wedding

Melanie Nathan | Posted 09.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Melanie Nathan

Imagine a Ugandan Parliamentarian, fresh from signing a petition to bring back the Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA), walking down the Castro marveling at all the rainbow flags, awestruck by the notion of a "gay" neighborhood. She has never seen gay people or lesbians show public affection before.

Want to Be a Children's Author? Here Are Some Tips

Melissa Carter | Posted 09.23.2014 | Books
Melissa Carter

As a gay mother I've had to be discerning because many children's books include a mother and father, and have often thought about writing some of my own to reflect his upbringing.

Buck Angel: Pornographer Turned Advocate

Enrique Torre Molina | Posted 09.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Enrique Torre Molina

Here's my chat with award-winning pornographer turned advocate Buck Angel.

Gay Body Dysmorphia

Jeremy Bamidele | Posted 09.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeremy Bamidele

Considering the pressures gay men face in their own communities to attain and retain a stellar physique, it is no surprise that gay men are more likely to develop eating disorders. So, what can be done to change the gay communities' perspectives on body image?