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Letter From a Mom

Greg Louganis | Posted 05.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Greg Louganis

"Obviously I never met your mother, but I am the mother of four -- all in their early 20s. In some ways all mothers are the same. If our kids grow up to be kind and happy people who are comfortable in their own skin, that's the ultimate gift."

Selena Owens' Answer to Cultural Depravity

Jonathan Zeng | Posted 04.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Jonathan Zeng

Ms. Owens was quite offended by Sunday's Grammy Awards and called it "a forthright assault on conservatives" which furthered "homosexual advancement" in American culture.

My Son's First Drag Idol Was a Cross-dressing Rabbit

Julie Tarney | Posted 02.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

My heart swelled as I patted Harry's head. He was happy, and so was I. Because while too many people questioned my young son's preferences, and therefore my skills as a mother, we both stood strong with a cartoon rabbit who carried an anvil in his pink purse.

'Short Bitch Walking'

Julie Tarney | Posted 11.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

I didn't know what to expect, but I was up for anything. This was Las Vegas in 2008. And a drag show had been my 17-year-old son's only request on our four-shows-in three-days trip.

Meredith Bennett-Smith

WTF?! Way Too Many Americans Think Gays Can Become Straight

HuffingtonPost.com | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 08.22.2013 | Gay Voices

In the wake of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's announcement that he will sign a bill banning so-called "conversion therapy" for gay teens, the Pe...

Drag: A Doorway to Acceptance

Tom Bartolomei | Posted 09.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Tom Bartolomei

Drag is more than entertainment, more than bookings, more than staying on top; it's a doorway to acceptance. Drag teaches us to be true to ourselves and accept others for who they are. If more parents took their children to all-ages drag shows, they would grow up more accepting and loving.

That Wednesday

Alexandra Billings | Posted 09.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Alexandra Billings

Since I began my transition, I have tried to figure out why everyone's so angry at me. And the anger I've been trying to find, the rage I've been trying to identify, culminated on that Wednesday morning when I woke up inexplicably at 7 a.m.

The End Goal of the LGBT Movement

George Weinberg | Posted 09.08.2013 | Gay Voices
George Weinberg

Let me suggest an answer that would have been unimaginable 50 years ago: Think about a society that views being gay as we now view being left-handed. The goal is for homosexuality to lose all its negative connotations, to become worth mentioning only in special, neutral contexts.

Lila Shapiro

LGBT Americans Survey Shows Growing Acceptance, Lingering Discrimination

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 06.13.2013 | Gay Voices

The vast majority of LGBT Americans feel that society has become more accepting of them in the last decade, yet many still feel stigmatized, according...

'Live and Let Live' Isn't Enough Anymore

Tom Bartolomei | Posted 07.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Tom Bartolomei

It's no longer sufficient for our straight friends to say, "I have no problem with you being gay," or, "I have gay friends." What we really need is for LGBT people and our allies to stand together and say that enough is enough when it comes to homophobia.

Equality Crept Into The Wedding

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 06.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

My brother-in-law's family of origin is two gay men -- my husband and I -- or at least that's how he portrayed us at his wedding. We were the only people asked to stand and represent him by reading verse before the hundred or so guests. It struck me that change had arrived.

Accept And Tolerate My Gay Kid? That's Not Good Enough

Amelia | Posted 06.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Amelia

With politicians there is a lot talk of "acceptance" and "tolerance" when it comes to homosexuality. I accept the fact that I have to pay taxes. I tolerate the fact that I have to go to the dentist. Why should either of those words apply to how a parent feels about their child?

Walk in the Shoes of Another and Watch Extreme Views Soften

Lori Stevic-Rust, Ph.D. ABPP | Posted 05.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Lori Stevic-Rust, Ph.D. ABPP

It is clearly easier to judge others and stand on a platform and proclaim to know the absolute truth not only for yourself but for others as well. Then when we are confronted with an opportunity to walk in the shoes of another, it suddenly seems more complicated.

LOOK: High School Student Comes Out In Touching English Class Essay

The Huffington Post | JR Tungol | Posted 01.30.2013 | Gay Voices

When students at an unidentified high school were asked to write about a "weight that [they] carry daily," one teen took the opportunity to make a big...

King of Queens: Straight Guy in the Queer Eye

Conquistador | Posted 03.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Conquistador

I have a bigger moustache than your father, higher heels than your mother and I'll steal your girlfriend if you call me "faggot" one more time. Lock up your daughters, shoes and handbags, because Conquistador is coming to town.

How Friendly Is 'Gay-Friendly'?

Martin Maidenberg | Posted 03.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Martin Maidenberg

Over the holiday break I spent time with friends, family and other loved ones who have supported and loved me without reservation over the years. However, three separate encounters led me to question what I had come to know about support as opposed to true understanding.

Heartwarming Stories Are Great, But Bad Things Still Happen To Gay People In Ohio

Lady Bunny | Posted 03.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Lady Bunny

Let's be real: Joel and Ethan's pizza story is heartwarming precisely because it is an exception to what usually happens. And though people's attitudes toward gays are slowly softening, go a few miles outside a city center and you get much less friendly treatment.

What's With The Need For Black-And-White Thinking?

Jonathan Zeng | Posted 03.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Jonathan Zeng

Why do we have the need to see things in stark terms of "black and white" or "right and wrong"? Is there a "right" and a "wrong" way to look at everything? What about sexuality and gender identity?

Two Cheers for 'Tolerance'

John Schwartz | Posted 02.17.2013 | Gay Voices
John Schwartz

Vocabulary alone can't fix our problems. But being mindful of what words do is a great start to making the world the kind of place that will embrace these kids so that they can embrace the world right back.

Music As My Refuge: Then and Now

Jonathan Zeng | Posted 11.30.2012 | Gay Voices
Jonathan Zeng

I came to realize that being gay is not a reason to feel guilt or shame. I was created in God's image just as much as any straight person. Finally, I had peace. The guilt and shame left me. My love for music did not.

I am a Seventh-Gay Adventist

Eliel Cruz | Posted 11.25.2012 | Gay Voices
Eliel Cruz

I am a young Seventh-day Adventist, bisexual male and I believe that it's time for Christianity to come out of the closet of close-mindedness. It's time to admit that "Don't Ask/Don't Tell" hasn't worked. Preaching fear and ignorance hasn't worked.

The New Gay Activist: Swapping Parades For Council Meetings

Jonathan Kipp | Posted 09.12.2012 | Impact
Jonathan Kipp

We are helping to move rural and suburban Americans from just theoretically supporting same-sex marriage -- based on their sense of fairness, justice and goodness -- to actually liking, maybe even loving, us.

Looking Beyond The 'Generation Gap': A Personal Story Of Acceptance

Waymon Hudson | Posted 08.21.2012 | Gay Voices
Waymon Hudson

News of hate crimes, political losses, bullying, and continued struggles can overshadow the impact living our lives openly can have. But sometimes there are quiet little moments, a hand on the shoulder or whispered words of love and support, that remind us why we fight on.

Does Acceptance Diminish Gay Identity?

Jeffrey Sharlach | Posted 07.14.2012 | Gay Voices
Jeffrey Sharlach

Today you'll see in any bar, gay or straight, young people of every sexual persuasion being themselves with friends who may or may not share their orientation. I can't help but wonder if we've lost something, namely the joy of walking into a gay bar as the member of an exclusive club.

I Don't Want To Be Straight

John Shore | Posted 05.06.2012 | Gay Voices
John Shore

Designations like "gay" and "straight" are so useless. They're so toxic. They do nothing but harm. They limit people in crucial, terrible ways that cut to the very heart of the best of who all of us are, or could be.