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How to Make the Most of College as an Activist

Erin McKelle | Posted 07.17.2014 | College
Erin McKelle

When you're going into college (whether you're a freshman, senior, or somewhere in between) as someone who is, or aspires to be, an activist, the amount of preparation involved can seem overwhelming or even impossible to navigate. Believe me, I've been there.

Intersections: Progressive and LGBT Advocacy

Dana Beyer | Posted 03.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

I want my children to live in a progressive America. When I was my sons' age, my hope for a progressive nation was dashed when the Reagan "revolution" set in. I want them to have the future of which I dreamed, and I can sense that we are on the verge of a new progressive era.

What the Queer Rights Movement Should Learn From Martin Luther King Jr.

Noah Michelson | Posted 03.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Noah Michelson

Love is action. Love is terrifying. And when we speak out, when we open up our mouths and say, "No more. I am not a sin. I am not a mistake...," we are engaged in that kind of love.

Black LGBT Activists Discuss Steps After Marriage

Posted 12.22.2013 | Chicago

Story by Matt Simonette, courtesy of Windy City Times A group of about 50 community activists and service providers, many of them affiliated with o...

LOOK: 'From Russia With Love' -- Russians Thank The World For LGBT Support

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.05.2013 | Gay Voices

Russian lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists launched an Internet campaign earlier this week that sought to thank the international...

Dan Savage Deserves To 'Die Of Every Disease Known,' Right Wing Pundit Claims

Posted 08.29.2013 | Gay Voices

Dan Savage has certainly sparked his share of conservative ire over the years, but now, a right wing talk show host has gone even further by calling f...

Couragous Camaroonian Activist Killed Following Months of Anti-Gay Attacks

Joe Mirabella | Posted 09.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Joe Mirabella

Prominent Cameroonian gay rights activist and executive director of the Cameroonian Foundation for AIDS Eric Ohena Lembembe was found dead in his Yaoundé home on Monday night. His body showed extensive signs of torture.

An Activist In Training

Marsha Aizumi | Posted 07.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Marsha Aizumi

I am a mother of a transgender son, and I want the world to be safer and more accepting for my child and all LGBT individuals. Every day, I try to do something, even if it is small, to create that safer world. However, when I have been called an activist, I look back with puzzlement.

Kathy Najimy On Being A Gay Rights Activist

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 04.24.2013 | Gay Voices

Actress Kathy Najimy, beloved for her turns in "Sister Act" and "Hocus Pocus," recently discussed her longtime lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ...

Anger Management For A Movement

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 06.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

This week I had one of those productive conversations on transgender issues with a manager. She confessed that she had deliberately steered away from reading about these issues in the past, though not from squeamishness but because "both sides just seem so angry all the time."

KOKUMỌ: Transgender Recording Artist and Activist Talks About Her New EP and What Empowerment for T.G.I. People of Color Means

Laverne Cox | Posted 05.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Laverne Cox

"I am a survivor of sexual abuse and domestic violence. I'm from the South side of Chicago. You know from a lower-middle-class family. I'm dark skinned. I'm plus-sized. I'm afro-centric and therefore I'm marginalized even within the margins."

When the Movement Does Not Save Your Life

Charles Stephens | Posted 05.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Charles Stephens

We enter social justice work as survivors. As black gay men particularly, but by no means exclusively, we learn to endure and inevitably resist racism and homophobia. What's less clear is how we survive each other.

WATCH: Beautiful, Inspiring 'So God Made A Gay Man' Video

Posted 02.14.2013 | Gay Voices

The Dodge Ram Super Bowl "So God Made A Farmer" commercial, which debuted earlier this month, started a brand new meme. In the last week we've see...

Getting Back In The Activism Game

Corey Scholibo | Posted 04.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Corey Scholibo

I stopped being an LGBT activist not because my beliefs changed, but for the same reason that someone who's worked at an ice cream parlor for years eventually can't stomach another scoop. So it was with some surprise that I found myself on the board of the Don Thompson Film Festival.

Three Takeaways From Creating Change 2013

Ryan J. Davis | Posted 04.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Ryan J. Davis

Last month I was lucky enough to attend Creating Change 2013, the largest gathering of LGBT activists in the country. I gave a presentation that was attended by a great mix of organizers from diverse causes and backgrounds. Here are three of my takeaways from the experience.

Obama's Invitation to Activism

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 04.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

There are no perfect allies, and the pace of change can be frustrating. But it only makes sense to show respect to people who have helped you and whom you're asking to do more. Smart political activism is not therapy. It is work.

Are You Losing Your Edge As You Get Older?

Allison Hope | Posted 03.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

I've traded in the Dyke March for Dyke Sitting on the Couch. Have I allowed myself to lose my edge, or did it happen naturally? Have the shifting political tides and subsequent progress in favor of equality quieted activist voices, or has activism itself shifted to a different, digital presence?

Whoopi Goldberg To Be Honored By HRC

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.15.2013 | Gay Voices

Whoopi Goldberg will be honored by the Human Rights Campaign as the 2013 recipient of the organization's Ally For Equality Award, which is "given to a...

Making LGBT Great: Michael Crawford

Christopher Dyer | Posted 01.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Christopher Dyer

For the past several years Michael Crawford, Director of Online Programs at Freedom to Marry, has been a nationally recognized activist who has played a significant role in the fight for marriage equality by producing innovative online campaigns and promoting inclusivity in messaging.

How AIDS Activists Turned Anger Into Action

Kathleen Massara | Posted 02.10.2013 | Arts
Kathleen Massara

I cried like a baby when I first saw David France's new documentary, "How To Survive A Plague." I couldn't help it. The tears came rolling down my ch...

When Enough Is Enough: Get Out And Shout

John Carroll | Posted 10.21.2012 | Gay Voices
John Carroll

I have to admit, it's been a long time since I've felt the need to be politically active. But When Mike Huckabee spoke out in favor of Chick-fil-A's anti-gay stance and called for a "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," and thousands upon thousands of like-minded people showed up, it woke me up.

Making The Right Choice

Justin Sedor | Posted 08.04.2012 | Gay Voices
Justin Sedor

Not everyone can be an "activist" -- that's what I told myself for a long time. But as I continued living my quaint collegiate life, I found it harder and harder to ignore the fact that kids who looked like me and walked and talked like me were killing themselves after being called "faggot."

Interview: Mariela Castro Espin Opens a Window Into Today's Cuba

Brian Kahn | Posted 06.24.2012 | World
Brian Kahn

Mariela Castro Espin is a leader in Cuba's struggle to achieve equal rights for its LGBT people. In this interview, Mariela answers probing questions: the politics of advocating gay rights in Cuba, criticism of Soviet-style socialism, and her critique of capitalism.

What If There Was A 'Worldwide LGBT Civil Rights March' And Nobody Came?

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 04.30.2012 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

It seems almost impossible that this group could succeed, yet I sincerely hope that they do. Why? Because no one gains by a failed "Worldwide LGBT Civil Rights March," save our enemies.

Using Our Voice

Lance Bass | Posted 12.13.2011 | Gay Voices
Lance Bass

Recently I was reading about Lady Gaga and her impactful meeting with President Obama. I met not one but two sitting presidents, and not once did it cross my mind to use those unique occasions to influence a cause or change the world.