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The Delicious Awakening of the Italian Gay Powers

Filippo Brunamonti | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Filippo Brunamonti

My imaginary friend Stella and I, having fled an Italy crushed by inequity, thought at the time that there was precious little to lose. But Italy is changing. For real. And Stella and I are changing along with her. For us it's a wonderful breath of fresh air to realize that there is still a country we can return to, and for which we can still have hope.

Turkey Ambivalent on LGBTQI Population

Irene Monroe | Posted 11.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

Turkey is a country conflicted when it comes to its LGBTQI population. On the one hand, Turkey was the first country in the Muslim world to hold an LGBTQI pride march, but on the other, the rate of hate crimes against LGBTQI people in Turkey is the highest among European countries.

After a Man Is Set Ablaze, a Community Comes Together

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 11.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Victor M. Feraru

This hero nearly lost his life serving his country, and that should have been enough. Instead he sits in intensive care after having been set ablaze in a downtown Greensboro, North Carolina, hotel room. His condition is listed as critical.

30 Years After 'Smalltown Boy', Out Singer Jimmy Somerville Readies Dream Disco Album

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 11.05.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

Though it's taken three decades, Jimmy Somerville is finally ready to realize his musical dreams. As he celebrates the 30th anniversary of massive breakthrough "Smalltown Boy," the singer prepares to unveil an upcoming disco album.

Gay Marriage to Ferguson

Caitlin Breedlove | Posted 10.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Caitlin Breedlove

(Serena Sebring) From Gay Marriage to Ferguson: LGBTQ Organizing and Black Liberation In 2012, Southerners On New Ground (SONG) organized against A...

'The Talk' Cohost Aisha Tyler on Gay Marriage: Equality Is for All

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 10.13.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

While the towering six-foot-tall comedian says this is only one of many connections to the LGBT community, she admits it was personal prejudices faced in her interracial relationship that cemented her commitment to marriage equality.

A Letter to the Lost

Michael Varrati | Posted 10.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Varrati

It is a disheartening fact that, in 2014, so many kids...and also some adults...feel the anguish of a societal prison designed to stop an individual from being who they are inside.

The Lucky Ones: Personal Reflections for LGBTQ History Month

Morgan Meneses-Sheets | Posted 10.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Morgan Meneses-Sheets

It is LGBTQ History Month, which got me thinking about my own history. When I came out to my mother her struggle was largely based on worrying what the neighbors would think.

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.

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.

The Cause of Homosexuality Is Irrelevant

Mark Baer | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark Baer

Many people seem fixated on the fact that the actual cause of homosexuality has not yet been established with any degree of certainty. As someone who likes to understand the reasons things occur, I respect and appreciate the curiosity. However, the ultimate result remains the same, regardless of whether the cause is genetic, environmental, or some combination of the two.

Exposé Singer Jeanette Jurado: Our Enduring Success Is 'a Huge Compliment'

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 11.11.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

Comfortably at No. 5 though, besting acts like The Spice Girls, En Vogue and Martha & The Vandellas, was Exposé. According to singer Jeanette Jurado, the '80s freestyle collective is all-too-grateful its music, now "classics," lives on.

The Difference Between Tolerance and Acceptance

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 11.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Often, I see the words "acceptance" and "tolerance" being used interchangeably. The LGBT community often talks of building a tolerant society, but it is by no means enough.

Life After 'L Word Mississippi': The Good, Bad and the Ugly

Brandiilyne Dear | Posted 10.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Brandiilyne Dear

Since the premiere of L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin, Susan and I have been flooded with positive messages and encouragement. We have been swaddled in what seemed to be a warm comforting safety blanket... until seven days later.

Sex, Intimacy, and Being Gay

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 10.21.2014 | Gay Voices
J Nelson Aviance

Sex seems central to intimate and romantic relationships. If it is a means of intimate communication, and communication is the secret to a lasting and healthy relationship, why don't we gay men talk about it that way more often?

Prague LGBT Community Supports Ukraine (PHOTOS)

Olena Kagui | Posted 10.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Olena Kagui

The fourth annual Prague Pride Parade, held on Aug. 16, ended with a festival in Letna Park. What made this year's event special was the Ukrainian flags spotted in between the extravagant costumes and rainbows. The largest LGBT event in central Europe chose to share their special day with Ukraine.

Lessons Learned from the Atheist Alliance of America Convention

Andreea Nica | Posted 10.18.2014 | Religion
Andreea Nica

While I don't entirely consider myself an atheist, I was thoroughly impressed with the caliber of speakers and activists in the atheist community. I realized how important the atheist movement is to challenging systematic ideologies in the political, social, economic and religious realm.

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

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 10.15.2014 | 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.

Is Celibacy the New Ex-Gay Ministry?

Irene Monroe | Posted 10.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

Now, with more and more ex-gay ministries losing not only potential clients and political leverage but the monies that reparative therapies generate, there is a gradual shift from "curing" homosexual orientations to promoting abstinence from sex altogether.

Are All Closeted Gay Men Cheaters?

Posted 08.11.2014 | Gay Voices

By Rick Clemons for YourTango.com Emotional, physical, and intimate disconnects often lead to infidelity. So does hiding in the closet. But who's t...

Gay Men and the Difference Between Community and Community

Josh Hersh | Posted 10.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Hersh

Meaningful, rich Community is something we do and create more than who we are. Community is active, whereas community is often passive. Small "c" community describes, whereas Community is an intentional act of creation.

OutWrite DC: Creating New LGBTQ Literary Cultures

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 09.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

Over the past twenty years, changes in the publishing and book selling industries eroded this ecosystem of queer literary culture.

Gays, Politics and the 2014 Midterms

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 09.26.2014 | Gay Voices
J Nelson Aviance

If you want your voice to matter and your vote to count, get off your couch, leave your parents basement and find the office of your local political party.

What If Gay Men Forgave One Another?

Josh Hersh | Posted 09.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Hersh

Maybe forgiveness is a muscle we've allowed to get flabby and weak. Maybe we've been holding out for an apology from our perpetrator that may never arrive. The truth is that when we refuse to forgive others, we only imprison ourselves.

You Belong In The Gay Community

Josh Hersh | Posted 09.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Hersh

I'm here to tell every gay man reading this: You belong in the gay community. Just as you are. The thing is, if you don't believe you belong (or even want to belong) in the gay community, you never will.