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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 09.19.2014 | 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 09.11.2014 | 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 09.09.2014 | 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 08.22.2014 | 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 08.21.2014 | 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 08.19.2014 | 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 08.18.2014 | 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 08.15.2014 | 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 08.12.2014 | 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 08.07.2014 | 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.

How This Jaded Queen Was Taught the True Meaning of Pride... in Kalamazoo (PHOTOS)

Lady Bunny | Posted 08.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Lady Bunny

I wasn't expecting to get a reality check from a place that sounds like it came out of a Dr. Seuss book.

4 Gay-Themed Movies You May Not Know, But Should

John Farr | Posted 08.26.2014 | Entertainment
John Farr

Gay-themed movies have been gaining traction for years, though some of the finest still don't get the recognition they deserve. Here are several titles new to my list that merit a wider audience.

The Normal Heart's Problematic White Men

Peter Staley | Posted 08.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Peter Staley

It took over 20 years for Larry Kramer to finally see his gut-punching AIDS play The Normal Heart put to film, but only days for the movie's few critics to slam its lack of racial and gender diversity. In what is now becoming a familiar pattern, filmmakers are being told to diversify our history, even if that history was less than diverse.

Transgender People: Strangers in Gay Land

Renato Barucco | Posted 08.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Renato Barucco

In February 2014 Queerty, the online magazine and newspaper focusing on gay topics, ran a piece titled "Seriously Sexy Trans Men Make Us Say 'Mmmm!'" What's interesting and horrid about the article? The comment section, which displayed the pervasive lack of understanding of transgender identities within the gay community.

What If Feminists Stole the National Health Agenda?

Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W. | Posted 08.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W.

Recently, on one of my long walks, I asked myself, "What if we started from scratch and redefined 'health and wellness' in a way that is fad-proof and could withstand the test of time without dictating regular changes in diet, exercise and outfits? What would that look like?" Then a friend sent me a link to Ms. Fit.

Obama's Challenge to the LGBT Community

Peter Staley | Posted 08.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Peter Staley

Lost in all the online coverage of President Obama's speech at the DNC LGBT Gala this week in New York -- with his powerful words on the AIDS crisis and his announcement that he would sign an executive order barring federal contractors from firing us -- was a challenge to our community that few noticed.

This Community Is Ours -- Let's Own It!

Josh Hersh | Posted 08.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Hersh

At what moment did gay men throw up their hands and say, "This isn't my community anymore! I'm stepping away. Moving away. I don't belong here anymore"? I ask because I hear that often.

How a Feminist Lens Failed Me

Andreea Nica | Posted 08.13.2014 | Women
Andreea Nica

You see, when it came to women, I didn't have a clear standard to measure their advances. I couldn't reconcile the fact that these were women. Our culture teaches us how to defend ourselves against male aggressors but these same-sex threats were too alien.