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Who Are We to Judge (Uganda)?

Sara Kavemi | Posted 12.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Sara Kavemi

What tests my patience, what troubles me beyond all else, is our propensity for pointing the finger at others while ignoring our own flaws. The truth is that the U.S. is not yet at a point where it can self-righteously condemn others for their intolerance toward LGBT people, at least not with a straight face. Someday we will get there, and we will lead by example. But not today.

Dear Santa

Eric Ulloa | Posted 12.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Eric Ulloa

Dear Santa, This is a little awkward, as we haven't talked in quite awhile...as in 21 years "awhile."

The Beauty Of Being Genderqueer

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 12.20.2014 | Gay Voices

As the transgender community continues to fight its way into mainstream conversations, we recognize others who also fit outside the male-female binary...

Top 10 Moments From a Blockbuster Year for the Freedom to Marry

Evan Wolfson | Posted 12.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Evan Wolfson

2014 was another blockbuster year for the freedom to marry. In January gay couples could marry in 19 states. By December that number had skyrocketed to 35 -- covering two thirds of the American people. The momentum for marriage is off the charts, and the joy and security marriage brings are now shared by millions of gay Americans.

Law Professor: National Same-Sex Marriage 'Overwhelmingly Probable' Next Year

Robert J. Feldman | Posted 12.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Robert J. Feldman

We verily hope, pray and believe that the Professor Leonard's bold assertion that same-sex marriage will become the law of the land next year will come to pass. It is my prediction that Professor Leonard is right. The United States of America will finally recognize that love transcends gender.

LGBT Rights: The Fight's Not Over

Sylvia Ann Hewlett | Posted 12.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Sylvia Ann Hewlett

The recent mid-term elections marked a blazingly clear reversal of fortune for the Democrat and Republican political agendas. What's less obvious is how the reverberations will affect the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender) movement.

Let's Talk About the South, You Guys

Rhys Harper | Posted 12.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Rhys Harper

When you are tempted to say things like "Ugh, (insert Southern state here) is a terrible state and I am never living there," I am asking you to just pause, and remember that there are LGBT people who live in that state and love that state.

I'm Still Bitter, Bill

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 12.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

I still remember the day you signed DOMA. The anger. The disappointment. The despair. I still remember watching states pass gay-marriage prohibitions quite easily. I cannot forget, and I cannot forgive until there is a proper apology.

WATCH: Warwick Rowers Do A Shirtless Interview To Discuss Fighting Homophobia

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 12.08.2014 | Gay Voices

What better way to help fight homophobia than with a group of dashing, naked athletes? It began in 2009, when the University of Warwick's rowing te...

Black Influentials, Paradox Progress and LGBT Rights in Mississippi

Ravi K. Perry | Posted 12.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Ravi K. Perry

Last week's decision in Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant could lift the ban on same-sex marriage in Mississippi forever. However, that decision is unique among other pro-marriage-equality rulings in that it came from the pen of a black U.S. district judge with a strong record of supporting civil rights.

Losing the LGBT Community's Legislative Hero

Jim Key | Posted 12.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Jim Key

Congressman Waxman -- Vice Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus -- is leaving the halls of the U.S. Capital having helped to save the lives of thousands of people with HIV and to make the entire country a much better place for LGBT people.

Ferguson: It's Us, Not Them

William Dameron | Posted 11.25.2014 | Gay Voices
William Dameron

Here is something I have learned while fighting for equality: It is not something that can be portioned out to one population and withheld from another. The definition of equality is that all populations and the individuals within them (not just a few) are equal. That does not exist in America today. If you are not equal, then neither am I.

Ferguson and the Sin of Racism

Rev. Elder Darlene Garner | Posted 11.25.2014 | Black Voices
Rev. Elder Darlene Garner

To understand this moment, we have to understand that Ferguson is yet another unraveled thread in the closely woven fabric of racism that has cloaked this country for 500 years.

Trans Legal Trailblazers Macy and Glenn Speak Out for Sweeping Educational Efforts

Dana Beyer | Posted 11.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

This is an opportunity to educate the general population that discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression, which encompasses tens of millions of people, is illegal and harmful to the bottom line. This is an opportunity to humanize and overcome ignorance and fear so that there is no desire to deny employment in the first place.

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.

When a Real Kansas Marriage Turns Into a Legal One

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg | Posted 11.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Thirteen years after Courtney and Denise vowed to love each other with all their heart and soul for their lifetimes, we're talking about a party, long unimaginable and longer overdue, to celebrate the love of justice and the justice of love.

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.

Sober Trans Housing

The Fix | Posted 11.07.2014 | Gay Voices
The Fix

Besides struggling to accept themselves, which is hard enough, transgender individuals face higher rates of suicide, homelessness, addiction and discrimination. And when it comes to getting help for substance abuse issues, trans people face a unique set of challenges.

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.

Those Who Can, Do

Dana Beyer | Posted 10.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

It's been a pleasure to contribute to the civil-rights debate, and I've enjoyed the feedback I've received. I realize my analysis is one of many, and the debate has helped me refine my understanding. It has helped when the debate is civil, which it often is not, and that leads me to today's post.

Allies in Business Play Important Roles Furthering LGBT Equality

Laura Clise | Posted 10.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Laura Clise

I have seen a shift in the dialogue regarding LGBT equality, with leaders increasingly examining the business implications of how companies align internal diversity policies with external marketing and public policy advocacy.

Why Tim Cook's Coming Out Matters

Chris Wood | Posted 10.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Chris Wood

For a company like Apple to stand at the forefront of diversity and equality issues as well as embracing a prominent gay CEO sends a message to businesses that to succeed, you need to embrace diversity and equality. Tim Cook has instantly made himself a role model for countless gay youth who can now point to a successful openly gay businessman and say, "I can do it too."

You Don't Have to be an Atheist to Be An Authentic Progressive

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 10.28.2014 | Religion
Nancy Graham Holm

Most citizens with progressive politics want policies predicated on the philosophy of humanism, not religious dogma. Internationally, progressives want full recognition of human rights. Does this mean that only atheists can be authentic progressives?

No Masks Allowed: Dating When Your Teen Is Transgender

Mary J. Moss | Posted 10.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Mary J. Moss

Should I wait until I am in a serious relationship and absolutely sure the guy is right for me and will be supportive of my son? If I do wait and find that I have developed feelings for this man only to discover that he won't be supportive of my son, then I must end the relationship. So since I won't know how supportive he'll be until I take off my mask and test the waters, that's what I do.

Redefining Wedding Traditions? Yes. Redefining Marriage? No.

Kathryn Hamm | Posted 10.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Kathryn Hamm

Our solutions to develop meaningful rituals outside of bride-groom gender roles -- from blended wedding parties to an empowerment of both partners -- are actually being embraced by modern couples, many of whom have never had to think twice about applying for a marriage license.