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Money Talks and Bigotry Walks

Tom Carpenter | Posted 05.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Tom Carpenter

Does anyone really think they were back peddling because they finally understood that these proposed bills were going to discriminate against their fellow LGBT citizens?

How Big a Win Is Jan Brewer's Veto in Arizona, Honestly?

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 04.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Let's not forget that in Arizona, it's still legal to refuse to serve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in your bakery or your photo studio for religious or any other reasons, due in no small part to Jan Brewer's hostility to LGBT rights throughout her tenure.

The Most Enjoyable Season of My Career

Anthony Nicodemo | Posted 04.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Anthony Nicodemo

You can score 20 points per game and be gay. You can kick 45-yard field goals and be gay. And I assure you that you can coach... and be gay.

My Grandma Is Usually Right

Marina Gomberg | Posted 04.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Marina Gomberg

My grandma called last week. She'd been clipping news stories about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans* (LGBT) movement's progress all over the country and had some questions for me.

Arizona's No Good, Very Bad Samaritans

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 04.25.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

These discriminatory laws are not about "religious freedom." From a Christian perspective, such legislation is the betrayal of everything Jesus of Nazareth taught.

Russia and the Olympics -- It's Not a Game!

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 04.20.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Where are the outraged voices of faith? The silence is deafening.

Coming Out on the Gridiron: A Reflection on My Own Story After Michael Sam's Brave Announcement

Corey Johnson | Posted 04.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Corey Johnson

Michael Sam, the college football player who is expected to be a top NFL prospect, recently acknowledged publicly that he is gay. It immediately took me back to the moment I decided to reveal that I was gay, and I realized how much things have changed in some ways, but haven't in others.

Why Gay Rights and Trans Rights Should Be Separated

Tyler Curry | Posted 04.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

There is a difference between sexual orientation and gender identity, and it can't be expected that one movement will equally serve both groups. Transgender people still suffer from the bullying, discrimination and injustice from which many gays and lesbians have long since moved on. Now, more than ever, it's time for the LGB to start championing the "T."

Time to Thrive

Ellen Page | Posted 04.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Ellen Page

I'm here today because I am gay. And because... maybe I can make a difference. To help others have an easier and more hopeful time. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility. I also do it selfishly, because I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission.

Not Feeling the Love for Pope Francis

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 04.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Dr. Joe Wenke

Not feeling the love? Sorry, but when I consider these issues, I just can't. I hear the kinder, gentler tone. I note the warm and fuzzy optics. But as for the prospect of real change -- no. I don't see it.

An Urgent Warning to All Parents: This Gay Man Is Targeting Your Children

Noah Michelson | Posted 04.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Noah Michelson

I don't want you to walk away from this letter thinking that I'm not targeting your children. I most certainly am. Here are just a few things I want your kids to know.

Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Talks LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 04.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, about the 26th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change, which recently took place in Houston, and her spin on LGBT issues.

Looking for Gold? Find the Rainbow

James Harrell | Posted 04.15.2014 | Gay Voices
James Harrell

Students teetered slightly above my knee, scissors were always a little too small, and I had to hunch over to write on the blackboard. Though on parent's night, it wasn't my size that surprised parents, but my gender.

Sticks and Stones: Violence in Word and Deed

Ben de Guzman | Posted 04.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Ben de Guzman

Their stories tell us that our work to dismantle homophobia, transphobia, racism, and xenophobia is far from over, but also that the powerful voices in the community, our friends and allies, are working with us.

Music for Social Change: Fancy Reagan's 'Say Something' Helps LGBTQ Teens

Brian Normoyle | Posted 04.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Brian Normoyle

LGBTQ teen homelessness is an often-overlooked aspect of the national struggle for equality. Of the nearly 2 million teens affected by homelessness each year, an estimated 40 percent of them identify as LGBTQ.

Gay Men, Lesbians and the Ocean Between Us

Tyler Curry | Posted 04.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

Simply, gay men and lesbians feel isolated from one another because we are two completely different animals who are forced to share the same cage.

Trans Woes

Margaret Klaw | Posted 03.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Margaret Klaw

As though it weren't tough enough being trans, this month Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill -- passed by big margins in both houses of the New Jersey legislature -- that would have allowed transgender people to get new birth certificates without requiring them to undergo sex reassignment surgery.

Why We Cry Tears Today for Our LGBT Hoosiers

Annette Gross | Posted 03.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Annette Gross

I certainly do not know what was in the hearts and minds of those legislators who voted to send HJR-3 to a full House vote. But it seems to me that these nine people had walked in the door hours earlier with their minds already made up.

Mike Alvear, Why Are Some HIV-Negative Guys Writing About HIV When They Have No Clue?

Matthew Ebert | Posted 03.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

Who are you to call me a victim? Ever hear of the Denver Principles? In the early 1980s, a group defining themselves as the People With AIDS Caucus rejected the word "victim," and HIV-positive people still do. I am not a victim, nor is my virus a burden to me any more than it is to you.

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.

How Can You Unlock the Diversity Dividend?

Sylvia Ann Hewlett | Posted 03.18.2014 | Black Voices
Sylvia Ann Hewlett

January 15, 2014 would have marked Martin Luther King Jr.'s 85th birthday. It's a reminder to us to see how far we've come in promoting equal opportunities no matter what one's race, ethnicity, gender or religion -- and how far we still have to go.

Samantha Lachman

Ready For Hillary LGBT Event Stirs Clinton Buzz | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hasn't even announced that she'll run for president in 2016, but that hasn't stopped one super...

Brian Silva, Marriage Equality USA Executive Director, Talks LGBT Issues (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 03.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with Brian Silva, Executive Director of Marriage Equality USA, which is the nation's oldest and largest grassroots organization working toward full civil marriage equality at the state and federal levels.

Poverty Grinds Down LGBT Equality

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 03.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

With so many LGBT people suffering from income inequality, poverty is an LGBT concern. Marriage equality brings a landslide of privileges and economic benefits to a family -- but if the family is living on minimum wage, they probably cannot even afford a marriage license.

And Happy New Year

Chrysovalantis P. Kefalas | Posted 03.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Chrysovalantis P. Kefalas

Even within the borders of equality states -- and across the country, the vestiges of laws that denigrate, demean, and degrade, of course, remain. For each legal victory, there are still far too many personal defeats for LGBT Americans.