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Reflections on Marriage (Part 1): What Marriage Means

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 08.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

What does marriage mean to me and my wife? How is it different from what we imagined? How is it the same as what society presents about marriage? Can we live queerly in marriage? How? Why? Is marriage good for our sexuality? For our sex lives? Is marriage good for our sense of happiness? Or does it bring new layers of misery?

LGBT Parenting and the Flaming Hoops of Second-Parent Adoption

Allison Auldridge | Posted 08.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Allison Auldridge

The hoops that LGBT parents and families jump through to protect and assert our rights are consistent reminders that we remain on unequal footing with our straight peers.

Religious Discrimination 101

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 08.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

The First Amendment protects your right as an American to the free exercise of your religion. It does not protect your right to use your religion as an excuse to discriminate against other Americans.

"I Love My Transgender Brother"

Marsha Aizumi | Posted 07.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Marsha Aizumi

As the mother of a transgender son, I often wonder how my younger straight son truly felt as our family was navigating through some of our most challenging years.

The Day I Took a Knife to School, and How It Changed Me

Mary J. Moss | Posted 07.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Mary J. Moss

"I might as well be invisible," I thought. I was sitting in my wheelchair in the locker room while the other kids played a sport in gym class. I could hear them and wondered how long it would take for anyone to find me. I felt so alone. I thought I was a burden to my family, and I felt hopeless.

Time to Finish the Job on LGBT Immigration: U.S. v. Windsor, One Year On

Bob Bragar | Posted 06.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Bob Bragar

Sadly, for many couples the celebration was short lived. Despite the court's ruling, many binational couples still cannot legally stay together in America. Why? Because the discriminatory legal treatment we faced in the decades before U.S. v. Windsor haunts us still.

Modern Families: Rethinking the Ties that Bind

Sunny Bjerk | Posted 08.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Sunny Bjerk

Let's face it: Even as we battle the myths surrounding race, gender, gender roles, sexuality, class, domesticity and the nuclear family, we haven't adequately addressed the myths or stigma around non-biological family structures.

From Caskets to Cradles: Miracles for Gay Men That Would Have Been Insane a Few Years Ago

Stuart Bell | Posted 08.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Stuart Bell

If you had told me in 1991, when funerals were as much a part of my social life as fraternity parties had been a year earlier, that someday I would be helping men with HIV have babies of their own, I would have laughed in your face. But that's exactly what I am doing today.

HuffPost Gay Voices Receives Big Honor From LGBT Family Organization

Posted 06.02.2014 | Gay Voices

On May 18, RaiseAChild.US held its second annual HONORS gala at the W Hollywood Hotel and paid tribute to individuals and families for their advocacy ...

Celebrating Pride and Family on 'Blogging for LGBTQ Families Day'

Dana Rudolph | Posted 07.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Rudolph

I'd like to invite all bloggers, LGBTQ and allies, to participate in the ninth annual Blogging for LGBTQ Families Day on Monday, June 2. Just post at your own blog in support of LGBTQ families (however you define them) and submit the link to mombian.com, where I'll compile and showcase the master list for all to see.

Gay Father Whose Beautiful Photo Of His Family Inspired Outrage Speaks Out

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 05.26.2014 | Gay Voices

In January of this year, two gay fathers made waves across the Internet with a simple photo of the pair helping two of their three children get ready ...

Remembering Watching With My Two Moms as Ellen Came Out (VIDEO)

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 07.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

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Carly Schwartz

Groundbreaking Law Would Make It Easier For LGBT Couples To Start A Family

HuffingtonPost.com | Carly Schwartz | Posted 05.27.2014 | Gay Voices

When Judy Appel and her partner of 22 years, Alison Bernstein, wanted to have children, the state of California didn’t make it easy. Bernstein ga...

Journey With Two Moms

Lester Alemán | Posted 07.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Lester Alemán

I don't take my liberties for granted because I know how dehumanizing my mothers' communities were to them. I take my liberties to fight for equality. I take my liberties to honor my mothers. Because I love them both to death -- equally.

Waffles and Roller Coasters: Mother's Day Reflections by a Lesbian Mom

Dana Rudolph | Posted 07.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Rudolph

Being a parent can sometimes seem like trying to juggle on a roller coaster. Being an LGBT parent can sometimes seem like trying to do so without the safety belt everyone else is wearing. But the experience is really not so different for any of us. It takes balance, flexibility, and nerves of steel.

WATCH: Kids Of Gay Parents Teach Us A Lesson About Love And What Is 'Normal'

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 05.01.2014 | Gay Voices

Is there such a thing as a normal family? Between sibling rivalry, embarrassing parents, bickering and quirky family traditions or habits, it's ha...

LGBT Parenting: Does Every Moment Have to Be a Teaching Moment?

Sunny Bjerk | Posted 06.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Sunny Bjerk

As LGBT youth, adults and families know all too well, bullying isn't confined to just the playground, classroom, or cafeteria -- it can happen to anyone, anywhere. And as my wife and I prepare for the birth of our first child, we have to learn when negative actions become a teaching moment.

HuffPost Gay Voices Nabs Huge Honor

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 04.21.2014 | Gay Voices

HuffPost Gay Voices had the honor of receiving an award from Our Family Coalition, an organization that advocates for the equality of lesbian, gay, bi...

Hope for Future Fathers of Gay Sons

Jon Derek Croteau, Ed.D. | Posted 06.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Jon Derek Croteau, Ed.D.

When I read in February about the harsh reaction college football star Michael Sam's father had to his son's coming out, I was reminded of the difficu...

Mothers and Sons and a Father and Me

Dan Bucatinsky | Posted 06.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Dan Bucatinsky

Last week I went to see Terrence McNally's beautifully realized portrait of the "new normal" American family in his touching play Mothers and Sons. By the way, I went with my mother. And as I sat in my seat before the lights dimmed, my thoughts took me back over 30 years, to 1983.

Gay Dads Raise A Baby In Paradise, Inspire Parents Everywhere (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Clarke Reilly | Posted 05.19.2014 | Gay Voices

Doug Rigg's Instagram feed has us wondering why we don't all raise our children in paradise. Rigg and his partner, Bill Markevitch, live in Honolu...

My Mother's Courage Inspired Me to Become the Man I Am Today

Diriye Osman | Posted 05.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

My mother reminds me everyday that human kindness and empathy have no borderlines. This is not an abstract conceit mired in convoluted politics. It's an elementary part of being cognizant and alive.

Wedding Bells Ring at Any Age

Judy Rickard | Posted 05.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Judy Rickard

Everyone's story is different, and yet all stories have the same basics. You meet someone, you have feelings for someone, you make that known, it works out or not. Neither Arlene nor Clara can remember much detail, other than it was "that kiss" that first sealed it.

Expanding the Concept, and Reality, of Jewish Community

Jerry Silverman | Posted 05.27.2014 | Religion
Jerry Silverman

This piece originally appeared in New York Jewish Week. Nate couldn't decide what he wanted to be for Purim -- follow his heart and dress as an alien...

The Graham Cracker Wars Heat Up

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 05.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

Selling quality products has nothing to do with a person's sexual orientation. In choosing to represent diversity, you are gaining a huge new market share of customers.