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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.

The Queer Politics of Writing on Race

Irene Monroe | Posted 10.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

The fury that Bay Windows editor Sue O'Connell's piece "Sharing our experience: White gay men and black men have more in common than they think" ignited raised this query: Can white LGBTQs suggest or give advice to communities of color from their own experiences of discrimination?

Anger Management For A Movement

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 06.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

This week I had one of those productive conversations on transgender issues with a manager. She confessed that she had deliberately steered away from reading about these issues in the past, though not from squeamishness but because "both sides just seem so angry all the time."

Why Straight Allies Are Critical to the Gay Rights Movement in College

Uloop | Posted 04.06.2013 | College
Uloop

We're at a point where we need as much love as we can get in this world, which can at times be so bleak and depressing. An extra pair of smiles at a wedding altar could do wonders.

'Wall Street Journal' Perpetuates 'Black Vs. Gay' Meme

Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks | Posted 03.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks

This isn't about "black" vs. "gay." It's about the media searching for and fabricating a story where there isn't one and completely erasing a community that is living and loving at the intersection of our movements for racial justice and LGBT equality.

Obama Linking Selma To Stonewall Divides The Black Community

Irene Monroe | Posted 03.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

Some African Americans felt "dissed" by the president's speech. The linkage of their civil rights struggle with that of LGBTQ Americans did nothing to quell their dislike of the comparison. For them, the fact that it was spoken by this president made it sting more.

Fighting A Boogeyman: How Gut Reactions Slowed The LGBT Rights Movement

Phillip M. Miner | Posted 02.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Phillip M. Miner

For the majority of my grandfather's generation, homosexuality was, frankly, just plain gross. This disgust has played an important role in the efficacy of the LGBT rights movement. Our early activists were fighting more than ideas; they were fighting a deeply ingrained gut reaction.

Reflections On 30-Plus Years As An Out Gay Lawyer

William S. Singer | Posted 05.26.2012 | Gay Voices
William S. Singer

The unexpected honor of receiving two awards for my legal work for the LGBT community compelled me to reflect on my career as an attorney. The arc of my career in some ways reflects the evolution of the modern LGBT movement.

Investing in LGBT Leaders or Burning Them Out? The Choice Is Clear

Matt Foreman | Posted 03.24.2012 | Gay Voices
Matt Foreman

For many on the outside, the gay rights movement looks like a well-oiled and well-funded machine, making huge strides and delivering big wins. From the inside, however, it's a completely different reality.

Today You Can Be 'Out and Proud'

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 12.05.2011 | Gay Voices
Peter D. Rosenstein

As we move toward 2012, we need to celebrate where we have come from, and at the same time rededicate ourselves to working for a future in which every child can grow up in a world where they can live openly and honestly.

The Rainbow Struggle: A Primer For The Global Gay Rights Battle

Kevin Douglas Grant | Posted 12.03.2011 | Gay Voices
Kevin Douglas Grant

LGBT advocates face a hulking, well-funded force that fights with religious fervor. But by most tallies, they're winning.

Sailors, Closets And Mormons

Mariah Hanson | Posted 11.27.2011 | Gay Voices
Mariah Hanson

The more people there are who know an LGBT American, the harder it will be for them to vote against us, even behind a black curtain. We need to shift the moral conscience of a good many straight people who have no contact with us.

Why OutServe-SLDN Represents the Future of the LGBT Movement -- and What They Are Doing About It

Joe Kapp | Posted 08.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Joe Kapp

By exposing its challenges, OutServe-SLDN, the association of LGBT military personnel, veterans, and their families, figured out a way to reinvigorate its mission -- and thus may have revealed the way forward for the larger LGBT movement as more and more of our legal objectives are achieved.