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LGBT Elites Need to KISS

Brian Stone | Posted 07.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Brian Stone

I'll be called out as a hetero-normative cisgender supporter of the patriarchy for saying this, but it would be nice if we could use English to talk about our issues. Maybe it's a bit quaint to advocate simplicity, but it seems to me that the LGBT elite have created an entirely new language made up of six syllable words.

Crosses for Equality

Carol Howard Merritt | Posted 07.25.2014 | Religion
Carol Howard Merritt

A group of Christians gathered at Renaissance Presbyterian Church (USA) in Chattanooga to construct "Crosses for Equality" to show their support of a non-discrimination and domestic partnership ordinance.

God's Most Gifted...

Craig Stewart | Posted 07.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart

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Religious Freedom On My Mind

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

It is time to blow the whistle on religious demagogues who say they are victims if they are not allowed to take away the rights of others.

What My Son Taught Me About Gender Identity

Julie Tarney | Posted 07.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

Then it dawned on me. The handsome, bearded young man sitting next to me at the restaurant didn't just idolize female characters, he related to them. He identified with them.

Gender-Neutral Bathrooms Are Quietly Becoming The New Thing At Colleges

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 07.18.2014 | College

A popular student center at Northwestern University is the latest college campus facility to embrace gender-neutral bathrooms. New to campus this ...

A History of Throwing Shade for Black Women and Gay White Men

Antwaun Sargent | Posted 07.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Antwaun Sargent

We all can do better at deploying language, style and dance moves that has cultural attachments that are not our own in such a way that it feels inclusive. There is no one to one scale of oppression that allows any group to place a claim on another's culture even if they share aspects of the same identity.

The Word I Wish We Didn't Have to Use

Ravishly | Posted 07.15.2014 | Women
Ravishly

I wish there were another catch-all word like "feminist" that I could use to express my belief that all people -- male, female, transgender and otherwise -- should have the exact same fundamental rights and opportunities in this world we share. "Gender-equalist," perhaps? "Advocate for gender fairness"?

The Proverbial Closet...

Craig Stewart | Posted 07.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart

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Heat Crime: LGBTQ Politics for a Changing Climate

Patrick Robbins | Posted 07.10.2014 | Green
Patrick Robbins

The details of an individual's sexual orientation seem at first to be as far removed from the concentration of atmospheric CO2 as the butterfly's wings from the hurricane. But butterflies can cause hurricanes, and understanding this connection is mandatory for those of us in the hurricane's path.

Meet Maryland's White Nationalist 'David Duke' GOP Candidate

Jonathan Hutson | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Hutson

White nationalists from the League of the South -- the premier neo-Confederate group -- are hailing the recent Republican primary victory of Maryland's Michael Peroutka -- who won his party's nomination in an Anne Arundel County Council race, as well as a seat on the GOP Central Committee there -- as "a political victory for us."

Gender Equality in Sports -- Quidditch Wins

Sean Pagoada | Posted 07.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Sean Pagoada

What sets quidditch apart from other sports is its two-minimum gender rule, established by the International Quidditch Association. Quidditch values diversity and that, to me, is one of the most powerful messages we can send out.

Radically Queer Islam: An Interview with the Cast of Coming Out Muslim

J Mase III | Posted 07.07.2014 | Gay Voices
J Mase III

Having roots within Islam as a queer activist, I was more than honored to invite castmates Wazina and Terna, to share a bit about themselves, their current project and what New Yorkers can expect from this show!

'Gay Men' Married to Women...

Craig Stewart | Posted 07.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart

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"Two Persons"

Brett Webb-Mitchell | Posted 06.30.2014 | Religion
Brett Webb-Mitchell

While I live in a state that amended its constitution to define marriage by religious morality rather than constitutional law, making it impossible for my partner and me to marry in North Carolina, at least my Church appreciates the many ways that love and marriage can be defined. After all, we are just two persons in love.

I Dedicate This Video to All the Femme Lesbians Out There! Happy Pride, Ladies

Jodi Savitz | Posted 06.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Jodi Savitz

Each week I receive hundreds of letters from feminine lesbians worldwide who feel invisible. These raw and often emotional messages inspired me to produce this video. Its intention is to help more women realize that their feelings regarding their sexual orientation are legitimate and that they are not alone.

My First Pride Was So '80s

Matthew Ebert | Posted 06.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

I remember my first LGBT Pride March; it was NYC in 1984. That June, I was living in Chelsea -- not paying rent, just living there with my boyfriend on his working dime. He was 39, about to turn 40, and I was 19.

Drawing Boobs Drew Trouble for My 5-Year-Old Son

Julie Tarney | Posted 06.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

A few months earlier, in the summer of 1992, Harry had told me, "Inside my head I'm a girl." So I knew biological differences between boys and girls didn't make that much sense to him. It was what was in his head that mattered.

Why I Won't Be at Pride This Year, in One Long Rant

David Toussaint | Posted 06.18.2014 | Gay Voices
David Toussaint

Because I don't have 0-percent body fat, and, from what I keep reading, that is the purpose of Pride. And those who tell us it has nothing to do with body fat, and that we need to stop obsessing over unattainable physical-perfection goals, tend to possess unattainable physical perfection.

Spencer Shows Big Pride in a Small Town Indiana Setting

Samuel Autman | Posted 06.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Samuel Autman

All across the nation, tens of thousands will gather some time in June for annual gay pride parades and festivities. TV cameras easily capture dancing go-go boys and prancing gender illusionists.

Celebrities Show Heart for amfAR's Inspiration Gala (VIDEO)

Daniel Garofali | Posted 06.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Daniel Garofali

The Normal Heart may have educated us on how events unfolded when the virus first became known but, as one of the world's leading nonprofit organizations, amfAR celebrates its success in funding more than 3,300 grants to researchers around the world working to find a cure.

Are We a Stone's Throw from an Epidemic of Anti-LGBTQ Violence?

Sharon Stapel | Posted 06.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Sharon Stapel

This week a disturbing story reached the light of national attention. We learned that Scott Esk, an Oklahoma Tea Party Republican candidate for the state House, had endorsed the stoning of gay people.

#SchoolsOut: HMI Launches Summer Program

Daniel Garofali | Posted 06.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Daniel Garofali

Over the weekend, The Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI) held their annual School's Out event in the Hamptons. Celebrating its 15th year, School's Out m...

Beautiful Vintage Portraits Of The 1980s Transgender Community

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.06.2014 | Arts

Photographer Mariette Pathy Allen was traveling in New Orleans for Mardi Gras in 1978 when she realized she was staying in the same hotel as a group o...

Not My Father's Son

Nate Phelps | Posted 06.05.2014 | Impact
Nate Phelps

Although I can't control all of it, after working with Brad, Terrie and their talented team this last year, I can make this commitment: This investment will not return empty. We will change hearts and minds. We will save lives.