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Celebrating Our Wins, Organizing for Our Future: LGBTQ Immigrants in Times of Executive Action

Caitlin Breedlove | Posted 11.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Caitlin Breedlove

Unfortunately, on Transgender Day of Remembrance, President Obama seems to have forgotten transgender immigrants. As we see in our work every day, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and its detention centers are the source of some of the most shocking violence that transgender people face in this country.

I Stand With Barb Webb

Laura De Palma | Posted 11.07.2014 | Detroit
Laura De Palma

As an alumna of Marian High School and advocate of social justice, I stand with Barb Webb. Barbara, a former chemistry teacher at Marian High School, was fired before the beginning of the semester for her "nontraditional pregnancy."

The Real Superheroes of P'Town Carnival

Irene Monroe | Posted 10.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

While inarguably P'Town is known as the best LGBTQ summer resort on the East Coast, and this year marked the 36th anniversary of Carnival, our presence wasn't always as welcoming as it is today.

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 ...

When We Should Not Have to Choose: Religious Exemptions, LGBTQ Communities and Immigrant Justice

Caitlin Breedlove | Posted 09.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Caitlin Breedlove

Religious exemptions are not only an excuse for businesses and organizations to discriminate against LGBTQ people. They also raise the question of who can participate equally and openly in public life in this country.

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

J Mase III | Posted 09.01.2014 | 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!

HGTV and the Benhem Brothers: A Difference of Opinion or Discrimination?

Angela J. Hattery, Ph.D. | Posted 07.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Angela J. Hattery, Ph.D.

Everywhere from college graduation speaker choices to the talking heads on CNN to the blog-o-sphere, people are talking about freedom of speech and the need in the US to nurture healthy debates among people who hold different opinions.

LGBTQ in the South: Quality of Life vs Life and Death?

Caitlin Breedlove | Posted 06.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Caitlin Breedlove

As LGBTQ people, improving our quality of life is our central social change concern but only when our life is not in daily risk. When we are not sure we will have a life tomorrow to defend the quality of, we focus on what is hurting us most deeply every day.

Harlem Parents Respond to Local Hate Speech

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 06.28.2014 | New York
Stacy Parker Le Melle

I am a Harlem parent. For the last seven years, I've lived near ATLAH Ministry, a church that has made itself notorious for posting hateful screeds...

Driving While Black and Brown and LGBTQ

Janet Arelis Quezada | Posted 06.07.2014 | Latino Voices
Janet Arelis Quezada

We were two women in a car, holding hands and sleepily making plans for the week. That's when it happened. We were stopped by police officers engaged in their own common practice, a license raid.

Google Recognizes Incredible American Heroine

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 03.24.2014 | Black Voices

In this search-engine dominated era of the internet, and more often than we might like to admit, people have come to expect and count on the Google ho...

I'm Not The Only Gay Student In My School, I'm Just The One Standing Up

Marcel Neergaard | Posted 05.10.2014 | Teen
Marcel Neergaard

I'm not the only gay youth in Tennessee. I'm not the only gay kid in Oak Ridge. I'm not even the only gay student in my school, I'm just someone who is standing up.

Replacing Sexism With Racism Is Not a Proper Hollaback

Hollaback | Posted 05.04.2014 | Women
Hollaback

What's the biggest myth about street harassment? That men of color comprise the majority of offenders. It's a myth as old as this nation: the idea that Black men are more likely to be sexual predators -- especially of white women.

LGBTQ students at Wake Forest University still face social hurdles

The Old Gold & Black | Posted 01.25.2014 | College
The Old Gold & Black

While progress may be occurring, there is no doubt that Greek life is made of mostly heterosexual individuals. Thus, it is hard for LGBTQ individuals to feel comfortable with themselves in this environment.

The Philosophy of Illumination

Nicole 'Little' Lencioni | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicole 'Little' Lencioni

From personal battles with drugs and alcohol to queer politics to the loss of my mother, I have volunteered my struggles without reserve. It is my belief that if something happens in God's world, then it is worthy of being called truth and should not be avoided or shamed.

ENDA Is a Necessity Because Discrimination Is not an Option

Michael Rohrer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

Boehner is a Republican Representative that most recently, for me, was the face of our government shut down. Now he's the man who would block ENDA. Why are you standing in the way, Mr. Boehner?

Mr. President, Waiting Is Not an Option!

Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez

We seek the day that LGBTQ Americans will be fully equal under the law. Waiting is not an option for the single lesbian mother who may lose her child because she can't get or hold a job in her small Southern town. Waiting is not an option for the queer young person living on the streets.

The Understood 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy in the South

Garrison Gibbons | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Garrison Gibbons

In many ways, the LGBTQ community in the South is complicit in this state of affairs. When I look at the LGBTQ people on my own campus, I witness the "don't tell" aspect. They do not want to be open; they do not want to hold hands in Walmart, kiss at the movies, or wear pride shirts to class.

Haters of Hate Crime Laws

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 11.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Dr. Joe Wenke

What's up with people who oppose hate crime laws? How can you be against laws that protect people from being targeted because of their race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, disabilities, sexual orientation or gender identity? Well, here's how.

Small-Town Utah, Big LGBT Pride

Kiri Westby | Posted 11.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Kiri Westby

Moab Pride has created one of the most unique pride events in the country. This year's theme, "Naturally Engayged," promises to combine the beauty of Moab and its surrounding national parks with Utah's growing awareness and celebration of its LGBT population.

Must-See Video in the Face of Supreme Court Rulings

Mia Norton | Posted 08.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Mia Norton

The story of the untimely ending to Shane and Tom's love is heartbreaking. It doesn't matter what one's sexual orientation is; love is love, and loss is loss. The urgent underlying message in the story of Shane and Tom is that they had no legal means of legitimizing their relationship.

What a Riot: Taking Pride in Our Past (PHOTOS)

Jamie Scot | Posted 08.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Jamie Scot

In honor of LGBT Pride Month, we wanted to take a little walk down LGBT history lane to explore the origins of Pride, and take a closer look at those electrifying evenings in June when the LGBT community decided to stop hiding and start fighting.

Proudly Advocating for Love and Freedom

Rea Carey | Posted 08.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Rea Carey

The LGBTQ equality and reproductive justice movements are so closely aligned in values but too frequently siloed off as unrelated. Reproductive justice and LGBTQ equality are not only rooted in the same principles, but many of our core issues overlap.

Will Philadelphia Introduce Gender-Neutral Bathrooms?

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 04.22.2013 | Gay Voices

A Philadelphia city councilman has sponsored a bill that would require newly constructed or renovated city-owned buildings to have gender-neutral bath...

9-Million Strong And Counting

Seth Santoro | Posted 05.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Seth Santoro

Let's say that there are 9 million LGBTQ Americans. If each of us worked to shift the mindsets of 34 non-affirming individuals, all 314 million Americans could stand to be an incredible and unstoppable beacon of hope for the world. Only we can inspire this paradigm shift.