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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...

Gay Teen Uses Boy Scouts to Help Gay Community (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 04.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-04-17-20140416EricSnydersmall.jpgAs a sophomore in high school, Eric Snyder was about to come out. But then he realized the Boy Scouts had a discriminatory policy against gay and bisexual scouts, forcing him to remain in the closet. Even though Eric couldn't be openly gay, he decided that his Eagle Scout project would be.

My Friend Andy, a Gay Teacher

Melissa Bollow Tempel | Posted 06.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Melissa Bollow Tempel

I didn't have to think about how I'd describe a party, an outing, a dinner. I didn't have to censor my stories.

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.

Creating Safe and Welcoming Spaces for LGBTQ Youth

Cirecie A. West-Olatunji, Ph.D. | Posted 05.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Cirecie A. West-Olatunji, Ph.D.

Despite the praise and support Page and Sam have received from the public, research shows that LGBTQ youth in America struggle with prejudgments and rejection. Professional counselors are trained and ready to help

The Pervasive Heterosexualizing of American Youth

Michael Carosone | Posted 04.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

The pervasive heterosexualizing of American youth is becoming worse, more severe, and more dangerous. Allow me to explain. More and more, I am readi...

The Clearance Kids

e.E. Charlton-Trujillo | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
e.E. Charlton-Trujillo

These kids are collectibles. Their value has yet to be set. Their stories represent a new American voice -- the voices of those who can never be counted out.

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.

My Son's First Drag Idol Was a Cross-dressing Rabbit

Julie Tarney | Posted 02.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

My heart swelled as I patted Harry's head. He was happy, and so was I. Because while too many people questioned my young son's preferences, and therefore my skills as a mother, we both stood strong with a cartoon rabbit who carried an anvil in his pink purse.

The Loss of My Boyfriend

Scott Beaver | Posted 02.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Scott Beaver

I've been thinking about Kade a lot lately, about what his story means and how, at only 16, he'd died as a result of other people's ignorance and violence. What might have happened to us if he had made it? What might he have made of his life? I don't know.

Hackathon Seeks to Create Tech for Queer Youth

Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Ph.D.

This Nov. 22-24 is the first annual Hack 4 Queer Youth, a hackathon hosted by Maven, an interactive virtual community for LGBTQA youth to network, organize and educate for social change. I had a chance to chat with Maven's founder, Monica Ann Arrambide, to find out more.

Safe Schools for LGBTQ Youth

J. Patrick Redmond | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
J. Patrick Redmond

LGBTQ youth experience relentless physical and verbal harassment, and now, with online bullying, there is no escape. It is 24/7. If LGBTQ youth aren't safe at home, and they aren't safe in their place of worship, shouldn't they be safe at school?

My First Boy Crush, and Why I Will Always Remember Him

Gary Nelson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Gary Nelson

The first time I said "I love you" out loud and actually meant it was on my high-school stage in the spring of 1966. We were alone, or at least I thought we were. Joey, my beloved, was sitting at the baby grand. He looked right at me and started playing "Michelle" by the Beatles.

Rethinking LGBTQ Bullying

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

What is needed are interventions that understand the problem of LGBTQ bullying as rooted in cultural values, not in individual "bad" children, and that see schools as sites where traditional genders and heterosexuality are valued, rewarded, and given positions of power and prestige.

New Trainings Prevent Bullying on Campus

Abbe Land | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Abbe Land

These groundbreaking anti-bullying trainings, called "LGBTQ on Campus" for both students and staff in higher education, help more people build the skills they need to create safe higher education environments and improve outcomes for vulnerable students.

'Short Bitch Walking'

Julie Tarney | Posted 11.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

I didn't know what to expect, but I was up for anything. This was Las Vegas in 2008. And a drag show had been my 17-year-old son's only request on our four-shows-in three-days trip.

HMI Youth Arts Showcase

Hetrick-Martin Institute | Posted 11.26.2013 | Teen
Hetrick-Martin Institute

On Thursday, August 22 and Friday, August 23, HMI youth participated in a celebration of their artistic expression in photography, dance and art.

You Matter: A New Campaign for LGBTQ Youth (VIDEO)

John A. Guidry, Ph.D. | Posted 10.01.2013 | Gay Voices
John A. Guidry, Ph.D.

The campaign features three short videos that provide vignettes of young gay or transgender youth going through a "moment" that might challenge their identity or sense of worth. The videos end with an affirmation that no matter how positive or negative a situation may be, "you matter."

Deciphering Hate Speech: How Coded Words Like 'Family' Breed Contempt

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 09.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Dr. Joe Wenke

Usually hate speech is pretty direct. A good example is the Web address for the Westboro Baptist Church. But sometimes hate speech isn't direct at all. It may even be a little bit involved. Consider, for example, how anti-LGBTQ organizations use the word "family."

Live Proud

Abbe Land | Posted 08.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Abbe Land

Thirty-five percent of LGBT 18- to 24-year-olds used their mobile device during the coming-out process, underscoring why AT&T and The Trevor Project are collaborating to encourage young people to celebrate their proud moments with the help of social networking.

WATCH: LGBTQ Homeless Youth Forced To Turn To Sex Work To Survive

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 06.06.2013 | Gay Voices

New polling and research shows that a shocking number of those participating in sex work are homeless youth. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender an...

My Church Teased Me

Crystal Cheatham | Posted 07.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Crystal Cheatham

I'd believed that I was headed for greatness, but they had revealed in me a thing that was seemingly so dirty, so disgusting that my other talents paled in comparison to the supposed vileness of being a practicing homosexual. And for this they bullied me right out of the church.

An Appeal to My Former Catholic High School Concerning Handling of LGBTQ Students

Erin Macke | Posted 06.23.2013 | Religion
Erin Macke

My greatest disappointment, however, lies in the management of voiceless students. As a contributing alumnus, I challenge you to take action and make changes in the handling of LGBT and bullying issues.

The Rainbow Summits Project: Why I'm Going To The Top Of The World For LGBTQ Youth

Cason Crane | Posted 04.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Cason Crane

I decided I would attempt to climb all seven of the highest peaks on each continent to raise awareness and funds for the Trevor Project, to help more LGBTQ youth get the help they need and to call attention to the important issue of LGBTQ youth suicide. This March I leave for Mt. Everest.

LGBT Kids, You Do Have A Purpose!

Annette Gross | Posted 04.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Annette Gross

The focus of the "You Have a Purpose Project" is to let LGBT kids know that they do have a purpose and that we care. There is something visceral about seeing someone's expression and hearing another person's voice when they tell you that you matter.