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Quinn's Self-Defense

Eliot Armand Glenn | Posted 08.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Eliot Armand Glenn

In response to vicious hate crimes against LGBT New Yorkers, City Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn is sponsoring an insulting series of classes in "street smarts" and self-defense. As a policy response to these tragedies, Quinn's offer is inadequate and inappropriate.

The Courage to Come Out

Walt Hawkins | Posted 07.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Walt Hawkins

Before Jason Collins revealed that he is gay, I suppose I'd never really pondered the amount of courage it takes, even in this day and age, to come out of the closet. And it does take more than a fair amount.

After a Life of Being Gay Bashed, I Choose to Live and Not Just Survive

William Dameron | Posted 07.28.2013 | Gay Voices
William Dameron

I will hold my husband's hand in public, because to silence me is what they want. I will kiss him goodbye in the morning in the public square, because it is right. I will continue to wrap my arm around his shoulder so that someday LGBT people won't have to ask themselves, "Is this safe?"

Silence, Noise and Hate Crimes

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 07.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

I finally saw a map depicting the last six instances of gay-targeting hate crimes in Manhattan since April 1. Young men beaten into unconsciousness. Killed. All in places that I've considered part of my home, or my neighborhood, or where I've met friends time and time again.

What Is the Endgame of the Anti-Gay Movement?

Wayne Besen | Posted 07.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Wayne Besen

What people often fail to comprehend is that a colossal industry exists to demonize gay people, including numerous attempts to create conditions where homosexuals are imprisoned, assaulted and even murdered. And it is not just at the fringes of Christianity where calls for violence occur.

We Will Not Retreat in Fear: Anti-Gay Hate Crimes Spark Outrage, Sorrow and Rallying Cries

Chuck Gomez | Posted 07.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Chuck Gomez

Could it be that with all this gay visibility, anti-gay sentiments are being stirred? Is homophobia a troubling sign of our times? Will it pass? Should gay leaders be scared, or will threats of violence only strengthen our community's resolve? If so, such resolve could be our rallying cry.

Is Mark Carson's Death an Opportunity for a New Matthew Shepard Moment?

Aundaray Guess | Posted 07.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Aundaray Guess

It should be an alarm that alerts us to the complacency that has enveloped us and force us to refocus on anti-LGBT hate crimes. It should generate a renewed dialogue about why a gay man can be shot dead in plain sight in the street simply because of who he is.