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Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth: Starfire, 18, From Las Vegas (PHOTO)

Diana Scholl | Posted 06.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl

"My partner and I have been together a year and three months. He identifies as straight, and it doesn't bother him that I identify as queer, genderqueer, and polyamorous."

Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth: Trent, 16, From Lincoln, Nebraska (PHOTO)

Diana Scholl | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl

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A Letter to My 16-Year-Old Self

Greg Louganis | Posted 05.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Greg Louganis

You will understand those confusing feelings you are having about "who you love" or fall in love with. It is your nature to love, and it is just who you are that you love a man. It is OK. You will survive your suicide attempt, and something glorious will happen.

Forget The King: Lesbian Couple Crowned Homecoming Queens In California

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.04.2013 | Gay Voices

Lesbian teens Lily Cohen and Greta Melendez made headlines this week when their high school peers voted the couple homecoming queens. Officials at ...

High School Elects Two Homecoming Queens -- And No King

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.30.2013 | Gay Voices

Students at C.C. Winn High School in Eagle Pass, Texas made history this week when they defied tradition by electing two homecoming queens and no king...

My Interview With Michael Iemma About His Film, Stitch, Part I

Michael Carosone | Posted 10.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

I embrace a title such as this because "Hell Yeah! I am a gay filmmaker who is going to tell my stories about my life." Our community has been denied this freedom for far, far too long.

Sharing The Stories Of LGBT Youth: Natasha, 15, From Iowa City (PHOTO)

Diana Scholl | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl

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Helping Out Our LGBT Youth

Justin Hernandez | Posted 01.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Justin Hernandez

Some experience a lack of support from their loved ones, and others are even faced with homelessness. Here in New York the Ali Forney Center and the Hetrick-Martin Institute are invaluable resources to these kids, but both of these organizations were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth: Izabela, 17, From Lincoln, Nebraska (PHOTO)

Diana Scholl | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl

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Making It Better For Today's LGBT And Questioning Youth

James Lecesne | Posted 12.24.2012 | Gay Voices
James Lecesne

With all the discussion lately about bullying and the frequency of reports about LGBTQ suicide, we can sometimes lose sight of the changes that have happened over the past 15 years, and we can forget the ways in which the LGBTQ community is making it better for young people.

'Born This Way': The Radical Possibilities In Sharing Our Stories And Photos Of When We First Knew We Were Queer

Noah Michelson | Posted 12.08.2012 | Gay Voices
Noah Michelson

While the stories and photos in Born This Way range from heartbreaking to hilarious and are each uniquely told by a range of voices, from the famous (like Sen. Barney Frank and singer-songwriter Sia) to "everyday" people, it's heartening to discover how much common ground we share.

Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth: Nel, 18, From New Jersey (PHOTO)

Diana Scholl | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl

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Facing The Truth About Reparative Therapy And America's War On Gay Teens

Tomas Mournian | Posted 07.22.2012 | Gay Voices
Tomas Mournian

The reparative therapy described in "Hiding Out" and my later related reportage chronicled torture practices that were coercive and, in many ways, the same as what was happening in the Iraqi torture sites: humiliation, isolation, extreme physical positions, and forced confessions.

Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth: Anna, 19, From Tuscaloosa, Alabama (PHOTO)

Diana Scholl | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl

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Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth: Patrick, 18, From Auburn, Alabama (PHOTO)

Diana Scholl | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl

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Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth: Isaac, 16, From New York City (PHOTO)

Diana Scholl | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl

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Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth: Trevor, 20, From Montevallo, Alabama (PHOTO)

Diana Scholl | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl

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Gabriel Lerner

WATCH: Undocumented And Unafraid, Queer And Unashamed

HuffingtonPost.com | Gabriel Lerner | Posted 02.14.2012 | Latino Voices

Jorge Gutiérrez, 27, was addressing a hall packed with almost 200 young people in Memphis, Tennessee. Like him, they were brought to the United S...

Queer Children Are Dying... But Many More Are Living

Tey Meadow | Posted 03.21.2012 | Gay Voices
Tey Meadow

The media's singular focus on LGBTQ youth suicides creates a deadly echo chamber. The repetitive tale about our collective failure to address the pain felt by many LGBTQ youth doesn't translate into inspiration for the kids who are still here.

Queer Kids (PHOTOS)

M. Sharkey | Posted 01.16.2012 | Gay Voices
M. Sharkey

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What Matters

Donique R. McIntosh, Ed.D. | Posted 12.18.2011 | Gay Voices
Donique R. McIntosh, Ed.D.

I do not believe that straight and gender-conforming people are any less caring or are any less concerned about our youth. Yet there is too little said and done to save the lives of LGBT youth.

An Open Letter to Any LGBT Teenager Considering Suicide Right Now

Noah Baron | Posted 12.11.2011 | Gay Voices
Noah Baron

I know how you feel -- six years ago, I was where you are now. I felt isolated, scared, damaged; I thought the only way out was by ending my life. I'd been hiding who I was for years by that point.

Why Gay Youth Need More Out Public Figures

Michael Lucas | Posted 12.11.2011 | Gay Voices
Michael Lucas

Appearances do matter -- public appearances, the kind that a confused and lonely kid in Russia or Kansas or your neighborhood might see. "It gets better" is a nice but passive sentiment; come out, go out and help make it better.

Ending Bullying: A Community Obligation

Thomas Krever | Posted 12.07.2011 | Gay Voices
Thomas Krever

For Jamey, and potentially many more young people in a similar situation, being told and believing that "it gets better" is not enough. For Jamey and these other youth, the situation must be made better -- now.

Some Recommended Titles for LGBTQ Young Adults

Sarah McCarry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Sarah McCarry

No longer angst-ridden stories of encountering violent homophobia or coming out to a hateful family, plenty of young adult novels allow their queer characters to be teenagers like any other.