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Queer Youth

LOOK: These Stunning Photographs Tell The Story Of America's Queer Youth

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.20.2014 | Gay Voices

An incredible new photographic journalism project is documenting the lives and stories of a handful of queer kids across America through a project tit...

How Punk Music Empowered a Queer Youth (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 07.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

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A Young Poet Answers the Question 'Can You Pray the Gay Away?'

J Mase III | Posted 06.26.2014 | Gay Voices
J Mase III

I had the opportunity to come across Thomas Hill, the current grand slam champion of the D.C. youth slam team. His piece is featured in this video from the D.C. youth slam that happened back in February. Take a moment to take in the brilliance of this poet's work and check out more of his stuff on the interwebs!

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

Diana Scholl | Posted 08.12.2014 | 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."

Dancing in His Underwear for the Garbage Man, and Other Ways Noah Michelson Was a Sexual, Queer Kid (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 08.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-06-11-20140611NoahMichelsonsmall.jpgIt might not come as a surprise to you that Noah Michelson, Executive Editor of The Huffington Post's Gay Voices vertical, is a proud queer man. What might surprise you is how young he was when he first discovered his pride and sexuality.

The Center for Sexual Justice: How the Criminalization of the Queer Community Affects Us All

Andrew Extein, MSW | Posted 08.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Extein, MSW

We want to organize a community of support for queer registrants, families, friends and allies in order to lessen the trauma of life on the registry, decrease isolation and better the lives of everyone affected.

Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth: Mahlon, 20, From Riverside, California (PHOTO)

Diana Scholl | Posted 07.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl

"My family's always been very supportive of me. I came out to my family when I was 14, but I wouldn't really consider it a coming out; I just confirmed it. I've been a feminine boy forever. It was good they already realized."

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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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.

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.

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...

WATCH: Gay Teen Faces Danger As He Hunts For A Porn Stash In A Pre-Internet World

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.24.2013 | Gay Voices

Set in 1994, "Jackpot" is a short film that recreates the experiences of a young gay man who tries to find porn in a pre-Internet world. The boy hears...

'Ask Amy' Offers AMAZING Advice To Homophobic Parent

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.19.2013 | Gay Voices

Advice columnist "Ask Amy," otherwise known as Amy Dickinson, had some choice words for a parent who just doesn't know what to do with their gay son, ...

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.

WATCH: Amazing Chorus Creates Safe Spaces For ALL Youth

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.12.2013 | Gay Voices

The Diverse Harmony GSA Youth Chorus is an organization born out of the desire to make young people feel accepted and welcome while doing what they lo...

In the Wake of Simone D.'s Suicide, a Plea for Gay Heroes

Marcello Signore | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Marcello Signore

This must be a wake-up call for all heroes, not just Italian ones. Thousands of kids around the world feel alone and lonely. They are bullied; they are called names; they are the object of hate and discrimination. Thousands believe that their lives will never get better. Be their hero.

Gay Soul Talk Interviews Todd Haley II, President and Chairman of The Pink Panthers Movement

Soul Dancer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Soul Dancer

The rise in violent crimes against same-sex-oriented souls or those perceived to be same-sex-oriented, like Ryan Langenegger, a straight Nebraska man ...

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.

WATCH: Not Allowing Christians To Bully Gays Is A Form Of Bullying, Pundit Claims

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.25.2013 | Gay Voices

This seems to be some lovely circular conservative logic at its finest. "Coach" Dave Daubenmire uploaded a new rant to the Internet this week -- th...

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...

The Gay Warrior

James Owens | Posted 11.18.2013 | Gay Voices
James Owens

Though we aren't fighting a traditional war, we are soldiers nonetheless, soldiers who, when called upon, will draw their sword to protect the younger ones from the hurt that they once endured, soldiers drafted into an army not by choice but by providence.

Breaking Social Silences in Nigeria: A Conversation With Gay Rights Activist Michael Ighodaro

Daniel Lyons | Posted 11.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Daniel Lyons

Suffering a brutal attack last October, Michael has been granted political asylum in the U.S. and currently lives in New York, where he and I spoke about the events that brought him here and the current state of affairs for the LGBT community in Nigeria.

A Critical Response to 'Faggot'-Calling Culture

Lucas Waldron | Posted 11.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Lucas Waldron

When I see my cousin asserting his comfort with calling his (presumably straight male) friends "faggots," I do not feel directly afraid of my cousin, but I feel afraid of the culture that both he and I are surrounded by and respond so differently to.

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.

School Administrators: Getting Them Onboard Is Key to Change for LGBTQ Students

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 10.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

Placing LGBTQ students in a "risk" category -- positions the group of students identifying as LGBTQ as a potential "problem" for the school that requires a solution, rather than as a group of students bringing untapped assets and strengths into the school community.