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Generations of HIV

Alex Garner | Posted 12.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Alex Garner

Each generation of gay men has the distinct experience of being uniquely impacted by HIV. One of the best-understood and often explored generational experiences of HIV is the early years -- a time when the disease violently and unexpectedly emerged in the community.

Think Again: Transgender Day of Remembrance Is for Me -- and You

Liz Hanssen | Posted 11.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Liz Hanssen

Last year I attended my first Transgender Day of Remembrance. My teenage trans daughter had been out only six months, and no matter how much we loved, accepted, and supported her, there seemed to be so much hatred and pain lying in wait beyond our front door. Throughout the entire vigil I wept openly and profusely. So this year I had not planned to attend TDOR.

Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth: Riley, 21, From Philadelphia

Diana Scholl | Posted 11.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl

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LGBT Youth Homelessness Is Not an Us/Them Issue

Jama Shelton | Posted 12.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Jama Shelton

I'm frustrated that 8 years after the National LGBTQ Task Force released their report calling LGBT youth homelessness an epidemic, we are still having the same conversations.

Becoming Travolta (Queer Fat Femmes in a World Without Role Models)

Kimberly Dark | Posted 11.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Kimberly Dark

It's not that I'm interested in being a guy, or taking on a romantic role other than my own, but Travolta is part of my adolescent history. He's really the only male actor I've imitated with any regularity -- and I became Travolta across a range of characters.

My Son Wore A Dress To School Today

Doug Gertner | Posted 11.15.2014 | Parents
Doug Gertner

The blue cotton sundress he chose would be fitting for any teenage girl. Heck, it might actually be something his mom would wear. And he looked pretty darn good in it.

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 09.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

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

J Mase III | Posted 08.25.2014 | 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...