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Teachers: Time to Ban Derogatory Language in Your Classroom

Dr. Carmen Cruz | Posted 11.06.2014 | Education
Dr. Carmen Cruz

October was National Bullying Prevention Month, an annual campaign started in 2006 to illuminate the problem in schools and enhance prevention efforts. However, we still have a ways to go in zero tolerance in schools for bullying.

The Term Homophobia Is Improper

Mark Baer | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
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Mark Baer

Religion aside, I firmly believe that those who argue that homosexuality is a choice do so in order to justify senseless beatings of gays and lesbians, and continued discrimination and mistreatment against them. I also believe without a doubt that it is a choice to be a nasty human being.

Four Key Ingredients in the Recipe for Creativity

Nigel Barber | Posted 11.19.2014 | Science
Nigel Barber

Everyone has untapped potential in some creative field. Yet some individuals -- Shakespeare, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs -- have far more of it than others. Apart from genes, there are at least three key environmental factors that affect creative accomplishments.

The Cause of Homosexuality Is Irrelevant

Mark Baer | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark Baer

Many people seem fixated on the fact that the actual cause of homosexuality has not yet been established with any degree of certainty. As someone who likes to understand the reasons things occur, I respect and appreciate the curiosity. However, the ultimate result remains the same, regardless of whether the cause is genetic, environmental, or some combination of the two.

The Same-Sex Marriage 'Debate' Is Based Upon Ignorance and Inaccurate Information

Mark Baer | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Mark Baer

It seems as though Judge Feldman allowed his own prejudices get in the way of his duties as a judicial officer. He showed his ignorance by making such comparisons and referring to homosexuality as a 'lifestyle choice.'

Duke's Historic LGBTQ-Inclusive Application Question Matters

Daniel Kort | Posted 11.03.2014 | College
Daniel Kort

While most students do not identify as LGBTQ, the mere presence of this question sends a powerful message to the Duke community about diversity.

Is Kinky Sex More Than Just A Pastime?

HuffPost Live | Posted 09.02.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

There's a different type of sex for everyone, including those who get off on pain and power play. But are those who enjoy the darker side of sex just ...

The Decadence of Persecuting Deviance

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.29.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Inquisitions to current day intolerant extremists, life and resources are wasted with perverted extravagance. Difference and deviance have become the most frequently employed rationale to persecute, punish and kill.

I'm a Homosexual and There Ain't Nothin' Wrong with That

Michael Rohrer | Posted 08.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

Gay people have to be courageous to accept ourselves, be honest about our feelings, and live our lives. I struggle with that courage every day, but when I read the bull**** that people say, I just want to stand tall with my chest puffed out and say, "I'm a homosexual and there ain't nothin' wrong with that!"

Why It's Not Okay for Andrew Garfield to Play a Trans Woman

Bustle | Posted 08.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Bustle

It would be nice, for once, if actual transgender people were given a platform to actually say that we exist, on our own terms. It would be refreshing if there was an acknowledgment that fixing the problems we face is going to take more than pride and proclaiming that we exist.

Is Our Understanding of Sexual Orientation Changing?

Greg Louganis | Posted 07.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Greg Louganis

Having met more young people, I'm seeing sexual orientation as far more fluid than I once thought, and often not about sex at all. Indeed, when I hold my husband, the end goal is not always climax but comfort, adoration, reassurance, and so much more.

Beyond Either/Or: How I Am Bisexual Everywhere & All the Time

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 04.29.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

It took me a long time to grasp this complexity, and I am still discovering what it means for me. I am grateful for those who help me know I dwell in a place of both/and, not either/or, where I can appreciate the wholeness of God and every human being.

A Tale of Two Uncles: Teaching My Kids About Sexual Orientation

Stephanie Sprenger | Posted 04.06.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Sprenger

What's the statute of limitations on bringing up questions that should have, theoretically, been answered years earlier?

Are 'Heteroflexible' and 'Homoflexible' Shades of 'Bisexual'?

Joe Kort, Ph.D. | Posted 03.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Joe Kort, Ph.D.

Labels work great when you're writing a book, giving a presentation or explaining to others who you are. But the truth is that these labels are limiting and only box people in, restricting what they are and can become.

Coming Out for Marriage Equality in Japan

John Lewis | Posted 02.10.2014 | Gay Voices
John Lewis

Coming out appears to be particularly difficult for many Japanese LGBT people because of the importance of social conformity in Japan. Many college students told us that they had known perhaps only one openly LGBT person in their entire lives.

I Appreciate Your Insistence, but No, I'm Not Gay

Eric Barry | Posted 02.02.2014 | Comedy
Eric Barry

These days jokes about my sexuality hardly bother me, but the ownership that many women feel they have over it most certainly does. Let's dish! (I'm thinking my new catchphrase will really help reinforce my masculinity.)

Sunday School Taught Me That Jesus Was Straight... And Other Myths and Legends of Yore

Brett Webb-Mitchell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Brett Webb-Mitchell

There was never any discussion about the married status of these biblical people. It was simply assumed that they were all straight, just like my family: a mom and dad, children, grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Science vs. Prejudice in Hawai'i Marriage Equality Debate (VIDEO)

Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson

During the acrimonious debate over marriage equality in Hawai'i over the past week, the question of whether being gay is a choice or immutable has played a key role. I did not originally plan to testify about my many years of scientific research on this topic, but I changed my mind.

To Be or Not to Be Gay

Danielle Ariano | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Danielle Ariano

About a year and a half after I came out as a lesbian, I moved to Miami, where I fell in love for the first time, which would have been wonderful if not for the fact that the person I fell in love with was a man. How does a gay woman fall in love with a man?

Label Mayhem: The Problem With a Binary System of Sexuality in a Society That's Changing Its Views on Love

Bekki Charbonneau | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Bekki Charbonneau

I am a queer woman. I flip-flop between identities. I have been "straight," then "bisexual," then "pansexual," then a weeping puddle in the middle of the floor (which has occurred frequently enough to be considered an identity, in my opinion). But I have figured out a few things (probably).

How Much Sex Is Healthy?

Robert Weiss | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Robert Weiss

As a sexual addiction and intimacy disorders specialist, I am often asked about the frequency of sex. Couples want to know what is "healthy." Usually, they're afraid they're either having way too much sex or not nearly enough.

Wondrous Confusion: How Gender Shimmers in the Fluidity of Being Bi

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

I find that the fluidity of my experience of gender -- female but with traditionally masculine dimensions -- contributes to my sense of whom I could love. When I began to grasp this gender fluidity in myself, I also gained a clearer, richer grasp of my bisexuality. Confused? Welcome!

Anatomy of a Smear: The Religious Right vs. the American Psychiatric Association

James Peron | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
James Peron

People tend to assume claims are true if they confirm something they already believe -- and the more fervent the belief, the easier they are to convince.

The Fundamentals of Transphobia

Dana Beyer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

The opposition is very confused about the differences between sex and gender, gender identity and sexual orientation. But the problem is more fundamental: Most Americans do not have a basic understanding of human biology and reflexively equate "biology" and "sex" with genitals.

Valuing Diversity: The Pathway to Inclusion

Sojourner Marable Grimmett | Posted 12.30.2013 | Black Voices
Sojourner Marable Grimmett

I quickly checked myself before showing that I was alarmed by her reaction, and continued to smile. I imagined that I was the first black person that she had ever seen, and wanted my encounter with her to be a positive one.