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Femininity in Men Is a Form of Power

Diriye Osman | Posted 07.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

If a Somali man is considered feminine he is deemed weak, helpless, pitiful: The underlying message being that femininity is inherently inferior to masculinity. Variants of this thinking extend across most cultures, belief systems, races and sexualities.

What the Straight World Learned From the Stonewall Riots (It Was Indeed "a Flash at Midnight")

Sherman Yellen | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Sherman Yellen

Ultimately the Stonewall Riots help free the gay community from the stigma of being born gay and remaining alive to their true nature, but it helped to free the straight world from the bondage of fear and bigotry regarding the variegated sexuality of humanity; a fear that held it in its grip.

Streisand, Minnelli and Garland: Pop Icons, Gay History

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 08.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Charles Karel Bouley

The gay dating app Jack'd took a survey during this season of Gay Pride about gay icons old and new. The current ones, people like Michael Sams, President Obama, Laverne Cox are not surprises. What was, and what actually set me aback, was the "icons that should be retired" question.

Does Gay Pride Matter?

Slava Mogutin | Posted 08.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Slava Mogutin

When I first arrived in New York nearly 20 years ago, one of the most vivid impressions of my new home city was the first Gay Pride parade I saw. After being thrown out of my country for speaking out on gay issues, seeing such a massive and festive demonstration of freedom and unity was a total revelation for me.

LOOK: Remembering Our Queer History On Stonewall's 45th Anniversary

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 06.20.2014 | Gay Voices

It's been 45 years since the historic Stonewall Riots, but their significance and impact are still as relevant today as ever before. In honor of th...

James Thilman

Groundbreaking Project To Shed New (And Long Overdue) Light On LGBT History

HuffingtonPost.com | James Thilman | Posted 06.19.2014 | Gay Voices

Dave Isay, founder and president of the non-profit oral history project StoryCorps, long envisioned an initiative focused on the lesbian, gay, bisexua...

The Tidal Wave of Gay Portrayals of the Trans Experience

Dana Beyer | Posted 08.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

So we have one more example of gay men performing drag for major audiences and misconstruing for the masses what it means to be transgender.

Look Who Just Signed On To This Historic Gay Rights Film

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 06.06.2014 | Gay Voices

A hotly anticipated new film that aims to tell the story of the historic 1969 Stonewall Riots just added a number of familiar faces to its line-up. ...

Stonewall Activist And LGBT Rights Pioneer Dies At 93

AP | DEEPTI HAJELA | Posted 05.28.2014 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Storme DeLarverie, a lesbian activist who took part in the New York Stonewall riots in 1969 that started the gay rights movement in ...

Long Beach Kicks Off Season of Pride 2014 - May 17, 18

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 07.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Charles Karel Bouley

On the morning of June 28, 1969, a raid was tried at the Stonewall Inn. It wasn't a gay bar -- there were none. It was owned by the mafia, and was a place for all outcasts, including drag queens, butch lesbians, feminine boys and male prostitutes.

Imitation Cherry-Red Lips and a Buddha Ass: The Real Amanda Lepore (NSFW PHOTOS)

Matthew Terrell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Terrell

As you see her up on stage, woozily doing her thing, you can't help but be happy for her. Amanda Lepore finds pleasure in the artifice of her body; with her immensely fake tits and voluptuous lips, she proves that her most authentic self can be all ornamentation.

A Look At LGBT Landmarks, Then And Now

Posted 10.28.2013 | Gay Voices

By Kristen Droesch for YourTango.com Every political and social movement has its landmarks. The Civil Rights movement had the Lincoln Memorial, an...

Look Who Is Hanging Out At Stonewall...

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.23.2013 | Gay Voices

Really, are there closer friends in the world than Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan? The duo took a break from rehearsals for Broadway classics "No...

Politicians Have Not Been the Leaders of the Gay Rights Movement

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 08.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Joan E. Dowlin

We were compared to drug addicts and the mentally ill. We were even preached to that God hates us. Is it any wonder we were all in the closet back then?

The Stonewall Riots Happened 44 Years Ago Today

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 06.28.2013 | Gay Voices

Today marks the 44th anniversary of the historic Stonewall Inn Riots in the heart of Greenwich Village in New York City. The birthplace of the gay...

With a Little Help From Strangers: Stonewall at 44

Elan Barnehama | Posted 08.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Elan Barnehama

We may mark time as before and after the Stonewall riots, before and after Rosa Parks sat where she pleased, before and after Jackie Robinson stepped onto Ebbets Field, but those moments were made possible by many, many, many named and unnamed people who came before.

California National Guard Join Assembly Speaker Perez at LA Pride

Karen Ocamb | Posted 08.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Karen Ocamb

The year after Stonewall, Gay Liberation activists in NYC and LA staged the first Pride Parade to celebrate their new feeling of freedom. Forty-four years later, in June 2011, gays in the military felt they were knocking on freedom's door as L.A. Pride honored them.

LOOK: 21 Things We Bet You Didn't Know About LGBT Pride

Posted 06.17.2014 | Gay Voices

Do you know what each color of the rainbow flag represents? Did you know that the Stonewall Inn was owned by the Mob at the time of the revolutionary ...

Is Bob Benson Mad Men's Stonewall Connection?

Jaime Woo | Posted 07.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Jaime Woo

Mad Men has a habit of bringing in minor characters who signal the broader theme for the following season. With bloggers Tom and Lorenzo suggesting that Bob Benson might be gay, his sudden appearance in Season 6 could allude to next season's big theme.

Is the Keystone XL Pipeline the 'Stonewall' of the Climate Movement?

Bill McKibben | Posted 06.07.2013 | Green
Bill McKibben

It was certainly joyful to see marriage equality being considered by our top judicial body. In some ways, however, the most depressing spectacle of the week was watching Democratic leaders decide that, in 2013, it was finally safe to proclaim gay people actual human beings.

Time for a New Boy Scouts Merit Badge?

Norm Stamper | Posted 06.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Norm Stamper

In the early 1990s a small band of steel-booted, shiny-headed thugs decided it would be great sport to beat up pedestrians in San Diego's Hillcrest neighborhood, home to many of the city's gay and lesbian residents and business owners.

Gay Men and Marriage? Whose Idea Was That?

Robert Weiss | Posted 06.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Robert Weiss

Gay men as whole have not always been the eager pro-marriage activists that we see marching and signing petitions today. But now the gay marriage door is ajar. We can see it, smell it, taste it, and almost touch it. And we want it. We really want it.

As Obama Signals Surrender to TransCanada, It's Time to Focus on Keystone XL's Southern Leg

Tom Weis | Posted 05.21.2013 | Green
Tom Weis

Why aren't all Keystone XL opponents loudly demanding that President Obama stop construction of the pipeline's 485-mile southern leg that is destroying the lives of our fellow Americans in Texas and Oklahoma?

Can O.F.A. and Obama's "Inside-Outside" Strategy Move Congress?

Pearl Korn | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Can P.D.A., the C.P.C. and O.F.A. work together to build a larger coalition? Will Jim Messina reach out to the progressive wing of the Democratic Party? Hey, the president offered a progressive agenda, Jim. Why not?

Obama's Invitation to Activism

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 04.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

There are no perfect allies, and the pace of change can be frustrating. But it only makes sense to show respect to people who have helped you and whom you're asking to do more. Smart political activism is not therapy. It is work.