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Straight Allies

Jimmy Carter, Sunday School Teacher And Former President, Takes A Stand For Gay Rights

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.24.2014 | Religion

A packed college auditorium roared with applause when former President Jimmy Carter took a stand for gay rights. When asked about his views on hum...

The Business Case for Ally Engagement

Joanne Sprague | Posted 09.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Joanne Sprague

For LGBT inclusion in particular, policy alone doesn't drive culture: 91 percent of Fortune 500 companies prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, yet 53 percent of LGBT workers remain closeted at work.

Being a Trans Ally: Where to Begin

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 09.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Being a good ally begins with listening and actually hearing what transgender people have to say about their lives. When people actually do listen, the results can be remarkable.

Why Does a Straight Woman Care About Same-Sex Marriage?

Meredith Allard | Posted 08.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Meredith Allard

Once we learn to see the stories of LGBT people not as "their" story but as human stories, then we can see that we are interconnected and our struggles are universal. After all, all people have to learn to feel comfortable in their own skin. We all have parts of ourselves that we need to come to terms with and accept, whether we're gay or straight.

The Ties That Bind Us

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 08.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Kelsie Brynn Jones

As a transgender woman I get asked by gays and lesbians quite frequently how the T fits in the LGBT, and why transgender rights should be part of the larger gay agenda. Rather than shrug off the question, I take the time to actually answer.

Why Do You Care Who Wears The Pants In My Relationship?

Samantha Eyler | Posted 09.28.2014 | Women
Samantha Eyler

Contrary to what lots of straight men think, this feminist is not trying to dominate men. In fact, men who don't have a good enough sense of themselves to advocate for their own needs don't attract me at all.

Columbia, Kellogg and Ross Ranked Most LGBT-Friendly Business Schools in America

Joanne Sprague | Posted 08.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Joanne Sprague

Ally photo booths. Happy hours co-hosted by the LGBT and Veterans clubs. Section competitions to get the most students to sign an LGBT inclusion pl...

Miss Universe 1997 Brook Lee -- Straight Ally for LGBT Equality | SPEAK UP WITH JIMMY NGUYEN (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 08.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Jimmy Nguyen

In this interview, Miss Universe 1997 Brook Lee talks with me about how straight people can be allies for LGBT rights. She also explains how her diverse heritage led her to become a strong supporter of the LGBT community.

From Policy to Practice: How 8 Companies Are Changing the Game On LGBT Diversity and Inclusion

Joanne Sprague | Posted 06.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Joanne Sprague

These companies are doing it by participating in a new program called the Workplace Ally Challenge, a friendly competition among businesses to activate as many employees as possible in creating LGBT-inclusive workplace culture.

Broadway Diva, Publishing Icon Honored For LGBT Advocacy In NYC

Posted 02.12.2014 | Gay Voices

Broadway legend Patti LuPone and Architectural Digest Editor-in-Chief Margaret Russell received top honors at the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) 2014 G...

The Rise of the Allies

Marina Gomberg | Posted 04.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Marina Gomberg

Gone are the days when American men and women could not serve their country openly as lesbians and gays. And gone are the days when the majority of Americans did not support fairness and equality for LGBT people.

I'm Not Angry With Gabourey Sidibe -- I'm Grateful To Her

Jean-Marie Navetta | Posted 04.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Jean-Marie Navetta

I am cisgender and identify as gay. These are not things that I chose. But I do choose to be an ally to my trans friends and colleagues because I want everyone I know to be treated as they want to be treated.

The Myth of Allyship: Complacency of Small Victories

Jay Dodd | Posted 04.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Jay Dodd

Self-proclaimed "allies" terrify me. If a part of your claimed identity relies on a struggle you have no or little access to -- I am given pause. It is easy to speak positively about marginalized groups, but as soon as you take credit or praise for it, only your success will be remembered.

Quad Dating

Kevin DeBacker and Eric Brown | Posted 04.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Kevin DeBacker and Eric Brown

This is why we quad date, which is really just dating other duos -- a girl and her gay best friend -- but the word 'quad' is more fun. Put it this way, it's like going to the movies with your best friend: You can whisper to each other during the show, and then analyze it after.

The Grammys, Macklemore and Straight Allies

Eliel Cruz | Posted 03.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Eliel Cruz

I discount the systematic injustice that leads to the mainstream media feeling more comfortable hearing my story through the mouth of a white cis straight man, instead of my own.

The Importance of Straight Men in a Gay Man's Life

Vin Testa | Posted 03.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Vin Testa

I am constantly reminded of how blessed I am to have a number of straight men who continue to support my journey as an out and proud gay man. They truly prove that sexual orientation and identity should not matter when a friendship is real.

Stuck in the Middle With... Me

Quincy Morris | Posted 02.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Quincy Morris

It goes without saying that gays have become more and more accepted in our culture, making gains in the workplace, Hollywood, and in legislation, but has that acceptance come at a price?

Bro Porn: Heterosexualizing Straight Men's Anti-Homophobia Stances

C.J. Pascoe | Posted 02.05.2014 | Gay Voices
C.J. Pascoe

What do the Warwick University men's rowing team and Macklemore have in common? They are all young, straight, attractive, white men taking a public stance against homophobia and receiving a lot of credit for it.

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.)

Business Schools at the Forefront of LGBT Inclusion

Joanne Sprague | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Joanne Sprague

Would you expect MBA programs to be one of America's hotbeds for activating people to show support for their LGBT friends? Neither would I, but 12 of the country's top business schools are proving me wrong.

Over the Line: Allies in the LGBT Sports Movement

Patrick Burke | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Patrick Burke

There are LGBT athletes ready, willing, and able to speak on their own behalf. Why am I, a straight man, explaining what it must feel like to be an LGBT athlete when I am surrounded by dozens of LGBT athletes more than capable of sharing their own stories? Why are we suffocating LGBT voices?

The Spirit of Friendship

Lester Alemán | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Lester Alemán

As Spirit Day approaches, I think it's important to pause and ask ourselves why we wear purple. Started by a teenager -- Brittany McMillan -- in 2010 in response to the rising number of young adults dying by suicide, Spirit Day has become a staple annual event for the LGBT movement -- but above all serves as way for our friends to make a statement of support.

Coming Out Demands Straight Talk From Faith Communities

Rev. Marie Siroky | Posted 12.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Marie Siroky

My message to faith communities is this: Drop the code and speak boldly and loudly and clearly. Let everyone know that you embrace lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people as they are. Come out to your community as people of faith who accept LGBT individuals and families totally.

The Moment I Finally Came to Understand and Accept Transgender People

Mehrac Aliyari | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Mehrac Aliyari

I'm gay-friendly. Always have been. And proud of it. But I am ashamed to say that until quite recently, this wasn't the case when it came to transgender people. For a very long time I saw trans people as gay people who were ashamed or afraid to be themselves.

Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are!

Mia Norton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Mia Norton

I have come to realize what coming out entails and have learned that it is different for each and every person, but one thing that I have observed to be true is that the most important step in one's journey is coming out to oneself.