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Robert Champion's Parents Hear From Son's FAMU Band Mates Before Trial On 'Katie' (VIDEO)

Tyler Kingkade | October 9, 2012 | College
NEW YORK -- Days before 12 former members of the Florida A&M University Marching 100 go on trial in connection with the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion, two of them sent a message to Champion's parents during a taping of the TV talk show "Katie." In recorded statements,...

LGBT History Month: 21 Influential Black LGBT Icons

Michelle Marques | October 10, 2012 | Black Voices
The struggle for equality in the LGBT black community has a long history with roots stemming back to the Harlem Renaissance and The Civil Rights Movement. Historical figures such as Bayard Rustin, Langston Hughes, and James Baldwin battled against both racial and sexual discrimination in an attempt to rise above...

Sacha Baron Cohen's Cecil Chao Movie, 'The Lesbian,' In Developement

Christopher Rosen | October 5, 2012 | Entertainment
Sacha Baron Cohen has found his next controversial comedy. As reported by both Variety and Deadline.com, Cohen will develop a film based on Cecil Chao, a Hong Kong billionaire who recently offered up a $65 million bounty to any man who could marry his...

January Marie Lapuz, Transgender Victim ID'd In New Westminster Killing

Zi-Ann Lum | October 4, 2012 | Canada British Columbia
A transgender woman has been identified as the victim of a New Westminster homicide. John Carlo Embro Lapuz was fatally stabbed on Sept. 29. In 2008, Lapuz officially changed his name to January Marie, said RCMP on Thursday. Alex Sangha, founder of Sher Vancouver, was "shocked" to hear...

Andy Warhol's 'Torsos' and 'Sex Parts' At The Grand Palais Are Really, Really Dirty (PHOTOS, NSFW)

Priscilla Frank | October 4, 2012 | Arts
We all knew Pop Art's resident blond was an oddball, but who knew Andy Warhol could get so freaky? An upcoming exhibition in Paris entitled "Torsos" and "Sex Parts" shows the proto-hipster blending the line between art and pornography. The...

Transgender Bathrooms Toronto: New Guidelines For Students, Teachers In Toronto Schools

Rebecca Zamon | December 4, 2012 | Canada Impact
TORONTO - Transgender students in Toronto schools must be accommodated according to their own stated gender preference and do not need to produce official documentation to justify their identity choice, according to a new equity policy.The Toronto District School Board recently issued new guidelines spelling out the ways students who...

Efren Neri-Garcia, Gay Mexican Immigrant, Denied U.S. Protection By Denver Court

Curtis M. Wong | December 4, 2012 | Gay Voices
DENVER (AP) -- A federal appeals court in Denver is refusing to block extradition of a gay undocumented immigrant who sought protection in the U.S. claiming Mexican authorities persecute gay people. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that there is evidence that Mexico supports gay rights, citing developments...

Texas Gay Couple Find 'Leave Or Die Fags' Spraypainted On Porch

Curtis M. Wong | October 4, 2012 | Gay Voices
Two Texas-based gay men are fearing for their safety after finding a homophobic death threat spraypainted on their home. Pronews7 reports that Joshua Harrison and Jeremy Jeffers, who have been together for about a year, awoke Oct. 1 to find "Leave or Die Fags" painted...

Aaron Bitzer Says Gay Conversion Therapy 'Cured' His Homosexuality, Sues California Over 'Gay Cure' Ban (VIDEO)

Kathleen Miles | October 5, 2012 | Los Angeles
A Southern California college student who claims he reversed his own homosexuality with reparative therapy has filed a lawsuit against California for its ban on "gay cures." Aaron Bitzer, of Culver City, is studying to be an ex-gay therapist and says, along with two other co-plaintiff therapists, that the ban...

Salvatore Cordileone, SF Archbishop Selection, Riles Gay Rights Advocates

Carly Schwartz | December 4, 2012 | San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO — Amid heavy security and the splendor of his faith's most sacred rites, the new Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco assumed office Thursday without referring to the distress his appointment has aroused in this gay-friendly city, but offering self-deprecating jokes about his recent drunken driving arrest. Archbishop...

HuffPost Gay Voices Readers Share Their Thoughts On The First Presidential Debate

Lucette Jefferson | October 4, 2012 | Gay Voices
Last night, after watching the debate with a number of you at the Stonewall Inn (thanks again for coming out), we turned to our Twitter family to hear their thoughts on how the debate went down. We asked: It seems the debates left...

Robin Tomlin Yearbook Gay Slur Still Haunts 42 Years Later

Jesse Ferreras | October 4, 2012 | Canada British Columbia
After much media coverage, a B.C. man will soon receive closure from his 1970 yearbook, where among captions that describe students' goals or memories, a single word lies under his name: "fag." Tomlin, who graduated from Argyle Secondary in North Vancouver, said a member from the school board...

'30 Rock' Season 7 Premiere: Cast On What They'll Miss And Take From Set After Series Finale

Chris Harnick | October 4, 2012 | TV
"30 Rock" (Season 7 premieres on Thurs., Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. ET) is coming to an end, but the stars still don't know where their characters will end up. Jane Krakowski has played Jenna Maroney, the star of NBC's fiction sketch comedy show "TGS with Tracy Jordan"...

ONE National Gay And Lesbian Archives Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Noah Michelson | October 4, 2012 | Gay Voices
ONE Archives, the oldest continuing LGBTQ organization in the United States and the largest repository of LGBTQ materials in the world, is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Formed in 1952 by several members of the Mattachine society, an early "homophile" group, ONE Inc. published the...

Sahara Davenport: 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Star Dies Of Heart Failure

Amanda L. Chan | October 5, 2012 | Healthy Living
"RuPaul's Drag Race" star Antoine Ashley, who is known on the show as Sahara Davenport, died of heart failure at age 27, People magazine reported. "To me he will always be my best friend, my hero, my diva and I have always considered myself more...

Pink Talks Sexuality, LGBT Fanbase: 'I Was An Honorary Lesbian'

Curtis M. Wong | October 5, 2012 | Gay Voices
Pink has never been shy about expressing her love for her lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) fans, but now, the pop superstar is speaking an intimate peek into her own sexuality. “When I first moved to Los Angeles, I was an honorary lesbian of Los Angeles,"...

Jim Morris: You Won't Believe How Old This Bodybuilder Is

Anthonia Akitunde | October 4, 2012 | Fifty
We've seen our fair share of more than able-bodied post 50s (does Ernestine Shepherd ring a bell?), but 77-year-old bodybuilder Jim Morris is giving Shepherd and Mark Sisson a run for their money. The former Mr. New York (1966), Mr. California (1970) and Mr. Universe (1977)...

Anderson Cooper Freaks Out At Star Jones For Saying He Came Out To Boost Ratings (VIDEO)

Rebecca Shapiro | October 4, 2012 | Media
Anderson Cooper flipped out at Star Jones for what he said was unfair criticism about his coming out — drawing a sharp response from the former "View" host. Earlier this year, Cooper publicly announced that he is gay in an email interview with writer...

Ellen DeGeneres & Rebel Wilson Rap 'Shoop' By Salt-N-Pepa (VIDEO)

Carol Hartsell | October 4, 2012 | Comedy
There are very few perfect moments in life. This is one of them. Salt-N-Pepa's immortal "Shoop" gets the karaoke treatment it deserves by two of our favorite funny women.

Partisan Gay Groups' Reactions To Presidential Debate Include 'Schoolyard Bully', 'Republican Wins'

Lila Shapiro | October 4, 2012 | Gay Voices
Although gay rights were not mentioned specifically in last night's first presidential debate, all three of the largest partisan gay groups in the country weighed in, along party lines. Jerame Davis, the executive director of the Stonewall Democrats, called Mitt Romney's behavior "boorish" and accused the Republican presidential nominee...
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