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53 Gender Identity Terms Every Ally Should Know

We talk a lot about labels in the LGBTQ+ community. Are labels actually important? Or do they confine people to narrow boxes? Should we even be …

This Woman Matched Gay Stereotypes To Disney Villains And It's Brilliant

We love this.<p>A 27-year-old woman from Virginia used her Twitter account last week to elevate an ongoing conversation about LGBTQ representation in Disney cartoons.<p>Holly, who tweets from the account @_Hate_Holly_, has compiled an ultimate list of Disney villains and the gay stereotypes they embody, …

What does it mean to “pass” in the transgender community?

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora, the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the</i> …

Trans Singer Records Duet With Himself Pre And Post Transition

"This is my heart medicine for those in need."<p>A transgender singer named Charlie Peck has recorded a beautiful tribute for the transgender community: a duet with himself featuring his higher register before beginning hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and with his lower register, recorded nine …

Podcast: Our favorite coming out stories

Plus, the NCAA doesn’t care about LGBT people.Now that the NCAA is allowing North Carolina to once again bid on hosting championship events, we look …

In praise of ‘Riverdale’—and the teen drama’s groundbreaking gay sex

<i>Riverdale</i> wouldn’t be a teen soap without its fair share of pining. Although the CW drama borrows the veneer of David Lynch’s <i>Twin Peaks</i>, which fits …

TV

Michelle Rodriguez Picked Her Own Prosthetic Penis for Controversial Film 'The Assignment'

Image<p><b>Michelle Rodriguez</b>'s upcoming role in <i>"</i>The Assignment" has certainly garnered much criticism, way before it even hits theaters. The actress plays Frank Kitchen, a transgender hitwoman who is involuntarily given sexual reassignment surgery by a “rogue surgeon” called The Doctor. The film tells …

Sigourney Weaver

The Fight for Transgender Rights: Why Trans Students Need Your Help Right Now

Like so many other young transgender people, I have to advocate for myself. I came out at eight years old and experienced years of isolation, harassment, and violence. There weren’t any organizations for me to turn to in my rural California town, so at 16 I founded Trans Student Educational …

Gay couple's army prom photo causes a stir on social media

It's prom season, so prepare to see a flood of couple photos on your newsfeeds in the next few weeks. YouTuber and director Max Emerson got the ball rolling on Instagram:<p>"Hello from gay army prom," Emerson wrote.<p>The photo quickly went viral, earning thousands of likes and hundreds of comments -- …

Social Media

Perils of the Gender Trap

Is sexual orientation ‘immutable,’ as Justice Kennedy wrote? Or does gender identity change by the day and hour?<p><i>You see a pair of laughing eyes,</i><p>and …

Reach for the rainbow, as one in five millennials now identify as LGBTQ

A recent study by advocacy group GLAAD has revealed that 20 percent of millennials identify as LGBTQ, and that’s one ever growing rainbow!<p>Despite the …

The Trump administration won't count LGBTQ Americans in the next census

The Trump administration won't add questions about sexual orientation or gender identity to the 2020 census, meaning that LGBTQ Americans will …

LGBTQI

AP Adds Singular 'They' To Stylebook

The gender-neutral pronoun is used by many in the LGBTQ community.<p>The Associated Press made an inclusive acknowledgement of the spectrum of gender identity on Friday by announcing that the 2017 AP Stylebook will contain the singular “they” pronoun.<p>The AP Stylebook provides guidelines for …

German social democrats eager to push same-sex marriage bill ahead of election

With the current legislative period approaching its climax, time is running out for the Social Democratic Party (SPD) to push through a same-sex …

Europe

Why I'm Still Afraid to Hold My Girlfriend's Hand

In 2017, we still can't just be us. And things are only getting worse.<p>I sat in a small photo booth watching a smile spread across my face as my girlfriend, Jane, pressed her lips firmly onto my cheek. It was one month after the election and we were at Dave & Busters, distracting ourselves with …

Orlando To Mark Pulse Anniversary With 'Day Of Love And Kindness'

Officials want to encourage "the unity that followed" the 2016 tragedy.<p>Orlando will honor the one-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub massacre with a “Day of Love and Kindness.”<p>On Monday, the city announced plans to honor the 49 Pulse victims with a series of poignant events June 12 in Orlando. …

Troye Sivan to Make History With GLAAD Award

He's going to be honored by GLAAD in a huge way.<p>We know that Troye Sivan has made a huge impact on the LGBTQ community from his advice on coming out to his inspiring messages and honesty to LGBTQ youth. But now Troye's work in the LGBTQ community is about to earn him a spot in history. At …

LGBTQI

'Glitter' Ash Wednesday: Churches show LGBTQ support

Several churches throughout the Chicago area are planning to show their support for the LGBTQ community by providing ashes mixed with glitter on Ash Wednesday.<p>Ash Wednesday – the tradition of marking the sign of the cross with ashes on foreheads marks the beginning of the Lenten season for …

Six Videos That Help You Understand LGBTQ Christians

February 27, 2017 by David and Constantino Khalaf<p>The experience of LGBTQ people in the church is often fraught with conflict. When a person comes …

“Moonlight” is the first LGBT movie to win best picture. Here’s why it matters

The Oscars have long recognized movies where LGBT people were props or tropes. “Moonlight” makes us human<p>Do you remember where you were when “Brokeback Mountain” lost in the best picture category? It was in 2006, my first year in college, and I was at a crowded Oscar party. When Jack Nicholson read …

GLAAD says "Moonlight's" Oscar win is a HUGE and historic step for LGBTQ inclusivity

We couldn’t be happier for the cast and crew of <i>Moonlight</i> for their win at Sunday night’s Oscars (February 26th), with GLAAD also celebrating the …

Second transgender woman killed in New Orleans in two days

Two days after the death of Chyna Doll Dupree, another transgender woman has been murdered in New Orleans.<p>According to the <i>Times-Picayune</i>, Ciara …

New Orleans

A Gay Conversion Therapy Survivor Finds Love In This Bold New Film

Kerstin Karlhuber hopes "Fair Haven" will open minds and hearts.<p>Independent filmmaker Kerstin Karlhuber explores the lingering effects of gay “conversion” therapy in her first full-length feature, “Fair Haven,” and The Huffington Post has an exclusive clip from the film.<p>The romantic drama, which …

#EveryoneWelcome campaign challenges you to stand in solidarity with trans people

Hashtags meant to inspire activism often fizzle out before they ever reach the masses.<p>#EveryoneWelcome, a campaign encouraging solidarity with …

Disney Just Showed Its First Same-Sex Kiss

Disney took a major step in the right direction for LGBTQ representation on TV this week. A recent episode of Disney XD 's animated show <i>Star vs. The</i> …

LGBTQI

On Ash Wednesday, ashes to go — with a little extra sparkle for LGBT Christians

Smearing her thumb across 6-year-old Genevieve Dalton’s forehead, the Rev. Robin Anderson repeated the solemn words of Ash Wednesday: “From dust you came. To dust you shall return.”<p>Then Genevieve whirled away from the pastor, her forehead twinkling. “I really like glitter,” she …

Podcast: What a Federal Policy Shift Means for Transgender Students and Schools

Evie Blad appears on the Education Writers Association's EWA Radio podcast to discuss how a decision to rescind federal civil rights guidance on …

Here's Why You Might See Some Christians With Sparkly Crosses This Ash Wednesday

But not everyone agrees with adding sparkle to such a somber occasion.