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As A Queer Woman I Understand Why Most LGBTQI+ People Don't Hold Hands In Public

When you are excited about dating someone new or maybe falling in love, or maybe even in a relationship as comfy as your bobbliest, oldest, holiest but-you-love-them socks, one of the super cute first moments is the first time you hold hands. That…
By Aoife Hanna

LGBTQI+ Inclusive Sex-Ed Is Now Compulsory In Wales & This Is Why It Means So Much

It's official. In May 2018, it was announced by Wales' education secretary Kirsty Williams that LGBTQI+ inclusive sex education is compulsory in Wales. The changes are due to be implemented from 2022 and all schools, even the religious ones, will…
By Aoife Hanna

6 Women Explain The One Reason They’d Choose A Civil Union Over Marriage

Civil partnerships, domestic partnerships, civil unions — there are lots of terms around the world for legally binding unions that are legally equivalent to marriage, but don't have the "m" word or any religious connotations attached. For years,…
By JR Thorpe

The Satanic Temple Wants Anti-Gay Bakers To “Bake Cakes For Satan” For Religious Freedom

The LGBTQ community and queer advocates have been up in arms since it was announced that this fall, the Supreme Court would decide on a 2012 anti-discrimination lawsuit brought against a Colorado baker, Jack Phillips. The suit was originally filed…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

Before LGBTQ Pride Went Corporate, It Was About Radical Activism

When the New York City Pride parade descends down Fifth Avenue this Sunday, the estimated two million participants and spectators can expect to see branding from T-Mobile, marchers wearing t-shirts with bank logos, and other signs of sponsorship…
By Alex Berg

How Same-Sex Marriage May Literally Save Lives

Some of the benefits of legalizing same-sex marriage are obvious: namely, couples who love each other can enjoy full legal protections guaranteed to any other couple. However, a new study published Monday indicates that legalizing same-sex marriage…
By Elizabeth Strassner

How Changing Your Last Name Affects You

To change or not to change? It's a debate that consumes the concern of many modern brides; surnames, and the possibility of keeping, changing, hyphenating you name — or doing something else entirely — are a part of the normal wedding milieu for many…
By JR Thorpe

Ben Carson Doesn't Understand Equal Rights

At his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday, Housing and Urban Development Secretary appointee Ben Carson was asked whether he believes that HUD, the agency he will lead if confirmed, has an obligation to ensure that LGBTQ Americans have equal…
By Seth Millstein

This Trans-Inclusive Holiday Ad Is So Necessary

Everybody likes getting gifts, so this season, behold this Scandinavian holiday ad featuring a trans teenager being supported by her father to receive the gift of Feels-with-a-capital-F. Seriously — my heart has been withering away at a steady pace…
By Claire Warner

LGBTQ Organizations To Donate To This Year

The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year in many ways, and chief among them is the spirit of giving. (A close runner-up: Seasonal movie marathons.) And considering how difficult this year has been for the LGBTQ community, donating to…
By Claire Warner

What To Tell Young Girls After This Election

None of my nieces are quite old enough to have political discussions with me, and I’m actually kind of grateful for that right about now. The fact that their parents and grandparents voted for President-elect Donald Trump would make having any…
By Elizabeth Enochs

This Kiss At A Trump Protest Has Become A Symbol

After Trump's election, several U.S. cities erupted in protest. Mostly, the protesters have been marching and chanting criticisms of the future president and vice president's views and policies. But photographer Hennessy Vandheur captured something…
By Suzannah Weiss

What To Talk To Your Family About Post-Election

As I’m sure so many of my fellow Americans can relate to, “disappointment” doesn’t even begin to describe what I feel about the fact that a Trump presidency has now become our reality. Despite the fact that more Americans appear to have voted for…
By Elizabeth Enochs

How Voting For Hillary In A Red State Made Me Feel

On the morning of November 8, I did two astounding things. I woke up at 5 a.m. without hitting snooze once, and then I literally helped make history by voting for Hillary Clinton. Even though Hillary lost the presidency to Donald Trump — a fact that…
By Elizabeth Enochs

Would Trump Overturn Gay Marriage As President?

American citizens are now forced to confront that, according to the Associated Press, Donald Trump is the president-elect. But what does a Trump presidency mean for gay marriage, and gay rights in general? Trump has said he would try to overturn the…
By Elizabeth Ballou

How Many People Support Gay Marriage Worldwide?

Because we have a tendency to live in and interact with echo chambers — people with the same views and opinions we have — it can be easy to forget just how different certain beliefs can be... or just pretend they aren't happening completely. But a…
By Lea Rose Emery

The Topics The Debate Will Leave Out

On Wednesday night, the nation will get its final chance to see Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton debate who is better prepared to be president. Well, "debate" is a strong word, considering the first two attempts. At both of the first two debates, we…
By Jon Hecht

These Are The Most LGBTQ-Friendly Cities In The US

Though the LGBTQ community now has more rights and protections than ever before, some places are definitely safer to be out than others. The Human Rights Campaign's 2016 Municipal Equality Index, however, details the most LGBTQ-friendly cities in…
By Marissa Higgins

Kaine Should've Hammered Pence On This LGBT Issue

Near the end of Tuesday night's vice presidential debate, I briefly moved a tiny bit closer (though not that close) to the edge of my seat. The moderator, Elaine Quijano, posed a question that was almost asking for Democrat Tim Kaine to attack…
By Jon Hecht

This Organization Sent A Pride Flag Into Space

Parts of Earth may still be on the fence about the LGBTQ community, but space is officially cool with its not-so-heterosexual residents. At least, that's the message intended by nonprofit organization Planting Peace, who sent a pride flag into space…
By Claire Warner