gay and lesbian rights

If you stayed home and didn't vote or effectively cast your lot for now President-elect Trump by voting for a third party
I typically agree with much of what David Brooks has to say. However, I'm afraid that he was way off the mark with his article "How Covenants Make Us." Demographic diversity in the United States is a good thing. The problem has to do with the lack of integration and assimilation of demographically diverse communities.
In a sense, Donald Trump is correct that women who have abortions if the procedure is banned should face "some sort of punishment." Before you misconstrue my opinion, please note that I have always been an advocate of pro-choice.
Did you know that California is not in the West and that the "real America" is the Old Confederacy?
Our people have left us a powerful, inspiring legacy. But it's up to each of us to claim it for ourselves, to own it and live it. What better time to do that than as we mark the passing over of death and the resurrection -- and triumph -- of life itself?
The gains in marriage equality and LGBT rights come on the heels of decades of queer marches, demands and legal challenges. They did not come from trying to not offend hetero-normativity.
I have never been one to complain about my lot -- after all coming out as a lesbian was, for me, a kind of freedom (and I wouldn't trade my life for any other). But I was reminded of the fact that it is still hard to be gay by three new books that I recently read.
Religion aside, I firmly believe that those who argue that homosexuality is a choice do so in order to justify senseless beatings of gays and lesbians, and continued discrimination and mistreatment against them. I also believe without a doubt that it is a choice to be a nasty human being.
It seems as though Judge Feldman allowed his own prejudices get in the way of his duties as a judicial officer. He showed his ignorance by making such comparisons and referring to homosexuality as a 'lifestyle choice.'
In 1995 I was fired from my position as Minister of Music and Assistant to the Pastor at a Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The reason for my dismissal? Being gay and in a loving committed relationship with my spouse.
This week I caught up with Brandiilyne Dear in hopes that our interview and the documentary she appears in, L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin, might make it easier for those who are suffering with an inability to reconcile their religion with their sexuality to find the support that she is building in the South.
I am struck by how quickly our locations and our sense of place and time change. If you had told me at twenty-five that I would become a jaded urbanite in my forties, I would have disagreed, vociferously.
I gave my friend a high five, kissed my partner (now my legal partner/spouse), and as we drove home, we joked about putting a sign and a trail of tin cans on the back of our car.
For many who have been fighting the good fight around gay and lesbian marriage legislation, this Saturday is a long-awaited day.
Take a look at the "All Love Is Equal" photos below: Summers raised over $23,000 for the project via a Kickstarter campaign
What the Duck Dynasty controversy illustrates most strongly is that we are more alike than different. Racism and homophobia and sexism all have things in common.
Now that Harvey Milk is on a stamp, I'll be able to ask for him by name whenever I go to the post office. The announcement was made close to the 35th anniversary of the assassination of Harvey Milk, who became the first openly gay official to hold public office.
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Montgomery County began issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples last month when a lesbian couple contacted the County through their lawyer and said they would like to get married.
I feel compelled to come out to people that I have just met. And I have noticed that most people -- especially young people -- of all races don't seem to have the same knee-jerk homophobic reaction that they used to have. And this is progress. I think James Baldwin would agree.