That her birthday will always be one day after the observance of Pulse is what reminds me that in a world of evil, hope is born again.
During Pride this year, as many members of the LGBTQ community prepared to party as a sign that we would not be silenced by the shooter who targeted a gay club in Orlando, you had a job to do. Thank you.
At 37 I finally had the opportunity to hear you in person, a long overdue meeting that took place in Fort Lauderdale's BB
The LGBTQ community could not have made the strides we have made without our allies on the Left and the Right. I thank each
As hard as President Obama and his Administration have worked to expand opportunity and make this a more equal country, these accomplishments would not have been possible without the advocates, allies, activists and ordinary people doing extraordinary things, to change our culture every single day.
Part of the "humor" in these forms of digital activism is that these guys are so straight that no one would ever actually think they are gay. In doing so, they actually shore up heterosexual privilege -- albeit in a new and unorthodox fashion.
As both a Gay-Straight Alliance Sponsor for McKinley Tech High School in Washington, D.C., and an LGBT Liaison for my school district, I have learned -- and am excited to share -- a number of tips that can help Gay-Straight Alliances make schools safer and more supportive for all students.
I'd like to focus on the bigger picture and examine why, regardless of anti-discrimination legislative changes, LGBTQ employment discrimination will remain economically divisive, socially permissible and unfortunately commonplace. I'd also like to point out how vital it is to get allies to recognize this issue as a valid and ongoing struggle.
In pre-marriage equality Israel on Sunday, hatred took away a very important young person. The type of young person who changes minds, mobilizes, supports, believes in dignity and equality. A young person who could have very conceivably grown into a leader, organizer, campaigner and difference-maker.
The enemy is the same ignorance and hate that leads to transphobia, racism and misogyny. It's the same ignorance that causes us to jump to defend our mistakes, rather than attempt to understand why or how we could be wrong. It's the same hate that drives people to inexplicably murder another person they deem as other, or wrong, or perverted, or less-than.
There are many of us in the LGBT community who want allies, but do we extend ourselves to help the "other others," those people who are seemingly most unlike ourselves? Now that we as a community are gaining strength and more equality, it is time for us to become vocal and visible allies to other communities.
Congressman Honda's granddaughter will never have to wonder how her grandfather feels about her. She will see it in the work that he does, the hugs he gives, and the eyes that gaze upon her with love. What a gift he has given to her... and to all of us, by extension.