This Sunday, all eyes will be on Texas, where Houston is hosting the Super Bowl featuring the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots. Most of the action will be on the field. But this year's match-up also highlights an important behind-the-scenes equality battle in Texas.
Today, we still need to be steadfast in our commitment to LGBT rights across the country, and that means staying put in our red states and demanding respect.
This isn't a call for religious freedom. We already have that in the United States and have ever since the Constitution was ratified in 1788.
In the next few days we are headed home for the holidays, something often traumatic in itself. We may get misgendered or be subject to countless other forms of discrimination; now we must spend time with family members who have voted against us and we feel that much more emotionally vulnerable.
Our relationship was innocent and pure. I think often that he will be 24 forever. As time passes and I grow older, I can live life for better or worse. I don't have to live a certain way anymore by numbing my pain. I can let go and move on. I'll do it for Dexter, but most importantly, I'll do it for me.
"Being gay is about creativity. It's about exploration. It's about uniqueness."
"It was out of fear and for me, it became like a life or death situation."
The NBA has drawn the line in the sand for the sports community. The ramifications of anti-LGBT laws like HB2 are very real and cut deeply.