The Mormon church punked the national press yesterday by calling a press conference purportedly about their support of some basic rights for LGBTQ people. The press conference was, in fact, mostly about defending Mormons' right to discriminate.
The "cake wars" started because a few fundamentalist bakers refused to sell cakes to gay customers. Then, if charged with violating anti-discrimination laws, they weep, wail and flail about in the media limelight, basking in their persecution -- it may be a long way from true martyrdom, but they take what they can get.
How could it be anything other than groundbreaking news when leaders of a large and very conservative church support legislation to end discrimination against LGBT people?!
It would be just as crazy to overlook the few men I've met who are comfortable enough in their manhood to date a transgender person. They exist. I fell in love with two of them. There must be more.
It's crucial for everyone in our community to know that leaving opportunities for health coverage on the table and trying to get along without health care only exacerbates the various health issues that already disproportionately impact LGBT people
It's no secret many view Pope Francis as liberal and Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia as conservative. While Archbishop Chaput said such political labels are not useful and flawed, there's certainly a difference between the two men.
Oklahoma State Representative Sally Kern (R) has introduced a bill to officially change the name of the state from Oklahoma to Okernhoma. Kern stated, "By putting my name in the state's name, the people in our great state will be reminded that my opinions are more important than any one person's individual rights."
As the hype around the TLC show My Husband's Not Gay begins to wane, I find it a shame that there has been little attention paid to the perspectives of straight women who have experienced being in a mixed-orientation marriage, where one spouse is gay and the other is straight.
At Swan Lake this week, I saw lots of little girls on the laps of moms and dads, but no little boys. And I felt a little sad. It's my opinion that little boys deserve as many opportunities to experience art and beauty as girls do, for they are links to creativity and self-expression.
In February 2014, Cleopatra Kambugu experienced this first hand, when the Ugandan tabloid Red Pepper published personal information about 200 LGBTI people in Uganda. Cleo was one of them, who had her picture and personal information printed on the front page.
LGBT people are a part of the fabric of America; we're cops, bus drivers, doctors, neighbors and friends. And all of us, no matter who we are, should be able to live without the fear of being treated unfairly as we go about our daily lives providing for ourselves and our families.
Relationships can feel incredible at the start and quickly turn heated or bland at best. All we want is to just reclaim the love we once felt, but something that seems so simple can feel like moving mountains.
Bobby Jindal used the power and prestige of his office to promote an event backed by some of the nation's most religiously divisive and stridently anti-gay activists. And in a bid to boost his own political future, he sent a clear message of support for the Christian-nation views of the event's extremist organizers.
I'd like to follow up on my previous blog post on the Mount Holyoke College controversy surrounding The Vagina Monologues because of the responses I've received. They've run the gamut from praise to condemnation, from thanks for informing the community of an important event in trans history to constructive criticism as well as vicious name calling.
When you consider the science of it all, the art of in-vitro fertilization is quite remarkable. Seriously, nothing about it is a meek undertaking. There are so many variables involved and any one fluctuation can change the whole game in a heartbeat.
I find the name of the church, New Hope Ministries, to be a fraudulent misnomer, a deceit in advertising. If Pastor Chavez considers his actions as representing some sort of hope, new or otherwise, I prefer no hope at all.
There's a big fight underway right now in Alabama, with a Judge overturning a marriage ban and state officials refusing to obey his order to issue licenses. Anti-gay politicians are threatening to ban all marriage licenses if the Supreme Court rules in favor of equality.
I love Nashville. For the most part, Nashville has loved me. I've had an on-again-off-again love affair with this town for almost two decades. But I do sometimes wonder if things would have played out differently had I pretended for the public.
While abroad in Morocco, one of 77 countries in which it is illegal to be gay, Anthony Mercurio was dumped by his first love. "I was pretty devastated," Anthony recalls. Unable to express the real reason for his heartbreak, at least Anthony had his host grandmother there to comfort him.