When I use the word "unthinkable" in connection with the Supreme Court under the leadership of Chief Justice John Roberts, I typically have in mind the long line of unthinkably bad decisions the court has issued since Roberts assumed office in 2005.
Is it okay if while wearing a skirt and nail polish J loudly and proudly and without reservation, declares himself/herself to be a unique, unrepeatable, sparkling child of God? YES!
Our transgender middle school and high school students don't have the option of flight, as I do. I am ashamed to leave them all behind, but you can't guilt me into staying.
As expected, civil rights legend Mary Bonauto knocked it out of the park for marriage equality. But something bigger was in the air -- a sense that history wasn't just turning but had, in some basic sense, turned.
"My job is not to document a story, or see right or wrong -- you must step out of the way and allow the picture to enter the camera," explains British-Israeli and Berlin-based artist, Yishay Garbansz.
It doesn't matter if you have a traditional or a non-traditional family structure, as long as you are true to your family's individual passions, values and beliefs, you will find happiness as a family.
We've all been there: You see someone cute on the subway but don't know what to do or if you should chat them up. Simone Davis recalls finding herself in that exact scenario one morning on the way to work.
In April, a group of students at McGuffey High School in Claysville, Washington County, Pennsylvania organized an "Anti-Gay Day" in response to the National Day of Silence.
As soon as Fun Home began, I knew this was something incredible. Anyone who has ever looked back at their life, specifically their childhood, with a closer eye and an open heart, will cringe and laugh and cry at this story.
It's likely that Justices Thomas and Alito agreed with the basic sentiments Scalia seemed to be expressing -- a sense of pride, even, that passionate religious opposition to same-sex marriage rang out loudly, at the same time that conservatives across the country continue to craft "religious freedom" laws to blunt LGBT equality in the states.
Somehow, opponents of discrimination are considered liberal fascists, whereas relegating an entire demographic of law-abiding citizens to second class status is considered "freedom."
At the end of the day, the overwhelming emotion we were left with was hope. Hope for a future where all kids can grow up with the simple right to love whomever they love and have that love recognized.
The night I was ready to riot was in the spring of 1979 in Chicago. Chicago's "finest" had been on the move for weeks, having fun attacking the gay community. Gay clubs were harassed regularly, almost one a week.
This week's episode features Johann, a South African man who grew up closeted and lonely until he discovered the gay community in a place he could never have imagined as a child: at a screening of Drag Race, hosted by Seattle performer Ben DeLaCreme.
At the end of the day, dodging the question just means that our kids are going to hear about Bruce Jenner from someone else; most likely an ill-informed classmate on the playground. Better we show respect for our kids by keeping it simple and speaking the truth, just as Bruce Jenner has finally and admirably done.
If no reliable evidence at all were required to justify legislative classifications in constitutional cases, the judiciary would be transformed from a co-ordinate branch into a meaningless rubber stamp. The Framers neither intended nor envisioned that role for an institution they designated to serve as the "[bulwark] of a limited Constitution."
While I've never believed being Queer automatically counted me out, I've been unable to find a church community that I, as a Trans person, could really call home -- a place I could engage in conversations around faith and sexuality, faith and gender.
Marriage has never been the ultimate goal of the LGBT movement. It has only ever been a means of achieving the movement's true end goal -- full acceptance in American society. Yet, it sometimes seems as if marriage has become the movement's end rather than just another step toward a larger goal.
As a writer, I am interested in the complexities of gender identity that this "coming out" exemplifies. I wonder, when writing about people, whether in fiction, creative nonfiction or memoirs, how the shifting notion of gender can inform our decisions.