Robert in Wisconsin called and talked about how he came home to find his sisters waiting for him. They then told him a story about their deceased father that had listeners -- and all of us in the studio -- tearing up and realizing how much this decision meant to so many people, far beyond the rights and benefits of marriage. Listen in.
Gandharva vivah is a form of marriage that was practiced by third-gender or queer individuals in antiquity. It is especially beautiful because of the prayers that transcend the patriarchal structures of traditional marriage. Love is the giver, love is the receiver.
This one-year anniversary of my coming out represents me standing firmly for who I am, despite all the family I have lost. It is hard to celebrate when this date will always be a day I remember as the day I said goodbye to my childhood home and every physical reminder of my past life.
As a child of lesbian mothers, I became a de facto member of the LGBTQ community the day I was born. With the legalization of same-sex marriage, I, along with the rest of the queerspawn community, will hopefully no longer have to feel like our families are second-class.
Central to celebrating Pride is recognizing the work that is yet to be done. Not until every American -- whether gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender -- is treated equally under the law will we fully realize our potential as a nation.
With this landmark decision from the United States Supreme Court, there is no longer anything called "same-sex marriage" or even "same-sex divorce." In its place, is now something we can all inclusively refer to as a marriage or divorce. This is the way it should have been all along.
Does funding LGBT-focused senior centers constitute 'throwing people's tax dollars down the sewer,' as New York State Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long recently stated? Earlier this year, the City of New York helped SAGE open five senior centers focused on meeting the needs of LGBT seniors.
As a librarian at The New York Public Library, I always see my role as pulling things from our archives that challenge ideas of a past that we have inherited, materials that can open political and personal imaginations. The Library's collections of LGBT history never fail to surprise and enlighten me.
Louisiana, the last state to issue a same-sex marriage license, was off to a romantic start this afternoon. The first license was issued to a couple who work for the Jefferson Parish Clerk of Court and have been watching for the state to comply with the Supreme Court's Marriage Equality ruling.
Right in the middle of the contagious enthusiasm, now proudly waving my flag, I could not help but think of all the people who still lack such a basic privilege.
My father, who organized Mexican immigrants into voting blocs and into citizens that demanded equal pay in South Texas in the 1950s and 60s, taught me that all movements begin when someone takes a single step towards justice. Under President Obama's and Vice President Biden's leadership, our steps became louder.
Since coming out, what has boggled my mind is that there seems to be some sort of hierarchy within the gay community, or at least a never-ending amount of cliques -- you know, those things that existed in high school. And it is here that we find why we are so competitive as a community.
Reporters covering the Western Conservative Summit, a gathering that attracted 4,000 people to the Colorado Convention Center over the weekend, did a good job spotlighting the gay bashing that permeated the event.
Don't get me wrong, if you feel like your current partner is "The One," and you've already been together for a long time, then by all means, slap a ring on that finger and go get hitched. But, I urge all of you LGBT couples, don't get married just because they can
Those who have fought same-gender marriage now express fears that they will be called upon to do things their consciences will not permit and are clamoring for "religious liberty." I can't help but smile at their naïveté.
Viktor isn't just a trans man, he's a trans gay male escort. It's a whole extra layer of stigma to deal with, and one that Viktor handles with aplomb.
For centuries, our relationships had no legal standing. We did not have equal protection under the laws, as guaranteed by the U.S. constitution. And because we were not allowed to play by the same rules as everyone else, we decided we didn't want that sort of life anyway.
It caught me entirely off guard. It's not like I've never said the words before. When I was a kid going to public school in the Main Line Suburbs of Philadelphia, we regularly said the Pledge of Allegiance in class at the start of the day.
He was stirring green beans and butter in a red plastic bowl, when I realized I could watch the way Paul held that fork for the rest of my life. That was the dividing line. There was the time before I knew I loved him and the time after.