Are we policing language? Of course we are, because part of that's how you win in civil rights movements. We have known this for more than 50 years.
I realize, of course, that she's holding herself to a feminine ideal and embracing her true gender expression, but in those moments I couldn't look at the hair creeping down my arms onto the back of my hands without thinking, "Am I some sort of disgusting, hairy-handed ape-beast?"
I have found myself thinking to myself, "Am I where I am supposed to be?" Once I get out of my head and let a little time pass, I realize, "Yes! I am exactly where I am supposed to be."
I would like to say that when I signed up for the Southern Maine AIDS 5k Run/Walk it was a noble, well thought out decision, but truthfully, it was more cavalier.
The church still teaches that homosexual conduct is a sin, and that being gay is disordered. I hope that if you understand how this teaching tears families apart and prevent your bishops from fighting against the acceptance of LGBT people as equal members of society.
I believe that when you take initiative to do something you want to do, good things will happen. They might not be the exact thing you set out to obtain (for example, you might meet someone online who turns out to be a really good friend), but they will add to your life regardless.
Some of the most irrational arguments I've run across in the debate on marriage equality are 1) the claim that equality supporters are being intolerant, and 2) what is happening is just a 'difference of opinion.'
Drag is punk and should never be subjected to politically correct ideals. The moment it stops provoking is the moment it fails as an art form. Trans people are forever indebted to drag for the mainstream explosion of gender as we see it today.
It's not exactly news when a Republican endorses marriage equality, since it happens all the time. But this is a big deal: Former Sen. Alan Simpson, a fixture of Wyoming politics for decades, is now appearing in an ad for Freedom to Marry.
Straight men tell me I look good when I know I don't. And that, dudes, is friendship.
The plight of Brendan Eich, the Mozilla CEO who resigned following an uproar over his donation to support California's Proposition 8, is big news. Yet it's still legal in most states to fire an employee for being part of the LGBT community.
Growing up in the eighties, I remember the media coverage about this new disease. A few brave people around that time started speaking out against the marginalization of this epidemic, and soon activist groups were formed.
When masculinity is defined by power and aggression, sexual violence is the result.
Those of us who live in poverty are hidden, while the lives of the wealthy are highlighted in media and the news. More importantly, money has a huge impact on our health and health choices.
Scanning the site's collection of photos, you will see celebrities sharing the stage with just plain folk. The captions underneath the photos say "Modern," "Genuine," "Activist," "Lover," "Visionary." In other words, we are not defined by our HIV status. We are more than that, much more.
Why are our religious communities today divided by "the gay issue"? God seems to give us a clear answer through the little prophetic book of Hosea.
I have a pastor friend who is now stuck leading a huge church from which he would be fired the moment he so much as intimated that he was thinking about changing his position on the gay issue.