In truth, of course, no one deserves first-class treatment more than the men and women, like Paula, who have given so much to our country. And they certainly shouldn't have to wait until they're dead -- or even longer than that -- to be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.
After viewing his sermon and interview, in honor of Pastor Steven L. Anderson, I made donations to a center here in New York City that provides assistance to homeless LGBT youths, and to an organization that delivers meals to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses.
One man charged the terrorist. Tori Johnson was 34. He managed the Lindt Chocolate Café for two years. Employees and customers all said he was a good man, a kind man. He was also a gay man.
It's been over a week since the release of your new single, "Mister Sister," and the publication of my open letter to you regarding the disappointment and pain that it caused me, a longtime fan, and many in the trans community. What initially began as a few sparks flying about your single has officially turned into a conflagration.
We are no longer OK with the mainstream LGBT organizations among you who signal your complicity in anti-Black violence through your loud silence and deliberate ignoring of the types of systemic, institutionalized forms of anti-Black racism that negatively impact Black queer and trans people (and all Black people), disallow Black well-being, and deaden us.
"So Shtine, what's the latest with the book? Any updates?" That was my cue. Calla and Ava knew their "Uncle Shtiny" had quit his job in advertising to write a book but were very curious what it was about. The question was, at ages 11 and 9, were they old enough to know?
We verily hope, pray and believe that the Professor Leonard's bold assertion that same-sex marriage will become the law of the land next year will come to pass. It is my prediction that Professor Leonard is right. The United States of America will finally recognize that love transcends gender.
In the second episode of The Pearl of Africa, I take you deeper into Cleo and Nelson's life, showing something that's rarely highlighted when talking about transgender people in Uganda: their love, their hope and their dreams.
I recently sat down with up-and-coming singer-songwriter Sofia. We had so much fun talking that I lost myself in a few places. What? I'm not a professional journalist. I am a butch lawyer who writes a blog, and I can count on one hand how many times I have actually sat down with another butch. What follows is (most of) our conversation.
A great resource that I would like to direct you to is the Human Rights Campaign's Holiday Buyer's Guide, which provides a comprehensive review of a great number of businesses concerning how LGBT-friendly they are.
Federal Judge Carlton W. Reeves in his eloquent opinion striking down Mississippi's marriage equality ban noted William Faulkner's famous observation: "The past is never dead. It's not even past."
Saturday morning I was lying in bed, looking at Facebook, when I came across a story about Nasty Pig's holiday commercial being taken off TV. I immediately contacted Nasty Pig's CEO, David Lauterstein, to see if he wanted to sit down and tell me more about the situation. I'm extremely grateful that he did want to chat.
What I've found curious about families is that the need does not vanish when an actual family does.
I feel like I owe it to those people to speak up and speak out, but I also owe it to myself to respect myself enough not to toss out my experiences carelessly. Like I said before, I'm cool with talking about gender. It's something that needs to be talked about.
Sure, by the numbers, assuming people are straight is a safe bet. Most people are. But assumptions are dangerous. This particular assumption implies to my son that there is something wrong him for being other than straight. And there's not. He should be exactly who he is.
All the winter holidays hold one thing in common: a celebration of light. It makes sense, really. During the coldest, darkest time of year, here come the holidays, with their Diwali lamps, menorahs, and Yule logs, to set our hearts aglow. Or not.
After a few years outside the isolation of an Evangelical community, these are values I find most lacking in the mainstream and would pass on to others who are still building their own identities.
I had an opportunity to sit down with Bianca in her dressing room right after she got off the TLA stage in Philadelphia. I asked her about being compared to Joan Rivers and what she thinks about local Philly queen Mimi Imfurst.