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.
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.
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.
As a Los Angeles resident I had seen numerous billboards featuring a curious man inviting me to his salon. His name: Chaz Dean. But who is this mysterious man? From the billboards he looked like a combination of a sophisticated lesbian and the wisest lioness in Africa.
One of the many hidden stories of how we got to today involves how some Dems got "turned" on the issue. It wasn't through polite lobbying. Or reasoned argument. It was power politics.
Coming from a mostly diverse kindergarten, you are accustomed to being around all different types of kids from all different walks of life, whether you realized it or not. "Your parents had you before they were married. They're going to hell." Welcome to the life of a Catholic schoolgirl.
While I do think the media is fully guilty of diversionary tactics quite often, I don't feel that's the case in all the media attention going to the SCOTUS marriage equality decision. We all have valid reason to celebrate the codification of something that should have been a universally given right ages ago.
In his bestselling book God, Guns, Grits and Gravy, presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee writes, "Have I been taken to a different planet than the one on which I grew up?" Yessiree, Governor Huckabee, I believe you have.
I never originally intended to make a public post about my private life. However, with the constant speculation, I felt that it would just be best if I silenced everyone and told the truth publicly. To anyone who has ever been scared of just being real and telling the truth, you shouldn't be.
A lone woman stood on the Supreme Court steps ranting about homosexuality destroying our country. She had become an expired parody. She had lost relevance. She and the millions like her had become ghosts in that moment. And she knew it. And we knew it.
When it comes to marriage equality in the United States, the church too often has been on the wrong side of history.
What an extraordinary week in the political and spiritual life of this nation. Yet this is one of those inflection points in American politics that could go either way. It could energize the forces of racial justice and racial healing. Or the events of the week could energize the haters.
Would people be cool or major jerk faces? We had to be prepared for the worst without letting him know what was going through our minds. We have always felt there was nothing wrong with him, and we weren't about to make him think that had changed now.