Not knowing what I now know about my personal character as a black, gay man, had my input been requested during the pre-embryonic stage, I probably would have requested that I be born another way. But as the old cliché goes, everything happens for a reason.
Toothpaste. Shampoo. Cat litter. Storage containers. Paper towels. Laundry detergent. The most basic of items, but in reality, five of these were decoys. But it wasn't what I was buying that made this shopping trip seem so surreal. It was the why.
As the country becomes more accepting of the civil rights of its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Americans, it is also beginning to reexamine its language used to demeans us.
As a sophomore in high school, Eric Snyder was about to come out. But then he realized the Boy Scouts had a discriminatory policy against gay and bisexual scouts, forcing him to remain in the closet. Even though Eric couldn't be openly gay, he decided that his Eagle Scout project would be.
The South African rate of "intimate femicide" is five times the global average. As one domestic violence victim told NBC News in a report by Mike Taibbi on April 13, 2014, "You know you could end up dead, like that woman [Steenkamp]."
Supreme Court watchers are already predicting that the Greens and their religious and political allies on the right will win. I'm not so sure. I still have hope that once again Justice Roberts will show his courage and support the rights and protections of all Americans.
I'm not sure what finally convinced me to click on it but I did. And what I heard was a red carpet interview with Debby Boone about why she was there in support of the GLAAD Awards and her own journey toward embracing the full inclusion of LGBT people.
The queer community came out in all shapes and sizes for Miami Beach Pride. And then the crazies showed up carrying signs saying that gays were going to hell. Tiffany Taylor Fantasia, a drag queen who has been working at the Palace in South Beach for over 10 years, said, "Oh, hell no."
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.