iOS app Android app

Leah McElrath

Entries by Leah McElrath

Why Jodie Foster's Golden Globes Speech Matters

(31) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 1:26 PM

Jodie Foster's Golden Globe speech matters not just because she "came out" as a lesbian -- which she actually did in 2007 -- but because people need role models demonstrating how to live as complex human beings in midlife.

For instance, adults who are now divorced or separated...

Read Post

Let's Be Honest: Akin's Not Alone in His Ignorance

(7) Comments | Posted August 21, 2012 | 6:57 PM

The harsh reality is our culture teaches and supports ignorance about women's bodies. Akin's remark about victims of "legitimate rape" having a way to "shut that whole thing down" is most disturbing because he's not alone in his ignorance.

Of course, his remarks are also disturbing because they reflect...

Read Post

Saudi Women Speak Out

(7) Comments | Posted August 17, 2012 | 6:21 PM

During the Olympics, some good articles were written about the meaning and impact of the presence of women from Saudi Arabia in the 2012 London Olympics. However, if you read the headlines only (as many people do) you'd be likely to come away believing that the participation of 16 year...

Read Post

Pastor Rick Warren Deletes Tweet Supporting Chick-Fil-A Action

(284) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 5:20 PM

On Wednesday, August 1st, Pastor Rick Warren tweeted out a report about a conversation he says he had with Chick-Fil-A owner Dan Cathy in which it's claimed that the fast food chain "set a world record" during the day. His tweet was referring to actions by right-wing religious...

Read Post

Abduction of Syrian-American Blogger Follows Earlier Arrest Attempt By Syrian Govt

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2011 | 8:50 AM

According to eyewitnesses, Syrian-American blogger Amina Arraf was abducted and physically assaulted by three armed men in Damascus, Syria, Monday.

The blogger holds dual American and Syrian citizenship and is an out lesbian currently living in Syria. Amina and her political perspectives gained additional visibility about a...

Read Post

Hunger Strike Declared by Bahrain Human Rights Activist

(5) Comments | Posted April 12, 2011 | 12:09 PM

Zainab al-Khawaja is grateful she and her family had some warning about her father's coming arrest by government security forces in Bahrain. She's grateful because it gave her time to get her 1-year-old daughter out of the house so the child wouldn't see what came next.

Although she was expecting...

Read Post

Obama's Egypt #FAIL?

(8) Comments | Posted February 3, 2011 | 5:58 PM

President Obama and his Administration appear to have made a familiar deal with the devil in response to the popular pro-democracy uprising in Egypt.

Early on in the pro-democracy, anti-Mubarak protests, President Obama was walking a fine line between supporting the concerns and rights of the protesters while avoiding appearing...

Read Post

Obama's Press Conference: Passion Misplaced

(22) Comments | Posted December 8, 2010 | 2:36 PM

Anyone watching President Obama's press conference yesterday had to be struck by the fact that he reserved his greatest energy for his attack on Democratic critics, which might be a misstep with more far-reaching repercussions than the compromise on tax-cuts.

One guideline in communications is that you lead with your...

Read Post

DemandQuestionTime? No Thanks

(10) Comments | Posted February 3, 2010 | 11:43 AM

With many reality shows, the first season is riveting, but, by the second season, the show has devolved into a formulaic sales vehicle. The last thing we need right now is for the president and our elected officials to waste time participating in more planned question times that will no...

Read Post

President Obama Brought It

(39) Comments | Posted January 27, 2010 | 9:40 PM

The biggest question preceding this State of the Union address was not the content of the remarks, but rather whether or not President Obama would succeed in bringing his capacity to lead and to inspire to his appearance.

He brought it. The man who, as candidate Obama, gained our trust...

Read Post

The National Equality March: Confessions and Snapshots

(17) Comments | Posted October 11, 2009 | 4:23 PM

I was wrong. I doubted. I didn't think it would, but the National Equality March rocked.

I underestimated the ability of social-networking to motivate people to travel all the way to our nation's capital from across the country. I worried about the messaging that would result from such an amorphous...

Read Post

Why Nobel Laureate President Obama's Speech to the Gays Matters

(21) Comments | Posted October 11, 2009 | 9:18 AM

At first, I thought there was nothing new in President Obama's speech about lesbian and gay civil rights, but then I thought again.

Like many activists in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, I noticed that the speech President Obama gave at the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner...

Read Post

Shocking Decision: American Electorate Wins Nobel Peace Prize!

(6) Comments | Posted October 9, 2009 | 3:46 PM

The Nobel Peace Price has been awarded to an American -- but it's not really President Barack Obama. No, the award more accurately has been bestowed upon the American electorate who, by electing Obama, have calmed hearts and minds throughout the world.

The Nobel Committee's message to the American...

Read Post

McCain and Iran -- Hypocrisy Defined

(28) Comments | Posted June 22, 2009 | 6:38 PM

Watching Senator McCain, the man who once infamously joked about bombing Iran, speak about the martyrdom of the Iranian protester Neda provides more evidence of the absence of a soul in the Republican Party.

Here is Senator McCain, talking with great apparent piety about the murder of Neda Agha-Soltan...

Read Post

Obama and the Gays: The Ruthless 6 Part Strategy? UPDATED 7pm

(454) Comments | Posted June 17, 2009 | 11:43 AM

The President just signed the memorandum discussed below, and the event was televised.

President Obama said that the memorandum "paves the way for long overdue progress in our nation's pursuit of equality" and affirmed his commitment to the repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act:


Read Post

Obama and the Gays: Where's the Leadership?

(762) Comments | Posted June 13, 2009 | 4:56 AM

In the wake of the tragic murders of reproductive rights activist, Dr. George Tiller, and the Holocaust Museum security guard, Steven Johns, I know I was not alone among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans in thinking to myself, "Next it will be one of us." The time for...

Read Post

CA Supreme Court Cuts the Marriage Equality Baby in Half - and It Hurts

(8) Comments | Posted May 26, 2009 | 3:15 PM

I am in my kitchen crying while my 3 year old is parked in front of the television in the other room so she won't see my tears.

Earlier today, I wrote a brief post noting that it is a "significant and beautiful day for our nation" because we...

Read Post

Obama Picks Sotomayor -- Color America Proud

(20) Comments | Posted May 26, 2009 | 10:55 AM

A highly qualified President -- who happens to be a person of color -- introduces a highly qualified jurist -- who happens to be a woman of color -- as his nominee for a position on the United Supreme Court.

This is a significant and beautiful day for our nation.

Read Post

UPDATED: Bishop Robinson's Prayer to be Included in Clips Shown on the Mall prior to Swearing In Ceremony

(145) Comments | Posted January 19, 2009 | 10:58 AM

Coming on the heels of the controversy caused by selection of Rick Warren to deliver the Invocation at the Inauguration, the omission of the prayer delivered by openly-gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson from the broadcast of the pre-Inaugural concert at the Lincoln Memorial is creating a controversy of its own.

Read Post

Religious Hate-Mongers Protest Bishop Gene Robinson's Participation at pre-Inaugural Concert at Lincoln Memorial

(67) Comments | Posted January 18, 2009 | 2:49 PM

Appearing at the primary public entrance to the pre-Inaugural concert at the Lincoln Memorial, representatives from a group calling itself "Brother Ruben and the Official Street Preachers" protested openly-gay Episcopal Gene Robinson's participation in the event.

With a diverse and otherwise joyous crowd of adults and children of all ages...

Read Post