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Anti Gay Discrimination

Enough is Enough: Stop Trying to Legalize Discrimination

Daniel Brewster | Posted 02.02.2016 | Politics
Daniel Brewster

We can't afford this type of loss in West Virginia. More importantly we cannot continue to send the message that it is acceptable to discriminate against people in this state as a result of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

Let's Stop Pretending That Destructive Nonsense Deserves Airtime

Aaron Ricciardi | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Aaron Ricciardi

As we start this election year, I think our collective resolution should be to adopt the same attitude as Northwestern did in regards to their Feedback column. Let's stop pretending that destructive nonsense deserves airtime.

How We're Going to Win Equality in 2016

Rebecca Isaacs | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rebecca Isaacs

With barely a moment to take a deep breath, the LGBTQ community is back in the trenches, ready to fight for equality and justice in a critical legislative year.

A Call For All Global Companies to Come Out for LGBT Inclusion

Cynthia Marshall | Posted 01.15.2016 | Impact
Cynthia Marshall

Now is the time for the private sector to "come out" and come together to improve conditions for the global LGBT workforce, and we invite other companies to partner with us.

Dining Out: Sometimes You Have to Wonder

Derrick De Lise | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Derrick De Lise

The ample number of times I have dined in restaurants has made me privy to a somewhat shocking fact: both outright and insidious homophobia still appear to be alive and well even though it is 2015 and marriage equality is the law of the land.

Many of Your Assumptions About Mormons Are Untrue

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 12.16.2015 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

Many of my non-Mormon friends make assumptions about the Mormon church's Republican leaning, older leadership and the general red-voting trend of Utah. Not all of these assumptions are true.

Shameful U.S. History Repeating Itself

Mark Baer | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics
Mark Baer

On November 28, 2015, my spouse and I went to see Trumbo, which is based upon the life of Dalton Trumbo and how it was impacted during one of the most shameful times in U.S. history -- the McCarthy era. The film interested me because of many comparable similarities today and because the father of close childhood friends of mine had been included on the Hollywood-blacklist.

The Hidden History of Gay Purges in Colleges

Margaret A. Nash | Posted 12.13.2015 | College
Margaret A. Nash

The history of gays and lesbians on campuses, as either faculty or students, in the pre-McCarthy years has yet to be written. Our research is beginning to change that.

We Were Turned Away on What Should Have Been Our Happiest Day Because We're Gay

Melisa McCarthy | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Melisa McCarthy

No one deserves to be treated as a second-class citizen when planning one of the happiest days of your life.

Holiday Homophobia Hurts

Derrick De Lise | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Derrick De Lise

Should you be asked when you're going to find a nice girl, respond that you've already found a nice guy. Feel free to make introductions yourself -- or clarify them -- if Cousin Susan oh-so-tactfully forgets to say "boyfriend" when introducing him to some far flung relation.

8 Things I Wish My Straight Girl Friends Knew About My Bisexuality

Amy Salz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Amy Salz

I feel like my straight friends don't really understand what I mean when I tell them I'm bisexual. For the record, I wanted to spell it all out. Yes, I am bisexual. No, I'm not just going through a phase, and I'm not confused.

Faith Calls Us To Be Courageous in Our Love

Marie Alford-Harkey | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
Marie Alford-Harkey

As religion continues to be misused to support discrimination and violence toward LGBTQ people, people of faith have an obligation to show another way.

Marked for Death: A Homosexual's Rant to His Would Be Executioners

Michael Rohrer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Rohrer

I'm a person. I'm someone's child, someone's brother, someone's uncle. I'm a cousin, a nephew, a friend. I'm a human being. I deserve to live my life to the fullest just like anybody else.

Vote for Sharon Valentine-Thomas and She Will Not Perform Her Duties

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

Sharon Valentine-Thomas, the Republican candidate for register of wills in Pennsylvania's Montgomery County, wants to be the new Kim Davis. "I am opp...

Bar Owner Faces Backlash After Kicking A Gay Couple Out For Kissing

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

  The owner of a North Carolina bar has come under fire for reportedly kicking a gay couple out of her establishment for kissing, ...

A Grandmother on Wedding Cakes

Margaret Sullivan | Posted 08.23.2015 | Politics
Margaret Sullivan

Sweetcakes by Melissa does have options. They can commit civil disobedience and discriminate: Refusing to bake a wedding cake for some people but not others is just that. We have a well-established history of civil disobedience in this country. Engaging in such actions, however, also has consequences. Choosing that path means accepting that risk, including facing lawsuits and fines.

Some Thoughts On My 30th Wedding Anniversary in the Summer of Equal Marriage

Michael Rowe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Rowe

Among the best reasons to have had old laws, driven by nothing but religious bigotry, struck down is the thought that this LGBT generation and the next, and the next will never have to misname their marriages ever again, let alone justify them.

Another Day, Another Victory: Courts Are Weighing Religious Claims to Discriminate and Finding Them Wanting

James D. Esseks | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics
James D. Esseks

In just the past 24 hours, two courts reaffirmed that religious beliefs can't justify discrimination against lesbians and gay men.

Top 5 Ways to Overcome Discrimination

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 08.07.2015 | Impact
DaShanne Stokes

Whether you're on the front lines of a social movement or struggling with discrimination in your daily life, it can be difficult to survive, let alone find your way forward. Here are five important tips to help you in your journey.

"The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey:" A 21st-Century Play for a 21st-Century Audience

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 08.06.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

His sensitivity and thoughtfulness contrasted my first impression of him from a few days before, when he primarily portrayed a gruff detective from the Jersey Shore in his one-man show at the Westside Theatre.

Why 180+ LGBT Leaders Are Headed to North Carolina

Rebecca Isaacs | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rebecca Isaacs

Progress hasn't come easily, and there are many challenges ahead of us. That's why LGBT advocates from the state-based equality movement will convene in Charlotte this week for Equality Federation Institute's annual Summer Meeting, hosted by Federation member Equality North Carolina.

The Queers Left Behind: How LGBT Assimilation Is Hurting Our Community's Most Vulnerable

Colin Walmsley | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Colin Walmsley

Is this to be the brave new gay world? A world in which the public face of the queer community -- the gay, the white, the cisgender and the wealthy -- take their place among society's elite, leaving the transgender, the non-white, the poor and the homeless to fend for themselves?

Personal Health Condition, or Diagnosis: Homo

Rev. Martha Spong | Posted 07.15.2015 | Religion
Rev. Martha Spong

While my sexual orientation is something my doctor knows about, I have never considered it to be a Personal! Health! Condition! in the sense that it merited a box of its own on a digital chart.

School That Fired Gay Teacher Showed 'Character And Common Sense" Says Archbishop

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The archbishop of Philadelphia said Monday that Roman Catholic school officials who fired a married gay teacher showed uncommon "...

Black on Gay Hate Has to Stop: Gay Lives Matter Too

Dr. Warrick Stewart | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dr. Warrick Stewart

As a gay man, I have experienced a great deal of difficulties assimilating and finding my way in this supposed land of the free. Black gay males often find themselves struggling to cope with multiple oppressions.