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The Anti-gay Right Can't Run Forever From Its History of Bigotry

Alvin McEwen | Posted 04.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Alvin McEwen

The anti-gay right seem to be painting a portrait of victimhood in anticipation of further progress by the LGBT community and the goal is most likely to stop this progress. But I have one question. How in the hell can anyone forget how we got to this point?

Brokenhearted Bahá'is: LGBTs Rejected by Their Faith

Nicholas Snow | Posted 04.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

Never before has an openly gay member of the Bahá'í faith granted such a high profile interview, an interview already getting great traction among worldwide members of the faith itself. Above, Sean Rayshel, who has granted Nicholas Snow this exclusive interview.

Indiana's RFRA May Help End Bigotry

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Racism, homophobia, the refusal to regard women as equals -- these beliefs will only end if we keep talking about why and how they're problematic, and force those who hold them to own them -- and face the consequences.

From the Civil War to My Own Youth: The War Against Bigotry Rages On

Nick Desai | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Nick Desai

Eager to champion anyone who speaks out against gays, blacks, women, Hispanics and especially Muslims, these people will point guns at federal officers, write checks to bigoted restaurant owners and vote in extremist politicians who in turn vote for heinous hate legislation like the kind we saw in Indiana.

The Painful Lesson My Little Girl Learned When She Heard The N-Word For The First Time

Shay Stewart-Bouley | Posted 04.07.2015 | Black Voices
Shay Stewart-Bouley

As a mixed-raced family in a white space, the reality is that anytime we leave our house as a family, we risk incurring the wrath of the ignorant. To partake in the joys of the first treats of spring can turn ugly without notice and, sadly, a visit to Maine's most populous city yesterday was the day when the ugly became personal.

A Century of Progress

Marcel Pacatte | Posted 04.06.2015 | Chicago
Marcel Pacatte

Ever hear of Oscar DePriest? He made history a hundred years ago Monday. Few today remember him, but a hundred years ago, on April 6, 1915, Oscar DePriest made history, becoming the first African-American elected alderman in Chicago.

Religious Freedom in Practicing the Platinum Rule

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.02.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

As a university professor of pre-service teacher education students, I raise the distinction between moral convictions and professional ethics when we discuss issues of controversy within the field of education.

Religious Freedom Restoration Acts Restore Bigotry and Repression

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.30.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

We must, thus, restore Indiana and other states contemplating similar legislation to a path of understanding and support for people different from ourselves. We must work to rescind Indian's "Religious Freedom Restoration Act."

'If You Love Covered Bridges And Discriminating, Book Your Trip To Indiana Today'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.27.2015 | Gay Voices

The Internet Action Force (IAF) team is spoofing Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act with this tongue-in-cheek video. Mimick...

Bigotry Hits US-Born Latino Teens Harder than Immigrant Teens

Daniel Cubias | Posted 03.18.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

If it sucks to be an adolescent, it sucks more to be an immigrant teenager in a new country. Take all the angst that faces every teen, then add language barriers, cultural confusion, discrimination, and general discombobulation. It's not pretty, is it?

Already Yesterday's News? 'The Struggle For Justice is Right Now'

Alana Baum | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Alana Baum

The power of speaking out on behalf of others and against prejudice cannot be overstated or forgotten. It's a lesson already known in our schools. Standing up for the bullied is essential to fighting hate. It must be repeated again and again.

You Know You're a Bigot When...

Cenk Uygur | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

You know you're a bigot when you can't take out the word "Muslim" from a sentence you stated and replace it with "Jew" and still have it be socially acceptable. Let's start out nice and easy. A sentence I get with great regularity: "You're a Muslim apologist."

That Time a Famous Stranger Publicly Accused Me of Being a Terrorist -- and When My Mom Feared for My Life

Atif Choudhury | Posted 04.15.2015 | College
Atif Choudhury

It's not every day a complete stranger publicly calls you a terrorist. A terrorist propagandist, to be precise. Nor is it every day that the stranger happens to actually be someone famous--or infamous depending on who you ask.

Wedding Vendors Who Don't Want to Service Same-Sex Weddings Should Get Out of the Wedding Business

Sandy Malone | Posted 04.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Sandy Malone

In the spirit of love and Valentine's Day, I'd like to ask all my colleagues in the wedding planning industry to take a moral inventory of how they're running their businesses.

Damn, Sam: Reaction of a Kansas Activist

Stephanie Mott | Posted 04.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

He does not speak for Kansas. He does not speak for God. Hate is not a Christian value. Hate is not a Kansas value. Hate is not an American value. The greatest possible gift I can give to this world is to be my true, authentic self. Sam Brownback has no power to change that.

Standing in the Courthouse Door

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The chief justice of Alabama's supreme court is making a stand in the courthouse door. This is not literally happening, the way it did in 1963 when Alabama Gov. George Wallace made a similar stand in the schoolhouse door. But in both cases, high Alabama officials are trying to preserve the state's ability to discriminate against a segment of its population.

Enough Is Enough: No More Tolerating Hateful Comments From Elected Officials

Wardah Khalid | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Wardah Khalid

There is simply no room or justification in our local or national dialogue for ignorant or vitriolic comments, which fuel the cycle of hate and ignorance, divide our country and endanger the lives of everyday Muslim Americans.

The Alabama Threesome: A Judge, His Bible and Bigotry

Izak Pratt | Posted 04.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Izak Pratt

There are those with immense power that choose to abuse or misuse that power in order to advance their own ideology, careers or agendas -- all while negating the oaths they swore to uphold. In the end, justice is the first casualty, and the innocent suffer.

J'aime Paris et l'Europe

Brent Budowsky | Posted 03.18.2015 | World
Brent Budowsky

As many around the world said to Americans in September 2001, we say to the men and women throughout Paris, France and Europe today: You are not alone. Our unity will ultimately triumph, and our cause will ultimately prevail.

Living in a Self-Segregated World

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 03.17.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

It is one thing to profess the values that all people are equal and that we celebrate diversity, but how many people of a different race do you have over for dinner? Do you live in your home what you say you believe?

Gay 'Agenda' Not Even Close When It Comes to Religious Persecution

James Peron | Posted 02.22.2015 | Gay Voices
James Peron

It might be useful to remember what other threats to religious liberty have actually existed in the "history of our existence as a nation."

Real Americans

Christopher Holshek | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

One of NFL Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcell's more oft-used quotes is: "You are what your record says you are." That doesn't just apply to sports teams. Team America's record of late has not been of the champion of the values we say define who we are and what we're about. Our record says more about our real identity more than the one we imagine.

Hate Crime Laws Will Not Stop Bigotry

David Weinstein | Posted 02.11.2015 | Gay Voices
David Weinstein

Hate crime laws punish discriminatory violence, but they cannot begin the important work of preventing it. Only we can, by speaking for the multitude that suffers every day in America from bigotry.

Fighting Bigots with Bigotry: A Fool's Defense Mechanism

Aaron Ricciardi | Posted 02.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Aaron Ricciardi

The urge to respond to bigots with bigotry is natural, but it's misguided. It's a fool's defense mechanism, a failed attempt at a syllogism.

The Day I Held My Boyfriend's Hand

Olan Harrington | Posted 02.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Olan Harrington

I held my boyfriend's hand the other day. I caught it and held it until we reached the main gates of University College Cork, as I usually do on campus, only this time I didn't let go after we'd passed through. We moved along the Western Road, toward Washington Street, and as we reached the innards of Cork City, something strange lingered over me.