You can hardly point out that the Emperor has no clothes if you're not even allowed to look in his direction. And that's precisely the point of the government's war on whistleblowers. The message couldn't be more clear or more authoritarian: Avert your eyes, citizens!
Street harassment is an issue that we cannot, and should not, remain silent about. It is an issue that demands change - and as we move closer to marriage equality and other noted marks of accomplishment as a movement, we cannot forget the continual, systematic discrimination we face when we walk out the door.
I talked with Cathy about homophobia, the gay marriage cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and the media hype surrounding NBA center Jason Collins' coming out despite the fact that tennis legends Martina Navratilova and Billy Jean King came out way back in 1981.
In other words, fertilized eggs inside a woman's body are treated differently that those created in a petri dish. If life begins at conception, the where's the uproar over the dispensation of scientifically fertilized eggs?
I remember that October day so clearly. It was 1987, the day of the second great LGBTQ march on Washington - and the first time I'd found myself with so many others like me. Seas of ... us.
Transit advocates are hoping that Anthony Foxx's experience as the successful mayor of a mid-size city will ground his work as secretary of transportation.
Wherever we are, privacy means privacy, and dignity means dignity, and neither can be interfered with without reasonable cause. Religious beliefs are to be respected, but the full coercive power of the state should not target a vulnerable community whose identity causes no harm to others.
I want to tell you about a secret that we have had in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for many years. Sadly, it came about because many of us have been only able to speak from a place of silence, from the edges of the story.
Gay marriage has advanced not just on rational arguments of equality and common sense, but because it makes good business sense.
For decades, farmworkers have been leading a struggle for justice in our food system. Today, a recent string of victories by a farmworker group, together with the steadfast work of other groups, have taken the movement to a whole new level.
I will be watching and cheering for him and I hope he is able to live up to the high standards that many heroes preceding him have constructed by building the pedestal on which he has been placed.
I am a mother of a transgender son, and I want the world to be safer and more accepting for my child and all LGBT individuals. Every day, I try to do something, even if it is small, to create that safer world. However, when I have been called an activist, I look back with puzzlement.
The buzz in the black community as Jackie Robinson went from Negro League baseball to play for the Royals was akin to Obama winning the Iowa primary in 2008. There were also similarities in the white people along the way who supported Robinson and those who backed Obama.
We queers are still operating below citizenship status and have a long way to go before we secure our status as protected minority. What we do now have, though, that we never did before, is the official right and privilege to be mad. C'mon, you know you're angry.
I am applauding Jason Collins today. More importantly I am providing a standing ovation to his twin brother, Jarron Collins, for his acceptance for who Jason is to him.
We live in critical times. So has every other generation of American citizens. We cannot realize the promise of our American Revolution by restoring the past. We cannot become the "summer soldier and sunshine patriot" of Thomas Paine's The American Crisis.