As "ban the box" gains more momentum, we should remember that the substance of this effort is rooted in something deeply American. It advocates for equity and justice -- giving qualified job seekers a fair opportunity. But it also suggests that the foibles of our pasts don't impair the promises of our lives.
The average LGBT person in Michigan is sick and tired of waiting for the legislature to do something. Unlike the folks working at Equality Michigan, not all of us have the luxury of waiting years and years for a solution, because many of us are in hostile workplaces right now.
Anytime voters have been asked about legal protections for LGBT people -- in Arkansas, Missouri, and North Carolina in just the past twelve months -- the "bathroom predator" talking point has been devastatingly effective at getting people to vote against their LGBT neighbors.It shouldn't be.
LGBT rights were clobbered, hammered, devastated in the city of Houston by voters, as the Houston Equal Right Ordinance (HERO) was repealed.
In The Charlotte Observer today, fellow UNC alumnus and now Yale historian Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore argue that former Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings must resign or openly welcome gay students, staff and faculty. I could not agree more.
"Landmark legislation" is a term that gets thrown around pretty easily in political circles, but many of the bills passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown this year live up to that lofty description.
It only took 19 years -- for the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to approve as legal East Harlem's Young Women's Leadership School (YWLS) which began in 1996 as a middle school for girls and which is now a middle and senior high school.
I've never understood why so many of my foster care brothers and sisters continue to languish in the foster care system. In truth, they should have found homes a long time ago.
Have you heard of HERO, the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance? If you're part of the LGBTQ community -- or anyone who believes that everyone deserves equal rights -- then you should know what's at stake in Texas this week.
Chef Rossi's story is a fabulous journey of cooking her way through some of life's biggest challenges in New York City's most unlikely kitchens.
The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Boggs was a seminal figure in the Black Power movement and -- along with her husband, James Boggs -- spent decades tirelessly advocating for fundamental changes in American policy on civil rights, labor relations, feminism, the environment and just about anything else that would shake up the status quo.
For trans people the difference between the parties is very clear, but on the surface, based on the Democratic CNN debate, one might not know how stark the difference is between Democrats and Republicans.
In recent days, there has been a lot of talk about Secretary Hillary Clinton's record on LGBT equality. And rightfully so: for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) voters and our allies, the 2016 election may be the most important election in recent history.
In most states, you could legally be refused service in a store, not allowed to eat in a restaurant or kicked out of a hotel, just for being gay. Gaining equality in these important areas will require us to stay politically active.
If you're opposed to something that is now a right of every American and has been proven in court -- in the federal trial over California's Proposition 8 -- to harm no one, including children, then you do have an irrational fear of homosexuality.
Fifty years ago, Congress passed one of the most important civil rights laws of our time--the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act. Largely overshadowed by other civil rights laws passed in the 1960s, the Immigration Act was groundbreaking for ending race discrimination in immigration law.