There is nothing particularly just, reasonable, fair or simple about risking one's health to fly across the country to avail oneself of the privileges that heterosexual people enjoy. But that is exactly what my 47-year-old, terminally ill cousin and her partner of 15 years did.
Civil rights groups welcomed the Irish government's decision to call for a referendum on equal marriage for 2015. In another positive move, Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny finally came out -- so to speak -- in favor of gay marriage, ending his years of ambiguity on the issue.
I think it's hard for people who have never been denied basic dignity and respect, or had to listen as others debated their lives and relationships as a "divisive political issue," to grasp the emotions that wash over you after a lifetime of being told you are wrong and less-than.
Yesterday the Illinois legislature gave same-sex couples the freedom to marry, making Illinois the 15th state (plus the District of Columbia) to do so. The march towards equality is turning into a stampede!
Your sexual orientation or gender identity should have absolutely nothing to do with your career. The only thing that should matter? Your job performance. There are so many very qualified, talented and hardworking Americans who happen to be LGBT. And so what if they are?
Hamed Sinno, the openly gay frontman of the Lebanese band Mashrou3 Leila, is gay. His gay voice represents the entire Arab world. Through his gay songs he captures the angst of the youth, singing about things no one gay has ever sung about in a gay way.
Charming, self-deprecatingly funny, linguistically awesome, LeLand Gantt imbues every word that falls from his mouth with all the passion and poignancy of a preacher speaking the Gospel. You will find truth and triumph in Rhapsody in Black.
Beginning this past weekend, 30 students from 14 states and 22 institutions attended HRC's HBCU LGBT Leadership and Career Summit. The annual summit is part of a yearlong effort that fosters an effective group of LGBT student leaders at HBCUs.
Although we have a long way to go before we have truly trans-friendly workplaces, many of our nation's leading companies are taking important steps toward protecting trans employees in the absence of state and federal legislation. It's time that the federal government did its part.
Millions of LGBT Americans go to work every day fearing that, without any warning, they could lose their jobs -- not because of anything they've done, but simply because of who they are. It's offensive. It's wrong. And it needs to stop, because in the United States of America, who you are and who you love should never be a fireable offense.
I didn't want to run a marathon again. I had already run the New York City Marathon three times, and I felt like I had gotten what I needed from it. I'd had an amazing experience each year I'd run, and my times had gotten better with each race. I was happy with that.
Of course Kelly is full of error and his policies are fraught with racial prejudgment and mired in racial paternalism; still, he is the best messenger of his own cause and communicant of his own viewpoint. As errant and nonsensical as is his position, he shouldn't be shouted down. That's wrong, educationally and morally.
The Achilles Heel of the civil rights organizations remained the quiet and destructive sexism within its ranks. This history burst into public in the run-up to the 50th anniversary commemoration celebration events of the March on Washington this past August.
This bill shouldn't be seen as deciding whether it is "right" or "moral" to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or gender-nonconforming. Its intent is simply to mandate that employers, no matter what they may believe about these issues, act like, you know, nice human beings.
Please sign on as a co-sponsor of ENDA before it's too late and please vote to affirm the American tradition of protecting and defending the civil liberties of all people.
The word "queer" has always emphasized rousing choice as opposed to sleepwalking conformity. Those who identify as queer might consider this when staking out an "I don't" posture.