I arrived at the Supreme Court building at about 9:25 and waded directly into the crowd. It was a big crowd. We're talking hundreds and hundreds of people. The mood was very festive. Many people had brought their kids and even their little dogs.
Early July still brings a bittersweet week for Bosnian-Americans. They are reminded by the Srebrenica genocide commemoration why so many had to flee Bosnia and Herzegovina and why they/we are so fortunate to have been welcomed in America.
In celebration of Obergefell v. Hodge we went out for drinks at Legal Sea Foods in Harvard Square. While enjoying the evening summer breeze, my spouse said we could have this experience all year if we moved to a milder climate. I snapped back and said, "I ain't moving to Georgia!" And that's what marriage equality looks like.
As many continue to celebrate marriage equality, it's time to direct and extend our movement's focus to our LGBT youth, who are more likely to experience harassment and acts of violence while in school, yet are least likely to receive any help or support from administration.
As many all over the United States jubilantly post pictures on social media of the White House bathed in rainbow light, we should not ignore the shadow that the President's response to Gutiérrez -- and the policies she was protesting -- cast over that same house. It is our house.
When the founders of our nation landed on the shores of Cape Cod, it was with the pursuit of religious freedom. All the other truths we've fought for since that time, stemmed from this same quest.
I am sure the coming weeks will deliver many reports of the ugliness that is happening in this cultural shift. Those abusing the power of their positions as elected and appointed officials may claim moral high ground, but I expect they will quickly learn they are in the wrong profession.
Is it really possible for such a historically marginalized group to harbor such hatred? With all the tireless social activism efforts spearheaded by the black community, it is easy to forget about this skeleton in the closet.
Thurgood Marshall, who was born on this date in 1908, liked telling stories. One of his favorite concerned his days as the head of the legal arm of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in the 1930s and 1940s representing black clients facing prosecution in the South.
On Independence Day, I invite you to consider whether all beings--not just humans, dogs, and cats--are entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and to join the legions who have chosen to align their lifestyles with their beliefs. All you have to do is go vegan.
Catholic Vote has created a video, "Not Alone," in opposition to last week's Supreme Court ruling granting same-sex couples the right to marry. On their website, they tell us that the video is about "6 courageous young people" who want to "tell the world" that they are not afraid to express their views against same-sex marriage. This video is offensive. Here's why.
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.
Even though we see the world through the filter of our own gender combination, we can at least acknowledge that other combinations exist.
For literally decades, calls have gone out by civil and human rights advocates to remove of the battle flag of the Confederacy from public sites like state capitol grounds and other government buildings.
I participated in a conference call following the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling that gay and lesbian couples in the United States, no matter where they live, have the same legal right to marry as heterosexual couples.
It was colorful. It was political. It was flamboyant. It was touching. And I wouldn't have expected anything less when about 100,000 people converged in the center of Mexico City on June 27, for the 37th edition of the Marcha por el Orgullo Gay, the annual Mexico City LGBT pride march and festival that grows in scope every year.