This New Year, let's think not about changing who we are, but about remembering who we are as individuals and as a people. There are, I think, two basic things we need.
The increased awareness of trans identity has not brought a commensurate increase in safety for trans individuals: the past year also saw the highest number of trans women murdered on record.
While the Iranians rightly condemned Saudi Arabia, I find it quite ironic when they represent the murders as a "medieval act of savagery." It's as if the Saudi's, in executing Shiite clerics, held up a mirror to the Iranians in which they saw reflected back their own long-standing and brutal civil and human rights atrocities.
Attacks on Planned Parenthood, both physical and political, are jeopardizing the ability of women to access contraception and other reproductive health care services. At the same time, political assaults on sex education programs are gaining momentum and threatening the progress that we have made in reducing teen pregnancies. It all adds up to a bad report card for 2015, and it could get worse in 2016.
Selecting the right nominee who will not only defend the progress of the last eight years but can win the general election and carry our movement forward is critical for our community. Here are five reasons why I believe that Hillary Clinton is the right person to be our nominee and next president.
I think being gay, living in the United States and especially in West Hollywood, we tend to take for granted our freedom and forget our brothers and sisters who live in countries where they could be physically harmed for being who they are.
Now is the time for the private sector to "come out" and come together to improve conditions for the global LGBT workforce, and we invite other companies to partner with us.
What if, under an old desk in James Madison's study, the following were found scribbled on the backside of the Second Amendment -- the words in bold written into blank spots like a Mad Libs page...
Notice the irony of Trump benefitting from the politics of resentment. Billionaires like Trump make off with too much of the nation's income and wealth, at the expense of ordinary working stiffs. And then Trump puts on his politician's hat and cashes in on the resentment. And here's where it gets really tricky. Some of the ultra-P.C. stuff is silly and makes it easier for the right to lampoon liberals. The broader challenge here is that many of the causes that Trump and company put down as P.C. are legitimate and overdue. How long will it take before cops who brutalize black citizens are brought to justice? Do we really want to evict 12 million law abiding immigrants, many of whom were brought here as kids? But when the local working class is getting clobbered economically, it's easier to play off the races against each other.
This year-on the 153rd Anniversary of Freedom's Eve, African Americans across the Nation will come together for a time of fellowship, prayer and reflection; and offer tribute to our ancestors for their courage and strength.
Abortion again is headed to the Supreme Court. At issue is a Texas law setting medical standards for abortionists.
I studied the World War II program in the course of writing a novel about it. I learned how our great country lost its way, and about the psychological and political dynamics that make similar things happen over and over again.
The persistent barriers to equality and economic security faced by women and girls are numerous and they are urgent. We will stand with advocates, legislators, businesses, and community members to address them in 2016. Let's gain inspiration from the 2015 wins!
Double standards in any relation, particularly in the war on terror would not be in the interest of anyone. Muslims and non-Muslims should end the blame game and they should leave their differences aside and unite against this common enemy.
On December 15, U.S. Federal Judge Dean Pregerson ruled that the line between gender and sexual orientation discrimination "does not exist." The ruling, addressing discrimination against a pair of lesbian basketball players at Pepperdine University, has the potential to put sexual orientation under the umbrella of established civil rights laws.
I have never been invited to be a college commencement speaker, because of my ideas, and also because I will not bring in donor dollars. In this country money drives access. By the way, if a college is interested, I charge much less than Condoleezza Rice.