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Friday Talking Points -- Spinning Straw (Polls) Into Gold

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's one of those rare weeks in Washington where Congress deigns to actually do their job and vote on some stuff... before lapsing back into their default status, which is of course: "taking weeks and weeks off, on vacation."

Remembering Harvey Milk and His Fight to End Job Discrimination

Cleve Jones | Posted 05.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Cleve Jones

This week we celebrate Harvey Milk's 85th birthday and honor his role as one of the pioneers of the LGBT community, even as we await a decision on marriage equality from the Supreme Court of the United States.

Dear God, Please Just Say No to Governor Jindal

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Dear God, if you are listening to Governor Jindal's prayers asking if he should run for president, please just say, "No." Louisiana cannot afford his ambitions anymore.

Former Bully Sends Powerful Apology To Classmate 20 Years Later

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 05.20.2015 | Good News

An apology that one man received from an old classmate reminds us all that it's never too late to right your wrongs. ChadMichael Morrisette, now 3...

Poor Customer Service Prevents Repeat Business

Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders | Posted 05.18.2015 | Business
Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders

The experience my friends and I had at the popular Outback Steakhouse restaurant was an unusual and memorable one. Encounters such as this one can easily be misconstrued especially since the bartender was white and the customers were black. But one thing for certain, it illustrated how poor customer service can leave an aftertaste that will cause anyone to avoid patronizing at an establishment for years to come.

Is Homophobia to Blame for Google Claiming That This App Is Sexually Explicit?

Jenny Block | Posted 05.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Jenny Block

The Curve Magazine Android app has been suspended again. Why? "Violation of the sexually explicit material provision of the Content Policy." That's what they say anyway. Except the app contains NO sexually explicit material.

This Is How You Combat Gender Bias in the Workplace

Debra Carpenter | Posted 05.15.2015 | Women
Debra Carpenter

I was privileged to speak with Barbara Giamanco last week, and she not only had some interesting and novel insights on being a woman in a predominantly male industry, but also offered some genius ways to combat workplace gender bias and get closer to achieving your career goals.

The Courts, Civil Rights and What Shouldn't Be Left to Voters

Preeti Vissa | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Preeti Vissa

Pretty much every time the federal courts hear a case connected to civil rights, voices on the political right can be counted on to say, "Unelected judges shouldn't decide this! It should be left to the democratic process!" That's a fundamental misreading of the U.S. Constitution and it forces one to overlook some distinctly unpleasant history.

Michigan Bill Aims To Wipe Out Local LGBT Anti-Discrimination Laws

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

The Michigan House of Representatives is considering a bill that would bar local governments from enacting worker protections that are stronger than s...

More Real: The War on Christians or Santa Claus?

David Pakman | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
David Pakman

The reality is that there is no Christian persecution in the United States. Not being allowed to discriminate based on completely self-professed and arbitrary "sincerely held religious beliefs" is not an example of persecution. Having the only federal religious holiday be Christmas is a characteristic of a group granted special privileges by civil society.

Amnesty UK -- Help Us to Understand

Joyce S. Dubensky | Posted 05.13.2015 | Impact
Joyce S. Dubensky

I applaud Amnesty International's work to combat discrimination against Muslims and Christians and against discrimination in "all its forms," but I am concerned. Why does it appear that some religious groups in need readily earn Amnesty's attention, energy and resources but not others?

Working on Behalf of All Minorities

John Feffer | Posted 05.09.2015 | World
John Feffer

A fundamental element of majority privilege is the blind universality that members of an ethnic, religious, racial or sexual majority often unconsciously embrace. They believe that their perspectives are held -- or should be held -- by everyone.

I Dream America

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 05.08.2015 | Black Voices
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

If I could remake America, I wouldn't add a thing. She's got it all. Instead, I'd take away some things.

The Missing

John Feffer | Posted 05.07.2015 | World
John Feffer

One of the most remarkable symbols of racial discrimination are the missing African-American men. According to an analysis last month in The New York Times, 1.5 million African American men have gone missing in this country.

WeNeedDiverseAnimation# Because BlackLivesMatter#

Ama Yawson | Posted 05.05.2015 | Media
Ama Yawson

How do we eliminate the bias against black skin which seems to be so inextricably linked to issues of discrimination that have a real impact on the progress of African-Americans? Economic investment, legal reform and improvements in education are certainly needed. But, I also believe that positive multicultural media is part of the solution.

Dear Fellow White People: This Is How You Can Respond to Baltimore

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Rachel Garlinghouse

My name is Rachel, and I'm white. I've benefited from white privilege my entire life, most of the time without knowing it. When I became a mom, things changed for me, dramatically. My husband and I decided that we could be great parents to a child of any race.

On the Cusp of an 'African American Spring'

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 05.01.2015 | Black Voices
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Some African Americans have argued with me that comparing the riots to the Arab Spring gives too much credence to the miscreant behavior of some black youths. But that's the problem. Inured to black suffering, we all have a double standard for African Americans.

Mental Illness and Identity: Would I Shed My Bipolar Disorder Skin?

Melissa Miles McCarter | Posted 04.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Melissa Miles McCarter

Lately I have been asking myself: What would I do if I could shed myself of my bipolar disorder? Is it part of the core of my identity, even if it is ...

Little Hope in Baltimore for the '2s,' '3s,' and '4s'

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.29.2015 | Education
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Baltimore City is not unlike many inner cities throughout the country where unemployment rates for black youth tops 50 percent, and black adult unemployment hovers around 20 percent. Blight saturates neighborhood.

How the War on Drugs Contributes to the '1.5 Million Missing Black Men'

Tony Newman | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Tony Newman

On Monday, the New York Times published a deeply upsetting piece titled, "1.5 Million Missing Black Men." The numbers are shocking and offensive.

Uber To Face Lawsuit For Discriminating Against Blind People

Reuters | By Jonathan Stempel | Posted 04.20.2015 | Business

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc must defend against a lawsuit accusing the popular ride-sharing service of discrim...

Michigan Car Repair Shop Owner Says He Will Turn Away Openly Gay Customers ... And That's Legal

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 04.16.2015 | Gay Voices

A Michigan car repair shop owner said he will refuse to serve openly gay customers -- and, yes, that is legal. Brian Klawiter is the owner of Dies...

Dealing With Discrimination in the Federal Workplace

Tom Fox | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics
Tom Fox

Discrimination involves more than who is hired and fired. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, harassment is the most commonly alleged issue in discrimination complaints filed by federal employees every year. It accounts for 30 percent of the appeals resolved by the EEOC.

Celebrating National Poetry Month 2015

Michael Carosone | Posted 04.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

For National Poetry Month 2015, here is one of my poems: "My Laundromat"//I will buy a Laundromat//so that//I can take the perfectly blue and green//rounded sphere which we call planet Earth// and give it a very needed cleaning.

Our Core American Values

Rep. David Cicilline | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Rep. David Cicilline

Let's be clear. No American citizen should be denied housing, the ability to attend school, to apply for a mortgage, or to serve on a jury because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.