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No Longer Just a Dream

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 03.18.2014 | Gay Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

On the 100-year anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, the activist Martin Luther King Jr. expressed a prophetic dream. He dreamed that his children would one day live in a world where justice would indeed be reality for all.

Poverty Grinds Down LGBT Equality

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 03.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

With so many LGBT people suffering from income inequality, poverty is an LGBT concern. Marriage equality brings a landslide of privileges and economic benefits to a family -- but if the family is living on minimum wage, they probably cannot even afford a marriage license.

Forget Invisibility: Visibility Is the New Superpower

Timothy Holbrook | Posted 03.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Timothy Holbrook

The power of visibility has unique force in sports where, particularly for gay men, the stereotype is that gays are unathletic. When coupled with the prominence that sports plays in American culture, visible LGBT athletes (and even straight allies) can help change minds.

He's My 'Husband,' No More 'Partner' or Friend

Richard Alther | Posted 03.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard Alther

States legalizing gay marriage are gaining steamroller momentum. What's to stop it? Not politics or the courts of law. The body of this business is buried deep within ourselves, to continue to step forward into the light of day for all to see.

What We Left Behind in 2013

Michael Keegan | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Michael Keegan

Yes, things are getting better. But that's not saying much. Republicans have lowered the standards of Congress so much that the completion of a basic task like passing a budget or confirming a non-controversial judge is now cause for celebration. Americans shouldn't accept the low standards of this new normal. It's like the relief of having a tooth pulled. The ache that's been with you for so long is gone, the sharp pain of having it pulled is over. But there's something missing. As we look forward to the year ahead, let's remember the tasks we left behind in the rancorous, bitter 2013. Barely functioning is not enough. We have a lot of work to do. Here's to higher standards in 2014!

Of Rose Parades and Dreams Coming True

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 02.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

One distraught woman from Florida pleaded with me -- in a conversation I'll never forget -- to "Please, please, please don't ruin the Rose Parade for us! We're Christians and watch it every year with our grandchildren. Homosexuality is an abomination. Jesus said so in Genesis." Seriously. "Jesus said so in Genesis." I couldn't make that up.

The Backwardness of ENDA Opposition

Isabel Song | Posted 02.10.2014 | Teen
Isabel Song

Different versions of this bill have been introduced to Congress since 1994. In other words, for more than my entire lifetime, America's lawmakers have struggled time and time again over the passage of an anti-discrimination bill.

Episcopalians Urge Vote on ENDA

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 02.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

On December 6th and 7th -- as the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles met for its 118th annual convention -- the Diocesan LGBT Ministry offered convention goers the opportunity to sign onto this letter to House Speaker John Boehner urging a vote on ENDA.

The Legacy of 'Seeing' Harvey Milk

Michael Keegan | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics
Michael Keegan

Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to major public office in California, had held his office for less than a year before he was assassinated. But Milk helped erase some of the invisible boundaries defining who in our country can be elected officials.

Gayconomics 101: Why the Latest LGBT Rights Legislation Could Be the 'ENDA' the Road for Some Job Seekers

Courtney Michaluk | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Courtney Michaluk

ENDA, designed to prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, appears to have been designed with the best of intentions. But like '80s fashion or tequila shots, what sounds good in theory can have unintended consequences.

Fair Employment Practices: A Broken Bargain for LGBT Workers of Color

Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks

Today the National Black Justice Coalition released a groundbreaking report that examines how bias and prejudice based on race, sexual orientation, and gender identity/expression intersect to the detriment of LGBT workers of color.

LGBT Latinos Face a Broken Bargain in the American Workforce

Tico Almeida | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Tico Almeida

According to a new report released today -- A Broken Bargain for LGBT Workers of Color -- lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Latinos are among the most disadvantaged workers in America.

Red-Letter Day

Ben de Guzman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Ben de Guzman

The Senate's 64-32 vote on ENDA represents historic progress in the march for full equality under the law for LGBT people. And, most importantly, for the first time, a body of Congress has passed ENDA legislation that includes protections for transgender people.

ENDA, Language and Rachel Maddow

Dana Beyer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

The LGBT community's media darling, Rachel Maddow, has been telling her viewers that ENDA would protect employees from discrimination based on their "sexual orientation or sexual identity." I don't know what's worse: leaving out the "gender" in "gender identity" or replacing it with "sexual."

No More Discrimination?!

Susie Sampson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Susie Sampson

That's what made it so fun to be a conservative. Now it's just equality for all, blah blah blah.

Historic Workers' Protection Bill Passes in Senate, Will Protect Many in Asian American & Pacific Islander Community

Gregory Cendana | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Gregory Cendana

The historic Senate passage on Thursday of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a critical measure that would safeguard lesbian, gay, bisexua...

Amanda Terkel

ENDA's Not Dead Yet! Bill's Sponsor Says Republicans Quietly Back It

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 11.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) is confident that if House Republican leaders allow a vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, it will ...

ENDA Is a Necessity Because Discrimination Is not an Option

Michael Rohrer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

Boehner is a Republican Representative that most recently, for me, was the face of our government shut down. Now he's the man who would block ENDA. Why are you standing in the way, Mr. Boehner?

Mr. President, Waiting Is Not an Option!

Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez

We seek the day that LGBTQ Americans will be fully equal under the law. Waiting is not an option for the single lesbian mother who may lose her child because she can't get or hold a job in her small Southern town. Waiting is not an option for the queer young person living on the streets.

Amanda Terkel

Harry Reid On Being Mormon And Supporting LGBT Rights: 'The Church Is Changing'

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 11.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Members of the Mormon Church were key backers of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the Senate, reflecting what Majority Leader Ha...

Colbert Responds To Non-Discrimination Act

Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy

Stephen Colbert addressed the Senate's passage of the Non-Discrimination Act on Thursday's "Colbert Report," and even though he disagrees that the LGB...

Pundit Compares Being Gay To Trans Fats: 'A Hazard To Human Health'

Posted 11.11.2013 | Gay Voices

You can count the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer among the conservative pundits angered by the Senate's approval of the Employment Non-Di...

From Dress Codes to ENDA, a Personal Journey of Social Progress

Dana Beyer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

The Employment Non-discrimination Act of 2013 passed the Senate today, 39 years after it was first introduced. I feel very privileged to have lived long enough, from being at Stonewall as a teenager to being in the Senate gallery today, to watch history unfold.

Jason Linkins

Who Evolved On ENDA?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics

The first time the full U.S. Senate had an opportunity to vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act was on Sept. 5, 1996, after the legislation ha...

The Fight for ENDA Has Real Public Health Implications

Paul Kawata | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Paul Kawata

Evidence clearly demonstrates a negative relationship between unemployment and HIV treatment adherence, resulting in poorer health outcomes for unemployed LGBT individuals living with HIV, while also increasing their chances of transmitting the virus to their partners.