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Celebrating Progress of Marriage Equality and Not Settling For Anything Less Than Full Equality

Gregory Cendana | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Gregory Cendana

We must hold ALL elected officials and ourselves to higher standards of equality. We must break down the silos whether by community, issue or campaign. We must be bold, visionary and steadfast in our commitment to social and economic justice.

Marriage Equality As A Catalyst For Full LGBT Equality?

Josh A. Goodman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Josh A. Goodman

A confession: I haven't always supported putting same-sex marriage at the forefront of the LGBT-rights movement. Recently, though, I've come to realize that the push for marriage equality is probably a good thing for the fight for other LGBT rights too.

Five Years Of Marriage Equality Activism (PHOTOS)

Wayne Anderson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Wayne Anderson

I decided to revisit some of the photographs I've taken while attending Prop 8 protests and marriage equality rallies over the last five years. It's hard to deny that Prop 8 not only galvanized the marriage equality movement but added vigor to the fight in other LGBT-equality-related areas.

No Longer at Zero: An Update on ENDA

Mara Keisling | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mara Keisling

As we face a new Congress with our rapidly growing power and a quickly filling armamentarium of legal remedies, we need to make sure that ENDA, when it passes in a few years, moves our rights forward. We are no longer powerless mendicants. We are no longer starting from zero.

The Time Is Now: Seize This Movement Moment!

Robin McGehee | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Robin McGehee

We've seen the repeal of DADT, Obama's "evolution" on marriage equality, and the emergence of two Supreme Court cases that will determine the next steps in the battle for marriage equality. But now isn't the time to just wait on our equality to come to us. Now is the time to seize it!

Anti-Gay Pundit: ENDA Will Prompt 'Flaming Homosexuals' To Sue Christian Companies

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The American Family Association's Bryan Fischer took aim at the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in both a blog post and on his radio program,...

My Top 5 Wishes For The Queers In 2013

Allison Hope | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Allison Hope

Since we survived the end of the world, we can now focus on closing out 2012 and laying out our hopes for the new year. So what's our big, gay wish list for 2013? Here are my top five.

Back To Work: All Eyes On Full LGBT Equality

Joe Sudbay | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Joe Sudbay

We all know that Election Day, including the reelection of President Obama, was historic for LGBT Americans. Now we need to translate those results into tangible, concrete change.

What America's Top LGBT Leaders Think Obama Must Do Next

David Badash | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
David Badash

I asked 10 of America's top LGBT leaders what they are thinking. From GLAAD to HRC to GetEQUAL, leaders from some of the most active organizations, along with independent and grassroots activists and opinion shapers, shared with me their thoughts and plans for "Obama 2.0."

What It Means for Voters to Have Our Backs

Josh A. Goodman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Josh A. Goodman

I deeply appreciate the voters in these four states standing up for what is right. It is nice to know that, were I living in the states that affirmed marriage equality, I would have the same rights as everybody else.

How Myopic Mitt Makes Bush Look Like Generous George

Josh A. Goodman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Josh A. Goodman

Even if Mitt Romney, like George W. Bush, believes that marriage is a sacred religious institution, why can't he, like Bush, see that civil unions are not sacred to any religion?

If I Could Talk To The President

Rebecca Juro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rebecca Juro

When will you stand up and speak out for the equal rights and treatment of working-class LGBT Americans the way you and your fellow Democrats address the concerns of LGBT millionaire donors? How much longer must working-class LGBT Americans patiently wait?

National Coming Out Day 2012: Let's Make The Workplace Safe For Everyone To Be Out

Brad Jacklin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brad Jacklin

I was a privileged white kid with a circle of friends and family who were, if not outright supportive, at least working out their issues on their own instead of burdening me. So, when I took a job during my junior year, it didn't occur to me that being out at work could be risky.

The Gay Soccer Dad and Lesbian Costco Mom Vote

Karl Frisch | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Karl Frisch

With so much at stake for LGBT people and numerous historic electoral wins on the horizon this fall, shouldn't President Obama and Mitt Romney have a frank discussion about issues important to LGBT Americans and their families?

Obama, Marriage Equality, And Prop 8: Then And Now

Chana Wilson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Chana Wilson

Four years later, we are still married in California, along with the 18,000 same-sex couples who squeaked in before Prop 8 passed, but we are still seen as single by the feds, thanks to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). But hallelujah: Change is afoot!

Michelangelo Signorile

Senator Calls On Obama To Sign Anti-Discrimination Order | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Democratic Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa called on President Obama once again to sign an executive order banning discrimination based on sexual orientati...

Lila Shapiro

Gay Rights Advocates Split Over Paul Ryan | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Since his pick as Mitt Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan has not spoken about his position on gay rights. But the Log Cabin Republicans, one of just tw...

Reality Check: Why Marriage Needs To Take A Backseat To Workplace Rights

Rebecca Juro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rebecca Juro

When you compare the two issues side by side, the logic is both obvious and unavoidable: Gaining nationwide anti-discrimination protections in the workplace is a far easier and less time-consuming task, politically, than achieving nationwide same-sex marriage.

Paul Ryan on Gay Rights: 'I Don't Know Why We Are Talking About This'

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Mitt Romney's running mate is a man who, like Romney himself, once supported gay rights -- and I do mean just one time -- only to run far away when he needed to genuflect before cultural conservatives.

Too Chicken to Talk? Chick-Fil-A Boycotts Show Need for Dialogue

Josh A. Goodman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Josh A. Goodman

While boycotts and events like Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day garner media attention, they serve to further separate, rather than bring together, people with opposing viewpoints.

Chick-fil-A Is Not the Issue

Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

Here in the South we are, sadly, used to hearing anti-LGBT rhetoric -- from business leaders, politicians and preachers. It's hardly news, it's hardly surprising and it's hardly ever the whole story.

Right-Wing Radio Host Slams ENDA As 'Insanity'

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

"We had another word for something like this: it's called insanity." That's how Steve Crampton described the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (END...

Groups To Protest Obama In Miami Beach

The Huffington Post | Christiana Lilly | Posted 06.26.2012 | Miami

An LGBT organization and student activist group are planning to protest President Barack Obama’s Miami Beach fundraiser dinner Tuesday evening. G...

It's Time For The U.S. Senate To Walk The Walk On ENDA (AUDIO)

Rebecca Juro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rebecca Juro

America is ready to treat LGBT American citizens as equals in the workplace, and that's becoming clearer every day. The real problem with getting ENDA passed actually has far less to do with negative public opinion than with cowardice from some political leaders on both sides of the aisle.

Students Ask Obama To Protect LGBT Employees

Jacob Tobia | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jacob Tobia

By issuing an executive order that bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in all companies that have contracts with the federal government, you can protect millions of talented, productive, and passionate employees in an instant.