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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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."
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.
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?
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.