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The Most Important Trip for Men is Meeting Women Halfway

Iram Ganju | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Iram Ganju

Women continue to struggle for their equal rights, their reproductive and human rights against domestic violence, maternity leave, sexual harassment, and sexual violence.

Neil Patrick Harris Honored -- Plus Judith Light and Tim Gunn Chat LGBT Rights

Marti Gould Cummings | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marti Gould Cummings

I chatted with Neil on the red carpet about his upcoming turn in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway. I went on to interview Tim Gunn and Judith Light about LGBT rights and advice for young people.

Why Talking About Birth Control and Abortion Doesn't Make You a Slut

Lisa Solod | Posted 04.06.2014 | Women
Lisa Solod

A bunch of men who seem to know nothing about pregnancy and even less about sex should not be tasked with making laws which take away the rights of women to be people who can have some measure of control in their lives.

GENDA: How the Fight for a Basic Civil Rights Law Inspired A Movement in New York State

Eòghann Renfroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Eòghann Renfroe

The momentum was unmistakable. Surely, this would be the year GENDA would finally make it to the Senate floor. Surely this was the year it would finally pass. It didn't pass.

Martin Luther King and Gingerbread Dreams

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff | Posted 03.15.2014 | Parents
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

We are all just different shades of gingerbread. Our children have not been taught yet to label. I hope they resist for a long, long time.

Utah's First, Legal Same-Sex Wedding Starts Marriage Snowball

Joseph Peterson | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Joseph Peterson

Since Friday, at least six counties in Utah have opened their doors, and held late hours to accommodate the long lines of couples seeking marriage certificates.

An Open Letter to "Duck Dynasty" and Supporters

Charles Clymer | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Charles Clymer

Please take your duck whistles and complaints to the nearest Chick-fil-A and let the rest of us celebrate the triumph of the human spirit and actual bravery in free speech with those folks from Pussy Riot.

Marriage Licenses for Everyone

Paul Harris | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Paul Harris

It's now my one-year anniversary of my marriage to my husband and of marriage winning at the ballot box for the first time. In the time that's passed, I've seen how much difference marriage makes -- and how much more work needs to be done, especially in Oregon, the state right next door to mine.

Refusing to be Criminals (Again) - Struggle for Equality Continues in India

American Anthropological Association | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
American Anthropological Association

Over the past four years, the recognition of equal rights for sexual minorities in India has increased significantly, as thousands of LGBTQ individuals came out to their families, friends and coworkers without the fear of being harassed, blackmailed and persecuted.

Indian Police Beat Christian And Muslim Protestors

Religion News Service | Vishal Arora | Posted 12.11.2013 | Religion

NEW DELHI (RNS) Police in India’s capital used water cannons and canes on peaceful Christian and Muslim leaders Wednesday (Dec. 11) while they were ...

Dan Choi, Leadership and the Cult of Personality

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

Some survive the maelstrom and become stronger; others, like Dan, pay a very heavy price. Throwing the glare of heavy klieg lights on an already traumatized person is a recipe for disaster.

Is the Room at the Top of Civil Rights Organizations for Men Only?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 11.01.2013 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The Achilles Heel of the civil rights organizations remained the quiet and destructive sexism within its ranks. This history burst into public in the run-up to the 50th anniversary commemoration celebration events of the March on Washington this past August.

Wanted: An Inclusive Workplace. Needed: Active Allies.

Sylvia Ann Hewlett | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sylvia Ann Hewlett

The ultimate dividend: The combination of a diverse workforce and leaders who get that diversity makes companies measurably more innovative. It is a bottom-line imperative that organizations work to create a workplace where LGBT workers feel accepted.

Stand Up for Girls Today: We Are Each Other's Strength

Pam Allyn | Posted 12.11.2013 | Impact
Pam Allyn

Today is the International Day of the Girl. I want you to stand up at noon for every girl's right to tell her story. It sounds like a simple thing -- to stand up at noon. The action itself may be simple, but the statement and the intention behind the action is profound.

Post-DOMA 'Meet the Feds' Round 2: Social Security

Judy Rickard | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Judy Rickard

Is Karin a U.S. resident since our domestic partnership in 2007? Since our marriage in 2011? Since she received her green card this past July? The woman who took our case told us that since we were the first such case in our region, a precedent-setting determination has to be made.

We're Not Safe Until All LGBT People Are Safe

Nathan M. Schaefer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan M. Schaefer

Paola moved to New York from Puerto Rico to further her education and make a better life for herself. What she wasn't expecting was the discrimination she encountered.

Yes to All of Those Things

Elizabeth Baudouin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Elizabeth Baudouin

In 2008, we marched for marriage equality. Now, here I was five years later, putting my finger on the moment Prop 8 ended, and dancing to ding-dong-DOMA's-dead.

Churches Rally Behind March On Washington

USA Today | Deborah Barfield Berry | Posted 08.24.2013 | Religion

(RNS) For weeks leading up to the March on Washington, the Rev. Perry Smith urged his congregation to join the landmark civil rights event happening a...

The Republican War on Women: A Red Herring

Jabril Faraj | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics
Jabril Faraj

We will be better off as a country the more equal we are and the more opportunity we provide for the best and brightest to rise to the top, regardless of the economic station people are born into. Unfortunately, we've gotten away from this conviction over the last few decades.

A Wedding: Lovely but Bittersweet

Amelia | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Amelia

As is the case for many gay couples, equal marriage is merely a pipe dream in the Deep South state where Charles and Drew reside. Alabama is not known for its progressive stance on most issues. But they decided that they were not going to let that stop them.

Republicans Love Lucy

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The GOP retains a 1950s I Love Lucy caricature of women because the party doesn't listen to women. The party doesn't hear women's voices. Literally.

Mormon Church Reaffirms Stance on Traditional Marriage

Derrick Shore | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Derrick Shore

The modern LDS Church has repeatedly stated that marriage is between "a man and a woman." This position is curious considering Mormons' infamous history of plural marriage and the struggles they faced because of it.

Why I Love the Westboro Baptist Church

Joanna_Montgomery | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics
Joanna_Montgomery

The Westboro Baptist Church has made it embarrassing to be homophobic. And for that I thank them.

Rights, Patriotism and Service: Fourth of July Reflections

Ed Crego | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego

Ms. Davis, her Democratic colleagues, and those "average citizens" who stood with them acted as patriots. So, too, we should add, are the Republicans who in support of their own beliefs and principles opposed them.

Speak Up With Jimmy: Victory Rally for Supreme Court Gay Marriage Rulings (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jimmy Nguyen

Rally attendees, including incoming Los Angeles city controller Ron Galperin, discuss their joyous reactions to the rulings and the return of same-sex marriage rights in California.