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Conversations I Don't Want To Have With My Son

Amelia | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

I think every parent has those discussions they don't want to have with their children. But now that my oldest son, at 7 years old, identifies as gay, I find myself facing a whole new set of things I just don't want to say to him.

Gay Rights, Racial Prejudice, and True Equality

Eric Segall | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Eric Segall

As the Republicans met last week in Tampa and nominated two men to lead their ticket who are opposed to same sex marriage, it is a good time to recognize that this kind of overt discrimination against gays should be no more tolerable than discrimination based on race, religion or gender.

Obama Documentary Pledges Support For The Gay Community Going Forward

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A video produced by the Obama campaign earlier this year is receiving renewed viral attention as the White House seeks to remind voters of president's...

WATCH: Got Some Rights You Can't Use? Turn Them Into Cash!

Posted 08.17.2012 | Comedy

Those wonderful Cash 4 Gold ads have seen their fair share of spoofs, but this is our new favorite. If you're tired of fighting for gay marriage and w...

Adoption in the Media: What Do Pregnant Women, Killers and Crying Babies Have in Common?

Adam Pertman | Posted 10.08.2012 | Media
Adam Pertman

The wonderful world of adoption, a place where women are baby-delivery devises for other parents, where men slay the people who raise them because they are not biologically related, and where the very idea of having entered a family in this way is so unnerving that it makes you weep.

Richard Noble, a Man You Should Know

David Duran | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
David Duran

Richard Noble reflects on his journey of being the first "out" gay man to walk across the country, covering 10 states and more than 2,700 miles in 15 months.

Second Best on Every Fourth of July

William Dameron | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
William Dameron

I am asking my country for a gift equal to the one my straight brother got when he was born, a bundle of rights and freedoms. Just make it plus one.

UN Women Head Michelle Bachelet: 'Gender Equality Is Good Business'

Elisabeth Braw | Posted 08.19.2012 | World
Elisabeth Braw

Michelle Bachelet is a crusading feminist: she was Chile's first female president. Two years ago she was appointed the first-ever Executive Director of UN Women. And gender equality isn't just about doing the right thing, she says: it makes economic sense.

BREAKING ECONOMIC NEWS: GOP to Sponsor Innovative Women's Program

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 07.25.2012 | Comedy
Soraya Chemaly

Anonymous sources think that the GOP is seriously considering officially adopting the Sponsor a Uterus program as part of their economic stimulus agenda.

Obama's "Bend Toward Justice"

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Personally, I salute President Obama for his statement, for speaking out for equality. Now he needs to be the defender of Social Security and Medicare and not the advocate of a "grand bargain." He needs to champion making it in America, not peddle more corporate trade pacts.

To Bridge the Gap Between Dogma and Progress, We're Going to Have to Talk About Values

Jane Devin | Posted 07.07.2012 | Politics
Jane Devin

How many people do you know who are extremists on either side? My guess is not many. Yet these are the types of conversations that dominate politics and the media today. They take away from the truth and heart of human matters while fanning flames of antagonism and disunity.

Discrimination Against LGBT Jurors Remains Legal

Posted 05.01.2012 | Politics

By Andy Birkey MINNEAPOLIS, M.N. -- “I believe that people who are either transsexuals or transvestites -- I don't know what the proper term ...

Women are Wimps

Morra Aarons-Mele | Posted 06.30.2012 | Politics
Morra Aarons-Mele

Is the GOP saying that women should expect to earn less because they default to parenting over work? Is this the party line? Because I know a lot of pretty ambitious Republican women who would disagree.

Dear Michelle: An Open Letter to the First Lady About Same-Sex Military Families

Shawn DeBarge Goodin | Posted 04.19.2012 | Politics
Shawn DeBarge Goodin

Although Brandon and I live in Washington State, which now has marriage equality, if we were to marry the certificate would carry no value when presented at my post. Simply because of our sexual orientation, my marriage would go unrecognized.

Equal Pay Day: It's Time to Close the Earnings Gap

Kirsten Swinth | Posted 06.17.2012 | Politics
Kirsten Swinth

The old-fashioned kind of income inequality that still keeps women earning less than men on average holds families back, and perpetuates the gulf between the 1 percent and the 99 percent

unEqual Pay Day

Rep. Jackie Speier | Posted 06.17.2012 | Women
Rep. Jackie Speier

There is cruel irony in having Equal Pay Day fall on Tax Day. Women and men share the responsibility of paying taxes, but there is no sharing when it comes to receiving equal pay for comparable work.

Constitution Is Clearly a Living Document

Byron Williams | Posted 06.16.2012 | Politics
Byron Williams

The Constitution must be a living document if it is to represent those living today. The flaw in its inception would be its original intent excluded so many people.

The Equal Rights Amendment Finally Arrives

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 06.10.2012 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

If America wishes to serve as an international example of liberty and just governance, we must ensure that all citizens are afforded the same rights and that institutionalized discrimination is made illegal.

What Do You Get When You Cross Gloria Steinem with a Call for Aspirin Between the Knees?

Joyce McFadden | Posted 06.01.2012 | Women
Joyce McFadden

I wondered what must it be like to have devoted your entire adult life to a cause continually under fire. And I wondered how she remains optimistic in spite of recent challenges to her life's work.

Why Gay Marriage Is Not the Issue for Obama This November

Todd Fernandez | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics
Todd Fernandez

Getting the president to say "marriage equality" may feel good, but it's bad politics and misleading to the LGBT community. Democrats have simply not yet made same-sex marriage equality a federal issue.

Watching Gay Marriage Opponents Evolve

Ty Alper | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics
Ty Alper

I'm a sucker for YouTube videos of politicians who once opposed gay marriage explaining why they have changed their minds. It's a little genre that, happily, is growing.

Conservatives Really Do Hate Markets

James Peron | Posted 05.13.2012 | Politics
James Peron

The religious right may talk about "markets," but in the end they get their way through regulations, controls and legislation. Whether they like to admit it or not, the religious right is really the regulating right. They do hate markets.

A Slut Manifesto

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 05.09.2012 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

Every woman, even one simply speaking intelligently in her own interest, is a potential slut. A slut is also any woman who wants to control her reproduction, build a life, earn a living of her own, dress how she wants, and take care of her health and her family.

Cities That Pay Women The Least

24/7 Wall St. | Ashley C. Allen, Charles B. Stockdale | Posted 03.08.2012 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: March is Women’s History Month, and March 8th is International Women’s Day. First observed in the U.S. on February 28, 1909, t...

Racism in the Heartland

Diane Dimond | Posted 08.08.2012 | Crime
Diane Dimond

It's time for North Dakota -- and the handful of other states without meaningful anti-discrimination laws -- to pass legislation with teeth in it to protect the constitutional rights of every American citizen.