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Equality

The Time for Equality Is Now

Stuart Gaffney | Posted 04.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Stuart Gaffney

The solutions to these problems are clear. As we continue to undertake the lengthy processes of achieving protections under all states' laws, Congress must act now to prohibit discrimination nationwide against LGBT people in all aspects of our lives. The time for equality under the law is now.

1,000,000 Reasons to Look Beyond Marriage Equality and Say #IDO

Karen Dixon | Posted 04.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Karen Dixon

This is not the time to grow complacent, but it is the time to celebrate our achievements to date and then recommit our time, voices and resources to ensure the fight against discrimination continues. Say #IDo as a symbol of America's collective resolve to ensure "Liberty and Justice for All."

Fair Is Fair, But Not Everywhere

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.23.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

Children as young as three believe that hard work merits more reward. By the time they enter school, children are like little adults in their commitment to distributive justice. But is this impulse universal?

Celebrating National Poetry Month 2015

Michael Carosone | Posted 04.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

For National Poetry Month 2015, here is one of my poems: "My Laundromat"//I will buy a Laundromat//so that//I can take the perfectly blue and green//rounded sphere which we call planet Earth// and give it a very needed cleaning.

Wanted: Economic Equality for the Gender Diverse Community

Vanessa Sheridan | Posted 04.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Vanessa Sheridan

Gender diverse people are human beings of innate worth and intrinsic value. They deserve the same rights as every other citizen under the law. That includes the right to employment based on merit and the ability to do the job.

Screw You, I Am Asian 'American'

Mason Hsieh | Posted 04.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Mason Hsieh

While it may not have been Tammy's intent, posing this seemingly innocuous question is a poorly disguised microaggression that perpetuates the belief that Asian-Americans are cultural and racial outsider within the American context. T

Only One Potential 2016 Candidate Will Protect True Religious Freedom

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 04.07.2015 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

Rather than passing redundant religious freedom laws, we ought to be passing anti-discrimination laws because the most beautiful example of Christian witness is to show kindness, love and acceptance to each individual in our midst -- to our friends and neighbors, to strangers, and even to our enemies.

What Indiana Could Learn From Hawaiʻi

Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson | Posted 04.06.2015 | Hawaii
Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson

In Hawai'i, the right of LGBT people to live free of discrimination is viewed not as an attack on faith but as an intrinsic part of the spiritual belief in aloha -- love, honor and respect for all.

Is Silicon Valley the 'Epicenter of Social Change?'

Matt Mahan | Posted 04.04.2015 | Technology
Matt Mahan

So, is Silicon Valley becoming the "epicenter of social change," as Michelle Quinn, the San Jose Mercury News reporter who approached me, suggests in her column? It remains to be seen whether the tech sector will continue to have an outsized impact on social and political issues driving the national dialogue.

What Is Feminism?

Women's Rights News | Posted 04.03.2015 | Women
Women's Rights News

Feminism is not the belief that one gender should be raised in power above another. The very definition of feminism shows a complete opposition to this belief. So when people comment against feminism, they are supporting sexism. There is no sitting on the fence.

Put a Ring on It: Why Marriage Equality Matters

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 04.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

One fall day in September 2001, I lost almost everything I held dear when I stumbled upon an email not intended for me. In it, I learned that my then-partner of six years, "Rob," had broken the commitments we'd made and that, in fact, I'd been lied to from the start of our relationship.

'Gents', 'Fellas', 'Boys' - How Language Is Telling Women They Don't Belong

Kate Van Dellen | Posted 04.01.2015 | Technology
Kate Van Dellen

Sitting at my desk today, dress and new flats on, I opened an email sent to me and my group with the first line "Gents, I need your help with this hard technical issue..." In one swift motion, I uncrossed my legs to firmly press my feet into the ground and leaned forward.

Real Religious Leaders Must Stand Up for Real Freedom

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 03.30.2015 | Religion
Rev. Al Sharpton

The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed by Governor Mike Pence last week, is one of the most biased pieces of state legislation we've seen in our modern era. The fact that it is cloaked in the name of religious freedom is particularly offensive to me as a member of the clergy who has been engaged in ministry and social justice work my entire life.

Concerning Socialism

Lewis Worrow | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Lewis Worrow

It is self-evident that equal opportunity is a necessary quality of a fair society, but to achieve this an inefficient redistribution of wealth is required.

10 Tips for Creating Inclusive Religious Organizations

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 03.26.2015 | Religion
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

We are a stronger country when religious organizations of all faiths live up to our values--when we are welcoming, diverse, moral, and respect one another.

For the NCAA, There is No Sideline

Ashland Johnson | Posted 03.26.2015 | Sports
Ashland Johnson

The threat of SB 101 becoming law has thrust the NCAA into a unique position. The NCAA has an opportunity to have an impact beyond sport by speaking out against this discriminatory law.

Entrepreneurs: Tessa Kahoun, AZ's Foremost Wedding Planner

Johnathan Cardillo | Posted 03.25.2015 | Weddings
Johnathan Cardillo

Well, one day, I was telling a co-worker how I was helping a friend plan her wedding and she said, "Tessa, why don't you just do that full-time? Didn't you work in events before?"

U.S. Police Officers Kill Primarily Because They Are Attacked, Not To Disrupt Crime

Alev Dudek | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Alev Dudek

Police officers in the U.S.A. are not better or worse than in Germany or Great Britain. What determines the conduct of an average police officer is the political and organizational climate in which they operate.

Equality: Fixin' to Get Around to it

Brett Jones | Posted 03.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Brett Jones

Racism and bigotry are overwhelming and mind numbing issues. The big picture frustrates me to no end. The only person that I truly can control is myself, which happens to be the best place to start fixing most problems I know.

Guilt, Privilege and the Unraveling of Race

Julian Mitchell | Posted 03.17.2015 | Black Voices
Julian Mitchell

The overarching desire is not to live in a "post-racial" America, but to exist in a "post-racist" America. The goal is not for all races to be considered the same, but for each race to have a private identity and culture that is separate, but respected equally.

On International Women's Day, A History of Lilith. Was She a Demon or the First Feminist We Know?

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 03.12.2015 | Women
Dora Levy Mossanen

My Lilith revealed herself when I immigrated to America and decided to go back to school as a married woman and a mother of young kids, when I became a writer and began creating strong willed female characters with big dreams and the courage to realize these dreams, despite the many obstacles they encountered on their way.

Corporations, Especially Media and Tech Companies, Should Clearly Commit to Gender Equality and Get Gender Certified

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 04.07.2015 | Business
Soraya Chemaly

EDGE provides a mechanism for companies not only to show the seriousness of their commitment to closing gender gaps, but to then put their money and time where their mouths are. Tech and media companies, in particular, because they so disproportionately shape imaginations and narratives.

Why I Admire Muhammad: A Response to Islamophobes

Craig Considine | Posted 03.10.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

The Islamophobes who do not see the value in Muhammad's qualities are simply being close-minded. If the Prophet were alive, he would show them mercy and compassion in spite of their actions. He would also tell them to seek more knowledge.

7 Things Women Can Do Now to Achieve 50/50 Gender Equality at Work

Dayna Steele | Posted 03.06.2015 | Business
Dayna Steele

There is an old saying, "Women hold up half the sky." We should be holding up half of the corporate world as well.

WATCH: A Field Guide to Spotting and Stopping the Homophobic Laws Coming to Your Home State

Matt Baume | Posted 03.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

Don't look now, but while marriage equality has been spreading across the country, homophobic lawmakers have found a sneaky new way to chip away at civil rights. And not just gay and lesbian civil rights -- EVERYONE'S civil rights.