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America, What Do We Do After Charleston?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I am a native South Carolinian. Charleston is my maternal ancestral home. My great grandmother was born during slavery. My great grandfather I have been told was a plantation overseer. Never have I been more proud and more ashamed of my dueling ancestral heritages than right now.

Celebrate Love and Equality at Pride Music Festival in San Diego

Morena Duwe | Posted 07.02.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

The art of change is one that occurs slowly, its early brushstrokes seemingly unclear except to the eyes of its believers. As the painting becomes m...

Why the Lack of Women in Educational Leadership Matters

JP Fugler | Posted 07.02.2015 | Education
JP Fugler

More than three-quarters of public school teachers are female while only 30% of educational administrators are. Put simply, women are doing the work while men are making the decisions. If we want to change society, we have to change the way we teach them.

It's Time to Revive the Spirit of 1776 -- The Declaration Project

Christopher Phillips | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

Something unexpected has happened along the way -- more and more participants have expressed the sentiment that what we really need is a new declaration of independence.

Fourth of July -- One Veteran's Thoughts

Justin Constantine | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics
Justin Constantine

As a Marine who was wounded in Iraq, I had a lot of time during my recuperation to think about what our nation's values mean. I've always believed that America was not a perfect country but one that was on a path of improving itself and striving to live up to its cherished ideals.

Pride Returns to It's Protesting Roots

Dan Glass | Posted 07.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Dan Glass

'RIP Pride' took place because of the corporate focus of Pride in London is seen to be influenced by those involved in running it. The Pride in London Board who are responsible for delivery of Pride is made up of mainly business bodies who have little or no connection to the queer community.

The Speech President Obama Cannot Give

Dr. Walter Greason | Posted 07.01.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Walter Greason

President Barack Obama's eulogy for Reverend Clementa Pinckney unified nearly all Americans with a call to equal justice that no preceding generation had any realistic expectation to achieve. It was a moment desperately imagined by the voters who supported him in 2008 and 2012.

A Memorable Month of Pride in America

Valerie Jarrett | Posted 06.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Valerie Jarrett

Central to celebrating Pride is recognizing the work that is yet to be done. Not until every American -- whether gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender -- is treated equally under the law will we fully realize our potential as a nation.

Is Equality a Foundation for Global Sustainability?

Owen Gaffney | Posted 06.30.2015 | Science
Owen Gaffney

As the sustained media interest attests, Pope Francis's encyclical "Laudato Si" is a genuinely remarkable intervention. In exhaustive detail he identifies the two profound challenges facing our global civilization: poverty and the stability of the planet's life support system.

Love Wins! What's Next for Marriage Equality?

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

Amidst the vast news coverage and social media explosion in celebrations and jubilee of the history-making decision granting marriage equality for sam...

You Can Put Your Rings on It, but Haters Gonna Hate

Michael Solis | Posted 06.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Solis

Wedding bells will chime, brides will kiss brides, grooms will kiss grooms, rainbows will light the skies of all fifty states, and all will live happily ever after. If it could only be so easy.

Stonewall Still Rages

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 06.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

Stonewall must still rage, until all Americans are protected against discrimination. Until our nation lives the truth that Black lives matter, Brown lives matter and Trans lives matter. We are all connected in the struggle and we did not get to this place of victory alone.

Am I Really Privileged Simply Because I Am White?

Natalie Holm | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Natalie Holm

It is on us, white folks, to show our minority friends, acquaintances and even strangers over and over that we can be trusted. It does not matter whether we want this power dynamic to exist--it's there.

America Becomes More 'American'

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 06.26.2015 | Good News
Robert S. McElvaine

Today, America became more American, in the best sense of that word. When we celebrate Independence Day a week from Saturday, we can rejoice that our nation has moved closer to the ideals upon which it was founded than it has been on any previous Fourth of July.

Save The Date: I Am Now Able to Marry Justin Timberlake

Andrew Gelwicks | Posted 06.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Gelwicks

There is officially marriage equality in America. And all l I can think about is how I can now finally get married to Justin Timberlake (sorry, Jessica).

9 Love-Filled Photos Of Kids Celebrating Marriage Equality

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 06.29.2015 | Parents

With the news of the Supreme Court's ruling on marriage equality, people across the country are commemorating this historic day. In fact, people of al...

Beyond Sex: What Is Gay?

James Owens | Posted 06.26.2015 | Gay Voices
James Owens

Defining and embracing a true gay culture, which goes well beyond sexuality, is the next stage. We see organizations like gay softball leagues, gay choirs, and gay running clubs. They are institutions meant to build strength and support between one another because we do share so much in common and we understand what it took to become who we are more than anyone else.

How My Engagement Embodies Feminism

Elizabeth C. Medlin | Posted 06.22.2015 | Weddings
Elizabeth C. Medlin

Feminism is simply equality for women and for men. For me, as a feminist, my romantic relationship is one place where I never have to worry about fighting for equality and respect.

I Am My Brother's Keeper

Max Skolnik | Posted 06.18.2015 | Impact
Max Skolnik

I've told this story before but it bears repeating, especially in these trying times. For many years, I ran youth programs in the District of Columbia. I worked with hundreds, maybe thousands, of young people all over the city. Still, I keep coming back to the experiences of two kids.

Our Father's Sons

Garrett Paknis | Posted 06.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Garrett Paknis

Compassion can shatter the walls that keep us separated and away from the epic-ness that we could be. That we are. All we've got to do is love, which starts with ourselves.

Let's Be Clear: Gay Men Are Not Child Molesters and Should Serve as Boy Scout Leaders

Steve Siebold | Posted 06.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Steve Siebold

In 2014, the Boy Scouts of America finally began to allow openly gay youths into its organization. As of today, no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone. It was a great victory indeed.

If Caitlyn Jenner in Light of the Kardashian Craze Isn't Proof That Everything Happens for a Reason, I Don't Know What Is

Abby Rosmarin | Posted 06.17.2015 | Entertainment
Abby Rosmarin

Using something like the Kardashian craze as a reminder that everything happens for a reason seems frivolous and silly. But there is a reason. There is always a reason.

Does Gender Matter on Social Media?

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 07.02.2015 | Technology
Suren Ramasubbu

Social Networking holds potential to boost the economic, political and social empowerment of women, and the promotion of gender equality. But such boost is possible only with awareness of risks and benefits of the medium.

Oregon State Senator Wants To Improve Quality Of Life For Domestic Workers

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics

When Oregon State Sen. Sara Gelser (D-Corvallis) learned that domestic workers were often not afforded the labor protections enjoyed by workers in oth...

Daily Meditation: Our Land

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.12.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...