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The Supreme Court's New Gay Marriage Case Tests MLK's Dream of True Equality

Lisa Bloom | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Lisa Bloom

How fitting that just before Martin Luther King Jr. weekend our Supreme Court justices agreed to decide whether our constitution requires all 50 states to recognize same-sex marriages. As Dr. King said the night before he died, "All we say to America is be true to what you said on paper." Equal means equal.

The Kansas Education Funding Case and Constitutional Democracy

Craig Martin | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics
Craig Martin

The ongoing debate in Kansas over school funding is important not only for the state's education policy, but also for how we think about our democracy.

Have You Ever Had to Convince Someone You're a Woman? (VIDEO)

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 01.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

2015-01-16-pearlofafrica5small.jpgThis week's episode covers discrimination against LGBTI people in Uganda. Cleo is invited to a secret meeting with the Ugandan government to prove that she's real. In the episode I search for an answer to the question of why it's so hard for people to accept anything that doesn't fit into society's norms.

Top 4 Lessons Dr. King Taught Us

Carla Javits | Posted 01.15.2015 | Impact
Carla Javits

We have made tremendous leaps forward before, and if we have the nerve and mutual respect to engage and act -- we can make progress again on the urgent matters we face today -- with economic inequity as the centerpiece.

One Size Does Not Fit All In Parenting

Catherine Pearlman | Posted 01.13.2015 | Parents
Catherine Pearlman

It is impossible to make all efforts with your children equal. So stop trying. Give your children what they need, when they need it.

The Growing Crisis in America: Part I

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 01.13.2015 | Education
Joseph W. Gauld

We are aware that the ever increasing rich-poor disparity of wealth is creating two Americas in increasingly conflict with our nation's founding principles. While our Founding Fathers sought succession from England, they envisioned a new nation governed by its people.

Freedom of Speech Is Divine: Westboro Baptist, the Gay Christian Network and Paris

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 01.12.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

God placed humans in the Garden of Eden and gave them the right to agree or disagree. One of the primary ways that we express agreement or disagreement is through speech. The most divine thing that we do on any given day is express who we are and what we believe.

Why I Am Raising My Child to Be a Feminist and Why I Think You Should Too

Dan Arel | Posted 01.12.2015 | Parents
Dan Arel

Raising a feminist means raising a child who looks for these disparities in our society and instead of accepting them as a social norm, sets out to eradicate them.

What's Next, Pam Bondi?

Izak Pratt | Posted 01.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Izak Pratt

After what seemed like an eternity, Florida has finally embraced marriage equality, albeit by force. Federal Judge Robert Hinkle ruled, back in August, that it was unconstitutional for Florida to ban gay marriage. Despite his ruling, many hurdles were to come, all on account of one woman.

Transgender Woman Sacrifices Everything for Her Love (VIDEO)

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 01.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

2015-01-07-ScreenShot20150107at3.04.06PMsmall.jpgIn the fourth episode of The Pearl of Africa, a documentary series about love, hate and being transgender, we get a glimpse into what Cleo and Nelson's relationship really means. They've loved each other since high school and plan to get married in the future, and Cleo grapples with the desire to start a family.

Civil Dissonance

Lisa Longo | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Lisa Longo

I've been thinking a lot about the world we've created. And I've come to the conclusion that it makes absolutely no sense. None. Not even a little.

Living With Courage in a World of Bullies

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 01.06.2015 | Education
Stuart Muszynski

In 2015, on the cusp of our presidential election year, courage can take us to being above party politics, putting employee good above profit to shareholders, demonstrating caring and responsibility to our neighbors, being true to our word, valuing life, and exhibiting love.

The Impact of I.D.E.A. for Students With Disabilities and Education Equality: 40 Years Later

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 12.31.2014 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

Since 1975, I.D.E.A. was created to provide individuals with any learning, mental and/or physical disabilities equal access to education, protection under the law from harassment and discrimination, and self-sufficiency skills for independence in their post-educational lives.

Selma Is More Relevant Today Than Ever

Kyle McMahon | Posted 01.08.2015 | Black Voices
Kyle McMahon

While Selma plays in theaters across the United States, men and women march on once again in the name of equality. Selma shows us that much progress has been made. Reality shows us that we still have a long way to go.

I Was Taught to Be Racist for My Own Protection

Lloyd Burnett | Posted 12.27.2014 | Black Voices
Lloyd Burnett

My parents were terrified that the same racism that they had endured would cause me the same tremendous pain and frustrating limitations as it had caused them. They wanted to protect me from the experiences of hate that they had lived.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Gender

Joselyn DiPetta | Posted 12.23.2014 | Women
Joselyn DiPetta

Often when we talk about gender equality what we really mean is women's rights, empowerment and opportunities. What we don't talk about is the role that men can play in enabling greater equality and the benefits that accrue to men as a result.

A Transgender Childhood in Uganda (VIDEO)

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 12.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

Cleo's story takes us into a rarely seen love story within the Ugandan LGBTIQ-community.

Dear Santa

Eric Ulloa | Posted 12.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Eric Ulloa

Dear Santa, This is a little awkward, as we haven't talked in quite awhile...as in 21 years "awhile."

'I Can't Breathe': Eric Garner's Last Words Symbolize Our Predicament

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 12.18.2014 | Black Voices
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

"I can't breathe" speaks from the grave and describes the circumstances faced by many who are being choked by a system that treats different races and classes of people unequally.

Here's What The World's Queer Community Has Already Accomplished (Or Hasn't Yet) This Century

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 12.18.2014 | Gay Voices

For queer people, in many ways, there has never been a time in history like the present. Although oppression and inequality are still rampant, there h...

Let's All Breathe Again

Robert E. Johnson | Posted 12.17.2014 | Black Voices
Robert E. Johnson

As a father, a son, an uncle, a nephew, a brother, and a college president, I must ask myself, "How do I protect my son in a society where there is something structurally wrong with how young black men are treated by the criminal justice system?

When Love Overcomes Fear (VIDEO)

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 12.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

2014-12-17-ScreenShot20141216at9.15.13PMsmall.jpgIn the second episode of The Pearl of Africa, I take you deeper into Cleo and Nelson's life, showing something that's rarely highlighted when talking about transgender people in Uganda: their love, their hope and their dreams.

Your Own Shoes

Stacey James | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Stacey James

The older I get the more I realize everyone truly does have their own story. Who they are, where they've been, where they're going, who they are becom...

Let's Talk About the South, You Guys

Rhys Harper | Posted 12.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Rhys Harper

When you are tempted to say things like "Ugh, (insert Southern state here) is a terrible state and I am never living there," I am asking you to just pause, and remember that there are LGBT people who live in that state and love that state.

Families Of Slain Unarmed Black Men Send Powerful Messages To Protesters

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 12.15.2014 | Black Voices

Thousands nationwide have mourned the deaths of unarmed black men -- but few have grieved as much as the relatives of those who have passed. On Sa...