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Marriage Equality Matters For All Americans: Lessons From The Supreme Court And Matthew Shepard

Jacob Combs | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jacob Combs

Equality cannot and should never wait for majority support, but even more importantly, laws that thwart equal treatment under the law and thus create pain in the minds and hearts of those against whom they discriminate actively harm our nation every day they're on the books.

Minnesota, Marriage And Me

Coya White Hat-Artichoker | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Coya White Hat-Artichoker

I know that the entire queer community is not on the same page on the issue of marriage, and I don't think we need to be, but I want to say why I haven't been jumping on the marriage bandwagon, and I want to really give context to my hesitation.

You Can Support Equality Without Being Into Marriage

Nico Lang | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nico Lang

We can support our friends who want to get married while realizing that marriage doesn't speak to all of our experiences, reflecting on those whose systemic issues that marriage can't fix. What about the queer and trans youth whose problems a ring can't fix? We need to put a roof on it.

Is It Right to Call A Bigot A Bigot?

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dr. Joe Wenke

It really comes down to this: If, based on your religious beliefs, you demonize people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and you deny people the right to have sex and marry, then you are against freedom and equality for those people. You are practicing bigotry.

Standing For Marriage Equality In The Bible Belt

Shane Jordan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Shane Jordan

"But do you really want to be known for promoting gay marriage?" a friend asked me when I spoke my mind on the subject. I suppose I'd like to be known for being honest and for supporting freedom and equality for everyone.

LGBT Rights Debate Unfolds At The UN (VIDEO)

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charles Radcliffe

For decades the word "gay" was almost never heard in formal meetings at the UN. Today, after a series of recent diplomatic breakthroughs, awareness of the gravity and extent of homophobic violence and discrimination -- and the need to tackle it -- is widespread and growing.

Gay Rights Activists Look Forward To Retirement Following Supreme Court Decision

Jacob Tobia | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jacob Tobia

"If the Supreme Court strikes down Prop 8 and rules DOMA unconstitutional, I'll be overjoyed," said gay rights activist John Smith. "I mean at that point, the gay rights movement will be pretty much over." Prominent activists throughout the gay and lesbian community seem to be in agreement.

Why Gay Marriage Is Radical

Allison Hope | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Allison Hope

Even though I'm marrying the woman I want to spend the rest of my life with, up until a few days ago I couldn't state with full confidence that marriage is something sacred, and hopping on the marriage bandwagon was far from radical in my eyes. But then I got hit with the epiphany stick.

We Are More Than Marriage

Robin McGehee | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Robin McGehee

Today, nearly five years after Prop 8, we are almost able to raise our fists in victory, but the effort to gain equality is not over. In fact, marriage equality means little until every lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender person can live openly, safely and equally in the communities they call home.

The Lincoln Moment In America

Hans Johnson | Posted 05.26.2013 | Politics
Hans Johnson

This week's Supreme Court arguments over the constitutionality of denying marriage to same-sex couples revive Lincoln's contempt for popular sovereignty, implicate his fervor for the Declaration of Independence and test his determination to forge a United States infused with its spirit of equality.

Do Libertarians Really Threaten LGBT Rights? I Don't Think So

James Peron | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
James Peron

It was government sodomy laws that made our existence a crime. Some of us wanted to limit government -- horrors! -- by repealing those laws.

The Myth Of Libertarianism And The Fight For LGBT Equality

Maya Rupert | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Maya Rupert

The libertarian premise that without government intervention everyone would be free to do what they want is simply a myth for marginalized communities. True equality for the LGBT community will require government enforcement and protection of fundamental rights and freedoms.

Five Years Of Marriage Equality Activism (PHOTOS)

Wayne Anderson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Wayne Anderson

I decided to revisit some of the photographs I've taken while attending Prop 8 protests and marriage equality rallies over the last five years. It's hard to deny that Prop 8 not only galvanized the marriage equality movement but added vigor to the fight in other LGBT-equality-related areas.

9-Million Strong And Counting

Seth Santoro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Seth Santoro

Let's say that there are 9 million LGBTQ Americans. If each of us worked to shift the mindsets of 34 non-affirming individuals, all 314 million Americans could stand to be an incredible and unstoppable beacon of hope for the world. Only we can inspire this paradigm shift.

Congress, Clergy And The Courts: It's Time To Move On

Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dr. Cindi Love

The American people have "moved on" into the unknown of what it will be like for LGBT people to be equal under the law. We see that the world will not end and that our society will not crash and burn. We shouldn't have to drag our Congress, our clergy and our courts with us.

The Portmans: Profiles In Courage

Tom Carpenter | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Tom Carpenter

Sen. Portman could have remained silent about his son's coming out. That inaction would have been politically expedient for a conservative member of the Republican Party. Instead, he took to the air and wrote an op-ed explaining why he had changed his position on marriage equality.

The Supreme Kiss (Part 3): 'Yes Sir, That's My Baby' (VIDEO)

Sarah S. Kilborne | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sarah S. Kilborne

The Supreme Kiss: Let's Kiss Inequality Goodbye is a campaign to raise awareness about equal rights and the Supreme Court hearings on marriage equality.

Proud To Be Maladjusted

Jackie Gardina | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jackie Gardina

We are in a new era. We are here because people like Jack Baker and Michael McConnell and Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer refused to adjust to a society that assigned them second-class status. Like Dr. King, they were proud to be maladjusted, and we all benefit from such courage.

The Supreme Kiss (Part 2): Kiss For Equality

Sarah S. Kilborne | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sarah S. Kilborne

On March 26, whether you are gay or straight, do something simple yet courageous. Kiss someone you love and share your kiss with the world. Tell everyone, "I kiss for equality." The very act that is often so challenging for same-sex couples is also a potentially powerful show of solidarity.

The Supreme Kiss: Let's Kiss Inequality Goodbye

Sarah S. Kilborne | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sarah S. Kilborne

Let's show the Supreme Court that we are ready to embrace another chapter in civil rights. While the lawyers are making their cases, let's make our own. On March 26, kiss someone you love, and share your kiss with the world. Text it, tweet it, post it. Tell everyone, "I kiss for equality!"

Divide And Conquer: How The Exclusion Of LGBT Latinos Weakens Our Community

Iván Espinoza-Madrigal | Posted 04.21.2013 | Latino Voices
Iván Espinoza-Madrigal

We should ensure that we use our political power to protect our entire community. Any plan for immigration reform that is not inclusive of LGBT couples and families threatens to weaken, undermine and divide us. We should reject proposals that do not encompass all our families.

To Move Or Not To Move?

Amelia | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

As our children grow, we look around and wonder, "Is this the right place for us to be? Is this where we want our children to grow up? What is the environment we've chosen teaching them?" These questions were heightened after our oldest son started identifying as gay at a young age.

The Time Is Now: Seize This Movement Moment!

Robin McGehee | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Robin McGehee

We've seen the repeal of DADT, Obama's "evolution" on marriage equality, and the emergence of two Supreme Court cases that will determine the next steps in the battle for marriage equality. But now isn't the time to just wait on our equality to come to us. Now is the time to seize it!

A Day in a Queer Life in the UK: Being Peter Tatchell

Peter Tatchell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Peter Tatchell

2013-02-14-ADayInTheQueerLifeBanner.jpgI go to sleep every night with a siren alarm, a fire extinguisher and a rope ladder beside my bed, in case of another attack. During my 46 years of LGBT and human rights campaigning, I've upset a lot of dictators, fascists, homophobes and racists. Hate mail and death threats are a regular part of my life.

Gay Will Never Be The New Black: What James Baldwin Taught Me About My White Privilege

Todd Clayton | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Todd Clayton

As a white gay man committed to advocacy, I was naturally drawn to Baldwin and eager to hear what he had to say about LGBTQ equality in America. What I discovered, though, was not at all what I was expecting.