I realize I'll be ok, after being out for nearly three years I've built a pretty good sized community of accepting and loving friends, family, and people who care for me. I know my family loves me and that won't ever change. However, how will this policy change affect the life of that queer Mormon kid sitting in the congregation wondering if she'll ever be welcomed in the pews?
The holiday tables have been cleared, and the gifts have been unwrapped. Yet as we gather with family and friends to celebrate the end of one year and the hopeful beginning of another, we don't reflect on the items that were given and received or the dishes served at dinner.
My last HuffPost piece, ...
2015 is over, and many people are glad to see it go, if only for the symbolic feeling of starting over with the promise of a new year. But it's important to remember the good moments - and 2015 did have some big ones.
We went on to sing and dance in our backyard. With Ely at the center, he later shared with me that this was the first time he got to dance after getting engaged. For me, this was what being an ally was all about.
As we close 2015, let's reflect on how we harmed and helped each other's health and wellness with two Top 5 lists for the year: the first for our shortcomings, and the second for our successes.
It seems like sexuality is the one field with more of an ideological divide than politics. This year there is greater tolerance than ever to the many sexuality identifications and definitions. At the same time, there are many movements that promote failing programs and invisible walls of discrimination.
This is not a problem that will be solved by doing LGBT sensitivity trainings and hanging rainbow flags in warehouse shelters; we need to be advocates for smaller, more humane models of shelter where LGBT youth will be safer.
Our cultural biases often make it difficult to see the prevailing side of an argument, especially when it's political in nature. Most of us inherit our politics from parents, peers, and social structures. When disagreement ensues, we tend to dig in our heels instead of trying to see the other person's point of view.
When we force our views upon the world, we suffocate and disregard the life-force of those who co-exist around us. None of us will get anywhere until we learn to see each other eye-to-eye, and treat each other with the love and kindness we ourselves deserve.
The American people won't elect a vulgar/bullying/blowhard for President even if the ultra-right wing of the Republican Party manages to nominate him. We have never before seen the kind of campaign we are seeing this year within the Republican Party.
Let's get on with the remaining 2016 best and worst awards. One warning: it's a very long column, so we encourage readers to pace themselves.
In a much-watched case, a court in Massachusetts has dealt a significant blow to institutions claiming the right to discriminate against people whose identities or behaviors they find objectionable.
Generations Radio host Kevin Swanson, whose right-wing show originates in Colorado's Elbert County, is praising Elbert County Clerk Dallas Schroeder for hanging a poster in his government office with a quote from the Bible, "Each man should have his own wife and each woman should have her own husband."
This is the second entry in the LGBTQ Faith Heroes series. In 2013 Methodist Pastor Frank Schaeffer w...
As we do every year, we are pre-empting our regular "Friday Talking Points" column, in order to bring you our "best and worst of 2015" list.