The improvement in the human rights situation of LGBT people is real, but millions have yet to feel its touch. Extending the reach of progress and guaranteeing the rights of every LGBT individual, no matter where they live, is emerging as a vital, if contested, objective of human rights activism.
Researching Pride parade marshals across the United States over the years, I was struck by how few have been members of the bisexual community. This matter came to my attention when I was informed that one of our community's role models is up for the role in Boston for the 2013 Pride season.
Fans don't just tune in to Wendy Williams syndicated talk show to watch her kiki with Hollywood's A-List.
Our task, as parents, is to recognize these common injuries and provide some healing of a child's discouragement and anger. Often, a simple acknowledgment of her disappointment or frustration is all that is necessary.
Before my forced resignation from the BSA, I had never been involved in anything. I had never even been to a gay pride parade!
Both pride and greed are moral failings to avoid. Individuals, businesses and even nations may be trapped by pride into reckless behaviors and by greed into catastrophic overreaching. The ancient wisdom that calls us to avoid these attitudes is still true.
We see fear's face everywhere, whether in a Congress debating assault weapons or in schools introducing lock-down drills. And for most species fear i...
My first gay bar was the first night of the rest of my life. Perhaps sharing our "my first gay bar" stories will reveal to those still struggling for acceptance that their community is out there, waiting for them under a silver, disco-ball moon.
What if we didn't have to work at places and in situations in which we were forced to swallow our pride in order to keep (or advance in) our jobs?
If you want to appeal to our sense of social justice, we want to see your rainbow flag fly in places where our gay brothers and sisters face intolerance, injustice and violence, like Jamaica, Uganda and Russia. That will impress us.
It might be an annoyance, and our students complain when school isn't cancelled. However, our refusal to cancel is an important aspect of our civic character. We refuse to back down, even if that means putting on another pair on Long Johns. This is what we signed up for.
Sometimes, I wonder if we protect our kids so much from a sense of failure, we never really give them opportunities to do GREAT things. Has your kid ever climbed a mountain? Have they ever rafted a difficult stretch of river? Have they worked and trained for something where THEY can get the accolade and not just you?
Did you make a mistake? No problem. No surprise. Everyone makes mistakes. Admit it. Correct it with God's assistance and forgiveness. Learn from it. Mistake gone. No problem.
A hatred deeper than that of dropped calls, missing a late-night train L train back to the city, or even commuting through Penn Station after a WWE event just let out at Madison Square Garden.
Because we are still near the beginning of a new calendar year, it's not a bad thing to listen to Francis' wisdom and consider the ways in which we might better live out our Christian lives in a spirit of humility.
We've been targeted by the tobacco industry, we're extremely likely to seek social acceptance, and the pressures of stigma can nudge anyone toward unhealthy behaviors. That's why I was so pleased when the CDC created its first-ever national LGBT-oriented smoking cessation ad.