It wasn't neo-Nazis and threats of violence that stopped me from going to Pride. It wasn't the commercialization of Pride that deterred me from staking my claim to my part of the LGBTQI space. It was a butch lesbian with a bouncer's badge.
The Catholic Church probably won't start marrying gay couples anytime soon, but Francis' olive branch shows the evolution of a church whose leadership just 25 years ago issued a letter to bishops calling homosexuality an "intrinsic moral evil" and "an objective disorder."
Recently, Moscow celebrated a holiday called "Paratrooper's Day." When I was told it culminates with some of the soldiers stripping down to their underwear to dance and frolic in a fountain, it reminded me of another type of parade that takes place all around the world.
As a scientist, I've dedicated more than two decades of my career to stopping HIV/AIDS. And since the disease first emerged in 1981, we have made tremendous progress against it. But there's no better season than summertime -- as Pride events take place across the country -- to face facts.
The massive party known as Pride is very much a space for the white, the cisgender, and the class-privileged. What about the rest of us? Pride is not a safe space for this othered other, a black queer man of trans experience deemed too queer by a community invested in their own recognition.
I had the privilege of attending one of Annie Rachele Lanzillotto's events for her two new books: her memoir, L Is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Fr...
I would like to discuss some gender identity terminology. I have witnessed confusion about what our terms mean. I apologize if this is redundant or conflicts with someone else's view of what all this means; the goal is to facilitate understanding.
Thoughts after the 2013 San Diego Pride Parade: Thinking back, forty years and more back to when gay was not a word that described a people exiled, b...
It seems that right now is the perfect time for the Come Out Campaign movement's app OUT! to launch (estimated release date: July 18)! With DOMA down ...
Although at least one local San Diego television news broadcast erroneously reported that San Diego Mayor Bob Filner showed up at Balboa Park with a...
It was a historic week with the Supreme Court rulings on DOMA and California's Proposition 8. These activities coincided with the San Francisco Pride Festival, one of the largest in the country. With crowds estimated at over 1.8 million, the mood was celebratory and festive.
"I get to decide who I am, according to the State of California and a growing number of other states. But even in those states where self-identification is not yet the law, as journalists, don't you want to respect the identity of the individual as they perceive themselves?"
While my own anecdotal experience is that gay relationships are very stable, it's inevitable that some gay couples will be unhappy and will want to divorce. As that occurs, gays will need to have access to the same legal support that straight couples have had and will need equal consideration in court.
This was one of the reasons why the DOMA decision was so well accepted that the Castro lit up for an impromptu celebration that rivaled Pride.
Thousands of dynamic, unsung heroes of the cause are stepping forward and challenging the status quo. They are straight men and women, gays and lesbians, bisexuals and transgender individuals alike, and while their message is unified, their methodology is innovative and unique.
Despite the fact that full LGBT equality has not yet been achieved, the trend towards achievement of that goal is definitely clear.