Fifteen years ago, on a cold January morning in 1998, one man knelt on the stone pavement outside St. Peter's Basilica, the late Renaissance church that dominates the square. With the flick of his hand, 39-year-old Alfredo Ormando was suddenly aflame.
Now is the time for Illinois to take this step. It is demanded by our nation's commitment to fairness, justice and equality. Now is the time for us all to leave behind a long and sorrowful history of hateful discrimination, fear, hostility and ignorance.
This past year we have celebrated the centennial of the birth of Bayard Rustin, the brilliant strategist of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and ...
The Republican Party, in the wake of its failure to retake the White House, and the Catholic Church, in the aftermath of a series of scandals, actually have a lot in common.
As Cardinal Bergoglio made his way to the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square, I felt a sense of uneasiness. However, as he readied himself for his first apostolic blessing, it was his simple acts of humility that made me to pause and reflect on how he may be the gay community's greatest hope.
Maybe the new pope will realize that to be universal, the church needs to embrace differences and expand love rather than embracing limiting and separatist beliefs.
Today was probably the first -- and last -- time someone who is both Muslim and gay will be the one to bring Catholic priests news of a new Pope.
This week I talked with Mariah Hanson the founder and creator of the legendary Club Skirts Presents The Dinah, the largest lesbian event in the world that's happening in Palm Springs April 3rd through April 7th.
Oversimplified categorizations stereotype the concerns communities have around immigration.
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.
Seeking justice for violations of their rights is difficult, since LBT people often suffer from violence and discrimination at the hands of the very authorities that are supposed to protect them.
In a rather typical fit of hyperbole, Rev. Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention took some new swipes at the LGBT community. When it comes to Land's morality, there is no "live and let live philosophy" in operation.
These marriage wins are something to celebrate, but it's important to remember that it's still a rare privilege to live in a country where marriage equality is even being discussed. Over 72 counties still have laws on their books outlawing homosexuality.
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.
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.
Every time I'm lukewarmly supportive, rather than being a passionate believer in social justice, I tell the world that I don't care about others, and I certainly don't care about myself.