Our diversity makes us interesting, debate makes us stronger but, equality permits us a level playing field. We took a sweet and simple approach that, reminds us all to respect one another, and wrote the song "FREEDOM."
Waldman says even though the Court's conservative are likely to do more damage to workers' rights and women's access to health care during the next term, "You can bet that the GOP presidential candidates are going to have to promise primary voters that they'll deliver more Supreme Court justices like Alito, and fewer like Anthony Kennedy or even Roberts."
It was an intimate celebration with GLAD Board members and leaders who worked tirelessly to achieve equality for our LGBT community, including Mary Bonauto, GLAD's Civil Rights Project Director.
The idea that the majority is under attack is reinforcing to anyone who stands on the brink of losing unearned privileges they have long taken for granted. It hurts to be taken down a peg, to discover you're no better, no more deserving, than anyone else. Better to lash out, mobilize the masses. Misdirect them at an imagined enemy. Anything to maintain that privilege.
I am an Eagle Scout, and I am the Scoutmaster of Troop 179 in Springfield, OR, and I happen to be gay. For the first time in my 18 years in scouting, I can truly be myself.
The mid-nineties were years that seemed politically engaged on the surface, but the general tenor of youth culture was apathetic and ironic, and middle class kids who had no reason beyond their youth to feel alienated copped a pose of bored disaffection.
If as a society, we accept homosexuality, then naturally, we must afford all individuals with equal rights and privileges, regardless if they freely choose a gay lifestyle or if they are compelled by genetic disposition. So why do we continue to avoid answering the fundamental question in favor of the question of genetics?
This week I talked with Jason Stuart one of the most prolific character actors and an outrageous openly gay stand-up comedian.
The history of gay rights isn't really on the agenda. We don't talk about it in schools, and we don't really reflect all that much on what happened. In the media we talk about politics, but we don't talk about lived experiences, and that is why a gay community is important.
When I first heard that professional eyebrows Cara Delevingne was on the cover of Vogue talking openly about her relationship with St. Vincent's Annie Clark, I thought, "Awesome! We need more queer cover girls!" Then I read it. And sighed a deep, painful sigh.
Anti-LGBT bullying and job and housing bias persist in America's heartland, as do misguided drives by some extremists to give bigotry justified by religion the force of law. But even they see the writing on the wall. The days of the gay exception are numbered.
One of the fundamental reasons why people are prejudiced against gay people is because they are uncomfortable with the idea of two people of the same sex having sex. Psychological studies have shown for decades that we as a society are deeply uncomfortable, and at times disgusted, by same-sex sexuality, and in particular gay male sexuality.
Over the course of my life I have come across a number of closet cases, each with their own range of reasons for hiding their true self; every excuse becoming more and more absurd with every step toward equality. Come on people, it's 2015!
I thank you Bea, for flying across the country into the cold, to help us protect our youths. I thank you for your compassionate heart and your noble spirit. I thank you for recognizing that LGBT youths are deserving of love, and speaking out for them.
Is this to be the brave new gay world? A world in which the public face of the queer community -- the gay, the white, the cisgender and the wealthy -- take their place among society's elite, leaving the transgender, the non-white, the poor and the homeless to fend for themselves?
It's time we reconcile our beliefs and practices with scientific evidence and 21st century values such as individual freedom and equality, and let go of the beliefs and practices from the 7th century that don't make sense anymore.