I spoke to my friend Morgan Reid during a time when I was struggling with worry about what people thought of me. Morgan, at the ripe old age of 20, taught me what it means to be brave.
Now that he has surrendered completely, withdrawing his appeal to the New Jersey Supreme Court, he can no longer tell gay marriage opponents that he fought the good fight, because he ran from the last major battle waving a white flag.
The best reason to attend a wedding is the celebration of the union of the bride and groom... or the groom and groom... or the bride and bride. By and large, people believe that gay weddings are basically the same as straight weddings.
On the customs form, being forced to write a zero in the box labeled "Number of Family members traveling with you" was nothing short of humiliating. Even the unnecessary capitalization of "family" seemed to emphasize that our government considered us strangers.
I am heartened by the new focus on gender expression and its significance for gay as well as trans persons, and hopeful that such a focus will force our state and national advocacy organizations to evolve in a manner that will benefit all of us, and in particular the least among us.
The issue of anti-LGBT violence in Russia has become a cause célèbre over the last several months, in part due to the approaching Winter Olympics in Sochi, but homophobic and transphobic violence are problems in every region of the world, including in the United States.
We, as a community and as a movement, can choose to just check a box and pat ourselves on the back, or we can choose to fight for a bill that we'll all be proud of. We can choose to demand a bill that treats us as fully equal -- with no asterisks.
Fifteen years ago we were in Fort Collins, Colo., at the hospital with Matt, praying for a peaceful end to his suffering. At that point we were aware that he would never wake up from the coma he was in as a result of the beating that he'd received at the hands of then-unknown assailants.
To the LGBT youth who have come out early, benefiting from the social gains that your older counterparts fought for: Don't let that be good enough for you. Get out there and give back or fight on. Further the social benefits and gains for your generation and the ones to come.
It's really simple: The homosexual agenda, indeed the LGBTQ agenda, is the human agenda: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If you oppose that, then you are a bigot, even if you believe that the creator of the universe agrees with you.
David Bromstad, it is not we gays who need to "make strides in the right direction" toward anti-gay organizations. If we actually spend our money only on the organizations that support the LGBT community, then the bad ones will make strides in the right directions toward us.
Oct. 11 is National Coming Out Day, and I'm taking the opportunity to come out again. But this time I'm coming out as an advocate for comprehensive immigration reform that provides a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants -- at least 267,00 of whom are LGBT.
I have come to realize what coming out entails and have learned that it is different for each and every person, but one thing that I have observed to be true is that the most important step in one's journey is coming out to oneself.
In recognition of National Coming Out Day, I joined my mother and father, Jane and Joseph Clementi, in a conversation with LGBT rights activist Mitchell Gold to get to the heart of why coming out matters and how we can support young people as they go through this process.
On October 7, 2013, Jesse posted on his Facebook page a sweet picture of him and Dirk. They are romantically kissing in gym clothes. The post received thousands of "likes." Sadly, amongst the appreciative comments, there were messages inciting violence.
This declaration has appeared in my Facebook news feed several times in the past few days. I'm stunned by the enormous unexamined privilege embedded in them. I wonder what it must be like to have the luxury of being able to choose not to get involved in politics.