As the Cardinal entered his office, I rose and we embraced each other in what could best be described as a bear hug! The Cardinal then turned to me and said, "You are most welcome here." Do you know what is radical about that statement?
"Getting old is wonderful," my neighbor Robert Akeley told me with a smile, his blue eyes lighting up, when I asked him for the single most important message he'd like to pass on to Huffington Post readers.
The other day, I posted on my Facebook page that in the wake of the Cardinal's recent false welcome, I stand at a crossroad in my faith journey; however, I realize now that it is not I who stands at this crossroad, but rather the Cardinal himself.
If our leaders in government believe in a representative republic, I would ask that you produce for us a representative chaplaincy. As it stands, the chaplaincy does not come close to demographic alignment with the religious diversity of our armed forces.
Redefining marriage as a civil right strips it of its defining feature as a reproductive union. This problem is seldom explicitly acknowledged. Yet, it is expressed indirectly in the semantics of the gay marriage debate.
We queers are still operating below citizenship status and have a long way to go before we secure our status as protected minority. What we do now have, though, that we never did before, is the official right and privilege to be mad. C'mon, you know you're angry.
Just as we aren't satisfied with protections at one level of government, and keep pushing for state and local protections in addition to federal protections, adding more explicit federal protections can only help the trans community cement its protections.
I am applauding Jason Collins today. More importantly I am providing a standing ovation to his twin brother, Jarron Collins, for his acceptance for who Jason is to him.
When the time comes that we finally get the marriage equality we've been fighting for, will the fight be over? How does a movement survive the realization of its goals? In other words, is there life after marriage equality? The answer is yes. But the question is no laughing matter.
For one, the "coming out" dog and pony show that the media puts on now is getting tired. It should not be breaking news in 2013 for anyone to announce their sexuality. I understand how "momentous" and "unprecedented" all of this is, but I do find it exploitative and repetitive as well.
GOP leaders, it's time to step aside. You've demonstrated that you will continue to reflect the views of the old and reject the concerns of the young. Unless you start taking notice that things are changing, you will kill the only chance young conservatives have at inheriting a formidable party.
Some of you may be wondering why the LGBT community is making such a big deal over marriage equality. Simply put, it's for peace of mind. There are over 1,138 federal rights that married straight couples take for granted. If you are in a same-sex relationship, it's not the same
The marijuana policy reform movement has never donated real money to candidates in a systematic effort to change federal law and laws in the 50 states. We are starting today, and by 2017, we are confident we will see the results.
As more heroes like Jason Collins come out and keep moving the wheels of progress and equality in motion, it's only a matter of time before being a homosexual isn't frowned upon by some people in society.
Jason Collins is living out loud his inalienable human right to love as he chooses. And he's found the courage, after living in the shadows of his truth all his adult life, to set a new standard. An historic standard.
SI's feigned ignorance of the bigotry in its comments thread this morning is unfair to Collins. To portray the reaction as uniformly feel-good cheapens what Collins did today. It also misrepresents how much remains to be done, socially and politically, on equal rights.