Believe it or not, right now some Republicans are working feverishly to get support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the GOP and try to pass it in the House in this session, with the dangerous religious exemption that caused LGBT groups to withdraw support. The irony here is off the charts.
Kids cannot develop a worldview if the world is kept from them and they cannot learn empathy if they are unaware of the struggles of others -- past and present.
In the fall of 1993, my eighth grade English teacher assigned our first research paper. I wrote about a Colorado's Amendment 2, which prevented any town, county or the state from passing laws that would make discrimination against gays illegal.
People who are gay come to churches as indivisible beings. Like the seamless garment of Jesus, they cannot be split into parts that can be included and other parts that can be excluded.
I don't tell African-American women what to like and how to act, so please try to do the same for me. I think it's time that we celebrate each other and stop telling other groups what to like, how to act and what to do.
Imagine driving through Starbucks to get your coffee while you're running errands for the day and sitting in line behind a mini-van with cartoon pictures of a five member family, and while reading your news feed on Facebook you find out you are no longer married.
Human rights defenders are gladiators, some are also marathon runners, working tirelessly on their long run to expose human rights violations to the international community. But this work is not just a battle or a long run.
At the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, the Congressman and civil rights leader -- who is the last remaining speaker from the 1963 March on Washington -- reflected on his experience protesting during the Jim Crow era and the new graphic novel March, which he co-authored, about the movement.
Gay rights are important and should be mandated at the utmost degree. However, recognize that they are not, nor ever will have, the same level of struggle or oppression that have plagued this country for hundreds of years.
Nancy Garden, author of the landmark young adult book Annie on My Mind, died on June 23rd at the age of 76. Nancy was family.
Jonathan Rauch writes that Christian conservatives, in response to their defeat in the "culture wars," are likely to isolate themselves from the wider society. I think that is precisely what they will do. It's what they've done before.
Their eyes softened just for a moment, remembering the day. They described that their marriage had added priceless depth and surprising meaning to their lives together. My own eyes teared up in response.
The term activism has become such a cliché, we have become unsure of its actual meaning. Take online petitions for example, or what I consider to be the ultimate in Slacktivism technology.
After the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision, conservative religionists tried seizing the opportunity to exclude people from their midst whose non-heterosexuality troubles them. The president of my own alma mater was one of them.
If there ever was a likelihood that issues of gay rights would provoke a major split in U.S. Christianity, it appears that time may have passed.
Embracing LGBT employees isn't about sacrificing your values, it's simply about treating people like people, fairly and equitably.