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Why I Won't Be Watching American Sniper

Tami Shaikh | Posted 01.26.2015 | Media
Tami Shaikh

I am an American Muslim. This is my identity, but it's very difficult for me to say it out loud these days. I know it's wrong of me and I constantly get lectured by my other Muslim friends about how I should take pride in my identity and who I am, yet my heart still struggles with it.

A Straight Dad of Twin Baby Boys Explains Why We Should All Support LGBT Rights

Robert Cordero | Posted 01.22.2015 | Impact
Robert Cordero

As a father and a leader serving my community, I need to continue to step up in alliance with other far more courageous LGBT leaders and community folks to ensure that we are creating a just society.

Violence Against Police Should Not Be Prosecuted as Hate Crime

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

In the wake of the murder of two New York City police officers, the National Fraternal Order of Police sent a letter to the White House and Congress asking that "bias attacks" against police be prosecuted more harshly through hate crime laws.

Ryan J. Reilly

Fraternal Order Of Police Wants Attacks On Cops Treated As Hate Crimes

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The head of the Fraternal Order of Police said Monday that Congress should expand the federal hate crimes statutes to cover assaults dir...

An Open Letter to Mainstream LGBT Organizations That Have Remained Silent on Black Lives Mattering

Darnell L. Moore | Posted 12.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Darnell L. Moore

We are no longer OK with the mainstream LGBT organizations among you who signal your complicity in anti-Black violence through your loud silence and deliberate ignoring of the types of systemic, institutionalized forms of anti-Black racism that negatively impact Black queer and trans people (and all Black people), disallow Black well-being, and deaden us.

Artist Collective Takes Responsibility For UC Berkeley Lynching Effigies

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 12.15.2014 | Arts

Over the weekend, three cutout sculptures of black individuals hanging from nooses were discovered on campus at University of California, Berkeley. ...

Hate Crime Laws Will Not Stop Bigotry

David Weinstein | Posted 12.13.2014 | Gay Voices
David Weinstein

Hate crime laws punish discriminatory violence, but they cannot begin the important work of preventing it. Only we can, by speaking for the multitude that suffers every day in America from bigotry.

Fighting Bigots with Bigotry: A Fool's Defense Mechanism

Aaron Ricciardi | Posted 12.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Aaron Ricciardi

The urge to respond to bigots with bigotry is natural, but it's misguided. It's a fool's defense mechanism, a failed attempt at a syllogism.

Driver Charged With Murder In Muslim Somali Teen's Death

AP | HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH | Posted 12.05.2014 | Religion

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An SUV driver accused of deliberately running down a Muslim teenager in Kansas City was charged Friday with first-degree mur...

This Is Another Missouri Killing We Should Talk About

The Guardian | Zach Stafford | Posted 12.02.2014 | Black Voices

Can you hate part of yourself so much that you want to kill people like you? And is that a hate crime? Those are the questions being whispered at g...

Conference in Berlin Focuses on Rising Anti-Semitism

J. Richard Cohen | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
J. Richard Cohen

I was a member of a "rainbow" delegation of U.S.-advocacy organizations that came to the conference to emphasize, by our example and our words, that the battle against European anti-Semitism is everyone's fight, not simply a Jewish one. It is also a battle that we, as Americans, cannot ignore.

Strengthening the AAPI Community Through New Bullying Prevention Efforts

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 01.18.2015 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

When children are singled out because of a shared characteristic --such as race, sexual orientation, or religion -- or a perceived shared characteristic, the issue not only affects that individual but the entire community.

If Not Now, When?

Ron Kronish | Posted 01.13.2015 | Religion
Ron Kronish

The Tag Meir Forum -- which includes Jewish, interreligious and Arab-Jewish groups -- has become an important voice for moderation and peaceful coexistence in Israel in recent years, a voice that is not heard loudly or broadly enough in our society lately.

Student Punched In The Face For Kissing His Boyfriend Gets The Last Word

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 11.10.2014 | Gay Voices

Late last week, a stranger punched Cole Ledford in the face for kissing his boyfriend on the sidewalk. But the Ohio State University junior has a mess...

Parents Charged With Hate Crimes for Giving Rocks to Charlie Brown on Halloween

Spencer Green | Posted 12.22.2014 | Comedy
Spencer Green

Dozens of parents in a local town were arrested and charged with hate crimes for giving rocks as "treats" to a boy named Charlie Brown on Halloween night.

Botched Robbery or Hate Crime?

Christopher Argyros | Posted 12.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Christopher Argyros

Over the past two weeks, community members in L.A. have held a vigils to mourn the death and celebrate the life of Aniya Parker. The murder of Ms. Parker marked the eighth homicide of a transgender woman of color reported in the U.S. since June. She was shot in the head and killed as she was fleeing from three men who had confronted her on a sidewalk in Hollywood.

Why Frank Schaefer in Memphis Matters in New York

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 12.21.2014 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

Rev. Schaefer saw the connection between church and violence. His long journey toward acceptance and, now, activism began when he found out his son was gay and considering suicide, largely because of what he had been taught in church.

Police Release Video Of Suspects In Hate Crime Attack On Transgender Woman

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 10.15.2014 | Crime

New York City police released footage Wednesday showing two of four suspects accused of beating a transgender woman unconscious on the street. The ...

Attackers Steal Teen's Phone, Text 'I'm Gay' To His Mom

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.14.2014 | Gay Voices

A 16-year-old Seattle teen was allegedly robbed of his phone by a former schoolmate and three others, who then used it to text "I'm gay" to his mother...

Pennsylvania Needs a Hate Crimes Law

Walter G. Meyer | Posted 12.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Walter G. Meyer

Any assault of this severity is terrible, but when it is motivated solely because of someone's status it becomes especially abhorrent.

Matthew Shepard: His Legacy Continues

Cathy Renna | Posted 12.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Cathy Renna

Even after 16 years, the name and story of Matthew Shepard, whose murder, carved into American history, represented a watershed moment that forever changed the conversation about the LGBT experience, not only still resonate but continue to have an impact.

The Term Homophobia Is Improper

Mark Baer | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
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Mark Baer

Religion aside, I firmly believe that those who argue that homosexuality is a choice do so in order to justify senseless beatings of gays and lesbians, and continued discrimination and mistreatment against them. I also believe without a doubt that it is a choice to be a nasty human being.

The Difference We Haven't Overcome: Why the Color Line Endures in America

Robert T. Carter, Ph.D. | Posted 11.30.2014 | Education
Robert T. Carter, Ph.D.

Before the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, recedes in the rear-view mirror, let's be straight with ourselves about what the events surrounding his death tell us about race in America.

3 Men Arrested In Anti-Gay Shooting

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 09.29.2014 | Gay Voices

Editor's note: This victim in this story has been described in reports as a "man dressed as a woman." As we are unsure if this is correct or if the vi...

NYPD Bungled Hate Crimes Reporting

Matt Sledge | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- The NYPD has repeatedly misreported the number of hate crimes incidents it investigates, a state comptroller's audit released Thursday fou...