All a state is doing when it imposes restrictions is shrinking its pool of prospective parents and, as a result, decreasing the odds that children in its custody will ever live in permanent, loving and successful families.
From what I can tell, although you don't really align with a political party, you believe in the conservative "bootstraps" theory: that people just need to put their shoulder into a task, have good ole American gumption, and they'll be alright.
In The Charlotte Observer today, fellow UNC alumnus and now Yale historian Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore argue that former Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings must resign or openly welcome gay students, staff and faculty. I could not agree more.
Hipster Jesus, you may have been a fantasy after all. Maybe if I truly want to live what I say I believe, it's time to stop defining you at all, even for myself. Life is short, and the only certainty is death. I don't want to spend my tiny moment here arguing over what is right for others.
The reality is that adoption is a lifelong experience and finding a "forever family" is only the first step to meeting the needs of adoptive children.
It's easy to say it's "just a costume," and at the end of the night, you can take it off. But we can't take off our transness, and we will continue having to live with the consequences of the subtle, casual hatred your costume embodies.
If it is frightening to Dr. Carson that I want equality, then he is being irrational. If he views my desire to be equal as divisive and merely an aspect of "PC culture," that makes little sense. If he believes that wanting to be treated equally under the law is provoking some sort of war, making enemies and destroying this nation, then he is not thinking clearly.
If you're opposed to something that is now a right of every American and has been proven in court -- in the federal trial over California's Proposition 8 -- to harm no one, including children, then you do have an irrational fear of homosexuality.
Funny is funny, and for a long time, funny has existed in the gay, women, disabled and other minority stand-up that's often overlooked, simply because we're seen as either niche or unmarketable.
You don't know what it's like to be anyone but yourself, and you never will. Furthermore, you're not in a position to say whether or not any fight for social justice is "worth it." It is always worth it.
With this June's historic Supreme Court ruling -- Obergefell v. Hodge -- that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states many white LGBTQ organizations nationwide have been questioning what to do next.
For a moment after I finished, I felt this sense of confidence rising inside of me. I presumed that my father was going to say, 'OK, fine,' and then just accept the situation like it was no big deal. But when he finally spoke his mind, I realized that I wasn't ready for what was to come.
The religious views of some may make our blood boil, but allowing these views in the free marketplace of ideas is the price we pay for a vibrant secular democracy that we all desire. If we yield to the temptation of censoring the views that offends us, we risk being censored by those who may find our views offensive.
What does it say about our cultural values that staring at butts (as long as it's hetero) is considered a more acceptable motivation for boys in ballet than practicing a challenging art form?
All of those little mis-gendered pronouns and mis-gendered references to those of us who are already struggling to become or stay positive about our lives can be really destructive. And yes, just because you didn't mean for them to be, they are very hurtful.
In Belo Horizonte, Brazil, a group of drag activists are fostering a sense of community engagement to address the recent rise in attacks against gay and Trans* people throughout Brazil.