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Lgbt Equality

Where's Log Cabin Republican Activism This Campaign Season?

Irene Monroe | Posted 11.13.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

I am hoping to see LGBTQ Republicans publicly bring to the fore how being anti-LGBTQ in 2015 is a huge political liability for any Republican candidate, especially one seeking the highest office in the land.

Restoring Honor to LGBT Veterans

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 11.11.2016 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

Congress's repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was a watershed moment that ended institutionalized discrimination unjustly targeting gay, lesbian and bisexual service members. Yet thousands of service members who were discharged because of their sexual orientation still bear the scars of that discrimination.

Rebounding from Houston: How to Be a Hero

Rabbi Debra Kolodny | Posted 11.06.2016 | Queer Voices
Rabbi Debra Kolodny

When every lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, genderqueer, intersexed, asexual activist is doing this work the bathroom wars will be over. And we will win ALL the ordinance battles.

Impeding LGBT Parents Does Not Help Children Who Need Families

Adam Pertman | Posted 11.05.2016 | Queer Voices
Adam Pertman

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.

A Cautionary Tale of Two Cities About LGBT Equality

Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D. | Posted 11.05.2016 | Queer Voices
Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D.

The truth is, no matter what the Supremes have ruled in June, nothing definitive is settled yet on the matter of equality for non-normative sexual and gender-expressive minorities in the USA.

A Trans Parent: How One Woman Is Inspiring a Nation

Mandi Camille Hauwert | Posted 10.29.2016 | Queer Voices
Mandi Camille Hauwert

The first time I ever heard of Jessica Lynn, I was sitting down in a small recording studio at the base of UCSB's Storke Tower. She seemed like a mythical figure. An amazing woman who'd overcome the war trenches of life to emerge a shining beacon for the Trans community.

On Being the Parent of a Transgender Child

Paul Heroux | Posted 10.27.2016 | Parents
Paul Heroux

Recently, I had the opportunity and pleasure of meeting Marcia and Ryan. Marcia is the mother of Ryan who is a 9 year old transgender child living in my community. Ryan was born with the anatomy of a male, but Ryan describes herself as having "the heart and brain of a girl."

Love Always Wins in Rowan County, Kentucky

Karen Roberts | Posted 10.26.2016 | Politics
Karen Roberts

I'm so proud to have stood at April's side this Saturday with our daughter and before more than a hundred of our nearest and dearest friends and family to at long last celebrate the legal recognition of our love.

Worth The Fight: The Problem With Denying the Experience of Oppression

Ali Owens | Posted 10.23.2016 | Women
Ali Owens

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.

Gender Neutral Bathrooms: A Hot Button Issue in Houston's 2015 Mayoral Race

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 10.22.2016 | Politics
Akoshia Yoba

In a political environment where matters of gender equality are tossed around like a game of hot potato, few issues are more polarizing than the topic of gender neutral public restrooms. It can at once inspire a sense of freedom and fairness for some and fear and distrust in others.

What Should White LGBTQ Organizations Do Post-Marriage Equality?

Irene Monroe | Posted 10.22.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

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.

Transgender Rights and Public Bathrooms

Paul Heroux | Posted 10.12.2016 | Politics
Paul Heroux

It follows that if gender is part of someone's core identity it is a protected right. If someone identifies as a male, then it is his right to use a male bathroom. If someone identifies as a female, then it is her right to use a female bathroom.

Dear Matthew Gates: Thanks For Being Revolutionary

Brian Stewart | Posted 09.25.2016 | College
Brian Stewart

Whether you believe it or not, your decision to own and share your truth has already inspired someone else to do the same. Like yourself, I was raised in a black household, in a black neighborhood, and attended a black church. Like yourself, my experience at my HBCU was bittersweet.

LGBTQ Literature Creates Social Justice in the Classrooms and Beyond

Michael Carosone | Posted 09.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Carosone

When LGBTQ literature is taught, read and analyzed in the community college English classroom, the clear message is that it is important enough to study and to include in the curriculum; therefore, LGBTQ people must be important enough to be considered as human beings and citizens.

50-State Food Tour For Equality Shares A Bit About Some Of Its Heroes

The Huffington Post | Noah Michelson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Note: The following is the tenth post in a series of posts from GET//OUT regarding BLgT USA - the first 50-state food tour for equality. We'll be shar...

Can You Handle the Truth?

Katie Sgarro | Posted 09.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Katie Sgarro

So I've decided to "act as if." To believe that maybe one person can begin to change the world with just a piece of paper and a pen.

This Priest Hand-Delivered A DVD To Pope Francis About LGBT Catholics

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 09.19.2015 | Religion

To get the Pope to further address lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, perhaps the best way is to hand-deliver stories to him about ...

LGBT Hate Was in the Air This 9/11

Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D. | Posted 09.14.2016 | Queer Voices
Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D.

How we have declined from honoring the LGBT heroes of September 11 for their courage and sacrifice, to this 9/11 anniversary when anti-LGBT fear is being manipulated by calls for so-called "Religious Liberty" is the book that cries out for someone to write.

Are We Putting Too Much Pressure On Caitlyn Jenner?

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

If you're confused by Caitlyn Jenner's recent comments on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" about her seemingly lukewarm opinions on gay marriage, you're not...

Why Kim Davis Is A 'Terrible Poster Girl' For The Religious Right

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 01.13.2017 | Queer Voices

As the support for Kim Davis continues to wane -- with even the notoriously anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church condemning her divorcee past -- Slate wri...

Transgender Healthcare Equality (VIDEO)

Christian Hendricks | Posted 08.31.2016 | Queer Voices
Christian Hendricks

Healthcare access issues for trans people are largely overlooked -- often because healthcare isn't a sexy topic for the media, but it's an increasingly important part of the LGBTQ movement.

Rentboy Raid: the Stonewall for Sex Workers?

Katherine Koster | Posted 08.31.2016 | Queer Voices
Katherine Koster

If this is the "Stonewall" of sex work, let it not be the aftermath of Stonewall where a privileged minority colonizes and benefits off the work of society's "others."

How a 'Pornographic' Lesbian Graphic Novel Ignited a Culture War at Duke

The Daily Dot | Posted 08.27.2016 | Entertainment
The Daily Dot

A group of freshmen at Duke University is boycotting a critically acclaimed book assigned for summer reading because of its gay-themed content. The book in question is Alison Bechdel's illustrated memoir Fun Home--which has recently been made into a Tony Award-winning musical. The memoir follows Bechdel's relationship with her closeted gay father, who committed suicide after the then-19-year-old author came out to her parents as a lesbian. It's a tough story to read, no doubt, but it's a reality that many LGBT people face.

The Love Longer KC Project: Why You Need to Know About It

Summer Collins | Posted 08.26.2016 | Queer Voices
Summer Collins

This act of pure love, pure kindness... Is what we as not just a city, not just as a state, but as a country need to be doing more of to make everyone feel equally loved.

If We're Winning the Battle for Equality, Why Do People Keep Yelling "Faggot?"

Bethany Grace Howe | Posted 08.26.2016 | Queer Voices
Bethany Grace Howe

How is it, despite all our social progress, even with hundreds of people around, some people find it completely acceptable to spread such hate?