Once upon a time I had a girlfriend. I was 16 and confused about my sexuality; she was 17 and clearly also confused about my sexuality.
Eddy Arias didn't know he was undocumented when he came to the United States at the age of 14. That didn't stop immigration authorities from detaining Arias two years ago, during a routine traffic stop.
Lesley was my closest friend to become sick in the 1980s, and he fought bravely until his death from AIDS. I will not dig up Lesley's body and beat young gay men with his corpse. Lesley did not perish so that I could use him as a scare tactic. He wasn't a cautionary tale. He wasn't a martyr.
I "heart" Ron. He was the main reason I went to the local chapter of the evangelical Christian youth group, Young Life. Yes, I went because I loved--and love--Jesus. But the whole truth is that I initially went to Young Life because I fell head-over-heels in love with Ron in an adolescent, puppy-love kind of way.
I'm stuck. And I'm angry, because people around me, people I love, are dying, cancer taking them down like dominoes. How do I muster gratitude in the face of chemo?
Dear God, I don't know why or how you made me gay, but however you did it, or whatever the reason, thank you. I know it's not a gift that you bestow on everyone, and I feel fortunate and grateful that I'm one of the lucky few.
This post is about sharing the voices of some amazing LGBTQ community leaders, allies, and friends -- and they are thankful for a lot. I hope this assemblage of thanks is as awe-inspiring to you as it is to me.
One thing that we've found that helps pass the time until you're allowed to leave? Casting our favorite TV characters in the most outlandish roles and seeing what happens.
In every step we take, Harvey, we recognize that our family stands on a foundation built by you and your generation's brave work. In every step we take, we honor your request to come out, come out, wherever we are, to "break down the myths, destroy the lies and distortions."
Millions of families have gotten through this type of announcement, and moved on to form healthy, embracing relationships with their LGBT family member.
As we gather around the table for a Thanksgiving dinner or volunteer at a local community center, let's all take a second to be thankful for the victories that our community has seen recently.
Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to major public office in California, had held his office for less than a year before he was assassinated. But Milk helped erase some of the invisible boundaries defining who in our country can be elected officials.
The women highlighted in the film turn to soccer as an outlet to stand up to the system, challenging gender norms while fighting against violence, homophobia and corrective rape.
If the Department of Defense doesn't want to be dealing with situations like the one at the Air Force Academy all the time, then an Equal Opportunity (EO) policy covering sexual orientation needs to be put in place. At any time, President Obama could issue an executive order.
There is no night. There is no day. There are lights that go on and off. I am not a human; I am a weed that the world hates, so they are going to whack me down with fake illumination and peanut-butter-and-baloney sandwiches. They are going to march me to my grave.
As we approach American Thanksgiving, it is time to express gratitude for a very important development in the life of the Catholic Church, which I very much love. And that is the grace of your pontificate.