SB 1062 in Arizona was vetoed by Governor Jan Brewer! But not everyone is so happy about it. Amidst the hatred, there was actually more entertaining hatred found on Twitter.
Eight months ago I pulled a bra out of the washing machine for the first time since breaking up with my college girlfriend and loudly coming out of the closet as a gay man a decade earlier. This bra belonged to someone I would have called my boyfriend a week earlier, before she came out to me as a transgender woman.
As two recent reports demonstrate, for many LGBT people -- specifically LGBT people of color and elders -- the quest for home routinely comes up against a housing supply that's dilapidated, stretched thin, too expensive and far removed from the cities and neighborhoods we deserve to inhabit.
This week I talked with Kristen Ellis-Henderson and Cathy Henderson, co-founders of the all-female alternative country rock band Antigone Rising, about their music and their spin on LGBT issues.
I cannot fully understand what it means to be an LGBT Costa Rican (or an LGBT Latino, for that matter) because I don't live here and I'm not Latino. Still, I do believe that there are certain things that we LGBT people around the world who have grown up in a faith community have in common.
When the rights of any person are stripped away by law and the church, all suffer. People who identify as sexual and gender minorities in Uganda will be martyred and we will later ask why we did nothing.
I can't remember the day I learned that transgender people were still banned from serving in the United States military. But I do know I met that fact with shock. How shortsighted of me to not consider them in our work. Why had I not known this before?
LGBT parents aren't necessarily "better," but the fact that so many of their children seem to be resilient enough to deal with whatever life throws at them is a testament to both the individuals and their relationships.
Let's take a moment and celebrate, this is a victory for equality and another fight lost by the Christian Right. Yet this fight is far from over. Many other states are attempting to pass similar measures, some even harsher than Arizona's.
Friends exert a "social contagion effect" and I think LGBT people need that effect to counter the negative impact of stigma and discrimination on our health. If friendship has the clout to heal us, there is huge power in our community.
In Los Angeles, since Jan. 1, we've been struggling to overcome the horrors of the Great Grocery Bag Upheaval. To sum it up: Our leaders have banned plastic grocery bags altogether and now require shoppers to pay for paper bags. Oh, the humanity!
Even today, without S.B. 1062, businesses can still turn away LGBT customers in the 86 Arizona municipalities that do not have any LGBT protections on the books. Nevertheless, this fact seems lost in the media and among LGBT activists.
I'd rather commit to an enthusiastic twentysomething whose iPod is stocked with bad pop music than a middle-aged man whose romanticism is tempered by a long list of don'ts and who is terrified of losing control.
The Olympics are over and maybe those of us who deplore the situation of the LGBT community in Russia can again all sound like we are on the same side.
Immigrants' rights advocates like me got a strong sense of déjà vu this week. Four years ago, SB 1070, legislation designed to make life miserable for immigrants and those a person might "suspect" could be foreign, sat on the governor's desk for several days until she signed that misguided -- and unconstitutional -- piece of legislation into law.
Sure, it's a victory in the smallest sense of the word, but is it worth celebrating the fact that the road to this veto was even taken?