What is urgently needed for LGBT families and all those other messy, complicated, variegated families out there are social and legal protections that support all kinds of families, not only those headed by two cohabiting married people -- gay or straight.
Regardless of your sexuality, the Pride parade is a time to toast to being you. A colorful celebration decorated with personality, passion, and countl...
Even though they were directed at different groups, both crimes -- the Boston Marathon bombing and the hate crime in Puzzles bar -- are rooted in the same paradigm: young, disenfranchised men who lean on hate and violence as outlets.
In some of the strongest evidence that these dangerous and hateful scare tactics are losing steam (and that Idaho is more progressive than France), the Couer d'Alene city council voted Tuesday, June 4, to adopt rules protecting LGBT citizens, with a strong five-to-one vote.
There's something about Pride that never fully resonated with me, but now that I'm in a certain place in my life and a father, my pride is much subtler, but much more powerful than I ever could have expected.
From my perspective, one of the great advantages of gay relationships is that we aren't tied to conventions and have more flexibility to create relationships that come from our own needs.
I had summited Everest in honor of other LGBTQ youth who face discrimination and harassment, and also to send a message: You can do it. Find your Everest. Find it and climb it and stand on top and exult in the sun rising over the vast horizon.
By exposing its challenges, OutServe-SLDN, the association of LGBT military personnel, veterans, and their families, figured out a way to reinvigorate its mission -- and thus may have revealed the way forward for the larger LGBT movement as more and more of our legal objectives are achieved.
I've lost my son, the child. And I'm learning to parent my son, the adult. It's a different job, and a sign of success.
The same methods historically used by the government to imprison and pathologize homosexuality and gender variation are being used today to justify the extreme marginalization, lifetime institutionalization, and oppression of people who have violated sex laws.
HIV-positive men aren't victims, vampires, zombies or martyrs. The social and psychological factors surrounding infection are complex, difficult and impossible to simplify into one category. The language we use to isolate one another is just the one element of the shaming that goes on within the gay community.
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My book is a continuation of my work on giving voices to marginalized peoples, groups, and communities. The theme that stitches all of the essays together to create a colorful tapestry is the intersection of sexuality and ethnicity.
The phrase "she's so drama" is used to needle someone who acts too "girly" by expressing more emotion than social conventions allow. But we might ask ourselves whether he (or "she") could be the victim of a social trauma, the trauma of being viewed, treated, and dismissed as "like a girl."
With our annual Pride celebration now only a few weeks away, in between all the shopping and primping a girls got to do, I find myself once again thinking about those who have touched my life; those who have - and still - inspire me to be who I am today.
We must not forget that a legal victory does not equal immediate justice. When defeated in the open, ignorance and bigotry and hate go underground. Those who hate will plan attacks designed to put entire groups of people on notice.