Visibility alone does not ensure social progress or progressive social change. It certainly comes with dangers.
I find the belligerent blame-thrower much too regularly in the church. Something goes wrong and this person's default posture is "it's not me; it's you."
"I really wanted to contribute to the message and success of the 'It Gets Better' campaign, but couldn't find the words. I'm not a writer. I'm a musician. So it dawned on me in that moment... Music is a language at which I'm adept -- my chosen language of love and protest."
What does it take to push past the standard parameters of beauty and social norms? Who do you enlist to help you with such a bold and unconventiona...
Many of you know me as a follower of Jesus, and those of you that have been paying attention, also know me as a "straight ally." To me, I actually believe both of those descriptions of me are connected.
Instead of discussing the horror of someone buying soda pop or a steak with SNAP (food stamps), it would be great to turn the conversation to the things that can't be purchased and think for a minute how we could find a workaround.
After she came out as queer to an ex-boyfriend, and later to a childhood friend with whom she led Bible study, both friends responded with support.
I didn't have to think about how I'd describe a party, an outing, a dinner. I didn't have to censor my stories.
In the 70s my mom went from being an immigrant housewife stay-at-home mom to a bra-burning consciousness-raising feminist to a card-carrying same-sex ...
It is 2014. We have Twitter, Google Glass, Nutella, freedom of speech and the list could go on and on. The thing is there is something big on that list that we are missing, that's marriage equality.
When we draw lines in the sand to separate us from other believers and from the poor we purport to serve, we are like two people on the side of a swimming pool fighting over doctrine while a child goes under for the third time.
The evidence for the existence of anything like modern day monogamous gay unions in that time is sketchy at best. I love my Bible as much as any evangelical and I think there's a great case to be made that the Bible is simply silent regarding same-sex covenantal unions.
As we look back, we'll be able to say that we had a part to play in this history. We'll be able to say that it started here, in the Heartland -- it started here in Iowa.
People like to talk about sex, but talking about rape is a lot harder. For the past year and a half, I've been making a documentary on rape, so I've gotten some practice.
AIDS is largely seen, in the United States at least, as something that happened, rather than something that can or will -- more polio than cancer, more Vietnam than Ukraine.
This week I talked with Fred Harmon, Chief Marketing Officer of the new Tropicana Las Vegas, about Xposed!, the LGBT "beach" party that's happening at...