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Partners In Change: President Obama and Senator Michael Bennet

Nancy Cronk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Nancy Cronk

The divisions are deep, the fear explosive, and real solutions hard to find. But still, in each community, in each school and in each workplace, a small voice here and there says, "Yes... we still can."

ReThink Review: Outrage -- One Reason Why the Bird/Shepard Hate Crimes Act Took So Long

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

And the main reason is because hatred/fear of gays is running neck-and-neck with hatred/fear of government for the most defining, unifying characteristic of the "modern" republican party.

Ending Hate Crime

Lee Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lee Fisher

I am heartened that Congress has finally passed a bill that would strengthen the ability of governments at all levels to investigate and prosecute hate crime.

Lady Gaga and Obama for Gay America

Michael Solis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Solis

For America's LGBT community last weekend, seeing both Lady Gaga and Obama teaming up to address the community's struggle for civil rights and equality was a welcome surprise.

Hijab Case: Why Bigoted Battery Makes For A Hate Crime

Ahmed Rehab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Ahmed Rehab

Amal Abusumayah, a 28-year-old American mother of four young girls, was going about her usual shopping when she was randomly treated to a dose of derogatory comments about her faith.

Obama Signs the Hate Crime Bill into Law! What's Next?

Paul LeGendre | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul LeGendre

Today, President Obama signed into law the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crime Prevention Act, critical legislation that strengthens existing U.S. laws by extending federal hate crime protection.

What If He Were Your Child?

Jennifer Evans Gardner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Evans Gardner

I pray that I don't have to read about any more citizens on any more streets in any more cities in this country being attacked for being who they are.

LGBT Rights: The Time Is Now

State Rep. Julie Hamos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
State Rep. Julie Hamos

I hope the abolition of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is immediate. But there is still one crucial step that this country needs to take: We must make civil marriage equality the law of the land.

US Senate Passes Byrd-Shepard Hate Crimes Act, Awaits Presidential Signature

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Levin, J.D.

The United States Senate passed landmark legislation today that expands the coverage and protection of federal hate crime laws to now include sexual orientation, gender, identity and disability.

Obama's Speech (TEXT): Transcript Of President Obama's Speech About Gay Rights

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The official transcript of President Obama's address at The Human Rights Campaign's 13th Annual National Dinner on Saturday, as released by the White ...

The New Gay Apartheid

Jim David | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim David

Whatever church those people do go to, they are taught hate and fear, not the Christian love I grew up with. They both hate gays and fear them.

Hate Crimes Bill Signed Into Law 11 Years After Matthew Shepard's Death

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama signed major civil rights legislation on Wednesday, making it a federal hate crime to assault people based on sexual orientation, gend...

GLSEN: Combating Children Who Hate

Tom Gregory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Gregory

GLSEN is battling cold-blooded hate of children against children -- and it is rampant. Time and time again, that hate is against children who are perceived as homosexual.

An Historic and Emotional Moment

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Today, after too many years of delay, President Obama signed into law a bill that makes it a federal hate crime to assault people based on sexual orientation.

Jeff Muskus

35 GOP Senators Vote Against Defense Bill With Hate-Crimes Amendment | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It's not easy to get 35 Republican senators to vote against defense spending -- unless hate crimes legislation is involved. The Senate narrowly invo...

Ted Kennedy: Fearless Leader in the Fight against Hate Crime

Paul LeGendre | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul LeGendre

Kennedy compared hate crimes to "acts of domestic terrorism" and worked tirelessly to pass hate crimes legislation in the Senate.

Why Attaching the Hate Crimes Prevention Act to the Defense Bill Makes Sense

David Doody | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Doody

The Hate Crime Prevention Act looks to do exactly what the Defense Bill should be set up to do: defend the nation and allow its people to live freely.

Fort Worth Gay Bar Raid No Accident

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

Stonewall was an expression of power and identity in the face of forced anonymity and oppression. The raid at Fort Worth is a different story altogether.

Will Matthew Shepard Rest In Peace?

Paul LeGendre | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul LeGendre

We are calling on all Americans to join us in urging Senators to provide law enforcement with the tools they need to hold responsible those who commit these senseless acts of bias-motivated violence.

In Praise of Injustice (Accentuate the Negative)

Eli Dansky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eli Dansky

Let's restore despair and self-righteousness, along with shame/fearmongering, to their rightful places in the activist's arsenal.

Right-Wing Media Lies About the Hate-Crimes Bill

Terry Krepel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Terry Krepel

President Obama is not the only subject WorldNetDaily spreads falsehoods about.

Virginia Foxx Sends Apology To Matthew Shephard's Mother

Winston-Salem Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx has written a letter of apology to the mother of Matthew Shepard, a gay Wyoming man whose name is on a bill adding sexual orie...

The Truth About Miss USA, American Idol -- and Our Embrace of Illusion

Wes Isley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Wes Isley

Television shows and beauty pageants are rather inconsequential in the grand scheme of things, but they reflect broad, underlying trends back to us.

Jason Linkins

Judy Shepard Responds To "Hoax" Comments | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Judy Shepard appeared on last night's edition of the Rachel Maddow Show to discuss the recent expansion of Federal hate crimes legislation and the rem...

Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Blow It

Joan Garry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joan Garry

In 1993, Bill Clinton signed "Don't Ask Don't Tell" into law. And 16 years later, the gay community has a friend in the White House again and it looks like we are going to get another turn at bat.