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Join Basic Rights Oregon for IGNITE -- a Gala Celebration of LGBTQ Progress

Buster Ross | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Buster Ross

The Gala this year promises to be the best yet. Founded in 1996, Basic Rights Oregon (BRO) is Oregon's main political advocacy and education organization working to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Je Suis Rentboy.com

Matthew Ebert | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Matthew Ebert

I join Lambda Legal Defense, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the National LGBTQ Task Force, and activists like Justin Vivian Bond and Peter Staley who all support Rentboy.com. Mostly, I support the rent boys themselves--I stand with sex worker.

When All of New York City Held Us

Buster Ross | Posted 06.29.2015 | New York
Buster Ross

Their "baby bag" of hospital supplies sat in the corner, because I was due to make an appearance at any moment. As they drifted to sleep in each other's arms, they dreamed together about who I might be in the world.

Join the Fight to Outlaw Conversion/Reparative Therapy Today

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Peter D. Rosenstein

The time has come for the entire LGBT community and our allies to join this fight. It is about us. It is a simple fact that no one can or should try to change who we are. Whether we were born gay or lesbian, or whether we were assigned "male" or "female" at birth only to realize that our gender identity doesn't match, no one else should have the right to try to have us changed.

Season's Bleedings

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

The "Season's Greetings" banner hung across South Florissant Road in Ferguson, Missouri, is a far smaller piece of incongruity than the Christmas truce on the Western Front during World War I a century ago, but it provides a contemporary reminder of the contrast between our ideals and our treatment of one another.

'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner': Lesbian Trans Exclusion Gets Noticed

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

Our community's problem isn't with MichFest. If it became trans-inclusive tomorrow, the underlying problem would remain. It isn't even with the antifeminist nature of the trans-exclusionary radical feminists; if they quieted down tomorrow, the underlying problem would remain. The problem is the iceberg below, which no one wants to recognize.

Acting Director Kris Hayashi of the Transgender Law Center Discusses Trans Equality in 2014 and the Future

Toni Newman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Toni Newman

My discussion with Kris is centered around trans equality now and the future. We discuss the inequality still facing trans people, especially trans women of color, and how we as a community move forward to progress to full equality and being treated fairly without bias and discrimination.

All LGBT Kids Are #BornPerfect

Kate Kendell, Esq. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kate Kendell, Esq.

Even as we seem closer than ever to winning the freedom to marry nationwide, a persistent and longstanding threat has reemerged.

Post-DOMA Decision Thoughts for Our Green Card-seeking Community

Judy Rickard | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Judy Rickard

We got thrown under the bus by the Senate in its early process. The House hasn't even moved a bill to discussion. There's lots of work to do in immigration reform. We got our piece of the pie. But remember, it's sweeter to win together.

Chief Justice's Lesbian Cousin Will Attend Prop. 8 Hearing

Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics

Jean Podrasky, first cousin to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. on his mother's side, will attend Tuesday's hearing at the U.S. Supreme Court on Prop...

Chief Justice's Lesbian Cousin Will Attend Prop. 8 Hearing

The Los Angeles Times | Maura Dolan | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics

Jean Podrasky, 48, a lesbian who wants to marry her partner, will be at Tuesday’s U.S. Supreme Court hearing on Proposition 8 in seating reserved fo...

Investing in LGBT Leaders or Burning Them Out? The Choice Is Clear

Matt Foreman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Matt Foreman

For many on the outside, the gay rights movement looks like a well-oiled and well-funded machine, making huge strides and delivering big wins. From the inside, however, it's a completely different reality.

Another Lawsuit Hits Bachmann's District For Alleged Gay Student Bullying

Posted 10.11.2011 | Education

Minnesota's Anoka-Hennepin School District is facing another lawsuit over alleged bullying of a student for sexual orientation and gender nonconformit...

Gay Softball League Limit On Straight Players OK'd

AP | Gene Johson | Posted 11.15.2011 | Weird News

SEATTLE -- A gay softball organization that runs an annual tournament called the Gay Softball World Series can keep its rule limiting the number of he...

Ending The Silence On Anti-LGBT Bullying In The Classroom

Maureen Costello | Posted 07.26.2011 | Education
Maureen Costello

It's important for schools to have clear and comprehensive anti-bullying policies, but policies that target only the bad behavior will never solve the problem.

On Eve of Historic March, Hope for LGBT Immigrant Families

Steve Ralls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Ralls

The LGBT family, like the American family, includes immigrants.The UAFA bill would allow LGBT Americans to sponsor their foreign-born partners so they could remain together in the U.S.

The Olson/Boies Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit: Too Much, Too Soon?

Carlos A. Ball | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carlos A. Ball

The question no longer is whether the lawsuit should be brought, but whether it will succeed.