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Obama Second Inaugural Address

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LOOK: Facebook Campaign Spotlights Beautiful Same-Sex Kisses | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

In support of equal rights for all, "The Supreme Kiss" social media initiative was started. In the mist of the United States Supreme Court reviewing P...

Can We Solve the Climate Crisis If We Don't Solve the Democracy Crisis?

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Given the domination of our political system by big money in this post-Citizens United world, the question is whether it will be possible for the U.S. government to take the large-scale political actions that are necessary to address climate change.

The Idea of America

William E. White | Posted 04.02.2013 | Education
William E. White

We the citizens of this nation must call on our community, state, and federal leaders to rededicate our educational system to the education of citizens through the teaching of the humanities. Education is the essential stimulant of citizenship.

We the People, Yes

Ray Errol Fox | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
Ray Errol Fox

The beauty of our democracy is that through all the ugliness of the presidential campaign and the election, the people persisted and they prevailed. The same is true of the president. He and all those who defied the obstacles in support of him are memorably intertwined.

No Apology

Sarah S. Kilborne | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sarah S. Kilborne

Several have noted the president's unapologetic tone in his second inaugural address. With the whole world watching, it was a call to action to end discrimination against gay and lesbian Americans. For that we can be proud. I know I am.

Obama's Second Inaugural Address: The Dream Of Equality Is Getting Closer

Wayne Besen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Wayne Besen

Obama's speech cleared up any lingering doubts about his commitment to LGBT equality. He signaled that he views this topic as more than a political issue to give lip service to. What we heard was a man who considers LGBT equality an important legacy issue.

Obama's Second Inaugural Address And My Personal Journey From The Stonewall To The National Mall

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

The president's words struck me to the core. Just as I became an accidental activist when I transitioned, I was an accidental participant in the Stonewall uprising when I stumbled upon the chaos when I was trying to attend a concert at the Village Vanguard on the night of June 28, 1969.

Obama Linking Selma To Stonewall Divides The Black Community

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

Some African Americans felt "dissed" by the president's speech. The linkage of their civil rights struggle with that of LGBTQ Americans did nothing to quell their dislike of the comparison. For them, the fact that it was spoken by this president made it sting more.

Stonewall Is U.S. History

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.25.2013 | College
Warren J. Blumenfeld

When President Obama invoked the name of Stonewall before millions watching and listening throughout the planet, chills radiated down my spine, and I felt the excitement that comes with the prospect of righting a wrong.

By Linking Stonewall With Seneca Falls And Selma, Obama Reminds Us That LGBT Rights Are Civil Rights

Waymon Hudson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Waymon Hudson

With one thundering line President Obama gave recognition to the commonality of our civil rights struggles, from women's suffrage to African-American civil rights to LGBT equality. He took the LGBT community's fight for equality and folded it completely into the fabric of what America means.

Inauguration 2013: A Transgender Call To Action

Gwendolyn Ann Smith | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Gwendolyn Ann Smith

It is vital to view the history of the Stonewall rebellion much more closely and not let that fight be reduced to simply the right of gay and lesbian Americans to get married. It is important to note that at the forefront of the fight were two transgender women, Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson.

Wave That Magic Wand!

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

We have truly entered a new era. Prior to the inauguration, the National Organization for Marriage and the Family Research Council condemned any strides forward by the gay community, but now they have waved a magic wand to make our struggles disappear! It is so nice of them!

President Obama's History-Making Gay Rights Inaugural Speech

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

By referring to the Stonewall riots in the same sentence as Seneca Falls and Selma, Obama put the LGBT rights struggle within the context of the great civil rights movements in American history. When the first African-American president says that discrimination is discrimination, that is profound.

The Second Act (of a Nation)

Saladin Ambar | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics
Saladin Ambar

The president had the temerity to name the unnamable. The people and parts of the country that have never come up in so many prior inaugurals. And there were great lines and better sentiments.

The Audacity to Still Have Hope

Ilene Angel | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics
Ilene Angel

Words stir emotions. And President Obama wields the power of his words effectively to stir up hope and a call to action.

To President Obama, With Hope

William H. Lamar IV | Posted 03.16.2013 | Politics
William H. Lamar IV

You must speak hard truths like Mr. Lincoln while inspiring the citizenry like Mr. Kennedy. You must name the historical moment for what it is and cast a compelling vision for a future that beckons us forward together.