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Pope Francis's Hollow Rhetoric On Place of LGBTQ People in the Church

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.09.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Rather than requiring women to ask it for forgiveness, the Vatican needs, instead, to ask those of us whom it has repressed and oppressed for forgiveness of its sins throughout its existence.

Azealia Banks Is the Donald Trump of Rap

Domenick Scudera | Posted 09.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Ms. Banks thinks that she is somehow advancing the cause for women of color and bisexual women, so I wanted to be as kind and respectful as possible. But it is difficult to maintain positive thoughts toward someone so mean-spirited.

Letting Go of Victimhood

Jennifer Ka | Posted 09.25.2015 | Impact
Jennifer Ka

I am tired of hurting myself and feeding this cycle of self-sabotage. I break that glass ceiling of limitation that has made me believe I cannot expand and evolve into the infinite. I break the walls of separation that stop me from seeing everyone as human beings rather than just by the labels put upon us.

Bigotry and Repression in 'Religious' Guise

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 09.15.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Kim Davis certainly does not walk in the footsteps of progressive leaders who took a stand to improve circumstances for oppressed people. Rather, she follows the muddled path of such people as Alabama Governor George Wallace.

Not in My Name in Guatemala

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 09.04.2015 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

The people of Guatemala are seeking justice. In the face of corruption, power, and violence they are demanding to be heard. We in the United States have a role in their struggle. We must say to our own government, "Not in my name."

Anti-Jewish Oppression and Theme of Powerful Manipulators

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 08.26.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Today we still live in a society that attempts to define and perpetuate lies about the real lives of Jewish people and of all minoritized peoples, and even proclaims that we do not have a right to exist. But exist we do, everywhere, in all walks of life.

"The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey:" A 21st-Century Play for a 21st-Century Audience

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 08.06.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

His sensitivity and thoughtfulness contrasted my first impression of him from a few days before, when he primarily portrayed a gruff detective from the Jersey Shore in his one-man show at the Westside Theatre.

If We Don't Feel Oppressed, Are We?

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 07.22.2015 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

Look, it isn't that I think that the prophets of the Mormon church are bad men or that they intend to take power to themselves. But they do have that power, and women do not. In my opinion, this diminishes us as a group.

An Open Letter to Allies: Demand Justice for Sandra Bland

Attiya Latif | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices
Attiya Latif

Sandra Bland was 28 years old, young, with a bright smile and an even brighter future. She was headed to Texas to begin a new job at her alma mater, working in student outreach. On July 10th, she was arrested. On July 13th, she was found dead in a jail cell.

Deaf Discrimination: The Fight for Equality Continues

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 08.13.2015 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Frequently and all too easily, the rights of people who are deaf get stripped away. Every day, deaf individuals attempting to interact with hearing authorities, emergency responders, or organizations are denied basic access to communication and, in some instances, their lives are put into jeopardy.

Happy Birthday America: A Short Killjoy Rant by a Trans Immigrant

Addison Rose Vincent | Posted 07.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Addison Rose Vincent

As we recite the Pledge of Allegiance and remind religious and spiritual minority communities that this is "one Nation under [a Christian] God," remember that liberty and justice is reserved only for those who resemble the Founding Fathers.

Unloading a Weighty Taboo

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 06.16.2015 | Women
Jessica R. Dreistadt

I can wrap both of my legs behind my head. My triglyceride level recently registered at 62. My favorite food is kale. And in addition to all of these glorious qualities, I am overweight.

Can I Ever Forgive Evangelicals?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.15.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I noticed with interest and, quite frankly, surprise an article headline on the front page of The New York Times dated Tuesday, June 9, 2015, which stated: "Evangelicals Open Door to Debate on Gay Rights."

5 Steps to Understanding Racial Bias

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 05.27.2015 | Impact
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Whether in business or personal life, racial bias separates people from their possibilities, organizations from the causes of equality and justice, and society from the benefits of true inclusion. It is incumbent upon each of us to eliminate racial bias where we find it.

What I Really Want for Mother's Day Is to Say 'I Am Sorry'

Sothy Eng | Posted 05.10.2015 | Women
Sothy Eng

Women are told that they can do it all. They can have a profession, a family, and a life of their own. They can be engineers, CEOs, even fight for our country on the front lines during war. Yet, tributes to motherhood neglect ways in which they can honor the diversity that motherhood has come to represent.

Religious Oppression and Religious Freedom: The Bully Who Cried Wolf

Stephanie Mott | Posted 05.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

In the story of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," the shepherd boy kept claiming that there was a wolf that didn't exist. It is the same when people claim that equality is a threat to religious freedom.

Life for Us Ain't Been No Crystal Stair

Danielle Moss Lee | Posted 05.07.2015 | Black Voices
Danielle Moss Lee

When I see the video of panic-stricken Toya Graham, I see myself, and all the other Black mothers who are desperate to keep our children physically, spiritually and emotionally safe in a society that doesn't honor their childhood. It's a special desperation known mostly by the oppressed.

Where Is the World... ?

Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. | Posted 05.01.2015 | Black Voices
Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D.

I love the black men in my life. They are my brothers, my nephews, my cousins, my best friends. When they hurt, I hurt. We hurt. And once again, we find ourselves deeply hurting from a socially-constructed wound of perpetual, centuries-long injustices.

Desert Dancer: Art and Humanity Blooms in Post-Revolutionary Iran

Yasamin Beitollahi | Posted 06.10.2015 | Entertainment
Yasamin Beitollahi

What if you looked beyond the images of Iran that flicker past on the nightly news? What if you knew that Iran was the birthplace of the revered Persian poet, Rumi and the first charter of human rights?

Religious Freedom Restoration Acts Restore Bigotry and Repression

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.30.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

We must, thus, restore Indiana and other states contemplating similar legislation to a path of understanding and support for people different from ourselves. We must work to rescind Indian's "Religious Freedom Restoration Act."

Message from Mali: There is No Life Without Music

Paul Stoller | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Paul Stoller

We have much to learn from The Caravan of Peace and the likes of Khaira Arby and Songhoy Blues. As in Mali, there is no shortage of political and economic oppression in the United States. Considering the ever-growing celebration and extension of ignorance, intolerance, hate and social violence, the prospect for our future generates no small measure of fear.

When Is It Bad to Seek Attention?

Matt Hartman | Posted 05.27.2015 | Impact
Matt Hartman

Most of us are called attention-seeking at some point, and it's usually a way to silence or delegitimize. We silence and delegitimize those who are oppressed -- those we want to stay in their place. Often, its done subconsciously, but just as, if not more, often it's done with purpose.

The Internet is an Angry Beehive, and It's Messed Up

Ashley McDonald | Posted 05.26.2015 | Technology
Ashley McDonald

What I don't love is the swarming vehicle that is the Internet. Why is our culture, especially the Internet, so paradoxically hateful? Someone says one thing that might be considered out of line and the Internet goes ape shit on the person.

Prejudice: A Reflection on Incident of Sureshbhai Patel

Richa Gandhi | Posted 04.23.2015 | College
Richa Gandhi

Why did being "skinny," "black" or walking in a neighborhood become perceived as the sign of a perpetrator or criminal? Why did a communication barrier give an officer the prerogative to throw a fragile grandfather to the ground?

Violence Against the 'Other' as Systematic Blight on Our Society

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Whenever anyone of us is diminished, we are all demeaned, when anyone or any group remains institutionally and socially stigmatized, marginalized, excluded, or disenfranchised, when violence comes down upon any of us, the possibility for authentic community cannot be realized unless and until we challenge it in truly transformational ways.