I've told the real Rosa Parks story dozens of times to diverse audiences, and have been amazed how few know it. Understanding the truth beyond the myths can help us organize better against current injustices.
Today's LGBT Pride Reception is poignant for me because while the Obamas won't even know my name, I feel like I'm returning to say hello to old friends, allies in fighting for truly intersectional social justice since we were all young.
It has long troubled me when any population is marginalized and we don't benefit from their full, authentic participation and leadership in society. Recent advances in equal rights for our LGBT citizens are only a beginning.
Like military service, civilian service boosts pride among those who serve and can help make people feel a profound sense of connection to their country. It also provides countless benefits for communities and their residents.