Equality cannot and should never wait for majority support, but even more importantly, laws that thwart equal treatment under the law and thus create pain in the minds and hearts of those against whom they discriminate actively harm our nation every day they're on the books.
At the level of our political government, we fashion our laws and concepts in our own image, and not the other way around.
How dare we who are heterosexual presume to control and limit LGBT people's lives? How dare we suffer the conceit that being gay is mutable and can or should be changed by therapy?
The HRC can do more than they have to build credibility among trans people, as well as to trans intra- and extra-community allies, so incidents such as this one regarding the transgender pride flag incident doesn't resonate as negatively in the way this incident did.
Here are your choices: flay, frown, fume or feel any number of positive emotions about Time Magazine's covers, but don't make decisions based on them.
Both conservatives and liberals, or in American speak, Republicans and Democrats, respect traditions, the difference is timing.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said, "What gives the federal government the right to be concerned at all about the definition of marriage?" Sotomayor is correct.
The language that the Court used to talk about gay marriage this past week lacked the polarizing moral denunciations of homosexuality of the past. And the language the Court uses to debate national issues matters.
What's being unveiled is the totality of the American family. Our families are not just straight -- we are gay, we are lesbian, we are transgender -- and each must be respected and treated equally under the law.
This week, I spoke to David Badash of The New Civil Rights Movement and photographer/activist Jenna Pope about the Marriage Equality debates at the Supreme Court.
Its "Autopsy" notwithstanding, Reagan & Frum discuss a possible Grand New Party" on gay rights or guns post-Sup Ct and Newtown. Can it escape Evangelical and NRA stridency? Then: North Korea & North Dakota are both bluffing like crazy.
I came to understand I was uniquely positioned to make a contribution (as are all gay people in these historic times) because I appreciated the unique gift of being born gay. I always "leaned in" by coming out and staying out.
While it certainly was (quoting the Flintstones theme) a "gay old time" in Washington this week, I have already spent the whole week on the subject, so I'm really only going to mention it in passing.
When people openly express their discomfort about the red HRC logo heavily populating their Facebook and Twitter news feeds, they're doing more than simply raging against the Gay Inc. machine.
Casual bigotry is dying off. Literally. Old people and their parents with a life radius of 30 miles. Oh sure, there will always be prejudice, stupidity and fear but society is rapidly realizing that "gay" is just another adjective; like blonde or buff.
After the whirlwind that has been the last two days at the Supreme Court, it's hard to point to any outcome as more likely than another. Here's a brief look at the possible outcomes available to the Court in each case.