You can define homophobia when you point to the words used to condemn and ridicule gay people. You can see it. You can understand it. And you may even feel it. But do you know what it means to be robbed of an imagination?
Shame on the bully that made you flinch, or brought fear into your happy heart without a hint of remorse. Shame on the bully that made you feel inade...
As a child of the turbulent sixties, I was convinced time promised a b...
This fall has been a particularly anxious one for students -- and their parents -- who are adjusting to college life.
It's time for "tolerant" religious people to acknowledge the straight line between the official anti-gay theologies of their denominations and the deaths of young people around the country.
I'm a firm believer in the benefits of social media. But this is not to say that social media does not have its issues. Take three young adults in New Jersey and three social media platforms and I think you all know what I mean.
Bullying has no race, no gender, no sexual orientation. Bullying will never stop. But we can work to be more aware, more available and more attentive to those that need our support.
We don't have the luxury of standing on the sidelines on this one, not parents and not school administrators either.
At last, more than just LGBT academics and a few activists are raising the need for more active statements of support for free expression of one's sexual and gender identity.
Living in the abysmal erotic ignorance of believing that sex on-tap will increase our desire, we are experiencing a sexual famine in America.
Cultures evolve slowly, and sometimes laws change suddenly, but not soon enough for those who have already died.
Casual homophobia has the potential to do very serious damage to the fragile psyche of an adolescent, and social alienation, isolation, fear and depression are often soon to follow.
We all deserve to learn how to be compassionate with ourselves and others. To live as equals. To be safe. To be ourselves and have our rights protected by one another. To be respected and pass it on.
Several weeks after Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi's tragic suicide, college students around the country are writing about Clementi in their campus newspapers, expressing their takes on the lessons their campuses should learn
We all don't have to agree, I know, but we all have to treat people with respect and dignity. Kavod ha'briot, honoring all living creatures, is a strong value in Judaism.
On the basis of what we know thus far, I think we can guess this: Tyler Clementi died as a direct result of a culture of sexual shame in which institutionalized religion is the major investor.