The power of your elected office, combined with a strong dose of moral courage on your part, can be harnessed to trigger a national dialogue. And once people start talking and reflecting, the layers of bigotry will gradually fall away.
Sometimes when I'm not feeling like a longer walk to the coffee shop at the far end of our village, I venture into the one around the corner. It's a different crowd that frequents this café. I, and many like me, like coming here because of its better ambience.
All in the Family, a sitcom that dealt with contemporary cultural issues like no other show had dared, focused on everyday concerns and their effect on an average middle-class family. In 2014, not much has changed.
I am one of the fortunate ones. I have never been to war or singed with its insanity. When I see my government voluntarily send our citizens into battle without truth, on rationales that obviously lie to our faces, I want to raise my scream to the biosphere.
Just because there are negative consequences to saying offensive, stupid or bigoted things, it doesn't mean First Amendment rights are under threat. It just means you can't have your cake and eat it too.
Rick, do you ever wonder what happens to gay men and women when they try to force themselves to live a lie? Well Rick, I've got news for you. Most mixed orientation marriages end catastrophically, with both partners greatly damaged. I was in one of those marriages.
Simply put, we homosexuals are faced with the greatest civil rights battle of our time. Although we have not completely mastered the idea of equal rights among women and minorities, our battle to be recognized as human beings and citizens of this country has just started.
There is a busy street just on the edge of downtown Los Angeles that is becoming well known. Not because of its manicured trees and landscaping, since there are very few trees. Not because of its high-end boutique shopping stores, since there are none.
As the school year ends for all levels of education, I want to put forward one final quiz especially for our high school and college students to answer. If you do not know the answer to a question, just move quickly to the next one.
The first big warning sign that the lines were fast becoming blurred between the tea party and the GOP establishment was last year's partial government shutdown and the GOP saber rattle over the debt ceiling raise.
Not so long ago, life was easy for xenophobes. But as the Latino population grows at a faster rate than the immigrant population, Hispanics are now more likely to be born and raised in America, as full-blooded American citizens.
You don't have to wear a white sheet with a pointy hat and go around burning crosses to be racist. We all harbor prejudices of some kind, and many people are carelessly and casually racist while being perfectly pleasant otherwise. As I see it, racism and homophobia are two sides of the same coin.
Mississippi, a state that tends to be at the bottom of every index of states -- where bottom is not good -- has passed a misnamed Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Like most government legislation, the name has nothing to do with its actual intent.
As someone who has accepted your funding in good faith, I want you to know that I find your remarks to be utterly repugnant and I denounce them. I'm doing so publicly because you have been publishing my photo under yours for several years, and I'd like you to stop.
Are opponents of same-sex marriage really concerned about children's welfare? If so, why do they not oppose convicted murderers, drug addicts, homeless folks, and even those those convicted of child abuse getting married and having children?
Today, over 400,000 American Muslims constituents across the State of Florida are fighting a decisive battle against ignorance, intolerance and indifference in the Florida State Legislature. Sen. Hays has placed a special burden on our legislators to negotiate complex issues brought on by SB 864.
Some of the most irrational arguments I've run across in the debate on marriage equality are 1) the claim that equality supporters are being intolerant, and 2) what is happening is just a 'difference of opinion.'