Our society is still so conflicted about this new normal, and I think we are, too, personally and in our relationships. We are the "shift" generation -- men and women are in the middle of a major shift in roles and expectations.
As we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we are reminded of his poignant words that a "right delayed is a right denied." This is as true for reproductive rights as it is for other civil and human rights.
Milestones not only tell us how far we've come, they illustrate how far we still have to go. For the 25th anniversary of the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday there is much to celebrate, but so much more to be done.
King believed that everyone has within him both a potential for good and a potential for evil. Rather than simply decrying the potential for evil, or the evil itself, he sought to reawaken the potential for good.
Advent is a season of hope. The DREAM Act has been before Congress for the past 10 years. The time for waiting is over. It is time for the Senate to give hope and a future to hundreds of thousands of other DREAMers across the US.
Obama has again bent to the economic philosophy that rewards the casino gamblers on Wall Street and leaves the majority of the country standing outside the casino with a tin cup -- hoping that the gamblers are at least big tippers.
Decisive findings on DADT will likely mean nothing to those opposed to lifting the ban on gays in the military, including John McCain, who is now serving out his twilight years as the nation's elder, bitter, not quite statesman.
The issue at hand is that current federal tax policy actually undermines this restructuring by giving a huge loophole in the form of tax incentives to affluent families, and neglecting students in low-income schools.
The Senate had the opportunity make a real difference in the lives of millions of American women by voting to support the Paycheck Fairness Act, but instead the bill became a victim of partisan gridlock.
It's easy to give up, throw up our hands, and retreat to our everyday lives, especially when faced with an uphill battle like we have the next two years. But the fight for equality is never easy and never over.
The LGBT community has been blamed, cajoled, insulted, courted, and ignored depending on whether our votes and dollars are needed, yet when it comes time for real leadership on issues that matter to basic, day-to-day rights, we are told to wait.
Every time the Obama administration stands up and defends an offensive and bigoted law, it conveys a message that being gay is a weakness, a problem and a reason to be treated with less respect than everybody else.