What basic fact about homosexuality do you, your parents, your local evangelical priest, and your science teacher most likely agree about? Try this one: Homosexuals don't reproduce. This verity is beyond obvious: Try as they may, two men or two women together cannot have babies.
Whether they be the crazy religious type, Republicans or irrational homeless people in the subway, every straight person seems to have some theory on what happens when two people of the same sex hit the sack together.
Maybe not in my lifetime, but maybe in my children's lifetime, homosexuality will be like red hair or brown skin or a preference for cheese: not a good thing or a bad thing, just a thing that people won't have to be afraid to share.
From Kenneth Faried's moving video in support of his lesbian mothers to reports of Shaquille O'Neal, Chris Webber and Kenny Smith mocking Charles Barkley's "effeminate" behavior, athletes have been the focus of a lot of talk centered on LGBT inclusion and homophobia lately.
My gaydar should be stronger than ever, but a strange phenomenon is now occurring. As celesbians like Ellen get more glam-dyked out and less butch, and as pink becomes the new black for metrosexual men with their murses, my gaydar is getting blocked by static.
Those subjects were not part of my high school curriculum in the 1990s. With the exception of black history, women's history and especially gay history remained virtually absent from my graduate training at Columbia in the 2000s.
There is an inextricable connection between the civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King, Jr. and the contemporary movement for LGBTQ rights. So says veteran civil rights leader and former NAACP chair Julian Bond.