At an impromptu rally outside LA's ACLU headquarters, Shia LaBeouf took to the podium to announce that he is a lesbian, apparently using vast swaths of Ellen Page's recent coming out speech at an HRC event.
Today, learning that a federal judge has declared Utah's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, I wonder where my one-time friend Beverly Evans is and if she regrets the vote that denied me equal rights.
Order No. 60 of the Ukrainian Ministry of Health Protection requires transgender people to first undergo 30 to 45 days of confinement in a psychiatric institution to be diagnosed with "transsexualism."
Beginning this past weekend, 30 students from 14 states and 22 institutions attended HRC's HBCU LGBT Leadership and Career Summit. The annual summit is part of a yearlong effort that fosters an effective group of LGBT student leaders at HBCUs.
For decades, LGBT employees have had to bear major tax burdens with none of the benefits. We have carried large tax rocks on our backs for our entire tax-paying lives. Yesterday those boulders and rocks cracked in two and fell into the abyss of history.
Many in the trans community had a hard time coming to terms with the idea that adding other requirements to the repeal of DADT, such as open trans service, was not really the same fight. As Allyson also was transgender, I had presumed that she would have the same opinion.
In March, Facebook went red for marriage equality as millions of people around the world changed their profile pictures in unity to the Human Rights Campaign's logo. No one at HRC, myself included, imagined the response would become as big as it did.
National organizations that are structured more like campaigns, or that serve one particular community or cause, along with the legal organizations and the research organizations, have been increasingly effective relative to the multi-issue organizations. The question is why.
There remain all the civil liberty and economic empowerment issues that attach to being an American citizen, whether one is gay, trans, or queer in the broadest sense, and whether or not one is in a relationship, for better or for worse.
My wife Kendra and I are acutely aware of the glacial speed with which HRC came to embrace the "T" in "LGBT." But since 2007 -- and even before then -- HRC has done more for transgender Americans than they're ever credited with doing.
I was surprised to read in the Marietta Daily Journal that students at one high school in Cobb County, Ga., are posting blue Christian cross signs as their Facebook profile images to combat the red equal signs that show support for marriage equality. But it makes perfect sense.
This has been a pattern with HRC over the years: proactively taking steps to publicly promote the idea that they're trans-inclusive and supportive, but then quickly throwing those ideals and the promises they represent out the window the moment they become a little inconvenient.
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.
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.
As the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the cases challenging Prop 8 and DOMA social media outlets were covered in red in support of marriage equality. Meet the talent behind the red: Anastasia Khoo, Marketing Director for the Human Rights Campaign.