Religious exemptions are not only an excuse for businesses and organizations to discriminate against LGBTQ people. They also raise the question of who can participate equally and openly in public life in this country.
Having roots within Islam as a queer activist, I was more than honored to invite castmates Wazina and Terna, to share a bit about themselves, their current project and what New Yorkers can expect from this show!
Everywhere from college graduation speaker choices to the talking heads on CNN to the blog-o-sphere, people are talking about freedom of speech and the need in the US to nurture healthy debates among people who hold different opinions.
As LGBTQ people, improving our quality of life is our central social change concern but only when our life is not in daily risk. When we are not sure we will have a life tomorrow to defend the quality of, we focus on what is hurting us most deeply every day.
What's the biggest myth about street harassment? That men of color comprise the majority of offenders. It's a myth as old as this nation: the idea that Black men are more likely to be sexual predators -- especially of white women.
While progress may be occurring, there is no doubt that Greek life is made of mostly heterosexual individuals. Thus, it is hard for LGBTQ individuals to feel comfortable with themselves in this environment.
From personal battles with drugs and alcohol to queer politics to the loss of my mother, I have volunteered my struggles without reserve. It is my belief that if something happens in God's world, then it is worthy of being called truth and should not be avoided or shamed.
We seek the day that LGBTQ Americans will be fully equal under the law. Waiting is not an option for the single lesbian mother who may lose her child because she can't get or hold a job in her small Southern town. Waiting is not an option for the queer young person living on the streets.
In many ways, the LGBTQ community in the South is complicit in this state of affairs. When I look at the LGBTQ people on my own campus, I witness the "don't tell" aspect. They do not want to be open; they do not want to hold hands in Walmart, kiss at the movies, or wear pride shirts to class.
What's up with people who oppose hate crime laws? How can you be against laws that protect people from being targeted because of their race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, disabilities, sexual orientation or gender identity? Well, here's how.
Moab Pride has created one of the most unique pride events in the country. This year's theme, "Naturally Engayged," promises to combine the beauty of Moab and its surrounding national parks with Utah's growing awareness and celebration of its LGBT population.
The story of the untimely ending to Shane and Tom's love is heartbreaking. It doesn't matter what one's sexual orientation is; love is love, and loss is loss. The urgent underlying message in the story of Shane and Tom is that they had no legal means of legitimizing their relationship.
In honor of LGBT Pride Month, we wanted to take a little walk down LGBT history lane to explore the origins of Pride, and take a closer look at those electrifying evenings in June when the LGBT community decided to stop hiding and start fighting.
The LGBTQ equality and reproductive justice movements are so closely aligned in values but too frequently siloed off as unrelated. Reproductive justice and LGBTQ equality are not only rooted in the same principles, but many of our core issues overlap.
Let's say that there are 9 million LGBTQ Americans. If each of us worked to shift the mindsets of 34 non-affirming individuals, all 314 million Americans could stand to be an incredible and unstoppable beacon of hope for the world. Only we can inspire this paradigm shift.
Aside from remarks here and there, I had never directly taken up this issue with my mother. I had never had the provocation to do so until just last month, when a gay relative contacted my sibling to share that my mother had written him with a heavy-handed dose of spiritual advice.
We've seen the repeal of DADT, Obama's "evolution" on marriage equality, and the emergence of two Supreme Court cases that will determine the next steps in the battle for marriage equality. But now isn't the time to just wait on our equality to come to us. Now is the time to seize it!