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Miss Universe 1997 Brook Lee -- Straight Ally for LGBT Equality | SPEAK UP WITH JIMMY NGUYEN (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 06.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Jimmy Nguyen

In this interview, Miss Universe 1997 Brook Lee talks with me about how straight people can be allies for LGBT rights. She also explains how her diverse heritage led her to become a strong supporter of the LGBT community.

Sending Harvey Milk Throughout the Planet

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

As marginalized people, we are pushing the boundaries unwilling any longer to accept the repressive status quo. In coalition with other disenfranchised groups and allies, we are refusing to buckle under and to assimilate into a corrupt system.

Doing Social Justice: 10 Reasons to Give Up Ableist Language

Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg | Posted 06.10.2014 | Impact
Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg

Disability metaphors abound in our culture, and they exist almost entirely as pejoratives. You see something wrong? Compare it to a disabled body or mind. These words seem so "natural" to people that they go uncorrected a great deal of the time.

Yoga Teacher Talk: Inspiration or Mind-Numbing Nonsense?

Kimberly Dark | Posted 05.21.2014 | Women
Kimberly Dark

No one plans for exclusions. And yet they happen. Only certain people feel comfortable; only some have access. These exclusionary circumstances are changeable, though not solely through personal decision-making.

Environmental Justice and the "Science" of Denial

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.15.2014 | Green
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I ask, though, how "free" are we now as mining, oil and lumber companies lobby to exploit the land, and as legislators grant corporations enormous tax breaks and subsidies?

In Defense of Checking Privilege

Davide Mastracci | Posted 05.13.2014 | College
Davide Mastracci

Merely refraining from what you consider to be oppressive actions or statements is not enough. Checking your privilege means that, on a regular basis, you'll have to admit that you benefit from the oppression of others. Even if you're a good person, even if you 'don't see race.'

For These Are All Our Girls

Pam Allyn | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Pam Allyn

The kidnapping of the Nigerian schoolgirls is a crisis of our humanity. What will become of us if half of humanity is not fully safe, empowered and free? We will all perish. Let us begin to repair the world today.

Luxurious Stigma: The Plight of Liberal Arts Conservatives

Jay Dodd | Posted 07.07.2014 | College
Jay Dodd

Not being able to share why you love guns or question immigration policy in public spaces is an iota of the discomfort marginalized people feel on this campus with systems erasing and devaluing of our experiences.

Why Every Social Entrepreneur Needs to Read This Book

Hila Mehr | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Hila Mehr

Paulo Freire, author of the seminal 1970 book Pedagogy of the Oppressed, saw the world not as a given reality, but as "a problem to be worked on and solved."

Black Rage Is Christian Rage

Broderick Greer | Posted 06.14.2014 | Religion
Broderick Greer

​Beloved, I woke up late to black rage. I don't want the same for you. This rage will help you experience the very heart of Christ, the heart that is upset by every instance of oppression and misuse of power.

What I Wear Is My Choice!

Bushra Alvi | Posted 06.14.2014 | Women
Bushra Alvi

Perhaps, like everything else, there is no single meaning of the abaya for Muslim women across the globe.

Turkey Protests: 'The Worst Is Yet To Come'

The Huffington Post | Lauren Betesh | Posted 03.17.2014 | World

The death of Berkin Elvan -- a Turkish teenager who died after being hit by a tear-gas canister on his way to buy a loaf of bread during last summer's...

God, Kiev and House of Cards

W. Hunter Roberts | Posted 05.10.2014 | Religion
W. Hunter Roberts

I don't pretend to understand the many political forces at play in the Ukraine, but I would like to comment on the gnarly questions it raises about oppression, liberation, power, and God. When oppression is on the march, good people ask, "Where is God?"

Pet Shop Boys Give Drag Queen's Incredible Speech An Epic Remix

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 03.10.2014 | Gay Voices

In early February, Rory O’Neill, also known as Irish drag queen Panti Bliss, gave an impassioned speech about homophobia that immediately went viral...

To Dismantle the Spokes on the Oppression Wheel

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

We can see concepts and issues of oppression as a wheel with each of the separate spokes representing the numerous forms, which continually trample over the rights and the very lives of individuals and entire groups of people.

Venezuelan Crisis: Resentment, Struggle and a Way Forward

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 04.29.2014 | World
Stephanie Rudat

It is evident that the problems of inflation, scarcity, crime and violence are issues that affect all Venezuelans equally, regardless of their political affiliation or ideologies. Why, then, is the population still divided?

WATCH: Drag Queen Gives INCREDIBLE Speech About Homophobia

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.12.2014 | Gay Voices

Over the weekend, Rory O’Neill, who is also known as Irish drag queen Panti Bliss, made an impassioned and heartfelt speech about the nature of homo...

Confusion Between 'Diverse Opinions' and 'Oppressive Characterizations'

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.03.2014 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Phil Robertson, of course, does not stand alone in employing religious texts and tenets, as well as his personal experiences (read as "historical revisions") to justify and rationalize his opinions and "values."

What the Duck: Justice or Lost Opportunity?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.21.2014 | Entertainment
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Phil Robertson, in his own misguided and offensive fashion, has given us as a society much to unpack by his linking multiple issues and multiple form of oppression (heterosexism, racism, classism, environmental control and degradation), and all in the context of religious justification.

A Letter to Malcolm in Prison on the Death of Mandella

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

Malcolm, we know that South Africa continues to face its own struggles and that the United States is not a post-racial society, not when with "The New Jim Crow" such a large percentage of black men are incarcerated.

Catching Fire: A Story of Dangerous Hope

Julie Clawson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Julie Clawson

Far from being just another distraction or way to be entertained by violence, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire delivers a message of hope into our culture which just like Panem desperately needs to find freedom from our own oppressions and injustices.

I'm Not Vain -- But I Can't Survive Without My Makeup

Sarah Barness | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Sarah Barness

My version of the American female road trip is told through the lens of a makeup mask. I have internalized subliminal and explicit messages that tell me natural girls who don't need makeup are pretty, but those pretty girls naturally don't have unibrows and acne.

Interview With Critically Acclaimed Author, Alan Kaufman

Lisa Chau | Posted 03.25.2014 | Books
Lisa Chau

Alan Kaufman, the Bronx-born son of a French-Jewish Holocaust survivor, is author of the critically acclaimed memoirs Jew Boy and Drunken Angel. Kaufman's writings are subversive articulations of extreme outsiderness.

Pope Francis's Opportunity to Heal

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 09.29.2013 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

We are "gravely disordered," "afflicted with evil tendencies," our relationships constitute a "troubling moral and social phenomenon," and "a destruction of God's work," which "threatens human dignity and the future of humanity itself," but the Church somehow deeply respects us?

Young and (Unabashedly) Black and Male and on Behalf of Myself, In Defense of Myself

Marcus Lee | Posted 09.29.2013 | Black Voices
Marcus Lee

What makes this (unsurprising and frustrating) conflation particularly odd is that this conversation is being had without young Black men being present in the room.