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Conference in Berlin Focuses on Rising Anti-Semitism

J. Richard Cohen | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
J. Richard Cohen

I was a member of a "rainbow" delegation of U.S.-advocacy organizations that came to the conference to emphasize, by our example and our words, that the battle against European anti-Semitism is everyone's fight, not simply a Jewish one. It is also a battle that we, as Americans, cannot ignore.

A Tent Too Large: the Republican Party and Anti-LGBT Bigotry

J. Richard Cohen | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
J. Richard Cohen

RNC Chair Reince Priebus yesterday said something predictable and something startling in response to the Supreme Court's refusal to overturn court decisions clearing the way for same-sex marriage.

Alabama Governor Calls Inmate Advocates 'Crazy' To Sue State

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) knows his state has a serious prison problem, but he had some harsh words for reform groups suing the state over a...

Holder Sees Racism in Obama Opposition -- He's Right

Morris Dees | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Morris Dees

No one, of course, is suggesting that merely disagreeing with Obama is evidence of racism. That's clearly not true. But we have a political party and a right-wing media machine that pander incessantly to the racist reactionaries in our society, often through code words.

Meet Maryland's White Nationalist 'David Duke' GOP Candidate

Jonathan Hutson | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Hutson

White nationalists from the League of the South -- the premier neo-Confederate group -- are hailing the recent Republican primary victory of Maryland's Michael Peroutka -- who won his party's nomination in an Anne Arundel County Council race, as well as a seat on the GOP Central Committee there -- as "a political victory for us."

Lila Shapiro

State Accused Of Sentencing Transgender Woman To 'Torture'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.13.2014 | Gay Voices

Georgia's prison officials will have to explain themselves in court if they continue to refuse hormone therapy to transgender inmates, warns a letter ...

Bombing Anniversary a Reminder of the Radical Right's Rage

Mark Potok | Posted 04.19.2014 | Politics
Mark Potok

The threat from the homegrown white supremacist movement in America is real. We shouldn't need yet another bloodbath to face that sobering reality, much as many on the political right would like to deny it.

Unprisoning Our Children

Sheila A. Bedi | Posted 06.16.2014 | Black Voices
Sheila A. Bedi

What will happen 30 years from now when the litigation my colleagues and I devoted ourselves to has faded from collective memory? Despite reforms, this place remains a prison for children.

The 'Sore Winners' Fallacy

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 06.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Those who call gay people intolerant for defending ourselves are twisting the concept beyond recognition. Civility is a virtue; but tolerance does not require us to treat a relentless assault against our rights as citizens like a disagreement at the dinner table.

Oh, Really, Bill? Once Again, O'Reilly Can't Admit a Mistake

Mark Potok | Posted 04.30.2014 | Media
Mark Potok

I went through a remarkably similar exercise with O'Reilly back in early 2011, after he completely mischaracterized something I said that apparently contradicted his worldview.

Michael McLaughlin

The Biggest, Baddest Bigots Of 2013

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 02.25.2014 | Crime

The radical right, which was was infused with vim and vigor by President Obama's election, experienced its "first significant decrease" in 2013 since ...

After Years of Increases, Decline In Hate and Anti-Government Groups May Still Be Bad News

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Brian Levin, J.D.

While there is good news in a reduction in the number of hate groups, those that remain may very well be more dangerous as a sustained core of more radicalized adherents sticks around.

Lila Shapiro

Lesbian Teen Brings Shocking Claims That Teachers Harassed, Bullied Her

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

On her first day at Magnolia Junior High in 2011, Destin Holmes remembers hearing whispers among other students asking if "it" was a boy or a girl. Ac...

Lila Shapiro

School Blocks Transgender Student's Tuxedo Yearbook Picture For 'Community Standards'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 11.18.2013 | Gay Voices

When Jeydon Loredo, a transgender student at La Feria Independent High School near the Texas Gulf Coast, wore a tuxedo for his high school yearbook se...

Lila Shapiro

How An 'Anti-Gay' Mississippi Town Stopped A Gay Bar From Opening

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 11.04.2013 | Gay Voices

Last spring, Pat "PJ" Newton applied for a local business license to open a bar and cafe in Shannon, Miss., two hours away from her Memphis, Tenn., ho...

Lesbian Opens Lawsuit Against Mississippi Town For Denying Gay Bar Permit

AP | HOLBROOK MOHR | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

JACKSON, Miss. — A woman is suing the leaders of a north Mississippi town, accusing them of conspiring to prevent her from opening a gay bar by ...

Lila Shapiro

Lawsuit Alleges Mississippi Town Repeatedly, Unconstitutionally, Refused Gay Business Licenses

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 10.02.2013 | Gay Voices

SHANNON, Miss. -- For years after O'Hara's bar closed, old customers and friends would implore Pat "PJ" Newton to reopen. There were no other gay esta...

Following Dr. King's Footsteps in Alabama, An Emotional Journey

The GypsyNesters | Posted 08.02.2013 | Travel
The GypsyNesters

As the capital of Alabama, and former capital of The Confederate States of America, Montgomery is steeped in history, but for people of our generation its recent history is more transformational. This is the city where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began his civil rights work.

Ryan Rainey

REPORT: Anti-Gay Groups Promote Hate In Belize

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Rainey | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics

American anti-gay groups have turned their attention away from politics at home and are now focused on restricting the rights of the LGBT community in...

Mississippi Gay Bar Denied License

David Dinielli | Posted 09.07.2013 | Gay Voices
David Dinielli

Just days after crowds of people in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York took to the streets to celebrate the Supreme Court victories, one woman in rural Mississippi took a personal stand against a local form of discrimination.

Carolina Infant's Mistaken Sex Assignment Surgery More Than a Case of Malpractice

Erica K. Landau | Posted 07.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Erica K. Landau

Born intersex, the child identified in court papers only as "M.C." had "ambiguous genitals" and "both male and female reproductive organs." When he was 16 months old and a ward of the state, doctors and health officials in South Carolina decided that he would become a girl.

Gun Groups Allegedly Involved In Anti-Gay Mailer Lawsuit

AP | Posted 06.03.2013 | Denver

DENVER -- Two gun rights groups worked on political attack mailers in Colorado that showed a gay couple from New Jersey kissing, according to claims i...

At CPAC, The Marriage Fight Is Over

BuzzFeed | Chris Geidner | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics

Opponents of gay rights spoke to a nearly empty room, while supporters had a standing room-only crowd. “We cannot be at war with America on issues o...

New Report Shows Troubling Signs About Right-Wing Hate

Salon | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics

While the more mainstream anti-government Tea Party movement faded from view as the GOP co-opted it in the past few years, the action has moved to the...

Dave Jamieson

U.S. Work Programs 'Close To Slavery'

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With Congress looking to make foreign guest worker programs part of its immigration reform package, advocates for low-wage workers said ...