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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.

Tell Congress to Mix It Up

Maureen Costello | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Maureen Costello

Here's what we've learned after 12 years of doing Mix: When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and mis-perceptions can fall away. That sounds like a good goal for all of us, including our elected representatives.

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...

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...

The Walls Are Closing In On The Ex-Gay Industry

Wayne Besen | Posted 01.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Wayne Besen

In 1998 fifteen religious-right organizations launched a huge advertising campaign to promote "pray away the gay" programs. Anti-gay activist Robert Knight called it the "the Normandy landing in the larger cultural wars." But things didn't quite work out as Knight had hoped.

Joseph Farah's Pack of Lies

Terry Krepel | Posted 11.10.2012 | Media
Terry Krepel

What does it say about the credibility of a "news" organization when its leader has been caught in lie after lie?

Anti-gay Organizations Exploit and Fundraise in Wake of Attack

Herndon Graddick | Posted 10.23.2012 | Gay Voices
Herndon Graddick

The shooting that took place at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the Family Research Council last week was a tragedy. The security guard who apprehended the shooter is a hero. The actions of anti-gay groups in the aftermath have been nothing short of reprehensible.

Is It Christian To Be Anti-Gay?

Jamie McGonnigal | Posted 10.21.2012 | Gay Voices
Jamie McGonnigal

While these groups may do some excellent work with Christian charities, their primary focus is on fighting to have the rights of LGBT people denied. But over the years they've been able to frame what it is they do with those "pro-family" and "Christian" modifiers.

An Open Letter To Tony Perkins Of The Family Research Council: Let's Talk About Hate

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 10.20.2012 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

In my post last week, I stated that no one should be exploiting the tragic FRC shooting for political gain. That's why I and many others are greatly disappointed by the press conference you held last week, and I'd like to take this opportunity to invite you to have a public discussion with me about hate.

Why Aren't We More Worried About White Power Extremists?

Ted Hesson | Posted 10.16.2012 | Crime
Ted Hesson

Part of preventing another tragedy like this will require an honest assessment of what constitutes a terroristic threat. We need to give credence to the risks posed by domestic extremist groups.

Group Tells Parents To Pull Kids From Classrooms WIth Gay, LGBT-Inclusive Teachers

Posted 10.07.2012 | Education

The Illinois Family Institute, an anti-gay Christian group, is calling on parents to pull their children out of classrooms led by any teacher who supp...

What's Even More Worrying Than Charging Teens for Fake Facebook Profiles

Adam Goldstein | Posted 09.30.2012 | Crime
Adam Goldstein

Earlier this week, the Student Press Law Center covered a story out of Texas involving two young teens being charged for making a fake Facebook profile. Now, we have no idea if the girls are even still in custody, or have had a hearing of any kind.

Mississippi School District Agrees To Stop Handcuffing Students For Non-Crimes

AP | JEFF AMY | Posted 05.26.2012 | Education

JACKSON, Miss. -- Jackson public schools will no longer handcuff students to poles or other objects and will train staff at its alternative school on ...

Virginia Republican: Obama's 'Evolution Comment Gives Evolutionists A Bad Name'

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 05.16.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- A Republican official in a suburban Northern Virginia county has moved beyond criticizing Florida pirate festivals for their "invasion" ...

Poison in America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.04.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The growth in hate groups and the use of their divisive and negative language in the mainstream political and media arena is cause for national alarm.

D.C. Blogger Makes Misogyny Watch List

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 03.12.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- When Washington City Paper caught up with Roosh Vörek -- Roosh V on the Internet -- in 2008, he was 29 years old, living in his dad's b...

Teaching in a Diverse America: It's the Relationships That Matter

Maureen Costello | Posted 09.14.2012 | Education
Maureen Costello

Our nation continues to grow more diverse. It's especially apparent in our nation's classrooms where one out of four students are the children of im...

Civil Rights Education 'Dismal' Across The Country

The Huffington Post | Emmeline Zhao | Posted 11.30.2011 | Education

"Dismal." Likely not a word ever preferred in an educational setting, but the description the Southern Poverty Law Center found appropriate to ass...

A Hate Crimes Commander Laid To Rest in Suffolk, But Questions Remain

Ted Hesson | Posted 10.11.2011 | New York
Ted Hesson

Robert Reecks will be remembered as an accomplished leader within the Suffolk police department. But Reecks also faced criticism for his handling of hate crimes; specifically those perpetrated against Latinos.

Whoopi's White Noise Comes with a Study Guide

Maureen Costello | Posted 06.12.2011 | Education
Maureen Costello

In less than two hours, Whoopi Goldberg's White Noise manages to entertain -- it's very well packaged, after all -- and provoke a lot of thought about the current racial environment.

Weekly Diaspora: Why Arizona's Birthright Bill is Bad for the Economy

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

by Catherine A. Traywick, Media Consortium blogger Arizona lawmakers are expected to introduce an "anchor baby" bill today that would deny birthright ...

Denial Is Not An Effective Anti-Bullying Program

Maureen Costello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Maureen Costello

The suicides of boys tormented by anti-gay harassment grabbed the public's attention this fall. For every tragic and unnecessary case that makes it to the news, there are others we don't hear about.

What To Do About the Civil War?

Maureen Costello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Maureen Costello

Warning to teachers: We have four years ahead in which our students will be bombarded by lies, omissions and wishful thinking about the Civil War. Our job is to tell them the truth.

The Failure of Cable News to Follow Up

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Wayne Besen

f the cable networks insist on setting the stage for those who tell whoppers, such as the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins, the least they can do is carve out time the following evening to correct the mistruths.

Bullying is a Civil Rights Issue

Maureen Costello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Maureen Costello

Bullying is not just confined to a few bad apples. Half of high school students surveyed admitted to having bullied someone during the past year.