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could take lesson from India ruling
Editorial, Bay Area Reporter, April 17, 2014
A two-judge panel of the Supreme Court of India got it right this week
when it ruled that transgender people be treated as "third gender"
and that their rights be safeguarded under the country's constitution.
The panel also upheld transgender people's right to decide their self-identified
the shame game against homophobes
By Matthew J. Beier, Advocate.com, April 16, 2014
Let’s stop the name calling, mud-slinging, and reciprocated hatred.
While it can be downright difficult to keep the venom at bay when confronting
opponents of human rights, it is not the way toward the enlightenment
we’re trying to encourage.
civil rights legacy and its importance to LGBT Americans
By Jonathan Capehart, Washington Post, August 11, 2014
In his speech Thursday commemorating the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights
Act, President Obama talked about the enduring power of one of President
Johnson’s signature accomplishments.
Court doesn't want to be involved with your gay wedding photos
By Michelle Dean, Gawker.com, April 8, 2014
Today the Supreme Court turned down the opportunity to rule on a case
about same-sex wedding photography that fulfills every nightmare religious
conservatives in America have about our new era of gay rights.
new gay orthodoxy
By Frank Bruni, New York Times, April 6, 2014
The ouster of Mozilla's chief executive suggests a shrinking room for
coming out is a question of safety, not honesty
By Zack Ford, ThinkProgress.org, April 3, 2014
Arizona State Sen. Olivia Cajero Bedford (D) is concerned that her colleague
Sen. Steve Gallardo (D) is being dishonest by continuing in his role as
Senate Minority Whip while running for Congress. Gallardo also just revealed
that he is gay, which Bedford believes supports her concerns about his
honesty: “Why was he hiding it?”
New York Times’ gay generalizations are sloppy
By Kevin O'Keefe, Advocate.com, April 2, 2014
Not all LGBT people consider “homosexual” a slur. I certainly
gay people still need gay bars?
BBC.com, April 1, 2014
With the advent of gay marriage in Britain, and many countries moving
towards total legal equality, is there still a need for gay bars, asks
Christians condemn persecution of gays?
By LZ Granderson, CNN.com, March 31, 2014
If you're curious why more and more people are leaving the church, maybe
it's because they hear "love the sinner but hate the sin" from
the pulpit -- and then see so many followers go about their day as if
simply saying the word "love" excused them from actually having
to show any.
open letter to Franklin Graham
By Warren J. Blumenfeld, Huffington Post, March 27, 2014
So, Frank, I read your March 2014 column in Decision Magazine, the organ
of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which is named in honor
of your father. In your column you took President Barack Obama to task
while praising Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, for standing
against homosexuality and "homosexual propaganda."
on LGBT Health Awareness Week
By HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebellus, Windy City Times, March 27, 2014
LGBT Health Awareness Week is an important time to bring attention to
the unique health needs of LGBT Americans and to highlight the progress
we've made in our work to ensure LGBT Americans have the same rights and
protections as other Americans, especially through implementation of the
Affordable Care Act.
bishops on gay marriage: Discrimination is not the Lord's way
By Wendell Gibbs Jr., Todd Ousley, Rayford J. Ray and Whayne M. Hougland
Detroit Free Press, March 25, 2014
As bishops of the Episcopal Church in Michigan, we are compelled by our
office and our conscience to present a perspective on marriage equality
that differs substantively from the positions of our state’s top
elected leaders and the religious leaders whose voices have dominated
the public square.
hookup profiles raise concerns
Editorial Bay Area Reporter, March 20, 2014
We want to encourage innovation around gay men's health. So it was concerning
to learn this week about a new outreach program conducted by San Mateo
County health officials. It's a bait and switch tactic that has the potential
to backfire badly.
fight for LGBT equality will be won with beer
By Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon.com, March 18, 2014
It’s one thing when the mayors of cities with strong Irish American
populations take a stand and refuse to march in the St. Patrick’s
Day parade. But when the beer companies back off, now that is major.
Ugandan tabloid that stole our pride
Denver David Robinson, New York Times, March 17, 2014
I have learned from my Ugandan friends that to achieve any lasting change,
we must be willing to step forward — often, alone.
'Frozen' is obviously about lesbians -- To some people
By Eric Charles, PhD, Psychology Today, March 13, 2014
Some people are so afraid of homosexuality that they will project their
fear onto anything in pop culture.
act, don't tell
Psychology Today, March 12, 2014
Anti-gay laws have metastasized globally over the past few years and now
prescribe a variety of consequences for being—or seeming—gay.
politics prove victory is close
By Drew Sheldrick, Star Observer, March 10, 2014
Last month’s defeat of Arizona’s “religious freedom”
bill, SB1062, and the defeat of a similar measure in Kansas a week prior
– is most significant because it marks the beginning of the end
in the battle for marriage equality in the US.
right runs out of steam in Arizona
By Francis Wilkinson, Stars and Stripes, March 6, 2014
Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill, sponsored by fellow Republicans, to allow
business owners the right to deny service to gay and lesbian customers
on the basis of religious beliefs. It was a jarring example of religious
conservatives in open, full-throated conflict with mainstream culture.
to photograph a gay wedding isn't hateful
By Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic, March 5, 2014
The working assumption is that homophobia, anti-gay bigotry, and hatred
are obviously what's motivating anyone who declines to provide a service
for a gay wedding. That assumption is wrongheaded.
time to turn off the gaydar for good
By Scott Cost, FortMillTimes.com, March 4, 2014
I’m not here to pick sides. I’m here to show how ridiculous
it is to try and reason that it’s ever OK to refuse service to somebody
based on race, sexual orientation, religious affiliation or anything other
than being a disruptive or dangerous customer.
aside, gay couples in Michigan have hope
Lansing State Journal, March 4, 2014
Public opinion is changing and it seems probable that eventually Michigan’s
laws will follow, by court order or by the ballot.
turns emphatic on causes like gay rights
New York Times, March 3, 2014
“12 Years a Slave” won best picture, but for much of the evening,
it was gay rights, not race, that held Hollywood’s attention at
terms of our surrender
By Ross Douthat, New York Times, March 3, 2014
What comes after the inevitable ruling on same-sex marriage?
gathering storm of bigotry and discrimination
By Tom Carpenter, Huffington Post, February 26, 2014
It's about time! Prompted by ever-vigilant bloggers, leading LGBT advocates
have sounded a belated alarm about the steady stream of proposed state
laws designed to deny basic human rights to LGBT Americans.
Virginia Delegate: A marriage ruling that counts me in
By Mark D. Sickles, Virginia House of Delegates
Washington Post, February 21, 2014
The pre-Valentine’s Day decision by U.S. District Judge Arenda L.
Wright Allen declaring Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional
is a historic turning point in the long struggle for equality in the commonwealth
— the first state in the Old Confederacy to have its ban overturned.
By George Takei, AllegianceMusical.com, February 25, 2014
Dear Arizona: Congratulations. You are now the first state actually to
pass a bill permitting businesses–even those open to the public–to
refuse to provide service to LGBT people based on an individual’s
“sincerely held religious belief.” This “turn away the
gay” bill enshrines discrimination into the law. Your taxi drivers
can refuse to carry us. Your hotels can refuse to house us. And your restaurants
can refuse to serve us.
Olympics failed gays, and gays failed the Olympics
By Rich Juzwiak, Gawker.com, February 25, 2014
For the last two weeks, the most radical voice inside Sochi's Olympic
stadiums was a wardrobe. Johnny Weir's array of queer-coded outfits included
a gold headband, a sequined blazer, a lace top, and always a bit more
makeup beyond what the camera dictates as necessary for anyone, regardless
of gender or sexuality.
By Gail Collins, New York Times, February 22, 2014
Voting has begun in the primaries, and one thing you can say about this
election season in Texas is that it certainly is not boring.
no good, very bad Samaritans
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlewaite, Huffington Post, February 24, 2014
These conservative Christians of Arizona and elsewhere where such discriminatory
legislation is being considered, however, are showing themselves to be
very bad Samaritans. Their so-called "religious freedom" bills
betray everything important about walking the walk of Christian faith.
Jason Collins, the next nine days are very important
Mansfield News Journal, February 24, 2014
Since the widespread hope here is that stories like this one eventually
become non-stories and the acceptance of homosexuality becomes even more
the norm rather than the exception, we start with this sobering reality
about Jason Collins and his historic decision to sign a 10-day contract
with the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday.
'majority' doesn't make it all right
Editorial, San Antonio Express-News, February 21, 2014
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has seemingly bought into the false dichotomy pervading
the issue of same-sex unions. In the minds of many gay-marriage opponents,
numbers — whether majorities of voters in individual states or a
majority of the 50 states — can justify a constitutional wrong.
same-sex couples need two-parent adoption rights
By Gabriel Blau, Newsday Long Island, February 20, 2014
As a married gay man in New York raising an adopted son with my husband,
I am concerned that the current patchwork of sometimes insufficient marriage
and adoption laws across the country discriminates against lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgender couples and our children.
NFL's homophobic fortress
Editorial, Bay Area Reporter, February 20, 2014
A few days after the NFL's first openly gay prospective player, Michael
Sam, came out to wide praise and positive support, the league's own hired
investigator released a disturbing report confirming a pervasive pattern
of bullying in the Miami Dolphins organization.
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