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By Brad Glemser, Advocate.com, June 18, 2013
Though the Transportation Security Administration is currently reviewing
its screening methods, lots of transgender people like me have had our
privacy taken away from us only to subsequently face harassment and discrimination
from airport security staff.
Pope's gay panic
By Frank Bruni, New YorkTimes, June 17, 2013
I have many questions for and about the “gay lobby” in the
Vatican, but I’ll start with this: How can you be so spectacularly
saying “sexual preference”
By Jesse Bering, Slate.com, June 17, 2013
The term “sexual preference”—at least when it’s
used interchangeably with “sexual orientation”—is one
of these seemingly harmless phrases whose cultural execution, I’d
say in this month of pride, is long overdue.
isn't there Straight Pride month?
LZ Granderson, CNN.com, June 13, 2013
If you ever find yourself wondering "How come there's no Straight
Pride month?" I say the day being straight becomes a crime -- as
being gay still is in many parts of the world -- start one.
Security affects LGBT families
By Daniel Redman, Bay Area Reporter, June 13, 2013
One of the most important marriage rights – especially for LGBT
seniors – is equal access to Social Security benefits. But even
if DOMA falls, non-marital couples and LGBT families in states that refuse
to recognize them will continue to face discrimination.
different marriage bans, both wrong
By Donna Brazile, CNN.coms, June 12, 2013
Today is the 46th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, the landmark U.S.
Supreme Court decision that declared unconstitutional any ban on interracial
marriage. More than four decades after the historic and aptly named Loving
decision, the U.S. Supreme Court is once again poised to rule in a case
that could put an end to discriminatory bans prohibiting marriage, this
time for gay and lesbian couples.
the final coming-out frontier
By Hida Viloria, Advocate.coms, June 12, 2013
There's a double whammy coming out as intersex: One, people don’t
know what it is; and two, the concept of being intersex messes with lots
of people’s entire worldview.
By Frank Bruni, New York Times, June 11, 2013
This month the Supreme Court will issue raptly awaited decisions about
affirmative action and gay marriage. But what’s been foremost in
my thoughts isn’t race, sexual orientation or our country’s
deeply flawed handling of both.
Obama and the delusion of hecklers
By Anna Holmes, Time Magazine, June 6, 2013
Questioning authority – meaningfully and with the potential for
real results – takes thought and purpose, which is part of the reason
why I’m sort of disgusted with Ellen Sturtz, the 56-year-old LGBTQ
activist who interrupted a speech given by First Lady Michelle Obama at
a private Democratic National Committee fundraiser.
Michelle Obama got heckled
LZ Granderson, CNN Opinion, June 6, 2013
I'm a big fan of Michelle Obama's, but if she's going to be hitting the
circuit to raise money for Democrats, she has to be prepared for heckling.
Especially heckling from gay rights activists like the one who interrupted
her speech Tuesday night.
broken American dream
Editorial, Bay Area Reporter, June 6, 2013
It may be Pride Month but that doesn't mean we've achieved full equality
yet. In fact, when it comes to LGBTs and their families, the American
dream needs fixing, as a newly released report amply reveals.
U.S. Customs forces my wife into the closet
By Lis Bromfield and Andrea Krapf, Advocate.com, June 4, 2013
We asked readers for personal stories about how the U.S. Supreme Court's
highly anticipated ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act has consequences
for their own lives. Between the U.S. and Germany, this lesbian couple
faces different laws governing their marriage.
exit helps GOP scrub stupid away
By LZ Granderson, CNN.com, May 30, 2013
The fact is, the brand of spitfire politics Michelle Bachmann, Sarah Palin
et al. employ is usually not patient or intelligent. It's often irresponsible
hyperbole designed to generate buzz as opposed to inform. If directed
properly, it's an effective way to win an election. But the problem with
spitfire is that it's sometimes hard to control.
be prepared for a celebration in the future
By Leonard J. Pitts, Jr., Contra Costa Times, May 30, 2013
Hold your applause. As milestones go, this one is disappointing. It is,
at best, half a milestone. Or a down payment on a milestone. If you are
of a more cynical bent, you might even call it an effort to forestall
Bachmann's stinging defeat
By Michelangelo Signorile, Huffington Post, May 29, 2013
The news that Michele Bachmann is throwing in the towel, not seeking reelection
in 2014, is a triumph for LGBT activists and all progressives. And it's
a stunning blow to the Tea Party and the evangelical right.
for Exxon Mobil to endorse gay equality
Editorial: Dallas Morning News
Exxon Mobil has long been one of the country’s corporate giants,
but it still suffers from small-minded thinking on one important issue:
ensuring equal treatment of its gay employees.
are not gay, we are human
By Kerry Eleveld, Advocate.com, May 28, 2013
Democrats not only missed an opportunity to help on immigration reform,
they missed the point, argues Kerry Eleveld.
Boy Scouts, a half-step on gays
Editorial, Denver Post, May 28, 2013
The decision last week by the Boy Scouts of America to cease discriminating
against gay kids is a notable step forward for the 103-year-old organization.
But the decision does not put an end to the debate over what role gays
can have in scouting.
gay Catholics find a home in the Catholic Church?
By David Gibson, Religion News Service, May 24, 2013
When Cardinal Timothy Dolan used the morning talk shows on Easter Sunday
to say the Catholic Church could do a better job of welcoming gays and
lesbians, his remarks were hailed by one activist as an “Easter
miracle” and by another as an encouraging “first step.”
But two months later, it’s still not clear what the second step
in this fraught process might be, or even if there is a second step.
equality is good for business, gays, lesbians and you
By Coco Soodek, Crain's Chicago Business, May 23, 2013
Marriage equality will eliminate millions of dollars in extra charges
imposed on LGBTs and that the savings will flow to your business.
imperfect immigration bill survives
Editorial, New York Times, May 22, 2013
The struggle for fairness continues, as the opponents of reform wage a
School's Catholic Teaching
By Frank Bruni, New York Times, May 21, 2013
With just the briefest acknowledgement of her life partner, Carla Hale
lost the job she'd loved for more than 18 years.
Shouldn't Be an Excuse for Discrimination
By Ian Thompson, Advocate.com, May 21, 2013
The right to follow a particular religion is a fundamental one for Americans,
but the ACLU says it does not grant a free pass to discriminate against
Latin culture got more gay
By Hector Carillo, New York Times, May 17, 2013
How can we reconcile the advancement of same-sex marriage in much of Latin
America with the stereotype of Latin culture as a bastion of religiosity
the Reign of the Gay Magical Elves
By Bret Easton Ellis, Out.com, May 13, 2013
The rush to embrace and console every gay man who comes out is infantilizing
and condescending—but it's a script written and promoted by GLAAD
and reinforced by a sanctimonious establishment of gay men that rewards
those who play by the rules—and punishes those who don't.
scandals threaten progress
Bay Area Reporter, May 16, 2013
The twin scandals that erupted in the Obama administration last week put
the president and Democratic lawmakers on the defensive. Revelations that
the IRS singled out conservative groups for additional scrutiny regarding
their applications for tax-exempt status and that the Justice Department
secretly examined phone records of Associated Press reporters, combined
with the ongoing investigations into the terrorist attack at the U.S.
facility in Benghazi, Libya gives the Republicans the opportunity to hold
hearings for months.
quarantines already exist
By Jim Morrison, HIV Plus Magazine, May 16, 2013
Last week, U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee re-introduced a bill to repeal HIV criminalization
laws across the nation, and it couldn't have come at a better time. Earlier
this year, the LGBT community went on red alert when a public health bill
in Kansas proposed that people living with HIV should be quarantined.
hooking up become boring?
By Michael Kimmel, Gay San Diego, May 14, 2013
For many of my clients, having lots of fast, uncaring, unthinking sex
isn’t very exciting. In fact, it can be downright boring.
and the political right
By Charles Blow, New York Times, May 9, 2013
Many on the political right simply can’t get this diversity thing
right — and I deeply doubt that they want to. Theirs is a bone-deep
contempt for otherness, a congenital belief in the superiority-inferiority
binary, a circle-the-wagons, zero-sum view of progress, prosperity and
no excuse for discrimination at work
By Congressman Jared Polis, Advocate.com, May 9, 2013
he need for a national Employment Non-Discrimination Act is a critical
part of the LGBT community’s struggle for equality. No American
should have to live in constant fear that their employer can fire them
just because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Uniting American Families Act in immigration bill
By Camiel Becker, Bay Area Reporter, May 9, 2013
It is tempting not to rock the boat and to accept the existing compromise
in order to get such a broad and much-needed bill through Congress. However,
this means asking LGBT couples to keep sitting quietly and to continue
suffering serious violations of their constitutional rights.
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