This probably deserves a longer post, but in case...
Mark King lists five reasons to get your focus and fear off of your sex partner’s HIV status, and they miss nothing. Every one of these five points are worth learning by heart and living by in each and every intimate encounter.
This is the first of a two part series. Here is part two. Last evening my husband, Brad and I challenged the frigid temperatures to go out and see the new film Selma which recently opened in theaters across the US. We often head up to a theater up route 28 that is part of a shopping Mall, and as usual the mall was full of teenage kids from the various semi-rural neighborhoods the mall serves.[Read More…]
Any element about which we create an identity such as race or sexual orientation is also an element that can be used as a barrier or not, because our culture, in the most broad sense, encourages us to like people similar to ourselves and fear those not like ourselves.
I generally use the abbreviation LGBTQ instead of LGBT or GLBT or Gay. For me, the Q matters. If you aren’t using it, you are probably stuck in an outdated framework and understanding of our rainbow collective of communities.
We must quit talking about Gay Rights as if it is an all inclusive term. We have to stop talking about Gay Marriage as if it is a good descriptor, and we must do everything we can to prompt all of culture to talk more broadly about sexual orientation and identity, as well as gender identity and expression.
As the new year begins, I want to lay down some predictions and ideas about what LGBTQ issues ought to be big and important in 2015. Some of these will get much air play and publicity and some will not but should.
We have to do better because Leelah isn’t the only young person in this position or facing this level of crisis. We have to do better and truly love these youth because the people who should be there for them often are not and are the people torturing these kids.
Controversy is swirling regarding Kate Pierson’s new song, “Mister Sister,” and there is perhaps much that can be said about that. But to do so feels as if one might be wading into a whole lot of ugly. So, I was pleased to see a post in my news feed the other day about being a good trans ally. In the controversy, it becomes clear there is much that the trans community doesn’t need or doesn’t[Read More…]
The linked article and video are worth your time so I’m hoping you take some time to read and watch. I saw this on Facebook, and it prompted me to post about something that has been on my mind for a while. Do you think it is any easier for youth to come out as gay or lesbian today than it was in the past? The general thought is that it is easier because there[Read More…]
Contrary to Jennifer’s dilutions, same-sex couples are doing more to promote marriage and strengthen the institution of marriage! This is evidenced in the first linked post by Stephanie- a woman who found attending a marriage for a same-sex couple strengthened her own marriage to her opposite sex partner.
Being gay or lesbian isn’t a choice. What gays and lesbians do choose is to accept themselves and embrace being who they are. And some of us choose to marry.
I believe that today I am a different person and different advocate because of those opportunities to see real leadership and activism role modeled by Madeleine Hershey.
This post was originally posted on January 16, 2012, and reprinted today January 19, 2015 Every year when we reach Martin Luther King Jr day, I am always shocked as I read through his speeches, and I wonder why is it that we as a country, do not treat this holiday as important as Independence Day? King’s words embody the true mean and path to Freedom more than any other person I have ever studied.[Read More…]
Should the cost of fighting same-sex marriage be a reason why states give up the battle or is it worth any cost?
Some ideas out there as to what I learned from watching Selma as it relates to today’s LGBTQ Rights movement. I identify three points that may be applicable to todays LGBTQ efforts.
I believe one of the best steps we can take in any effort to eliminate police brutality, is to treat all police as professional police and as individuals and not lump them together with some over simplified and stereotypical criticisms. We have to support and acknowledge the valuable role many police play if we expect to hold others accountable for any efforts that fall short of professionalism.
Weekly post summarizing some of the recent news and info about HIV/AIDS
Courts do not decide to implement same-sex marriage and force it upon states. Courts do rule on the question of if the states laws or constitutional bans are a violation of the Federal constitution.
Workshops, Panels, Discussion, Information Tables, Education and Strategies for Racial Justice!
The Name Change Project helps individuals who live in 11 different geographic locations including Pittsburgh, navigate the paperworks and procedures needed to change one’s name as they transition.