Transgender Soldier Meets the President

By: Thursday June 6, 2013 1:18 am

Crossposted with permission from OutServe Magazine, the magazine of OutServe-SLDN. By Anonymous Memorial Day weekend is, first and foremost, about remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. It honors the many sacrifices of those who served and who are currently serving. It lifts up families and friends who have lost loved ones to combat [...]

Bursting the Blue State Fantasy that Gay Enclaves Are ‘Safe’ to Be Out

By: Monday May 27, 2013 11:27 am

In the past week NYC has been rocked by a few incidents of hideous violent attacks against gays and transgender residents. There have been shootings assaults outside gay bars and a brutal killing of Mark Carson in another shooting in the Village. Michelangelo Signorile, who also points out the unending violence against transgender residents that [...]

Rainbow Flags At Half-Staff In Solidarity With Russian Gays During Putin’s Visit to the Netherlands

By: Sunday April 7, 2013 2:40 pm

Rainbow flags were flown at half-staff in the Netherlands on Sunday in protest of Russia’s draconian anti-gay policies. The protest was prompted by the expected arrival on Monday of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who will be in the Netherlands to discuss trade and other issues with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.  The Netherlands is Russia’s [...]

Moving Past Détente Between The HRC And The Trans Community

By: Monday April 1, 2013 10:53 pm

On the day the constitutionality of Prop 8 was being argued before the the Supreme Court, a rally organized by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, Family Equality Council, GetEQUAL, Marriage Equality USA, and the New Organizing Institute was underway. The rally was almost in every way successful in [...]

NC’s GOP-led ruin: working hard not to create jobs, but to go after gays, Latinos…and enter wombs, bedrooms

By: Saturday March 30, 2013 12:23 am

It was all too predictable. I wish that I could kick the @sses of the “reasonable but disengaged” NC voters — and there are way too many of them — who were too lazy/apathetic to cast a ballot to avoid the calamity we are witnessing now. That and the wreck of a state Dem party. [...]

The Anti-marriage Equality Forces at SCOTUS: Continual lies, Displays of Paranoia

By: Wednesday March 27, 2013 7:01 am

Today SCOTUS takes up arguments on the merits of the Defense of Marriage Act, but the circus outside yesterday lived up to expectations when it comes to the fringe bigotry brigade. Some reporting from Lila Shapiro on the “defenders of marriage” that did show up: “They’ll pass the law to get married, and then force their way [...]

Guest column by Emily Martin: Sex Discrimination, Gender Stereotypes, and Marriage Equality

By: Monday March 25, 2013 2:59 pm

This is a guest piece by Emily J. Martin, Vice President and General Counsel at the National Women’s Law Center  (@nwlc). When the Supreme Court hears the marriage equality cases starting tomorrow, there are lots of reasons why they should subject Proposition 8 and Section of 3 of Defense of Marriage Act to close judicial scrutiny [...]

Crediting other landmark LGBT influences on the strategies of the immigrant rights movement

By: Saturday March 23, 2013 2:00 am

I happened to check Facebook a little while ago, and FDL’s Teddy Partridge and PHB’s Alvin McEwen both noted that I was mentioned in a piece by Frank Sharry in the Washington Post, “How did we build an immigrant movement? We learned from gay rights advocates,” along with notable bloggers John Aravosis and Joe Sudbay, who [...]

The Proposed Arizona “Papers Please” Law For Trans Women

By: Thursday March 21, 2013 9:20 pm

Update: From Arizona attorney Abby Jensen: Latest word is that SB1432 was controlled by another committee whose chair would not give it up for Kavanagh to use for his “papers to pee” striker amendment. So, now, he’s looking for another bill to use. As a result, tracking that bill number won’t help us. Instead, we [...]

Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) now supports marriage equality – after his gay son comes out to him

By: Friday March 15, 2013 7:30 am

It’s kind of sad that there’s no empathy or common sense for the support of the civil right of gays and lesbians to marry until the issue smacks you in the face when a loved one comes out to you. But I’ll take the reality check — the act of coming out, as I’ve said [...]

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