Anderson Cooper on the Importance of Coming Out

Anderson Cooper came out today in a poignant piece on Andrew Sullivan’s blog: Recently, however, I’ve begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle. It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the [Read More...]

On Being A Gay Pakistani Atheist in America. An Interview with "Ehsan Ali"

Ehsan Ali was born in Pakistan, and grew up there until he was 14. He has lived in the US most of his adult life. He has traveled extensively in the Middle East and Africa. Ali’s interest include issues affecting women and LGBT people in Muslim communities in the West and in Muslim countries. See [Read More...]

On The Need To End Job Discrimination Against Trans Individuals

This morning, Kylar Broadus, the founder of the Trans People of Color Coalition, testified on behalf of the inclusion of trans people under the proposed protections of ENDA. Below is his testimony. According to Zack Ford, this is the first ever trans witness in the United States Senate. Ford has more details and some key quotes. [Read More...]

Miss Pennsylvania Complains About Trans Contestants

Miss Universe pageant officials received an e-mail from Miss Pennsylvania USA Sheena Monnin that read, in part: I refuse to be part of a pageant system that has so far and so completely removed itself from its foundational principles as to allow and support natural born males to compete in it.This goes against ever moral [Read More...]

"So You Say Christ's Love Is Unconditional and Non-Judgmental? Are You GAY?"

Jonathan Zeng was offered a job to teach music at a nondenominational Christian academy. But just hours later, he lost the job after one of his interviewers had found something fishy about the portion of his application in which he described his religious views. Zeng explains what set off the alarm bells: [Read more...]

Why The Needs of Gay Kids Deserve Special Attention in Anti-Bullying Legislation

There is a major piece of anti-bullying legislation which will soon be up for a vote in Ontario, Canada. In the legislation, kids in Ontario Catholic schools will be protected from repeated aggressive behavior that occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance between the pupil and the individual based [Read More...]

Colbert on Obama, North Carolina, & Gay Marriage

Two nights in a row last month Colbert had fantastic coverage of the news of Barack Obama’s “evolved” support for gay marriage and the unevolved decision of the people of North Carolina to even further restrict gay rights than they already had. In case you missed either or both of his segments on these subjects, [Read More...]

A Sermon on Gay Marriage

For those who need to hear facts from a pulpit before they’ll believe them, the articulate and well researched sermon below might be of some use. I even learned a few things. Consider passing it on to the religious people against gay rights in your life. via The Dixie Flatline Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Will There Be Marriage Equality In Maryland, Thanks To Obama?

Adam Serwer points to a potentially fantastic development: Polls taken since President Obama expressed support for same-sex marriage have shown an astonishing shift in black support on marriage equality. The shift in Maryland is so dramatic that the state may become the first state to actually uphold same-marriage rights in a referendum. Here’s the gist, from Public Policy [Read More...]


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