Jim Wallis’ Sojourners Throws Gays and Lesbians Under the Bus

A recent New Yorker cartoon depicts two young schoolchildren making "Happy Mother's Day" cards. A teacher is also shown leaning over to correct the grammar of a third young child, whose card reads, "Happy Mothers' Day." The caption reports the child's reply to his teacher as, "I have two mommies. I know where the apostrophe goes."This cartoon depiction of the well-adjusted son of two women dovetails perfectly with a recent Mother's Day ad developed by the group Believe Out Loud. This … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Stephen Sprinkle’s "Unfinished Lives: Reviving the Memories of LGBTQ Hate Crimes Victims"

(Stephen V. Sprinkle. Unfinished Lives: Reviving the Memories of LGBTQ Hate Crimes Victims. Eugene, Oregon: Resource Publications, 2011. 299 pages.)Stephen Sprinkle has published a much-needed book based on his work as director of the Unfinished Lives Project. The Unfinished Lives website has long been on the frontline of documenting, honoring, and remembering hate crime victims in the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) communities. This book grows out of that work, and i … [Read more...]

AIDS Victim’s Art Censored on World AIDS Day

An important angle was missing from The Washington Post's article titled, "Ant-covered Jesus video removed from Smithsonian after Catholic League complains." The dateline read today, "December 1, 2010," but the article failed to make the ironic and disturbing correlation that today -- and every first day of December -- is World AIDS Day. David Wojnarowicz, the artist whose work has been censored, died of AIDS in 1992 at the age of 37.The allegedly-offensive segment -- I say "allegedly" … [Read more...]

The Life-giving Opposite of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell"

As suicides among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people continue with alarming regularity, a signal of hope sounded yesterday when a federal judge ordered that an injunction against the discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law.In addition to contributing to the internalized shame many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are told to feel from so many quarters of society, this unjust legislation has also unnecessarily weakened our armed forces. A single statistic shows … [Read more...]

Outrage and Coming Out Day

Today is National Coming Out Day. The need to speak out for the equality and basic humanity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people was underscored for me yesterday when I read in The New York Times about the most recent in a series of hate crimes against the LGBT community.  Last week a gang of nine men kidnapped a 30-year-old man in New York and tortured him horrifically for hours simply because he was gay. Two gay 17-year-olds were also attacked.My wife and I had the same first … [Read more...]