Over the past few days, I have received both letters of support as well as letters suggesting that I pursue “ex-gay therapy” in response to Sunday's events. Regardless, the positive responses have been overwhelming and have provided me with a deeper understanding of why our presence at St. Patrick’s Cathedral was so important, because in the eyes of Christ, all are welcome.
It was with this message of “all are welcome” that His Eminence, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, greeted me last November in his Manhattan office.
Media should stop distracting Americans with coverage about the political games being played around immigration reform, which reduces it to simply an "issue" and as a result divorces it from the people whose lives hang in the balance.
Today marks the two year anniversary of Tom Bridegroom's death. Last year, Shane Bitney Crone, Tom's boyfriend, released a powerful video sharing his grief with the world but also making a plea for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples who are prevented from getting married. The video received over 3.5 million views and was turned into a documentary. Today, Shane wrote a letter to Tom, voicing his love for him and telling him about the incredible year he's had, sharing their story and speaking out for equality.
Last weekend's "Stand with Scouts" event teased a document that purports to show ten reasons why delegates should vote no on allowing gay scouts. Let's look at all ten "reasons" and proceed to show why they are all completely bunk.
Tony Bias, a transgender male who is currently a sophomore at River City High School in Sacramento, California is learning what it's like to be a transgender high school athlete. Tony once had high hopes of playing professional basketball but after coming out as transgender and becoming the victim of bullying by fellow schoolmates, Tony stopped playing basketball and now just shoots around alone in the gym during his free time.
The New York-based National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) and the D.C.-based National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) are calling for action after recent killings of young transgender women of color.
Not so long ago, Toni Bias dreamed of playing in the W.N.B.A. But after starring on the girls’ junior varsity basketball team as a high school freshman, Toni came out as transgender last summer, began going by the name Tony and started transitioning to male.
A bill legalizing adoption and foster parenting by same-sex couples is set to be reintroduced on Tuesday, with supporters hopeful that momentum around the Supreme Court's oral arguments on marriage equality and recent pro-LGBT comments from Republican lawmakers will give their legislation a boost.
As the Boy Scouts of America reassesses its ban on gay scouts and leaders, we’re hearing a lot about the organization’s need to remain sensitive to people whose religions condemn homosexual behavior. Their morals must be properly respected, their God aptly revered.
But what about the morals and the God of people whose religions exhort them to be inclusive and to treat gays and lesbians with the same dignity as anyone else? There are many Americans in this camp, and their opposition to the Scouts’ ban is as faith-based as the stance of those who want it maintained.