At the end of the day, we will not remember the acronyms to the organizations that have shunned our lives and loves for generations. No, we will remember those who have stood beside us and have fought for our denied freedoms as if they were their very own. We will remember the effort, stamina, chutzpah, and resiliency it took to effectively win equality in all four states. And then, when December rolls around, we will start all over again. In the United States of America, no one is equal until all of us are equal.
Matthew’s death changed the way people viewed and talked about LGBT people, and eventually led to the passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, a federal law against bias-motivated crimes targeting LGBT people, among others.
On October 11, the LGBT community celebrates National Coming Out Day and this year we have one more newly out person with whom to celebrate--Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz. When the former Olympian said in interviews last week that he is gay, I know he made a world of difference for so many people.
October 11 is National Coming Out Day and has been for the last 24 years, after a march on Washington by more than half a million people in support of lesbian and gay rights took place on October 11, 1987.
The purpose of National Coming Out Day is to promote government and public awareness of gay, bisexual, lesbian and transgender rights and to celebrate homosexuality.
As LGBT citizens and supporters celebrate this day, we wanted to take a look back at the LGBT stories that have resonated over the last year.
There is no good reason religious people should oppose marriage equality. In fact, there’s every good reason, including religious reasons, for supporting the freedom to marry.
This November, Maryland voters will have the historic opportunity to extend the rights and responsibilities of marriage to gay and lesbian couples. Specifically, Marylanders will vote on Question 6, asking them to approve or reject a marriage equality bill state legislators passed earlier this year.
Today, Ohio mom Jennifer Tyrrell, who was kicked out of her son's Boy Scout troop for being gay in April of this year, called on Americans to support those Boy Scout troops who have stated that they welcome all Scouts and families, despite the discriminatory stance of the Boy Scouts of America.
The sports world was buzzing after Orlando Cruz, a Puerto Rican boxer and top featherweight, announced that he was gay, becoming the first openly gay active boxer in history. So what did his opponent have to say? “The fact that he came out as being gay doesn’t take away his merits as a great boxer,” says Jorge Pazos at Orlando International Airport today in a video posted by EMC events.
The Nordstrom chain of clothing stores has come out in support of Referendum 74 in Washington, which will grant marriage equality to gay and lesbian couples in the state. They distributed their decision to in a company-wide memo.
The New York Times published a profile of anti-gay campaign architect Frank Schubert, but it fails to hold him accountable for the speech and actions of those he has tasked with carrying out his campaigns.