When the Dominican Republic's Roman Catholic Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez called President Barack Obama's openly-gay U.S. ambassador nominee to the island nation a "maricón,” or “fa***t,” it raised eyebrows across the world — for different reasons. Perhaps a generation ago, the Cardinal's comment would not have created much controversy in the country’s press, the government or the people. Today, it’s a different story.
Legislation that would allow California students to choose the bathrooms, locker rooms and sports teams that best match their individual gender identities squeaked out of the Senate with a 21-9 vote Wednesday.
Findings from a recent survey suggest that fear of prosecution under the law may lead transgender and third sex-identified people living with HIV (PLHIV) to avoid testing and treatment at disproportionately high rates.
During his eight years in the Air Force, Staff Sgt. Justin Lahl grew adept at keeping his sexual orientation a secret — wincing inwardly when fellow airmen made homophobic wisecracks, nodding with a smile when others would caricature gay people for laughs.
Sergeant Lahl with Elise Thomasson, the group’s secretary; Capt. Greg Moran, its president; and other group members at a park in Albuquerque.
He was painstakingly careful about whom he trusted, telling only his roommate and a few friends that he was gay.
Rush Limbaugh and anti-gay bloggers pull quotes out of context to try to pit African-American commentator and academic Cornel West against the LGBT community. They should have listened to his whole speech.
My husband, Alfonso Garcia, has a generous spirit, a warm heart, a beaming smile, and a laugh that can be heard from a mile away. In the 12 years we’ve been together, we’ve never been apart for more than a few days. I always thought we were inseparable until the federal government proved me wrong.
Thanks to a three year long campaign by RAGE, SEPTA has removed gender stickers on all monthly transit passes, making the Philly transit system more inclusive for transgender, gender queer and gender non-conforming people.
When President Barack Obama nominated a gay man as the new ambassador to the Dominican Republic on June 21, he touched off a firestorm of debate in the Caribbean nation — which has devolved even to derogatory name-calling.
Catholic Cardinal Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez referred to Brewster as a “maricón” — which is usually translated as “faggot” — during a press conference. At his side, Monseñor Pablo Cedano promised the nominee such an unpleasant stay in the country that he will have to return home.
I get asked a lot by progressive friends, who know my long involvement in the fight for marriage equality, “How are we going to beat the church folk?”
Here’s the thing: The “church folk” are with us. In fact, we couldn’t have gotten this far without them. And we aren’t going to win full equality nationwide unless we meet them where they are and bring them with us.