Dozens of transgender people held a rally during World AIDS Day on Saturday at the Gladag traffic circle in Surakarta, Central Java, to draw attention to the importance of using condoms to avoid contracting the HIV virus.
Ricky Martin: "It's really sad when people say, 'Yeah, that's an issue for gays,' because it's not only the gay community that's struggling with AIDS -- it's [heterosexual] men, women and children, too."
Frank Bruni to the Clintons: "What I and many others want most from you isn’t really an apology. It’s full membership — and, better yet, leadership — in a movement that’s headed inexorably in the right direction, with or without you."
According to the Pew Forum, a majority of mainline Protestants and Roman Catholics now favor legalizing same-sex marriage. According to the Pew Forum, a majority of mainline Protestants and Roman Catholics now favor legalizing same-sex marriage. So when our more conservative Christian kin claim that gay marriage is against God and against the Bible, we beg to differ. And since Christians are a "people of the Word," we look to the Bible to justify our thinking. That's essential to Christianity, although all too often we get it wrong, at least at first.
The Supreme Court on Monday released added orders from its Friday Conference, but the list did not include any on the ten cases dealing with the marriage equality issue. It now appears that those cases will be rescheduled for the Conference this Friday.
Actor Wilson Cruz: "Marriage is important to our society and to couples, for its legal protections that allow couples to take care of each other, and for its symbolism, for the love and commitment it stands for. More and more people every day are speaking out for marriage equality, and we welcome every one of them."
It was no secret during past decades of ballot-box pummeling that social connections help determine where people stand on LGBT equality, say the organizers behind November 6's marriage equality wins in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington. Simply having a gay family member, friend, or colleague doubles the likelihood of support. "The meta narrative," says Michael Cole-Schwartz, director of media efforts for the Human Rights Campaign, "is that we win these fights because Americans know that LGBT people are their neighbors, their cousins, their aunts and uncles, the people they sit next to in church, and the people they shop with at the grocery store."
Maine schools must provide a safe environment for all students, including transgender students. Those who have a gender identity different from the sex they were assigned at birth are not being given enough protection, let alone the type of welcoming atmosphere that encourages learning.