By Sarah S. Kilborne

Sarah Kilborne

Sarah S. Kilborne is an author. Her most recent book, ”American Phoenix: The Remarkable Story of William Skinner, a Man Who Turned Disaster into Destiny,” was published by Free Press/Simon & Schuster in October.

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What Hillary Clinton said about LGBT rights that you need to hear

| Thursday, June 19, 2014
Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at an event to discuss her new book in Washington, Friday, June 13, 2014.
In the wake of Hillary Clinton’s NPR interview last week, much attention was paid to her evolution on same-sex marriage. If you didn’t hear the interview, you might think that was all she and Terry Gross talked about. It was not. Indeed, Clinton gave us firsthand reminders of the challenges facing the international LGBT community – challenges that affect anyone who believes in the fundamental right to freedom.

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What the attack on Scott Jones tells us about fear and courage

| Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Scott Jones
This violent attack didn’t happen in a notoriously anti-gay country such as Russia, Jamaica or Uganda. This happened in Canada, one of the gay-friendliest countries in the world where anti-discrimination laws have been in effect since 1998. And the province of Nova Scotia is no exception to its country’s rules. So what does this attack tell us? It tells us what the other senseless hate crimes have told us this year: that we are not yet in a position to let down our guard even on the streets we call home. And that is tragic...

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An open letter: Spread love, change history

| Saturday, September 7, 2013
It’s time for everyone to experience Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, for everyone to know they are beautiful just the way they are. It’s time for same-sex couples, same-sex parents, children of same-sex parents, and all LGBTQ persons at home, at school, in the workplace or in retirement to be protected by the laws of their lands. ... It’s time to spread love. It’s time to change history.

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‘As much as he can, he gets it.’

| Thursday, January 24, 2013
In his second inaugural address, the President called for the equality of gays and lesbians like no President has ever done. Even now, as I think about the transcript of his speech and reading those words “Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall” my throat tightens, my eyes water. With that line he presented a seminal moment in the history of gay rights – the Stonewall riots – as a transformative moment in American civil rights history. There is no question. The President of the United States, who is African-American, views the battle for gay rights as a battle for civil rights. As much as he can, he gets it.

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Homophobia is real (Ask my mother)

| Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Today, suicide is still a very real threat to members of the LGBT community. Why? Because of the fear and hatred that so many experience on a daily basis. What some people take for granted – their sexuality – is anything but safe for others. Homophobia persists. One can feel it when a group of boys calls homosexuality “unnatural.” Or when a homeless man is beaten for being gay. Or when a justice on the Supreme Court believes it is okay “to exhibit animus toward (homosexuality).”

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So Proud: Thoughts after Midnight

| Friday, November 9, 2012
In this environment, having a president who advocates gay rights, as Obama has done, provides a foundation of moral and political support that cannot be underestimated. We need the law to do the right thing and make civil rights for the LGBT community both unquestionable and unchallengeable but we also need a leader while in the trenches. It is inspiring. If President Obama hadn’t been reelected on Tuesday I shiver to think what the world would feel like today.

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The audacity of hope for my rights: Why voting for Obama is so personal

| Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Today, there is only one choice for anyone who is gay and who wishes to be recognized as an equal citizen in this country: President Obama. He is the only sitting president to have publicly supported full equality for members of the LGBT communities through both legislation and endorsement of acts that provide equal protection, opportunity and benefits to LGBT people under the law.

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