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Everything is bigger in Texas – even the homophobia

Friday, May 17, 2013
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For those of you who wonder why it is I continue to write about equality issues and continue to ask you all to not give up the fight for what is right and just in this world, and wonder why marriage equality is so very important, it is because of [...]

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A Mother’s Day Card to all LGBT parents

Sunday, May 12, 2013
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On Mother’s Day mornings, my son, Jesse, leads the way in bringing me breakfast in bed with flowers. He got the idea on his own three years ago at the age of seven. “You do everything their mothers do,” he explained at the time. “This is your day, too.” So [...]

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How my exclusion from speaking at my school’s graduation led to healing

Thursday, May 9, 2013
Bryant Huddleston, with his son Haven.
I remember vividly, a moment as a thirteen or fourteen-year-old Arkansas kid, sitting on a pew at the First Baptist Church. While the preacher delivered his message, I was busy praying. I was asking God to make me bisexual. Not for acceptance, and not for fear of sinning, but because [...]

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An openly LGBT cabinet member? Let’s talk about key priorities…

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
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An openly LGBT cabinet secretary would be another milestone for LGBT inclusion and an important symbol of pride for our community — but let’s be clear, this should not be a key priority for our community. Moreover, the idea that this would be a mark of failure on the part [...]

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Transgender rights are not about men wanting to go into women’s restrooms

Sunday, May 5, 2013
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New York State’s transgender residents have suffered severe discrimination, harassment, and even violence. But, listening to the general debate, you would think the only thing this bill did was allow men to go into women’s bathrooms and showers. As is the case every time GENDA comes up for a vote [...]

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The Mormon Church’s support for gay boy scouts is no surprise at all

Saturday, May 4, 2013
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The Mormon church surprised many last week with its announcement supporting the proposed Boy Scout policy allowing gay scouts but not gay leaders. Having spent most of my life as a Mormon and having served in its local leadership, I wasn’t surprised at all. Here’s why. Though not true until [...]

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My lovely transgender friend, struggling to survive in Nigeria

Saturday, April 27, 2013
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I have a lovely friend. She is a transgender woman who lives in Nigeria. Her dream, at present denied her, is to be a professional dancer and actress. In her heart and in her spirit, she is both. As I think about her, I imagine the words and music from [...]

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Still no justice for murdered South African lesbian activist Noxolo Nogwaza

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
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Wednesday marks the two year anniversary of the brutal death of Noxolo Nogwaza, a South African lesbian and LGBT rights activist. In 2011, 24-year-old Noxolo, organizer of the Ekurhuleni Pride Committee, was murdered in South Africa, while on her way home from a night out with friends. Her attackers raped, [...]

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What happens when a son tells his gay dad, ‘I want to become a Boy Scout’?

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
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I really don’t know why I can’t seem to see these things coming. I blog about them. I write about prejudices, I have argued with countless anti-gay people, and I have diligently parented to the best of my ability. And yet, these situations emerge and again, I am caught like [...]

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Ban me from my partner’s bedside? You’d have to arrest me too!

Thursday, April 11, 2013
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Marriage Equality is about being able to hold the hand of the person you love when they are sick and need your love and compassion the most. It’s about making decisions that all people will eventually have to make about life and death, and who you want with you at [...]

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