Commentary

Kevin Faulconer and a New Republican Politics of Inclusion

Mayor Kevin Faulconer

The party that ended slavery and won the Civil War a century and a half ago is having a difficult year nationally.

As presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump attacks Mexican immigrants, re-tweets white supremist memes and slams the business community, the traditional Republican coalition is reeling.

Fighting the LGBT community’s invisibility

The LGBT community’s disappearing act also plays out in the provision of the most basic services.

In many ways, the history of the LGBT community is a history of battling invisibility. Since the dawn of time, society has tried to make us invisible. We gained strength as a community only by shedding that invisibility, coming out, and proudly saying who we are.

Here’s why the LGBTQ community Is a waste of your time

"There’s no real reason to hate us. If it’s yourself that you hate, don’t. "

You know, the LGBTQ community is a waste of your time. Seriously. We are so regular. We work. We go to school. We raise families. We fight for what’s good in the world. We go out with friends. We celebrate with family. We’re you.

Wasting time and energy hating us and railing against us and killing us really is just that - a waste of your time.

Hey queers: it’s time for us to ACT UP again

ACT UP proved to be especially significant because of the coalitions it built between different groups in our community around a common issue.

Almost 30 years ago, a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals and their allies gathered together at Manhattan’s Lesbian & Gay Community Services Center in righteous outrage over the government’s horrific handling of the AIDS crisis plaguing our community.

Gay and Middle Eastern in post-Orlando America

These are my reflections from the past 36 hours about the Orlando massacre.

These are my reflections from the past 36 hours about the Orlando massacre.

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Letter to the Editor: politicizing the San Diego Orlando rally

The San Diego memorial rally for the victims of the Orlando attacks

[Editor's note - the "profanity and vulgar language" the writer of this letter is referring to is the statement made by LGBT activist Nicole Murray-Ramirez who said in his speech, "With all due respect to Donald Trump, it’s time for you to shut the f**k up!”]

 

A LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 

Targeted act of a terrorist’s hate

Pulse, like most LGBTQ nightclubs across the country, was more than just a place to dance and drink.

June is LGBTQ pride month and parades and festivities abound month-long. Pride 2016 is particularly important because it marks the one-year anniversary of “Obergefell v. Hodges,” the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

Boston Pride was last week with its signature Pride Parade extravaganza on Saturday.

Why Islamic tied terrorist attack In Orlando Is scored as a "Double Hit"

Carl DeMaio

With over 50 dead and 53 injured, his attack on an Orlando nightclub late last night will go down as one of the worst terrorist attacks on US soil.  The suspect is Omar Mateen whose family came to the US from Afghanistan.

The media is already reporting this attack as “shocking” – it is actually not a surprise. Quite the opposite.  

President Obama proclaims June 2016 as LGBT Pride Month

President Barack Obama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
May 31, 2016
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Since our founding, America has advanced on an unending path toward becoming a more perfect Union.