Teaching Acceptance: Gay Rights & Inclusive Education

 Today I heard a boy telling another boy that it's weird if he likes boys. The second boy responded, "No, I like girls." I heard him insist a couple times — he didn't sound stressed, he just repeated it....more

A White Conservative Christian Woman Who Believes in Equal Rights

It may come as a surprise that a white conservative Christian woman such as myself would support gay marriage.  But I can't deny it. I do.It was through fighting against the discrimination of the disabled and advocating for equal rights for my own daughter who lives with multple disabilites that I came to care about discrimination against and the rights of other oppressed people groups as well, including those in the LGBTQ community....more
Naomi Sky I'm sorry it has taken me so long to see this comment. I'm not very active here on ...more

One Woman's Quest for Paternity Leave (Yes), Told in GIFs

If you know me in real life, you know where I work. If you don't know me in real life, let's just say I work at a fairly liberal university in the very liberal state of Massachusetts. Perhaps this is why I was naive enough to think I'd have no problem qualifying to take some leave time after the baby is born. It turned out to be a little more complicated than I had expected. Then again, what else is new?...more
Oh good ol' HR... glad it worked out though!  The GIFs were hilarious!more

The Finale of Groundbreaking Show The Fosters: Brilliant Casting!

From 1998 to 2002, a TV series called Any Day Now captured my devoted attention. It starred Annie Potts as Mary Elizabeth (M.E.) Sims and Lorraine Toussant as Rene Jackson. The two grew up together in Birmingham, Alabama in the 1960's. Despite their difference in race and the upheavals and violence of the civil rights movement swirling all around them in Birmingham, they were best friends. I'm happy to see Potts and Toussant together again in The Fosters, which sees its season finale Aug. 5. ...more
@shabish2002 Have you heard that Lorraine Toussaint is going to be in season 2 of Orange is the ...more

Jesus Did Not Come To Be Your Shield for Hate

This is going viral on Facebook right now:http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/07/25/2354941/ohio-plans-unspeakably-cruel-appeal-of-dying-mans-last-wish/...more
@Six Strong Hands I loved your reply. Thank you! You made me laugh at loud at some points and ...more

one of life's curious little blunders

Yesterday I almost got into an altercation in a bookstore over an honest mistake.I was standing in line ready to pay when the other cashier called me over, as I was making my way to him I thought I bumped into someone who was giving me her back, not having the greatest vision I thought she was a guy and I said, " I'm sorry, sir." and went on to pay....more

Defense of Marriage Act: Is the Fight for Gay Rights Stifling Freedom of Opinion?

I am happy for the progress that our country is making in the fight for gay rights. The recent Supreme Court decision to strike down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act was a huge step forward in equal rights for all people; something I wholeheartedly support. ...more

Love Is Traditional, Russia: Fighting Hatred & Promoting Acceptance

When you were a child, what do you remember most about learning about love?Love, to me, wasn’t represented only by a man and a woman being married. Of course, I associated men and women being married with love – but I also knew that my parents loved me, for example. I had love for my childhood dog, Daisy. I loved my sister, even though we fought. And I loved my friends. All of those things represented love to me....more

Why HRC's Equality Sign Made Me See Red

Last week, in support of gay marriage being argued before the Supreme Court (California's Prop. 8 and DOMA, specifically), a few million folks changed their Facebook profile photo to the red equal sign created by the Human Rights Campaign....more
Interesting article.  I saw those icons all over lately, but I find it easy to put something ...more

A Straight Girl's Thoughts on Gay Rights

It was October 28, 2009, and the heavens had unleashed the coldest rains I'd ever felt—a miserable drizzle that slowly worked its way through the clothes and skin and deep into the bones. Despite my trendy, patent leather boots, my feet had become soaked. Through the dampened scarf that was wrapped around my ears, I could hear the chants rise above the traffic, "Stop the hate, vote no on Prop 8." I looked around at the soggy signs stating, "Separate is not Equal" and "Love is Love." ...more