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How Dare You Protest A President During an Election Year – An Historical Perspective

About a hundred years ago, then Governor of New Jersey, Woodrow Wilson remained *undecided* on the issue of women’s suffrage. Although he was a dedicated progressive, taught at a women’s college and had two daughters who were suffragists, his opinions were still evolving on whether or not women should be allowed to vote.

April 23, 2012 1

Human Rights Lesson from the Murder of Trayvon Martin.

While there may be much debate around the circumstances involved in the murder of Trayvon Martin, one thing is now for certain: Racism is still alive and well in the United States.

March 30, 2012 0

Macy’s Store Fires Employee for “Religious Beliefs” – or Does It?

The Macy’s store at Rivercenter Mall in San Antonio, Texas, recently came under fire for its termination of Natalie Johnson, who was employed by Macy’s until a few days before Thanksgiving. Ms. Johnson refused to allow a transgender woman to use the lady’s fitting room. According to the organization representing Ms. Johnson, Liberty Counsel, she…
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December 8, 2011 0

HRC on the Record, Part 1: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Diversity.

It’s no secret that I’ve been critical of some of the decisions made by the Human Rights Campaign (“HRC”) and comments made by their spokespeople, but what should also be apparent is, like any organization, the HRC was developed with people power. Like me, all of those people are fallible. Mistakes can and do happen. It took me a long time to recognize that for myself. Sometimes, I speak for me, sometimes I speak for an organization – at no time is my speech necessarily correct.

March 9, 2011 0

The American Dream, Yes We Can — “You Can’t”: a Poem in Video

When I was a child, patriotism rested in the hope that I can be whatever I choose to be. I could become anything I dreamed of becoming. I could live as I wished to live because I was in the land of the free and the home of the brave. In those sentiments, I found the American Drea

February 10, 2011 0

Glee’s Chris Colfer wins Golden Globe and Delivers Anti-Bullying Message

I’m an admitted Gleek, in spite of the ups and downs with the show.  I’m thrilled to see more positive messages than we’ve seen from say, “Queer as Folk.”   Tonight, Chris Colfer [Kurt], won a Golden Globe.  His short acceptance speech was dedicated in part to “All the amazing kids… who are constantly told ‘no’…
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January 16, 2011 0

National Organization for Protection of Marriage to Request Ban on Obese Marriages.

The National Organization for Protection of Marriage has begun soliciting signatures to convince legislators in all 50 states to ban obese people from marrying. Maggie Gaylaher, the Founder of the group, notes that obesity is the leading cause of heart disease, diabetes and other ailments and thus premature death. “Children deserve a mother and a…
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January 15, 2011 2

82nd Texas Legislative Session Welcomed with Anti-Bullying Demonstration

Yesterday marked the beginning of the 82nd Texas legislative session.  To welcome the new legislature, Queer Texas United organized a Homophobia and Transphobia Kills Die-In at the front gate of the Capitol Building in Austin.  The purpose of the Die-In was to support anti-bullying legislation.  The Texas Senate has introduced two bills with respect to…
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January 12, 2011 3

Tea Party Opponent of Gabrielle Giffords Called to Remove her by Shooting M16s

This morning Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head by a gunman at a Safeway grocery store during a Congress at your Corner event. Prior to that, Tea Partier Sarah Palin had placed the congressperson on a “target” list for removal, noting on a map the congresspersons location with a gun site as…
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January 8, 2011 0
National Organization for Marriage - the Anti-Gay NOM NOM NOM

National Organization for Marriage Launches NOH8 Campaign???

The National Organization for Marriage, (NOM), learned a new strategy in 2010: steal the phrases used by the movement pushing to legalize marriage for same sex couples. It started with “Hate is Not A Family Value.” More recently, they have been offended by the FCKH8 videos, whose purpose is to counter the rhetoric  put forward…
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January 2, 2011 3