Discrimination Is Not Religious Freedom

Religious Freedom Restoration Acts

Rev. Irene Monroe: The Atlanta-based family-owned fast food fried chicken chain Chick-fil-A can now, with the state’s sanctioning of House Bill 1023, openly and legally discriminate in their hiring practices of Jews, divorcees or LGBTQ people based on their Southern Baptist beliefs.

Obama’s Selma Speech Includes Gays

Selma Obama

Carl Matthes: It was President Obama’s firm support that helped propel gay rights to the stage-center as LBJ, using the assassination of JFK and his Southern heritage, brought the passage of the Civil Rights Act to the national center stage.

LGBT Folk Look to 2015

LGBT Predictions for 2015

Carl Mathes: I predict that Pope Francis will continue to challenge all in the Catholic Church to accept his view “that homosexuals have gifts to offer the Church,” repeating Catholic teaching that “every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.”

That Day after Christmas

n word on christmas

Rev. Irene Monroe: As Americans we cannot become unconscious and numb to the use and abuse of the power and currency the “n-word” racial epithet still has in our society.

Finding Home for the Holidays

gays celebrate christmas

Irene Monroe: Just as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people transformed the pejorative term “queer” into a positive word of self-reference, Christians transformed the word “Christian” into one of self-reverence.

World AIDS Day and My Community’s Ongoing Struggle

ADIS Among Blacks

Rev. Irene Monroe: While the number of cases across the globe will continue to decline and possibly eradicate the disease as the U.N hopefully predicts, we as African Americans we’ll not protect ourselves from this epidemic as long as we continue to think of HIV/AIDS as a gay disease.

Take This All of You and Eat It

Pope Francis Gay Catholics

Patrick Henry: My hope is that there will no longer be any restrictions, regarding the reception of the Eucharist, placed upon couples, gay or straight, based upon their marital or non-marital status.

Protecting LGBT Prisoners

Protecting LGBT Prisoners

Brendan Hamme: Jails and prisons cannot justify discriminatory treatment of LGBT prisoners under the guise of keeping them “safe.”