Irene Mornoe: The UMC continues to be contradictory in its policies concerning LGBTQ worshippers, and the church’s contentious views reared their ugly head at the 2016 meeting of global delegates.
Irene Monroe: Jane Doe recalled an incident where “male guards forced her to stand, cuffed and naked for 30 minutes, in front of the open door to her cell, exposing her body to at least a dozen male prisoners who gawked and made crude sexual remarks about her breasts.”
With the LGBT community often seen as ‘other’ by certain groups, activists and business owners in LA are helping to foster a more inclusive culture in the mainstream.
Irene Monroe: If Trump had his way, he would militarily eradicate transgender people from existence. Tuesday, Trump’s Supreme Court delivered his wish in supporting the exclusion of transgender men and women.
Jewel Thais-Williams and Don Kilhefner: Gay Pride would again become the site of a grassroots and netroots—not a parade with alienating floats by banks and liquor companies. It would again commemorate the Stonewall Uprising—the swish and rage heard ’round the world
Irene Monroe: With forty years since the Jonestown massacre, a more disturbing image of the Revered Jim Jones’s treatment toward his LGBTQ parishioners emerges.
Sikivu Hutchinson: For scores of very young non-binary children, the ability to define themselves for themselves is a radical rebuke of Western Eurocentric power structures that say biology is destiny and queer sexuality should be on lockdown.
Rev. Irene Monroe: Is it possible that my “gaydar” is off about “Sesame Street”? Perhaps. But hasn’t “Sesame Street” over the years, in a tongue-in-cheek fashion, winked and nodded to the LGBTQ community?
Don Kilhefner: Gay Liberation, with its revolutionary world view and emphasis on the restructuring of society to benefit all (today called Democratic Socialism), is an embarrassment to the gay and lesbian “me generation” shaped by the social Darwinism and self-absorption of the Reagan era and beyond.
Johnny Townsend: While I’ve moved from Mormonism to Judaism to atheism, I’m still struck by how often people use religion as justification for cruelty.
Dick Price & Sharon Kyle: The Navy acknowledged that they were wrong and we were right. And they didn’t ask for confidentially about the payment. Melanie has the absolute right to speak out about how she stood up for her rights.
Dick Price & Sharon Kyle: “I had planned to cover the history of LGBT rights in America, with some international focus as well,” said Nathan, a South Africa native who volunteers virtually full time with the African Human Rights Coalition.
Lisa Bloom: Ms. Nathan turned down other opportunities in reliance on the Navy’s written promise that all aspects of her proposal were accepted.