Irene Monroe: Long before June officially became Gay Pride Month, and October “Coming Out Month” for the LGBTQ community, Halloween was unofficially our yearly celebrated “holiday,” dating as far back at the 1970s when it was a massive annual street party in San Francisco’s Castro district.
Rev. Irene Monroe: October is Domestic Awareness Month, and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities of color, not enough attention, education, intervention and advocacy is given to this issue.
he Metropolitan Community Church in the San Fernando Valley is truly a remarkable place with extraordinary leadership. Recently, I had the good fortune of attending a gathering there and meeting the church pastor, the prize-winning author, Bob Shore-Goss. Some of you might be familiar with this church because for decades it has been one […]
Carl Matthes: I don’t know of a single LGBT person who argues that Christians should undergo aversion therapy to cure them of their Christianity. However, some well-meaning devout Christian folk, don’t yet understand that you can’t pray the spots off of a leopard.
Irene Monroe: This election year we have a candidate who’s turned hate speech into a campaign platform. In response, I’m taking Michelle’s advice and directing it toward another first lady. They can go low, but I’m going “with her.”
Carl Matthes: Founded in 1984 at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles by teacher and counselor Dr. Virginia Uribe, Project 10 has provided education and support services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning (LGBTQ) students, and other sexual minority youth.
Sikivu Hutchinson: After mainstream outrage about Orlando recedes, how many who’ve railed against the intersection of domestic terrorism and homophobic violence will actually step up on systemic discrimination against LGBTQ youth of color?
Arica Coleman: Anyone who considers her/himself a member of the faith community, yet believes that God approves of this heinous act because the victims were LGBTQ, has no understanding of the true meaning of Christianity.
Tom Hall: The focus on the concerns of LBGTQ people since the massacre is appropriate, but also dangerous. We mustn’t keep seeing LBGTQs as people apart.
Carl Matthes: We know that in America today, too many have not yet learned that hate, fear of others and discrimination based on race, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation is not conquered from the barrel of a gun.
Peter Laarman: I mean no disrespect to anyone else’s idea of “church” to say that the gay dance club was a kind of church for me and for thousands, millions, like me. The club was a place of grace.
Carl Matthes: President Obama is a key figure battling for the civil rights of transgender students in public schools with his administration issuing federal guidelines.
Carl Matthes: Like early on for gay men and lesbians, the ways that transgender people are talked about in popular culture, academia and science are constantly changing, particularly as individuals’ awareness, knowledge and openness about transgender people and their experiences grow.