FBI should investigate attorney who proposed California genocide initiative

Posted on 30 Mar 2015 at 12:29pm

A proposal for a ballot initiative in California to kill all gay people in the state is an act of terrorism and should be investigated and prosecuted as such.

Places I’ve peed

Posted on 11 Mar 2015 at 2:48pm

I was taught by my parents that it isn’t generally acceptable to discuss what goes on in a bathroom — it just isn’t polite. However, I think that needs to change because not knowing (ignorance) has fueled the childlike imaginations of the Texas GOP.

As LGBTs near equality in marriage, right wingers once again ramp up The Fear Game

Posted on 19 Feb 2015 at 4:34pm

As we make more gains toward full equality, it seems the right-wing is cranking up the effort to deny it.  Funny that our freedom is so frightening to them — or perhaps not. Fear is a powerful emotion. It can guide you out of trouble and keep you safe, but irrational fear has the opposite [...]

Henry Gerber: The gay rights pioneer you probably never heard of

Posted on 17 Feb 2015 at 1:03pm

Last week — Thursday, Feb. 12, to be exact — the National Historic Landmarks Committee, chaired by Dr. Stephen Pitti of Yale University, unanimously approved the nomination of the Henry Gerber House, located at 1710 North Crilly Court in Chicago, to move forward as a National Historic Landmark. The nomination advances now to the National [...]

Ask Lambda Legal: Discrimination As Religion

Posted on 13 Feb 2015 at 3:07pm

By Jennifer Pizer, national director Lambda Legal’s Law and Policy Project   Q: I was reading about a bakery that didn’t want to make a wedding cake for a gay couple because it goes against the baker’s religion. Can’t the couple just go somewhere else? A: Private businesses, such as bakeries and grocery stores that [...]

Impressions from the courtroom

Posted on 16 Jan 2015 at 7:30am

Patti Fink recounts memorable moments from the 5th Circuit court hearing on marriage equality Real harm. Democratic process. Immutability. Legitimate state interest. Animus. Equality. Respect. Dignity. Personal liberty. Personal dignity. Equal dignity. These words filled the West Courtroom of the John Minor Wisdom Federal Courthouse in New Orleans on Friday, Jan. 9, as attorneys for [...]

Ask Lambda Legal: Prison Rape Elimination Act

Posted on 12 Jan 2015 at 1:29pm

By Jael Humphrey Staff Attorney for Lambda Legal   Q: My friend was recently incarcerated in prison in Florida and I’m worried about her safety because she’s transgender. Are there laws that can protect her? A: Unfortunately, the situation your friend is in is all too common — prisons incarcerate a transgender woman in a [...]

Tainted Love:

Posted on 01 Dec 2014 at 4:08pm

How HIV stigma is damaging our community today… and at least one way it could serve a higher purpose By Lawrence Ferber   Editor’s Note: Some of the names and some details in this article have been changed. Stigma: a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person. Hearing the words “I’m [...]

Please: No more ‘us vs. them’

Posted on 25 Nov 2014 at 10:35am

With every word I heard or read after the grand jury decision was read, I felt myself growing a little more sick to my stomach.

Here’s to the day we no longer need TDOR

Posted on 20 Nov 2014 at 9:00am

By Rizi Xavier Timane Every year on Nov. 20, transgender individuals and their allies around the world commemorate the Transgender Day of Remembrance. But make no mistake: This is not a holiday, and the ceremonies we hold are certainly not celebrations. Rather, the Day of Remembrance is a solemn time when we can come together [...]