‘You keep saying that word …’

Posted on 27 May 2015 at 4:56pm

One of my favorite movies ever is The Princess Bride. In it, there is a running gag where Vizini, played by Wallace Shawn, repeatedly uses the word “inconceivable” as his pursuers continually foil his attempts at escape. Eventually, after hearing this exclamation one too many times, the character Inigo Montoya, played so well by Mandy [...]

Politics can sometimes hit too close to home

Posted on 07 May 2015 at 12:11pm

Staff writer James Russell reflects on having a different kind of pride after getting a campaign solicitation from a graduate from his alma mater.

Reflecting on Bruce Jenner

Posted on 29 Apr 2015 at 1:12pm

Olympic champion took a brave step that could mean progress for all transgender people So, Bruce Jenner was on TV. No big deal, right? People are probably tired of seeing Jenner and the Kardashian clan on the tube. But Friday, April 24, was different. For months now, there has been speculation in the media about [...]

Inside Indiana’s law from a gay couple

Posted on 02 Apr 2015 at 12:34pm

Inside Indiana’s law from a gay couple

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 [...]