Moving from indifference to action

Posted on 08 Aug 2014 at 7:55am

Recently the world saw a brave and compassionate local elected official take a stand for refugee children. And in a few ugly photo-ops, we saw groups of white Americans with ugly signs and ugly words — “Return to Sender” being among the most egregious — take a stand against the same refugee children. A person’s actions [...]

It ain’t all about you

Posted on 01 Aug 2014 at 7:35am

When someone transitions, so, in a way, do their friends and families Having just celebrated my 39th birthday for the umpteenth time, I figured some reflection was due. A lot has happened in the last couple of years since I came out as transgender — on my birthday in 2012. Who the hell comes out [...]

Staying safe as you age

Posted on 25 Jul 2014 at 8:10am

It takes planning, paperwork and more to make sure that LGBT elders are safe and happy At the Resource Center’s United Black Ellument Health Fair in April, I picked up a flyer from FORGE, an organization with which I was not familiar. Entitled “Safety Planning with Transgender Clients,” the document astonished me. It also made [...]

Call it what it is

Posted on 18 Jul 2014 at 7:45am

‘Religious exemption’ is really ‘religious privilege’ We have been oh so careful. How many times have we assured religious leaders that marriage equality will not mean that Catholic priests will have to start performing marriages between two lesbians? How many times have we bit our lip when a religious school has fired a gay person [...]

Thoughtfulness in crisis

Posted on 18 Jul 2014 at 7:40am

Republicans must take action instead of misplacing blame We are in the midst of a humanitarian crisis that has left more than 52,000 children, many without their parents, in limbo at America’s borders. Texas, along with other southwestern border states, has experienced an influx of undocumented immigrants. It is during these times that we all [...]

If it’s not gay, do we care?

Posted on 11 Jul 2014 at 7:45am

It’s time for the LGBT community to stand up for others as others have stood up for us In the almost eight years I’ve been out, I’ve marveled at the pace equality — and equity — for gays and lesbians have evolved. In addition to winning numerous court victories, rejoicing at the death of DOMA [...]

Democrats’ ‘Texas Promise’ includes LGBTQ community

Posted on 03 Jul 2014 at 7:05pm

Stonewall Caucus received a warm welcome at the Texas Democratic Convention The LGBTQ community is used to being left out of the “bright future” that the Texas Republican Party talks about. This year Texas Republicans denied Log Cabin Republicans a booth at the Texas Republican Convention, and delegates once again voted to spread misinformation about [...]

A new age of oppression emerges

Posted on 27 Jun 2014 at 7:55am

Identity politics harm the oppressors as well as the ones they target There are more than 7 billion people living on this planet, with only an estimated 318 million residing in the United States of America, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Despite only housing 4.5 percent of the world’s population, the U.S. government has positioned [...]

Executive Order vs ENDA? It’s a mixed bag either way.

Posted on 20 Jun 2014 at 8:15am

Our movement for equality has been working to gain passage of meaningful nationwide workplace protections for LGBT Americans for decades now, and while we’ve made some gains in a few states and municipalities, the goal of a federal law that includes us once and for all has seemed perpetually out of reach. So now comes [...]

Texas Republican leadership failed us all, not just gay community

Posted on 13 Jun 2014 at 7:45am

Despite progress, coming out as a Republican rivals coming out as gay — and it shouldn’t anymore One of the hardest times in my life was when I came out.  I had lots of friends who loved me and accepted me, but how could I know if they would love and accept me when a [...]