Running scared?

Posted on 20 Feb 2015 at 8:05am

What is it about the trans community that scares elected officials so much that they have to make laws against us? Has the right wing completely taken leave of their senses? Or are they just running scared? A bill introduced by Arizona state Sen. John Kavanagh, if passed, would have serious consequences for transgender people [...]

Missy’s tale

Posted on 20 Feb 2015 at 8:00am

One stray has been saved, but many more are out there suffering because people do not spay or neuter their pets A first-hand lesson in animal rescue might be what some people need to convince them of the desperate need for neutering and spaying household pets. A little heartbreak could go a long way toward [...]

Shocking discovery: Everyone just pees

Posted on 13 Feb 2015 at 7:40am

And sometimes updates a Facebook status My first Creating Change Conference — held Feb. 5-8 in Denver — was quite an experience. A definite bucket list check-off in my new life as an activist, Creating Change provided a wealth of experience, insight and access to LGBTQ leaders and strategies. Among other firsts, Creating Change at [...]

Why the Middle East matters to LGBT Americans

Posted on 06 Feb 2015 at 7:45am

Americans tend to ignore news about people who don’t look or sound like us. Here’s why that needs to change I suspect most Americans are watching events in the Middle East with one eye closed and the other on the latest sports event. In other words, we don’t care unless it involves Americans. I don’t [...]

Archie Huckabee?

Posted on 06 Feb 2015 at 7:40am

Presidential candidate’s anti-gay bigotry sounds like something out of a 1970s TV sitcom If television executives ever decide to remake the wildly-successful 1970s-era All in the Family sitcom to address this century’s issues, I sure hope they will borrow some material from today’s 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls — especially former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. When [...]

The breastaurant (and strip club) dilemma

Posted on 30 Jan 2015 at 7:45am

Is it OK for a lesbian feminist to eat at Hooters or go to a strip club? I’m confused. I have been trying to write this piece for months now, and the truth is that I haven’t because I am confused. I like tits and ass. I’m a lesbian, so that should come as no [...]

Trending toward discrimination

Posted on 23 Jan 2015 at 8:05am

Marriage equality moves ever closer to being the law of the land, but the bigots keep looking for loopholes As more and more state laws against same-sex marriage fall in the courts, I see an alarming trend elsewhere: People are claiming it is their “religious right” to discriminate against LGBT people. While this is absolutely [...]

Progress beyond imagination

Posted on 23 Jan 2015 at 8:00am

Marchers in NYC’s ’77 gay Pride parade wanted protection from discrimination and sodomy laws; same-sex marriage wasn’t even a dream The U.S. Supreme Court’s Jan. 16 announcement that it would decide if the Constitution guarantees the rights of same-sex couples to marry wherever they reside, and whether states can refuse to recognize same-sex marriages sanctioned [...]

Avoid the insta-nest

Posted on 16 Jan 2015 at 7:45am

Don’t lose yourself in a new relationship and jump in to commitment too quickly The funniest jokes are the ones that are true, which is what makes the most famous lesbian joke of all so funny. Too funny for our own good, if you ask me. “What does a lesbian bring on a second date?” [...]

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 [...]