UN Blasts Cameroon’s Anti-gay Laws

GENEVA — The United Nations Human Rights office is sharply criticizing Cameroon's anti-gay laws, which it says criminalize same-sex relationships.  The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights says it is deeply concerned by reports in Cameroon of harassment, intimidation, arrest and imprisonment...

Gay Rights & The Politics of Fear

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.- The Declaration of Independence The current debate in America over...

Gays In The Prison System

During a recent stay at the Philadelphia Prison System I saw, first hand, how the gay population in a correctional facility so large is treated.  A county jail in which inmates prey upon each other and the officers charged with keeping order are complacent...

The Battle For America’s Soul

In apocalyptic times, people look first for a saviour. On paper, it looks like the United States is limping into its 57th presidential election in bad shape. Taxes are high, debt is the dirty word that no one can deal with, the mainstream media is...

Why Every Girl Needs A Gay

Gone are the days when a gay man is expected to marry a woman and live as if he’s straight, never mentioning the truth of how he feels, but there is still a long way to go before gay men are treated as equals...

The New Rainbow Radicals

The question of equality in America is really a matter of time at this point; polls show an increasing number of Americans support marriage equality and those numbers show no signs of decreasing. President Obama came out in favor of marriage equality and a...

Out Is The New In

For me, the most important evolution in any GLBTQ person’s life is becoming comfortable in their own skin. We’ve come a long way from bullying and hate crimes and made coming out more comfortable than before. But as world leaders, advertising executives and pop...

Evolving

As June arrives and PRIDE celebrations begin I like to take inventory of my impressions and thoughts over the past years. Much like President Obama, my ideas on gay marriage have been evolving. As an out lesbian who identifies as both femme and queer the...

Closeted: A Southern Epidemic

It was a warm, spring day in northern Mississippi when I asked my brother’s friend to humor me with an impromptu photo shoot. Despite his insecurities, he obliged, pulled off his shirt, and let me click away, never once saying anything inappropriate about his...

Dying for Acceptance

The current focus on ending bullying is a step in the right direction to end the LGBT suicide epidemic.  But sometimes the patience of a young person can’t withstand daily torture, sometimes the pain doesn’t end with graduation, and sometimes the ones who are...