To end discrimination-based sexual orientation and gender identity in the American workforce, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community must work together for the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill that would provide job protection based on employeesâ€™ sexual orientation or gender identity in both the public and private sector workforce.
With the Democratic National Convention, with its significant inclusion of LGBT officials coming to Charlotte in 2012, it is time for the Charlotte LGBT community to be more visible in putting forward demands for LGBT inclusion and better treatment by both the party organization and the city government.
Janice Covington discusses drag history, importance of inclusion: “The art of drag is a very serious part of the LGBT community,” she writes. “Being a drag queen makes you a member of a unique family that many others, either straight or LGBT, donâ€™t understand.”
While we have come to expect pathetic behavior periodically from Bill James, what was perhaps equally disconcerting was the feeble response by the default party of conscience, the Democratic majority on the county commission.
After reading Dr. Michael Brownâ€™s guest commentary, â€śSetting the record straightâ€ť (Dec. 25, 2010), it is not surprising he still clings to the notions of â€ślifestylesâ€ť when espousing his convictions and judgments against the LGBT. He does deny comparing homosexuality to pedophiles, but goes on to justify this comparison. Just as I wouldnâ€™t compare someone who uses fire to cook or heat with an arsonist, we shouldnâ€™t compare homosexuals to pedophiles. Using an extreme to enable criticism of a group is not only being unfairly judgmental, but denies fundamental facts of humanity that show Dr. Brownâ€™s doctorate is definitely not in biology.
In a recent editorial, Matt Comer says I supposedly compare â€śhomosexuality to child rapeâ€ť and that I â€śpaint gay people in the same light as child rapists.â€ť Is this true? God forbid! Dr. Michael Brown responds to Comer’s “A Prayer for Michael Brown.”
The statistics are scary. In places like Washington, D.C., and 19 of the largest U.S. cities, the facts and figures take on new meaning, as more and more people contract HIV and are left to live with the disease, the cultural and institutional stigma and health disparities.
by Mark Wisniewski, Charlotte, N.C. [Ed. Note â€” An edited version of this commentary was printed in The Charlotte Observer on Aug. 15. The longer, unabridged version was also submitted [...]
by Beth Sherouse, Columbia, S.C. Since movement veteran Cleve Jones announced plans for a national gay rights march on Washington following the passage of Californiaâ€™s Prop. 8 last November, reactions [...]
by Monica Simpson A dear community organizer, Shane Windmeyer, wrote an incredible guest commentary (â€śImagine: $700,000 for local LGBT advocacy & support,â€ť March 21), in which he raised the question [...]
I was once told that having privilege comes with great responsibility. With that thought in mind, let me begin by wishing you a joyous holiday season and hoping that you, [...]
I keep hearing all of this nonsense about us LGBTs attacking people, about us using intimidation and violence to oppress people, about us somehow being ugly aggressors. Newt Gingrich (who [...]