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Why Lori Lightfoot is the Best, and Worst, VP Pick for Biden

Op-Ed

Anyone who is vaguely familiar with out lesbian Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot probably knows that she would be a strong vice presidential candidate. She has it all. … But with all that being said, anyone who is more intimately familiar with her probably knows that she is also the worst possible choice for a completely different, and perhaps surprising, reason.

2019: The Year In Review

News and Stories from Across the Nation

Unlike last year, LGBTQ issues did not figure as prominently in the news media. But don’t be fooled. Donald Trump and his administration have been hard at work, gutting nearly every protection put in place by former President Barack Obama.

A Two Thousand Year-Old Hanukkah Question

Spiritual Reflections

When lighting the Hanukkah candles, should one start by lighting all eight candles on the first night and then decrease the number of candles each successive night, or should one start by lighting one candle and increase towards eight? For Hillel and Shammai, two of the greatest rabbis in Jewish history, the world depended upon their answer.

Mayor Pete speaks on LGBTQ history, historic campaign

2020 Politics

Pete Buttigieg, who has served as mayor of South Bend, Ind. since 2012, came out as a gay man in a self-penned essay published by the South Bend Tribune. This past April he declared his candidacy for president of the United States. Mayor Buttigieg and I spoke on the phone about his campaign, his values, and who he looks up to in the LGBTQ community.

Looking at Black History

Spiritual Reflections

Black history month is traditionally a time to reflect on the accomplishments of notables from the past. We often think of people who have done marvelous works that impacted thousands, if not millions of people during their lifetime and beyond.

Supreme Court takes action on trans military ban

Around the Country: Ruling will likely be temporarily stymied by lower courts in Maryland, Washington and California

The US Supreme Court announced today it would offer a temporary uphold of current U.S. president Donald Trump’s requested policy of a ban on transgender individuals serving in the military while lower courts continue to debate the case.

Can Chelsea Manning run for U.S. Senate?

The former U.S. soldier was convicted of sharing classified government documents with Wikileaks

Chelsea Manning has filed to run for U.S. Senate in Maryland, but will her previous conviction interfere with those plans?