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The U.S. Supreme Court v. LGBTQ Americans

LGBTQ History Month Retrospectives from the LGBT History Project

June 30, 1986 was a broiling hot day in Washington, D.C. when the U.S. Supreme Court released the decision in Bowers v. Hardwick, a landmark sodomy decision. The press was huddled under the small bank of trees near the side entrance, waiting for the copies to be handed out. The fate of millions of lesbian and gay Americans lay in the hands of the high court.

Marriage Equality Takes Center Stage

Op-Ed

This week, many of us are wondering if our marriages are in jeopardy after two Supreme Court justices re-stated their objection to marriage equality, which was decided in Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015. Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito believe a person’s religious beliefs should allow them to discriminate against LGBTQ people.

‘My Own Words’

Out in Print

Those were The Magic Words you learned at your mother’s knee, the ones that opened doors and gained favors. That was also when you learned something important, as you’ll see in “My Own Words” by Ruth Bader Ginsburg (with Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams) letters, when properly collected, can move mountains.

Be Community

Spiritual Reflections: Finding Joy in the Midst of Devastation

With everything going on around us, it is easy to become overwhelmed at the sheer volume of chaos and the magnitude of the issues we face. Like many of you, I have found myself looking for hope, and knowing all too well the feeling of fear and confusion.

Convention Watch

Record Number of LGBTQ Delegates Represent North Carolina

North Carolina had a record-number of 18 LGBTQ delegates representing the state at this year’s Democratic National Convention.

‘It’s All Of Us Or None of Us’

Black LGBTQ Community’s Call To Action

Members of Charlotte Black Pride and representatives from nearly 40 other gay organizations gathered at Camp Northend to celebrate gay Pride with a call to action to the larger gay community — Black Lives Matter.

Rugby Team Issues BLM Solidarity Statement

Carolinas News Notes

The Charlotte Royals Rugby Football Club, founded by and predominately comprised of queer men and allies, shared that they have always had the intention to stand with and for justice and equality for minority communities. “As a rugby club we are united and steadfast in our call for justice for the oppressed and believe fervently that black and brown lives matter,” they shared. The team issued a statement in response to recent social injustices and racism.

LGBTQ Organizations Unite to Combat Racial Violence

More Than 100 LGBTQ+ Organizations Show Solidarity in Letter as Pride Month Began

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” Those words, written over 30 years ago by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, remind us that indifference can never bridge the divide of hate. And, today, they should serve as a call to action to all of us, and to the Movement for LGBTQ equality.

Providence Lost

Twenty-twenty has been a terrible year for the world in general and for the United States in particular. We face a new and unexpected scourge, COVID-19, which has struck at least a million Americans, killed over a 100,000 of us, and caused the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression.