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Skirting the Issues: Allies

I’ve written before about how transgender folks (and yes, even the great Ellie Krug!) need allies, particularly those who engage in “allyship”—the action part of being an ally. “Action” as in, “Hey dude, you just […]

Q & A with National Coming Out Day Speaker Judy Shepard

In 1998, Judy Shepard lost her son Matthew to a murder motivated by anti-gay hate in Laramie, Wyoming. Since then, she has become a leading voice in fighting for the rights of this community and […]

A Word In Edgewise: That Old Question of Apples and Trees

Once again, one of iconic pastor Billy Graham’s progeny is in the news. While son Franklin keeps up his unrelenting background drumbeat of anti-GLBT rhetoric, Graham’s daughter, Franklin’s sister, Anne Graham Lotz, pushes her own […]

A Word In Edgewise: Ringing the Bells of Heaven

In a broad stroke, mankind can be divided into two types, the helpers and the harmers; those who help turtles to the other side of the road and those who swerve to crush them. Those […]

A Word In Edgewise: Reading for Your Life

When I was ten, Dad and I drove up to Canada for a fishing trip. One evening, stopping at a motel on the bank of the St. Lawrence River, I asked if I could go […]

Commentary: Is the Queer Community Eating Its Own (Again)?

By Mark Segal Recent battles over the rainbow flag and the Star of David have exposed long-simmering biases. In my almost 50 years of LGBT activism, there has never been a time that worried me […]

Skirting the Issues: Lemonade

“Grossly misinformed.” That’s the most generous phrase I could muster as I read my friend John Townsend’s piece, “When GLBT Nonprofits Lose Their Bearings” in the July 6 edition of this magazine. Take your pick—“transgenderism” […]

A Word In Edgewise: A Chance at the Game

As I write, six teenage women from Herat, Afghanistan are in the final hours of the 2017 FIRST Global international robotics challenge in Washington, DC with 163 teams from 157 countries. Until just before the […]

A Word In Edgewise: That’s Just the Way It Is

I’ve always loved The Lawrenceville Stories, written by Owen Johnson in the early years of the 20th Century. Johnson wrote about his prep school, using friends’ actual nicknames, “The Varmint,” “The Tennessee Shad,” “Hungry Smeed,” […]

When GLBT Nonprofits Lose Their Bearings

Tax-deductible nonprofit organizations can invade the pocketbooks and psyches of potential donors, cravenly preying on their fears. When the same-sex marriage movement became a brilliant success, GLBT nonprofit organizations were sucker-punched with a stark existential reality: […]

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