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July 01, 2016

Federal judge strikes down MS so-called "religious freedom" law

Bravo to Judge Reeves, and congrats to Robbie Kaplan.

Thought for Independence Day weekend: a history of shame and struggle, interwoven

Douglass Fourth of July quote

153 years ago on this day, the Battle of Gettysburg was underway. Eleven years earlier on July 5th in Rochester, what is possibly the greatest oration in American history was delivered by an escaped and self-taught slave named Frederick Douglass. His main competitors in the oratory category were named Martin and Abraham. I am attaching a passage from what has come to be known as the Fourth of July speech. Things have improved since 1852; on the other hand, the catalog of American crimes against peoples of color at home and abroad, just since 1940, is a long one.

Recalling the rebuke from Douglass so long ago is a useful counterbalance to the usual Independence Day rah-rah stuff. And it reminds us that many generations struggled so that we could continue the struggle today, in Martin's words, to make our nation live out the true meaning of its creed--a creed written in 1776 by a slave owner. The shame and the struggle, inextricably interwoven, are part of our nation's DNA.

June 30, 2016

Blade, @dcpl announce partnership to digitize newspaper’s 47-year archive

UN Human Rights Council approves creation of first-ever LGBT rights watchdog

Pentagon lifts trans military ban

Another historic advance from the Obama administration.

Opinion: Amid Chaos, Don't Count Trump Out

My latest column in the Washington Blade looks at Britain's #Brexit debacle and its implications for the American presidential election. [Note: since I filed the article just before noon on Monday, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn suffered a no-confidence vote from his party members in Parliament, and #Brexit leader Boris Johnson said he would not be a candidate to replace David Cameron as Prime Minister and Tory Party leader. Also, Trump suffered further in polls, even as he was attacking the Chamber of Commerce.]

Trudeau and Obama speak to Canadian Parliament

A love-fest all around. After Obama spoke, members of the Canadian Parliament chanted, "Four more years!"

June 29, 2016

Blade wins 8 journalism awards

Congrats to the winners.

New PAC debuts amid energized LGBT gun control efforts

Gay Pride vs. Straight Pride

June 28, 2016

The 2016 anti-LGBT March for Marriage was a complete flop

North Carolina Republicans want trans people to literally show their papers at the bathroom door

All these desperate fear mongers are doing is exposing and diminishing themselves.

June 27, 2016

Boston bombing survivors to Orlando victims: "We are family now"

Congresswoman Norton fights for D.C. abortion services

Obama Designates Stonewall Inn National Monument

Breaking: Federal Judge Rules Clerks Cannot Cite Religion to Recuse From Issuing Marriage Licenses

Agreement to end Colombian war acknowledges LGBT victims

Hillary Clinton makes surprise appearance at New York Pride parade

Activists arrested for challenging Istanbul Pride march ban

Pope Francis: Church should 'ask forgiveness' from gay people