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Remarkable Statement by Secretary Clinton on SOGI

The third...issue arises when people cite religious or cultural values as a reason to violate or not to protect the human rights of LGBT citizens. This is not unlike the justification offered for violent practices towards women like honor killings, widow burning, or female genital mutilation. Some people still defend those practices as part of a cultural tradition. But violence toward women isn't cultural; it's criminal. Likewise with slavery, what was once justified as sanctioned by God is now properly reviled as an unconscionable violation of human rights. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's comprehensive, detailed and brave address on the importance of incorporating sexual [...]

Engaging Tradition Based Resistance

This talk was given at a program hosted by Political Research Associates and the LGBT Institute for Social Science and Public Policy at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, CUNY on October 13, 2011 Bryan Fischer: I believe we need a president who understands that just as Islam represents the greatest long term threat to our liberty so the homosexual agenda represents the greatest immediate threat to every freedom and right that is enshrined in the First Amendment, it's a particularly threat to religious liberty.... We need a president who understands that every advance of the homosexual agenda comes at the expense of religious liberty. We need a president who [...]

Chennai Rainbow Pride 2009 by Mohan Das Vadakara

This amazing clip from Chennai, India was made by photographer/videographer Mohan Das Vadakara last year, and offers a glimpse of a global LGBT activism than US based progressives rarely see. It is in English and Tamil but I find all parts understandable and inspiring. It was distributed by the Orinam.net group, which describs itself as follows "Initiated in October 2006, Orinam.net is a bilingual – Tamil and English – website with information on alternate sexualities and genders. We intend this space to speak to a wide range of people, including families and friends of those of us who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender." Chennai Rainbow Pride 2009 from Orinam webteam on

Ten Lessons From LGBT Activism

"The key dilemmas of our times involve moral choices.  What do we value?  What do we not value? What threats do we prioritize...When do we turn to tradition and when do we turn away?  The morality we need at this crucial time is not the “faith of our fathers” nor the “traditional values” of our mothers.  It will not be found in the exclusionary forms of fundamentalist religions dividing the world today, even if it is disguised in the rhetoric of community and love." This presentation was made on April 17, 2009 at the Unitarian Universalist Intergenerational Seminar titled "All in the Name of Faith:  Rights, Religion and Responsibility" held at Hunter College in New York. [...]