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Forward Looking 377 Order Holds Lessons for The World – Times of India – Sept. 9, 2018

On September 6, 2018, the Indian Supreme Court struck down India's sodomy law as unconstitutional. This Op-Ed ran in The Times of India on 9.9.18. Supporters of equality and justice around the world celebrated the decision of the Supreme Court of India affirming the fundamental rights, dignity and equality of LGBTQ people in India. Thursday’s verdict strikes a blow against every colonial-era sodomy law and strengthens the ongoing efforts of reformers working to overturn anti-LGBTQ criminal laws in more than 70 countries. For LGBTQ activists in the US, the court’s eloquent articulation of transformational constitutionalism, and its forward-looking reasoning, stand in stark [...]

A Critical Look at the LGBTQ Movement – Rice University – 2/5/14

A Critical Look at the LGBT Movement– Rice University – Feb 5, 2014 Thank you so much to Rice University for the opportunity to be here tonight. It’s great to be back in Houston, where I have been many times, and where I have many friends. I will forever have searing memories of the weeks many of us spent getting ready for and protesting at the 1992 Republican Convention in Houston. Who can forget the ladies in their mink coats in 100 degree weather. Or the distorted faces of the delegates that AIDS activists confronted, and how nasty they were. Or the policy attacking us as we marched in the ACT UP Health Care is a Human Right action. I remember my anger as Pat [...]

Don’t Tell Momma (or McCain) the Truth!

He lost it. In response to questions from the Advocate's Kerry Eleveld and Metro Weekly's Chris Geidner, McCain lost it. Here is a transcript.... MCCAIN: We do not go out and seek. Regulations are, we do not go out and seek to find out if someone’s sexual orientation. We do not! ELEVELD: But senator, that’s not… MCCAIN: That is the fact! That is the fact. Now ma’am, I know the military very well, and I know what’s being done. And what is being done is that they are not seeking out people who are gay. And I don’t care what you say, I know it’s a fact. ELEVELD: It’s not what I say. MCCAIN: I dont’ care what you say! And I don’t care what others say. I’ve seen [...]