March On Towards Equality

I love St. Patrick’s Day. I’m always a fan of holidays that bring people together with very little prep (I’m looking at you Christmas and Thanksgiving). Yet I was surprised to find out that in 2014, the only acceptable rainbows at the St. Patrick’s Day parades have a pot of gold at the end of them.

In New York City (the great melting pot), and Boston, parade officials have banned LGBT organizations who want to march. Past parades have been cancelled rather than allowing LGBT groups to participate. Since both parade participants are by invitation only, …read more

Moving Beyond Rhetoric to Realize the Dream

Fifty years ago this August, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. shared his dream of a world in which personal character – not skin color – would be the sole standard by which all people were judged. As the Trayvon Martin case makes painfully clear, that dream is still a long way from reality.

Most of us are struggling to find meaning in this senseless and brutal killing, and in the travesty of justice that followed. On the news and in the blogosphere, we have endlessly rehashed the facts of the case – all too depressingly familiar by now …read more

What if in the 2012 Election…?

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Despite all of the ‘Get out the Vote’ campaigns, celebrity pronouncements that voting is hip, and hype that surrounded this tight presidential race, voter turn-out for this election declined compared to the 2008 election. In 2008, 131 million people voted, while this year so far 126 million voters are estimated to have turned out. For many of us the right to vote is fairly new for our gender, age group and/or race. The theories on why people fail to exercise their right to vote are as many as the numerous ‘what if?’ scenarios proposed after the election.

So …read more