Why I’m cheering as I write.
Gays and lesbians know that we still have a long way to go in our struggle for equality. Yet, we’re proud that we’ve come this far.
We’re in the midst of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and such awareness is needed now more than ever in this brutal economy.
The legalization of same-sex marriage in New York represents a milestone in the struggle for equality for gays and lesbians, but we’re not at the finish line yet.
This is a great day for America. At last, gay men and lesbians willing to die for our freedom won’t have to lie about who they are.
The “Hide/Seek” exhibit initially was a statement of how far our society has come in the last two decades. But the decision to pull the video is a chilling reminder of how tenuous this progress has been.
Aug. 4 was a joyous day for gay and lesbian Americans.
It was the day U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker overturned Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage.
Twenty years ago, on July 26, 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law and changed millions of lives for the better — including mine.
If soldiers are willing to sacrifice their lives for us, the least we can do is permit them to be open about who they are.
“There are few moments in our lives that call for greater compassion and companionship than when a loved one is admitted to the hospital,” Obama wrote in the memo. As a lesbian, I knew in my gut what he meant.
“No one in America should ever be afraid to walk down the street holding the hands of the person they love,” President Obama movingly said. “No one in America should be forced to look over their shoulder because of who they are, or because they live with a disability.”
Though Keller worked for 44 years with the American Foundation for the Blind, her social concern was far from limited to people with disabilities. “My work for the blind … has never occupied a center in my personality,” she wrote. “My sympathies are with all who struggle for justice.”
Though I’m legally blind, I love watching “Saturday Night Live,” the show that so deftly satirizes politics and culture. But I was appalled when SNL veered from satire into cruelty in a skit ridiculing New York Gov. David Paterson’s blindness.
There are 51 million Americans with disabilities, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
In this presidential campaign, the candidates have an opportunity to pay more than lip service to our issues. I hope they will seize it.
July is Disability Pride Month, and this year we who are disabled have something to be proud of.