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Time to Protect Birmingham’s LGBT Residents, Workers

This essay was originally published by al.com/The Birmingham News Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Birmingham is a city on the rise. Elected officials, clergy, small business owners and everyday people have worked hard to move the Magic City forward, and we should take great...

Don’t Regret the Words You Never Said

When I was 23, I came out for the first time to a girl I had known for about three months. You know why I came out to a relative stranger? She asked. Don’t be afraid to speak out. Your story is the most powerful tool our community has.

‘When you are right you cannot be too radical’

Earlier this year, I wrote in my Sweet Home Politics column about the need for some bigger picture thinking in Alabama’s progressive circles. I quoted Martin Luther King, Jr., who said, “When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you...

Cloaked in Rainbow: Our Garment of Mutual Destiny

Labor Day 2014 is but a week away, and here I am writing yet another essay about the glaring lack of legal protections for LGBT Alabamians — including the elusive right to not be fired because of one’s sexual orientation or gender identity. It’s a rather frustrating...

WATCH: Mom Gives Moving Speech About Trans Daughter

Debi Jackson is a self-described “conservative Southern Baptist Republican from Alabama.” A video of Debi reading an essay she wrote at the Unity Temple on the Plaza in Kansas City, Mo., is making waves on the Internet. The essay “The Lord Looks at...

The Changing Face of Public Education in Alabama

In hushed tones we have spoken over the last few years about successful band instructors in our Title 1 schools who have helped their students earn countless scholarships being moved to the affluent side of town, of band classes that …

State & Union: Lesbian Families in the Deep South

On Wednesday, I sat down with Living in Limbo Executive Director Lara Embry, PhD, to talk about the group’s forthcoming film, “State & Union: Lesbian Families in the Deep South.” According to the website, it’s “a feature-length...

Identities Are Assets, Not Qualifiers For Inclusion

The following essay was submitted as an op-ed to AL.com on Monday, June 23. Read it here. June is LGBT pride month in the United States, and 2014 has been a monumental year in the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights — particularly regarding...

Logan Bruch: Your Privilege is Clear

Recently the Montgomery Advertiser published an opinion piece called “White Privilege is Transparent Nonsense.” This opinion of one portion of privilege theory was proposed by Gene Camena. From this short bio of Prof. Camena, I feel confident asserting that he is a...

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