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List of LGBTQ-friendly Service Providers

In light of the recent federal decision overturning the Alabama law and constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, we’ve been asking folks to send our way the names of LGBTQ-friendly lawyers, counselors, financial planners, bakers, photographers or any...

No, the South Isn’t a ‘New Frontier’ for LGBT Rights

This essay was originally published in the Advocate on Oct. 27, 2014. Read it here. The South is not a “new frontier” to be explored and conquered by special interest groups, no matter how good the individuals’ intentions may be or how often this storyline is repeated...

The U.S. Has Two Americas, and it’s Ruining Us

Within the past month, two grand juries in Missouri and New York decided not to indict police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Michael Brown, an unarmed black man, was killed in an altercation with Ferguson, Missouri police officer...

Alabama Cities Fall Short on HRC Municipal Equality Index

The Human Rights Campaign (aka, HRC) has released its 2014 Municipal Equality Index. HRC collected data and rated 353 cities across all 50 states, 60 more cities than were evaluated in the 2013 MEI. HRC’s Liz Halloran touts the survey’s findings,...

You Say You Want a Revolution

Democrats — the progressive* party du jour in American politics — just took a beating last night in the 2014 midterm elections. The response to this resounding GOP victory across these United States, at least in various media, has been a game of ping-pong, manically...

Time to Protect Birmingham’s LGBT Residents, Workers

This essay was originally published by 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...

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