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Dis-membering Stonewall: a recount of what actually happened by someone who was there

“By institutionalizing memory, resisting the onset of oblivion, recalling the memory of tragedy that for long years remained hidden or unrecognized and by assigning its proper place in the human conscience, we respond to our duty to remember.”
—UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura1

I am disturbed by Roland Emmerich’s historical drama “Stonewall,” because of its whitewashing of a historic moment turned movement. When I look back at the first night of the Stonewall Inn riots, I could have never imagined its future importance.

Where is my black body safe in America?

Like so many African American women, myself included, Sandra Bland’s death, resulting from police brutality is not new news. The national attention it’s receiving is, however.

The reality of unarmed African American women being beaten, profiled, sexually violated and murdered by law enforcement officials with alarming regularity is too often ignored – especially with the focus of police brutality on African-American males.

And when gender identity and sexual orientation come into play, the treatment by police can be harsher.

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Trans women are walking targets

Whether you’re a transgender woman who likes to go out in public with plenty of flair, or a person who prefers a more conservative approach, simply “walking while trans” can get you thrown out of establishments or worse, arrested.

Transgender women are becoming increasingly targeted victims of arrest and incarceration. The ability to find the courage to go out in public is one thing, but to be constantly afraid of arrest or ridicule in some states because you are talking to somebody, or ordering drink is another.

LGBT service members are still being harassed

In 2011, when the federal government ended the policy that asked U.S. servicemen and women to hide their sexual orientation, the LGBT community rejoiced: They could finally serve openly.

Sadly, many service members haven’t been able to serve openly. There have been 4,600 cases of anti-gay harassment toward lesbian, gay and bisexual service members after “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) was repealed. Forty-seven percent of LGBT veterans surveyed reported at least one experience of assault. Federal law still bars transgender people from serving.

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Hey America, The Constitution does not mention the word "God."

From the strict sexual limitations of the Puritans to the ever evolving acceptance of “friendships” during the Enlightenment period in American history, the LGBT movement in the United States has led the way to not only being an important factor in establishing freedom to all, but sending a clear message that they have rights.

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So gay marriage biblically offends you? Then you should read this...

I want to start by saying that I am a Christian. I always have been and always will be... and I'm also a gay woman who is happily married to a beautiful British Woman named Megan.

Since the recent Supreme Court ruling of legalizing same-sex marriages in the United States, I have seen the ugly and the uglier come out in people I never expected.

The welcome challenges of marriage equality

For some time now, my spouse and I have been bickering over where we should live in our retirement years. She, being a child from the South, and me, being from the North, well, we have our tensions. I have jokingly dubbed them our “Mason-Dixon line feud.”

We are not stretching our imaginations much to feel some of the same concerns our enslaved ancestors must have encountered as they considered the free states up North.

Conservatives want U.S. flag to represent anti-gay support on social media

Facebook went rainbow colored last Friday when The Supreme Court of the United States announced their ruling on gay marriage. The LGBT community was proud to be American that day.

Members, both gay and straight, changed their profile pictures into rainbow overlays in support of the momentous occasion.

As right wing conservatives buried their heads in their hands and shook their fists toward the sky, the rest of the nation celebrated by illuminating landmarks and business fronts with colorful and proud displays of support.

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I'm a professional wrestler. here's why I finally came out

This one is gonna be kinda long and kinda personal and very real.

One of the biggest fears in my life has been rejection. I'm not sure why. I was never the most popular kid in school or in my neighborhood, but I always had a plethora of friends in many different cliques.

I was never really rejected by anyone that I hung out with in one clique for hanging out with people in another, yet I always feared being rejected.

Walking through hell? keep walking

I don’t know about you, but it’s been my experience that life would be so much easier if people would just do what we want them to do.

Treat us with love and respect, not get sick, not die. Unfortunately, at least in my life, that’s not how it works.

I was talking with a dear friend of mine the other day who is going through a heart-breaking relationship change. (I say change, because I believe our relationships with others never end, they just change, because the relationship is in our mind and heart.)