This is why we can’t have nice things. Nancy Silberkleit became co-CEO of Archie Comics–home of the beloved and socially progressive characters Archie, Jughead, Kevin Keller, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch– in 2008 after her husband’s death. Now male employees are claiming she called them “penis”.
|By: Lisa Derrick Tuesday December 3, 2013 5:47 pm|
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday November 4, 2013 5:59 pm|
Scott Harris and his film Being Ginger in which he tries to find a woman who will love him, red hair and all. Tormented in elementary and high school for his hair color, he’s pretty sure that his gingerness is what keeps chicks away from him, a feeling reinforced by one woman he interviews who seems to be sent by the anti-ginger gods to torment him. A ginger dating site is a bust and a scam, but things change for Scott–who claims at the start of the film that he doesn’t find gingers attractive and redheads don’t date redheads–at Redheads Days in the Netherlands, where he meets a beautiful redhead and along the way gains a degree of self-realization and self-acceptance.
|By: RH Reality Check Wednesday September 18, 2013 5:45 am|
The United States Supreme Court term begins in October, and while the entire docket has not yet been set, already it’s shaping up to be a historic term, with decisions on abortion protests, legislative prayer, and affirmative action, just to name a few. Here are the key cases to keep an eye on as the term starts up.
|By: Pam Spaulding Thursday June 20, 2013 5:51 am|
I recall all too well the conflicting feelings I had on election night 2008 — Barack Obama was elected as the first black President of the United States, and enough California voters cast ballots to pass Proposition 8, intended to “protect” marriage from gays. The despair turned into rage by some in the LGBT community, a segment that blamed black voters in particular for its passage (conventional wisdom was debunked as not true – Report on Prop 8: conventional wisdom on its passage based on myth).
But until that post-mortem set of facts hit the streets (and even afterwards, unfortunately), vitriol was hurled at blacks that evening, and I recall on the Blend being on the receiving end of angry commenters — as if I had burned my “gay card” as my blackness, which clearly was not invisible to them before, was now a threat. It was instructive, let me tell you.
|By: Alvin McEwen Tuesday June 18, 2013 6:40 am|
Remember the above sound byte from Florida Senator Marco Rubio from a while back? He was whining about being called “bigoted” because he is allegedly “pro- traditional marriage.”
Of course this is how he feels about the ability to fire someone for being gay (hint – he supports it):
|By: Pam Spaulding Thursday June 13, 2013 12:48 pm|
This civil rights hero and ally – the chairman emeritus of the NAACP – so effortlessly states the obvious: discrimination is wrong. As we await the rulings on the same-sex marriage cases before SCOTUS — Hollingsworth v. Perry, the challenge to California’s ban on same-sex marriage known as Prop 8, and United States v. Windsor, the challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Julian Bond’s op-ed is a reminder of how absurd, hypocritical and weak the anti-equality side is. It clings to a particular religious point of view to justify institutionalized discrimination. We’ve been there before, and they have short memories.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday June 10, 2013 4:59 pm|
Tonight’s documentary, Call Me Kuchu, follows a pivotal time in the lives of Uganda’s LGBT population. Our guests tonight, Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall, were given unprecedented access to LGBT activists, the kuchu community in Uganda, their families, supporters, and detractors as they made this moving, inspiring film.
|By: Peterr Saturday April 27, 2013 9:00 am|
A dozen Republican members of the Washington state legislature are so outraged that a florist would be forced to sell flowers to gays or lesbians that they have put forward a bill to protect homophobic business owners from anti-discrimination lawsuits. Actually, that’s not quite right — the homophobic beliefs have to be “sincerely held” in order to protect the owner from a lawsuit.
Let’s take a moment and imagine just how a lawyer would probe those allegedly sincerely held beliefs . . .
And we note for the record that the mere fact that someone is sincere in their hatred of someone else doesn’t make it right, and certainly doesn’t make it worth protecting.
|By: Alvin McEwen Thursday March 28, 2013 7:00 pm|
I’ve read many reasons why same-sex couples shouldn’t be married from religious right groups and all of them are either distortion-filled or just plain nasty. But the following from the Family Research Council’s Robert Morrison goes beyond the boundaries of good taste. He exploits the murder of Matthew Shepard to somehow connect marriage equality to the problem of absent fathers.
|By: ClaireCallahan Saturday March 16, 2013 10:00 am|
Can your race be used against you when it comes to punishment? For minorities in Harris County, Texas, the answer is yes. The proof? A new study by University of Maryland Professor Raymond Paternoster. His research reveals that among the 504 capital cases he sampled in the county between 1992 and 1999, prosecutors were more than 3X as likely to seek death against black defendants than white defendants.