Few people understand why we transition or what it means to us. It is about clothing and makeup. We transition in order to preserve ourselves and to connect ourselves to humanity.
My parents have spent a lifetime fighting for racial justice. Our efforts to ensure their safety during COVID brought to light how much further we have to go.
Many of my white friends have expressed discomfort with the term “defunding” when applied to police departments. Here’ why you shouldn’t edit it out of the conversation.
Religious conservatives who complain of Pride parades are missing the point. Pride wasn’t born in celebration, but in protest. Today’s parades and festivals are a by-product of the discrimination and hatred wrought upon the LGBTQ community. There is a simple way to end Pride festivals: stop treating LGBTQ people differently. Many local congregations showed up to Asheville’s annual pride to celebrate with us.
The labels we use to categorize people define us, not them. They do more to determine our morality than any creed we might declare. We cannot do away with labels; but we can learn from them … if we go about it in the right way.
Getting pronouns right is important. But we seem to be missing out on the most important pronoun of all: WE.
Our leaders seem intent on legislating our identity in order to dehumanize, control, and divide us. Jesus Christ had something in common with today’s queer youth: he loved to defy human labels.
Minorities and progressives are not the enemy of true religious believers. Christ makes it clear: progressives are their allies; persecuted minorities are their gateway to heaven.
Address to Asheville High School Student Rally in Pack Square Park, Asheville NC, April 20, 2018
A topically arranged guide to common (and sometimes controversial) terms.