LGBTQ+ Issues

Current events and issues affecting the LGBTQ community, from legislation to stereotypes to religious influence.

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Prayers and Privilege: What This Lesbian Is Extra Grateful For Today

The hazy late-autumn sun rises through her bedroom window. I roll onto my right side and gaze a moment at her peaceful, rested face. In those soft morning hours, it shows few signs of stress or worries from a life that has been filled with it. Then, as with most mornings when I wake up …

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The Sticks & Stones Rhyme Lied… and a Tribute to Ducks

“Gross!”  He couldn’t have been more than 13 years old, walking away from the hotel pool with someone who appeared to be his older teenage sister.  “No it’s not,” she shot back, not taking even a second to look up from her phone. They were talking about us. I prayed that my partner Jen, whose …

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Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are… Or Don’t

National Coming Out Day takes place on October 11, 2021 and is observed in the United States, Ireland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. I was shocked to learn that it’s been recognized since 1988, as I remember first hearing about it just two years ago.  Perhaps it’s only because that was the year …

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