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World AIDS Day. Live Aware.

World AIDS Day. Live Aware.

Dec 1, 2016

  December 1st is World AIDS Day, a day dedicated to remembering those lost to HIV/AIDS infection around the world. But it is also a day for raising awareness, for reminding all of us to live our lives responsibly, safely. Fast Facts More than 1.2 million people in the US are living with HIV, and 1 in 8 of them don’t know it. From 2005 to 2014, the...

Donald Trump, Meet Queen Esther. A plan for moving forward.

Donald Trump, Meet Queen Esther. A plan for moving forward.

Nov 14, 2016

I’ve spent a great deal of time this past week thinking about the Presidential election and the fallout from it. Like many in America, I am reeling from the uncertainty that this election has fostered. Before I get into my assessment of the situation and outline a course of action, I want to revisit an ancient story that very much parallels what we’re...

My Gender? My Sexuality? Do I really need to explain?

My Gender? My Sexuality? Do I really need to explain?

Aug 22, 2016

Maybe you’ve seen this T-shirt… I think I want one … and I bet you know why. The message captures an all-too-common experience: the vague knot in our stomachs, the brace of fear, the incipient eye-roll when we know a question about our orientation, our gender, the people we are and the people we love is coming straight at us. Yes, I’m talking about...

Orlando Made Me More “Out and Proud” Than Ever

Orlando Made Me More “Out and Proud” Than Ever

Jun 23, 2016

I kept asking myself why the Orlando Shooting affected me so much. It took me a few days, but I finally realized why. When 9/11 happened, it really didn’t do much to me. I was in 6th grade and only 11 years old. It didn’t make sense to me, I couldn’t really understand it, and I had only been on a plane once before. Yet, adults all over the world were...

Orlando Martyrs. Our Brothers and Sisters.

Orlando Martyrs. Our Brothers and Sisters.

Jun 15, 2016

In the few days since the tragic murder of 49 of our brothers and sisters on June 12th in Orlando, the staff of IMPACT Magazine has struggled with what we should say.  Countless news reports have informed us of the facts, at least as we know them so far. Fellow writers and bloggers, friends in the LGBTQ community, have expressed the anger, frustration, and...

New LGBT martyrs in Bangladesh: Xulhaz Mannan and Tanay Mojumdar

New LGBT martyrs in Bangladesh: Xulhaz Mannan and Tanay Mojumdar

Apr 30, 2016

In memory of Xulhaz Mannan and Tanay Mojumdar LGBT activists in Bangladesh Murdered April 25, 2016   I light a memorial candle for Xulhaz Mannan and Tanay Mojumdar, who were hacked to death for being “pioneers of practicing and promoting homosexuality in Bangladesh” on April 25 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The militant Islamist militant group Al-Qaeda...

John Boswell: Unofficial Saint to many LGBTQ Christians

John Boswell: Unofficial Saint to many LGBTQ Christians

Mar 21, 2016

John Boswell (1947-1994) was a prominent scholar who researched and wrote about the importance of gays and lesbians in Christian history. His birthday this week, marks 69 years since his birth on March 20, 1947. Boswell, a history professor at Yale University, wrote such influential classics as Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality (1980) and...

Conversations With an Evangelical: “God did not make you that way!”

Conversations With an Evangelical: “God did not make you that way!”

Dec 15, 2015

Two years ago she and I got into a discussion, and after a while of mutual discomfort, she threw her hand in my face, and declared emphatically: “If you don’t know Jesus then I have nothing to say to you!” The words were spit out of her mouth with such condemnation, and before I had a chance to respond, she turned her back to me and stormed away. That moment in...

TDOR 2015: A Malaysian Transwoman’s View

TDOR 2015: A Malaysian Transwoman’s View

Nov 20, 2015

Since 1998, candles are lit throughout the world every 20th November in memory of the violence done to trans* people all over the globe. 2015 happens to be the year of Fallon Fox, Laverne Cox and of course Caitlyn Jenner in the United States — and also a year where transgender related deaths there doubled compared to last year. With such frequent murders,...

The Pope’s visit to the US: Mixed Messages for LGBTQ People

The Pope’s visit to the US: Mixed Messages for LGBTQ People

Sep 28, 2015

Pope Francis’ well-publicized visit to America this past week sent mixed messages about LGBTQ people. On the bright side, the Pope brought great personal warmth and a welcome focus on justice for the poor and protection of the environment. A native of Argentina, he spoke Spanish and obviously connected with many of America’s poor Latina/os. His speech to...