As we prepare to celebrate Pride in San Diego, a city with the world's busiest border crossing, we would be remiss if we failed to recognize and proactively address the polarizing political climate and xenophobia currently impacting this nation. Discrimination and violence against the LGBTQ community and other marginalized people are on the rise. Those of us whose lives rest on the intersection of multiple minority communities know all too well how bad things have gotten. Even within sections of our own communities, we’re told we are too brown or too queer.
I am a first-generation U.S. citizen, born to a Jewish mother, whose family emigrated to the U.S. to escape persecution, and a Catholic Mexican father, whose family came to this country for a better life, only to spend much of it working in the fields of California. While I was growing up, my parents did their best to prepare me for the discrimination I would face because I was “mixed,” but what they were less prepared for was a queer son who loved dresses more than G.I. Joe.
This weekend, the London Pride Parade was rocked by a protest from a group of anti-trans lesbians who call themselves “Get the L Out.” After trying to block the front of the parade, the group ended up being able to essentially lead the parade by walking ahead of it, but their offensive message prompted a sharp rebuke, particularly from cisgender lesbians who objected to their exclusive message.
Screen legend Rita Moreno delivered a goosebump-inducing reading of “The New Colossus,” the Emma Lazarus poem written for the Statue of Liberty, during an Independence Day celebration on Wednesday.
Backed by the Boston Pops as part of its annual July 4 “Fireworks Spectacular,” the 86-year-old described seeing Lady Liberty, then launched into an unforgettable version of the sonnet engraved in bronze on the statue’s pedestal...
After President Donald Trump slammed three late-night hosts in one rally speech earlier this week, Jon Stewart made a surprise appearance on CBS' The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to offer his own fighting words to the president.
"Hello, Donald. It's me, the guy you made sure everyone knew was Jewish on Twitter," the former Daily Show host comedian began. "I know you're upset about all the criticism you've been taking with the fake news and the fake late-night shows. It's just that we're all still having a hard time adjusting to your presidency as it goes into its' 500th year."
"What Donald Trump wants is for us to stop calling his cruelty, and fear and divisiveness wrong. But to join him in calling it right. This we will not do. By not yielding we will prevail," he urged the CBS late-night audience.
Thousands of spectators lined Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on Sunday for the National Puerto Rican Day Parade — a 61-year tradition honoring the U.S. territory but clouded this year by still-raw emotions over the federal response to Hurricane Maria.
Many along the parade route waved flags and wore hats and clothes to show their Puerto Rican pride. Onlookers cheered as marching bands, floats, politicians and other public officials made their way along Fifth Avenue to the Upper East Side along the edge of Central Park.
When the parade grand marshal, actor and Brooklyn native Esai Morales, strode by waving to the crowd, several waved back, screamed and blew him kisses.
“It was not as hard as I expected it to be,” Uggams says. “I think the reason is that Grahame was not an American white man. But of course we did get mail.”
Grahame came into Uggams’ life when she was a full-fledged star, with a Tony award under her belt for her debut Broadway performance, and a run on NBC’s Sing Along with Mitch, making her the first black woman featured on a weekly national prime-time series, already behind her.
A Roman Catholic diocese in Kentucky reportedly banned a Catholic high school valedictorian from giving a speech it deemed too political ? so the teen decided to use a more unconventional way to speak out.
Christian Bales, a valedictorian of Holy Cross High School in Covington, Kentucky, used a megaphone outside the school’s graduation venue Friday to deliver a prepared speech to a crowd of supporters.
“The young people will win because we’re finished being complacent,” Bales said during the speech on the lawn of the Connor Convocation Center at Thomas More College. “There’s a misguided notion that wisdom is directly proportional to age, but we’re disproving that daily. Sometimes the wisest are the youngest in our lives, the ones who haven’t yet been desensitized to the atrocities of our world. Therefore, we young people must be the educators.”
A record 4.5 percent of American adults identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, according to a new Gallup estimate. The percentage, which works out to more than 11 million U.S. adults, is up from 4.1 percent in 2016 and 3.5 percent in 2012, the year Gallup first started tracking LGBT identification.