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  • Top 5 Tips On Traveling With A Life-Threatening Food Allergy Traveling with a food allergy or other dietary restrictions can be a scary experience. It’s even more scary when you have had a near-death allergic reaction. Several years ago, I had an allergic reaction after eating some contaminated food in Spain. Thankfully, I survived that trip, but I’ve been much more prepared and cautious during ...
  • Let’s Demand Equal Rights For Father’s Day The time of the year has come again to show all the fathers and male figures in our lives how much we love and appreciate what a spectacular job they do. They wipe butts. They braid hair. They coach t-ball. They kiss boo-boos. They love their kids. They love us. We love them. What could we ...
  • We Deserve Better Tragically, America has been rocked once again by gun violence from coast to coast. From a shooting near UPS center in San Francisco to a shooting near our nation’s Capitol – where it appears our nation’s leaders were targeted. Details are still unfolding, but so far we know that during a congressional baseball practice at ...
  • Why Are Southern Baptists So Afraid Of LGBTQ Inclusion? Today, I was kicked out of the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. Why, you might ask? Was I protesting? Causing a scene? Not at all. As an officially registered guest of the convention and as a former Southern Baptist myself, I was at the conference with Faith In America with only one ...
  • Gothenburg, Sweden Takes Back the Streets With West Pride As most of us in the LGBTQ community now realize, complacency is no longer an option and social progress that seemed inevitable is no longer a given. Nonetheless, the march towards LGBTQ equality continues. Less than twenty years ago, Gothenburg was known as the most virulently homophobic city in Sweden. Back then, it wasn’t so easy ...
  • A Vote To Gut Medicaid Is A Vote Against Families In response to imminent threats to Medicaid, The Arc produced a series of videos which share personal stories of people with disabilities and their families, and highlight the vital importance of Medicaid in gaining access to the home and community based supports and services needed to live independent and fulfilling lives. Meet Soojung. Her 11 year-old ...
  • Sparkle Boy: Writing About Boys In Skirts One of my favorite authors has a new book out about one of my favorite topics. Lesléa Newman’s Sparkle Boy is about a little boy who loves things that sparkle, shimmer and glitter. He’s a lot like my son C.J. I interviewed Lesléa about her new book and her work over the last 35 years ...
  • Gun Advocates Surprisingly Restrained In Initial Response To Congressional Shooting function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); For the very first time since he was inaugurated, Trump’s negatives in the Gallup tracking poll have hit 60 percent and positives are on the way to one-third. No president since Truman has hit such lousy numbers in such a brief period of time, and if there’s one thing ...
  • Confirmed: Trump Trashing Rules To Protect Students From Predatory Colleges It is now confirmed: Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos are trashing the Obama rules created to protect students and taxpayers from scam for-profit colleges. The purpose of these rules is to determine which career training programs are actually helping students build careers, and channel taxpayer dollars to those schools, rather than to overpriced, low-quality schools ...
  • Mostly False: Politifact Blows It On Al Gore, Trump, And The Paris Climate Accord Yesterday I saw that “al gore on trump climate change” was trending on Google, so I checked it out. It turns out Politifact recently gave Al Gore a “Mostly False” rating for stating, reasonably, that “a majority of President Trump’s supporters and voters wanted us to stay in” the Paris climate accord. Since ...
  • The Case Against Street Preachers At Pride Week I spoke this past Sunday, appearing as a faith leader in support of fairness for LGBTQ people, at a unity rally in anticipation of Pride Week here in Louisville. In my remarks I said that since Kentucky is a state with a population that identifies heavily as Christian, and that since much of the violence ...
  • This Muslim Convert Is Prepping The Next Batch Of Muslim Scholars To Be More In Tune With UK Society CAMBRIDGE, England ― When Tim Winter became a Muslim in 1979, Islam was still something of a mystery to the West. He was a 19-year-old undergraduate student at Cambridge University and a self-described “freelance monotheist.” Today, Winter, a 57-year-old native Londoner who also goes by the name Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, faces a much different reality. ...
  • The Senate’s Secret Assault On Older Americans While cable news has been transfixed by James Comey and Jeff Sessions, Mitch McConnell has been busy. He is preparing to ram the disastrous health care repeal bill that House Republicans passed last month through the Senate and down the throats of the American people. McConnell isn’t holding hearings on the bill where Senate members ...
  • To Tomi Lahren From A ‘Fruit Loop’ Tomi Lahren, I forgive you. Your recent, mean-spirited “Final Thoughts” video and Twitter tirade targeted the gays for holding a Resist March in lieu of a Pride March in Los Angeles this year. I forgive you for calling us “snowflakes” and “fruit loops” and here are some reasons why: 1. You are desperate for attention. Your objective ...
  • Racial Violence On The Anniversary Of The Charleston Massacre On June 17, 2015, a white supremacist walked into a predominantly black church in Charleston, South Carolina. That evening, a small group of black men and women had gathered at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church for bible study—unaware of the sinister motives of the new visitor in their midst. After an hour ...
  • The Spirit Of Paris Must Prevail There are several criteria that could be used to evaluate President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, but all lead to the same conclusion: This decision constitutes a serious offense against our planet and against humanity.  The first criterion for judgement is the concrete impact on the fight against global warming. Some say that Trump may ...
  • Jeff Sessions And The Rule Of Law Attorney General Jeff Sessions is publicly testifying today before the Senate Intelligence Committee, adding further drama to the investigation into the connection between Trump’s associates and Russia’s meddling into the 2016 elections. Unfortunately, Sessions is arriving at the Capitol with a dark cloud hanging over his head. In his testimony last week, former FBI Director James ...
  • Cooking Off the Cuff: Getting A Jump on Summer Tomatoes While the Bluefish Are Running Jackie and I are usually pretty disciplined about waiting for delicious ripe summer tomatoes, but this past weekend a farmers’-market bin full of bright-colored grape-sized tomatoes was too tempting to ignore. These small varieties are often reasonably good early in the season – or even altogether out of season when bought from a careful grower. ...
  • A Sadder Pride Because Of Washington Inaction Every June, Pride comes to our cities and towns. We break out the rainbow flags, march in parades, and celebrate our uniqueness and being together. But as Pride Month starts, this year feels different. Sure, we will still celebrate this remarkable, diverse and loving community, but we are haunted by the wave of senseless violence that ...
  • Much Ado… Shakespeare in the Park’s production of “Julius Caesar” with the man himself looking uncannily like Donald Trump has caused a stir. So much so in fact that some of the corporate sponsors have decided to withdraw financial support. These include Bank of America and Delta Airlines with the latter stating “No matter what your political ...