August 1, 2013

In today’s society, the acceptance for gay marriage is becoming more universal in the western world. There are some important steps gay couples can take to plan their dream wedding. First of all, a gay couple often needs to find a religious institution that is willing to perform and host a wedding ceremony. For example, many Catholic congregations will simply not perform services for gay marriages. By contrast, some reformed Jewish congregations have rabbis that Read the rest of this entry »

June 14, 2013

For members of the LGBT community, building a family is a major goal that many people move toward after developing a strong relationship. However, starting a family can be challenging for those who lack the ability to conceive a baby on their own. For these families, adoption can be a wonderful option that allows you to provide a home to a child who is in need of loving parents. If you are currently exploring the idea Read the rest of this entry »

April 27, 2013

Do homosexual couples enjoy all the rights and privileges that straight couples do? No. Not by a long shot. However, things truly have come a long way since a few decades ago with regards to the lifestyle. It used to be that homosexual couples lived in constant fear. Not just of social persecution but physical as well. Couples would cower in their homes, scrambling for sturdy locks or even security measures like the kind found here, all to protect themselves from the various hate groups that thought nothing of persecuting and lynching people of a particular orientation.

And, sure, while the methods of persecution might not be as violent now as they were back then, they are no less harmful. While it is true that society has progressed in great leaps and bounds when it comes to the understanding of homosexuality, we are still not much closer to attaining true equality for these individuals. Their love is still not recognized or validated as any kind of sacred union and, time and time again, legislation backed by narrow-minded and outdated views threaten their very existence at every turn. However, if things continue to trend the way they have, equality for those who would seek it might not be too far off.

Getting healthcare for your family is such an important benefit for everyone involved. Health insurance protects those who have to go to the doctor or hospital for medical reasons. Without this type of insurance, you will be hit with a very hefty bill at the end of your visit that needs to be paid quickly and efficiently. One problem with health insurance is that it can be very expensive. Starting rates for families are sometimes in the hundreds for just one month’s worth of coverage. Read the rest of this entry »

July 8, 2012

Coming out is a challenging yet fulfilling journey for members of the LGBT community. As society advances, the general public has become more accepting of homosexuality. Despite the growing acceptance, many people are still wary about coming out as gay, bisexual or transgender. Many LGBT people worry about the reactions they will receive from family and friends. In some cases, the reactions are negative and devastating. This leaves LGBT people worried about what to do.

Fortunately, there are many valuable resource Read the rest of this entry »

Everyone knows that February is African American History Month. The significance held by the month of October is much less known. For the last 17 years, October has been LGBT History Month.

In 1994, LGBT history month was began in October to coincide with National Coming Out day and the first march on Washington. The anniversary of the Matthew Sheppard attack is also in October. Spirit day and ally week are now part of October as well.

The history of the gay and lesbian community is one that is not widely recognized in the history Read the rest of this entry »

Homophobia: Is it Really Getting Better?

July 2, 2012

Homophobia was a huge issue a few decades ago. Since then, many new laws have changed the lives of the gay and lesbian communities. However, some people wonder if homophobia is actually getting any better. They wonder if the same amounts of people frown on other people’s sexual orientation as did twenty years ago.

The answer to this question is not a simple one. Homophobia has a lot to do with demographics, religion, age, and upbringing. People are more accepting of Read the rest of this entry »

LGBT Marriage: Americans for Marriage Equality

June 29, 2012

One of the most unfair issues we are dealing with right now is the right to be able to marry the same sex. Many people have their own thoughts on this situation. There are many protests going on to try and get a bill passed that makes it legal in all 50 states. This is an ongoing battle that many are fighting for every day. I personally think that it is only fair to let you marry who you want, no matter what sex they are. I honestly don’t understand why everybody is so worried Read the rest of this entry »

1. Give your kids a chance. Many people do not realize that children are some of the most understanding and forgiving people on the planet. Before rushing and forming an opinion about how your child will react, give your child a chance.

2. Don’t give your child too many details. There is really no reason to explain every aspect of any type of sexual relationship, and this holds true for LGBT issues as well.

3. Don’t force an opinion on your child. Many parents make this mistake. Instead of trying to force your child to feel a certain way, explain how you feel about LGBT issues, and explain why.

4. Remind your child that you love him regardless of his feelings about LGBT issues, and let him know that you will always love him,, whether he is straight, gay, bisexual or transgender.

5. Explain to your child that everyone is different. Tell him that although you do not expect him to feel a particular way about LGBT issues, let him know that everyone is entitled to their opinion, and encourage him to always be nice and understanding of others, regardless of their sexual orientation or the way that they feel about LGBT issues.