Mom's pie? It's no big deal

Mom's pie? It's no big deal

The strangest sermon I ever heard was about your mother's apple pie. The preacher said there was nothing special about it. I kept waiting for him to get to the punchline and say it's the love that makes it taste so good.

But he never got there. His premise – from start to finish – was that the specialness of Mom's pie is entirely an illusion.

My reaction was to go home, bake an apple pie and dare my family to suggest it wasn't the best one they'd ever eaten. They did, in fact, swoon over the pie. They know what's good for them.

The illusion of pie exceptionalism has a practical application to Arizona politics. Read more »

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Approximately 119,000 LGBT Workers in Arizona Lack Statewide Protections against Ongoing Employment Discrimination

LOS ANGELES — Approximately 119,000 LGBT workers in Arizona are vulnerable to employment discrimination absent explicit statewide legal protections, according to a new report co-authored by Christy Mallory, Senior Counsel, and Brad Sears, Executive Director, at the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute.  Currently, four cities in Arizona have ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in public and private sector employment, but approximately 67% of Arizona’s workforce is not covered by these laws. Read more »

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Marriage Equality Is a National Issue, And So the Time Has Come for Our National Court to Address It

The Supreme Court has been reluctant to jump into the question of same-sex marriage, preferring to let the issue percolate through state-by-state litigation in the lower federal courts.  But the time has come for the justices to come out of hiding.  The denial of marriage equality is a national problem, not a state-level problem, and it requires a national resolution that only our nation’s constitutional court can provide. Read more »

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2015 will be the year brands take a public stand on social issues

2015 will be the year brands take a public stand on social issues

2015 will be the year of the pro-social brand.

Pro-social brands are the next step for companies looking to morally engage with consumers. Driven by marketers who are moving beyond claims of sustainability and into strong stands on relevant social issues, this trend picked up momentum in 2014. It will be positively explosive in 2015.

So what’s the difference between sustainable and pro-social brands? Read more »

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Beyond marriage, challenges ahead for gay rights groups

Beyond marriage, challenges ahead for gay rights groups

Even as same-sex marriage edges closer to becoming legal nationwide, gay rights advocates face other challenges in 2015 that may not bring quick victories.

In Congress, for example, liberal Democrats plan to introduce civil rights bills in the House and Senate that would outlaw a broad range of discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. However, Republicans will control both chambers in the new Congress, and there is no sign that GOP leaders will help the bills advance. Read more »

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Trans Teen Pens Heartbreaking Suicide Note

Trans Teen Pens Heartbreaking Suicide Note

From Laverne Cox's historic Emmy nomination and revolutionary Time magazine cover, to Laura Jane Grace and Against Me!'s triumphant Transgender Dysphoria Blues, 2014 has been a groundbreaking, glass ceiling-shattering year for the transgender community. But the opposition, prejudice and ignorance the trans community continues to face was highlighted once again in a tragic note left by a 17-year-old trans teen, Leelah Alcorn, who committed suicide over the weekend. Read more »

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Blood Donation Ban Is Only The First Barrier To Medical Equality For Gay Men

Blood Donation Ban Is Only The First Barrier To Medical Equality For Gay Men

Some gay and bisexual men who want to donate blood will be able to once the Food and Drug Administration's new recommendations take effect. The revised policy will overturn the current lifelong ban on blood from men who have sex with other men and permit donations from men who have abstained from sexual contact with another man for at least 12 months.

Detractors argue that even this 12-month period is not medically sensible and potentially harmful to the large number of people who need blood donations. But the anticipated change in policy also highlights inequities in other areas of medical donation -- namely, tissue and organ donation. Read more »

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Mormon Allies Promise LGBT Christians: You Can Sit With Me At Church

Mormon Allies Promise LGBT Christians: You Can Sit With Me At Church

It’s painful to feel like an outsider -- especially during Christmas.

However, it’s a feeling that LGBT members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints may experience during the holidays. While the church insists that gay and lesbian Mormons should be treated with kindness, it sees acting out on same-sex attractions as a sin. As a result, LGBT Mormons who have grown up celebrating Christmas with their church communities may be hesitant to come back.

But there’s a growing number of people within the Mormon church who aren’t afraid to show their support for their LGBT brothers and sisters. Read more »

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