The Equality Fight is Far From Over, Part 2

It’s only been a little under a month since the landmark Supreme Court ruling opened the doors for same-sex marriage in all 50 states. And since then, the fires of discrimination and prejudice are still burning brightly. Oh, some people are busy talking about how a decision that affects two people they don’t even know infringes on their rights. Thankfully, we live in a country where things can’t be decided based on a majority religion.

But setting aside marriage, there are plenty of areas for us to fight for. Even if you’re not thinking about getting married yet, there are issues that affect you as you grow up, go into the workforce, and even when you start looking for suitable housing.

Equality Fight

In 29 states, you can be denied service at a hotel or another establishment, simply because of your sexual orientation. Yes, that’s right: you can get legally married, but if the hotel doesn’t want you to sleep there with your new spouse, they don’t have to allow it. This is the case even after gay marriage is now legalized in all states. Some say that it’s perfectly fine to discriminate along these lines. However, if a sign outside a hotel said “We only serve men” or “Asians only, please”, that would be absolutely unacceptable. What if there was a sign that only atheists could stay at the hotel, and Christians had to go somewhere else? Christians would take to every radio show possible to decry such a thing. Yet it’s OK to do this to gay people?

This is where people say, “Well, you choose to be this way!” We disagree with the idea that one chooses their sexual orientation. Some people are gay, some people are straight, others are bisexual, and some are transgendered. The idea that anyone would choose to visibly identify with a group that’s targeted for a wide array of discriminatory practices is absurd. Why would anyone want to risk being bullied, alienated, denied jobs, pushed out of clubs, refused services, or even viciously beaten if they could avoid it? [Continue reading]

Gay Marriage Is Legal, But There’s Still Work To Do

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On June 26th of this year, gay marriage became legal in all 50 states. That's right, you read that right; every single state. So even if you live in Mississippi, you can still marry your partner. Happily ever after, right? Homophobia died on the same … [Continue reading]

Give Every Student The Customized Assistance They Deserve

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Who says that help has to be a bad thing? These days, people talk about the educational system in such a way that makes it sound like a student is "bad" or "in trouble" if they need help. But as an American in Sweden sending her two beautiful … [Continue reading]

Gay Marriage Comes to South Dakota – Finally!

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The fight for marriage equality shouldn't be this hard. After all, it's not like anyone's asking straight people to suddenly take on a gay partner forever and ever. It's merely an acknowledgement that other people want to have the same rights that … [Continue reading]

Support for Transgender Youth is More Important Than Ever

Transgender Youth

What does it mean to be transgender? We've heard it described a few different ways but one description rings in our heads the most: like being born in a bad costume that you can never, ever take off without undergoing intense pain. You know that if … [Continue reading]

Should You be Openly Gay On Campus?

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Everyone wants to fit in whether they want to admit it or not. Even though we're a gay community, we're not going to say that there aren't times where we wish to fit in a lot better than we do. Even as adults, we still look back on our school days … [Continue reading]

Why Attacking the CEO of Apple for Not Coming Out Is Wrong

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As the iPhone 6 gets ready to launch, everyone is taking notice. But here's something that people are taking notice of that isn't a cell phone: Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple. He's got big shoes to fill after Steve Jobs´s death, but it looks like he's … [Continue reading]

Teach Yourself Something This Summer – Why Wait

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The online learning boom is here to stay, and we're definitely glad for it. With so many LGBT youth feeling out of place in the traditional educational system, why aren't we standing up and making our own choices? Is it fear? Is it the possibility … [Continue reading]

Codependency and Gay Youth

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Do you feel like it's impossible to actually get anything done in your life because you feel like you have to take care of other people? Does it always feel like just as you start moving forward, other people have to drag you down? Do you feel … [Continue reading]

Your Gay Support Team Awaits

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Trying to be a gay youth on your own, with no support group, is downright insanity. I know that most will tell you to just toughen up and go it alone but this is a bad idea for a lot of different reasons. For starters, you need to realize that if you … [Continue reading]