As the month of June is now upon us and our city raises the gay pride flag over City Hall as a symbol of support and acknowledgement of its forward social justice policies for LGBT people I find myself pondering the significance of Pride festivities, although a lot of fun, what is it really doing [...]
How do you quiet a thought, a belief that without a doubt you know is true, that gnawing in your belly, your souls aching with a knowledge, and understanding that you know you are right? Gandhi said it perfectly that even if you are a minority of one, it is still the truth, and [...]
Red signs have begun to fade from Facebook profiles, replaced by lives and events for our friends to share. The fervor and minute dissection of the Supreme Court’s momentous task this past Tuesday and Wednesday leaves me to wonder what is the true definition of reason and intellect. The Supreme court’s role as final arbiter [...]
Most things in life are a matter of perspective. Empathy, a noble concept, is often confused with the more simplistic, but so much more difficult idea of walking in another’s shoes. I have been told they are synonymous, but I believe [...]
It is with great anticipation, mixed with a small does of apprehension, that I await the oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Hollingsworth v. Perry. As March 26thlooms large and this watershed moment approaches I hope this country’s understanding of who’s lives will be affected and that so many [...]
Washington State has shown that our state stands for equality for its citizens; in 1949 the Washington State Human Rights Commission was established to enforce civil rights protections in employment based on race, color and national origin. Over that decades more protected classes have been added and we now have protection in not only [...]
Jodi Foster came out on the Golden Globes last night. She has been hounded for years to come out, to speak about her private life. I personally struggle with the notion that we need to have someone clearly identify their sexuality, to speak about their private lives.
When I attended media training I was [...]
Participating in a game of Trivial Pursuit 1984 edition with family over the holidays was a vivid reminder of how my life experiences play into my sense of history. As Narcissistic as this sounds, it is essentially true for us to remember our life as history that “matters”. As 2012 closes and we look [...]
This is a statement from a letter a father wrote to his daughter about why he refused to vote to Approve Referendum 74. His daughter is in a committed relationship with a woman for the past 15 years. They are state registered domestic partners. They were married in Canada when it became legal there nine [...]
About CharleneCharlene Strong is an advocate for social justice and marriage equality, she is the subject of the award-winning documentary for my wife… She lives in Seattle, Washington.