The Love Army Tri-Cities: Fighting Hate with Acceptance

When students at Kennewick High School in rural Central Washington were walking into their school building earlier this month, they were surprised when members of a group called “Abolish Human Abortion” approached them with graphic, hate-filled fliers that specifically targeted LGBTQ people. Almost immediately, local parents and concerned community members jumped into action. Janie Romine,

Why I Remain Hopeful

I admit that I am having a hard time keeping up with the emails and headlines in my inbox about this current administration’s latest hurtful actions to take away basic freedoms and protections from the most vulnerable within our communities. In just one week, much of the progress we have made in the past few

Free & Fair Montana: No on I-183

With so much happening across the country, it can be easy to miss local threats that are developing under the radar. We are writing today to ensure that Montanans stay informed about the issues that are facing our local community. The Montana Family Foundation is now collecting petition signatures to put I-183 on the ballot

This Is Not About Buying Cake

These times require unprecedented vigilance. Amidst natural disasters and young immigrants being targeted, the news from last week was hard to keep up with. But in addition to all of that, I wanted to make sure you heard about a significant incident that could have a profound impact on our community. Last week, Attorney General Jeff

Denying the American Dream to 800,000

Waking up to ashes from forest fires covering the kitchen table this morning was like an ominous metaphor for a world that feels like it is burning down around us. This morning, the Trump administration rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, removing legal protections for 800,000 young people who registered their information

An Unprecedented Solution: A Scholar’s Approach to Fighting HIV/AIDS

It’s difficult to imagine that not long ago in our history, living with HIV or AIDS was essentially a death sentence. The stigma attached to the disease created fear that made even researching a cure taboo. Once called GRID—gay-related immune deficiency—AIDS tore families apart. It was common to hear stories about people living with HIV

The Power of LGBTQ Educators: Milk and Mr. C

In 1978, a conservative California Senator by the name of John Briggs began one of the most homophobic legislative efforts in state history. He sought to ban the hiring of all LGBTQ teachers in California’s public school system. The initiative, however, sparked the flame of an indomitable gay civil rights activist—Harvey Milk. In the wake

We Will Not Be Erased: The Importance of Rural Pride Celebrations

“Thank you. It’s just that my son has been really ‘stuck’ since last year, and we didn’t know where to go or who to talk to.” Her words rang through my mind and connected with all the times I had heard this sentiment before. I stifled a sigh and remembered my dedication to this work.

Transgender People Are Not A Burden

“Today, I have the feeling of being an unappreciated outlander in the country where I served six exemplary years in the Idaho Army National Guard from 1968 to 1974. I was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant—and all the while living in the recesses of a deep, dark closet in order to protect the

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