In an open letter to the leaders of LGBT organizations, a Birmingham, Ala., resident urges a new strategy for equality: Remember the civil rights struggles of the 1960s and take the fight to the places that most need to be educated—the South and the Midwest
As a freshman Democratic member of Oregon’s state house in 1975, Ted Kulongoski introduced legislation to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination. It didn’t pass. Now, as the state’s governor, the 65-year-old Kulongoski is still fighting for equality. Citing the refusal by the Republican house speaker to bring a gay-inclusive antidiscrimination bill to the floor for a vote in 2005, he recently established the Governor’s Task Force on Equality to advance the bill next year and to rally the public against any further antigay Republican positioning.
The mysterious death of rural gay activist Nathan Christoffersen has had an unexpected effect: bridging the gap between gay and antigay. Could Nathan’s life and death offer gay activists a path to reaching religious fundamentalists? Part 2 of a special Advocate investigation