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The group Southern Oregon Pride held their annual Pride parade in Ashland Saturday. Hundreds of spectators cheered rainbow-colored floats, vehicles and banners celebrating LGBTQ culture and the progress made in recent years toward full legal and social recognition of the rights of  LGBTQ people.

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It's been a big 50 years for LGBTQ rights in the United States.  The 1969 Stonewall Riot in New York (named for a club the police raided) set the stage for gay people to claim their human rights. 

Stonewall and the gains made since are celebrated at the events of Southern Oregon Pride, or "SOPride," this weekend in the Rogue Valley (October 11-12).  A kickoff party, a parade, entertainment and more are in the works.

Karen McClintock is an psychologist, author, teacher, and pastor. 

Much of her writing and her workshops focus on eradicating sexual shame.  It's a subject she knows from her own family: McClintock's father was gay, at a time and place in America when many men could not afford to be publicly gay. 

It's a story she tells in her new book My Father's Closet

Working For Gay Rights In America

Mar 14, 2016
Basic Books

The Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage is a significant step for gay rights in the country.  The obtaining of those rights has been neither easy nor quick. 

The basic history often jumps from the Stonewall Riots of 1969 to the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 1980s.  Historian Jim Downs fills in the years in between, in his book Stand By Me

They were years of community-building for what we call the LGBT community today. 

The Gaining Of Gay Rights

Feb 10, 2016
Basic Books

It's not every day the president of the United States refers to his vice president as getting "a little bit over his skis."  But those are the words President Obama used when Vice President Joe Biden said the administration supported the legalization of same-sex marriage. 

Soon Obama himself switched to that position, and before long, the Supreme Court invalidated gay marriage bans. 

The tale of the evolution of the White House and court positions is told in Kerry Eleveld's book Don't Tell Me To Wait.

SOU Called "LGBT Friendly"

Sep 10, 2014
Southern Oregon University

It's hard for a small regional public college to crack the ranks of the top schools in the country.  At least in academics and athletics. 

But Southern Oregon University recently showed up on a top-50 list. 

SOU is ranked among the most tolerant schools in the country for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. 

Marriage Campaign Ramps Up In Oregon

Feb 19, 2014
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Oregon voted to enshrine marriage in the state constitution as a one man/one woman transaction nearly ten years ago. 

With the tide of public opinion changing, a campaign is mounting to reverse that earlier vote.  The Oregon United for Marriage Campaign wants to broaden the definition to include either two men or two women.

Kids don't need much of a reason to pick on each other, but the concern heightens when teasing turns to bullying.  A number of programs work to ease bullying in schools, including several programs of the Lotus Rising Project, which seeks to make life better for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender (LGBT) people in Southern Oregon.