LGBT RIGHTS AND EQUALITY

We are too often divided, our rights trampled upon,
our justice denied. These articles explore how we
can be a voice for change.

 

LGBT RIGHTS AND EQUALITY

LGBT Rights

Even in the wake of historic victories, many hurdles still await the LGBT community. Many states prohibit same-sex adoption. There is no federal law preventing employers from firing employees or landlords from evicting tenants due to their sexual orientation. And even with strong leaders like actress Laverne Cox and retired Olympian Caitlyn Jenner, hate crimes continue to terrorize transgender people across the world. After years of living in fear and multiple experiences with homophobia, Dr. Stokes came out as bisexual in 2016. Drawing on his personal experiences as someone who has witnessed and experienced the devastating impact of homophobia, Dr. DaShanne Stokes provides the revelatory insight on breaking events that have led his work to be featured in nationally renowned publications like The Huffington Post and The Advocate and made him a sought-after commentator on multiple television and radio programs.


For journalist inquiries, or to inquire about booking Dr. Stokes for a television, radio, or other media program, please email media (at) dashannestokes (dot) com.


 

 

 

Television Appearances and Podcasts About LGBT Rights

 

Boy Scout Board Approves End to Blanket Ban on Gay Adults


WPXI:
Boy Scout Board Approves End to Blanket Ban on Gay Adults

July 27, 2015

In a historic move towards equality, the Boy Scouts of America opened their ranks to LGBT adults. DaShanne joined WPXI, Channel 11 News in Pittsburgh, to discuss the new policy and next steps towards creating true equality for LGBT people in Scouting.


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Boy Scouts Expected To Ratify Resolution To Allow Gay Scoutmasters


CBS Pittsburgh, KDKA-TV:
Boy Scouts Expected To Ratify Resolution To Allow Gay Scoutmasters

July 27, 2015

After more than a century of exclusion, the Boy Scouts are anticipated to change their policy to allow LGBT adults to join the Boy Scouts of America. DaShanne joined John Shumway of CBS Pittsburgh, KDKA-TV, to discuss the new policy and its exemption for those claiming religious freedom as grounds to continue discriminating.


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DaShanne Stokes Civil Rights Activist


Robert Christian Show:
DaShanne Stokes Civil Rights Activist

June 19, 2015

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' remarks calling the Boy Scouts' ban against gay adults "unsustainable" come at a critical time in the organization's history. Many people are rightly embracing Dr. Gates' remarks, but as DaShanne argues in his latest op-ed in The Advocate, Gates' comments don't go far enough. We need to turn Gates' words into action. DaShanne discussed this controversial policy with host Robert Christian on the Robert Christian Show.


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Radio Appearances About LGBT Rights

 

How Homophobia is Hurting Our Nation's Foster Children


Progressive Voices:
How Homophobia is Hurting Our Nation's Foster Children

November 10, 2015

Homophobia helps prevent 400,000 foster children in the U.S. from finding homes and costs our nation $22 billion each year, and yet many states continue to ban qualified same-sex couples from adopting. DaShanne joined Michelle Meow on Progressive Voices (The Michelle Meow Show) to discuss his experiences as a late discovery adoptee, to address the hidden costs of homophobia, and its impact on children in foster care and the larger LGBT community.


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Robert Gates Boy Scouts Anti-Gay Policy


This Show Is So Gay:
Fighting for Equality and Freedom on Multiple Fronts

June 4, 2015

The fight for equality and freedom is being fought on multiple fronts. In a decades-long controversy, the Boy Scouts of America continue kicking out some of their best and brightest for the "crime" of being lesbian, gay, and bisexual. Numerous people continue to support racist mascots and ethnic team names despite a growing body of research showing their detrimental effects. And many Native Americans continue to be denied their Constitutional right to religious freedom. DaShanne joined Dr. Ken Schneck, host of This Show Is So Gay, to discuss the Boy Scouts' anti-gay policy, the Native American mascot controversy, the eagle feather law, and how now is the time for us to stand up, speak out, and fight for equality.


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Boy Scouts Anti-Gay Policy and Membership Controversy


Out Chicago, WCPT AM & FM:
The Boy Scouts' Anti-Gay Policy and Membership Controversy

April 12, 2015

The Boy Scouts of America remain entrenched in a heated national debate over their continued exclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adults from membership and serving in leadership roles in the organization. DaShanne joined Scott Duff, host of Out Chicago on WCPT, to discuss the Boy Scouts' anti-gay policy and membership controversy.


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Articles About LGBT Rights and Equality

 

The Huffington Post

Electoral College, Our Country Needs You

We Need To Move Beyond LGBT Alphabet Soup And Slurs

Coming Out in the Midst of the Orlando Massacre**

**Featured on the Front Page of The Huffington Post. June 18, 2016.

Top 5 Ways to Overcome Discrimination

Pity the Privileged


The Advocate

The Religious Freedom Argument is a Sham**

**Reprinted as "Religious Freedom Claims Are A Fraud" in The Huffington Post.

Hillary, the Boy Scouts Need You**

**Reprinted as "Would A Clinton Presidency End The Boy Scouts' LGBT Discrimination?" in The Huffington Post.

This Country Is Apparently Still Not Ready for Gay Parents**

**Reprinted as "How Homophobia is Hurting Our Nation's Foster Children" in The Huffington Post.

Why the Boy Scouts' New Policy Still Discriminates

Robert Gates and the Boy Scouts Need to Try Harder

Boy Scouts, Time For A New Lesson


 

Quotes About LGBT Rights and Equality

 

"What matters most is not 'what' you are, but 'who' you are."
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"The world could use more love. Why deny it to others?"
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"People think that LGBTs adopting children will hurt them, but it's not being in loving homes that hurts children most."
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"What does love mean if we would deny it to others?"
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"Prejudice is learned. What will you teach others through your actions and words?"
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"Privilege is not knowing that you're hurting others and not listening when they tell you."
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"The power of love is that it sees all people."
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