Pursuit of same-sex marriage promises to be a bumpy one

Americans love our democracy; we want to spread it across the world. We believe in the will of the people. We love our three branches of government, and we are practically giddy electing our peers to represent our districts and our states. And every four years we nearly salivate over the prospect of putting our … Continue reading Pursuit of same-sex marriage promises to be a bumpy one

‘NOH8’ an effective affront to recent wave of hatred

When people see what Adam Bouska captures through the lens of his camera, it’s difficult to deny he has a vision: A world where every face has the chance to express NOH8. NOH8 (phonetically — “no hate”) is a “photographic silent protest created by celebrity photographer Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley.” The campaign aims to … Continue reading ‘NOH8’ an effective affront to recent wave of hatred

The World Cup is the New Melting Pot

The World Cup is everywhere this year, like no year before. The World Cup has surpassed any chatter about the 2014 Sochi Olympics (even with all the angst between President Obama and Vladimir Putin), the 2014 Super Bowl and this year’s March Madness on social media. In Spain or Brazil this wouldn’t be a surprise … Continue reading The World Cup is the New Melting Pot

Memorial Day doesn’t mask divisions from an old war

We united Monday to celebrate Memorial Day, but now it’s time to divide & conquer again. Memorial Day has a disputed origin but an undisputed purpose – to pay respect to fellow countrymen who fought and died during the American Civil War. We’ve been celebrating this national holiday since the late 1800’s, — and we’ve … Continue reading Memorial Day doesn’t mask divisions from an old war

Elaine Noble – 1974

It’s been 40 years since our friend Elaine Noble took the stand to defend marriage equality in this video, and even though our messages are more refined; the arguments are still the same. Consider all of the loving couples who never got to see today, especially those LGBT people who endured the kind of bias Elaine … Continue reading Elaine Noble – 1974

Benham Brothers Believe Bullies got to HGTV

Home and Garden Television made a decision to cancel David and Jason Benham’s Flip it Forward after controversial comments about “homosexuality,” made last year by David Benham, resurfaced. The network hasn’t given a specific reason for abandoning the show, but enough hoopla surrounding Benham’s comments leaves little doubt that his dogmatic views were a factor … Continue reading Benham Brothers Believe Bullies got to HGTV

Equal airtime no salve for challenges to religious beliefs

It is possible to reconcile science and faith and respect people who don’t hold the same views we do?!? It isn’t necessary to shut others down, force them to adopt our own beliefs, or make them understand the beliefs we hold dear. Faith can be challenged by what some call facts, and it’s possible for … Continue reading Equal airtime no salve for challenges to religious beliefs

NOH8 Campaign – Coming to Compass May 5th

In January of this year several of Compass’ staff attended the Creating Change Conference, an annual gathering of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender activists. We encountered the NOH8 Campaign and decided to participate. We recently received our pictures and notice that NOH8 will be making several stops throughout Florida next month. NOH8 is hosting open shoots … Continue reading NOH8 Campaign – Coming to Compass May 5th

Crist’s change on marriage equality fits this “swing” state

If Charlie Crist is as good at being a Democrat as he is at being a punching bag, he’ll be the next governor of Florida. If he is only as good as “just trying to be a good Republican,” Florida’s going to end up with Gov. Rick Scott for another four years. Crist changes political … Continue reading Crist’s change on marriage equality fits this “swing” state