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David Badash is the founder and editor of The New Civil Rights Movement, a journal of news and opinion on gay rights and marriage equality, and is a well-read and well-respected voice on politics and civil rights.Badash is often quoted in national and international publications, such as Politico and The Washington Post. His work has also regularly appeared at and in Bilerico, and was syndicated at Badash is the creator of The Great Nationwide Kiss-In, a fifty-city, international gay rights response to the unlawful harassment, detention, and arrest of same-sex couples for kissing in public. He has been a guest on WorldCompass and The Michelangelo Signorile Show.

Contributing Columnists and Writers:

Sarah Laidlaw Beach is an artist and writer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a straight ally who works as a graphic designer, and lives with her partner and dog.
John Culhane is the co-author of the new book, Same-Sex Legal Kit for Dummies. He is a law professor who writes about various and sundry topics, including: disaster compensation; tort law; public health law; literature; science; sports; his own personal life (when he can bear the humanity); and, especially, LGBT rights and issues. He teaches at the Widener University School of Law, and is also a contributing writer for Slate.
Tanya L. Domi is the Deputy Editor of the New Civil Rights Movement.  She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and teaches human rights in East Central Europe and former Yugoslavia. Prior to teaching at Columbia, Domi was a nationally recognized LGBT civil rights activist who worked for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force during the campaign to lift the military ban in the early 1990s. Domi has also worked internationally in a dozen countries on issues related to democratic transitional development, including political and media development, human rights and gender issues. She is chair of the board of directors for GetEQUAL. Domi is currently writing a book about the emerging LGBT human rights movement in the Western Balkans.
Caleb Eigsti, Content Development Director for The New Civil Rights Movement, is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a bachelor degree in Theatre, emphasis in Directing and Acting. He currently lives in New York City with his fiancé, David Badash, and two dogs, Text & Topher. He assistant directed the revival of Lanford Wilson’s ‘Lemon Sky’ off-Broadway with the Keen Company, and is currently developing his first novel. His writing was featured on 'Psychology Degree' in their post, "50 Brave Blog Posts About Coming Out." With a passion for politics, photography, writing, and theatre he hopes to bring his own unique perspective to the site while searching for truth in the human experience. Twitter: @CalebEigsti
Jean Ann Esselink, contributing editor to The New Civil Rights Movement, is a straight friend to the gay community. Proud and loud Liberal. Closet writer of political fiction. Black sheep agnostic Democrat from a conservative Catholic family. Living in Northern Oakland County Michigan with Puck the Wonder Beagle. Follow me on Twitter as @Uncucumbered or friend me on Facebook.
Eric Ethington is the Communications Director for Political Research Associates, and has been specializing in political messaging, communications strategy, and public relations for more than a decade. Hailing from Salt Lake City, he was the original founder of PRIDEinUtah and the Queer Quorum. He also has a background in electoral politics, working on more than 20 winning campaigns. Eric’s writing, advocacy work, and research have been featured on MSNBCCNNFox News, CNBC, the New York TimesThe Telegraph, and The Public Eye. He has also worked as a radio host, pundit, blogger, and activist.
Clinton Fein is an internationally acclaimed author, artist, and First Amendment activist, best-​known for his 1997 First Amendment Supreme Court victory against United States Attorney General Janet Reno. Fein has also gained international recognition for hisAnnoy​.com site, and for his work as a political artist. Fein is on the Board of Directors of the First Amendment Project, “a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to protecting and promoting freedom of information, expression, and petition.” Fein’s political and privacy activism have been widely covered around the world. His work also led him to be nominated for a 2001 PEN/Newman’s Own First Amendment Award.
Ned Flaherty is an LGBT activist currently focused on civil marriage equality, and previously on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal. He writes from Boston, Massachusetts, where America’s first same-gender civil marriages began in 2004. He suffered a childhood exposure to Roman Catholic pomp and circumstance, but the spell never took, and he recovered.
J. Rudy Flesher, a Philadelphia based actor and author, holds a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from The College of New Jersey, and is an award-​winning feminist scholar.Ze blogs here and at The Pistol in Bed Thirteen, works with PhinLi Bookings to connect LGBTQ and sex positive talent with audiences, and is currently writing hir first book, an essay collection on the daily experiences of a genderqueer life.
Max Gordon is a writer and activist. He has been published in the anthologies Inside Separate Worlds: Life Stories of Young Blacks, Jews and Latinos (University of Michigan Press, 1991), Go the Way Your Blood Beats: An Anthology of African-​American Lesbian and Gay Fiction (Henry Holt, 1996) and Mixed Messages: An Anthology of Literature to Benefit Hospice and Cancer Causes. His work has also appeared on openDemocracy, Democratic Underground and Truthout, in Z Magazine, Gay Times, Sapience, and other progressive on-​line and print magazines in the U.S. and internationally.
Zinnia Jones is an atheist activist, writer, and video blogger focusing on LGBTQ rights and religious belief. Originally from Chicago, she's currently living in Florida with her partner Heather and their two children.
Joanne Kalogeras grew up outside of Chicago, and studied political philosophy at the University of Chicago before moving to San Francisco in 1986, where she spent most of the 1980s and 90s in software development. She has been a queer activist since her early college days. She is currently finishing her doctorate on cosmopolitan theory at the London School of Economics’ Gender Institute.
Kyle Knight is a Fulbright Scholar in Nepal where his research focuses on the LGBTI rights movement. He previously worked at Human Rights Watch, where he focused on children’s rights issue. For three years, he worked as a suicide prevention counselor forLGBTQ youth at the Trevor Project in New York City. He currently sits on the Trevor Project’s Advocacy and Public Policy Committee, is the president of the Duke University LGBT Network, and a is lecturer in Gender Studies at Tribhuvan University, Nepal’s state-​run university in Kathmandu. You can follow him on Twitter @knightktm.
Casey Michel is a graduate student at Columbia University, and former Peace Corps Kazakhstan volunteer. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Slate, and Talking Points Memo, and he has contributed multiple long-form investigations to Minneapolis's City Pages and the Houston Press. You can follow him on Twitter.
Jay Morris is a State Lead for GetEQUAL​.org, a founding member of the Direct Action Network San Antonio and blogger at jaysays​.com. You can find Jay posting randomness on Twitter or on Facebook.
Derek Penton-Robicheaux, 36, is a native of Mississippi and a longtime resident of New Orleans.  He holds degrees in computer information systems and paramedicine.  After more than five years together, Derek and his husband, Jonathan Penton-Robicheaux, were legally married in Iowa on Sept. 23, 2012. The two are the first plaintiffs involved in the Federal Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit in Louisiana, Robicheaux et al. v Caldwell.  
Benjamin Phillips is an Essayist, Web Developer, Civics Nerd, and all around crank that spends entirely too much time shouting with deep exasperation at the television, especially whenever cable news is on, and proudly serves as Director of Development for The New Civil Rights Movement. He lives in St. Louis, MO and spends most of his time staring at various LCD screens, occasionally taking walks in the park whenever his boyfriend becomes sufficiently convinced that Benjamin is becoming a reclusive hermit person. He is available for children’s parties, provided that those children are entertained by hearing a complete windbag talk for two hours about the importance of science education, or worse yet, poorly researched anecdotes PROVING that James Buchanan was totally gay. If civilization were to collapse due to zombie hoards or nuclear holocaust, Benjamin would be among the first to die as he has no useful skills of any kind. The post-​apocalyptic hellscape has no real need for homosexual computer programmers who can name all the presidents in order, as well as the actors who have played all eleven incarnations of Doctor Who.
Ian Rivers is Professor of Human Development at Brunel University, London. He is the author of ‘Homophobic Bullying: Research and Theoretical Perspectives’ (Oxford, 2011), and has researched issues of discrimination in LGBT communities, particularly among children and young people, for nearly two decades.
Chivas Sandage’s first book of poems, Hidden Drive (Antrim House, 2012), places Ada with Eve in Eden and explores a riddled same-sex marriage and divorce. Her essays and poems on gay marriage have appeared in Ms. MagazineThe Naugatuck River ReviewUpstreetSame-Sex Marriage: The Moral and Legal Debate (Prometheus Books, ‘04) and are forthcoming in Knockout Magazine. Her work has also appeared in Artful DodgeDrunken BoatEvergreen Review,Hampshire Life MagazineThe Hartford CourantManthology: Poems on the Male Experience (University of Iowa Press, 2006) and Morning Song: Poems for New Parents (St. Martin’s Press, 2011). Sandage holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a BA from Bennington College. She lives in Connecticut with her wife and daughter and blogs at Chivas Sandage.
Keph Senett is a Canadian writer who walks the line between incisiveness and ineptitude in her travels and on the soccer field, yet somehow she’s managed to get herself invited to play the beautiful game on four continents. In addition to travel and soccer/​football, Keph also writes about human rights, LGBT and gender issues, world politics, community, culture and her own folly. Read more at on her website. Keph’s currently living and working in Mexico, and trying to figure out how to qualify for a soccer squad in Asia, Australia or Antarctica.
Jennifer Vanasco is an award-winning writer who specializes in national electoral politics and LGBT and women’s issues. She is the Minority Reports columnist for Columbia Journalism Review, analyzing how the mainstream media covers social minority issues and the former Editor in Chief of MTV Network’s gay news and politics website For 15 years, she wrote a nationally-syndicated newspaper column on gay and lesbian politics and life. Her work has appeared in the Village Voice, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post and WNYC public radio’s politics blog. She lives in Manhattan with her wife Jenny. Tweet her at @JenniferVanasco.
William Lucas Walker is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer whose television credits include Frasier, Will & Grace and Roseanne. He co-created the critically-acclaimed Showtime comedy The Chris Isaak Show. Bill and his husband Kelly are the parents of Elizabeth and James, born in 2001 and 2005. The children were gratified by the legal marriage of their parents in 2008, an event that rescued them from a life of ruinous bastardry. Spilled Milk chronicles Bill's misadventures in Daddyland. The first recurring humor column by a gay parent to appear in a mainstream American publication, Spilled Milk has regularly landed on the front page of The Huffington Post. Follow William Lucas Walker on Twitter: @WmLucasWalker@SpilledMilkWLW or Facebook: "Spilled Milk" by William Lucas Walker.
Joseph Ward III is the Director of Believe Out Loud and a communications and new media strategist. For nearly half a decade, he has built communications programs and strategies for faith communities to help reconcile differences. He presents on the use of new media and social media for progressive activism. He has appeared in news stories and interviews in such outlets as AP, CNN, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Current TV, The Advocate, The Huffington Post, The New Civil Rights Movement, LGBTQ Nation, and The Daily Beast. He has held previous leadership roles with Intersections International, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and former Sen. Hillary Clinton.
Vincent Warren is the Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a national legal and educational organization dedicated to advancing and defending the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Vince oversees CCR’s groundbreaking litigation and advocacy work which includes using international and domestic law to hold corporations and government officials accountable for human rights abuses; challenging racial, gender and LGBT injustice; and combating the illegal expansion of U.S. presidential power and policies such as illegal detention at Guantánamo Bay, rendition and torture. Prior to his tenure at CCR, Vince was a national senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), where he litigated civil rights cases, focusing on affirmative action, racial profiling and criminal justice reform. Prior to the ACLU, Vince monitored South Africa’s historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings and worked as a criminal defense attorney for the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn.
Stuart Wilber believes that living life openly as a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender or Allied person is the most powerful kind of activism. Shortly after meeting his partner in Chicago in 1977, he opened a gallery named In a Plain Brown Wrapper, where he exhibited cutting edge work by leading artists; art that dealt with sexuality and gender identification. In the late 1980’s when they moved to San Clemente, CA in Orange County, life as an openly gay couple became a political act. They moved to Seattle 16 years ago and married in Canada a few weeks after British Columbia legalized same-sex marriage. Although legally married in some countries, they are only considered domestic partners in Washington State. Equality continues to elude him. (Stuart Wilber photo by Mathew Ryan Williams)

Guest and Past Contributors:

Susan T. Bodansky
Sean Carlson
Cody Daigle
Justin Elzie
Julia Garbowski
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Devon Hicks
David Mailloux
Jim Mitchem
Scott Wooledge