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No, the city of Houston isn’t bullying anti-gay pastors – this is basic lawyering

CARLOS MAZA
Equality Matters
| Thursday, October 16, 2014
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Conservative media outlets, led by Fox News, are attacking the city of Houston for subpoenaing a number of local pastors who were part of the right-wing opposition to the city's LGBT non-discrimination ordinance that is suing the city now that the anti-discrimination law is in effect. But their claims that religious liberty should keep the pastors' public addresses secret ignores the fact that subpoenas of parties relevant to a lawsuit are a typical part of the legal discovery process.

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Anti-Gay pundits recycle doomsday DADT rhetoric transgender military service ban

BRIAN POWELL | Equality Matters | Thursday, September 25, 2014
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The third anniversary of the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) found the U.S. military intact and stronger than ever. Despite the utter failure of their previous doomsday predictions to materialize, the same voices of opposition to DADT are now making similar prophecies about potential moves to lift the military's discriminatory ban on transgender ...

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The top five myths about LGBT non-discrimination laws debunked

CARLOS MAZA | Equality Matters | Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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Conservatives routinely attack LGBT non-discrimination laws as unnecessary, burdensome and threatening to religious liberty. But in state after state and city after city, their horror stories haven't come true. Federal law still doesn't prohibit discrimination against LGBT people in private employment, housing, or public accommodations, despite widespread ...

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Breitbart columnist asks: Have they cut Chelsea Manning’s penis off yet?

CARLOS MAZA | Equality Matters | Thursday, September 18, 2014
Milo-Yiannopoulos
A Breitbart.com columnist launched a transphobic attack on transgender former Army Private Chelsea Manning, calling her a "traitorous transsexual" and asking if the government had "cut it off yet." In a September 16 column for Breitbart London, columnist Milo Yiannopoulos attacked Manning - who was convicted in 2013 of leaking classified documents ...

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Why is a state historical society honoring a discredited book about Matthew Shepard?

LUKE BRINKER | Equality Matters | Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Stephen Jimenez
The Wyoming State Historical Society honored a book that asserts college student Matthew Shepard wasn’t murdered because he was gay, but was instead killed in a drug-related incident – even though the book relies on wild extrapolation and questionable or anonymous sources and has been denounced as “fictional” by lawyers and investigators involved in the case.

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Huckabee defends group linked to anti-gay human rights violations

| Thursday, August 28, 2014
Mike Huckabee
Fox News host Mike Huckabee joined 79 other conservatives in signing a letter blasting “sexual radicals” for their efforts to scuttle a planned conference of the World Congress of Families (WCF), a group notorious for stoking homophobia and promoting harsh anti-gay laws internationally. On August 30, the Rockford, IL-based WCF plans to hold a “Life, Family, and Freedom Conference”...

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Columnist: Disney is ‘indoctrinating’ children with ‘pro-gay agenda’

| Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Douglas MacKinnon
A conservative columnist for the Tampa Tribune criticized the Walt Disney Co. for allegedly pushing a “pro-gay agenda,” asserting that the company is using its programming to “indoctrinate” children about “gay lifestyles and gay marriage.” In his August 12 column, Douglas MacKinnon – a former aide to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush – charged that Disney ...

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Fox News’ Dr. Keith Ablow: There’s no such thing as being transgender

LUKE BRINKER | Equality Matters | Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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Fox News “Medical A Team” member Dr. Keith Ablow continued his pattern of baseless smears against LGBT people with an ill-informed, transphobic rant against a new California law that allows transgender students to use facilities that match their gender identities.

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Meet Janet Mefferd, the go-to radio host for anti-LGBT hate mongers

LUKE BRINKER | Equality Matters | Sunday, October 27, 2013
Janet Mefferd
Janet Mefferd has become one of talk radio's most relentless purveyors of homophobia, using her eponymous program to provide a platform to fringe anti-LGBT activists and to spout her own bigoted, occasionally conspiracy-minded views.

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CNN has no excuse for continuing to call Chelsea Manning a man

| Thursday, August 29, 2013
Jake Tapper on CNN
Major news organizations have honored Chelsea Manning’s explicit request to be identified as a woman, but CNN continues to make excuses for misgendering Manning in its news coverage. CNN’s “policy” on identifying transgender people contradicts the guidelines set forth by GLAAD and the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, which both state that transgender people should be referred to by their preferred name and gender identity, regardless of the presence of a legal name change or gender reassignment surgery...

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