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TLC’s ‘My Husband’s Not Gay’ stars prominent conversion therapy proponent

CARLOS MAZA | Equality Matters | Sunday, January 11, 2015
Preston Dahlgren
TLC denies claims that its newest show, “My Husband’s Not Gay,” helps promote the discredited notion that gay men can choose to be heterosexual. But one of the show’s stars has a history of promoting “ex-gay” therapy.

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Duggars make it easier to discriminate against LGBT people… will TLC react?

CARLOS MAZA | Equality Matters | Friday, December 12, 2014
The Duggar family - made famous by TLC's popular reality television show - have helped repeal an ordinance protecting LGBT people from discrimination.

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Meet Cathi Herrod, Arizona’s extreme anti-LGBT ‘legislative terrorist’

Equality Matters
| Friday, November 14, 2014
Cathi Herrod
Cathi Herrod has served as the president of the Center for Arizona Policy since 2006, though she joined the organization as its legal counsel years earlier. The group wields significant influence in the Arizona legislature, and has helped enact over a hundred pieces of legislation. And under Herrod’s leadership, the group has adopted a number of extreme anti-LGBT positions.

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How Fox News is trying to kill Houston’s LGBT equal rights ordinance

| Thursday, October 30, 2014
Fox News helped turn a bogus story about subpoenas sent to a handful of Houston pastors into a national rallying cry for religious liberty. Now the network is helping promote an event that will pit some of the country's most extreme anti-LGBT voices against the city's nondiscrimination ordinance. In May, the city of Houston made history by enacting the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), a measure that prohibits discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and several other categories...

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ADF attorney calls Matthew Shepard’s murder a hate crime hoax

| Tuesday, October 28, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- An attorney for anti-LGBT extremist group the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is peddling the myth that the story of Matthew Shepard's brutal anti-gay murder was fabricated in order to advance the "homosexual agenda."

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

Equality Matters
| Thursday, October 16, 2014
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
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
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
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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