By D Gregory Smith

D Gregory Smith

D Gregory Smith is a gay, HIV+ native Montanan, and a Rome-educated former priest. He is now a mental health therapist, teacher, health educator, firm and gentle activist, poet, spiritual adventurer, future husband, opinionated and witty optimist who loves to write.

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Bishop Gene Robinson: Lover of social justice (and ice cream)

| Saturday, May 11, 2013
This man, the first openly gay ordained bishop in the history of Christendom has become something more than himself — and he realizes it. And he realizes it with such humility, cheer and even delight that it can’t help but be infectious. And he was so kind to me personally, even asking me to call him “Gene."

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The Pope chooses war — I choose self-defense

| Saturday, March 10, 2012
Pope Benedict XVI
With the rhetoric being used by the Pope to his bishops, I have every reason to believe that these are not words of someone struggling to understand the reality of LGBT persons, these are the orders of attack given by a supreme commander to his highest officials.

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Often overlooked, Sisters are at the forefront of equality

| Sunday, January 29, 2012
Nuns have been on the cutting edge of social issues (it can be argued) for over a thousand years. What you may not know is this: they are also some of the fiercest advocates of social justice for LGBT persons.

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Greg Louganis fans want Olympic diver on ‘Dancing With The Stars’

| Friday, January 20, 2012
Greg Louganis
Anyone who has watched Olympic champion Greg Louganis do his thing from a diving board knows that he possesses grace, power, determination and skill. But can he move on the dance floor? Louganis' Facebook fans have launched a campaign to encourage "Dancing With the Stars" producers to cast Louganis for the show.

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Looking back, and looking forward — Are we getting complacent about HIV?

| Sunday, January 1, 2012
Janus was the Roman God of Thresholds, of transition, of beginnings and ending. He is often depicted with two faces, one for looking forward and one for looking back. January, the beginning month of the new year is named for Janus, and so, it's natural that humans take this time to look back -- and look forward -- at the approach of the New Year...

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Remembering the darkness and terror 30 years ago when AIDS made itself known

| Thursday, December 1, 2011
This time of the year is probably the best time (at least in our hemisphere) for World AIDS Day. Our twenty four hour days are filled with more darkness than light in December than any other month of the year. In some places it can be very dark and dreary, indeed. It’s an appropriate time of the year to remember the darkness of HIV.

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‘You Are Loved’ video chronicles rural pride in Montana

| Monday, September 5, 2011
I’ve written about the importance of Rural Pride Celebrations before — but if you want to see it firsthand, or if you ever wondered what the 2011 Montana Pride Celebration was like, well wonder no more.

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Shut The (Bleep) Up

| Monday, August 29, 2011
Candidates are actively interrupting scientific communication in this country. Blatantly standing up in the middle of the show and making factual inferences with fantastical statements. Distracting people from the reality hiding behind the curtain with a little folksy humor or superstitious nonsense. And I’m annoyed.

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Michele Bachmann — (Submissive) Theologian?

| Sunday, August 21, 2011
Michele Bachmann has championed the “Christian” cause, sprinkling her speeches with scripture and holy buzzphrases. But one in particular caught my ear.

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Report: LGBT workplace discrimination common; high impact on performance, health

| Monday, August 1, 2011
The Williams Institute has released a report summarizing academic studies and other documented evidence of employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and the negative impact such discrimination has on lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) people.

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