By Jamie McGonnigal

Jamie McGonnigal

Jamie McGonnigal is a producer, director, actor, photographer, activist and organizer living in New York City. In 2003, he founded the World AIDS Day Concerts and has since produced more than 200 Broadway benefit concerts and events for dozens of LGBT and AIDS-related charities. In 2010, Jamie started the Take Back Pride campaign, seeking to unify the work of LGBT organizations and Pride events to educate and activate our community and allies.

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Obama responds to 10-year-old’s heartfelt letter about her two dads

| Monday, November 5, 2012
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Ten-year-old Sophia penned a letter to President Barack Obama. In the letter, she told the President how happy she was that he agreed with her on the topic of marriage equality. You see, young Sophia has two dads...

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Madison Square Garden thinks ‘Real Men’ don’t dance in homophobic ad

| Thursday, November 1, 2012
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It's no secret that there's some homophobia in professional sports, but the tide is turning. With pro athlete heroes like footballers Brendan Ayabendejo and Chris Kluwe, wrestler Hudson Taylor, Hockey player Sean Avery and dozens more speaking out for marriage equality, we can see things are changing. However, for every few steps forward, there has to be a step back...

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Romney: Let states decide on hospital visitation rights for gay couples

| Sunday, October 21, 2012
Mitt Romney
It's known that Mitt Romney stands against rights for LGBT people. He signed the National Organization for Marriage pledge to stand against marriage equality, appoint Supreme Court Justices who would also stand against equal rights for gays and lesbians and fight to write discrimination against us into the U.S. Constitution...

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Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are!

| Thursday, October 11, 2012
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Coming Out in this country is something which has changed a great deal since I was a kid. For many young people today (though certainly not all), the process has become far less traumatic. The act of telling a friend or family member that you’re gay is now frequently met with a “so?” and a “cool, let’s go to a gay bar!”

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The memory and meaning of Matthew Shepard, 14 years later

| Saturday, October 6, 2012
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On October 7, 1998, Aaron Kreifels was riding his bike through a field in Wyoming. He wasn’t expecting that day to be different from any other beautiful sunny afternoon in the vast plains surrounding Laramie, but that day would change many lives. Aaron spotted what he initially thought was a scarecrow next to a fence. Then he noticed a glisten of blood. The sun sparkled on what he barely recognized as a face. Aaron had discovered 22 year-old Matthew Shepard, clinging to life.

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Anti-gay Boy Scouts find some skeletons in their closet

| Monday, September 17, 2012
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In light of the anticipated wave of emotion and anger over the upcoming release of more than twenty years of child molestation records from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), we need to make one thing clear: the vast majority of child molesters are not gay men.

Is it Christian to be Anti-Gay?

| Thursday, August 16, 2012
FRC President Tony Perkins
Between Chick-fil-A and Wednesday’s shooting at the Family Research Council’s (FRC) offices, there’s been a lot of discussion about something called a “hate group.” Groups such as the FRC, the National Organization for Marriage, Focus on the Family, Public Advocate, American Family Association and many others frequently refer to themselves as “pro-family,” “pro-marriage” and sometimes “Christian” organizations...

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This is why Chick-fil-A sucks…

| Thursday, July 19, 2012
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While contributing to organizations that align with your beliefs is indeed the right of any person or corporation, it is also the right of citizens to research the work of the organizations you contribute to and make their shopping choices accordingly. Let’s take a look at how you are supporting anit-gay bigotry around the globe when you buy some waffle fries (or anything else at Chick-fil-A)...

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We Will Not Be Erased…

| Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Tom Bridegroom and Shane Bitney Crone
It’s been said that telling our stories is what will make the biggest difference in the end. It’s easy to see the statistics that have changed since more and more people have come out and more and more of our loved ones have changed their minds about support for our equality.

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Sen. Santorum, put your money where your mouth is: Debate Zach Wahls!

| Monday, January 9, 2012
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For several months now, we’ve been watching the deranged clown car that is the slate of Republican Presidential candidates. We’ve watched as we assumed Mitt Romney would sweep every debate and caucus out there. And we watched as everyone who wasn’t Mitt Romney has risen...

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