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
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... [ Read more → ]
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Madison Square Garden thinks ‘Real Men’ don’t dance in homophobic ad

Thursday, November 1, 2012
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... [ Read more → ]
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Romney: Let states decide on hospital visitation rights for gay couples

Sunday, October 21, 2012
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... [ Read more → ]
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Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are!

Thursday, October 11, 2012
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!” [ Read more → ]
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The memory and meaning of Matthew Shepard, 14 years later

Saturday, October 6, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]
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Anti-gay Boy Scouts find some skeletons in their closet

Monday, September 17, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]
FRC President Tony Perkins

Is it Christian to be Anti-Gay?

Thursday, August 16, 2012
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... [ Read more → ]
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This is why Chick-fil-A sucks…

Thursday, July 19, 2012
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)... [ Read more → ]
Tom Bridegroom and Shane Bitney Crone

We Will Not Be Erased…

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]
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Sen. Santorum, put your money where your mouth is: Debate Zach Wahls!

Monday, January 9, 2012
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... [ Read more → ]
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Arrested for a New Year’s Kiss

Saturday, December 31, 2011
Tonight, after you finish the countdown, commemorate the moment with a tribute to what happened December 31, 1966. At the stroke of midnight, same-sex couples at the Black Cat, a small gay bar in Silver Lake, locked lips and welcomed 1967. At that moment, at least eight plainclothes officers emerged from the crowd and began viciously beating and arresting the kissing couples... [ Read more → ]
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He Died Waiting to Get Married

Thursday, December 8, 2011
A heartbreaking story out of California tonight. Last March, we posted this article about Derence Kernek and Ed Watson, who recorded a video for California’s 9th Circuit Court, requesting that they allow Judge Walker’s decision to overturn Prop 8 to stand. This request was because... [ Read more → ]
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Even Neil Patrick Harris can’t say ‘tranny’ — a teachable moment

Saturday, December 3, 2011
It’s time for some education around Transgender issues and what is now seen as transphobic or discriminatory language. [ Read more → ]
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The Salvation Army: Ringing anti-gay bells this holiday season

Friday, December 2, 2011
We must be cognizant of where are pennies are going when we drop them in the Salvation Army's shiny red kettle. In addition to anti-gay fights which the Salvation Army has participated in, they have also fought in court in defense of their virulently anti-gay hiring and employment practices. [ Read more → ]
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‘If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet shatter every closet door’

Sunday, November 27, 2011
On this day, 33 years ago, former San Francisco City Supervisor Dan White took a gun to City Hall and shot openly-gay Supervisor Harvey Milk five times — the final two shots had White pressing his gun directly at Milk’s skull, according to the medical examiner. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT parents continue their struggle for acceptance, equality

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
It seems one of the final frontiers in the struggle for equality for LGBT families is teaching the rest of the world that we are incredible parents, and that our families not only deserve equality, but we are suffering without it. [ Read more → ]
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The memory and meaning of Matthew Shepard, 13 years later

Thursday, October 6, 2011
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... [ Read more → ]
Maurice Moser

Tennessee principal assaults student for wearing pro-gay t-shirt

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
MADISONVILLE, Tenn. -- A few weeks ago, we brought you the story of Sequoya High School in Madisonville, Tenn., where senior Nathan Carroll was attempting to start a Gay Straight Alliance. [caption id="attachment_35916" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Maurice Moser"][/caption] After starting a petition in the school for... [ Read more → ]
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Tennessee HS student threatened with suspension for attempting to start GSA

Saturday, September 10, 2011
MADISONVILLE, Tenn. -- Nathan Carroll, a Tennessee high school senior, has been bullied most of his life for being gay. The openly-gay teen attends Sequoyah High School in Madisonville, Tenn., and recently decided a Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) is needed at his school. [caption id="attachment_33754"... [ Read more → ]
James Craig Anderson

Husband, child of hate crime victim shut out by Mississippi laws

Friday, September 9, 2011
A Mississippi man will not be allowed to take part in a wrongful death lawsuit of his longtime partner, because the state does not recognize their same-sex relationship. [ Read more → ]
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Petition calls for Jerry Buell’s high school to produce ‘It Gets Better’ video

Friday, September 2, 2011
Many of you have heard by know about Jerry Buell. Buell is the teacher in Florida who took to Facebook and stated that he “almost threw up” when hearing about the marriage equality law passing in New York State. Immediately following the press picking up... [ Read more → ]
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If a transgender person is murdered and no one notices, did it happen?

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
In my personal journey to be accepted, understood and embraced as a gay person and understanding that I am a part of the “LGBT Community,” I have frequently felt a disconnect both personally and as a member of this group between the LGB and the T. [ Read more → ]
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Houston judge orders married gay man to keep kids away from husband

Monday, August 22, 2011
In a stunning case of bigotry from Houston Judge Charley E. Prine, Jr., a married gay man has been forbidden from ever leaving his children alone with his husband, reported the Houston Chronicle. [ Read more → ]
Bradford Wells and Anthony John Makk

U.S. government rips man away from AIDS-afflicted spouse

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
After some legal wins in the cases of bi-national gay and lesbian couples, this devastating story comes out of San Francisco. [caption id="attachment_30911" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Bradford Wells and Anthony John Makk"][media-credit name="Noah Berger, Special to the SF Chronicle" align="alignleft" width="250"][/media-credit][/caption] The San Francisco Chronicle reports... [ Read more → ]
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STL Today: ‘Would you allow your kids to play with the kids of gay couples?’

Wednesday, August 3, 2011
After posting a story regarding the census reports from the St. Louis area, finding that many gay and lesbian couples were raising children there, STLToday has posed the question: “Would you allow your kids to play with the kids of gay couples?” [ Read more → ]
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