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Religious oppression and abuse still pervasive in the LGBTQ South

| Sunday, September 14, 2014
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Those of us living in the South are very aware of the multi-generational religious oppression and abuse that many LGBTQ people face coming from our Christian families, churches, and communities. For many LGBTQ people living here our hopes, dreams, and fears are the product of generations of religious traditions and expectations. We know that the religious oppression ...

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A dad’s surprising response to his gay son’s heart wrenching ‘coming out’

| Saturday, September 13, 2014
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My name is James Alexander. I’m 20 years old and reside in a conservative area of Texas where I was born and raised. Throughout my childhood I could tell that I was different. I was quiet, unsure of myself, socially anxious at most times. Before I even connected the word “gay” with two men liking each other, the other kids already had made it part of their vocabulary and readily let me know that I was.

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The NFL is still not ready for an openly gay player

| Friday, September 5, 2014
Dallas Cowboys practice squad player defensive end Michael Sam smiles as he speaks to reporters after team practice at the team's headquarters Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in Irving, Texas.
If history is any guide, Michael Sam should be getting ready for his first NFL game. Instead, he's stuck on the practice squad with the Dallas Cowboys. The league, it would seem, isn't quite ready for its first openly gay player. We're not talking about his teammates, either. There was never any indication that Sam was a distraction in the St. Louis locker room, as so many had predicted...

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The Last Holiday

| Monday, September 1, 2014
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Why are we celebrating the obligation to toil most of our lives? Seriously, why is Labor Day an American holiday? Is it an excuse for one last blowout before – before what? I’m tempted to research the origins of Labor Day, though I have no doubt that I learned all about it back in fourth grade. It’s never made sense to me to get a day off to celebrate work. Of course it’s never made sense to me...

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A gay dad’s open letter to the homophobic parents who threw away their gay son

| Friday, August 29, 2014
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Another young person has been thrown out of his home for coming out as gay. I have written about this on a number of occasions covering such events in the United States, Nigeria and Uganda. This time the event was recorded. Trying to imagine the evil some people can impart on their children is no longer necessary. Now we can hear them in their own self righteous voices...

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Damon L. Jacobs: The Calm in the PrEP Storm

| Friday, August 15, 2014
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In 1977, I ran for senior class president, hoping against hope that my penchant for wearing platform shoes and fellating men in my spare time might somehow get overlooked by my high school classmates in Bossier City, Louisiana. I lost that faith when my campaign signs throughout the school hallways were vandalized. As the student body arrived that morning we were greeted with the word “FAG” scrawled across the posters in red spray paint...

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The power of witness

| Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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I could tell you about the years that I have spent in prayerful study and discernment learning the facts about homosexuality. I could give you psychological, biological, theological, and biblical arguments to support my decisions and actions. I could do those things. But I won’t. Many times, a powerful testimony is all the proof we need to accept that someone has, in fact, encountered the risen Christ. So my purpose here is not to give arguments, it’s to give testimony...

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A gay dad’s requiem for Robin Williams, the icon of the modern father

| Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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There was a deeper profound loss in the news for me in learning of Robin Williams' death, something very personal, and it took a night of sleep for me to fully get a sense as to what it is. I am a dad. It is the part of my being with which I identify first and most strongly. As I awoke this morning, the first morning of a Robin Williams-less world, I felt a loss in the definition of what it is to be a dad...

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Texas’ claim of a rational, vested state interest in procreation is a step too far

| Wednesday, August 6, 2014
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Attorney General Greg Abbott often makes the point that government should tread lightly in matters of personal liberty. Yet in a legal brief defending Texas' ban on same-sex marriage, the GOP candidate for governor treads heavily. Abbott is appealing a federal judge's ruling that found Texas' voter-approved ban in 2005 on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional....

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Dear Matt Barber: Calling yourself a Christian does not make it so

| Monday, July 21, 2014
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Calling yourself a Christian does not give you special privileges in this country. Calling yourself a Christian does not make you a better American than me. And calling yourself a Christian does not absolve you from rights and responsibilities that all Americans have. This is not, nor has it ever been, a Christian nation, and the rest of us who don’t practice your beliefs do not exist here for your will and pleasure.

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