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Seize the Day! 
(Well, what if we did?)

Sunday, December 21, 2014
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What if we seized this day to think dynamically about the religious freedoms we take for granted at our peril... freedom that is in danger of being redefined beyond recognition. [...]

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Religious freedom: Our conflict with a deeply held belief in equality

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Kirk Taylor (left) with his son Graeme.
My gay son now finds himself orphaned by his home state of Michigan, whose government is poised to pass legislation allowing others to discriminate against him based on their religious beliefs. [...]

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Hagel could have ended the military’s transgender exclusion

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Chuck Hagel
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s resignation under pressure is a setback to the effort to end the military exclusion of transgender service personnel. [...]

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

Friday, December 12, 2014
TLC
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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The Christian Right does not want you to know about this day…

Sunday, December 7, 2014
A statue of Thomas Jefferson, author of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, in Colonial Williamsburg, Va.
In the heat of our political moment, we sometimes don't see how our future connects deeply to our past. But the Christian Right does — and they do not like what they see. [...]

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The greatest of hypocrisies: Gays condemn black riots over racism, forget how our movement started

Saturday, December 6, 2014
This photo appeared on the front page of The New York Daily News on Sunday, June 29, 1969. It’s apparently the only photo taken during the first night of the Stonewall Riots. In it, street kids, including homeless youth who made the park across the street from Stonewall home, are shown getting into a fight with police.
Some gays are hypocrites. They condemn the rioting in the aftermath of extreme miscarriages of justice for black people, all the while ignoring the fact they gather once a year ... [...]

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AIDS. Remember me?

Sunday, November 30, 2014
AP (File)
On the morning of my 30th birthday, I checked my then-partner, Shane Sawick, into the hospital. He would not come out. Shane died just two weeks later, suffering from Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML); one disease, among many, battled in his long war against AIDS. Once in the hospital, the illness [...]

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Why I want Pope Francis to write a requiem for Gabriel Fernandez, the boy tortured to death for appearing gay

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Gabriel Fernandez
There is a story that I have felt compelled to write for three months. I have not written it because I have found it difficult to find the words. I have the words. I have the exact words. I have written them before. The story that has nagged at me [...]

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Straight for Equality: The evolution in LGBT rights did not happen in a vacuum

Saturday, November 22, 2014
AP
The revolution in equality for people who are gay and lesbian did not happen in a vacuum. For every person in the community who bravely came out and fought, there were people outside the LGBT community – our families, friends, colleagues, and neighbors – who were watching. Many of them [...]

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No silence of the trans: Bigoted shouts losing ground in march toward equality

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Ernest Istook
Former Oklahoma GOP Congressman Ernest Istook, a broadcaster and lawyer before entering Congress, has returned to broadcast and print journalism for the conservative press with a recent two-part analysis of the transgender community. He is not happy with the community’s social progress. [...]

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