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Driving Rosa Parks: Lessons from Jo Becker’s book, ‘Forcing the Spring’

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Jo Becker
For all the consternation the book "Forcing the Spring" has caused, Jo Becker’s trespass in portraying American Foundation for Equal Rights founder Chad Griffin as the Rosa Parks in the fight for marriage equality is not much worse than all the many times newspapers, magazines, and even knowledgeable people in [...]

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An unthinkable tragedy

Saturday, April 26, 2014
Gabriel
Gabriel did not die because his moms were lesbian. His death was not the byproduct of homophobia. His fate was not because of a violation of any legal custody issues. His story is bigger than any of that. His story is about love, sacrifice and the true meaning of being [...]

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Living single in the age of marriage equality

Sunday, April 20, 2014
DreamWorks Pictures
What good is being gay when you have no one to love? What good is same-sex marriage when you’re single? During the periods when I was single, I watched a lot of films, at home, alone. The selection process had to be very cautious. Romance was out. Drama too, as [...]

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Why an LGBT non-discrimination executive order would not be ‘redundant’

Friday, April 4, 2014
APJay Carney
In 2008, then-candidate Obama pledged that if elected president, he would use an executive order to protect the LGBT employees of all federal contractors from discrimination. After several years of pressure from LGBT advocacy groups, the Obama administration still refuses to act on this executive order, explaining that it would [...]

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‘What’s between your legs?’ is the new ‘So what do you do in bed?’

Thursday, March 27, 2014
Laverne Cox gives the keynote address at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s 26th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change, on Jan. 30, 2014 in Houston.
Transgender characters in entertainment were always around, but as the punch line. When it came to news, it was usually about a hate crime. And I can tell you from personal experience even that coverage had to be fought for, from Brandon Teena to Fred Martinez to Gwen Araujo. But [...]

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A requiem on the death of Fred Phelps

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Fred Phelps
Fred Phelps is dead. Many will celebrate, and many will make comments about picketing his funeral in an eye-for-an-eye retaliation. I will not be among them. I do not respect Fred Phelps, nor do I forgive the pain he inflicted, but I value him. I value what he contributed to [...]

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S.C. lawmakers’ protection of students is just another anti-LGBT attack in disguise

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Garry Smith
By now, you likely have already heard about the controversy regarding the South Carolina lawmakers punishing colleges for assigning two gay-themed books to students. The new state budget deducts $70,000 collectively from the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina-Upstate. The amount adds up to the how much [...]

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Fred Phelps may be dying, but the LGBT community should let him go quietly

Sunday, March 16, 2014
Fred Phelps
A few years ago I asked Judy Shepard how she felt about Fred Phelps, the founder of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church which had picketed the funeral of her son Matthew in what was to become the seminal event that put Westboro into the national spotlight. Her answer surprised me. [...]

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The PR campaign to whitewash the right’s anti-gay Uganda history

Sunday, March 9, 2014
Scott Lively
As a communications person myself, I can really appreciate a good PR campaign, and the best I’ve seen in a long time is the new effort by U.S. right-wing evangelicals to completely whitewash their own history of involvement with Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality law. For the last five years, human rights advocates [...]

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Gay, Irish, in Boston? The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is not for you

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Julien Behal, Press Association (via AP, File)
Let me begin by saying I’m not Irish – something my Irish partner Susan tries daily to not hold against me – and I do not understand the need for all the St. Patrick’s Day tomfoolery. That said, it is beyond my scope of reason to believe that there is [...]

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