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The effects of marriage referendums and what to do about them

Sunday, October 7, 2012
This November, four states (Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington) have marriage definition questions on their ballots. Within the LGBT community and society at large, we often think of the effects of these elections in terms of whether or not marriage equality will expand to another state, or whether yet another state will ingrain discrimination into its constitution. What we don’t consider — but we ought to — is the toll that these referendums can take on LGB people during the election season itself. [ Read more → ]
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The convoluted legal case for reparative therapy

Saturday, October 6, 2012
If there is one thing that we learned by the Pacific Justice Institute’s lawsuit against California Gov. Jerry Brown, and anyone in his orbit remotely connected to a new law banning “ex-gay” therapy for minors, is that these lawyers are as logic challenged and convoluted as the industry they are poorly defending. [ 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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Surviving my own personal hell, living through ‘dyke to wife’ reparative therapy

Thursday, October 4, 2012
It was the 1970s reparative therapy for gays – you ignored who you were and tried to be what society, your church and your family wanted you to be. I did my best. I went to church, I sang in the choir, I had a job. I cooked, cleaned, did laundry and tried to be happy. The thing is – I wasted over 20 years of my life, and the life of my husband, trying to be someone I wasn’t... [ Read more → ]
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Electing LGBT politicians changes the debate on LGBT rights

Monday, October 1, 2012
LGBT office holders are our clearest and most convincing champions for true equality. As leaders in government, they become the face and voice of our community. They challenge the lies of extremists and speak authentically about themselves, their families and our community. One of the most effective organizations working to achieve that goal is the Victory Fund, a nonpartisan organization that helps LGBT leaders win elections and then serve effectively... [ Read more → ]
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The face of ‘modern slavery’ looks a lot like us

Sunday, September 30, 2012
Imagine, if you can, 400,000 gay youth forced to leave their homes, with no family, no support, and living on the streets. They become the most vulnerable among us. They become the epitome of what is an easy target for the criminals who want only to exploit their bodies for sexual prostitution; and not just prostitution, but commercial sexual exploitation. Children who are forced out of the only home they have ever known by parents, who can’t tolerate the thought of their child being gay, find themselves alone and on the street.... [ Read more → ]
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Matthew Vines: Reforming the Gay Christian Debate

Sunday, September 23, 2012
“What does the Bible say about loving, same-sex relationships?” Nothing. Not a thing. And in that absence of Biblical direction of support for or condemnation of these relationships, Christians need to follow the general principles of the Bible: love, justice and kindness... [ Read more → ]
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The brave new world of selfish and stupid

Sunday, September 23, 2012
Those of you who have never had to say: “I’m gay” will never know the angst or the courage that is involved in coming out. Those of you who do know have an obligation to make the path a little easier than it was for you for the next person who garners the courage to speak their truth... [ Read more → ]
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Election 2012: Voter ID laws, voter suppression, and equality

Saturday, September 22, 2012
One vote being cast in a sea of millions may seem insignificant, but when we step back to look at the tumultuous history of voting rights in our country, the real-world effects of voting, and the current efforts to suppress certain groups of voters, it becomes clear that voting is a vital right and an act that intersects with every aspect of the issues we care about. [ Read more → ]
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A year after ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ there is still much work to be done

Friday, September 21, 2012
A year after full DADT repeal, the government still fails to provide equal benefits to lesbian, gay, and bisexual military families, in part due to the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act. And transgender women and men are still barred from serving openly. It’s time for Congress and the Defense Department to take steps to right these wrongs... [ 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 → ]
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Is it Politics or is it Prejudice?

Friday, September 14, 2012
One cannot ignore the race question when it comes to this election. I’ve seen too many websites filled with racist cartoons and hate-filled rhetoric for me not to believe that we are still a nation filled with bigots who believe that gays, women and people of a certain color and religion have their place and need to be kept there. Sadly, the Republican Party plays on that with their anti-gay, non-Christian-baiting, women-hating, “let them eat cake” platform... [ Read more → ]
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‘Why I feel the Log Cabin Republicans use Uncle Tom as their role model’

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Gay U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) released a statement on Tuesday seeking to explain why he said during last week’s Democratic National Convention that Log Cabin Republicans use “Uncle Tom” as their “role model.” [ Read more → ]
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Marriage: What does gender have to do with it?

Sunday, September 9, 2012
When I was younger, I never dreamed of my wedding day. I don’t know why exactly, thoughts of it just didn’t excite me, they didn’t really come into my mind. It wasn’t something I thought I wanted. It’s not something I want right now, but I will in the future. I wonder who she’ll be... [ Read more → ]
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While Dolan prayed, his church preyed…

Saturday, September 8, 2012
While Cardinal Timothy Dolan prayed at the Democratic Convention against my family and for the unborn, a Catholic leader in Kansas City, Bishop Robert W. Finn, was convicted of covering up the crimes of a pedophile priest, Rev. Shawn Ratigan, who liked to take nude pictures of the barely born... [ Read more → ]
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No political party will ever regulate love

Saturday, September 8, 2012
No matter who gets elected in November – no matter who makes the laws – no matter what religious zealots say; there is no one on the face of this earth, or any other earth, who will ever be able to regulate with whom a person falls in love. ... You cannot regulate love – no matter how hard you may try – you simply can’t tell people who to love. [ Read more → ]
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Family Research Council’s attacks on the SPLC are ‘dishonest’

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Do words have consequences? For years, we at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) have argued that they do. ... when the religious right spreads false and defamatory propaganda like the completely baseless notion that gay men molest children at rates far higher than their heterosexual counterparts, LGBT people end up, much more frequently than most people realize, at the wrong end of a baseball bat... [ Read more → ]
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Banning reparative therapy: A proper restriction on parental rights

Sunday, September 2, 2012
Parents do not raise their children in a vacuum, but instead society has to deal with the repercussions of how that child was raised. Thus, though society cannot, and should not, dictate how a parent raises their child, there are limits – very few limits – to what a parent can do with their child. In my opinion, reparative therapy should fall into this limitation... [ Read more → ]
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Self-loathing and lemmings: how voting Republican is just ‘nucking futz’

Sunday, September 2, 2012
I know this: women and gays who vote Republican are nucking futz to vote Republican; there's something not quite right about their thinking… they are just as crazy as a Jew defending Nazis, a nation determined to exercise pure folly, or those funny little rats marching to the sea… [ Read more → ]
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Hate is easy. Love takes courage.

Friday, August 31, 2012
It’s become easy to hate homosexuals in America, and in some instances, it’s become a part of the fabric of the organization. Political parties, churches, social organizations make billions of dollars on their "gay hate.” They can wrap it in any sort of bow they want, but hate is hate. Period. For some of us in the gay community, it takes a great deal of courage to still love and value ourselves as Americans... [ Read more → ]
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Actually, You didn’t build it.

Thursday, August 30, 2012
Each evening this week, I have sat and watched the Republican National Convention. Though such a focus upon the RNC might be construed as a large waste of my time – as I know that I am voting for President Obama – watching the event allows me to focus in upon what drives the Republican Party. Though I could talk all day about my perceptions of the GOP, one aspect of the Convention has really stood out at me, and surprisingly, it is not the party’s stance on LGBT issues... [ Read more → ]
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LGBT: The fierce urgency of NOW

Monday, August 27, 2012
Believe it or not in just 31 days people begin early voting in Iowa and for Ohio it is 35 days. I want you to carefully consider that again, two of the most important battlegrounds start their voting in 35 days or less. Time is running out, especially for the LGBT community, to mobilize its resources... [ Read more → ]
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Is the ‘black vs. gay’ meme finally coming to an end?

Sunday, August 26, 2012
Since the national ascendancy of Barack Obama, many commentators have tried to make hay out of an alleged rift between gay and black communities in the United States – from conservative groups or commentators hoping to drive a wedge between two typically-Democratic voting blocs, to well-intentioned activists across the spectrum citing racism in gay culture or homophobia in black communities. [ Read more → ]
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‘Religious liberty’ for me — but not for thee

Sunday, August 26, 2012
Religious Liberty is a buzzword within conservative circles, with organizations like the National Organization for Marriage, Focus on the Family, and the designated hate groups the Family Research Council and the American Family Association, attempting to assert that granting full equality to LGBT people would infringe upon individual religious freedom... [ Read more → ]
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So, you still want to be a Republican?

Sunday, August 26, 2012
As we in the gay community continue the fight for gay marriage – there is still the ground-swell of: “Why do you need to be married? Can’t you just have a lawyer draw up all the legal papers you need? Just be domestic partners, that will give you all the legal rights you need.” [ Read more → ]
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