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Born Perfect: A journey to find a way to change, but instead finding the truth

| Saturday, June 28, 2014
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I first became aware that I was gay at a time when it was considered a sin, a sickness, and a crime. During elementary and junior high, I was regularly bullied and beaten by boys who sensed somehow that I was different, who called me “homo” and “sissy.” Before I even reached my teens, I had decided that someday – somehow – I would find a way to change...

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For Eddie: I am keeping my promise

| Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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Twenty-two years ago, I made a promise that has shaped my life and my work ever since. My beloved partner Eddie, a talented musician, was dying of AIDS. At the time, we felt powerless, isolated and angry—there was no effective medical treatment, no hope for recovery and too much hate rooted in fear of a mysterious disease and its association with gay men...

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A 12-step recovery program for Rick Perry’s homosexuality problem

| Thursday, June 19, 2014
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If you are gay, and you are wishing upon a star, it is probably not a good idea for it to be the Lone Star of Texas. This past week, that particular entity has been more than a little dim in terms of passing out bright news for gay people. The Texas anti-gay rhetoric has been more absurd, if that is possible, than it has been in other LGBT unfriendly states.

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What Hillary Clinton said about LGBT rights that you need to hear

| Thursday, June 19, 2014
Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at an event to discuss her new book in Washington, Friday, June 13, 2014.
In the wake of Hillary Clinton’s NPR interview last week, much attention was paid to her evolution on same-sex marriage. If you didn’t hear the interview, you might think that was all she and Terry Gross talked about. It was not. Indeed, Clinton gave us firsthand reminders of the challenges facing the international LGBT community – challenges that affect anyone who believes in the fundamental right to freedom.

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Dear Nancy Grace: Your revisionist history of Anita Bryant is mind boggling

| Saturday, June 7, 2014
Anita Bryant, country singer and gay-rights opponent, had a banana cream pie thrown in her face by Tom Higgins, an openly gay man from Minneapolis, in 1977 during a press conference in Des Moines, Iowa. Instead of retaliating, Bryant's husband, Bob Green, said to let Higgins go untouched as they prayed for him.
As a gay dad to two boys adopted from foster care as babies, I can tell you that what Anita Bryant WAS trying to do was de-humanizing.  Under the rallying cry of “save our children” she fought to keep gay people away from children. I can only imagine what she would think of me saving mine from death and disaster at the hand of drug addicted birth parents.  She stated, “As a mother, I know that homosexuals cannot biologically reproduce children; therefore, they must recruit our children.”

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The Religious Right’s campaign to strip all citizens of religious freedom

| Monday, June 2, 2014
Alex Brandon, AP
Turn on any cable news show and you'll hear conservatives, particularly the Religious Right, giving long tirades about religious freedom and how the Left is seeking to strip it away from good God-fearing Americans. But if you watch how the Religious Right works in court, you know that it's actually the other way around. Religious freedom has been a strongly held belief in America since the very beginning...

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Dr. Robi Ludwig: Why the words you spoke are dangerous, and the one you forgot to say

| Saturday, May 31, 2014
Dr. Robi Ludwig
One of the strangest cornerstones of life in new millennium media is not the question on whether someone will blame a current tragedy on the LGBT community, it is how quickly they will run to do it. From 9/11, to earthquakes, to floods and British rain, it is LGBT caused, according to these factions. The Isla Vista killings were no different.

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For a lost soldier…

| Monday, May 26, 2014
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Every year that I have lived and worked in this city I have always gone to Arlington National Cemetery to observe the Memorial Day ceremonies. Afterwards, I wander down through the grounds, just to watch, maybe to listen, but mostly to contemplate on the sacrifices made by those brave souls whose final resting place has become hallowed ground, a literal garden of stones. Arlington's rolling hills are a place of extraordinary beauty, a fitting repository for the memory of the living history of the United States. Names from the history books leap off the pages as one strolls through the grounds...

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Losing battles, winning the war

| Monday, May 19, 2014
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Dear Opponents of Equality: You can feel it approaching, can’t you? Victory for those of us who seek equality under the law is looming on the horizon. Our shared concepts of marriage, love, sexuality and family are changing. We get that you might be worried or afraid. Change is difficult; especially if you’ve had things go your way for, well, most of history. What you’ve failed to grasp is that the right to define those terms is not YOURS alone. All of us in a free society can contribute to the understanding, the definition, and the reality of what makes a family and what defines a marriage...

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An open letter to the Mother’s Day slushie victim: Bullies with an agenda are still bullies

| Thursday, May 15, 2014
Anti-gay protester and "slushie" victim Christine Weick
Thanks to the television show “Glee,” the slushie has been elevated from an overly sugary refreshment to an act of public humiliation. Not since a cream pie hit the face of Anita Bryant, has a caloric treat wielded such stature. Previously, the slushie had been confined to fictional encounters. It has now entered our reality. On Mother’s Day 2014, a young woman named Jessica Prince became so irate that she felt compelled to throw a red slushie at an anti-gay protester (watch here) You might call it, The Slushie Heard Around the World...

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