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A gay dad’s open letter to Laura Bush on quitting the gay marriage ad

Friday, February 22, 2013
In these modern times, it is funny how we forge interesting and new kinds of relationships through media, social and otherwise. We gain unique attachments to people we have never met, some of whom we interact with on Twitter or Facebook, and some of whom we have never interacted with [...]

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‘Don’t give up on North Dakota yet … progress will be made’

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Photo by J. Stephen Conn
Last week the North Dakota Senate defeated SB 2252 with a 20-27 bipartisan vote, which would have amended the North Dakota Human Rights Act and the North Dakota Fair Housing Act to protect LGBT North Dakotans and their family from discrimination in housing,employment, public accommodations and public services. As a [...]

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To gay teens this Valentine’s Day: A message

Thursday, February 14, 2013
To all of you out there who are single this Valentine’s Day, don’t forget about the love you do have – the endless quantity you can give. Tell those you love why you love them, be them family, friends, or teachers. Take this day typically celebrated for couples as a [...]

As a gay family formed, two little best friends became brothers

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Some of those fighting marriage equality these days want you to believe that there is only a single possible right way to create a “real” family. That way, they suggest, is by means of unprotected, unplanned, procreative sex. Or, as Nan Hunter observes, “accidental procreation,” which then warrants 1500 [...]

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It’s not about the wedding cake – but you know that, right?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Sweet Cakes by Melissa, Gresham, Ore.
Don’t you just hate it when the law actually protects the people you want to discriminate against? For those of you who believe that it’s only a cake and we (the gays) should just go to another bakery, understand this: it’s not about the cake. This has nothing to do [...]

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What does Pope Benedict’s resignation mean for LGBT people?

Monday, February 11, 2013
The Roman Catholic Church hierarchy has long been an opponent to LGBT equality. Even before Pope Benedict came on the scene, the Vatican was employing the phrase “intrinsically disordered” to refer to LGBT people. In the 2012 election, Roman Catholic bishops led the opposition to marriage equality in Minnesota, Maryland, [...]

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Reparative therapy: ‘It is shocking that we are still shocking people!’

Sunday, February 10, 2013
Forty years ago, in 1973, the American Psychiatric Association announced that homosexuality was not a mental illness. “Conversion or Reparative therapy” has been rejected by the World Health Organization, the American Psychological Association and almost every other professional therapeutic group in America to date. When a medication is harmful, we [...]

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Gay dads don’t serve amicus briefs when we invite Supreme Court justices to dinner

Saturday, February 9, 2013
Anthony Kennedy
Same-sex marriage is before the Supreme Court and the anti-gay community is out in force.  Propaganda-like amicus briefs from the anti-gay community seem to be papering the walls of the Supreme Court on a daily basis. Nan Hunter, on The Nation, observed that the briefs are actually derogatory towards opposite [...]

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SPLC co-founder reflects on Boy Scouts controversy

Friday, February 8, 2013
It is so disappointing that an organization that has meant so much to millions of boys and young men and that has espoused the values of honesty, integrity and character is so reluctant to end a policy antithetical to our nation’s principles of equality. This was apparent when the organization [...]

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When Harvey met Sally…

Thursday, February 7, 2013
Sally Miller Gearhart (left) with Melanie Nathan.
Had Harvey Milk lived he might have been the one to set the benchmark for full equality, something our LGBT movement has yet to do. Harvey did not survive and never had the opportunity, yet his legacy has provided inspiration to so many. What remains often untold and so profoundly [...]

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