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The Boy Scouts of America and the irreverent churches

Friday, May 31, 2013
And so it begins -- the abandonment of the Boy Scouts of America by churches of the Southern Baptist persuasion, for the lifting of the longtime national ban on admitting openly gay Scouts. At the end of the day, who really suffers here? The Southern Baptist Convention? The Assemblies of [...]

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‘Thank you for standing up for me’

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Last week, the Boy Scouts of America took its first step in ending decades of wrongs against its own youth members, myself once included. When I was fourteen years old, I was faced with an impossible, scary and irrational choice: “If you choose to live that lifestyle, you’re choosing not [...]

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A gay dad sounds off about fundamentalists who target kids

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
As a parent, my job one is the protection and care of my children. It is my job to be vigilant over their self-worth, to keep them physically safe, to show them how to be moral and productive citizens, and to empower their spiritual growth. It is a duty that [...]

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For a lost soldier…

Monday, May 27, 2013
Arlington National Cemetery, Memorial Day 2013.Photo: Brody Levesque, LGBTQ Nation
They had grown up in eastern Ohio, in a small rural farming community. They played football, went fishing, did farm work, and discovered that after a few failed attempts at pursuing the fairer sex, that their real romantic interests laid in each other. By the time they had graduated from [...]

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Memories and Memorials — for the countless many, lost far too young

Monday, May 27, 2013
For me, Memorial Day is about honoring not only those who died fighting for our freedom, but also those closer, lost to far different battles, particularly AIDS. ... And so, this Memorial Day, I’ll pause and honor the many of my own troops who have fallen in battle. They [...]

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Kaitlyn Hunt’s Life – It Haunts Me

Sunday, May 26, 2013
The Kaitlyn Hunt story haunts me. I can’t sleep restfully, my mind keeps wandering, and my heart is heavy. Kaitlyn Hunt’s story could be my story. My first love was in high school – I was 15, she was 17. Then, I was 16 and she was 18. All of [...]

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Sex and the teenage girl: The Kaitlyn Hunt tragedy

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Kaitlyn HuntFamily photo, provided.
Be honest, how many of you reading this column would have been charged with “lewd and lascivious battery on a child 12-16 years of age” when you were 18? This is assuming of course that you got caught, and the state you lived in had such laws. Gay sex, straight [...]

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A boy named Issak

Monday, May 20, 2013
My name is Issak. I am a high school senior at Red Lion Area High School in Pennsylvania. As a student who happens to be transgender, my life isn’t all that different from other students in my class, except that I came out the summer before my junior year and [...]

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Homophobia’s cruel Mothers Day

Sunday, May 19, 2013
I can not help but be in awe of the horrible force that homophobia still exerts in our world. It is the force that inspires a mob to destroy a teenage girl, it is the power that drives a family to abandon a daughter at a time when she needs [...]

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Everything is bigger in Texas – even the homophobia

Friday, May 17, 2013
For those of you who wonder why it is I continue to write about equality issues and continue to ask you all to not give up the fight for what is right and just in this world, and wonder why marriage equality is so very important, it is because of [...]

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