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Halloween horrors: The ghost of Proposition 8 returns…

Monday, October 14, 2013
The majority of California’s “innocent children” are under attack from a vile, twisted bunch hoping to ogle the opposite sex in the bathroom. Just as in Prop 8, the LGBT community is being equated with pedophiles. That tired old “abnormal” and “sick” paint brush is being used collectively on the trans community, as if simply being different makes one unworthy of equal treatment under the law. ... Given all the similarities to Prop 8 messaging, it’s no surprise that the National Organization for Marriage is behind this petition drive, or that Prop 8′s chief strategist, Frank Schubert, works on this campaign as well. [ Read more → ]
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Coming Out – Yes, it still does matter

Friday, October 11, 2013
I didn’t come out until I was 50. In those 50 years I lied, cheated on a husband, denied who I was and tried desperately to be the daughter, sister, wife, cousin, friend that I was expected to be. It didn’t work – it never works. And those who believe that to be gay is a choice we make, well, they will never, ever understand the struggle that takes place within most of our souls. Truthfully, most people believe that just saying the words “I’m gay” means you’ve come out. In a sense it does, however, the real coming out, in my opinion, is when you look at that reflection you see in the mirror and say “I’m Gay” and you don’t look away in shame – that’s when you’ve come out. [ Read more → ]
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Nine things NOT to do when you come out of the closet

Friday, October 11, 2013
National Coming Out Day is an important day not only for those who make the move and come out, but also for everyone else to be aware of the process. It is the process where an individual becomes more honest about who they are, even at the risk of public or private scorn and ridicule. The substance of “coming out” is truth. On the individual level, by telling the truth about myself, I know I gained a fuller anchor in my own life... [ Read more → ]
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A gay dad mourns the loss of Joe Bell, killed in the line of duty of being a dad

Thursday, October 10, 2013
“Making headway, one step at a time.” This was the last communication from Joe Bell on his epic quest to walk across the United States and do everything within his power to end bullying, intolerance and suicide. His journey was not the result of an idealistic publicity stunt. It was a mission... [ Read more → ]
APIn this July 4, 1967 file photo Kay Tobin Lahusen, right, and other demonstrators carry signs calling for protection of homosexuals from discrimination as they march in a picket line in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

Institutions dedicated to LGBT history an exciting, largely untapped resource

Sunday, October 6, 2013
The road to equality is paved with court victories and legislative gains, but also by progress in the social theatre of the culture war. This is the latest iteration of the struggle to contend with intolerance through outreach, community building, and education — needs for which cultural institutions are apposite. Friday, which marked the fourth day of Gay History Month, editorials are circulating in conservative media outlets that caution parents about the “sexual assault on our children” posed by public schools’ recognition of LGBT history... [ Read more → ]
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The four most important things I learned during my first year of transition

Saturday, October 5, 2013
I’ve never revealed any personal details of my life in articles that I’ve written for publication. Mainly because I didn’t feel that they were relevant to the topics at hand. However, because it's pride season here in Orlando, it seems like an appropriate time to mention the fact that I’m a transgender woman. This wasn’t a secret. I’ve been publicly out since February. I’ve just never addressed the matter in a publication before. I’ve learned a lot since I started my transition -- like the fact that women’s pants pockets are useless... [ Read more → ]
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From Alabama with love: One congressional candidate’s pledge of hate

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Did you know that in Mobile, Ala., there were nine Republicans running in a special election for Alabama’s 1st Congressional District. And you're probably are wondering why you should care about this if you don’t live in the State of Alabama. You should care because one of these candidates – Dean Young - challenged the other eight to sign a pledge saying that, if they get elected, they will take any and all active steps to oppose same-sex marriage... [ Read more → ]
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You know, it’s not just about the pasta…

Sunday, September 29, 2013
You all know it’s not about the pasta. It’s about discrimination and intolerance and ignorance. It’s about a mindset that continues on for generations and generations – passed down through a family like Green Bay Packers or Boston Red Sox tickets. When the Chairman knew his words had created a firestorm, he said this: “I only wanted to underline the central role of the woman in the family." Well, as a woman who is also a lesbian, I feel so much better now. [ Read more → ]
SourceDemonstartors at an anti-gay protest in California.

The LGBT community desperately needs to confront anti-gay propaganda

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The LGBT community has deceived itself into thinking that if we just sidestep the lies and distortions and solely focus on “telling our stories” as ordinary people seeking fairness under the American system, our problems with those who oppose our right to equality will dissipate. It’s high time that the LGBT community realize that this belief is a false bill of goods that serves as a pitiful Band-Aid to a problem that requires more than stories designed to yank at the heart strings; indeed, such efforts make it look as if we are begging for “tolerance.” [ Read more → ]
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’19 Kids & Counting’ … and one major disservice to LGBT viewers

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Tonight on the TLC network, another season of 19 Kids & Counting will makes its debut. And when it does, the show will spend some of its time documenting the Duggar's eldest son, Josh, as he moves his family to the nation's capital. ... Over the past year, Josh Duggar has gone from being a family man and reality star to also being a senior voice for an organization that the Southern Povery Law Center designates as an active anti-gay hate group. In his new role at FRC, Josh has not shied away from making his anti-LGBT views known. While serving as a fill-in radio host for his boss at FRC, the jaw-droppingly anti-LGBT Tony Perkins, Josh recently admitted that he sees his lesbian aunt as “choosing” a “lifestyle...” [ Read more → ]
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Gay rights vs. religious rights: Religion News Service counters NALT Project

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Having lived through the civil rights struggle in the American South and having seen many fine, upstanding white Christians refuse to sell houses to people solely because of the color of their skin, refuse service to people in restaurants solely because of the pigmentation of the people in question — all the while quoting the bible and standing on their “religious” rights — I couldn’t have less patience with these spurious arguments that cake-selling and flower-vending are a matter of religious faith... [ Read more → ]
A North Carolina church promotes a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage with the message of marriage as between one man, one woman and God.

Christian principles not the motivator for the gutless who mask bigotry as ‘religious freedom’

Sunday, September 8, 2013
Standing up for Christian principles in general is obviously not the motivator for denying marriage equality to gays and lesbians ... taking a stance against LGBT people is. Even with the most outlandishly anti-gay interpretation of the Bible, not one Bible verse implies that it is wrong to provide services for two people standing up to articulate their love and promises toward each other. Not one. In fact, there are many references that support doing so: the commandment to love one’s neighbor as one’s self; the commitment and love declared by David and Jonathan; the golden rule... [ Read more → ]
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An open letter: Spread love, change history

Saturday, September 7, 2013
It’s time for everyone to experience Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, for everyone to know they are beautiful just the way they are. It’s time for same-sex couples, same-sex parents, children of same-sex parents, and all LGBTQ persons at home, at school, in the workplace or in retirement to be protected by the laws of their lands. ... It’s time to spread love. It’s time to change history. [ Read more → ]
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N.J. Senate election: A case study in LGBT tolerance, equality, representation

Monday, September 2, 2013
Newark, N.J., mayor Cory Booker has been something of a celebrity in the political arena. If you’re a New Jersey resident and you read the newspaper, you’d probably heard of him even before he announced his campaign for Senate. You’ve also probably heard of the speculation that he is gay. ... But the most important question here is not whether Cory Booker is gay. It is not even why he won’t confirm or deny it. The most important question at hand is this: are we ready to elect an openly gay man to the U.S.Senate? [ Read more → ]
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Dreams deferred: Why we need immigration reform

Sunday, September 1, 2013
A pathway to citizenship would give my parents, and our country’s 11 million aspiring Americans, the chance to come out of the shadows and live their lives with pride. ... I know what it’s like to be forced into two closets, unable to openly share your immigration status and sexual orientation. That’s why I’m thrilled that the LGBT community is standing up for immigration reform... [ Read more → ]
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CNN has no excuse for continuing to call Chelsea Manning a man

Thursday, August 29, 2013
Major news organizations have honored Chelsea Manning’s explicit request to be identified as a woman, but CNN continues to make excuses for misgendering Manning in its news coverage. CNN’s “policy” on identifying transgender people contradicts the guidelines set forth by GLAAD and the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, which both state that transgender people should be referred to by their preferred name and gender identity, regardless of the presence of a legal name change or gender reassignment surgery... [ Read more → ]
Martin Meissner, APSweden's Moa Hjelmer, her nails painted in rainbow colors, watches the womens 200-meter final at the World Athletics Championships in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Aug. 16, 2013.

Pro-gay protests at the Winter Olympics in Sochi? Dream on…

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
It is fanciful to suggest that Sochi-bound Olympians will or should follow the example of Tommie Smith and John Carlos, the U.S. sprinters who struck a world-electrifying blow for the African-American cause by thrusting their black-gloved fists in the air on the Olympic medal podium in 1968. Those were angry times... [ Read more → ]
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States must respect the rights of LGBT parents

Sunday, August 25, 2013
In a country where so many politicians espouse “family values” and the importance of parents in a child’s life, it’s remarkable how quickly those beliefs go out the window when there’s an opportunity to shame and bully an LGBT person. It must stop. An estimated 650,000 same-sex couples live in the United States, and 19 percent of same-sex couple households have minor children... [ Read more → ]
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The other race Virginians need to watch

Sunday, August 25, 2013
Given its off year elections, Virginia is attracting a good deal of attention among political observers. LGBT Virginians, women and minorities likewise ought to be paying close attention. Why? Because the Republican statewide ticket -- which was nominated at a convention dominated by far right religious extremists and Tea Party fanatics (who usually also identify as "conservative Christians") -- is the most extreme in Virginia's history. [ Read more → ]
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Let’s hope athletes take a stand in Sochi as they did in Mexico City in 1968

Sunday, August 18, 2013
John Carlos took a stand for human rights during the Mexico City Olympics that resonates to this day. Almost 45 years ago, Carlos climbed on the medals podium along with Tommie Smith. Each thrust a black-gloved fist toward the sky. Peter Norman stood in front of them, stoically wearing a badge that showed his support for the African-American cause. Let’s hope the athletes of the world are prepared to make a similar statement at the Sochi Games... [ Read more → ]
Lefteris Pitarakis, AP Gay rights activists protested in London on Saturday, brandishing doctored images of Russian President Vladimir Putin as they called for a boycott of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi over the country's anti-gay laws.

A gay dad’s open letter to the IOC: Move the damned Olympics already

Thursday, August 15, 2013
Two masters of the art come face to face and battle wits, brawn, and skill to win their meet and emerge victorious. While that could be a description of an instance at the Olympic Games, it is really an observation of the game of chicken being played out now between Russia and the International Olympic Committee. Who will blink first and cave into the other’s will? On the one side you have the Russians with team leader Putin. Their goal is clear. They want it all. They want to oppress LGBT people into nonexistence, and have the rest of the world complacently back off as they do so... [ Read more → ]
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Lives mislabeled: Gay or straight, left or right, this or that…

Sunday, August 11, 2013
One problem I have with labeling ourselves as a this or a that, is that it usually stems from adoption of the values most familiar to us as we grow into young adults. Once adopted it can be very difficult to abandon those labels, particularly if the culture we live in seems to suggest that any alternatives are forbidden. While we might be subjected to psychological manipulation to think of ourselves as being one thing or another, philosophical alternatives, discussions and attitudes may be well and truly concealed from our consciousness; even to the point of them being actively denied as worthy investigations. [ Read more → ]
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Putin’s anti-gay Olympics – Should we participate and condone the hate?

Saturday, August 10, 2013
Perhaps it’s because the United States is so divided on the issue of gay rights that, as a country, we are so divided on the Russian anti-gay, Olympic issue. We have states making laws that allow us to marry and states making laws that prevent us from getting married. We have Christians who hate us, and Christians who love us. We have politicians who work tirelessly to see that we have our constitutional rights, and politicians who use every ounce of their power to make sure that the Constitution was most certainly not written with the homosexual in mind. For me, the Olympics are a no-brainer... [ Read more → ]
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Mainstream LGBT rights groups have abandoned Bradley Manning

Sunday, August 4, 2013
One of the interesting factors is that two of the largest and most well funded LGBT rights groups in the U.S. have stayed quiet about Bradley Manning, his reprehensible treatment in custody and his trial. Why has Manning, whose revelations about the U.S. Army's actions epitomize social justice in action, gotten the cold shoulder from the Human Rights Campaign and GLAAD? The silence of these groups has been deafening. [ Read more → ]
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Russia: This Berlin Wall of bigotry shall crumble too

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
If Russia is eventually freed from Vladimir Putin’s tyranny, it will partially be a result of LGBT people fighting this rogue nation’s state-sponsored terror apparatus. Worldwide efforts are now underway to pressure this petro police state into abolishing its recently passed anti-gay laws. ... What is occurring in Russia is a psychotic pogrom against homosexuals. The goal is to terrorize and humiliate LGBT people and make their lives a living hell. Such ignorant bullying and cruel barbarism will not stand and Russia will pay a prohibitive price for its outrageous actions. [ Read more → ]
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