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Michigan bill would allow counseling students to refuse LGBT patients

| Monday, June 18, 2012
Last week, extremists in the Michigan Legislature made passage of House Bill 5040, or what I like to call the “First Do Harm” bill, a major priority before breaking for the summer. The bill would prohibit public colleges and universities from disciplining students participating in counseling, social work and psychology programs who refuse treatment to a patient based on the patient’s sexual orientation or gender identity, if it is motivated by a “sincerely held religious belief.”

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To loving, accepting fathers everywhere, ‘Happy Father’s Day’

| Sunday, June 17, 2012
It is true that there is a feeling of immortality in seeing our offspring grow and develop into young adults, with all the hope and clamor of life, but we must rejoice in their ability to bring new experiences to life, and new life to older experiences, free from the restrictions that we parents might have had to endure...

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I am the man my father built

| Sunday, June 17, 2012
Dad and I, c.1984
Ultimately, Dad raised exactly what he valued, a man who steps up and asks stupid questions and knows that to soar you must risk the occasional, spectacular crash. On my best days I live happily as the man my father built, writing and living as an HIV positive queer for all to see and never afraid to take a risk...

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Gay parents study: Dollarship disguised as scholarship

| Friday, June 15, 2012
Mark Regnerus
There are two things we know about the religious right: They have no faith in science, and they cynically distort science to justify their faith. The latest example is a new study by University of Texas researcher Mark Regnerus (pictured), “How Different are the Adult Children of Parents Who Have Same-Sex Relationships?”

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Surrendering our freedoms

| Sunday, June 10, 2012
We are in the midst of a slow motion variation of an assassination. You may well be fooled into thinking that it is aimed at stopping the re-election of the President, but it is actually aimed directly at the hearts and minds of "we, the people." Would-be despots and tyrants, masquerading as bureaucrats under the guise of think tanks, have been busily organizing the dishevelment of society in order to maintain and increase the profits of the privileged, their positions of power, and the power of those positions...

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Effigy of Obama on American soil: Beyond offensive, sadly typical

| Sunday, June 10, 2012
The gloves are off and the masks have been removed in the United States as apparently it has become acceptable, even fashionable, to bully your fellow citizens -- or better still, hang an effigy of your president, who happens to be black, with a noose, and in a part of the country where not too long ago, that in of itself was quietly approved.

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Edith Windsor vs. the United States: Edie 4, U.S. 0

| Saturday, June 9, 2012
Thea Spyer and Edith Windsor
It seemed an intimate a moment as Edie drifted off to her memories. It was so sweet and it touched the depth of me. I was listening to a woman who fell in love at first sight and never stopped loving her partner of 44 years. “Did getting married after 42 years make a difference, Edie?”, I wondered. “Oh, Y E S ! It felt like we were finally recognized by friends and family and people around us. It felt wonderful!”

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An open letter to the anti-gay Home Depot employee: ‘This is a family’

| Friday, June 8, 2012
Dear Randy ... When you said gays were ruining marriage, I wanted to ask you to clarify. HOW are gays ruining YOUR marriage? Does your wife want to leave you for a woman? Are you going to leave her for a gay man? Are you addicted to gay porn or something? I mean, how exactly, is me being in love with my girlfriend, a bother – at all – to your marriage?

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14-year-old talk show host: ‘President Obama is making kids gay’ (Video)

| Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Caiden Cowger, a 14-year old who hosts a popular conservative radio talk show in West Virginia claims that “President Obama is making kids gay,” and says that 30 kids he knows who weren’t gay when they were growing up have now decided to subscribe to the “belief” of homosexuality.

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Time to face the truth on sexual orientation…

| Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Anti-gay activists have long argued that gay people do not need protection from discrimination because they can hide their identity. Anti-gay activist Janet Boynes succinctly made this point in her book, Called Out: “The difference between black skin and homosexuality is that black skin is a physical characteristic while homosexuality is a behavior.”

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