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An LGBT Declaration of Independence

| Wednesday, July 4, 2012
When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for an oppressed minority to declare for themselves the full rights and responsibilities that the laws of reason, nature, and natures God entitles them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to demand as such...

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Tragedy strikes Texas: My trip to a vigil for a lesbian couple

| Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Violet Andrews Park is the type of serene refuge that people visit to get over the death of a loved one, not the type of place where people are brutally murdered. Surely, a violent encounter was the last thing on the minds of Olgin and Chapa when they went to the park on June 22 to waste time before a movie. What happened next is still a mystery. But we do know that the couple was led into a mud-soaked, grassy trail where both girls were shot in the head with a high caliber pistol.

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An American Love Story

| Sunday, July 1, 2012
Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom
Just over a year ago, my partner, Tom Bridegroom, accidentally fell off a roof while taking photographs of our best friend. He died a few hours later. He was just 29 years old. ... Because we weren't able to marry and because, young and feeling invincible, we hadn't had papers drawn up that would've protected us if one of us died, I lost all claim to Tom after he fell ... For those out there who do not think they know someone who's been deeply hurt by laws that prevent people from marrying the ones they love, well, now you do. My name is Shane Bitney Crone...

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A history lesson for Linda Harvey and the ‘religious Reichwing’

| Sunday, July 1, 2012
Hey Linda: You’ve been spouting off at the mouth a lot of utter nonsense about how dangerous it is to allow gays in the military. ... Linda, some of the most powerful, victorious, and abundantly brave – breathtakingly heroic actually – armies in history had in their rank and file – and leadership – gay men. ... And now with your ignorance and hate you demean their memory and you scorn those who want to wear a uniform of honor in order to serve this country and risk their very all to do so. How dare you.

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Gay Pride parades are about so much more than tight shorts and motorcycles

| Saturday, June 30, 2012
Ten years ago, I was 50 years old. My life had been spent in hiding and had been filled with so many lies and so much hurt and anger, I never imagined there was a way out. More specifically, I never dreamed there was a way for me to come out. But – there I was – this 50 year-old Lesbian, sitting on a corner waiting to see my first-ever Pride Parade. I was a stranger in a strange land – and yet I felt more at home on that street corner than I had ever felt in my home-town.

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Is high school the new Stonewall?

| Thursday, June 28, 2012
In the fight for equality, high school has become the new Stonewall. Perhaps the easiest question to answer is, “Why?” Why has the First Amendment debate moved from college campuses and into high schools? It’s a simple lesson in math. When you multiply an increase in out teens by the visibility of gay heroes then divide by more rules, you get First Amendment questions that make you wonder if you’re smarter than a 12th grader...

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Oreo ‘pride’ — It’s not the cookie they hate…

| Thursday, June 28, 2012
This whole boycotting Oreo cookies isn’t really about the cookie – You know that, right? This is all about hate and ignorance and for the most part it’s all tied up with the “God Hates Gays” bow ... Don’t blame Nabisco or my beloved Oreo for your hate-filled ignorance.

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Why I’m going to a Texas vigil to mourn a lesbian couple

| Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Mary Christine Chapa (left) and Mollie Judith Olgin
I’m going to Texas on Friday to mourn the loss of a beautiful young girl at a vigil in the park where she and her girlfriend were shot. But I’m also hoping this tragedy wakes people up to the nightmares on the horizon that are sure to come if our foes don’t halt their rancid and reactionary rhetoric.

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Shooting horses in the human race handicap

| Sunday, June 24, 2012
There are so many groups throughout the world of people who just happily, or nearly so, manage to survive day to day. They might be religious, have no belief except in any crises of their existence, or no desire to believe beyond their own personal intimacy with the deity of their choice. Then there are those who want their religious choice to be everyone’s. Even more threatening and annoying are those who think they must be the deliverer of salvation to the rest of humanity...

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Let’s throw the rice and move on…

| Sunday, June 24, 2012
At one time, Americans forbid miscegenation and criminalized interracial marriage. For some, it was said to be contrary to God’s laws; it was even likened to bestiality, called repugnant, depraved and declared anathema. We got over it, we grew up. We did what was right. It is one of the many great absurdities of our time that some American religious leaders presume to possess the right to dictate the parameters of marriage...

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