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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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Exit, don’t enable the Roman Catholic Church

| Friday, June 22, 2012
Pope Benedict XVI
If there is one thing that irks me, it is having the Roman Catholic Church preach to me about sexual morality. It is a religious sect led by a virulently homophobic Pope that goes out of its way to trash my family. Yet, my family hasn’t spent a cent defending itself against nonexistent charges of child rape, while the Vatican has spent $2.5 billion on legal fees, prevention programs, and settlements relating to the sexual abuse of minors.

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The reality of coalition, collaboration between the LGBT community and communities of color

| Wednesday, June 20, 2012
In the past month, we have seen milestone after milestone in the march toward LGBT equality. But there is a key element of this progress that we should shine a light on. What for many seemed like a red light at the intersection of race, class, sexual orientation and gender identity has turned yellow — even green — as we see diverse groups strongly and publicly supporting each other across issues and working for civil rights — human rights — for all people.

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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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