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Coming Out: It will change your life

Thursday, October 11, 2012
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Life as a homosexual isn’t an easy life. From the time you know you’re gay until the moment you say out loud to the world around you: “I’m gay” could be 10 years, 15 years 30 years or in my case, 50 years. Some people never find the courage to [...]

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National Coming Out Day: Achieving progress through visibility

Thursday, October 11, 2012
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On our road to equality, perhaps we’ll meet a day when “coming out” becomes a thing of the past. There will be no perception of difference, no fear, no worry and no anxiety. No declarations, no announcements, no revelations need be made. Nothing is questioned or second-guessed... [...]

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NOM promotes article comparing gay parents to rapists, sexual predators

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
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Pay attention, gay folks. There is seems to be a quiet war going on against our rights to be surrogate parents. Via the NOM blog, I found this highly offensive piece, The New Sexual Predators. In it, the author, Alana S. Newman compares gay couples and older woman to human [...]

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LGBT History Month: For Auld Lang Syne — Already Forgotten

Monday, October 8, 2012
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Many of us who lived through the 1960s and early 1970s when activism meant getting in the trenches and actually protesting in order to accomplish change have now been made to feel that our way is “old fashioned” and antiquated. That would indicate that we’re ineffective and docile, and with [...]

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Be the change; volunteer for marriage equality today

Sunday, October 7, 2012
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Democracy is about participation — it’s about caring about an issue so much that you’ll go door-to-door in your neighborhood talking to voters about marriage equality. Heck, you might not even be in your neighborhood. We’re so quick to judge when we lose an amendment or a referendum, but how [...]

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The effects of marriage referendums and what to do about them

Sunday, October 7, 2012
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This November, four states (Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington) have marriage definition questions on their ballots. Within the LGBT community and society at large, we often think of the effects of these elections in terms of whether or not marriage equality will expand to another state, or whether yet another [...]

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The convoluted legal case for reparative therapy

Saturday, October 6, 2012
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If there is one thing that we learned by the Pacific Justice Institute’s lawsuit against California Gov. Jerry Brown, and anyone in his orbit remotely connected to a new law banning “ex-gay” therapy for minors, is that these lawyers are as logic challenged and convoluted as the industry they are [...]

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The memory and meaning of Matthew Shepard, 14 years later

Saturday, October 6, 2012
On October 7, 1998, Aaron Kreifels was riding his bike through a field in Wyoming. He wasn’t expecting that day to be different from any other beautiful sunny afternoon in the vast plains surrounding Laramie, but that day would change many lives. Aaron spotted what he initially thought was a [...]

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Surviving my own personal hell, living through ‘dyke to wife’ reparative therapy

Thursday, October 4, 2012
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It was the 1970s reparative therapy for gays – you ignored who you were and tried to be what society, your church and your family wanted you to be. I did my best. I went to church, I sang in the choir, I had a job. I cooked, cleaned, did [...]

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Electing LGBT politicians changes the debate on LGBT rights

Monday, October 1, 2012
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LGBT office holders are our clearest and most convincing champions for true equality. As leaders in government, they become the face and voice of our community. They challenge the lies of extremists and speak authentically about themselves, their families and our community. One of the most effective organizations [...]

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