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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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The face of ‘modern slavery’ looks a lot like us

Sunday, September 30, 2012
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Imagine, if you can, 400,000 gay youth forced to leave their homes, with no family, no support, and living on the streets. They become the most vulnerable among us. They become the epitome of what is an easy target for the criminals who want only to exploit their bodies for [...]

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Matthew Vines: Reforming the Gay Christian Debate

Sunday, September 23, 2012
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“What does the Bible say about loving, same-sex relationships?” Nothing. Not a thing. And in that absence of Biblical direction of support for or condemnation of these relationships, Christians need to follow the general principles of the Bible: love, justice and kindness... [...]

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The brave new world of selfish and stupid

Sunday, September 23, 2012
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Those of you who have never had to say: “I’m gay” will never know the angst or the courage that is involved in coming out. Those of you who do know have an obligation to make the path a little easier than it was for you for the next person [...]

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Election 2012: Voter ID laws, voter suppression, and equality

Saturday, September 22, 2012
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One vote being cast in a sea of millions may seem insignificant, but when we step back to look at the tumultuous history of voting rights in our country, the real-world effects of voting, and the current efforts to suppress certain groups of voters, it becomes clear that voting is [...]

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A year after ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ there is still much work to be done

Friday, September 21, 2012
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A year after full DADT repeal, the government still fails to provide equal benefits to lesbian, gay, and bisexual military families, in part due to the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act. And transgender women and men are still barred from serving openly. It’s time for Congress and the Defense Department [...]

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