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Dear Nancy Grace: Your revisionist history of Anita Bryant is mind boggling

Saturday, June 7, 2014
Anita Bryant, country singer and gay-rights opponent, had a banana cream pie thrown in her face by Tom Higgins, an openly gay man from Minneapolis, in 1977 during a press conference in Des Moines, Iowa. Instead of retaliating, Bryant's husband, Bob Green, said to let Higgins go untouched as they prayed for him.
As a gay dad to two boys adopted from foster care as babies, I can tell you that what Anita Bryant WAS trying to do was de-humanizing.  Under the rallying cry of “save our children” she fought to keep gay people away from children. I can only imagine what she would think of me saving mine from death and disaster at the hand of drug addicted birth parents.  She stated, “As a mother, I know that homosexuals cannot biologically reproduce children; therefore, they must recruit our children.”

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The Religious Right’s campaign to strip all citizens of religious freedom

Monday, June 2, 2014
Alex Brandon, AP
Turn on any cable news show and you'll hear conservatives, particularly the Religious Right, giving long tirades about religious freedom and how the Left is seeking to strip it away from good God-fearing Americans. But if you watch how the Religious Right works in court, you know that it's actually the other way around. Religious freedom has been a strongly held belief in America since the very beginning...

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Dr. Robi Ludwig: Why the words you spoke are dangerous, and the one you forgot to say

Saturday, May 31, 2014
Dr. Robi Ludwig
One of the strangest cornerstones of life in new millennium media is not the question on whether someone will blame a current tragedy on the LGBT community, it is how quickly they will run to do it. From 9/11, to earthquakes, to floods and British rain, it is LGBT caused, according to these factions. The Isla Vista killings were no different.

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For a lost soldier…

Monday, May 26, 2014
AP (File)
Every year that I have lived and worked in this city I have always gone to Arlington National Cemetery to observe the Memorial Day ceremonies. Afterwards, I wander down through the grounds, just to watch, maybe to listen, but mostly to contemplate on the sacrifices made by those brave souls whose final resting place has become hallowed ground, a literal garden of stones. Arlington's rolling hills are a place of extraordinary beauty, a fitting repository for the memory of the living history of the United States. Names from the history books leap off the pages as one strolls through the grounds...

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Losing battles, winning the war

Monday, May 19, 2014
AP
Dear Opponents of Equality: You can feel it approaching, can’t you? Victory for those of us who seek equality under the law is looming on the horizon. Our shared concepts of marriage, love, sexuality and family are changing. We get that you might be worried or afraid. Change is difficult; especially if you’ve had things go your way for, well, most of history. What you’ve failed to grasp is that the right to define those terms is not YOURS alone. All of us in a free society can contribute to the understanding, the definition, and the reality of what makes a family and what defines a marriage...

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An open letter to the Mother’s Day slushie victim: Bullies with an agenda are still bullies

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Anti-gay protester and "slushie" victim Christine Weick
Thanks to the television show “Glee,” the slushie has been elevated from an overly sugary refreshment to an act of public humiliation. Not since a cream pie hit the face of Anita Bryant, has a caloric treat wielded such stature. Previously, the slushie had been confined to fictional encounters. It has now entered our reality. On Mother’s Day 2014, a young woman named Jessica Prince became so irate that she felt compelled to throw a red slushie at an anti-gay protester (watch here) You might call it, The Slushie Heard Around the World...

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I just can’t vote for a gay Republican…

Sunday, May 11, 2014
Carl DeMaio
Carl DeMaio is running for the U.S. House of Representatives. He’s a fiscal conservative Republican, and that is why he won’t have the vote of this liberal Democratic lesbian. And I don’t like the fact that he won’t really talk about LGBTQ issues – saying instead that the fiscal issues are more important. I have to hope that if he does get elected he will vote on the side of supporting LGBTQ issues … but, then again, we all know that the words "gay" and "Republican" mix about as well as oil and water.

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An open letter to the ‘Christian’ man who would be ‘King’

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Darrell Trigg
If you haven’t heard of Darrell Trigg or his intentions, don’t feel bad. In terms of his real objective and vision, he is not actually running for President. He really wants to be our King. The monarchs of old saw their leadership ordained by God, their authority blessed and their decrees sacrosanct and immediately actionable. Mr. Trigg’s view of himself coincides, as he states, “He has revealed Himself to me spiritually...” and “I know that it is His will for me to be the next President of the United States of America.”

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Driving Rosa Parks: Lessons from Jo Becker’s book, ‘Forcing the Spring’

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Jo Becker
For all the consternation the book "Forcing the Spring" has caused, Jo Becker’s trespass in portraying American Foundation for Equal Rights founder Chad Griffin as the Rosa Parks in the fight for marriage equality is not much worse than all the many times newspapers, magazines, and even knowledgeable people in the LGBT community have casually pronounced Stonewall as the start of the gay civil rights movement and rioting drag queens as the pioneers. The movement started decades earlier, and its pioneers were people who pushed back against discrimination in many different ways...

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An unthinkable tragedy

Saturday, April 26, 2014
Gabriel
Gabriel did not die because his moms were lesbian. His death was not the byproduct of homophobia. His fate was not because of a violation of any legal custody issues. His story is bigger than any of that. His story is about love, sacrifice and the true meaning of being a parent. His story is one that brings the bigoted preconceived notions around same sex parenting to its knees. When I heard the story of Rachel and Heidi, I wept over what had happened to them. This is my letter from a dad to two moms.

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