Living: May 2013


Indiana LGBT Youth Group Gets License Plate Back

Filed by John M. Becker | May 31, 2013 | 3:30 PM | comments

An a administrative hearing judge has ruled in favor of the Indiana Youth Group and ordered that the group's LGBT youth specialty license plate be reinstated.Read More

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Watch: Grandmother's Touching Marriage Equality Song

Filed by John M. Becker | May 31, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Presenting one of the sweetest things you'll see today: a 72-year-old Tennessee grandmother performing an original song about marriage equality, dedicated to her lesbian niece and her fiancée.Read More


German Cardinal: Women Should Stay at Home, Have Babies

Filed by John M. Becker | May 28, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

Germany's leading conservative Catholic cardinal thinks the government should focus less on immigration and more on procreation in addressing its declining birthrate.Read More


'Senior Stuff' at South Florida Pride Center

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | May 28, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

Both the numbers and needs of the current LGBT senior community have not only been understated but have remained almost invisible.Read More


You'd Think They'd Keep a Lower Profile!

Filed by Mark S. King | May 28, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

After bankrupting a multi-million dollar agency and charges of financial malfeasance, you'd think these discredited leaders would opt for a lower profile.Read More


Remember, Freedom Isn't Free

Filed by Bil Browning | May 27, 2013 | 11:00 AM | comments

On this Memorial Day, keep in mind that the day isn't just about grilling out, swimming, and the start of summer.Read More


The Evolution of the American Family

Filed by Bil Browning | May 26, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

I love this infographic on the changing face of the American family. Not because it's super in-depth or contains shocking new information. So, why does it bring a smile to my face?Read More


The Cicadas Are Coming!

Filed by John M. Becker | May 26, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

If you're on the East Coast, you've probably heard about the impending invasion of billions of buzzing cicadas. And if you're like me, this may terrify you just a little. So why not watch a video about them?Read More

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What You Need To Know This Week (5/19 - 5/25)

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | May 25, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

Same-sex couples are excluded from immigration reform, the BSA votes to allow gay scouts, British marriage law changes leave trans* people at the altar, Puerto Rico gets an LGBT non-discrimination bill, and more. Read More

Your Pre-Holiday Moment of Chocolatey Coolness

Filed by Bil Browning | May 24, 2013 | 12:45 PM | comments

I've lost all consideration for blogging. I'll be over here watching this cool-ass video of a zoetrope made out of chocolate for the rest of the day until it's time to go put burgers on the grill. Read More


Happy Harvey Milk Day!

Filed by Bil Browning | May 22, 2013 | 11:00 AM | comments

If you live in California, today is Harvey Milk Day - in honor of the gay politician assassinated in 1978.Read More


Peace Corps to Accept Same-Sex Couples

Filed by Bil Browning | May 21, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

While married heterosexual couples have been allowed to serve in the Peace Corps since it was started in 1961, same-sex couples will now be accepted and given the opportunity to serve together.Read More


Charting a New Course for LGBT Youth

Filed by Mark Segal | May 20, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

Speaking in front of LGBT youth at a school in Philadelphia, I was reminded recently of how bright the future looks for our community's youngest members.Read More


New York City Rocked by Slew of Anti-Gay Hate Crimes

Filed by John M. Becker | May 20, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

Despite the tremendous progress that's been made on LGBT equality, we still face harassment, intimidation, violence, and even death just for being who we are -- not just in far-flung corners of the globe, but in our own backyard.Read More


Your Handy Guide to Cell Phone Etiquette

Filed by Bil Browning | May 19, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

To help folks realize what is and isn't okay about using your phone in public, I thought I'd post a helpful infographic. No need to thank me. It's a public service really.Read More


I Am Your Daughter: Making Peace Before Pop Dies

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 19, 2013 | 12:30 PM | comments

Inner peace was unknown to me until these past four years after I had finally come out as a transgender lesbian woman. Now I'm driving to a hospital so my father can meet me, the real me, Pamela, in person, before he dies.Read More


Tybee Island Georgia Has Its First Gay Days

Filed by Father Tony | May 19, 2013 | 10:30 AM | comments

Is Tybee Island, Georgia, gay? That is the wrong question. Tybee might be the perfect example of the post-post-Stonewall well-integrated gay/straight community in which LGBT visibility, and a sense of fellowship overriding the bigotry of which southern states are usually suspected.Read More

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What You Need To Know This Week (5/12 - 5/18)

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | May 18, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

Priests lead a violent attack on gay protesters, a Eurovision kiss scares Turkey, the DoD recognizes a trans* veteran's gender, Texas "morality" tears apart a family, and more stories from the past week. Read More


Is This Okay?

Filed by Bil Browning | May 16, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

I despise folks who have a quick yack at the top of their lungs about Aunt Betty's varicose veins on a crowded bus or how to properly file a Form SB82734-E(9) for consideration by the Department of Nobody Gives A Shit while seated in a crowded theater.Read More


Wedding Cake Wars: Oregon Edition

Filed by John M. Becker | May 15, 2013 | 5:00 PM | comments

Yet another small business owner is going to the barricades and claiming that her private religious beliefs grant her the "liberty" to illegally discriminate against same-sex couples in the public marketplace. Sorry, but they don't.Read More


Marriage Equality Coming to Brazil?

Filed by John M. Becker | May 15, 2013 | 3:30 PM | comments

If yesterday's ruling holds, equal marriage rights will be extended to same-sex couples nationwide and Brazil will become the fifteenth country where gays and lesbians can legally marry.Read More


Fitch the Homeless: A Helpful Protest

Filed by Bil Browning | May 15, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

An interview Abercrombie and Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries did with Salon back in 2006 has found new life on the intertubes mememobile over the past couple of weeks. Unfortunately for Jeffries, honesty is not a virtue when it comes to brand marketing.Read More


Historic Catch One Disco Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Filed by Karen Ocamb | May 15, 2013 | 12:30 PM | comments

Forty years ago, Jewel Thais-Williams bought a bar that wouldn't allow black people to enter even though she wasn't legally allowed to tend bar. She's still going strong thanks to an old redneck from Texas.Read More


Let Alan Turing's Conviction For Homosexuality Stand

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | May 14, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

As distasteful as we may find Alan Turing's trial, conviction, and chemical castration, his treatment is a vital part, not only of his history, but of the history of the struggle for LGBT equality. Read More

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The Next Step for a Christian Ally

Filed by Betty Greene Salwak | May 13, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Anti-gay sentiment that is promulgated by religious conservatives of all Abrahamic faiths does not, in fact, originate in the Bible/Koran/Torah. The roots go much deeper and further back to a cultural bias of misogyny.Read More


Mother's Day: The Sun Shines Out of His Behind

Filed by Paige Schilt | May 12, 2013 | 3:30 PM | comments

When I was eight months pregnant, I watched a documentary about a lesbian couple whose baby was born without an anus.Read More

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What You Need To Know This Week (5/5 - 5/11)

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | May 11, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

More awesome marriage equality news, plus a slandered gay student wins big university election anyway, Congress issues the first same-sex spousal ID, a new campaign raises trans* awareness in China, and lots more. Read More


"Progressive" Jim Wallis Throws LGBTs Under the Bus in Immigration Reform

Filed by John M. Becker | May 09, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

Self-proclaimed prophet and so-called Christian progressive Jim Wallis chose to throw binational LGBT families under the bus on immigration reform. Shame on him.Read More

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The Need for LGBT-Friendly Senior Housing

Filed by Mark Segal | May 09, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

Why is LGBT-friendly senior housing important? Put simply, the need is there.Read More


And the Fish Says, "What Is Water?"

Filed by Bil Browning | May 08, 2013 | 3:45 PM | comments

This will likely be the most inspirational and thought-provoking thing you'll see this week.Read More


Finding Myself in the Mother's Day Card Aisle

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 08, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

As Mother's Day and Father's Day approach, I open the mailbox with excitement and dread. As a transgender woman, I wonder: will I get a card? How will my children handle the gendered nature of such cards?Read More


Delaware Passes Marriage Equality; Minnesota May Be Next

Filed by John M. Becker | May 07, 2013 | 7:00 PM | comments

Just minutes after the Delaware Senate gave final approval to marriage equality, Gov. Jack Markell signed it into law, telling the crowd, "I do not intend to make any of you wait one minute longer."Read More


Cardinal Dolan to LGBTs: Wash Your Hands Before Entering My Church

Filed by John M. Becker | May 06, 2013 | 6:00 PM | comments

If Cardinal Dolan's definition of "welcoming" gays and lesbians is so broad that it quite literally includes shutting them out of Mass, it's obvious that he's far more interested in excusing and preserving his own bigotry than actually following Jesus's radically inclusive example.Read More


Calling Keynes Gay Isn't Enough Anymore

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 06, 2013 | 10:30 AM | comments

Conservatives hate Keynes because, if his basic insights become dogma, then they lose their favorite cudgel with which to beat the poors into shutting up and listening to their betters. Read More

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What You Need To Know This Week (4/28 - 5/4)

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | May 04, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

Winter rounds up the stories from around the web this week that you won't want to have missed. Read More

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Marriage Equality: It's About Putting Relationships First

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 02, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

Our fight over same-sex marriage is a battle about relationships that is increasingly eroding relationships. Our diverse and entrenched beliefs about how to be together are driving us apart.Read More