Living: September 2013

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Two Minutes of Advice for Those Testing HIV+

Filed by Mark S. King | September 29, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

Check out the "You've Got This" campaign. It's like "It Gets Better," for people living with HIV.Read More

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What You Need To Know (9/21-9/28)

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | September 28, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

A revisionist take on Matthew Sheppard, an engineering magazine publishes an anti-gay letter, Pakistan blocks LGBT support website, US Senate confirms first openly gay federal appeals judge, and more. Read More


Barilla Chairman Apologizes Again, This Time on Video

Filed by John M. Becker | September 28, 2013 | 9:30 AM | comments

Guido Barilla tried again to apologize for Pastagate 2013 -- this time on video -- but it's still questionable. Do you accept it?Read More


Welcoming Schools Launches New Anti-Bullying Program

Filed by John M. Becker | September 27, 2013 | 5:30 PM | comments

Welcoming Schools released a film this week designed to equip educators with information that will enable them to more effectively respond to bullying.Read More

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Rivals Make Social Media Hay Out of Barilla's Bigotry

Filed by John M. Becker | September 27, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

Pasta makers Buitoni and Bertolli both rushed out pro-equality ads after the chairman of Barilla pasta said his company refused to advertise to LGBT families.Read More

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Do You Accept Barilla's Apology? [Open Thread]

Filed by John M. Becker | September 27, 2013 | 1:45 PM | comments

Barilla's latest "apology" flopped like a wet noodle.Read More


From a Gay Italian American to Guido Barilla

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 27, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

Signore Barilla: In our traditional Italian-American family, unconditional love is the most important tradition of all.Read More

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Jeremy Hooper's Family Grows

Filed by John M. Becker | September 27, 2013 | 9:30 AM | comments

Congratulations to Good As You blogger Jeremy Hooper and his husband Andrew on the birth of their daughter, Savannah Rose!Read More

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Watch One Straight Ally's Powerful 'Aha' Moment

Filed by John M. Becker | September 26, 2013 | 6:30 PM | comments

Being de-friended over his brother's same-sex wedding gave straight ally David Stevens an insight into the hurtful rejection that many LGBT people experience.Read More

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Would You Go Through a Haunted House Naked?

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

There. Is. No. Way. I'd do this. Never. Ever.Read More

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What Pope Francis Has Known About Gay Priests

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | September 26, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

Moving forward, Pope Francis embraces an acceptance of gay priests and wants the church too as well.Read More

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Barilla Noodle Chief: Gays Can Eat Someone Else's Pasta

Filed by John M. Becker | September 26, 2013 | 12:15 PM | comments

Italian pasta maker Barilla is in hot water today after its chairman said last night that his company doesn't really like gays.Read More

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George H. W. Bush Participates in Same-Sex Wedding

Filed by Bil Browning | September 26, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

Looks like the Bush clan just found another supporter of same-sex marriage. Former President George H. W. Bush witnessed the marriage of two shopkeepers from Kennebunkport, Maine last weekend.Read More

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Fundies Getting Desperate as Public Embraces Equality

Filed by Jeff Lutes | September 25, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

Instead of obsessing over homosexuality, Baptist leader Albert Mohler should write about ways to work together to end poverty and hunger.Read More

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Obligatory New Grandbaby Pics

Filed by Jerame Davis | September 25, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

As a point of personal privilege, here are some pics of my new granddaughter, Erinn.Read More

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Pope Francis's Vatican Excommunicates Pro-LGBT Priest

Filed by John M. Becker | September 24, 2013 | 5:00 PM | comments

Think the Pope is softening his stance on gays? Then why did the Vatican excommunicate a priest for supporting marriage equality - when they won't excommunicate pedophiles?Read More


Trans Homecoming Queen Heartbroken by Hateful Backlash

Filed by John M. Becker | September 24, 2013 | 3:30 PM | comments

Cassidy Lynn Campbell -- the trans teen who made headlines when her classmates voted her homecoming queen -- is being targeted by vicious online bullies. Let's show her some love instead.Read More

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I Want to Be This Happy Fall Has Arrived

Filed by Bil Browning | September 24, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

Fall has officially arrived and that makes me a grumpy face. I love the sun and the warmth and despise the cold and grey skies that come with the change of seasons.Read More

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Catholic College Censors John Corvino

Filed by John M. Becker | September 24, 2013 | 12:30 PM | comments

Prominent gay philosopher John Corvino has become the latest victim of the American Catholic Church's campaign to marginalize and silence those speaking out for LGBT equality.Read More

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The Dominoes Should Fall Like a House of Cards

Filed by Bil Browning | September 23, 2013 | 5:30 PM | comments

Remember when the Pope gave an interview and said something all happy dippy feel-good about sinners and fornicators and abortion-loving loose women? Read More

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Think You Know How to Say 'Bruschetta'? Think Again

Filed by John M. Becker | September 22, 2013 | 11:00 AM | comments

Before you head out to brunch today, here's a diction lesson from a hot shirtless man.Read More

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What You Need To Know (9/15-9/21)

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | September 21, 2013 | 6:00 PM | comments

God tells Desmond Tutu to fight for equality, Russians revise history regarding Tchaikovsky, NOM goes after trans* kids, a former opponent of marriage changes his views, and more. Read More

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Please Pray With Us, Not Prey on Us

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | September 21, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

Instead of praying for an end to discrimination and marginalization of a vulnerable population, Florida's Christian Family Coalition preyed on a community of people who have been victims of heinous and monstrous crimes.Read More


Mormon Church Confirms It'll Fight Marriage in Hawaii

Filed by John M. Becker | September 20, 2013 | 3:45 PM | comments

They're adopting a subtler, more chastened tone in the aftermath of their disastrous Prop 8 defeat, but the Mormon Church is still campaigning against marriage equality.Read More

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Russian Pol Harasses St. Petersburg LGBT Film Festgoers

Filed by John M. Becker | September 20, 2013 | 3:20 PM | comments

The author of St. Petersburg's ban on public displays of "gay propaganda" and a group of friends verbally and physically assaulted guests at an LGBT film festival, according to local activists.Read More


Ugly Russian Video: Gays Adopt Kids to Rape Them

Filed by John M. Becker | September 20, 2013 | 11:00 AM | comments

Want to know just how ugly things are getting for LGBT people in Russia? Check out this vile anti-gay propaganda video.Read More

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Pope Says More Nice Words About LGBTs, Changes Nothing

Filed by John M. Becker | September 19, 2013 | 2:25 PM | comments

The pontiff's comments today were a response to the shifting politics around LGBT issues, not a new policy of inclusion for LGBT people.Read More


This One Graph Shows Russia Boycotts, Backlash Working

Filed by John M. Becker | September 19, 2013 | 11:15 AM | comments

Naysayers be damned - activists' efforts to raise awareness of Russia's anti-LGBT crackdown are working. Let's keep up the pressure.Read More

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France Bans Kiddie Beauty Queen Pageants

Filed by Bil Browning | September 18, 2013 | 8:15 PM | comments

I'm hard pressed to see an industry I'd like to see destroyed more than these child beauty queen pageants.Read More


Why Marriage Matters [Vol 732,994]

Filed by John M. Becker | September 18, 2013 | 1:15 PM | comments

How many more have to die -- how many more hearts have to be broken -- before marriage equality for LGBT people, couples, and families is fully realized?Read More

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Johnny Weir Missed Deadline, Won't Compete in Sochi

Filed by John M. Becker | September 17, 2013 | 9:10 PM | comments

Johnny Weir, the flamboyant, openly-gay-yet-anti-gay figure skater, won't be traveling to the Sochi Olympics -- except perhaps as a spectator.Read More


Obama: Not That Far Left!

Filed by Bil Browning | September 17, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

The President caught up on his golf game at Martha's Vineyard last month and TMZ has video of the best presidential one-liner in history.Read More

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Meet the Activists of the 2013 U.S. Conference on AIDS

Filed by Mark S. King | September 17, 2013 | 11:00 AM | comments

The stigma faced by people living with HIV mostly now comes from within our own communities, from a place of generational separation. Meet some of the incredible activists working hard to bring us together.Read More

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Creepy Clown Haunting English Town

Filed by John M. Becker | September 16, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

The central English town of Northampton is reportedly being haunted by a spooky clown who first appeared on Friday the 13th.Read More


As DC Shooting Unfolds, FRC Grabs For Attention

Filed by John M. Becker | September 16, 2013 | 1:20 PM | comments

Leave it to the Family Research Council to shamelessly exploit a still-unfolding mass shooting for political gain.Read More

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Russian Lawyer Comes Out as Trans, Bi To Protest Law

Filed by John M. Becker | September 16, 2013 | 11:45 AM | comments

One of Russia's top human rights lawyers has come out as a bisexual trans woman to protest the country's anti-LGBT crackdown. "I couldn't just sit there and do nothing," she said.Read More

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The Real Poz Guys of Atlanta III

Filed by Mark S. King | September 16, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

There's a real need for people with HIV, particularly the newly diagnosed, to know that life, and friendship, doesn't end with a positive test result.Read More

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Magnets Prove Gay Relationships Can't Exist?

Filed by Bil Browning | September 15, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

Oh, what in sweet hell are the educational standards at the University of Lagos? Surely there's someone there that can understand basic logic; after all, it's the underpinning to scientific theory.Read More

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Silly Catholic Women, You Shouldn't Go To College

Filed by John M. Becker | September 15, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

Conservative Catholic Raylan Alleman says parents shouldn't send their daughters to college because a university won't teach them how to be a proper homemaker.Read More

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Show You're Pissed Off at Putin With This T-Shirt

Filed by Bil Browning | September 14, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

Here's a super classy way to show that you're pissed at Russian President Vladimir Putin and the country's draconian anti-gay laws.Read More

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Listen: Rage-Filled Customer Service Meltdown

Filed by John M. Becker | September 14, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

Can you relate to this man's frustration? Have you ever experienced a similarly epic telephone meltdown?Read More

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Uzbek Mob Tries To 'Rape Away the Gay' in Siberia

Filed by John M. Becker | September 13, 2013 | 5:00 PM | comments

An Uzbek student was stripped of his clothing, handcuffed, beaten, and raped at gunpoint with a bottle by a group of anti-gay vigilantes in Siberia earlier this week.Read More


Dallas Bans Erections At Pride

Filed by John M. Becker | September 13, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

Anyone with a visible erection at Dallas Pride this year could be charged with a misdemeanor, and if children are anywhere in the vicinity, a felony.Read More

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Do You Feel Sorry for These Victims?

Filed by Bil Browning | September 13, 2013 | 12:30 PM | comments

Any time an LGBT person is fired, refused accommodations, or told they're not welcome in certain places because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, it is discrimination. But I have a hard time feeling sorry for some of them.Read More

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Catholic School Fires Lesbian Teacher For Coming Out

Filed by John M. Becker | September 13, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

Minnesota's Kristen Ostendorff spontaneously came out to her Catholic school colleagues in a staff meeting last month. She was fired the next day.Read More


Flash-Mob Marriage Proposal in SLC Home Depot

Filed by John M. Becker | September 12, 2013 | 6:45 PM | comments

Here's your tear-jerker for the day.Read More

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Complex Factors Fuel Jamaica's Violent Homophobia

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | September 12, 2013 | 5:00 PM | comments

Jamaica has a history of anti-LGBTQ assaults. So far, 2013 has been no different.Read More

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The Poor Pussy Game

Filed by Bil Browning | September 12, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

Some kids' games that were perfectly innocent back in the day, don't seem quite so innocuous any more.Read More


Dreams Can Come True: A Cinderella Marriage Proposal

Filed by John M. Becker | September 11, 2013 | 3:30 PM | comments

Last week, the cast and crew of the Broadway musical Cinderella helped one gay couple find their own "happily ever after."Read More


Working for Workers on Labor Day & Beyond

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 09, 2013 | 5:00 PM | comments

The movement for livable wages and the right to unionize isn't about to go away. In fact, it's spreading.Read More

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When You Learn a Lot

Filed by Mark Segal | September 09, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

Road trips can often help keep you in touch and remind you of areas that you haven't given much thought.Read More

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His 'Unofficial Last Day as a Marine'

Filed by Bil Browning | September 09, 2013 | 12:30 PM | comments

Remember when the fundies all said there would be a huge outbreak of anti-gay violence if DADT was repealed? It appears the branch they thought would resist the most didn't get the memo.Read More

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Asking About Hormones & Surgery Without Being Rude

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | September 08, 2013 | 3:30 PM | comments

It's clear that many people aren't sure how to ask about hormones and surgery without being rude, so here is a quick guide to help navigate those questions.Read More

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Indiana PFLAG to Host Same-Sex Wedding Reception

Filed by Annette Gross | September 08, 2013 | 12:30 PM | comments

As PFLAG parents, we feel a special bond with gay and lesbian couples who just want to be able to share their lives together and take care of each other. We are the "surrogate parents of the brides and grooms."Read More

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What You Need To Know (7/1-7/7)

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | September 07, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

DC Comics gets a trans* character, a Phase I HIV vaccine trial comes to successful close, a right-wing think tank jumps the shark, and more news you need to know. Read More

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Russians Thank the World For Pro-LGBT Support

Filed by John M. Becker | September 06, 2013 | 4:15 PM | comments

These photos of Russian LGBTs and straight allies thanking the world for standing with them will bring a lump to your throat.Read More

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President Obama Meets With Russian LGBT Activists

Filed by John M. Becker | September 06, 2013 | 2:15 PM | comments

In a major show of solidarity with Russia's LGBT community, President Obama met with leaders of that nation's LGBT movement in St. Petersburg today.Read More

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Harlem's LGBTQ Residents: A Community At Risk

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | September 06, 2013 | 12:45 PM | comments

Long-term residents of Harlem know bigotry all too well as recipients. Hopefully they won't become experts on the other side, too.Read More

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Passing Privilege Pranking: Cool or Crass?

Filed by Bil Browning | September 05, 2013 | 3:30 PM | comments

I ran across this video of YouTuber user Jumbled "pranking" Omegle users the other day and there's something about it that just doesn't sit well with me. What do you think?Read More


Proposed Russian Law Takes Children From Gay Parents

Filed by John M. Becker | September 05, 2013 | 8:40 AM | comments

Citing the disgraced Regnerus "study," a member of the Russian parliament is proposing a law that would deny gay and lesbian parents custody of their own children.Read More

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Are You Sisters? Lesbian Couples and Mistaken Identity

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 04, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

Although I've been with my same-sex spouse for many years, when we go out we still occasionally face the exasperating question: "Are you sisters?"Read More


These Dancing Amsterdam Prostitutes Have a Message

Filed by Bil Browning | September 04, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

Prostitution may be legal in the Netherlands, but not all of the "performers" signed up for that job. Read More


Bigoted Oregon Bakery Closes

Filed by John M. Becker | September 04, 2013 | 11:15 AM | comments

An Oregon bakery whose owners refused to serve a same-sex couple on the basis of sexual orientation is closing its doors. And of course, the victimizers are playing the victim.Read More


Legal Highway Robbery

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 03, 2013 | 12:30 PM | comments

Imagine that you're on a road-trip with your family. You stop for gas, or shopping, or whatever. You pull back onto the highway, and the next thing you know you're being pulled over by the police. Then things get ugly.Read More