Living: April 2014

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Report: Pope Calling a Meeting to Debate Birth Control, Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | April 30, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Pope Francis has reportedly called for a meeting of the world's bishops later this year to debate issues like contraception and marriage. But don't expect any sweeping doctrinal reforms to emerge.Read More

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Clergy Challenge NC Marriage Ban on Religious Freedom Grounds

Filed by John M. Becker | April 30, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

A new lawsuit filed this week in North Carolina turns Christian conservatives' "religious freedom" argument on its head.Read More

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Anti-Gay Hate Group AFA Barely Dodges Tupelo Tornado

Filed by John M. Becker | April 30, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Despite being squarely in the path of Monday's Tupelo tornado, the American Family Association (an anti-gay hate group) was spared. Don't expect the gays to get any credit, though.Read More

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Russia Implementing Anti-LGBT Laws in Crimea

Filed by John M. Becker | April 30, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

Just one month after Russia marched into and annexed Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, authorities there are already cracking down on the LGBT community.Read More

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UN Promotes Equality in India With Bollywood Music Video

Filed by John M. Becker | April 30, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Today the United Nations released the first-ever Bollywood-style pro-equality music video, part of a campaign to promote LGBT equality in India and across the world.Read More

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80-Year-Old Grandpa Gets Tattoo to Support Gay Grandson

Filed by John M. Becker | April 30, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

This video of a nearly 80-year-old grandfather getting a tattoo of an equal sign to show support for his gay grandson will warm your heart on a rainy day.Read More

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Griffin Talks 'Forcing the Spring' on Morning Joe

Filed by John M. Becker | April 30, 2014 | 10:30 AM | comments

This week, HRC President Chad Griffin appeared on "Morning Joe" to discuss the LGBT movement's strategic pivot towards the Deep South. Instead, they mostly discussed the controversial new book "Forcing the Spring."Read More


New Documentary Tackles Being LGBTQ at Wheaton College

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | April 29, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

Two straight-identified Wheaton students are working to bring the voices of LGBTQ students and alumni out into the conversation with the "More Than A Single Story Project."Read More

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'Forcing the Spring' is Hardly Dangerous Revisionism

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 29, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

While I understand all the fuming and found a few errors myself, I appreciate the book Becker actually wrote, rather than the title the publishers wanted to sell me. Read More


U.S. Education Department: Title IX Protects Trans Students

Filed by John M. Becker | April 29, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

In another landmark advancement of LGBT rights from the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Education issued guidance today making clear that Title IX prohibits discrimination against transgender students.Read More

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Party Drugs & Prophecies: Weinstein's Crusade Backfired

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 29, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

Nearly every action AHF President Michael Weinstein has taken against PrEP has backfired and achieved its opposite intent. Read More

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Advocates Gather in DC for AIDSWatch 2014

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | April 28, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Hundreds of AIDS advocates have converged on our nation's capital for AIDSWatch 2014 to meet with lawmakers and advocate for this year's HIV/AIDS funding and policy priorities.Read More

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Bi Erasure Is Psychic Murder: The Quest for Bi Culture

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 28, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

By selecting which loved ones and sexual partners in someone's life are worthy of being recognized, bi erasure is a violent amputation of a person's chosen family and community.Read More

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Study: Nearly Half of Men Finish Sex in 2 Minutes

Filed by John M. Becker | April 28, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Dr. Harry Fisch, who wrote a new "sex education for grown-ups" book, says nearly half of men finish sex within two minutes.Read More

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Things (Some) Guys Say to Lesbians

Filed by John M. Becker | April 28, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

From "Can I watch?" to "So do you, like, scissor?" to "You wouldn't have to be a lesbian; dudes would totally find you attractive!" -- it's all here.Read More

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Summer 2014: The Bearracuda Funhouse

Filed by Bil Browning | April 27, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

The Bearracuda parties have filled the void left behind in Blowoff's wake apparently since everyone is talking about them now - and they're nationwide. Have you been to one?Read More

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Wingnut Week in Review: Meanwhile, Back At Bundy Ranch...

Filed by Terrance Heath | April 27, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

Does wingnuttia get better -- or worse -- than this?Read More

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Depression & Dysphoria [Picture Tells A Story]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | April 26, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

For Alex, dysphoria and depression go hand in hand. Hence, while the feel of the picture, conveyed by pose, lighting, and setting, speaks to depression, many of the specific details reflect the dysphoria, and the stresses of being trans*Read More

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Be Who You Are

Filed by Norm Kent | April 26, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

You matter. You can make a difference. Many of you wonder how. There are many ways and multiple moments that fall your way.Read More

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Jo Becker Responds to Criticism of 'Forcing the Spring'

Filed by John M. Becker | April 25, 2014 | 11:45 PM | comments

"I think some leaders in the gay community are divided about this book in the same way they were divided about this case."Read More


South Dakota Will Soon Have Marriage Equality Lawsuit

Filed by John M. Becker | April 25, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

Great news from South Dakota: the state is about to get its first freedom-to-marry lawsuit.Read More

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Arya Stark Wants Marriage Equality Everywhere

Filed by John M. Becker | April 25, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Maisie Williams, the 17-year-old actress who plays Arya Stark on "Game of Thrones," is every bit as fierce as her onscreen alter ego when it comes to LGBT equality.Read More


The Shocking Saga of Dr. Levin, Monster Psychiatrist

Filed by Mercedes Allen | April 25, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

The long, twisting, sordid legal saga of Aubrey Levin, the alleged shock therapist convicted in Canada of sexually assaulting his patients, has finally come to an end.Read More

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Sisyphus Week at Rancho Bilerico

Filed by Bil Browning | April 25, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Ever have one of those weeks where you feel like Sisyphus constantly climbing the mountain with a boulder strapped to your shoulders?Read More

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Watch Baptist Pastor Compare Anti-LGBT Preaching to Anti-Slavery Preaching

Filed by John M. Becker | April 25, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

This week, North Carolina pastor J.D. Greear shockingly compared preaching against slavery in the 19th century to preaching against homosexuality in the 21st.Read More

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Man Plants Pride Flag on Uganda's Highest Peak

Filed by John M. Becker | April 25, 2014 | 9:30 AM | comments

And he's daring Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to take it down.Read More

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Mark My Words: Marriage Equality, Media, & Mama Rose

Filed by Mark Segal | April 24, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Most of those attacking the book "Forcing the Spring" normally find little to agree on when it comes to the LGBT community. But this time, they all hit the same bullseye.Read More

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Jason Collins Honored With 'TIME 100' Cover

Filed by John M. Becker | April 24, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Trailblazing gay NBA player Jason Collins is one of this year's cover honorees on TIME magazine's "TIME 100" list.Read More

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Almost 90% of Americans Think This Can't Happen. They're Wrong.

Filed by John M. Becker | April 24, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

An anti-gay mayor in rural South Carolina fired the town's popular and decorated police chief, likely because she's a lesbian. It's absolutely disgusting, but also perfectly legal.Read More

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Frontman of Christian Band Jars of Clay Supports Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | April 24, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Dan Haseltine, lead singer of the enduringly popular and three-time Grammy Award-winning Christian rock band Jars of Clay, came out in support of marriage equality this week on Twitter. Christian conservatives are freaking out.Read More

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WATCH: HIV Negative Men Get Brutally Honest

Filed by Mark S. King | April 24, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

No matter which of these men you might relate to the most, there's no doubt they are all just trying to carve out a satisfying sexual existence during a pretty confusing time.Read More

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Second TX Judge Rules State Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

Filed by John M. Becker | April 24, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

A second Texas judge has ruled the state's 2005 marriage discrimination amendment unconstitutional.Read More

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Jodie Foster, Matt Bomer Reveal They've Married Their Partners

Filed by John M. Becker | April 23, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

Two prominent LGBT actors revealed this week that they've tied the knot.Read More

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Judge Grants Chelsea Manning Legal Name Change

Filed by John M. Becker | April 23, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

A district judge in Kansas today granted Pfc. Chelsea Manning's request to legally change her name so that it accurately reflects her gender identity and expression.Read More

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Coming Out as Trans: One High Schooler's Story

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 23, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

This year, I received permission to ask that my teachers and classmates address me as Owen and use male pronouns. It's been powerful to watch them all transition with me.Read More

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Corporate Profit Trumps LGBT Equality & HIV/AIDS Care

Filed by Jerame Davis | April 22, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

LGBT rights and HIV/AIDS care take a backseat to corporate profits in the Obama administration's "pivot to Asia."Read More

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Daniel Franzese, Who Played Damian in 'Mean Girls,' Comes Out

Filed by John M. Becker | April 22, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Ten years after the release of the cult classic movie "Mean Girls," the actor who played gay character Damian is coming out of the closet himself.Read More


Bullying Causes Decades of Harm, New Study Shows

Filed by John M. Becker | April 22, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

A new study finds that childhood bullying is so profoundly scarring that its negative social, physical, economic, and mental health effects are measurable for decades to come.Read More

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Trans 201: Dispelling Myths and Misconceptions

Filed by Brynn Tannehill | April 22, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

When a non-transgender person is doing something that many transgender women find painful and offensive, there is a particularly rape-y vibe to being told "Hush, they're just doing their thing."Read More

'Religious Freedom' and the World War on LGBTQ People

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 22, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

There is no reason to oppose LGBTQ equality except on religious grounds, and there is no denying that the persecutors of our community are almost exclusively religious thinkers.Read More

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Oregon Mom Who Killed Son She Thought Was Gay Gets Life Sentence

Filed by John M. Becker | April 22, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Jessica Dutro, the 25-year-old Oregon mother who savagely beat her son to death because she thought he was gay, was sentenced Friday to life in prison with the possibility of parole.Read More

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UCF Student Claims Fraternity Rejected Him Because He's Gay

Filed by John M. Becker | April 22, 2014 | 10:30 AM | comments

A student at the University of Central Florida claims that Beta Theta Pi, a fraternity on campus, rejected him as a pledge after finding out that he's gay.Read More

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This Thai Safe Sex Ad Depicts Teen's Worst Nightmare

Filed by John M. Becker | April 22, 2014 | 9:30 AM | comments

Getting an STD test can be an intimidating experience, but as a new public service announcement from Thailand shows, there are many things that are far more uncomfortable.Read More

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Laverne Cox Near the Top of TIME 100 Reader Poll

Filed by John M. Becker | April 22, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

Trans icon Laverne Cox is near the top of TIME Magazine's TIME 100 reader poll. Voting closes at midnight tonight.Read More


Boy Scouts Kick Out Church For Supporting Gay Scoutmaster

Filed by John M. Becker | April 22, 2014 | 8:30 AM | comments

The Boy Scouts of America has revoked the charter of a Seattle-area Methodist church because of the congregation's support for openly gay scoutmaster Geoffrey McGrath.Read More

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Vaughn Walker, Prop 8 Judge, Survived 'Ex-Gay' Therapy

Filed by John M. Becker | April 21, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Judge Vaughn Walker, whose historic ruling against Proposition 8 was upheld by the Supreme Court, revealed that he's a survivor of the discredited and dangerous practice of "ex-gay" therapy.Read More

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Major LGBT Donor Conference Moved Out of Brunei-Owned Hotel

Filed by John M. Becker | April 21, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

A large, off-the-record LGBT donor conference has been moved from a Brunei-owned hotel after that country moved to implement Sharia law, which calls for homosexuality to be punished by stoning.Read More

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Historic USPS Harvey Milk Stamps Available for Pre-Order

Filed by John M. Becker | April 21, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

Today, the U.S. Postal Service announced that the historic Harvey Milk postage stamp is available for pre-order.Read More

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Franklin Graham, Ralph Reed Spend Easter Bashing Gays

Filed by John M. Becker | April 21, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

On Easter Sunday, ABC News devoted a segment of "This Week" to a discussion of the Religious Right, which quickly devolved into an on-air gay-bashing.Read More

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The Underwater Easter Bunny [Holiday Open Thread]

Filed by Bil Browning | April 20, 2014 | 9:30 AM | comments

Here's hoping all your chocolate bunnies and marshmallow Peeps are merry and bright. Or something. Jeebus.Read More

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The Weight of Our Joys [Picture Tells A Story]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | April 19, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

She creates a tapestry of love, joys, and yes, sometimes loss. As she makes her yearly offering, she cannot for a moment believe herself to be alone as she moves through the coming year. Read More

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Jesus's Sex Life: On the 'Down Low'

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | April 19, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

While many biblical scholars have ignored non-canonical texts like the gnostic and apocryphal gospels that suggested Jesus had a wife, they are now not ignoring the 2012 discovery of a faded fragment of papyrus that suggests he did.Read More

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Is Egypt Cracking Down on Gays?

Filed by John M. Becker | April 18, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

Gay Egyptians say they're noticing an alarming uptick in arrests targeting their community.Read More

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Easter Treat: Muppet Christ Superstar

Filed by John M. Becker | April 18, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

How could you possibly make "Jesus Christ Superstar" better? By adding Muppets, that's how.Read More


Namibia Refuses to Accept Gay Ugandan Refugees

Filed by John M. Becker | April 18, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

The Commissioner for Refugees in the southwest African nation of Namibia says that his country will never accept persecuted gay and lesbian Ugandans as refugees.Read More

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Brazil Stores Selling Jerseys Calling Soccer Players 'Faggots'

Filed by John M. Becker | April 17, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

To get ready for the World Cup, one prominent Brazilian clothing company is selling jerseys calling soccer players "faggots."Read More

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BREAKING: Judge Rules UCF Does Not Have to Provide Regnerus Docs

Filed by John M. Becker | April 17, 2014 | 3:55 PM | comments

An Orlando judge has just ruled that the University of Central Florida does not have to disclose records related to the Regnerus "study."Read More

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Prop 8 Attorney Says He's 'Evolving' on Marriage; Has Lesbian Daughter

Filed by John M. Becker | April 17, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Charles Cooper, who argued in favor of Proposition 8 at the Supreme Court, now says he is "evolving" on marriage equality after learning his daughter is a lesbian.Read More

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BREAKING: Jews Ordered to 'Register' in East Ukraine

Filed by John M. Becker | April 17, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

Pro-Russian militants in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk have reportedly told Jews that they need to "register" or face consequences, reports say.Read More

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Have We Reached 'Peak Beard'?

Filed by John M. Becker | April 17, 2014 | 10:30 AM | comments

A new study suggests that we've reached "peak beard" - the tipping point where beards are no longer unusual enough for people to find them attractive - and that the pendulum will now swing in the other direction.Read More


FL Couple's Final Journey Shows Why Marriage Matters

Filed by John M. Becker | April 16, 2014 | 7:00 PM | comments

Meet Chris and Richard, an intergenerational gay south Florida couple who let two journalists walk with them as they took their final journey together.Read More

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Won't Someone Please Think About the Hairy Children?

Filed by Bil Browning | April 16, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Give us your best caption for this one, folks. Because I'll admit... I'm speechless.Read More

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Another Wisconsin Couple Sues for Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | April 16, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

A same-gender couple in Wisconsin has filed that state's second marriage equality lawsuit, appealing directly to the state Supreme Court to end marriage discrimination.Read More

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OH Man Gay-Bashes Disabled Brother; AL Woman Kills Son's Boyfriend

Filed by John M. Becker | April 16, 2014 | 9:30 AM | comments

An Ohio man was sentenced to 30 months in prison for trying to "beat the gay" out of his disabled brother, and an Alabama woman fatally shot her son's boyfriend at a truck stop.Read More

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Cab Drivers Refuse to Drive Cabs With Gay Games Ads Because Allah

Filed by John M. Becker | April 15, 2014 | 6:30 PM | comments

Almost 20 cab drivers in Cleveland are refusing to drive cars displaying ads for the upcoming Gay Games, citing religious objections. But this time the protesters aren't Christian fundies, they're Muslims.Read More

Report: Marriage Equality is Good for Family Health

Filed by John M. Becker | April 15, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

According to an article published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine, marriage equality results in better health care and less anxiety, depression, and other negative health outcomes for families headed by same-sex parents.Read More

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A Hanky Code For the 21st Century

Filed by John M. Becker | April 15, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Comedian Justin Sayre has updated the famous hankie code for the 21st century. Check out the new colors.Read More

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LaBarbera Provokes Arrest in Canada; Martyr Complex to Follow

Filed by John M. Becker | April 15, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

International anti-LGBT activist and hate group leader Peter LaBarbera provoked his own arrest in Canada today. Read More

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UK Art School 'Virgin' Punks Everyone

Filed by John M. Becker | April 15, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

Clayton Pettet, a U.K. art student who made headlines for his plans to lose his virginity as an act of performance art, performed his piece earlier this month. It wasn't at all what was advertised.Read More

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Becker v. UCF, Update 2

Filed by John M. Becker | April 14, 2014 | 8:00 PM | comments

The University of Central Florida's attempt to avoid producing public records related to the publication of Mark Regnerus's "study" continues.Read More


LGBT Aging: The Next Frontier in the Equality Battle

Filed by Michael Knaapen | April 14, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

The business of aging holds many unique pitfalls for LGBT Americans. How can we respond to the needs of the first real out generation of LGBTs in our country's history?Read More

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Get Off My Lawn: Kids React to the Walkman

Filed by John M. Becker | April 14, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

Kids these days can't believe a time existed when you had to manually rewind and fast-forward cassette tapes in order to skip between songs.Read More

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LGBT Faith Group Pleads With Pope in Full-Page NYT Ad

Filed by John M. Becker | April 13, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

In a full-page ad in today's New York Times, the Ali Forney Center's Carl Siciliano pleads with Pope Francis on behalf of homeless LGBT youth to end the Catholic Church's anti-gay teachings.Read More

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Check Out the New Finnish Tom of Finland Stamp

Filed by Bil Browning | April 13, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

American LGBT people may be excited about the upcoming Harvey Milk stamp, but Finnish stamp authorities have just approved a new Tom of Finland set of stamps featuring the iconic gay artist Touko Laaksonen's homoerotic drawings.Read More

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Hit-and-Run Accidents Plague the Sunshine State

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | April 13, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Florida's deadliest vehicle-related crimes aren't drive-by-shootings, they're hit-and-run accidents.Read More

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Technological Triumphs & Tribulations [PTAS]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | April 12, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

My takeaway from the week has been that maybe when it comes to technology, I should stick to steel - and leave the digital crap to other people. Read More

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Obamamania Strikes Again [Caption This]

Filed by Bil Browning | April 11, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

One young Obama supporter in Bladensburg, Maryland was incredibly excited to be thisclose to President Obama earlier this week.Read More

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America Cleans Up Its Homophobic Lexicon

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | April 11, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Homophobic epithets are so pervasive across our culture that most good-hearted and well-intentioned heterosexual people are sadly unaware of the psychological and physical toll that these words have on LGBTQ people.Read More

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The Science Behind Porn Addiction

Filed by Bil Browning | April 10, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Can you get addicted to the internet's drug of choice?Read More

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Misfit & Stray: A Love Story

Filed by Bil Browning | April 10, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Here's the video that'll make your heart grow three sizes too big today.Read More

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Soccer MVP Mike Magee Spanks Heckler on Twitter For Anti-Gay Slur

Filed by John M. Becker | April 10, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Mike Magee, a star player for the Chicago Fire and 2013 Major League Soccer MVP, was heckled on Twitter Sunday with an anti-gay slur. His response is beautiful.Read More

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These Are Some Shocking Cookies

Filed by Bil Browning | April 09, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

What happens when two Swedish teens hook themselves up to a muscle stimulator meant for post-pregnant women and try to bake a cake?Read More

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Becker v. UCF, Day 1

Filed by John M. Becker | April 09, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

Dr. James Wright, editor of the journal Social Science Research - which published Mark Regnerus's discredited, anti-LGBT New Family Structures Study - gave extensive testimony in a Florida public records trial today.Read More

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American Beagle: Clothing for Dogs

Filed by Bil Browning | April 09, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

This may have been part of an April Fool's joke by American Eagle, but who can resist puppies dressed up in cute sweaters and sunglasses?Read More

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Catholic Crusade Against Gays Continues Unabated

Filed by John M. Becker | April 09, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

Mike McMahon, a talented musician and lifelong Catholic music minister, was fired last summer from St. Agnes Catholic Church in Arlington, Virginia. His "offense?" Marrying his husband.Read More

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Now This Is Barebacking

Filed by Bil Browning | April 09, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Rider D. Ribot didn't realize he was supposed to wear a costume during a show jumping event in Bourg-en-Bresse, France.Read More

Here's Why You Shouldn't Say 'That's So Gay'

Filed by John M. Becker | April 09, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Gay is the lens through which I see and experience the world. Gay is where my joy lives. Can you understand why I find it upsetting to have something so sacred to me compared to something you don't like?Read More

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NCAA Division I Basketballer Derrick Gordon Comes Out

Filed by John M. Becker | April 09, 2014 | 10:30 AM | comments

Derrick Gordon, a 22-year-old sophomore shooting guard for the University of Massachusetts Minutemen, came out of the closet as a gay man today. He's the first active male NCAA Division I basketball player to do so.Read More

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(Not So Much) Truth In Advertising

Filed by Bil Browning | April 08, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

How can you trust an organization dedicated to bringing you the truth about advertising, when they're spreading dangerous transphobia in an advertisement for their service?Read More

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Westboro Baptist Literally Chased Out of Oklahoma Town

Filed by John M. Becker | April 07, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church descended on Moore, Oklahoma yesterday, claiming that last year's tornado was punishment from God. Citizens chased them out of town.Read More

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Laycock et al: Providing Cover for Religious Discrimination

Filed by Bil Browning | April 06, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

Why are some marriage equality supporters defending religious liberty laws that are aimed squarely at LGBT people?Read More

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'Gay Affluence' is a Dangerous Myth

Filed by John M. Becker | April 06, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

When many Americans think about gay people, they think of rich white guys with designer clothes. But in reality, LGBT people have higher rates of poverty and homelessness than our non-LGBT counterparts.Read More

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Ethiopian Authorities Approve Major Anti-Gay Protest

Filed by John M. Becker | April 06, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Last week, officials in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa approved plans for a major anti-LGBT protest that will be held later this month.Read More

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Theater Director Responds Perfectly to Anti-Gay Patron

Filed by John M. Becker | April 06, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

"[I]n this particular play we show two characters carrying out a cold-blooded murder, and then we show them kissing as the motivation for the murder. You object to the kissing, but not to the fact that they're murderers?"Read More

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Breakups & Friendship [Picture Tells A Story]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | April 05, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Asrik isn't just my ex-husband, he's also one of my closest friends.Read More

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No Gay Animals on Noah's Ark

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | April 05, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

In the last scene of the Noah story a rainbow appears representing God's promise to never destroy the earth by flood. I wanted to see two queer doves flying across the rainbow representing God's promise to us, too. Read More


Irish Penguins Make Same-Sex Pair

Filed by John M. Becker | April 04, 2014 | 6:30 PM | comments

Two female penguins at Ireland's Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium have paired off this week and nested together.Read More

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Florida Man Sets Fire to Home Because Lesbians Don't Deserve to Have Kids

Filed by John M. Becker | April 04, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

A 73-year-old child molester in Miami was arrested this week after he tried to burn a lesbian couple and their kids to death. He thought the women were unfit to raise children.Read More

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Meningitis Kills 3 LA Gays; Vaccinations Recommended

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 04, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

Three gay and bi men have died from meningitis in LA, and authorities are advising that that HIV-positive men and those at high risk should get vaccinated.Read More


No, Andrew Sullivan, Calling Out Bigotry is Not 'Intolerance'

Filed by John M. Becker | April 04, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

When Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich resigned over his support for Prop 8, gay blogger Andrew Sullivan called Eich the victim of "left-liberal" intolerance. He's wrong.Read More

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Catholic Diocese Defends 'Masturbation Makes You Gay' Nun

Filed by John M. Becker | April 04, 2014 | 8:30 AM | comments

Sr. Masturbation-Makes-You-Gay "didn't say anything that was contradicting to our faith," says Charlotte Catholic High School chaplain Fr. Matthew Kauth.Read More

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Jury Convicts Mom Who Killed Toddler Because She Thought He Was Gay

Filed by John M. Becker | April 03, 2014 | 8:00 PM | comments

Jessica Dutro, a 25-year-old Oregon woman who savagely beat her three-year-old son to death because she suspected he might be gay, was found guilty last evening of all seven charges against her.Read More

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Anti-Gay Scouting Group Also Excludes Jews

Filed by John M. Becker | April 03, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Turns out that Trail Life USA, the anti-gay splinter group that formed after the Boy Scouts of America dropped their longstanding ban on openly gay scouts, isn't too keen on Jews either.Read More


Russian LGBTs Defy Law, Speak Out Against Bigotry

Filed by John M. Becker | April 03, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

This week, in defiance of Putin's "gay propaganda" ban, Russian LGBT activists are holding a series of events - including public ones - to combat bigotry and call attention to LGBT rights violations.Read More

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BREAKING: Mozilla CEO Steps Down Over Prop 8 Support

Filed by John M. Becker | April 03, 2014 | 3:10 PM | comments

Mozilla has just announced that Brendan Eich, their new pro-Proposition 8 CEO, is resigning.Read More


WATCH: Honey Maid's Response to Anti-Gay Haters Is Absolutely Beautiful

Filed by John M. Becker | April 03, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

Honey Maid received a lot of angry, hateful messages in response to their LGBT-inclusive 'This Is Wholesome' campaign. They issued a response today that's absolutely beautiful.Read More

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BREAKING: Married Same-Sex Couples Now Qualify for Medicare

Filed by John M. Becker | April 03, 2014 | 11:55 AM | comments

Huge news for married LGBT seniors: Obama administration has just announced that married same-sex couples now qualify for Medicare hospital and physician benefits.Read More


Irish Gaelic Football Star Makes Gay-for-Pay Porn Videos

Filed by John M. Becker | April 03, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

Cathal McCarron, a 25-year-old Irish Gaelic football star, is facing a torrent of anti-gay harassment after he allegedly appeared in two gay-for-pay porn videos posted to an adult pay-per-view website.Read More

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Tom Daley: 'I Am a Gay Man Now'

Filed by John M. Becker | April 03, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

British diver Tom Daley told the world last night that he doesn't identify as bisexual, but as gay.Read More

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Nun Who Says Masturbation Makes You Gay Cancels Upcoming Speech

Filed by John M. Becker | April 02, 2014 | 5:45 PM | comments

There will be no encore performance for Sr. Jane Dominic Laurel, a nun who told high school students in a recent lecture that masturbation, pornography, and divorced parents can make you gay.Read More

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When People With HIV Became Suicide Bombers

Filed by Mark S. King | April 02, 2014 | 4:45 PM | comments

Laws in more than 30 states criminalize people with HIV for not disclosing their status to sexual partners - from assault to attempted murder to bioterrorism. In other words, defendants are guilty of living with HIV.Read More

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Here's Some Shirtless Rugby Players Dancing in the Rain

Filed by John M. Becker | April 02, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

I've got to start attending more rugby matches!Read More

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Pope Francis Preaches on Marriage, Conspicuously Omits Same-Sex Couples

Filed by John M. Becker | April 02, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Can we please stop pretending this guy is some kind of fabulous LGBT ally now?Read More


Gay Men Attacked in Uganda, South Africa, Tanzania

Filed by John M. Becker | April 02, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

Gay men have been physically attacked in Uganda and South Africa, and are about to be legislatively attacked in Tanzania.Read More

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Harvey Milk Stamp Design & Release Date Revealed

Filed by Andrew Markle | April 02, 2014 | 10:30 AM | comments

The long-awaited design for the U.S. Postal Service's Harvey Milk postage stamp was unveiled today.Read More

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Carmen Carrera Responds to 'Drag Race' Controversy

Filed by John M. Becker | April 02, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

"'Shemale' is an incredibly offensive term, and this whole business about if you can tell whether a woman is biological or not is getting kind of old."Read More


Michigan Woman Assaulted After Marrying Same-Sex Spouse

Filed by Andrew Markle | April 01, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

A woman who married her same-sex spouse during Michigan's brief window of marriage equality was horrifically assaulted Monday.Read More

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Gay Nigerians Stripped, Whipped in Public

Filed by John M. Becker | April 01, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

A group of Nigerian gay men were allegedly arrested, stripped naked, and beaten in public last week after a sex partner who was blackmailing them reported them to police.Read More


Stray Dogs From Sochi Get Another Chance in DC

Filed by John M. Becker | April 01, 2014 | 9:15 AM | comments

Ten stray dogs from the Olympic city of Sochi, Russia are being given a new chance at life in the U.S., thanks to good-hearted people in both countries and a Washington, D.C. rescue group.Read More

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Ugandans Give Thanks for Anti-Gay Law: Photos, Video

Filed by John M. Becker | April 01, 2014 | 8:30 AM | comments

New photos, video footage, and information has surfaced about Uganda's appalling "pride" rally yesterday where citizens gave thanks for the country's new "jail the gays" law.Read More