Living: September 2014


LGBT Catholics Deserve Respect, Not Indifference

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

Reacting to the Catholic Church's targeting and firing of LGBT people and their allies with a shrug is victim blaming -- the absolute worst way to respond.Read More

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LGBT Youth & the Tyranny of Christian 'Conversion Therapy'

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 30, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

"Ex-gay" abuse is still victimizing LGBT people, falsely telling them that they're sick and sinful when the real problem resides within our intolerant society.Read More

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Demanding Justice for Dead Young Black Men

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 30, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Time after time, when young black men are gunned down, we are told to "trust the system." Clearly, trusting the system is not enough.Read More

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Ending Coercion, Building Consent: Making Consent Sexy

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 30, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

With honesty and integrity comes greater and deeper intimacy and connection, from which arise great sexual experiences.Read More

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'Hey, Sexy Diana!' A Lesson in Womanhood

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 29, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

I didn't expect to be sexualized by another woman, much less at my healthcare center.Read More

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Beyond Ferguson: Ending Racial Profiling In America

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 29, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

America must pass the End Racial Profiling Act, before the next city that's "one dead black teenager away from burning to the ground" catches fire.Read More

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As the Supreme Court Meets, Here's a Poem Celebrating Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | September 29, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

Today, as the Supreme Court meets for the first time and has a chance to consider whether to take up marriage equality, here's a powerful poem celebrating the beautiful freedom to marry.Read More

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Here's How You Can Help Homeless LGBTQ Youth

Filed by Garrard Conley | September 29, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Let's take this opportunity to continue raising awareness and support for the most pressing issue our community faces.Read More


Gay Sex in Prison Isn't What You Think It Is

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

According to a fascinating essay by author Daniel Genis, who spent a decade in prison for armed robbery, our cultural understanding of sex behind bars is profoundly flawed.Read More

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Ending Coercion & Building Consent in Gay Cultures

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 28, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

When gay men internalize the cultural image of predatory male sexuality, stifling and denying our own vulnerability, we inflict it upon each other.Read More

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Lightship [Picture Tells A Story]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | September 27, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

While nautical history and engineering happen to be a hobby of mine, what entrances me about lightships is the way that they seem such an apt metaphor for how we can interact with each other. Read More

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Swingers for Jesus: Swapping Spouses & Bible Verses

Filed by John M. Becker | September 26, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

A novel concept, wouldn't you say?Read More


Alleged Gay-Basher Kathryn Knott Fired From Job

Filed by John M. Becker | September 26, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Alleged gay-basher (and confirmed homophobe, racist, binge drinker, and brat) Kathryn Knott was fired from her job in an emergency room yesterday, her former employer confirmed.Read More

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Teen Files Complaint Against Taco John's For 'Gaytard' Slur

Filed by John M. Becker | September 25, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

A South Dakota teen who was forced to wear a homophobic nametag at work this summer is filing a workplace discrimination complaint against his former employer, Taco John's, and calling on the company to publicly apologize.Read More

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Feds Sue Over Anti-Trans Discrimination

Filed by John M. Becker | September 25, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit today against two companies that it says discriminated against transgender employees. This is the first time the federal government has sued to protect trans workers under the Civil Rights Act.Read More

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International Olympic Committee Adopts Non-Discrimination Clause

Filed by John M. Becker | September 25, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

The International Olympic Committee, the organization that organizes and governs the Olympic Games, announced yesterday that it is adding a new non-discrimination clause to its host city contract that will protect LGBT athletes, coaches, and visitors.Read More

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Alleged Gay-Basher Kathryn Knott Suspended From Job

Filed by John M. Becker | September 25, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

Accused Philadelphia gay-basher Kathryn Knott has been suspended from her job in a local emergency room for posting patient X-ray photos to her Twitter account.Read More

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WATCH: Philly Gay-Bashing Suspects Released on Bail

Filed by John M. Becker | September 25, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Alleged Philadelphia gay-bashers Philip Williams, Kathryn Knott, and Kevin Harrigan were formally charged last night but left police custody early this morning after posting bail.Read More

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You Don't Need to Freak Out About That Pew Poll

Filed by John M. Becker | September 24, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

A new Pew Poll reports a dip in Americans' support for marriage equality under the 50-percent mark. Sure, it sounds ominous, but here's why you don't need to freak out.Read More

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Philly Gay Bashers' Mug Shots Released

Filed by John M. Becker | September 24, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

Let's share their faces far and wide.Read More

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Top 5 Myths About LGBT Non-Discrimination Laws

Filed by Bil Browning | September 24, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Media Matters has put out a video that every right winger worried that laws protecting LGBT people from discrimination will squash their "religious freedom" should watch.Read More

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Accused Philly Gay-Bashers Surrender to Police

Filed by John M. Becker | September 24, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Accused gay-bashers Philip Williams, Kevin Harrigan, and Kathryn Knott turned themselves in to Philadelphia police this morning. All three are from wealthy Bucks County, and Knott is the daughter of a police chief.Read More

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Locals Rally Around Couple After Bigot Ruins Wedding

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

Citizens and businesses in Coronado, California are rallying behind a gay couple from Arizona whose wedding was interrupted by a homophobic heckler. Police are also investigating.Read More

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Anti-Gay MN Archbishop Forces Out Gay Music Director

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

Twin Cities Roman Catholic Archbishop John Nienstedt, one of the Catholic Church's most outspoken homophobes, has forced out a gay church music director for legally marrying his husband.Read More

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Two Major Reports on Bisexuality Released This Week

Filed by John M. Becker | September 24, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

This week, in conjunction with Bisexual Awareness Week, two major reports were released about the unique set of challenges and experiences faced by bisexual people.Read More

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Three Attackers Will Be Charged in Philly Gay-Bashing

Filed by John M. Becker | September 23, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Three people will be charged in a vicious, hate-motivated attack on a gay couple in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office announced this afternoon.Read More


Census: Half a Million Gays Are Married in America

Filed by John M. Becker | September 23, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

According to new Census Bureau estimates, there are nearly 252,000 married same-sex couple households in the United States, meaning that at least half a million American gays and lesbians are married.Read More

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Vatican Fashion Icon Facing Another Possible Demotion

Filed by John M. Becker | September 23, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Pope Francis may be preparing to once again demote American Cardinal Raymond Burke, a Vatican fashion icon and the divisive and virulently homophobic leader of the Catholic Church's conservative wing.Read More

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CA Wedding Interrupted by Hateful Anti-Gay Slurs

Filed by John M. Becker | September 23, 2014 | 10:15 AM | comments

An Arizona gay couple's dream wedding in Coronado, California last month turned ugly when an anonymous heckler repeatedly interrupted the ceremony with hateful anti-gay slurs.Read More

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Catholic Priest to Gay Couple: Get Divorced & You Can Have Communion

Filed by John M. Becker | September 23, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

A Catholic priest in Montana is telling an elderly married gay couple that they are banned from receiving Communion unless they divorce, lived separately, and publicly renounce their marriage. Because Jesus.Read More


Green Bay Schools Ban Anti-Trans Bullying

Filed by John M. Becker | September 23, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

The Green Bay, Wisconsin public schools have become some of the first in the state to ban bullying based on gender identity and conduct staff trainings on trans-related issues.Read More

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Arrests Expected This Week in Philly Gay-Bashing Case

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

Police in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania say they have nearly concluded their investigation into a savage anti-gay mob attack. They expect to file charges this week.Read More

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Woman Gets 3rd Boob Implanted to Become 'Unattractive'

Filed by Bil Browning | September 22, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

File this under "Things You Don't See Every Day."Read More

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Justice Kagan Officiates Her First Same-Sex Wedding

Filed by John M. Becker | September 22, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Yesterday, Justice Elena Kagan became the third member of the United States Supreme Court to officiate at a same-sex wedding.Read More

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New Group Encourages Evangelicals to Embrace Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | September 22, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

A new group that launched earlier this month is hoping to create space in evangelical Christianity for believers to embrace civil marriage equality, regardless of their positions on the religious definition of marriage.Read More

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Hatred and Bigotry: It's All They Have Left

Filed by John M. Becker | September 21, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

After decades of trying, opponents of marriage equality have never been able to prove that marriage equality harms anyone. Strip away their hyperinflated, doom-and-gloom hysteria and hatred is all they have left.Read More

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Southern Comfort Conference to Move to Ft. Lauderdale

Filed by Norm Kent | September 20, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

The Southern Comfort Conference is a major transgender conference that has taken place annually since 1991. After 24 years in Atlanta, the event will move to Ft Lauderdale next year.Read More

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Uganda Says Gays Are Welcome

Filed by John M. Becker | September 19, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

Ugandan officials want gay tourists to know that despite the country's repeated and ongoing attempts to criminalize LGBT people, they're still welcome there. Rrrrrright.Read More

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Black Children Are Beloved & Beaten

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | September 19, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

The challenge to our community is break free from a shackle of our past - corporal punishment - to find a peaceful and more effective way to discipline our children. Read More

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Why Haven't Charges Been Filed in Philly Hate Crime?

Filed by Mark Segal | September 19, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Philadelphia's LGBT community has showed incredible restraint. Now is the time for police to charge the individuals involved, the District Attorney to prosecute, and for the state legislature to include attacks based on sexual orientation under the Hate Crimes Act.Read More

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Young, Black, and Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 19, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

When to be young and black is to be guilty until proven innocent, black children must be "angelic" just to be deemed worthy of living.Read More

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Facebook Meets With Drag Queens, Doesn't Change Policy

Filed by John M. Becker | September 18, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

Facebook met yesterday with drag queens who are upset about a new policy requiring account holders to use their real names. The company heard their concerns but declined to change the policy.Read More

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Suddenly I Feel Like Exercising!

Filed by Bil Browning | September 17, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Normally my idea of exercise is walking to the 7-11 for a soda and pack of smokes. But personal trainer Christian Cabrera has me really pumped about whatever it is he's doing.Read More

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Philly Gay-Bashing Suspects Surrender After Being ID'd on Twitter

Filed by John M. Becker | September 17, 2014 | 10:45 AM | comments

A group of people who violently attacked a gay couple last week in Philadelphia were quickly identified after police released video of the suspects last night and it spread like wildfire over social media.Read More

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Facebook Picks a Fight With Drag Queens

Filed by John M. Becker | September 17, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

A new Facebook policy that requires users to use their real names on personal profile pages has drawn the ire of a community that the social media company should know better than to piss off: drag queens.Read More

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This Graphic of Obama Shooting Rainbows & Riding a Unicorn is Everything

Filed by John M. Becker | September 17, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

A "pro-family" group in Croatia made a ridiculous graphic to depict President Obama's alleged "attack on the definition of family" at the United Nations.Read More

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Vikings Reinstate Coach Who Made Anti-Gay Remark

Filed by John M. Becker | September 16, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Minnesota Vikings have reinstated special teams coach Mike Priefer, who was suspended for making a homophobic comment during the 2012 season.Read More

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HRC Applies to March in NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade

Filed by John M. Becker | September 16, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

The Human Rights Campaign has applied to march in the 2015 St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City, increasing the pressure on organizers to fully lift the ban on LGBT groups, now.Read More

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Ben & Jerry's Joins Pro-Marriage Equality SCOTUS Brief

Filed by John M. Becker | September 15, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Ice cream manufacturer Ben & Jerry's has signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize marriage equality nationwide.Read More

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Egypt's 'Gay Wedding' Furor: A Ship of Fools

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 14, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Egyptians treat violence against women with a shrug of indifference, but react with outrage to a mock wedding between men. The country increasingly resembles a ship of fools.Read More

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Won't Somebody Please Choke the Children?

Filed by Bil Browning | September 13, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

The National Organization for Marriage continues their pearl-clutching campaign for the sanctity of bad parentingRead More

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The Other Side of the Interview

Filed by Mark Segal | September 13, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

A couple of weeks ago, I found myself in a new position with media.Read More

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WI Judges Grant Adoption Rights to Married Same-Sex Couples

Filed by John M. Becker | September 12, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Marriage equality may be on hold in Wisconsin, but that isn't stopping some judges from recognizing the legal marriages of same-sex couples in the adoption process.Read More

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Gays More Accepted in Churches, Except Catholic Ones

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

Data from a new survey of clergy members conducted by Duke University and released yesterday suggests that overall acceptance of LGBT people in religious congregations increased significantly between 2006 and 2012, but fell in Catholic congregations.Read More


Remembering and Honoring the LGBT Heroes of 9/11

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 11, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

Please take a minute to read this list and reflect and remember our fallen LGBT siblings listed here who died on 9/11.Read More

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Finland Trolls Russia With Tom of Finland Stamps

Filed by John M. Becker | September 11, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Finland's national public broadcasting company has sent a group of letters and parcels to Russia adorned with Tom of Finland stamps, to test whether they violate Russia's "gay propaganda" ban.Read More

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New Jersey Ban on 'Ex-Gay' Abuse Upheld by Third Circuit

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

This morning the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of New Jersey's law banning so-called "ex-gay" and "ex-trans" therapy.Read More

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One-Third of Americans Want 'Under God' Out of Pledge

Filed by John M. Becker | September 10, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

A new survey finds that when Americans are educated about the history of the phrase "under God," a full one-third want it removed from the Pledge of Allegiance.Read More

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Tom of Finland Stamps Break National Sales Records

Filed by John M. Becker | September 10, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

Finland unveiled its long-awaited Tom of Finland postage stamp this week. The homoerotic art stamp is the best-selling postage stamp in that nation's history.Read More

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Egypt Says Detained Men Are 'Not Homosexuals'

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

After forcing a group of male detainees to undergo humiliating anal exams, Egyptian authorities have concluded that they are "not homosexuals."Read More

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Mark Driscoll: Women Are Penis Homes; Men's Penises Belong to God

Filed by John M. Becker | September 09, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Mark Driscoll, one of the nation's most prominent pastors, once called women "penis homes" and said men's penises actually belong to God.Read More

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Two Women in Their 90s Marry After 72 Years Together

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

Here's a story that'll warm your heart: last weekend, a lesbian couple in their 90s tied the knot at a church in Davenport, Iowa after an incredible 72 years together.Read More

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Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka Marry in Italy

Filed by John M. Becker | September 08, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Actors Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka are one of America's favorite gay couples, and last weekend they tied the knot in Italy.Read More

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Former Exodus Leader Randy Thomas Endorses Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | September 08, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Randy Thomas, the former executive vice president of the now-defunct "ex-gay" group Exodus International, now supports civil marriage equality for same-sex couples.Read More

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Chick-fil-A Founder S. Truett Cathy Dies

Filed by Bil Browning | September 08, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

S. Truett Cathy, the founder of anti-gay fast food chain Chick-fil-A, has passed away at age 93.Read More

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Egyptian Authorities Arrest Men Over Gay Wedding Video

Filed by John M. Becker | September 07, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Authorities in Egypt have reportedly ordered the arrest of nine men who appeared in a video that claims to show the country's first same-sex marriage.Read More

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Balance [Picture Tells A Story]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | September 06, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

That careful and constant dance is one that we all have to figure out the steps for in our own lives. And if you'll permit a submarine pun, it's something I often blow at in my own life.Read More

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Why Michael Brown's Shooting Matters to the LGBT Community

Filed by Karen Ocamb | September 06, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Would there have been this kind of outrage had Michael Brown been gay? Probably yes, since he most likely would have been killed because of his race, rather than his sexual orientation. Young black men -- gay, bi or straight -- are endangered in America.Read More

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What's In A Name? Joe Can Get A Job, But José Can't.

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 05, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

That old nursery rhyme we learned as children isn't quite true anymore: sticks and stones may break your bones, but your name can hurt your chances of getting a job.Read More

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'Back-to-School' Doesn't Welcome All in Massachusetts

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

Today, women's college administrators are having just as much unease and angst with the reality of gender fluidity as they once did with the reality of lesbian and bisexual women on campus.Read More

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We All Lose in a Heterosexist Environment

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 05, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

Heterosexism is pervasive throughout the society, and each of us, irrespective of sexual or gender identity and expression, stands at risk of its harmful effects.Read More

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Justice Ginsburg Will Perform Another Same-Sex Wedding

Filed by John M. Becker | September 04, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has officiated at three same-sex weddings since the Court's landmark Windsor decision last June. This weekend, she will perform her fourth.Read More

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San Francisco LGBT Memorials Contain Embarrassing Typos

Filed by John M. Becker | September 04, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

A glitzy new LGBT history walk unveiled this week in San Francisco is off to an embarrassing start after several plaques were discovered to contain typos.Read More


Anti-Gay Witch Hunt Continues at Catholic Schools

Filed by John M. Becker | September 04, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Three recent examples from Catholic schools in Missouri and Michigan show that the American Catholic Church's crusade against LGBT people continues unabated.Read More

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Russian Gay Activist Protests at White House

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

Andrew Nasonov, a gay Russian seeking asylum in the United States, is demonstrating outside the White House to raise awareness about the plight of LGBT Russians.Read More

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The Hilarious Musical... About Meth Addiction

Filed by Mark S. King | September 03, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

I was skeptical, but I should have known better than to question people's ability to relate to someone overcoming painful adversity and combating shame with humor.Read More

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LGBT Group to March in NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade Next Year

Filed by John M. Becker | September 03, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

New York City's renowned St. Patrick's Day Parade will end its longstanding and highly criticized policy of banning gay groups from marching, organizers announced today.Read More

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Dallas Cowboys Sign Michael Sam

Filed by John M. Becker | September 03, 2014 | 11:45 AM | comments

The Dallas Cowboys have signed Michael Sam to their practice squad.Read More


Beyond Ferguson: Tell The President To Take Action

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 02, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

The conditions behind events in Ferguson didn't just happen overnight, and they won't disappear without time, effort, and investment.Read More