Living: February 2015

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You'll Never Guess What Product This Ad Is Selling

Filed by Bil Browning | February 28, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

Watch this and try to figure out what this banned commercial is trying to sell you. You'll be amazed when your realize what it is.Read More


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'The Imitation Game' Writer Mirrors Real Life

Filed by Norm Kent | February 28, 2015 | 1:00 PM | comments

Being unique, weird, or different should be a cause for celebration. Diversity is the essence of life. What we have in common is that we are all unique.Read More


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Pope Francis Has Transparent Views on Trans People

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | February 26, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

It is not enough for Pope Francis to say he embraces the LGBTQ community. He must also do it.Read More


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Fear and Loathing in Dayton

Filed by Brynn Tannehill | February 25, 2015 | 10:00 AM | comments

The Advocate says Dayton, Ohio is the "queerest city in America." But did they actually ask any queers in Dayton what it's like here - especially for trans folk and lesbians?Read More


Same-Sex Couples May Soon Be Able to Produce Biological Children

Filed by John M. Becker | February 24, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

British scientists say same-sex couples be able to produce biological children together in as soon as two years.Read More


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New Book Tells Stories, Secrets of Longtime Male Couples

Filed by John M. Becker | February 22, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

A new book, "Love Together," tells the stories of successful male couples -- including how they navigate life's ups and downs, and how they stay in love for so many years.Read More


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Relentless [Picture Tells A Story]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | February 21, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

For those of us in New England in particular, the last month or so has frankly been unprecedentedly brutal.Read More


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Jerry Hoose: The Loss of a Pioneer

Filed by Mark Segal | February 21, 2015 | 1:00 PM | comments

On the first anniversary of Stonewall, we held what is now considered the first gay pride march. On that day, Jerry said, "In one year we went from darkness to sunlight." Read More


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New Chinese New Year Pro-Gay Video Is Amazing

Filed by Bil Browning | February 20, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

The short clip is sweeping the country and so far the response has been overwhelmingly positive.Read More


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Michigan Doctor Refuses to Treat Baby With Two Moms

Filed by John M. Becker | February 19, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

A pediatrician in Michigan refused to provide medical care for a six-day-old baby girl -- because the infant has two moms. And it's all perfectly legal.Read More


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Louisiana Police Arresting Men for Consensual Sex, Again

Filed by John M. Becker | February 19, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

Police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana arrested two men last week for having sex in the back of a car - and charged them with "crimes against nature," in violation of the Constitution.Read More


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LGBT Catholic Group Says it Received Vatican Welcome

Filed by John M. Becker | February 19, 2015 | 10:00 AM | comments

The Catholic pro-LGBT group New Ways Ministry says it was welcomed on Wednesday at a papal audience in Vatican City for the first time in its 38-year history.Read More


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Gay & Lesbian Seniors Give Advise to Gaybies

Filed by Bil Browning | February 18, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

What if we listened to LGBT seniors instead of disregarding the wisdom they learned the hard way?Read More


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Victim of Cairo Bathhouse Raid Tries to Burn Himself to Death

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 17, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

One of the 26 men arrested, tortured, and ultimately acquitted in the December 7 raid on a Cairo bathhouse has reportedly tried to burn himself to death. Read More


Building a More Resilient Transgender Community

Filed by Brynn Tannehill | February 16, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

A few years ago, as I reviewed my company's online suicide prevention training, I realized that its list of "suicide protective factors" are often unavailable to transgender people.Read More


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FL Gay Ex-Cop Goes to Prison for Sexual Abuse

Filed by Bil Browning | February 16, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

Jonathan Bleiweiss, a former deputy for Broward County, Florida, has been sent to prison for five years after being convicted of coercing male undocumented immigrants into having sex against their will.Read More


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Pope Francis Smacks LGBTQ People on the Behind

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 15, 2015 | 10:00 AM | comments

Francis and the Catholic Church have indeed hit us. They have violated our bodily and emotional spaces. They have disrespected our human and civil rights, and they have unjustifiably invaded the territories of our lives and our families.Read More


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Personal Time [Picture Tells A Story]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | February 14, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

While there is undoubtedly strength in numbers, we cannot afford to lose sight of the fact that everyone has their own personal narrative.Read More


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Valentine's Day: Friendship in the Time of Love

Filed by Yasmin Nair | February 14, 2015 | 1:00 PM | comments

The language of romantic love is all around us and it over-determines how we understand and clarify the myriad and complicated bonds we form in our lives.Read More


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Trans* People Murdered for Truth-Telling

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 13, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

The trans* community has shown us the essential fluidity of gender. For telling this truth, many have paid with their lives.Read More


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Remembering the Lovings This Valentine's Day

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | February 13, 2015 | 10:00 AM | comments

May the spirit of Mildred Loving and the just acts of St. Valentine be with us this Valentine's Day.Read More


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NJ Judge Spanks 'Ex-Gays' for Mental Disorder Claim

Filed by John M. Becker | February 11, 2015 | 3:30 PM | comments

For the first time, a U.S. court has ruled that it is fraudulent for conversion therapists to falsely claim that homosexuality is a mental disorder.Read More


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Vermont Bishop Affirms Trans People, But Not LGBs

Filed by John M. Becker | February 11, 2015 | 1:00 PM | comments

Christopher Coyne, the new Catholic bishop in Vermont, says he "[sees] no reason why transgender people would not be welcome in church." But his welcome for LGB Catholics was much more conditional.Read More


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AL Minister Arrested After Offering to Perform Same-Sex Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | February 10, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

An Alabama minister was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor this morning after she offered to officiate at a same-sex wedding inside a probate judge's office.Read More


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The New HIV/Syphilis Test for Your Smartphone

Filed by Bil Browning | February 09, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

Researchers and health care workers in Rwanda are currently testing an amazing new invention: a smartphone plug-in device that tests for HIV and syphilis.Read More


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'Conversion Therapy': Cruel, Tyrannical, & Un-Christian

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 09, 2015 | 12:00 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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WI Governor Scott Walker Is an Ageist Lug Nut

Filed by Mark Segal | February 08, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

Young politicians tell senior voters that they want to hear in an attempt to get their votes. But Scott Walker's anti-labor, women's health, LGBT and immigration positions would take us back to 1950.Read More


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ISIS Kills Gays: A History of Violence, Part II

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 08, 2015 | 10:00 AM | comments

The world was shocked when photos recently emerged of ISIS reportedly killing two men alleged to be gay. But what do we recognize in the victims? And what do we understand about the perpetrators?Read More


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Trip To The Toy Store [Picture Tells A Story]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | February 07, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

With Valentines Day around the corner, "pleasure objects" for individuals and couples (or thruples if you prefer) are on a lot of people's minds.Read More


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ISIS Kills Gays: A History of Violence, Part I

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 06, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

The world was shocked when photos recently emerged of ISIS reportedly killing two men alleged to be gay. But what do we recognize in the victims? And what do we understand about the perpetrators?Read More


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An Unbroken Line of Violence

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 06, 2015 | 10:00 AM | comments

Extra-legal and extra-judicial killings of black men and women go back centuries. Read More


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A Road Map Beyond Black History Month

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | February 04, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

For decades now, Black History Month has not broached the topic of the socio-political construction of white privilege. Americans' aversion to a conversation about race not only harms people of color, but it also harms whites as well.Read More


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Did Nebraska Just Accidentally Recognize Gay Marriages?

Filed by Bil Browning | February 04, 2015 | 2:50 PM | comments

Nebraska legislators discovered yesterday they may have accidentally recognized same-sex marriages while trying to expand gun rights.Read More


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Mormon LGBT Promises: Way Too Little, Far Too Late

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 04, 2015 | 10:00 AM | comments

The Mormon Church's recent statement on anti-discrimination legislation against LGBT people is way too little and far too late.Read More


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Our Transgender Teachable Moment

Filed by Mark S. King | February 03, 2015 | 3:30 PM | comments

I like to consider myself an enlightened gay man. But I haven't learned much about the T in LGBT, despite the issue bubbling up throughout popular culture. My sensitivity level is long overdue for some transitioning of its own.Read More


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Arkansas Church Refuses Funeral for Married Gay Man

Filed by Garrard Conley | February 03, 2015 | 1:30 PM | comments

An Arkansas church refused to hold a funeral service for a married gay man after some of its members protested.Read More


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ExxonMobil Is Still Evil

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 03, 2015 | 10:00 AM | comments

ExxonMobil has reluctantly added LGBT workplace protections. However, ExxonMobil Corp. remains one of the primary environmental polluters in an industry that threatens the Earth and life as we know it.Read More


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Hallmark Valentine's Day Ad Stars Lesbian Couple

Filed by Bil Browning | February 02, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

Remember when you couldn't find a romantic greeting card meant for gay and lesbian couples without going to a gay bookstore?Read More