Living: March 2015


LGBT Grandparents Group: Still Going Strong

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | March 31, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

Two years after we profiled South Florida's new LGBT Grandparents Group, we've checked back in with them -- and they're still going strong.Read More

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Labor Union Pulls Convention Out of IN Over RFRA Law

Filed by John M. Becker | March 31, 2015 | 1:00 PM | comments

AFSCME, the nation's largest public employee union, says it is pulling its upcoming Women's Conference out of Indiana "as a direct result" of the state's bigoted and discriminatory new "religious freedom" law.Read More

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Attorneys Chosen for Supreme Court Marriage Arguments

Filed by John M. Becker | March 31, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

Attorneys Mary Bonauto and Douglas Hallward-Driemeier will argue the Sixth Circuit marriage cases before the Supreme Court next month.Read More

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Bracing for Backlash

Filed by Mark Segal | March 30, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

Since the wave of marriage equality success across the nation, we have begun to see a backlash against LGBT rights. Read More

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The Truth About Indiana's RFRA Law & How to Fix It

Filed by Bil Browning | March 30, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

Indiana Governor Mike Pence and supporters of the state's new "religious freedom" law keep spouting off a lot misinformation to try to justify their bigotry. What's the truth and how can it be fixed?Read More

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Body Betrayal: When You Aren't You [PTAS]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | March 28, 2015 | 1:00 PM | comments

Our bodies are the medium through which we experience life, even as they sometimes make our lives more challenging. Read More

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IN Restaurant Owner: I Discriminate Against Gays

Filed by Bil Browning | March 28, 2015 | 10:00 AM | comments

You'll never believe what a caller to Indiana radio station NOW 100.9 admitted during the station's morning show yesterday. Read More

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DC Catholic Archdiocese Fights to Kill LGBT Rights Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | March 27, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

In the American Catholic hierarchy's latest malicious attack on LGBT people, the Archdiocese of Washington is asking Congress to block a Washington, D.C. bill protecting queer students at religious schools.Read More

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Straight Indiana State Employee Quits Over RFRA Law

Filed by Bil Browning | March 27, 2015 | 10:00 AM | comments

Erik Deckers quit his job as a travel writer for the Indiana Office of Tourism Development shortly after Governor Mike Pence signed a bill legalizing discrimination against LGBT people.Read More

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Disciples of Christ Will Cancel IN Convention Over Law

Filed by John M. Becker | March 26, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination says it will move its 2017 convention out of Indianapolis now that a discriminatory, anti-LGBT "religious freedom" bill has become law.Read More

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Gay Kiss in Aussie Hair Goop Commercial

Filed by Bil Browning | March 25, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

I love it that gays, lesbians and bisexuals are often featured in commercials now - and they aren't solely aimed at the LGBT market.Read More

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IN's Largest Convention Threatens to Leave Over Law

Filed by John M. Becker | March 25, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

The largest and most economically powerful convention in Indianapolis is threatening to pull out of Indiana if Gov. Pence signs an anti-LGBT "license to discriminate" bill.Read More

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The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | March 22, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

Varied expressions of love are not always safe or accepted. Queries always accompany love expressed outside of familial, racial, cultural and religious norms. Read More

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History Returns to Independence Hall

Filed by Mark Segal | March 22, 2015 | 1:00 PM | comments

Something happened a few weeks ago that literally made me stop and take note of how far we have come in our struggle for equality.Read More

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When Miss America Met the Biggest Star in the World

Filed by Mark S. King | March 22, 2015 | 10:00 AM | comments

"He's with Miss America," he said. "They're right behind me." We both turned as the couple rounded the corner. They entered the light of the media room and I barely kept a gasp from escaping.Read More

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Marking Time [Picture Tells A Story]

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

Yesterday was the Vernal Equinox, a pointed reminder that fixating on the march of time is hardly a modern invention.Read More

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Gay Dating App Survey Reveals Racism & HIV Stigma

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 21, 2015 | 1:00 PM | comments

To know that so many gay men would refuse to say hello or respond to a friendly greeting simply because of somebody's sero-status is a little hard to bear.Read More

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Nude Male Models Show Off Their Purses [NSFW]

Filed by Bil Browning | March 18, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

I'm sure this is meant to be shocking or titillating, but a better word to describe it is "creepy."Read More

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Presbyterian Church USA Approves Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | March 18, 2015 | 11:00 AM | comments

Yesterday, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) gave final approval to a change in the church's constitution that includes same-sex couples in the definition of marriage.Read More

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The Islamic State: Prejudice and Power

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | March 17, 2015 | 11:00 AM | comments

ISIS's rise to power is proof that, in spite of our advances in technology, our species is as morally lacking today as we were thousands of years ago, when Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha walked the earth.Read More

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Wingnut Week in Review: Rapping on Racism

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 16, 2015 | 3:30 PM | comments

Americans were appalled last week when video surfaced of Oklahoma University SAE fraternity brothers singing an incredibly racist tune. Wingnuts were appalled... that the rest of the us were appalled.Read More

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What Causes Homosexuality? Who Cares?

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 16, 2015 | 11:30 AM | comments

We must get out of the "nature v. nurture" trap, and place discussions firmly in the realm of issues of human rights and human dignity.Read More

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Love Among The Stars [Picture Tells A Story]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | March 14, 2015 | 10:30 AM | comments

We have been fixtures in each other's lives for nearly as long as we've been adults, and precisely because of that fact, it can be challenging to remember that our relationship needs nurturing tooRead More

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ISIS Allegedly Beheads Three for Homosexuality

Filed by John M. Becker | March 13, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

Jihadist wingnuts in the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have reportedly executed three more men for alleged homosexuality and "blasphemy."Read More

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50 Years Later: The Long March from Selma to Ferguson

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 10, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

To read the DOJ's Ferguson report is to step back in time fifty years.Read More

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Australia Bans Anti-Marriage Equality Ad

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

The Australian religious right group Australian Marriage Forum is peeved that broadcaster SBS has refused to air their anti-marriage equality ad during one of the nation's gayest telecast events.Read More

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Planet Fitness Axes Member for Complaining About Trans Patron

Filed by John M. Becker | March 09, 2015 | 11:00 AM | comments

Planet Fitness in Midland, Michigan sent one of their members packing after she repeatedly complained about a transgender woman using the correct locker room.Read More

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Crazy Catholic Video Slams 'Homofascist Mafia'

Filed by John M. Becker | March 08, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

Catholic teachers, students, and parents in San Francisco are demanding that their church #TeachAcceptance of LGBT people. Right-wingers are responding with hysteria.Read More

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Strange World [PTAS]

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

It is easy to forget that however much we may wish otherwise, the rest of the world doesn't play by the rules we've created for ourselves in the places we call our own.Read More

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New LGBT History Exhibit at National Constitution Center

Filed by Mark Segal | March 07, 2015 | 1:00 PM | comments

The exhibit will showcase many of the laws that the LGBT community had to endure and shatter in order to achieve the limited rights we have today.Read More

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New Film Takes Honest Look at the Women's Movement

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | March 06, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

March is Women's History Month, and Mary Dore's documentary, "She's Beautiful When She's Angry," helps us celebrate, remember, and cheer one of our most vilified sheroes of the last century: the women's movement. Read More

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ISIS Kills Another Man for Alleged Homosexuality

Filed by John M. Becker | March 06, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

Radical jihadists in the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) executed another man this week whom they'd accused of homosexuality.Read More

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US's First Openly Gay Imam Ministers to LGBT Muslims

Filed by John M. Becker | March 04, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

Imam Daayiee Abdullah, of Washington, D.C.'s Light of Reform Mosque, ministers to LGBT Muslims. He's also the only openly gay imam in the Americas.Read More


Perfect Is the Enemy of Good

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 02, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

When we start to cannibalize our own and disavow important allies for perceived mistakes, we become the enemies of equality and justice.Read More

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Happy Birthday to Me! [Open Thread]

Filed by John M. Becker | March 01, 2015 | 8:00 AM | comments

How do you celebrate birthdays? Do you have any favorite birthday traditions?Read More