Living: April 2015

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WATCH: Hate, Love on Display Outside Supreme Court

Filed by John M. Becker | April 30, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

As oral arguments took place inside the Supreme Court, supporters of both marriage equality and marriage discrimination converged on the plaza outside to express their views. Fiona Dawson's exclusive video report takes you there.Read More

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Blame the Gays, Vol. 548,784: Baltimore Riots

Filed by John M. Becker | April 29, 2015 | 5:00 PM | comments

It was only a matter of time... Read More

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1955 Newspaper Ad for Westboro Baptist Church

Filed by Bil Browning | April 29, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

Back in 1955, Westboro Baptist Church, now known for their "God Hates Fags" protests, was just a ragtag group of gay haters looking for a few good followers.Read More

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Marriage at SCOTUS: Cautiously Optimistic

Filed by John M. Becker | April 28, 2015 | 5:30 PM | comments

Both sides endured tough questioning and Justice Kennedy played his cards close to his chest, but the Supreme Court appears to be leaning towards a ruling in favor of marriage equality.Read More

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North Dakota Anti-Gay Politician Outed

Filed by Bil Browning | April 28, 2015 | 3:00 PM | comments

North Dakota Republican state representative Randy Boehning has a history of voting against the LGBT community, but that hasn't stopped him from cruising hookup apps looking for gay sex. Natch.Read More

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PBS on Today's Kentucky Marriage Equality Case

Filed by Bil Browning | April 28, 2015 | 11:30 AM | comments

PBS has an excellent report out of Kentucky about two families - one supports marriage equality and the other doesn't - and how they both set up today's court battle.Read More

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The Big Day: Marriage at the Supreme Court

Filed by John M. Becker | April 28, 2015 | 8:30 AM | comments

Today's the big day, folks -- the day the United States Supreme Court considers the great civil rights issue of marriage equality.Read More

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Depression: January in Spring [Picture Tells A Story]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | April 25, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

Spring is a hard time to be depressed. In the heart of winter, being miserable makes sense. Now though, Spring has brought back sun and warmth to the world; except inside my heart and head, it still feels like January. Read More

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WATCH: For the Weddings That Never Happened

Filed by John M. Becker | April 24, 2015 | 5:00 PM | comments

As the U.S. prepares for the Supreme Court to consider making marriage equality legal nationwide, PFLAG Canada pauses to honor the couples who were never able to marry in their lifetimes.Read More

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Straight High Schooler Asks Gay BFF to Prom

Filed by John M. Becker | April 24, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

"You're hella gay, I'm hella str8. But you're like my brother. So be my d8?"Read More

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On Marriage, Are We Going Back to the 'Green Book' Era?

Filed by Terrance Heath | April 23, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

As the Supreme Court takes up marriage equality again, conservatives are preparing for a likely landmark ruling by trying to bring back a phrase that once haunted black families: "We don't serve your kind here."Read More

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"Q Boston" Conference Is About Us, Not For Us

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

I mistakenly thought, given its title, the conference was for us, but was quickly disabused of the notion when I found out the conference was about us, and about how to stop the tide on LGBTQ civil rights.Read More

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A Banner Year for Philly LGBT-Friendly Senior Housing

Filed by Mark Segal | April 20, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

Over a year ago, Philadelphia's John C. Anderson LGBT-friendly senior apartments opened to much fanfare. And what a year it's been!Read More


New Polls Show Majority Support for Marriage, Legal Protections

Filed by John M. Becker | April 19, 2015 | 6:00 PM | comments

A pair of new polls show that a majority of Americans support equal marriage rights for same-sex couples and believe that the law should protect against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.Read More

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The Privilege of Our Faces [Picture Tells A Story]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | April 18, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

The faces we show the world look depend a great deal on the people we are interacting with and where we are. The "right" perception can help land a choice job, smooth over a routine transaction, or even keep us safe.Read More

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Why Do Trans* Pronouns Matter?

Filed by Bil Browning | April 17, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

Are you ever confused about what pronoun to use when talking to a trans* person? Worried you'll muck it all up and don't know how to ask?Read More

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Conversion Therapy's Deadly Outcomes

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | April 17, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

"Ex-gay" ministries should all fold because they don't focus on families, but rather they blur the distinctiveness that makes us who we are. God created humanity as a tapestry of variety. Diminishing that variety diminishes ourselves. Read More

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London 'Ex-Gay' Event Canceled After Public Outcry

Filed by John M. Becker | April 16, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

A major "ex-gay" religious event in London has been canceled after thousands of people signed a petition against it.Read More

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Is Apple's New Russian-Language Siri a Homophobe?

Filed by John M. Becker | April 14, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

Apple's new Russian-language Siri is causing controversy after a YouTube user uploaded a video showing him asking gay-related questions and receiving rude and dismissive answers.Read More

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Third Circuit Again Upholds NJ's Conversion Therapy Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | April 13, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

For the second time in less than a year, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the constitutionality of New Jersey's law banning conversion therapy.Read More

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On Iran, Pride, and Rick Santorum

Filed by Mark Segal | April 13, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

If the Supreme Court rules late in the month on marriage, they run across another deadline that might give us reason to understand our struggle.Read More

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F-ck the NSA: Dick Pics 4 Freedom!

Filed by Bil Browning | April 13, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

After Edward Snowden revealed that the government is scooping up those dick pics you've been sending through Gmail and hookup apps, Reddit has responded as only they could.Read More

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Passions & Burdens [Picture Tells A Story]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | April 11, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

It is easy to get drawn deeply into the pursuit of what excites our passions, but less talked about is how those passions can also be our burdens.Read More

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Former 'Ex-Gay' Leaders Applaud Obama's Call to End Conversion Therapy

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

A group of thirteen prominent former leaders of the "ex-gay" movement are applauding President Obama's call for an end to the dangerous and discredited practice of LGBT conversion therapy.Read More

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The Angry Fallout From the AHF Scandal

Filed by Mark S. King | April 10, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

A stunning whistleblower lawsuit against the AIDS Healthcare Foundation could have serious implications for the group's controversial head, Michael Weinstein, and its ability to provide HIV clinical services.Read More

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White House Complex Gets Gender-Neutral Bathroom

Filed by John M. Becker | April 09, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

In another historic LGBT-related milestone for the Obama administration, the White House complex has just opened its first-ever gender-neutral restroom.Read More

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White House Calls for End to LGBT 'Conversion Therapy'

Filed by John M. Becker | April 09, 2015 | 10:00 AM | comments

President Obama is calling for an end to so-called "conversion therapy," a discredited and dangerous form of abuse that falsely purports to change the sexual orientation and/or gender identity of LGBT people.Read More

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Trans Woman Wins Discrimination Case Against Army

Filed by John M. Becker | April 08, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

In a landmark ruling, the EEOC found that some forms of workplace harassment most frequently endured by people who are transgender are a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.Read More

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A (Birthday) Subway Dance Party!

Filed by Bil Browning | April 08, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

Today is Jerame's 40th birthday so I'm taking it easy with my "old man." I have a few fun things planned for him, but this is one thing I didn't think of and I wish I had.Read More

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Vatican Stalls on Receiving Gay French Ambassador

Filed by John M. Becker | April 07, 2015 | 3:30 PM | comments

Vatican City is delaying the acceptance of a new ambassador from France, Laurent Stefanini, and it may be because the ambassador-designate is an openly gay man.Read More

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Colorado Dismisses Homophobe's Complaint Against Bakery

Filed by John M. Becker | April 06, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

A Denver bakery did not engage in discrimination when it refused to make cakes with anti-gay messages on them, the Civil Rights Division of Colorado's Department of Regulatory Agencies has ruled.Read More

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Mormon Leaders Slam Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | April 06, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

Mormon leaders slammed same-sex marriage during the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' semiannual conference last weekend.Read More

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Post RFRA: How to Make a Difference in Indiana

Filed by Bil Browning | April 06, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

Now that the Indiana "religious freedom" debacle has died down, there are two things you need to know.Read More


Easter Is About Seeing Those at the Margins

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | April 05, 2015 | 1:00 PM | comments

It is sometimes said in many traditional Christian churches that "Jesus died for our sins." Such language masks the reality that Jesus died "because of our sins" -- our intolerance, our hatred, our violence.Read More

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Candle On The Water [Picture Tells A Story]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | April 04, 2015 | 10:00 AM | comments

Even the most homely light possesses an elegant and noble purpose: to warn and protect. They are humanity's answer to the Sirens of mythologyRead More

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Uber Goes Gay in Indy for NCAA Final Four

Filed by Bil Browning | April 03, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

Uber is making a big statement in Indianapolis this weekend about the state's new RFRA law.Read More

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S Is for Spineless: SPJ Ignores Indiana Controversy

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 01, 2015 | 6:00 PM | comments

The Society of Professional Journalists, which is headquartered in Indiana, is refusing to comment on that state's discriminatory new "religious freedom" law. Their silence speaks volumes.Read More