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Do you have an opinion about something that you've read in QSanAntonio? All letters should include your full name and telephone number. You will be called to verify the letter’s publication. Your letter can be published with your initials only if you wish. Letters should as brief as needed to make your point. We reserve the right to edit letters for length and clarity. All letters become the property of QSanAntonio Publishing.

Religion and LGBT rights can co-exist
Editorial, Salt Lake Tribune,
No religion returns the loyalty of its devoted followers if, instead of helping them negotiate the challenges of a changing world, it makes them the false promise that change will not occur. Not only will large numbers of the faithful be in for a crushing disappointment, they also risk being shunned by the rest of society as resisters of progress.

Does PrEP equal a new gay sexual revolution?
By Tim Vollmer & Doug Sebesta, Bay Area Reporter, July 24, 2014
What is it about the idea of Truvada for sexually active gay men that's causing such a passionate debate within public health circles and our own community?

Why the gay panic defense must go
By D'arcy Kemnitz, Advocate.com, July 23, 2014
In every state but one, someone who assaults or even murders an LGBT person can use a panic defense. It's time to put an end to that.

The Catholic case against religious exemptions
BY Francis DeBernardo, Advocate.com, July 21, 2014
In post-Hobby Lobby America, the question of whether religious exemptions should be included in laws prohibiting employment discrimination of LGBT people has increased in complexity.

The gay community should stop attacking anyone who dares suggest sexuality is a choice
By Dr. Adam Jowett, PinkNews.co.uk
Dr Adam Jowett, a lecturer in Social Psychology at Coventry University, argues that we should stop attacking people for suggesting sexuality is a choice.

Where did the 'gay' in 'Gay Pride' go?
By Amin Ghaziani, Advocate.com, July 17, 2014
Some say we're in a 'post-gay' world, but I'm not ready to let go. Are you?

Wanted: LGBT candidates, regardless of party
By Chuck Wolfe, Advocate.com, July 14, 2014
Encouraging gay Republicans to run for office could change the landscape for political equality in the U.S.

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' isn't dead yet
By Jackie Speier, Advocate.com, July 10, 2014
Repealing the discriminatory 'don't ask, don't tell' policy was just the tip of the iceberg in getting a fully LGBT-inclusive military.

Why HRC supports a comprehensive LGBT civil rights bill
By Chad Griffin, BuzzFeed.com, July 9, 2014
“At the end of the day, full federal equality is the only acceptable option, nothing more, nothing less,” the head of the Human Rights Campaign writes.

Why one of the biggest LGBT orgs has stopped supporting ENDA
By Rea Carey, Advocate.com, July 8, 2014
The morning the sun rose after the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling, we all woke up in a changed and intensified landscape of religious exemptions being used as an excuse to discriminate. The reality is that while politics is about compromise, some compromises are too great.

The best worst president ever
By Mark Morford, San Francisco Chronicle, July 8, 2014
“Obama is the worst thing to ever happen to this country,” declares the wealthy, rakish, silver-haired Newport Beach white guy to his small group of perfectly tanned 50-something females sitting just a few feet away from us at a stunning restaurant patio overlooking the sun-kissed California coastline.

Is sexual orientation a choice?
By Patrick Strudwick, Independent.co.uk, July 3, 2014
Lesbian activist Julie Bindel argues in her new book ‘Straight Expectations’ that sexual orientation is not innate. The gay writer Patrick Strudwick disagrees.

Should gay men and lesbians be bracketed together?
By Julie Bindel, BBC.com, July 2, 2014
Lesbians and gay men have long campaigned alongside each other. But are they wrongly bracketed together, asks Julie Bindel.

‘I’m a survivor of rape and intimate partner violence–and I’m a man’
By John Kelly, July 2, 2014
The topic of campus rape has been making its way to Congress and the White House, and coverage of this issue has increasingly been making headlines. But conspicuously absent from the conversation is the narrative of male and queer survivors.

What Hobby Lobby decision means for the LGBT community
By Jonathan Capehart, Washington Post, June 30, 2014
Now that we know that some corporations are people whose sincerely held religious beliefs must be respected, the next logical question is this: Is this good for the gays? The short answer is yes and no — for now.

We didn’t queer the institution of marriage. It straightened us
By Hugh Ryan, TheGuardian.co.uk, June 29, 2014
Marriage isn't an option for gay couples – it's the option, and it forces us to defend non-traditional relationships.

Why I don’t participate in gay pride celebrations
By Elizabeth Ann Thompson, Tacoma News Tribune, June 26, 2014
LGBT Pride Month has become more about paying lip service to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community than it is about addressing the real issues that affect us. It is a token gesture, implying that everyone can ignore our issues for the other 11 months of the year. I don’t want to be tokenized. I want equal rights.

Racism, homophobia and the World Cup
By Kate Clinton, Washington Blade, June 24, 2014
Time will tell if FIFA’s zero-tolerance stance on racism will also apply to homophobia.

The coming gay marriage witch hunt
By David Freedlander, The Daily Beast, June 19, 2014
Is this the new McCarthyism? With the battle over gay marriage beyond hope, some conservatives say they fear being run out of public life for being on the losing side.

Five reasons churches need to ‘come out’ on LGBT rights
By Christian Piatt, Time Magazine, June 18, 2014
Here are five reasons we, as Christian institutions, need to take public stands on behalf of our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer sisters and brothers.

Gay marriage is not about equality but a way of keeping women quiet
By Julie Bindel, TheGuardian.com, June 19, 2014
Historically, women have suffered most from matrimony. Why are so many lesbian couples in favor of such a conservative institution now?

Debate on Perry's comments comparing gays to alcoholics misses point
By Michael Lindenberger, Dallas Morning News, June 16, 2014
The pertinent question for the governor is how is deception healthy for gay people or beneficial to society.

GOP should try conversion therapy
By Josh Brodesky, Express-News.com, June 13, 2014
Some things you can't make up. One minute, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is saying the GOP needs to be “a bigger, better, bolder party.” The next thing you know, the Texas GOP base is doing everything it can to kick the rest of America out of its tent.

Rick Perry’s gay fixation
By Jonathan Capehart, Washington Post, June 13, 2014
When it comes to the fundamental question of whether being gay is a choice, the American people are pretty much in agreement: There is no choice involved. Texas Gov. Rick Perry is not among them.

The LGBT movement after marriage
By Rebecca Isaacs, Advocate.com, June 12, 2014
Reaching full marriage equality in the United States will indeed be pivotal, but it's not the end-all, when it comes to LGBT rights.

Is gay marriage destroying the United Methodist Church?
By Timothy C. Morgan, Christianity Today, June 12, 2014
"Irreconcilable" disagreement over same-sex unions is once again prompting debate over splitting the historic United Methodist Church, one of America's largest denominations.

Why LGBTQ literature matters
By Brenda Knight, Advocate.com, June 9, 2014
The New York Times recently ran an article about the importance of winning over the “pink dollar” and tapping the market of queer travelers. The article reads as a commodification of an identity, and it rubbed me entirely the wrong way.

The gay truth about Ronald Reagan
By James Duke Mason, Advocate.com, June 5, 2014
Ronald Reagan failed to successfully combat the AIDS crisis, but does that make him antigay?

Why would gay ally Jonah Hill let fly with a slur?
By John Rogers, Associated Press, June 4, 2014
The insult the actor Jonah Hill hurled last week raises the question: Why would someone like Hill, for years a vocal supporter of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, use such a word? Even in a moment of anger?

The transgender tipping point
By Katy Steinmetz, Time Magazine, May 30, 2014
Nearly a year after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, another social movement is poised to challenge deeply held cultural beliefs.

Why I support Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance
By Marty Troyer, Houston Chronicle, May 28, 2014
he Houston city council has loudly heard opposition from conservative Christians about the proposed non-discrimination ordinance (NDO) to be voted on today (May 28). As a supporter of LGBT rights, I’d like to share why I as a local Houston clergy support the NDO and urge our council to pass this ordinance.

Remember, there are transgender people lost serving in silence
By Michael Silverman, Advocate.com, May 27, 2014
As America commemorates Memorial Day, my thoughts turn to all service members who have lost their lives in the line of duty. But in my role as the head of a national transgender advocacy organization, I can’t help but think most specifically about all of the transgender men and women who died serving in silence.

Bathrooms, perverts and politics
By Lindsey S. Etheridge, Baltimore Sun, May 22, 2014
Recent laws extending non-discrimination protections to transgender individuals have increased the public discourse on this topic, resulting in a cacophony of ignorant and demoralizing remarks that perpetuate the marginalization of this already sidelined population.

Is gay marriage unstoppable?
By Jay Michaelson, Daily Beast, May 21, 2014
Same-sex marriage seems to be on a roll in the state courts, with a judge throwing out Pennsylvania’s ban Tuesday. But what about when one of these cases ends up in the Supreme Court?

National LGBT organizations: Welcome to the South
By Cindy Abel, Huffington Post, May 21, 2014
For years southern states have been treated as the step-children of the LGBT movement. Few national organizations invested any real money, compared to other parts of the country where wins were more predictable. Even gay folks said "we won't get equality til the whole country has equality."

Where are the gay chief executives?
By Claire Cain Miller, New York Times, May 21, 2014
When the National Football League last week drafted its first openly gay player, Michael Sam, he joined a roster of recent firsts — from the first out nightly news and morning-television anchors, United States senator and pro-basketball player. But one major realm of society lags behind: corporate America.

Hillary's obstacle course
By Frank Bruni, New York Times, May 20, 2014
Between Bill's soliloquies and Barack's slump, she's got problems.

Discrimination in the military
Editorial, New York Times, May 15, 2014
The Pentagon needs to address its unfounded prohibition on transgender people.

The AIDS-shaming of Magic Johnson
By Charles M. Blow, New York Times, May 15, 2014
We don't need a man of dubious motives and questionable character spreading misinformation about a disease he seems to little understand.

Yes, Chelsea Manning should get hormone replacement therapy on our dime
By Brandy Zadrozny, The Daily Beast, May 15, 2014
Hey, Fox News: Gender dysphoria’s real, and an appeals court has ruled the standard treatment is more cost effective than other options for transgender people like the WikiLeaks leaker.

What's in a name: Intersex and identity
By Hida Viloria, Advocate.com, May 14, 2014
Is intersex an identity or a diagnosis?

Conchita, the bearded lady who appalled Russia
By Rida Ghitis, CNN.com, May 14, 2014
A slender and stylish "woman" with a full dark beard -- yes, a beard -- stands in the middle of the roiling battle between Russia and the West, adding to the fury of a growing confrontation. Who could have imagined it?

Equality or immorality? A weekend's LGBT moments
By Jesse Washington, Seattle Post Intelligencer, May 13, 2014
It was an eventful weekend: A gay American football player kissed his boyfriend on national TV after being drafted by the National Football League; gay marriage arrived in the Bible Belt; a bearded cross-dresser won one of the biggest TV song competitions in the world. Is civilization in a march toward equality, or a descent into a moral Wild West?

Letters to QSanAntonio
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