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Catholic Church ‘I Do’ means you’re done
By Frank Bruni, New York Times, September 23, 2014
Some people "long known to be gay are suddenly exiled for being gay
and married, which is apparently too much commitment and accountability
for the church to abide. Honesty equals expulsion.”
By Michelle Garcia, Advocate, September 23, 2014
What to do when you don't feel gay enough.
people raising kids has shifted from downfall to salvation
By James Esseks, Advocate, September 19, 2014
In less than a decade, our families have gone from a tactic to block marriage
equality to one of the best arguments for legal relationship recognition.
get some 'kiss cam' equality
By John D. Sutter, CNN.com, September 9, 2014
The kiss-cam gimmick was pushed into the news cycle over the weekend when
it was reported that Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson sent an email
worrying that the demographics of his basketball team's kiss cam might
have been "too black." But racism is just one part of the kiss
cam to hate. The other is homophobia.
for marriage equality: The story behind our launch
By Brandan Robertson, Time Magazine, September 9, 2014
I am an evangelical Christian and I believe that the Bible is God’s
word. I also believe that LGBT men and women should enjoy the same right
to civil marriage as any other couple. For many evangelicals, these statements
are mutually exclusive. But they don’t have to be.
judge's gay marriage ruling is riddled with errors
Huffington Post, September 8, 2014
On its face, the Louisiana marriage case seems straightforward enough:
as in over 30 other states, the plaintiffs have sued for access to marriage
on the grounds of due process and equal protection. What's unusual in
the case is the bizarrely error-filled ruling delivered recently by Judge
ban on transgender military members
By Shannon Minter, CNN.com, September 3, 2014
Three years after the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," the
now-defunct law prohibiting gay men, lesbians and bisexuals from serving
openly in the armed forces, many Americans might not know that a significant
form of discrimination still exists: The U.S. military bans transgender
need an ENDA worth fighting for
By Rea Carey, Advocate, August 22, 2014
As members of Congress head back to their districts for summer recess,
remind them why we need an ENDA with a fair religious exemption.
is ready for us
Allida Black, Advocate.com, August 14, 2014
Hillary’s actions over the last three decades establish her as one
of the country’s most visible and heartfelt supporters of the LGBT
RadFems are on the wrong side of history
Riki Wilchins, Advocate.com, August 12, 2014
Radical feminists cling to notions of biological essentialism: that there
is a common core of experience that all cisgender women share, and that
male-to-female transsexuals can never participate in this and thus always
are and will be males.
must protect undocumented LGBT families
By Jorge Gutierrez, Washington Blade, August 8, 2014
Efforts to legitimize certain kinds of undocumented immigrants from others,
we fear, will result in the exclusion of the most vulnerable members of
the LGBTQ undocumented community.
many of us are there?
By Peter Rosenstein, Washington Blade, August 6, 2014
Less than 3 percent of the population identifies as gay, lesbian or bisexual.
Many think that this number is much too low and that the LGBT community
defense of celibate gay Christians
By Eliel Cruz, Advocate.com, August 5, 2014
Some lesbian, gay, and bisexual Christians choose a life of celibacy and
they should be welcomed in the community.
ENDA just history repeating itself?
By Michael Latin, Advocate.com, August 4, 2014
The fight for ENDA might end up looking familiar to those who lived through
the Clinton administration.
I’m not afraid to be too gay on Facebook
By Kimberly Knight, Time Magazine, August 1, 2014
I don’t usually talk about that aspect of what I do in front of
my kids but I said just enough in an otherwise glib moment that my oldest
furrowed her brow and went off a bit “Mom, you post everything,
I mean way too much – like every moment of your life! Some day one
of those crazies is gonna find you and…”
strikes for Science magazine
Editorial, Bay Area Reporter, July 31, 2014
Science is a well-regarded, peer-reviewed magazine, but its recent cover
stereotypes transgender women and further stigmatizes people living with
is drug use higher in the gay community?
By Monty Moncrieff, PinkNews.co.uk, July 29, 2014
The headline figure in the Crime Survey for England & Wales is that
drug use in the past year amongst gay and bisexual men is three times
higher than use amongst heterosexual men.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
a survivor of rape and intimate partner violence–and I’m a
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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."
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.
By Frank Bruni, New York Times, May 20, 2014
Between Bill's soliloquies and Barack's slump, she's got problems.
in the military
Editorial, New York Times, May 15, 2014
The Pentagon needs to address its unfounded prohibition on transgender
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.
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.
in a name: Intersex and identity
By Hida Viloria, Advocate.com, May 14, 2014
Is intersex an identity or a diagnosis?
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
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?
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