Living: July 2011

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Groupthink, Climbing Mountains & Finding Peace

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 30, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Guest blogger Alan Bounville shares what happened at the fourth or fifth mountain pass he's hit in the past couple of weeks as he's been traversing central Oregon on foot. What waits for him in the dark of night?Read More


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Take Action: Anoka-Hennepin School District Suicides

Filed by Kate Kendell | July 30, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

It's tough being a teenager anywhere, but being a student in Minnesota's Anoka-Hennepin School District is especially hard. Why? Because there's actually a "gag policy" that prevents school staff from talking about LGBT issues.Read More


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Personality Test: What's Your Color Palette?

Filed by Bil Browning | July 30, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

According to this chart, I seem to be a halfway decent person, so obviously you should take this very scientific color analysis chart seriously.Read More


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Drama In Trial of Accused Killer of Larry King

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 30, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

The King family stormed from the courtroom, and the victim's mother was banned from the entire trial.Read More


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First Love

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 29, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Is there anything like first love?Read More


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Amy Winehouse: She Cheated Herself

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 29, 2011 | 2:15 PM | comments

I can’t say I was surprised by the new of Amy Winehouse’s death. When I heard about her last concert, and saw the video, I thought to myself, “She has a year, maybe more, unless somebody does something.Read More


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Top Surgery for Transmen: A Short History

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 29, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Why do Jackson, and other transmen, want to have this procedure, and what's the history of its development? Read More


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Couple Claims Discrimination at Dollywood

Filed by Bil Browning | July 28, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Tennessee couple Jennifer Tipton and Olivier Odom are accusing Dolly Parton's theme park, Dollywood, of anti-gay discrimination.Read More


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O'Donnell & Burns on MN School Suicides

Filed by Bil Browning | July 28, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Lawrence O'Donnell talked with Ft Worth councilman Joel Burns, who came out dramatically to his constituents and colleagues during a city council meeting, last night about Bachmann's influence on the school's policy and exactly how much damage it's causing.Read More


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Kermit the Frog's It Gets Better Video

Filed by Bil Browning | July 28, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Okay, this is damn cute. It's not easy being green, but it gets better. Read More


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TSA's New Scanners May Affect Trans People

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 27, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

A new change in the Transportation Security Administration full-body scanners will display a "generic body outline" instead of a detailed image. But the National Center for Transgender Equality is concerned on how it may impact trans people. Read More


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Pervers/Cite: Montreal's Answer to Corporate Pride

Filed by R Conrad | July 27, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Pervers/Cité, Montréal's collaboratively organized summer festival that aims to make links across social justice groups, queer communities, and radical visions of pride, is set to take place this summer form August 4 to 14. Read More


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Alexander McQueen Leaves His Dogs $82k

Filed by Bil Browning | July 27, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

The money will be used for the care of the canines, because you can't expect McQueen's dogs to eat Walmart brand grub out of K-Mart dishes.Read More


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Happy Birthday

Filed by Sara Whitman | July 27, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

In the last two weeks, I have had two separate, intense moments where I felt my sister's presence in a big way. Just chance, I thought. Little weird but... just chance. Read More


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My Night As Ricky Martin

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 26, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Wait, did my cruise ship impersonation of the openly gay Latino superstar contribute to the erasure of his gay identity?Read More


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Outliving My Father

Filed by Mark S. King | July 26, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

We began words and abandoned them, floating silently in a moment I hoped could delay the inevitable. I thanked God for a gift that, in the distorted world of AIDS, I had wanted so badly over the years. I would outlive my father.Read More


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Dept. of HHS Considers Revisiting Gay Blood Ban

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 26, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Today the Department of Health and Human Services detailed what steps would need to be taken in order for the country's current ban on blood donations from gay men to be reviewed again. Read More


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Alexander Hamilton: 'Little Lion' of the Revolution

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | July 26, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Conservative American historians reserve a closet that's deeper and darker than usual, for any "founding father" who wasn't a Bible-quoting Protestant heterosexual. And some odd boys can definitely be glimpsed through the cannon smoke of our Revolution. Among them was soldier and statesman Alexander Hamilton.Read More


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The Limits of Tolerance: Anti-faith Voices in Our Community

Filed by Rev. Emily C. Heath | July 26, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

It is always ironic to me how much anti-gay Christians and the rabid anti-faith folks have in common. The narrowness of world views, the inability to tolerate beliefs different than their own, the stereotyping: they are all fundamentalists.Read More


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Collection Procedures Continue for DADT Servicemembers

Filed by Bil Browning | July 25, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

While the administration might be touting the certification of DADT repeal last week, the ramifications are still being felt by service members who were discharged. Lt. Dan Choi shares his recent collection letter sent by Diversified Collection Services, Inc. Read More


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Revenue from NY Marriage Equality Estimated at $155 Million

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 25, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

The Williams Institute has released a new study revealing estimations for the measurable economic impact of marriage equality in New York, using U.S. Census data and previous data from other states where same-sex marriage is legal. Read More


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Severus Snape: It Gets Better (Until He Kills You)

Filed by Bil Browning | July 25, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

I'm pretty sure that Dumbledore might quibble a bit about that whole "getting better" part, but, as Snape points out, life is not a bunch of Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans.Read More


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Queer Youth Define How Schools Need to Change in New Book

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 25, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

In the just-released book project called Queer Youth Advice for Educators, 30 students from around the country detail the crisis of being queer in school. Guest blogger Abe Louise Young talks about the unique and interesting book. Read More


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For Ted and Jack, Marriage Equality Came Too Late

Filed by D Gregory Smith | July 25, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Marriage equality is also about the people of advancing age who have struggled to live their lives with love and integrity in the face of hatred, anger, denial, and oppression - the kind that many of us today simply cannot fathom. Read More


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Inseparable: God's Love, Norway, And Us All

Filed by Rev. Emily C. Heath | July 25, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

This weekend I wrestled with this week's lectionary text, Norway, and what to say to my congregations. This was the result. It's one Christian's response to a terrorist who has hijacked the name 'Christian.'Read More


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Report: HIV+ MSM At Higher Risk For Hepatitis C

Filed by D Gregory Smith | July 24, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Hot on the heels of Godzilla Gonorrhea, comes further buzzkill from Science Daily: HIV+ men who have sex with other men are at increased risk of contracting Hepatitis C.Read More


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'SLOW' Explores Constructions of Hooking Up

Filed by Antoine Craigwell | July 24, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

One is almost inclined to hurry the scenes along, but the expectation and energy of two sexually attractive black men potentially hooking up, makes the viewer want to stay. As the film progresses, it upturns expectations in a world of instant sex.Read More


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CBS LGBT Employees' 'It Gets Better' Video

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | July 24, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

CBS' LGBT employees have released a new "It Gets Better" video. Included in the participants is my friend Brian, who has shown me, especially in my darkest days, that it gets better.Read More


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The Final Surrender of Amy Winehouse

Filed by Mark S. King | July 23, 2011 | 7:30 PM | comments

Amy Winehouse fought her addiction in the same way recovering addicts like me once did: by denying it, throwing it in your face, saying no to rehab, and then saying yes, begrudgingly. Read More


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NYC Marriage Lottery Results: Everybody Wins

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 23, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Despite previous announcements that the number of marriages in New York City would be capped and decided via lottery, city officials decided yesterday to accommodate all of the couples who registered for the lottery. Read More


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The Facts About India's Infant 'Sex Changes'

Filed by Mercedes Allen | July 22, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Canadian and international press outlets reported last month that in India, the preference to have male children is so strong that parents are having their female infants surgically assigned (a.k.a. "sex changes") to male. Here are the facts of the matter.Read More


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Seventh-Day Gay Adventists

Filed by Davina Kotulski | July 22, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Religion continues to be the biggest weapon aimed at LGBTIQ and same-sex loving people. This is where the final "battle" will be won - with love, and by opening hearts and minds, one person at a mind.Read More


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Is NFL Star Cedric Benson an Angry Gay Man?

Filed by Mark S. King | July 22, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Do we try to understand Cedric Bensen, because he may be a panicked gay man trapped in a living lie, or blame this on a culture of homophobia (internalized and otherwise), or mind our own damn business?Read More


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Honoring Those Who Died Before The Internet Boom

Filed by Jeff Lutes | July 21, 2011 | 6:30 PM | comments

15 years ago today, when the Internet was still in its infancy, I lost a partner to HIV/AIDS. It has always bothered me that a Google search of his name turned up no information or images about his beautiful spirit. This video seeks to change that. Read More


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The 2011 ADAP Conference in Nine Minutes!

Filed by Mark S. King | July 21, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

The 2011 ADAP Advocacy Association conference, held July 5-7 in Washington, D.C., was bursting with spirit. But where were all of the large, national LGBT organizations? Read More


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4th Largest School District Now Protects Gender Identity

Filed by Nadine Smith | July 21, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Miami-Dade School District, the fourth largest in the nation, has added gender identity to their harassment and anti-bullying policy. The victory comes after years of work from Equality California and the Miami-Dade Safe Schools Coalition. Read More


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MN School District Investigated for Anti-Bullying Policy

Filed by Michael Hamar | July 21, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

The U.S. Justice Department and the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights are investigating the Anoka-Hennepin School District in Minnesota for alleged abuse and bullying of students who do not conform to gender stereotypes.Read More


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A Pap Smear for Men - Diagnosing Anal Cancer

Filed by Antoine Craigwell | July 21, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

Looking into anal cancer, a stigmatized disease with links to HPV and HIV. Why regular examinations are of utmost importance in getting diagnosed and preventing problemsRead More


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DC Police Investigate Trans Murder

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 21, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Another tragic trans murder in DC brings home the reality of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects report on violence against LGBT people.Read More


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The Closet of the Future

Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | July 21, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

We will still yearn for a place where we don't have to decide whether or not to come out every time we meet somebody new.Read More


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ACLU Sues Vermont Inn Over Anti-LGBT Discrimination

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 20, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

A lesbian couple looking to host a wedding reception at the Wildflower Inn in Vermont was turned away when "due to the personal feelings" of the innkeepers. Now the American Civil Liberties Union is filing a lawsuit for discrimination.Read More


My Fellow American

Filed by Bil Browning | July 20, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

An interesting video contrasting the rightwing nutjob rhetoric about Muslims versus reality. It reminds me of the bland PSAs the gay rights groups used to make about how we're just like any other American.Read More


A Tux, A Tie & a Big Smile: Vintage Photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | July 20, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

A sweet private piece of transgender history, this vintage stereocard, probably ca. 1920s, possibly earlier. The tuxedo is awesome but did it come with breeches instead of pants, or was that a stylistic alteration? Love the joyful face! It must've...Read More


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NYC Addresses Demand for Marriages with Lottery

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 19, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

In anticipation of a huge number of couples wanting to marry this Sunday in New York City, Mayor Bloomberg has capped the number of couples - same-sex or otherwise - who can wed at 764. Read More


Navy Prosecutes More Sailors Who Married to Hide Sexuality

Filed by Michael Hamar | July 19, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

The Navy is continuing its witch hunt for LGBT service members who married to hide their sexual orientation, and local individuals have been arrested. Sadly, the same effort to weed out sham straight marriages doesn't seem to be materializing. Read More


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Worst. Yard Sale. Ever.

Filed by Bil Browning | July 19, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

After posting an ad on Craigslist for a yard sale in northern Virginia, a woman sent an e-mail to people inquiring about some of the items for sale to tell them she won't sell to gays, Muslims or "illegal immigrants."Read More


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HIV: Treatment Is Prevention

Filed by D Gregory Smith | July 19, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Yesterday's New England Journal of Medicine discussed that the results of the HIV Prevention Trials Network 052 study has provided definitive proof that antiretroviral treatment reduces the rate of sexual transmission of HIV-1.Read More


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Breast Cancer Activist Brenner Featured in USA Today

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | July 19, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Yesterday the newspaper profiled Barbara Brenner, a lesbian breast cancer activist who has been fighting ALS.Read More


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Niagara Falls Gears Up for NY Same-Sex Weddings

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 19, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

The falls will be lit with a rainbow spectrum on Saturday evening, as the first same-sex couple will marry in New York at midnight. A larger ceremony will follow the next day.Read More


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Gay History Lands in the Lesson Plan

Filed by Leslie Robinson | July 18, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

California is the first state to require public schools to include the contributions of LGBT people in social studies curricula. We take you to the classroom of Mr. Mitchell a couple of years from now, as he adds the new material to his AP American history class.Read More


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Humans Hate Helping Children?

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 18, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

This weekend I read an interview with an evolutionary biologist who works for Match.com on Salon and one of the more annoying scientific-esque arguments about why we're genetically programmed for monogamy came up.Read More


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Locker 32, Your Room Is Ready: God Help You

Filed by Mark S. King | July 17, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

The last time I went to the gay baths, some years ago, I stepped in poop. Later, sitting in the lounge area - same men, same towels, but with smoking and less sex - I began doubting my choice of sexual venue.Read More


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Anger Is One Letter Short of Danger

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 17, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

What do you do when a total stranger confronts you about "deciding" to be gay or lesbian? Guest blogger Alan Bounville shares his recent encounter in an RV park in Oregon.Read More


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About 350 Gay Servicemembers March in San Diego Pride Parade

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 17, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Around 11:00am Pacific time on Saturday, July 16, about 350 active duty and veteran servicemembers made history stepping off as the third contingent (behind Dykes on Bikes) in the annual San Diego Gay Pride Parade.Read More


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Man Can't Donate Blood Because He Appears Gay

Filed by Bil Browning | July 17, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

A straight Gary, Indiana man was turned away from a plasma center for appearing too gay.Read More


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Nineteen Years

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 16, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

As of Tuesday, I've been clean and sober for 19 years. Nineteen years. Six thousand nine hundred and thirty five days, one at a time. I remembered Monday night, while watching Intervention.Read More


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Not-Gay Priest Wants Pope to Finger His Butt

Filed by Bil Browning | July 15, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

After Spanish priest Andrés García Torres had his photo taken with a young seminarian, his Bishop is suspicious he's gay. Torres, however, has devised a solution that should make everyone happy.Read More


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Do I Have Too Many Gadgets?

Filed by Leone Kraus | July 15, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

My partner and I spent a majority of the weekend cleaning out the apartment. Staring down at the pile of gadgets that lay before us, we could see technology evolving right before our eyes. This left me wondering whether it's possible to have too many.Read More


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Common Lab Tests for HIV+ Persons & Why You May Need Them

Filed by D Gregory Smith | July 14, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

Treatment is a team effort. So if you're on the bench wishing you were anywhere else but here, maybe it's time to get in the game with the rest of your team. The win may be up to you.Read More


Arms of Steel

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | July 14, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Wonderful French card, but would love some help with the translation of "force de la machoire." Does that mean he holds the record for jaw bite?Read More


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Should AIDS Activists & Pharma Just Get Along?

Filed by Mark S. King | July 13, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

In this video episode, I take you along to a community advisory board meeting for HIV drug manufacturer Janssen Therapeutics. There was something about the cordial way in which the invited HIV advocates provided helpful feedback to the pharmaceutical executives that felt... a little strange.Read More


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Anti-Trans Company Producing PFLAG Merchandise

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | July 13, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

OUT!wear, a company that produces gay and lesbian designs for shirts and clothing - including a line of PFLAG merchandise - has released a new design in preparation for the Michigan Women's Music Festival to promote the exclusion of trans women.Read More


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Same-Sex Parents in Texas

Filed by Jeff Lutes | July 13, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

My partner and our three kids were featured in a recent story about same-sex parents in Texas produced by Yimou Lee for an NPR affiliate. Yimou interviewed us at home talking about the common challenges and triumphs that most families share.Read More


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Mystery Muscle Hunk: Vintage Publicity Card

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | July 13, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

This remarkably handsome 19th century athlete will remain anonymous for now, unless one of you can identify him. Read More


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After Marriage Equality, What's Next, Polygamy? Yes.

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 12, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Marriage equality advocates were quick to denounce the connection. But there is a connection: both involve freedom.Read More


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DC Man Can Sue for HIV Misdiagnosis

Filed by Bil Browning | July 12, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

A man has been given the green light by the DC Court of Appeals to sue a health care provider who misdiagnosed him as HIV+ five years ago. His lawsuit alleging negligence had previously been thrown out of court.Read More


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Living My 'New Life:' Same as the Old Life

Filed by Drew Cordes | July 12, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

I'm the same person, with the same life, the same parents, the same friends, the same need for more bookshelf space. I have improved, as anyone does after surgery successfully treats an ailment, but I haven't changed. I wouldn't want to.Read More


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Trans Woman Is Finalist in Breast Augmentation Contest

Filed by Mercedes Allen | July 11, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Last month 90.3 AMP Radio in Calgary launched their "The Breast Summer Ever" contest and among the finalists is musician Avery Mitchell, who is also transsexual.Read More


The Ride Was a Party: Photo from LifeCycle

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | July 11, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

My bff Mike mailed me pix as he valiantly biked from SF to LA for the annual AIDS/Lifecycle Ride last month.Read More


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Gonorrhea: Getting Harder To Kill

Filed by D Gregory Smith | July 11, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Think if you get the clap, you can always just go get a shot or take a pill to be cured? Not so fast, bucko.Read More


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Shiver Me Timbers! Gay Pirates Then & Now

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | July 11, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Gay pirates? Mary! Gives a new meaning to "walk the plank."Read More


GLAD: New Denny's Bathroom Policy for Trans Patrons

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 11, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

Denny's has agreed that trans people can use the bathroom according to their gender identity.Read More


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Living In a Box

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 10, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

I was intrigued by this video about the Eco-Cube - a project to "build a compact home" no bigger than 10x10x10 feet "in which one person could live a comfortable, modern existence with a minimum impact on the environment."Read More


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TOMS Shoes: Focus on the Family Misrepresented Relationship

Filed by Joe Mirabella | July 10, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

TOMS Shoues issued a statement to Change.org, expressing "regret" for Mycoskie's speaking appearance at a Focus on the Family event on June 30, claiming that the religious group had misrepresented its relationship with TOMS as a "giving partner" in its shoe program.Read More


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Random Thoughts On A Saturday Morning In The Country

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 09, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

There's always tomorrow.Read More


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The Gay Naked Therapist

Filed by Bil Browning | July 09, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

I'm curious to know what the other ways "arousal is facilitated." At least you can go and expect a happy ending.Read More


Former First Lady Betty Ford Dies

Filed by Bil Browning | July 08, 2011 | 9:16 PM | comments

Former First Lady Betty Ford has died at age 93.Read More


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Mosquitos Are the New Locusts

Filed by Bil Browning | July 08, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

I wonder what it takes to get one of those nutjobs to stop for a second and think, "You know what? Maybe this is just silly."Read More


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Women's Work: 1940s Sewing Room

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | July 08, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

I'm not sure where this is but I dug up some info on Sewing Projects. According to North Dakota studies, the Works Projects Administration created sewing projects where women produced clothing which was distributed to the poor.Read More


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I Received 'Ex-Gay' Therapy at Marcus Bachmann's Clinic

Filed by John M. Becker | July 08, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

Based on my undercover experiences at Marcus Bachmann's clinic, there can no longer be any doubt that it endorses and practices widely-discredited "ex-gay" therapy.Read More


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My Whirlwind Evolution from Teacher to LGBT Journalist

Filed by Phil Reese | July 08, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

Life doesn't always follow a plan, does it? While I was teaching I shifted from being an LGBT organizer on the ground to a netroots figure online.Read More


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A Gay Youth at Texas Bible Camp

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 07, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Guest blogger Max Pearson shares his tumultuous, hysterical experiences at Piney Woods Youth Bible Camp in Texas as a young, gay non-believer. Read More


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Larry King Murder Trial Underway in Chatsworth

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 07, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

The case the Ventura County Deputy District Attorney is presenting indicates that Brandon McInerney was a budding white supremacist and not an innocent who just made a mistake.Read More


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International Kissing Day: Kissing On The Pier

Filed by Don Davis | July 07, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

Despite the fact that it's a day late, you could just get out and start kissing, wherever you are, knowing that you're not just kissing at random; you're celebrating an international holidayRead More


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Riding Like the Naked Wind

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | July 07, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Boing Boing hosted a sweet photo show of Naked Bike Ride Day as it was celebrated around the world. Here's one of my favorites.Read More


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San Diego LGBT Bookstore Destroyed

Filed by Bil Browning | July 07, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Obelisk, San Diego's LGBT bookstore, has been destroyed in a fire that gutted the buildingRead More


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Still Looking To get Your Pride On?

Filed by Don Davis | July 06, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Pride month is already fading into the rear view mirror, but what if there was another pride festival coming up in a remote and exotic part of the world and, for once, it really did include the "T?"Read More


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Death By Dildo?

Filed by Bil Browning | July 06, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

The German Green Party is demanding that the country's government protect consumer health. No, it's not air pollution or nuclear waste they're concerned about; it's the amount of toxic plastics found in most sex toys.Read More


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The Importance of Black Male Mental Health

Filed by Anthony Carter | July 06, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

Recently, I read about gay male mental health. There's been some back-and-forth discussion as to whether this was a black problem, a male problem, or a gay phenomenon. It is a problem that doesn't discriminate.Read More


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The High Cost of Fear

Filed by Anthony Carter | July 05, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

As an out, proud black gay man, I am often asked to be less than my marvelous self. This can be addressed with a hearty fuck you.Read More


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NOM's Pakistani Chapter?

Filed by Bil Browning | July 05, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Oh, wait. That photo's not from Pakistan! It's from the Indianapolis anti-gay NOM rally. It's so hard to distinguish one rightwing nutjob group that wants to kill queers from another one anymore...Read More


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Best. Facebook. Ad. Ever.

Filed by Bil Browning | July 05, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Now this is a hilarious Facebook ad for a trans blog. I love it.Read More


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Let's Have Another Roundup

Filed by Don Davis | July 05, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Taking a look at campaign finance reform, Stephen Colbert's SuperPAC, Viagra's new commercial, and Monaco's Royal Wedding.Read More


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First Few Steps & Many More to Go

Filed by Sara Whitman | July 05, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Last week? I dove in. It was hard, but I found myself in a surprising calm. I don't know what is coming next, and for once that's okay. Struggling with it only keeps me from the moment.Read More


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The False Claim of a Clash Between Civil and Religious Liberties

Filed by Michael Hamar | July 05, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

It's an inability to make others live in accordance with the beliefs of these self-centered and intolerant individuals and churches that is being decried as an assault on religious liberty. Read More


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Fourth of July Open Thread

Filed by Bil Browning | July 04, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

We're taking the holiday off here at Bilerico, but don't worry! We've left you an open thread to start your own conversations. This thread will not be moderated, so you're welcome to say what you'd like.Read More


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Marriage, Civil Unions, Platform Planks & Communion

Filed by D Gregory Smith | July 03, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

What do all of the above have in common? The answer in my head is this: Injustice. Let's take them one by one, shall we?Read More


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New Cousin to HIV?

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | July 03, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

A new scare of an HIV-like virus is being dismissed by doctors. This isn't the first time the medical establishment has pooh-poohed a cohort of patients, telling them the pain they're experiencing is a figment of their imagination. Read More


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It's Walmart's World, Pt. 3

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 02, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

No movement for progressive change has ever relied solely on one strategy, but succeeded by applying many different strategies when and where appropriate. Nor did they accept roadblocks along any path to justice, but fought to remove them. After all, a roadblock to justice is itself an injustice.Read More


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Atheists in the Pride Parade: Thoughts on Churlishness & Integrity

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 01, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

How can atheists be civil and friendly with religious believers - particularly believers who are actively representing their beliefs - while maintaining our integrity about our atheism?Read More


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Victory for Binational Couple Henry Velandia & Josh Vandiver

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 01, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Federal immigration officials have cancelled the deportation of Henry Velandia of Venezuela, who is legally married to Josh Vandiver. According to their lawyer, Lavi Soloway, the action comes after more flexible immigrations guidelines were put into effect for immigrants with no serious criminal records.Read More


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Pride Notes to Self

Filed by Leslie Robinson | July 01, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

After participating in this year's Seattle Pride parade with members of my Unitarian Universalist church in Seattle, it behooves me to make a few notes about the experience so I can ensure next year that things go downright flawlessly.Read More


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Florida DMV Officials Ignore Law, Refuse Trans ID Change

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 01, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Florida DMV officials put this woman through the wringer. Law? What law?Read More


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New Zealand Church Asks for Greater LGBT Acceptance

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 01, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

A progressive New Zealand church is sponsoring a new billboard to highlight discrimination in other Anglican churches in the country, where gay men cannot serve as priests.Read More