Living: November 2013

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More Than Just A Body [Picture Tells A Story]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | November 30, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

Throw a naked woman into a shot, and some people forget the importance of taking a good photograph. Read More

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Man Loving & Medieval: Gay Popes in Fact & Fiction

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 30, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

Homosexuality and the Catholic Church don't mix. Or do they?Read More

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Why I Biked 165 Miles For HIV/AIDS

Filed by Father Tony | November 29, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

This year I repaired the graves of my friends. Next year, let's decorate.Read More

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An Open Letter to Cardinal Francis George of Chicago

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 29, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

My love for my little sister has given me the opportunity to examine homosexuality with a deep urgency - to confront my own discomfort with an orientation that at first seemed foreign to me.Read More

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Making a Joke Out of Thanksgiving

Filed by Bil Browning | November 28, 2013 | 9:30 AM | comments

Instead of the usual thankfulness mumbo-jumbo, why not leave a joke in the comments section? Thanksgiving-related or not, it has to be better than hearing Uncle Bob say "Pull my finger!" one more time.Read More

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Arrested for Picking Up His Kids from School?

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 27, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

The utter ridiculousness of a dad being arrested after trying to pick kids up from school on foot instead of in a car, astounds me.Read More


Have a Sexy 2014 With The "It's All Butch" Calendar

Filed by John M. Becker | November 26, 2013 | 7:30 PM | comments

Looking for a 2014 calendar geared towards women who love women? Look no further!Read More

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50 Years & More: Moving Beyond JFK's Assassination

Filed by Norm Kent | November 26, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

Today's students enter schools through metal detectors, all of us are screened at airports, and intelligence agencies secretly monitor your phone calls. It is not the world we intended.Read More

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Active-Duty Trans Soldier Speaks in New Documentary

Filed by John M. Becker | November 26, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

"It's time that somebody hears us."Read More

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Free Hugs Get Saudi Men Arrested

Filed by Bil Browning | November 25, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

We've all seen the photos of people standing on street corners with a big sign that says "FREE HUGS." The trend has gone worldwide, but one country isn't going to stand for such Western decadence.Read More

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Eyewitness: The Early Days of AIDS

Filed by Mark Segal | November 25, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

We were a community dying with little help from our government, or even, for the most part, the medical world. We were all treated like lepers. Read More

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Stop Bludgeoning Young Gay Men With Our AIDS Tragedy

Filed by Mark S. King | November 25, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

So frozen in time is our victimhood, it hardly allows for the facts of the here and now. Read More

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Non-Monogamy [How's That Work?]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | November 24, 2013 | 3:35 PM | comments

For the purposes of this discussion, non-monogamy is being broken down into two separate, but related categories: open-relationships, and polyamory.Read More


'The Genderbook' Unpacks Gender with Flair

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | November 24, 2013 | 11:00 AM | comments

Even those of us exposed regularly to a vast spectrum of gender identities and presentations can sometimes find ourselves feeling adrift, and in need of a straightforward road map, so to speak. Read More

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Passing The Torch - [Picture Tells A Story]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | November 23, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

A parent can only prepare and protect their children for so far and so long before they have to be willing to step back and let those children explore the world. Read More

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UCF Working Overtime To Conceal Public Records

Filed by John M. Becker | November 22, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

In their latest attempt to conceal public records related to Mark Regnerus's junk science "study" of same-sex parenting outcomes, the University of Central Florida has enlisted the help of a former state Supreme Court chief justice.Read More

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Erections: This Is Your Future

Filed by Mark S. King | November 22, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

What the world needs now, according to inventors trying to build a better trap for your baby batter, is a condom made from beef byproducts.Read More

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Where Were You When Kennedy Was Shot? [Open Thread]

Filed by John M. Becker | November 22, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Today marks the 50th anniversary of November 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Where were you when you heard the news?Read More

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Bishop Paprocki Exorcised Same-Sex Marriage, Looked Fabulous

Filed by John M. Becker | November 21, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

Has an exorcist ever looked quite this fabulous?Read More

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Royal Family or VC Andrews Characters? [Caption This]

Filed by Bil Browning | November 21, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

What in the hell is going on in this portrait of Denmark's royal family?Read More

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Alec Baldwin & Homophobia: A Race-Based Double Standard?

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | November 21, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

Alec Baldwin has received numerous passes from the LGBTQ community for his homophobic comments where others have not. Many believe the reason for this is based on race.Read More


Her Name Was Stephanie

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 20, 2013 | 5:00 PM | comments

It was an unremarkable Sunday evening church service... until Stephanie walked up to speak.Read More

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Indiana Lesbian 'Denied' Hospital Visitation Arrested

Filed by Bil Browning | November 20, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

Sarah Bray, an Indiana lesbian who claimed last week to have been denied hospital visitation rights after her partner, Jen Clemmer, supposedly overdosed as part of a suicide attempt, has been arrested for violently attacking her partner and then trying to cover it up.Read More

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Today: TDOR, Marriage in Illinois, Bayard Rustin Honored

Filed by John M. Becker | November 20, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Between the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, Bayard Rustin receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and Gov. Quinn signing marriage equality into law in Illinois, today is a big day for the LGBT community.Read More

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Entering The Home Stretch on Senior Housing Project

Filed by Mark Segal | November 19, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

We were not prepared for how isolated and in the closet many LGBT seniors really are.Read More

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'Healthcare For All' Includes Trans Healthcare

Filed by John M. Becker | November 18, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

GLAAD and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project are teaming up on a campaign calling for trans-inclusive healthcare in New York.Read More

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The Problem of 'Death Porn'

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 18, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

I question the selectivity of our attention to certain acts of televised or re-enacted death -- and whether our recollection of some people's lives sometimes focuses more on their death than their life.Read More

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An Uncomfortable Walk in Someone Else's Shoes

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 17, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

The truth, especially the truth of other people's lives, can be hard and ugly.Read More

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P-Spot Health & Toys [How's That Work?]

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 17, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

You see, when a prostate gland is unattended for quite some time (as many are in our society) the gland hardens and becomes more vulnerable to cancer.Read More

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United Methodist Church Wrong-Hearted About Marriage

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | November 17, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

The United Methodist Church's prohibition of same-sex nuptials is not only wrong-headed, it is also wrong-hearted.Read More


Reclaiming [Picture Tells A Story]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | November 16, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

There's power in reclaiming something that played such a vital role in making my life bearable at a time when it could have been anything but. Read More

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Indy Hospital Is Not Denying Lesbian Visitation Rights

Filed by Bil Browning | November 15, 2013 | 10:45 AM | comments

Yesterday the Indiana GetEQUAL activist David Stevens pushed a story about an Indianapolis lesbian who had been forced from her partner's side during a stay at a local Catholic hospital. It turns out that the story isn't true.Read More

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Angry IL Bishop Holding Marriage Equality 'Exorcism'

Filed by John M. Becker | November 15, 2013 | 8:30 AM | comments

Catholic Bishop Thomas Paprocki is so spitting mad about marriage equality that he's holding an exorcism service on the day that it becomes law in Illinois.Read More

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Philadelphia Marks 10 Years of Gay Marketing

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 14, 2013 | 3:30 PM | comments

Ten years ago today, Philadelphia launched its award winning "Philadelphia - Get Your History Straight and Your Nightlife Gay" marketing campaign.Read More

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The Top 10 Lies the Black Church Tells About Being Gay

Filed by Viktor Kerney | November 14, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

It's time to address the myths many LGBT people continue to hear in the black church. Here's a list of the top ten lies the black church tells about being gay, lesbian, or transgender.Read More

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UPDATED: Indy Lesbian Banned from Partner's Side in Hospital

Filed by Bil Browning | November 14, 2013 | 12:15 PM | comments

An Indianapolis lesbian has been banned from her unconscious partner's bedside by a Catholic hospital because her partner's mother doesn't approve of their relationship.Read More

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Hate Crime Charges Possible in Attack on Indy Gay Man?

Filed by Bil Browning | November 13, 2013 | 12:30 PM | comments

After an Indianapolis gay man was severely beaten outside of a gay bar, a local television station is claiming that the Indianapolis Police Department will investigate the attack as a possible hate crime. Unfortunately, this report is nonsense wrapped in homophobia.Read More

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Court To Florida University: Turn Over Regnerus Records

Filed by John M. Becker | November 12, 2013 | 5:45 PM | comments

Thanks to a ruling from a Florida judge announced today, we're one step closer to uncovering the full truth behind the discredited Regnerus "study" of same-sex parenting.Read More

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SAGEWorks Comes To Town

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | November 11, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

SAGEWorks, a program that provides job training and employment workshops for LGBT older adults, is coming to south Florida.Read More

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Pain? [How's That Work]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | November 10, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

Pain play is one of those topics that make many people uncomfortable when it first comes up, but most people have experimented with pain in one way or another, even if that wasn't how they conceptualized it at the time. Read More

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Ironman Meets Aquaman In The Flyboard

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | November 10, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

I'm not going to pretend this thing is practical, safe, or affordable, but the part of me that was once a ten year old boy just can't get over how damned cool it looks. Read More

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Do Gay Men, Straight Men Have Different Facial Shapes?

Filed by John M. Becker | November 10, 2013 | 12:15 PM | comments

A new study from the Czech Republic suggests that the facial shapes of gay and straight men are distinguishably different, but not in the way you might think.Read More

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French Bullying PSA Puts Things In Perspective

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | November 10, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

As a society we often seem to tolerate behaviors and actions directed at children that we wouldn't accept as adults. Read More

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Box Head Guy [Picture Tells A Story]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | November 09, 2013 | 3:30 PM | comments

What's beautiful to me is that he's doing something he (presumably) finds erotically satisfying and personally fulfilling. He's not hurting anyone, but I'm sure a great many people would find it all somewhat odd. Read More

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Kansas Teen Suspended for Wearing Purse to School

Filed by Bil Browning | November 08, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

Get your outrage ready, folks. You're gonna need it.Read More

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Flashback: Coretta Scott King at Atlanta Pride '96

Filed by John M. Becker | November 08, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

The late, great Coretta Scott King is well-known for her support of LGBT rights. Listen to her talk about equality in her own voice.Read More

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Monogamous: To Be or Not to Be?

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | November 08, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Is monogamy a natural instinct in us or is it a social construct which was obviously devised to protect and to regulate the institution of heterosexual marriage?Read More

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Meet Mr. Balls, a Giant Brazilian Cancer-Fighting Scrotum

Filed by John M. Becker | November 07, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

Meet Mr. Balls, a several-foot-tall Brazilian scrotum that's raising awareness about testicular cancer.Read More

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Become an Ally For Adoption

Filed by John M. Becker | November 06, 2013 | 7:00 PM | comments

November is National Adoption Month, and this month, the Family Equality Council is calling attention to the beauty of LGBT families - and the discrimination they face.Read More

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Illinois: What Happened & Why It's Important

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 06, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

I have been with my husband for 12 years. This will be the first time in all of those years that we will finally live in a state that recognizes our marriage, our commitment, and our love.Read More

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Singing Pro-Equality Grandmother Takes On 'Ex-Gay' Myth

Filed by John M. Becker | November 06, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

Sherri Gray, the 72-year-old pro-equality singing grandmother from Tennessee, is back with another song - and this one highlights the absurdity of the "pray away the gay" myth.Read More

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ENDA & America's Journey Towards Justice

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 06, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

This week the Senate will likely a pass a bill prohibiting anti-LGBT discrimination in the workplace. The majority of American people support it. Only the GOP stands in the way of an important step towards justice for all.Read More

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On LGBT Issues, the Kids Are All Right

Filed by John M. Becker | November 05, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

A new video making the rounds on the Internet today shows kids' unvarnished reactions to same-sex marriage proposals and unscripted thoughts about marriage equality. It's very encouraging.Read More

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Is This the Way to Golgotha? [Caption This]

Filed by Bil Browning | November 05, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

Surely to God this requires a "Caption This" contest. What's your best witty one-liner to go with this photo?Read More

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Reflections on an Anniversary

Filed by Jessica Max Stein | November 05, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

Queers and women are often in danger just for walking down the street. What can you do if you or someone in your community is in danger? How can you help?Read More

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What if a Gay Athlete Won Gold in Sochi?

Filed by John M. Becker | November 05, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

International LGBT rights group All Out released an emotional video yesterday that imagines what it might be like for an LGBT athlete to win an Olympic medal in Sochi, Russia.Read More

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This Week in Christian Privilege Tantrums

Filed by John M. Becker | November 04, 2013 | 5:30 PM | comments

Right-wing Christians have not been happy during the past week or so. Halloween and Hawaii and ENDA, oh my!Read More

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All in Good Fun or Blatant Racism?

Filed by Davina Kotulski | November 04, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

As LGBT people it is important for us to support our Native American brothers and sisters in ending flagrant disrespect of their culture just as we want support to end negative stereotypes of LGBT people.Read More


Dispatches From the PFLAG National Convention

Filed by Annette Gross | November 04, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

PFLAG national conventions inspire and motivate me. This year's convention in Washington, D.C. was no different.Read More

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No Mother of Mine: Mother Teresa Was No Saint

Filed by Michael Knaapen | November 04, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

A recent study analyzed the life and works of Mother Teresa. The findings show quite clearly that she was no saint.Read More

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Lots About Lube [How's That Work?]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | November 03, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

I recently had a conversation with a friend about the subject of "intimate" lubricant. Somewhat shyly they'd asked me "so there's more to life than KY?"Read More

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Samhain for the Queer Dead [PTAS]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | November 02, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

Our Samhain will be an almost entirely queer circle, and death is something that the LGBT community has become all too intimate with in the last thirty years.Read More


Joel Osteen Wants You to Rub One Out

Filed by Bil Browning | November 01, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

Color Joel Osteen embarrassed... The preacher may have sent one of the most unintentionally hilarious tweets of all time last night - and then promptly deleted it after realizing exactly what he'd sent.Read More