Living: December 2013

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Aaron Rodgers: I'm Not Gay

Filed by John M. Becker | December 31, 2013 | 7:00 PM | comments

Aaron Rodgers, star quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, dismissed online rumors alleging that he is a closeted gay man.Read More


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Gay Rumors Swirl Around Star Packers Quarterback

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

The Internet is abuzz today with rumors alleging that Aaron Rodgers, the star quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, is secretly gay.Read More


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From 'Duck Dynasty' to 'Booker's Place'

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 30, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

"Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson's comments on race didn't cause as much controversy as his anti-gay spiel, but they deserve just as much scrutiny.Read More


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Pope Francis Reportedly 'Shocked' By Gay Adoption Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | December 30, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

Surprise, surprise... and by that, I mean I told you so.Read More


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How to Be a Hero

Filed by Davina Kotulski | December 29, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

It's not that there won't be darkness in each of our lives. It's that each of us can bring a little light to each other's hard times. Read More


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Watch: Actor Enlists Castmates for Flash Mob Proposal

Filed by John M. Becker | December 29, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

Here's something from north of the border to warm your heart.Read More


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Exploring Desire: Unsual Fetishes [How's That Work]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | December 29, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

There can be many reasons why a fetish may not be particularly feasible in the real world. So other than simply squashing a desire and moving on, what can be done? More than you might think.Read More


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Light In The Darkness [Picture Tells A Story]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | December 28, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

As friends and family gathered to celebrate the Solstice at my house last week, one topic on nearly everyone's lips was what a mixed bag the past year's news had been for LGBT people. Read More


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Maggie Gallagher: I'd Bake a Gay Wedding Cake

Filed by Bil Browning | December 27, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

Even though NOM head Brian Brown has been running around decrying recent court decisions that bakeries have to serve same-sex couples equally, the group's founder admitted recently that she'd bake the cake for a same-sex wedding.Read More


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Lesbian HR Exec Gives Powerful Lesson in Acceptance

Filed by John M. Becker | December 27, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

Not only does she condemn racism, she also encourages healing.Read More


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Indiana Appeals Court: Trans* Same-Sex Divorce OK

Filed by Bil Browning | December 27, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision and ruled in favor of allowing married couples where one partner had transitioned gender during the marriage to divorce, saying the state's law banning same-sex marriages does not apply.Read More


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Anglican Bishop Praises Uganda Anti-Gay Law

Filed by Bil Browning | December 26, 2013 | 3:30 PM | comments

You know what never happens to me? Naked men riding past on motorcycles, that's what.Read More


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Let's Make Random Pillow Fights Happen

Filed by John M. Becker | December 26, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

Flash mobs are fun, but they're so much work! Thankfully, there's another more practical alternative.Read More


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A Note from Rancho Bilerico

Filed by Bil Browning | December 26, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

It's a busy holiday week here at Rancho Bilerico. Posts will be light until next week when things go back to normal.Read More


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One Gift Can Be a Lifetime Thing

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | December 25, 2013 | 9:00 AM | comments

It's such a simple idea - giving somebody something for Christmas that they really need. Because we never know where that gift of ours is going to take someone's life. Read More


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A Very Recovery Christmas

Filed by Mark S. King | December 24, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

Nothing says "Happy Holidays!" like a drag queen in recovery delivering her rendition of "Twas the Night Before Christmas."Read More


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Stand Up: Ask the Salvation Army to 'Do the Most Good'

Filed by Bil Browning | December 24, 2013 | 12:45 PM | comments

Will you please stand with me and call on the Salvation Army to adopt a nationwide nondiscrimination policy for employees, volunteers and clients, and to apologize for the harm they've done to the LGBT community?Read More


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A First Amendment Primer

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 23, 2013 | 5:00 PM | comments

After listening to conservatives spew talking points about Duck Dynasty, it occurred to me that a primer on the First Amendment may be in order. I'm no legal expert, but I think I can handle this. Read More


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Little Girl Meets Crunchy Ice: Cuteness Ensues

Filed by John M. Becker | December 22, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

Here's your daily dose of cuteness. You're welcome.Read More


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Exploring Desire: Play [How's That Work]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | December 22, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

What are some good guidelines for exploring new or unusual sexual interests, particularly with a partner who might not be as on board with something that's a bit out there?Read More


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Flying [Picture Tells A Story]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | December 21, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

Watching someone push themselves to the ragged edge of what's possible can't help but make any challenge seem face-able. Today's picture is from one of those moments. Read More


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Driving This Holiday? Be Careful Out There

Filed by John M. Becker | December 21, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

Drive safely this holiday season, so you don't end up in a pileup like this one in Wisconsin.Read More


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BREAKING: Fed. Judge Strikes Down Utah Marriage Ban!

Filed by John M. Becker | December 20, 2013 | 4:20 PM | comments

And then there were EIGHTEEN: A federal judge has just struck down Utah's marriage discrimination amendment.Read More


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What Kind of Religious Right Xmas Card Is This?

Filed by Bil Browning | December 20, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Indiana Family Institute sent their sheeple an electronic Christmas card that never actually sends holiday wishes and just attacks gay people and marriage equality.Read More


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Behold, The Hunks Of HIV Equal

Filed by John M. Becker | December 20, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

Check out HIV Equal, a new anti-stigma, awareness-raising photography campaign and HIV testing initiative.Read More


The Religious Right's War On Christmas Continues

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | December 20, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

The so-called "War on Christmas" is really a backlash spearheaded by Christian conservatives as the country continues to grow more culturally and religiously pluralistic.Read More


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Incoming World Psychiatric Association Head Comes Out as Gay

Filed by John M. Becker | December 20, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

Next year, for the first time, the World Psychiatric Association will be headed by an openly LGBT person.Read More


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The Salvation Army Needs to Say They're Sorry

Filed by Bil Browning | December 20, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

My personal story of being discriminated against by the Salvation Army was acknowledged and apologized for in 2012; now it's a "myth." Read More


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Catholic Students Protest Termination Of Gay Administrator

Filed by John M. Becker | December 19, 2013 | 5:45 PM | comments

A Catholic school outside Seattle, Washington forced its vice principal to resign because of his marriage to a man. The entire student body left the school to protest.Read More


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Methodist Church Defrocks Pastor Who Officiated At Gay Wedding

Filed by John M. Becker | December 19, 2013 | 5:00 PM | comments

Rev. Frank Schaefer is my hero for the day.Read More


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BREAKING: Marriage Equality In New Mexico!

Filed by John M. Becker | December 19, 2013 | 1:15 PM | comments

Thanks to the state Supreme Court, New Mexico has just become the next marriage equality state.Read More


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Brian Boitano, U.S. Delegate to Sochi, Comes Out As Gay

Filed by John M. Becker | December 19, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

Figure skating legend Brian Boitano came out of the closet today. He becomes the third openly LGBT member of the official U.S. delegation to the Sochi Olympics.Read More


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Bob Newhart Cancels Gig At Anti-Gay Catholic Conference

Filed by John M. Becker | December 19, 2013 | 11:15 AM | comments

Bob Newhart quietly announced on social media yesterday that he has cancelled his scheduled appearance at a summit of the anti-gay Catholic group Legatus.Read More


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Watch: Local TV Report About Online News From 1981

Filed by John M. Becker | December 18, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

It's a fascinating look back to a time when the Internet was in its infancy and downloading a newspaper's worth of text took more than two hours.Read More


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New Film Exposes Offshore Evangelical Torture School

Filed by John M. Becker | December 18, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

A forthcoming documentary shines a light on offshore evangelical "Christian reform schools," where youth are abused for such "offenses" as being gay.Read More


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LGBTs in Ethiopia Face Increasing Persecution

Filed by John M. Becker | December 17, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

Newsweek's Katie J.M. Baker discovered that far from getting better, things are actually getting worse for LGBT people in Ethiopia.Read More


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Anti-Gay MN Archbishop Steps Aside After Abuse Allegation

Filed by John M. Becker | December 17, 2013 | 1:45 PM | comments

Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt, an outspoken LGBT rights opponent, is voluntarily stepping aside amid allegations that he inappropriately touched a young boy.Read More


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APA Head Reflects On Removal of Homosexuality From DSM

Filed by John M. Becker | December 17, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

Last weekend, the anniversary of one of the most singularly important milestones in modern LGBT history passed with almost no notice.Read More


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Erasing Gay Men From AIDS History

Filed by Mark S. King | December 17, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

If we as gay community don't stand up for our place in history, then I fear no one else will. Read More


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Vatican Fashion Leader Removed From Influential Post

Filed by John M. Becker | December 16, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

Pope Francis has removed Cardinal Raymond Burke, a leading conservative culture warrior and fashion icon, from his place on a top Vatican congregation.Read More


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Mandela's LGBTQ Advocacy Often Falls On Deaf Ears

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | December 15, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

As President Obama stated in his eulogy to Madiba, "We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again." But it's clear that we all need another Mandela to help us evolve.Read More


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Is It Time To Ditch Santa Claus? [Open Thread]

Filed by John M. Becker | December 15, 2013 | 1:45 PM | comments

What message does it send to the children whose families can't afford to put presents from Santa under the Christmas tree? That Santa was too busy to bring the food and clothing that their family needs?Read More


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Exploring Desire: Communication [How's That Work]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | December 15, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

Before you can start figuring out how to talk to a partner(s) about your desires, first you need to establish if that's a conversation you are willing to have. Read More


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Beach Town [Picture Tells A Story]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | December 14, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

In a resort town, not only do the seasons have periods of waxing and waning, but so does the town itself. Read More


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Bob Newhart Headlining Anti-Gay Catholic Conference

Filed by John M. Becker | December 13, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

Say it ain't so.Read More


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The Most Moving Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Filed by Bil Browning | December 13, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

You might be surprised, but the most moving tribute to Nelson Mandela's life comes from an unexpected source - a department store flashmob.Read More


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Son Comes Out To His Mom, Captures Moment on Video

Filed by John M. Becker | December 12, 2013 | 5:30 PM | comments

A gay teen came out to his mom and captured her loving reaction on hidden camera. He says similar videos helped him, and he hopes his helps others in turn.Read More


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Spend 2014 With Father What-a-Waste

Filed by John M. Becker | December 12, 2013 | 11:00 AM | comments

The mildly homoerotic Calendario Romano features a hot Catholic priest for every month of the year.Read More


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Northern Ireland Lifts Gay Adoption Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | December 12, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

And now for a bit of good news: Northern Ireland's ban on gay couples adopting children has been lifted.Read More


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Edie Windsor Places 3rd on Time's Person of the Year List

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

Edie Windsor, whose lawsuit brought down Section 3 of DOMA, is second runner-up for TIME's 2013 Person of the Year.Read More


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Stocking Stuffer: World's Most Uncomfortable Underwear

Filed by Bil Browning | December 11, 2013 | 10:30 AM | comments

With only enough fabric to barely cover your junk and nothing covering your rear end, the company has come up with a novel way to keep them up; you shove a stick up your butt crack.Read More


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Shocking: India Supreme Court Reinstates Sodomy Law

Filed by John M. Becker | December 11, 2013 | 9:00 AM | comments

In a stunning setback to LGBT rights affecting up to 17% of the global queer community, India's Supreme Court today recriminalized gay sex.Read More


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SF Homeless Shelter Could Close For Good On Christmas

Filed by John M. Becker | December 10, 2013 | 3:30 PM | comments

A San Francisco shelter that serves a large number of LGBT youth is closing its doors on Christmas Day and will not be able to reopen unless it raises enough funds to cover a move into a new space.Read More


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The 8 Worst Conservative Responses to Mandela's Death

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 10, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

Conservatives have turned Nelson Mandela's death in to another reminder of how firmly Republicans stood, and still stand, on the wrong side of history. Read More


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The Craziest 'War on Christmas' Video Evah

Filed by Bil Browning | December 09, 2013 | 5:30 PM | comments

Christmas is a celebration that is slipping down the holiday yardstick so fast that soon it'll be relegated to the back burner with holy days like National Roast Suckling Pig Day (Dec 18) or National Beheading Day (Sept 2).Read More


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Anti-Gay Group: We're Not Bigorts

Filed by John M. Becker | December 09, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Ruth Institute, a marriage discrimination advocacy group, has egg on its face today after posting a typo-ridden meme on Facebook this weekend.Read More


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Drag Queens & Covered Bridges of NH Calendar

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | December 08, 2013 | 4:30 PM | comments

I've tried many times to explain what life is like in New Hampshire, but this artist has accomplished with twelve pictures far more than can be accomplished with words alone. Read More


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Unemployment & the GOP's 'War on Christmas'

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 08, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

If there's a "war on Christmas" going on, it's being waged by congressional Republicans who are willing to let emergency unemployment benefits expire; just like they let emergency food stamp spending expire.Read More


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An In-Depth Primer On Sounding [How's That Work]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | December 08, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

Of all the myriad topics I teach on, not to mention play modalities I personally enjoy, urethral sounding is without a doubt the one that consistently gets the biggest reaction when I bring it up. Read More


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The Closet Is Still A 'Major Factor in American Life'

Filed by John M. Becker | December 08, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

A fascinating analysis by New York Times contributor Seth Stephens-Davidowitz found that despite landmark progress on LGBT rights, anti-gay bigotry still causes a "huge amount of secret suffering" in America.Read More


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Owen [Picture Tells A Story]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | December 07, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

In some ways Owen has come to the conclusion that he won't be able to build a true picture of who he is as a man until he is regularly read as one by others.Read More


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SpaghettiOs Honors Pearl Harbor

Filed by John M. Becker | December 07, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

Is 72 years still too soon to commemorate Pearl Harbor Day with a smiling, American-flag-holding piece of pasta?Read More


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Bachmann Clinic Changes Its Name

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

Bachmann & Associates, the infamous Minnesota clinic co-owned by Marcus and Michele Bachmann, quietly changed its name in October.Read More


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Elton John Slams Russia's Anti-Gay Laws Onstage in Moscow

Filed by John M. Becker | December 06, 2013 | 5:00 PM | comments

Sir Elton John, one of the world's most prominent gay entertainers, performed in Moscow, Russia tonight and from the stage condemned Russia's draconian crackdown on the basic rights and freedoms of LGBT people.Read More


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Moment of Geek: The Flag of Equal Marriage

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

The Flag of Equal Marriage is a protest version of the American flag that contains all the familiar stripes, but only the stars representing marriage equality states.Read More


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Pot Smokers Finally See the Rainbow

Filed by Norm Kent | December 04, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

None of us has ever died from weed, but we have all been victims of the war against it. If you want a cause to fight for -- to get high on -- this is it.Read More


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LGBT People Continue To Face Terror in Jamaica

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 04, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

Both the majority of Jamaica's population and its government seem determined to terrorize gay persons.Read More


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Let This Lebanese Hottie Teach You About HIV Stigma

Filed by Mark S. King | December 03, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

Three minutes from now you're going to have a lump in your throat. And you might be a little turned on.Read More


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5 Facts About Bullying So We Can Move Beyond Fear

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 02, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

As more and more of us release fear, step into our power, and listen to our heart, we learn to rely on our own resources to shine our light as bright as we can.Read More


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Oregon Boy Calls for Marriage Equality at Bar Mitzvah

Filed by John M. Becker | December 02, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

Thirteen-year-old Duncan McAlpine Sennett used his d'var Torah speech at his bar mitzvah to call for marriage equality in Oregon and across the country.Read More


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British Olympic Diver Tom Daley Comes Out as Bisexual

Filed by John M. Becker | December 02, 2013 | 8:00 AM | comments

19-year-old British Olympic diver Tom Daley announced that he's dating a man in a self-made video posted to YouTube.Read More


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From The AIDS Quilt Songbook: "A Dream of Nightingales"

Filed by John M. Becker | December 01, 2013 | 7:30 PM | comments

If you've observed World AIDS Day today, you've probably spent time thinking and learning about HIV/AIDS and remembering those we've lost to the disease. And if you're like me, that process involves music.Read More


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12 Facts You Didn't Know About AIDS

Filed by Bil Browning | December 01, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

Here's a useful infographic to help you see the local and global impact of HIV - including 12 facts you didn't know about AIDS.Read More


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Watersports [How's That Work?]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | December 01, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

Watersports or "piss play" is one of those play modalities that elicit cries of "why would anyone do that?" There are three primary reasons people engage in watersports as part of their play, each with their own appeal. Read More


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Of Windmills & Giants on World AIDS Day

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 01, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Almost thirty years ago, while working for a small public relations/advertising agency in the future city of West Hollywood, I was presented the extraordinary opportunity to conceive and collaborate upon what would ultimately become the first national AIDS awareness campaign.Read More