Living: August 2014

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Wingnut Week In Review: 'No Angel'

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 31, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Michael Brown was laid to rest in Ferguson, Missouri this week. But that doesn't mean that wingnuts and right-wingers will let him rest in peace.Read More


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Tobin [Picture Tells A Story]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | August 30, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

I know that I'm the one who bought the bug and fixed him up/kept him running over the years, yet in my mind it's Tobin who got me here, rather than the other way around. Read More


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From Ferguson to Raleigh: The March for Jobs & Freedom Continues

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 29, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Fifty-one years ago, thousands of Americans gathered for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Today, events in Ferguson, Missouri and North Carolina show how much work remains, and how we can carry on the mission of the march.Read More


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Allyson Robinson Ordained a Baptist Minister

Filed by John M. Becker | August 29, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Allyson Robinson, an LGBT movement leader and transgender advocate, became one of the few openly transgender pastors in the United States when she was ordained last month.Read More


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Man Sues Little Caesars For Denying Spouse Health Benefits

Filed by John M. Becker | August 28, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Little Caesars, the nation's third-largest pizza chain, has been slapped with a lawsuit by a gay former manager for allegedly denying health benefits to the legal same-sex spouses of LGB employees.Read More


The Real Superheroes of P-Town's Carnival

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | August 28, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

While inarguably P-Town is known as the best LGBTQ summer resort on the East Coast, and this year marked the 36th anniversary of Carnival, our presence wasn't always as welcomed as it is today.Read More


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WATCH: Family Curses, Assaults Child For Coming Out

Filed by John M. Becker | August 28, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

In a gut-wrenching video that's going viral on YouTube, the family of a young Georgia man is disowned, kicked out of the house, and violently assaulted for coming out as gay.Read More


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ESPN: We're Sorry For Reporting on Michael Sam's Shower Habits

Filed by John M. Becker | August 28, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

ESPN is apologizing after the network aired a cheap-shot, casually homophobic report about the showering habits of Michael Sam.Read More


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Study: Nearly 20% of LA Foster Care Youth Are LGBTQ

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 27, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

A groundbreaking new study from the L.A. LGBT Center confirms that LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in the city's foster care system, the largest in the nation.Read More


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Jesus Was a Death Row Criminal

Filed by Bil Browning | August 27, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

This Christian evangelism video is fascinating - and makes its point without being anti-gay. How refreshing!Read More


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I'm Pretty Sure This Makes Sense

Filed by Bil Browning | August 26, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

I don't see a problem with the logic.Read More


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The Pink Panther & My First Tattoo

Filed by Bil Browning | August 26, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Back in 1997 or 1998, well before bilerico.com was Bilerico Project, I had a homepage on this URL and a large section of it was dedicated to tattoos.Read More


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When Will Clinton Library Release DADT Papers?

Filed by Bil Browning | August 25, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

While the Clinton Presidential Library has slowly been releasing papers from the popular Democrat's administration, one major missing piece is the White House discussions around topics like Don't Ask Don't Tell.Read More


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What I Learned as a Phone Sex Operator

Filed by Mark S. King | August 25, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

As a struggling young actor I had begun this odd vocation to make ends meet between acting jobs and as it turns out, I had a way with words.Read More


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Hackers Warn Grindr Users About Security Flaw

Filed by Bil Browning | August 25, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Are Grindr users in homophobic countries in danger of being located by police or thugs thanks to a security flaw in the app?Read More


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Reflections on a Pre-Stonewall Queer Life

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 25, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

As a graduating university senior in 1969, the concept of an "out" person, let alone an organized, above-ground student organization was not even in my range of possibilities.Read More


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Prancercise Is Back

Filed by John M. Becker | August 25, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Remember Prancercise, the exercise method inspired by trotting horses that took the world by storm last year? It's back.Read More


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Renée Richards' Racquet Enters Smithsonian LGBT Collection

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 24, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Imagine grasping that tennis racquet and walking through the day, the tennis match, the life Renée Richards fought to have.Read More


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Nifty Neologisms: Oxford Approves 50+ New Words

Filed by Michael Knaapen | August 24, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

If you've ever disagreed with somebody and said "SMH" or called someone out for "mansplaining," you are among the pioneers birthing little word babies on the frontier of the English language.Read More


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A First-Timer's Experience at NakedFest

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | August 24, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Earlier this month I attended a Gay Naturists International event for the first time. I had a blast!Read More


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Your Cynicism Is Not Helpful

Filed by John M. Becker | August 24, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Responding to homophobia with a shrug teaches the world to expect this kind of hatred rather than to resist it.Read More


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How Would You React? [Picture Tells A Story]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | August 23, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Then Billy was hit by car while riding his bicycle. The driver struck him at somewhere in the vicinity of fifty miles an hour and sped off, leaving him unconscious on the side of the road. Read More


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A Tribute to Rita

Filed by Mark Segal | August 23, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

There are LGBT allies - and then there was Rita.Read More


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Two Brides Marry in Russia

Filed by John M. Becker | August 22, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

A couple wearing wedding dresses recently married in Russia, despite the country's total ban on same-sex marriage and "gay propaganda." But it's not because authorities had a change of heart.Read More


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Men Who Take Virginity Pledge Have Bad Sex Lives

Filed by Bil Browning | August 22, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Color me shocked... Men who take virginity pledges in their teens end up having fucked up sex lives once they're married according to a new study.Read More


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Study: People Think Same-Sex Couples Are Less 'In Love'

Filed by John M. Becker | August 22, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

A new study suggests that how "in love" people perceive a couple to be - and what rights they deserve - depends in large part on whether the couple in question is gay or straight.Read More


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Kristin Chenoweth is an American for Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | August 21, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Emmy- and Tony-winning singer/actress Kristin Chenoweth is speaking out for marriage equality in a new video message recorded for the Human Rights Campaign.Read More


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Nate Green: Gay Country Singer Rebrands as Straight

Filed by Bil Browning | August 20, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Remember Josey Greenwell, the out country singer? He came out with gusto, playing pride events and doing photo spreads for DNA Magazine? Just like newcomer Steve Grand, he's no stranger to changing his name and identity to suit his needs.Read More


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'God Loves Gays' Campaign Hopes to Stick It to Westboro

Filed by John M. Becker | August 20, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

God, the elderly white-haired deity and social media phenom, is launching a campaign to affirm LGBT people and stick it to the Westboro Baptist Church at the same time.Read More


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New Jersey School Reverses Course on Trans Teen

Filed by John M. Becker | August 19, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

A New Jersey middle school has reversed course and will allow a transgender teenager to attend school as herself. They will also work with LGBT groups to ensure a trans-inclusive learning environment. Read More


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Boy Who Played With Dolls Tortured to Death by Couple

Filed by John M. Becker | August 19, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

An eight-year-old California boy was murdered by his mother and her boyfriend after they taunted him and called him gay because he played with dolls.Read More


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Smithsonian Adds LGBT History Items to Its Collection

Filed by John M. Becker | August 19, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

The collection at the nation's history museum got a lot more fabulously queer today.Read More


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Details of Kluwe-Vikings Settlement Disclosed

Filed by John M. Becker | August 19, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

As part of a settlement deal with former punter and LGBT ally Chris Kluwe, the Minnesota Vikings will make large monetary donations to five LGBT charities.Read More


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Baptist Pastor Inflicts Grief Upon the Grieving

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 19, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Florida pastor T.W. Jenkins should apologize to Julion Evans's family and friends for canceling his funeral.Read More


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Ferguson and the 'War On Whites'

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 19, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

If there is a "war" on, whites are winning.Read More


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Study: Most LGBT Students Experience Bigotry in Phy Ed

Filed by John M. Becker | August 18, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

A new study from Victoria University in Melbourne finds that four out of five LGBT high school students experience homophobic and transphobic bigotry in phy ed class.Read More


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Russian Gay Basher Sentenced to Prison

Filed by John M. Becker | August 18, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Russian gay basher Maxim Martsinkevich will spend five years in prison -- but not for his anti-gay crimes. Read More


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New Jersey School Forcibly Misgenders Trans Teen

Filed by John M. Becker | August 18, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Administrators at a New Jersey middle school are forcibly misgendering a transgender teenager by refusing to allow her to return to school presenting as the correct gender.Read More


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Chris Kluwe, Minnesota Vikings Reach Settlement

Filed by John M. Becker | August 17, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, who says he was fired from the Minnesota Vikings for his pro-LGBT advocacy, has reached a settlement with the team.Read More


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The Breaking Wave [PTAS]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | August 16, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

As my barking goes from very occasional to quite common, things start to go off the rails. Witness the gentleman who just called me "Rover." Read More


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New York: No Special Right to Anti-LGBT Discrimination

Filed by John M. Becker | August 15, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

The New York Division of Human Rights has ruled that a wedding vendor's private religious beliefs do not entitle them to a special right to discriminate against gay and lesbian couples.Read More


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The 'Ex-Gay' Movement's Dangerous New Myths

Filed by Brynn Tannehill | August 15, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

As the "ex-gay" movement sputters, many within that movement are pushing celibacy or mixed-orientation marriage for gays and lesbians. Both are stupid and dangerous.Read More


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The Stigma of Black Suicide is Killing Us

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | August 15, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

There are at least five factors contributing to suicide in African American communities. And for the most part, they go unaddressed.Read More


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Axe Body Spray Makes Ad That's Not About Sex

Filed by Bil Browning | August 15, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Axe Body Spray has made a commercial that doesn't feature a nerd's wet dream? There aren't any hot babes throwing themselves all over some poor hapless schmuck for simply spraying on some cheap cologne? Whaaaaaat?!Read More


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PA Baker Says Jesus Told Her to Turn Away Gay Couple

Filed by John M. Becker | August 14, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

The cake wars continue, this time in Pennsylvania, where a baker refused to serve a lesbian couple after an alleged two-week conversation with Jesus.Read More


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Gay Men Arrested in Lebanon, Hanged in Iran

Filed by John M. Becker | August 14, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

A group of 27 men were recently arrested in Lebanon for allegedly seeking gay sex, and two men in Iran were reportedly hanged for consensual sodomy as well.Read More


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Portland Apple Store Receipt Calls Customer a 'F@g'

Filed by John M. Becker | August 14, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

A queer person and HIV prevention specialist in Oregon had a less-than-friendly experience at the Portland Apple Store last week.Read More


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Man Sues After Doctor Calls His Homosexuality a Chronic Condition

Filed by John M. Becker | August 13, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

Matthew Moore, a 46-year-old gay man from southern California, is suing his doctor and healthcare network after he says they refused to remove a note in his medical file that labels so-called "homosexual behavior" as a "chronic problem."Read More


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Star of NARTH Video Doesn't Support 'Ex-Gay' Therapy

Filed by John M. Becker | August 13, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Just when you thought NARTH's disastrous rebranding couldn't possibly go any worse...Read More


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Tony Perkins' No-Good Not So Bad Plan

Filed by Bil Browning | August 13, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

They say even a stopped clock is right twice a day... Tony Perkins latest scheme to persecute LGBT people is actually a not-so-bad idea.Read More


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National LGBT Orgs Stand With Michael Brown's Family

Filed by John M. Becker | August 13, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

"When communities experience fear, harassment and brutality simply because of who they are or how they look, we are failing as a nation."Read More


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CA Rep.: Black Activists Needed to Save Gays in Africa

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 12, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

U.S. Rep. Karen Bass says a variety of responses are needed to the spate of anti-homosexuality laws in 37 African countries.Read More


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Israel Allowing Gay Jews to Immigrate With Non-Jewish Spouses

Filed by John M. Becker | August 12, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

In a significant change to its immigration policy, the Israeli government announced today that will allow married gay Jews to immigrate with their same-sex spouses, even if that spouse is not Jewish.Read More


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Parents Set Son on Fire After Finding Out He's Gay

Filed by John M. Becker | August 12, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

A teenager in the central Eurasian country of Azerbaijan was forced to flee for his life after his parents attacked him and set him on fire when they found out he was gay.Read More


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NOM Trumpets New Regnerus Slippery-Slope 'Study'

Filed by John M. Becker | August 11, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Another Regnerus "study"? Go home, NOM. You're drunk.Read More


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Trans Youth Reach Out Anonymously on Whisper App

Filed by John M. Becker | August 11, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

One of the ways trans youth are reaching out to each other and their allies is through a mobile phone app called Whisper.Read More


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U.S. Conservatives Plan New Push Against Latin American Gays

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 11, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

A partnership of U.S. Christian Rightists seeks to repeat in Latin America what an "ex-gay" coalition accomplished in Uganda five years ago: harsher laws and extrajudicial violence against sexual minorities.Read More


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Pastor Who Canceled Gay Man's Funeral Defends His Actions

Filed by John M. Becker | August 11, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

T.W. Jenkins, the Tampa pastor who canceled Julion Evans's funeral after finding out that he was gay and married, says his family is "doing fine." Evans's family, though, is still grieving.Read More


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Meet the Bravest LGBT People in the World

Filed by Bil Browning | August 11, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Following the court decision that overturned Uganda's legislation that dictated gays and lesbians be imprisoned for life, some very brave Ugandans took to the streets to celebrate Pride.Read More


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Time for the Catholic Church to Embrace LGBT Families

Filed by Mark Segal | August 10, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

When Pope Francis visits Philadelphia next year as part of the World Meeting of Families, he should meet with all families, including LGBT ones who've been aggressively targeted by the church.Read More


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Persistence's Reward [Picture Tells A Story]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | August 09, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Like the boy from last week, I was doing some shots that I both love and am trying to get better at. I decided to stay until sundown and make the best of whatever the muses had to offer.Read More


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Hate Crime? Gay West Hollywood Beating Victim Dies

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 09, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

The LAPD now considers the death of Ramon Estrada a homicide, though they have not yet officially determined the fatal attack to be a hate crime.Read More


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Half of Hispanics Support Marriage Equality, Poll Says

Filed by John M. Becker | August 08, 2014 | 7:30 PM | comments

According to a new CBS poll, a full 50% of Hispanics support marriage equality. Read More


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Introducing the Fitness Tracker for Your Penis

Filed by John M. Becker | August 08, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

A fitness tracker for your penis? Yup, someone's trying to make that happen.Read More


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Ex-Gay Think Tank Gets 'Hooters' Makeover

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 08, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

A small coalition of antigay therapists and their lawyers is hoping the Fox News formula - airing false information by a newscaster whose boobs are showing - will work for them.Read More


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Yup, NOM is Boycotting Target

Filed by John M. Becker | August 08, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Just as predicted, the haters at the National Organization for Marriage are launching a boycott of Target after the retailer came out for marriage equality.Read More


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What Your Anniversary Can Tell About You

Filed by Bil Browning | August 08, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Deciding our date is a luxury many of our friends and colleagues around the nation weren't able to afford this year. Thankfully, sending anniversary cards to them will be easy; they'll just go out in batches.Read More


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Church Cancels Gay Man's Funeral - During His Wake

Filed by John M. Becker | August 08, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

As Julie Atwood stood next to her son's body receiving mourners, the church called to inform her that his funeral the next day was cancelled... because he was a married gay man.Read More


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Blame the Gays, Vol. 548,780: Liberia's Ebola Outbreak

Filed by John M. Becker | August 07, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

Christian leaders in the west African nation of Liberia are blaming the country's Ebola outbreak on a familiar scapegoat: the gays.Read More


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Celibacy Is the New 'Ex-Gay' Ministry

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | August 07, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

The theological message that homosexuality is a sin and an abomination to God remains intact -- it's just packaged differently.Read More


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Girl Writes to Anti-Gay PM Asking for Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | August 07, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

An eight-year-old Australian girl with gay uncles is determined to change her prime minister's mind on marriage equality.Read More


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Damon L. Jacobs: The Calm in the PrEP Storm

Filed by Mark S. King | August 07, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

PrEP advocate Damon L. Jacobs has endured scrutiny, name-calling, and other personal attacks for daring to talk about PrEP and sex without fear. But the critics can't bring him down.Read More


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Hater Calls Gay Man 'F**king F***ot' Because Religious Freedom

Filed by John M. Becker | August 07, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

A gay man in Michigan got a nasty surprise after dining with friends: a man followed them and screamed that he was a "fucking faggot" who "should be put to death."Read More


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Ohio Hospital Won't Release Medical Records to Lesbian Widow

Filed by John M. Becker | August 06, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

An Ohio hospital is denying a lesbian widow access to her deceased wife's medical records.Read More


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Target Goes to Bat for Marriage in Wisconsin & Indiana

Filed by John M. Becker | August 06, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Retail giant Target is boldly declaring its support for marriage equality -- not just because it's good for business, but because it's the right thing to do.Read More


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David Tyree Uses Fame to Help Anti-Gay Christians

Filed by John M. Becker | August 05, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

David Tyree, the new director of player development for the New York Giants, has a long history of trading on his fame to raise money for anti-gay Christians.Read More


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Marriage Equality: From Paper to Practice

Filed by Mark Segal | August 05, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Who would have thought that a broken arm would lead anyone to appreciate marriage equality?Read More


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WATCH: Gay Reporter Grills Anti-Gay MN Archbishop

Filed by John M. Becker | August 05, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Embattled Twin Cities Catholic Archbishop John Nienstedt tried to defend his homophobic beliefs to a gay news reporter. He didn't do very well.Read More


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Transgender Woman Robbed in D.C. in Possible Hate Crime

Filed by John M. Becker | August 05, 2014 | 8:00 AM | comments

Police in Washington, D.C. are investigating another possible anti-trans hate crime -- the second such incident in three days.Read More


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'Equal By Comparison' Is Not Equality

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 04, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Fighting for LGBT equality isn't an either/or question -- we must do it here at home and around the world.Read More


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CA Man Charged With Hate Crime in Murder of LGBT Student

Filed by John M. Becker | August 03, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

A California man has been charged with a hate crime in the murder of a 20-year-old college student, who authorities say he targeted because of the victim's sexual orientation.Read More


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Hitting Bottom: Finding My Comfort With Condomless Sex

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 03, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

It was like something shifted in the time-space continuum. I enjoyed sex. And there was not a single shred of fear inside me- just my partners' love, sans condom.Read More


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Youthful Focus [Picture Tells A Story]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | August 02, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

For many adults, moments of single minded immersion in play are hard to come by and, at worst, distant memories. Read More


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African-American Sisters Aging with HIV

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | August 02, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

African-American women's struggle with HIV - from the black community's stigmatization to the dominant culture's condemnation of them - has both unduly burdened their daily lives and compromised their quality of care.Read More


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Bisexuals at the Gates

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 01, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

When I stood onstage with President Obama last week, I did not stand alone. My community stood with me.Read More


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Gays Fuel Wedding Surge in California

Filed by John M. Becker | August 01, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Last year was shaping up to be a difficult one for California's wedding industry... until the U.S. Supreme Court restored marriage equality.Read More