Politics: January 2013

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[Part 2] The GOP & Obama's Second Term: Rage of an Unprivileged Class

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 31, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

The irony of Republicans complaining that the president didn't reach out to them in his inaugural address is that few Republicans bothered to be there to hear the speech.Read More


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The GOP & Obama's 2nd Term: Rage of an Unprivileged Class

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 29, 2013 | 5:00 PM | comments

Republicans would have objected to any policies the president introduced in his speech. But Obama didn't do much of that. Instead he gave a speech that both signaled and embraced changes that conservatives struggle comically with at best, and at worst willfully ignore.Read More


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A Moment in History

Filed by Norm Kent | January 28, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

The record will reflect that the inaugural address of President Barack Obama on January 21, 2013 was only 20 minutes long, but its reach and breadth will forever be recorded centuries hence in the history of gay and lesbian America.Read More


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Assault Weapon Ban: Feinstein Recalls Finding Harvey Milk's Body

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 27, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

As she introduced a strong assault weapons ban, California Senator Dianne Feinstein talked candidly about the experience of having discovered the body of assassinated openly gay San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk in 1978. Read More


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Rhode Island House Passes Marriage Equality Bill

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 25, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

Marriage equality legislation has passed through the Rhode Island House of Representatives.Read More


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The Intersections of Race & LGBT Issues [Video]

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 24, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

Constitutional Law Professor Olympia Duhart sits down to discuss how race and LGBT issues connect, how lack of visibility for LGBT people of color hurt both their rights and the movement as a whole, and how we combat cynical efforts to divide minority communities.Read More


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Obama & the Future Present

Filed by Sean Bugg | January 24, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

There are moments in life that sneak up on you, but when you recognize them they take your breath away.Read More


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Freezing Your Employees Should Be Illegal

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 24, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

I saw someone in Indiana holding a sign in front of a parking lot for a pizza deal. I don't know if this person was a man or a woman or anything about them - it was so cold they were all bundled up.Read More


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Obama Linking Selma to Stonewall Divides Black Community

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | January 24, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Some scoff at comparing the black civil-rights struggle to today's LGBTQ civil-rights struggle because of this: They expected more gains under the first African-American president.Read More


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Obama Is the Messiah

Filed by James Holmes | January 23, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

Be afraid!Read More


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Obama's Inauguration Wove Our Families Into the American Fabric

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 23, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

When the president included the gay movement among the major progressive civil rights movements, he was merely putting it in the context in which it has always belong -- in the company of ever other movement that has worked to extend the promise of America to those whom the founding fathers left out.Read More


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Did Roe v Wade Lead to Same-Sex Marriage Rights?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 23, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

E.J. Graff has an interesting piece in The American Prospect arguing that the LGBT community actually has Roe v Wade to thank for same sex marriage.Read More


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Inauguration Reflections: Seneca Falls, Selma & Stonewall

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 23, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

Presidential inauguration days are often filled with pomp, circumstance, cheering crowds, and moments to remember, but rarely do they so perfectly illustrate a dramatic shift in our country's understanding and acceptance of cultural changes.Read More


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Obama Calls for Marriage Equality in Inauguration Speech

Filed by Sarah Blazucki | January 22, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

With a nod to the Stonewall Riots, the president equates gay rights with women's and civil rights fights, advocating for equality under the lawRead More


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Did MLK Have an LGBTQ Dream, Too?

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | January 20, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

As I learn more about Martin Luther King Jr.'s philandering, sexist attitude toward women and his tepid relationship with gay March on Washington organizer Bayard Rustin, I wonder if King would support LGBTQ rights?Read More


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NARTH-affiliated Doc: Trans Individuals Deluded, Psychotic

Filed by Mercedes Allen | January 17, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

Joseph Berger, a former spokesperson for NARTH, opposes gender-identity protections in Canada because "there is no such thing" as transgender. Read More


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God, Guns, Gays & Conservatism's Slow Grift

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 17, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Though considered a political bully, the NRA might be losing influence: In the 2012 general election the NRA PAC only had a 10.74 success rate. In contrast, Planned Parenthood spent about as much as the NRA PAC and had a 98 percent success rate.Read More


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Why Young Adults Don't Vote Republican

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 15, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

Not that this entirely accounts for why young people don't like Republicans, but surely if conservatives stopped openly hating The Kids Today they could make some inroads.Read More


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Justice For Sale

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 15, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

As someone who's worked in the retail industry, I know that when you treat people badly, fail to deliver on your promises, and misrepresent the truth, people start shopping around for a better deal.Read More


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'Death Panel' of GOP Governors Refusing Medicaid Expansion Grows

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 14, 2013 | 3:30 PM | comments

A growing number Republican Governors are refusing to expand their state Medicaid programs. Since the last time I wrote about this subject, four more Republican governors have joined what amounts to GOP's own death panel. Read More


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'Can't Hardly Wait' For The Hagel Confirmation

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | January 13, 2013 | 5:00 PM | comments

I watched Can't Hardly Wait to unwind after covering the ever-changing Hagel story at a breakneck speed. I needed a break from all that, and the teen comedy romp, I recalled, was a favorite. And then I remembered all the homophobia.Read More


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Why Ronald Reagan Should Be on the $1 Trillion Platinum Coin

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 13, 2013 | 3:30 PM | comments

By now, you’ve heard all about the “platinum coin option”, in which the president averts the next debt limit “crisis” by issuing a trillion dollar platinum coin. It’s a solution right out out of The Simpsons. No seriously. It’s...Read More


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LGBT Leaders Do Not Want Your Parents

Filed by Mark Segal | January 10, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

For most of you, the reactions you got when you came out to your parents and the statements they subsequently made would -- if made public -- most likely rule them out as contenders for the role of U.S. Secretary of Defense.Read More


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Gay Couple Kicked Out of Bowling Alley

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 10, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

A gay couple in Plano, Texas, got kicked out of a bowling alley after they asked to switch lanes a few times.Read More


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The First Step Is Young, Thin, White Female Marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 10, 2013 | 12:30 PM | comments

Could there be a more obsequious protest against homophobia?Read More


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Bilerico & Other LGBT Sites Censored by the Pentagon

Filed by Toshio Meronek | January 10, 2013 | 11:00 AM | comments

So... Bilerico: national security threat? Read More


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Homophobic Pastor to Speak at Inauguration

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 10, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Obama's second term will apparently start with reruns: he's elected to have an anti-gay preacher deliver the benediction at the inauguration.Read More


Homophobes for Marriage for All

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 09, 2013 | 5:20 PM | comments

French homophobes have a lot to learn from their American counterparts.Read More


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SCOTUS to Hear Prop 8 & DOMA Cases in March

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 08, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Prop 8 case (Hollingsworth v. Perry) and the DOMA case (United States v. Windsor) on Tuesday, March 26 and Wednesday, March 27, respectively.Read More


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Could Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon Be Like Nixon Going to China?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 08, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

If President Obama's nomination of former Nebraska Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense illustrates anything, it is that the LGBT community is not monolithic.Read More


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Some Common Sense Gun Control Suggestions

Filed by Mark Segal | January 07, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

Guns. We believe in the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms -- but, like the First Amendment, the right of free speech, we believe in limits. With that in mind, a similar limitation and several others should be placed on guns.Read More


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He Won't Win an Election This Way

Filed by Bil Browning | January 06, 2013 | 11:00 AM | comments

Something tells me that Thomas Lopez-Pierre, a candidate for the New York City Council, isn't going to win any votes with a racist, sexist, and homophobic email he sent to one of his opponent's supporters.Read More


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Tammy Baldwin Sworn In as America's First Openly Gay U.S. Senator

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 04, 2013 | 4:29 PM | comments

Vice President Joe Biden swore in 12 new U.S. senators for the 113th Congress Thursday afternoon - including Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, who made history as the country's first openly gay U.S. Senator.Read More


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Democratic Women in the House

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 04, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

Let me make this easy to understand...Read More


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The 'Fiscal Cliff' Deal in Black, Brown, & White

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 03, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

Now that the "fiscal cliff" deal has gone down, we have a couple of months to argue over the "winners" and "losers" before the country is dragged into the next of DC's shenanigans. It's a good time to consider how it will impact people of color.Read More


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PA: You Take the Good, You Take the Bad

Filed by Sue Kerr | January 03, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

It was the best of the times, it was the worst of times... for Pennsylvania. Read More