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IDAHOT Around the World
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IDAHOT Around the World

Tomorrow is IDAHOT (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia). Last year I wrote about participating in Albania’s 2nd Gay Ride Against Homophobia. Note: I plan to be at the 3rd annual bike ride tomorrow, but this year, it appears, we will be riding in the rain. I am still ever […]

Oklahoma, OK?
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Oklahoma, OK?

Last week the organization, in collaboration with The Equality Network, Oklahoma’s LGBT civil rights organization, launched a 30-second television ad designed to drive home why marriage matters to Oklahoma families.

PHOTO CREDIT: CNN
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No Justice, No Peace for our Youth

So I went to see a high school production of Hair last weekend. It was terrific and got me thinking about the 60s—a decade I had not pondered recently, other than to bemoan (and occasionally deny) that my birth occurred during that tempestuous decade. Wow, the Civil Rights Movement, Viet […]

A Master Class in Successful Adultery for Congress
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A Master Class in Successful Adultery for Congress

Why is it that you and your politician friends can’t seem to figure out how to have an affair? I mean, come on! In front of a camera? Seriously?

PHOTO CREDIT: DEBORAH GOLDSTEIN
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Free to Fight on Passover

We do have much to celebrate. We were once slaves in Egypt. We were once vilified for being gay. Now we are free, free to fight for the safety and well being of others. That’s just what I’ll be doing.

PHOTO CREDIT: GLSEN
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Day Of Silence

  Day of Silence is April 11th. If you aren’t familiar with this national youth movement, it’s a student-led event urging people to stand up against the impact of bias, harassment and violence towards LGBT people. Young people demonstrate by taking a vow of silence for the day. I first […]

Focus on the Family’s anti-gay propaganda, coming to a theater near you
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Focus on the Family’s anti-gay propaganda, coming to a theater near you

Like it or not, the far-right Christian “values” group is taking its pro- “traditional” family (aka anti-gay family) values to a theater near you.

PHOTO CREDIT: ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Marriage equality ruling in Michigan ushers in early spring

At the end of the day Friday, a federal judge in Michigan struck down that state’s gay marriage ban as unconstitutional, making it the 18th state (plus D.C.) to recognize same-sex marriage:  “Many Michigan residents have religious convictions whose principles govern the conduct of their daily lives and inform their […]

PHOTO CREDIT: COALST
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Forgive him his trespassing, then pass the eggplants

Ian wrote earlier this week that notorious hater Fred Phelps was on his deathbed in hospice; by now you’ve likely heard that yesterday he died at 84. The immediate hypothetical question for so many who found his profound disrespect of the grieving so repugnant is: should his funeral be picketed? It’s […]

Wisconsin high school taking important steps (again)
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Wisconsin high school taking important steps (again)

Last week, Shorewood led the way once again. It is the first high school in the city of Milwaukee to adopt transgender student guidelines and will make accommodations for students, including use of appropriate bathrooms and changing spaces.