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Truthdigger of the Week: Derrick Gordon

The NCAA Division I basketball player’s coming out makes it easier to believe the next generation of Americans are more socially tolerant than their elders.

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College Sports Has Its First Openly Gay Male Star

Derrick Gordon is young, talented and gay. He tells Outsports’ Cyd Zeigler that life in the closet and teasing from his teammates almost caused him to quit basketball.

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Anti-Gay Pastor Fred Phelps Sr. Dies at 84

Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., the fiery founder of a small Kansas church known for outrageous and hate-filled protests, has died.

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‘Looking’ Is a Gay Show for Straight People

HBO is known for premium content, and its all-gay show “Looking” was successful enough that it has been renewed for a second season. I’m still not sure what, if anything, happened in the first one.

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The Anti-Gay Law in Uganda and the Miracle of Denial

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Arizona Backlash

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Who Favors Gay Newlywed Discrimination? Most Republicans, Old People, Southerners, Evangelicals

A new survey by the Public Religion Research Institute sheds light on the divisions in the U.S. over gay marriage.

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Arizona Gay Laws

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Gay Marriage

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Arizona Governor Expected to Veto Gay Jim Crow

Gov. Jan Brewer is a tea party darling, but she doesn’t want to lose the Super Bowl or Apple’s business.

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LGBT Ugandans Face ‘Imprisonment for Life’ Thanks to New Law

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni made homosexuality a crime Monday potentially punishable by life sentence.

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Out Women of Sochi Make Gays Everywhere Proud

With three medals in these games, including a gold, skater Ireen Wüst leads the roster not just of gay athletes at the Sochi Olympics, but all athletes.

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Openly Gay Football Player Michael Sam Gets a Standing Ovation From Missouri Fans

At halftime during a basketball game Saturday, Mizzou students and spectators gave a rousing ovation to their star footballer Michael Sam, who is widely expected to become the first openly gay NFL player when he is inevitably drafted in May.

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Dear GOP: Top 5 Biblical Marriage Moments Far Worse Than Gay Marriage

David Edwards at Raw Story quotes Mitt Romney on “Meet the Press” as saying, “But I think marriage should be defined in the way that it has been defined for several thousand years ... ” implying, by the Bible.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Michael Sam

The NFL hopeful could be another nail in the coffin of sexual hate in professional sports.

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Being Gay Is Only Partly Attributable to Genes, Study Finds

A study of gay men found evidence that male sexual orientation is influenced by genes, but not entirely, U.S. researchers say.

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Out of the Closet

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Breaking NFL Barriers

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Will the NFL Make Way for Its First Openly Gay Player?

University of Missouri’s All-American defensive lineman Michael Sam is set to be picked in the early rounds of the National Football League’s May draft. But is the league, known for its “machismo and violence,” ready for an involuntary change in image?

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The Verdict Is In: Only Four Emotions Exist

A person can feel only sad, happy, afraid or angry, according to a recent study; a new video by Brigham Young University-Idaho warns about the “grave peril” that masturbation poses; meanwhile, Google is “setting itself up to own the 21st century.” These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Macklemore Fights Homophobia With ‘Same Love’ at Grammys

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert and Madonna together performed the anti-homophobic bigotry song “Same Love” live at the Grammys on Sunday.

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Putin Tells Homosexuals That They Must ‘Leave Children Alone’ at the Winter Olympics

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Rise in STDs Attributed Almost Entirely to Males

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found an 11 percent rise in syphilis and a 4 percent increase in gonorrhea cases in 2012 in the U.S. But what does the XY chromosome have to do with these sexually transmitted diseases?

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Gay Marriage

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Truthdigger of the Week: Alan Turing

One of the world’s earliest computer geniuses, a British man whose work helped save humanity from fascism, was persecuted to death by the homophobic authorities of his era. This Christmas Eve, thanks to popular pressure and the authority of Queen Elizabeth II, justice to his memory has been served in the form of a royal pardon.

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Duck Dynasty

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Seattle Catholics Rage Against Firing of Gay Principal

Students of Seattle’s Catholic schools rolled into the streets Thursday to protest the Archdiocese of Seattle’s firing of Eastside Catholic High School Vice Principal Mark Zmuda for marrying a man.

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‘A Closet Is No Place for a Person to Live’

Former diner server Ash Beckham uses a story about a child frankly questioning her gender to talk about the necessity that bears upon everyone—gay and straight alike—of having difficult conversations.

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Prove You’re Gay to Stay in the U.K.

The United Kingdom’s Border Agency is demanding that people seeking asylum from prosecution in other countries due to their sexual preferences provide evidence of their homosexuality. Its line of questioning has led some to extremes just to ensure their own safety.

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Gay Spouses Denied Veterans Benefits

The Defense of Marriage Act has been ruled unconstitutional, but gay wedded couples are still not receiving spousal benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The denial comes as a result of Title 38 of the U.S. code regarding veterans benefits, which defines marriage as the union between members of the opposite sex and is independent of DOMA.

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Gay Rights for Russian Olympic Games

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Former Church of England Leader Tells Western Christians to Chill Out

Rowan Williams, the former archbishop of Canterbury, says Christians in the U.S. and U.K. who claim they are being persecuted should “grow up” and not exaggerate the consequences of feeling “mildly uncomfortable” about living alongside others with different values.

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British Actor Stephen Fry Protests the Winter Olympics in Russia

Since Russia passed several draconian anti-gay laws, many human rights activists have criticized the 2014 Winter Olympics being held in Sochi. Now, the gay English actor Stephen Fry has written an open letter to U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, calling for a ban on those games in February.

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Pope Francis on Gays

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Can Gays Help Save Marriage?

The rapid evolution of attitudes toward gay marriage is a wonder to behold. On few issues has public opinion moved as quickly or decisively. Many who are against the formal recognition of homosexual unions are now resigned to the reality they will eventually become commonplace.

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Reformation for GOP

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Boy Scouts

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Truthdigger of the Week: Jason Collins

As welcoming as the country has been to Jason Collins, the first openly gay man in major sports, he deserves even more credit than he’s received so far.

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Collins’ Courage

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Give the Boy Scouts Half a Merit Badge

One of the oldest, largest and most Christian youth organizations in the United States will bow to the public’s demand for an end to its long-standing ban on openly gay youth participants if its voting members permit it next month.

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NHL Formally Welcomes Gay Players

The National Hockey League and its players union have announced a partnership with the You Can Play Project, because, in the words of Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHL Players’ Assn., “it’s the right thing to do.”

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 READ MORE



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It Gets Better for Whom?

The “It Gets Better” project is a grand achievement, and the abundant and various non-famous voices on the website offer much needed empathy and recognition. But we might consider how unhelpfully easy the lucky, privileged, “normal” few can make hope sound.

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‘Gay Inc.’s Appalling Silence on Bradley Manning

“Why is it that all of the big gay non-profits, from the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC)—‘Gay Inc.’—have failed to utter a word of support for Private Bradley Manning, let alone really campaign for him?” asks Andy Thayer at CounterPunch.

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Watch What Happens When Gay Man Confronts Homophobic Preacher on Subway

A passenger refused to sit idly by on a New York City subway over the weekend when a hateful “preacher” went on a rant in which he likened gays to pedophiles and claimed that Michael Jackson died because he was a homosexual.

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Boy Scouts and Gays

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Watch What Happens When 12th-Grader Comes Out to Entire School

“Most of you see me every day. You see me acting the part of ‘straight’ Jacob, when I am in fact LGBT,” Jacob Rudolph said. “Unlike millions of other LGBT teens who have had to act every day to avoid verbal harassment and physical violence, I’m not going to do it anymore.”

Posted on Jan 23, 2013 READ MORE


Jodie Foster Reveals She’s Gay During Golden Globes Speech

Actress Jodie Foster finally addressed years of media speculation when she casually came out while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement during the Golden Globes on Sunday night. 

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 READ MORE


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A Long, Hard, Forgiving Look at Chuck Hagel

Chuck Hagel has apologized for the anti-gay comments he made in 1998 but liberals continue to disapprove of him for secretary of defense; with so much emphasis on the infamous fiscal cliff, someone should pay attention to the looming “climate cliff”; meanwhile, India’s Supreme Court will rule on a case that may mean the end of affordable generic drugs all over the world. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 READ MORE


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