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More ‘San Francisco Values’

With a soundtrack as shifty as its logic, here is another captivating self-parody from the Sam Graves campaign. The shameless Missouri congressman, who has tried to paint his Democratic opponent as an unholy champion of gayness because she held a fundraiser in San Francisco, has launched another attack ad allegedly based on that city’s values.

Posted on Jun 2, 2008 READ MORE


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Save the Lesbians

Posted on Jun 2, 2008 READ MORE    


Ex-NBA Star:  Olympians Should Speak About Human Rights in China

John Amaechi is not your typical basketball star. The former center for Utah, Orlando and Cleveland is the first NBA alumnus to openly declare that he’s gay, and now he’s combining sports and cultural politics in another sense by serving as Amnesty International’s sports ambassador to this summer’s Beijing Olympics.

Posted on May 31, 2008 READ MORE

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AP photo / Markus Schreiber

Remembering the Holocaust’s Persecuted Gays

Berlin’s mayor, Klaus Wowereit, was on hand for the inauguration of a new memorial in the German capital dedicated to the 55,000 gay men who were branded criminals by the Nazi regime before and during World War II—and of whom about 15,000 were killed in Nazi camps. Above, the artists who created the monument.

Posted on May 27, 2008 READ MORE

God and Gay Marriage

Posted on May 18, 2008 READ MORE    

The Gay Marriage Paradox

Imagine what it would be like not to be able to marry the person with whom you want to spend the rest of your life. Then imagine how tens of thousands of gays and lesbians in California must have felt last week when the California Supreme Court declared that homosexuals have a right to marriage under the state’s constitution.

Posted on May 18, 2008 READ MORE

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California Court Ends Gay Marriage Ban

The California Supreme Court has ruled that gays and lesbians have a right to marry. Chief Justice Ronald M. George aptly explained the landmark 4-3 decision: “Even the most familiar ... traditions often mask an unfairness and inequality that frequently is not recognized or appreciated by those not directly harmed.”

Posted on May 15, 2008 READ MORE

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AP photo / Jorge Rey

Calling All Cubans: Cell Phones, Gays OK!

Be it through changes in cell phone restrictions or proposed legislation recognizing same-sex unions and transgender rights, Cuba’s political future is looking up for many of its citizens.

Posted on Mar 28, 2008 READ MORE

Andre 3000

Stars Align for Anti-Hate Ad

Outkast’s Andre 3000, the original Miss Jackson (if you’re nasty), Ashanti, Portia di Rossi, T.R. Knight and other celebrities put their fame to work in this public service announcement geared toward raising awareness about discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 

Posted on Mar 11, 2008 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert Investigates the ?Gay Agenda?

The pseudo pundit proves once again that he is a master of satire with this interview with the Human Rights Campaign’s Joe Solmonese, who does his best to respond to questions that, for once, sound as dumb as they are.

Posted on Feb 8, 2008 READ MORE

The Perils of Pandering

After equating homosexuality with bestiality, presidential candidate Mike Huckabee was attacked by a gay tiger.

Posted on Jan 27, 2008 READ MORE

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Carol Brightman on the 1960s

Three new memoirs by veterans of the New Left provide nuance and complexity to a tumultuous decade whose political and cultural legacy is still contested. Bonus points to those who can answer the question: Do you still need a Weatherman to know which way the wind blows?

Posted on Jan 3, 2008 READ MORE

Huckabee the Rebel

The rise of the Baptist minister—an “evangelical populist”—has put the fear of God into the Republican establishment.

Posted on Dec 20, 2007 READ MORE

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Navy Chaplain Gets Two Years for Sex Abuse

A 42-year-old Navy chaplain has been sentenced for a range of sexual crimes committed at the Quantico Marine base and the Naval Academy. In one episode, Lt. Cmdr. John Thomas Matthew Lee forced oral sex on a 20-year-old midshipman. So much for moral superiority.

Posted on Dec 6, 2007 READ MORE


GOP YouTube Debate Highlights

The CNN/YouTube Republican debate could easily have been written off as a gimmick, or at least just another in a glut of debates, but it actually delivered some interesting moments, from the YouTuber who asked what Jesus would do about the death penalty to Mitt Romney explaining torture to John McCain.

Posted on Nov 29, 2007 READ MORE

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Marriage and the State:  Not Exactly a Love Story

Amid the fracas over who can marry whom, professor and author Stephanie Coontz poses a provocative question in Monday’s New York Times that leads to some interesting history and shifts the focus of the debate:  “Why do people—gay or straight—need the state’s permission to marry?”

Posted on Nov 26, 2007 READ MORE

Selective Charity

The Onion targets religious hypocrisy with this satirical interview with the head of a mock Christian charity that provides relief to heterosexual Africans: “As long as you’re not gay, we welcome you with open arms.”

Posted on Nov 1, 2007 READ MORE


O’Reilly on ‘Harry Potter and the Gay Agenda’

No, our headline isn’t giving the title of J.K. Rowling’s surprise follow-up to her final installment of the Harry Potter series—it’s a quote from Bill O’Reilly on “The O’Reilly Factor.”  As the eagle-eyed folks at Media Matters note, Fox’s cuddliest pundit seems to be having a hard time with the idea of a gay Dumbledore.

Posted on Oct 26, 2007 READ MORE

Bar Fly

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Harry Potter Creator Outs Key Character

J.K. Rowling, author and creator of the phenomenally successful Harry Potter franchise, revealed to a packed Carnegie Hall on Friday that Albus Dumbledore, the revered Hogwarts headmaster in her book series, is gay.  When her announcement sparked a round of applause, Rowling said, “I would have told you earlier if I knew it would make you so happy.”

Posted on Oct 20, 2007 READ MORE


Being Gay Still Not OK at Vatican

Given the Catholic Church’s record of dealing (or not) with homosexuality, especially within its upper ranks, it’s not particularly shocking that the Vatican suspended Monsignor Tomasso Stenico after he said he was gay on an Italian television show.

Posted on Oct 13, 2007 READ MORE

Barney Frank

Barney Frank Pleads for Realistic Expectations and Practical Activism

Though he referred specifically to the gay non-discrimination bill, Rep. Barney Frank made an impassioned plea for realism among activists that could be applied to the war, the environment or any other major issue of the day. He warned that imperfect legislation can help millions of people, unless “ideologically committed single-issue groups” are given a veto.

Posted on Oct 12, 2007 READ MORE

AP Photo / Stephin Chernin

Ahmadinejad’s Camp Revisits, Revises Gay Comment

An aide to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is attempting to work some spin-control magic on what was probably (and unintentionally, according to the aide) Ahmadinejad’s biggest headline-grabber from his speech at Columbia University: his assertion that, “In Iran, we don’t have homosexuals like in your country.”

Posted on Oct 11, 2007 READ MORE

A ‘Third Way’ for Liberals and Conservative Christians

You know the religious right is in trouble when some of its leaders threaten to bolt the Republican Party if it nominates a candidate who supports abortion rights. But the well-publicized warning directed against Rudy Giuliani earlier this month is decidedly not the most important sign that religious conservatives are facing the disintegration of their movement.

Posted on Oct 9, 2007 READ MORE

Larry Craig

Craig Plans to Finish Senate Term

Comedians can now let out that sigh of relief: Disgraced Sen. Larry Craig isn’t going anywhere. While he says he won’t run again, Craig now plans to finish his term in the Senate.

Posted on Oct 4, 2007 READ MORE

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Gay Republicans vs. Romney

The Log Cabin Republicans have launched a national ad campaign to draw attention to Romney’s less-than-conservative past. The Romney campaign, as one might imagine, isn’t too pleased and has fired back.

Posted on Oct 4, 2007 READ MORE

Gen. Pace on Gays and ‘God’s Law’

While attempting to clarify his previous remarks on the immorality of homosexuality, outgoing Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Peter Pace on Wednesday managed to put his foot even deeper into his mouth, saying that, while he’s willing to keep an open mind, our nation should not “condone activity [read: gay sex] that, in my upbringing, is counter to God’s law.”

Posted on Sep 27, 2007 READ MORE


Not Exactly the Happiest Place on Earth

The Minnesota airport men’s room where Sen. Larry Craig tapped toes with an undercover policeman has become a tourist attraction, complete with gawking visitors—including women—posing for photos in front of the infamous stall.

Posted on Sep 17, 2007 READ MORE

Gay Marriage Approved in California, Again

Arnold Schwarzenegger has until mid-October to put his pen where his mouth is on gay issues. For the second time, the California Legislature has passed a law that would make marriage in the state gender-neutral. The governor vetoed the first effort back during his more conservative phase.

Posted on Sep 7, 2007 READ MORE

The Name Game Featuring Jerry Lewis

Posted on Sep 7, 2007 READ MORE    

The Bigger Bathroom Picture

Whether or not Larry Craig manages to save his Senate career, the circumstances of his arrest bear exploring. Isn’t there a better way to secure an airport bathroom than the institutionalized entrapment and humiliation of gay men?

Posted on Sep 5, 2007 READ MORE

Larry Craig

Craig Cries Uncle

Sen. Larry Craig, whose alleged shenanigans in a Minnesota airport have captured national attention, announced he will resign at the end of the month. He is likely to be replaced by a fellow Republican, whom the governor of Idaho will appoint.

Posted on Sep 1, 2007 READ MORE

Don’t Ask, Don’t Kvell

Yes, it’s hypocritical when a member of the “family values” party gets caught stepping out on his spouse or tapping toes in a restroom, but politicians of all stripes should be allowed to destroy their marriages in peace.

Posted on Aug 31, 2007 READ MORE

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AP Photo / Charlie Niebergall

Same-Sex Marriages on Hold in Iowa

Just hours after Iowa’s ban on same-sex marriages was lifted by Polk County Judge Robert Hanson, the judge agreed to stay his ruling upon a request from the Polk County attorney, who will file an appeal.  However, one lucky couple was able to seal the deal before the stay was granted.

Posted on Aug 31, 2007 READ MORE

Craig Goes Down the Tubes

Posted on Aug 30, 2007 READ MORE

Larry Craig

Sen. Craig: ‘I Am Not Gay’

The Idaho senator who was arrested on charges of committing a lewd act in a Minnesota airport apologizes for the scandal but emphatically denies that he is gay: “Let me be clear: I am not gay. I never have been gay.” For the record, if a movie is ever made of this fiasco, Craig simply has to be played by John Lithgow.

Posted on Aug 28, 2007 READ MORE

Larry Craig
AP Photo / Charles Dharapak

Denial Is Not a River in Idaho

Idaho Sen. Larry Craig is working hard to disabuse the press and public of the notion that he has solicited or engaged in sexual activity with men, either at the Minneapolis airport or on other rumored occasions.  Regardless of the veracity of said rumors, Editor & Publisher wonders how the media missed the news of his Minnesota arrest almost three months ago.

Posted on Aug 28, 2007 READ MORE

Nancy Reagan and Merv Griffin
AP Photo / Craig Molenhouse

Merv Griffin’s Bodyguard of Lies

The not-so-secret gay sex life of Merv Griffin has once again raised the specter of the obituary outing, not to mention the power of prejudice to intimidate even the rich and famous.

Posted on Aug 27, 2007 READ MORE

AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez

Texas Church Calls Off Gay Vet’s Funeral

The family of Navy veteran Cecil Sinclair says it’s deeply insulted because a Dallas-area megachurch reneged on its offer to hold a memorial for the 46-year-old Gulf War serviceman just 24 hours before the service was to take place.  The reason?  Sinclair was gay—a fact that Sinclair’s sister insists High Point Church leaders already knew, despite their denials.

Posted on Aug 11, 2007 READ MORE


Richardson: Being Gay Is a Choice

Gov. Bill Richardson dropped a bomb in what was billed as the first gay debate on Thursday, saying of homosexuality, “It’s a choice,” which is for gays the equivalent of saying there was no Holocaust. Melissa Etheridge was so perplexed by his response that she cut him off to say, “I don’t know if you understand the question.”

Posted on Aug 10, 2007 READ MORE

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Dems Sign On for First ‘Gay Debate’

Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards are already on board for a debate about gay-related social and political issues, to be held on August 9 in front of a live audience, televised on the LOGO channel and broadcast on the Web on

Posted on Jul 10, 2007 READ MORE

Mike Jones
AP Photo/Ed Andrieski

Mike Jones on Ted Haggard and Hypocrisy

The former escort who blew the whistle on Ted Haggard’s homosexuality explains why he felt morally compelled to come forward, what the fallout has been and what he feels is the real tragedy of the situation.

Posted on Jul 7, 2007 READ MORE

Mike Jones
AP Photo/Ed Andrieski

Mike Jones on Ted Haggard and Hypocrisy

The former escort who blew the whistle on Ted Haggard’s homosexuality explains why he felt morally compelled to come forward, what the fallout has been like and what he feels is the real tragedy of the situation.

Posted on Jul 3, 2007 READ MORE

The Bigots Are Coming! The Bigots Are Coming!

Massachusetts is once again leading the nation against the forces of tyranny. The state that radically approved same-sex unions to the apparent horror of the rest of the country now finds itself increasingly in the mainstream of public opinion.

Posted on Jun 21, 2007 READ MORE

Living Up to the Hate

Posted on Jun 20, 2007 READ MORE


Colbert: Gays Should Come With a Warning Label

Stephen Colbert takes on Bush’s nominee for surgeon general, Dr. James Holsinger, who has argued that homosexuality is a disease that can be cured.

Posted on Jun 15, 2007 READ MORE

James Holsinger

Another Classic Appointment From George W. Bush

Meet the president’s pick for our next surgeon general, Dr. James Holsinger, a man who once wrote that homosexuality is unnatural and unhealthy: “When the complementarity of the sexes is breached, injuries and diseases may occur.” Injuries? Can’t we just do without a surgeon general for a couple of years?

Posted on Jun 7, 2007 READ MORE

In Memoriam

Posted on May 16, 2007 READ MORE    

Judge OK’s Student Gay Rights Club

A federal judge has ruled that Florida’s Okeechobee High School must grant the same privileges to the Gay-Straight Alliance that it grants to other student clubs.

Posted on Apr 7, 2007 READ MORE

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