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AP/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service

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

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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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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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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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AP/Mel Evans

Boy Scouts Affirm Gay Ban

The Boy Scouts of America confirmed its position as one of the most bigoted groups in the U.S. after a confidential two-year review led it to uphold its ban on gay and lesbian members.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Anderson Cooper

Coming out as gay in a society full of elements that work to suppress the rights of homosexuals means one more voice for the persecuted and oppressed, and the bigger the voice, the better.

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Teen Radio Host Blasts Homosexuality, Blames Obama for Turning Kids Gay

A 14-year-old West Virginia radio show host is in the news after he denounced homosexuality as perverted and unnatural on his program, and blasted the likes of President Obama and Lady Gaga for “making kids gay.”

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Here to Save the Day? Not if You’re Gay

A conservative Christian group calling itself One Million Moms is up in arms about DC Comics’ decision to reveal that one of its well-known characters is gay. The organization is demanding the publisher reverse its decision, because if Superman wants to kiss men, so will your son.

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If Santorum Were President

In a marvelous display of self-contradiction at the Republican debate Thursday night, Rick Santorum argued against both sex in the military and any “social policy” that determines how sex is treated in the military. (more)

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‘Gay Girl in Damascus’? Not So Much

In a curious case of scrambled online identities, a 40-year-old American man has been outed as the writer of an attention-grabbing blog by the name of A Gay Girl in Damascus, which was supposedly written by a Syrian-American lesbian.

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Brazil High Court Legalizes Same-Sex Unions

In a decision that will not please the Roman Catholic Church, Brazil’s Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex couples deserve the same legal rights that married heterosexuals receive.

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Republicans Tussle Over Conservatism’s Future

Dissent is rippling through the ranks of the Republican Party. Some prominent right-wing groups have announced that they will not attend a major party event next month due to the presence of gay groups and others perceived to be at odds with conservatism.

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Obama Makes DADT Repeal Official

A Democratic president brought the infamous “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy into the U.S. military, and now President Obama has undone that particular piece of work by Bill Clinton. On Wednesday, Obama signed the bill ending DADT, saluting GLBT ...

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Gates to Congress: Toss Out DADT

Defense Secretary Robert Gates sent a strong and clear message to Congress on Tuesday: Get rid of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays and lesbians, and do it pronto.

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AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Court Allows ‘DADT’ Policy for Now

Denying a request by the Log Cabin Republicans, U.S. Supreme Court justices Friday allowed the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy to remain in place while the issue cycles through the federal appeals court circuit.

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Pentagon Survey: Dropping ‘DADT’ Wouldn’t Cause Wartime Strife

The findings summarized in a lengthy report that the Pentagon is preparing to send to President Obama about the potential effects of repealing the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy have been relayed to The Washington Post ahead of the game, and ... (continued)

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One Reason Why the Midterms Weren’t a Total Disaster

The 2008 election brought America the first black president and a Democratic House and Senate but was not good for the gays, to say the least, with the passage of Proposition 8 in California. This time around, the tables have turned ... (continued)

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‘Fable III’ Gives Gamers Gay-for-Play Options

Although gay marriage and adoption by same-sex couples are still not fully sanctioned in the real world, things are different in at least one corner of the virtual realm. Take “Fable III,” for example, which gives gamers free rein ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 26, 2010 READ MORE



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Ugandan Paper Stirs Gay Witch Hunt

In a horrific witch hunt, violent assaults against gays have followed publication in an Ugandan newspaper of an article headlined “100 Pictures of Uganda’s Top Homos Leak.” The paper, called “Rolling Stone,” said it plans to continue to publish the names of gay individuals.

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Flickr / The U.S. Army (CC-BY)

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Back in Effect

On Wednesday, the Obama administration succeeded in its mission of reinstating the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy regarding gays and lesbians among its ranks. As the San Francisco Chronicle reported that afternoon, a ... (continued)

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U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II

Government Moves to Block ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Injunction

As expected, the Justice Department asked an appeals court Wednesday to put a hold on U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips’ recent injunction to stop the military from enforcing its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Why would the government do this?

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Note to Vince and the Screenwriter: Electric Cars Are Not ‘Gay’

“Electric cars are gay,” says Vince Vaughn in an unfortunate attempt at humor in this trailer for Ron Howard’s new film, “The Dilemma.” It gets worse—Vaughn’s character continues, “not homosexual gay but, you know, ‘my-parents-are-chaperoning-the-dance’ gay.”

Posted on Oct 8, 2010 READ MORE


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Soccer Is Sooo Gay

It’s about time that soccer came out of the closet, and the Onion’s shrewd satirical sports reporters are on that case like a horde of sweaty, brawny footie players on a polka-dotted ball. You doubt this timely news bulletin? Well then, two words for you: World Cup.

Posted on Jun 17, 2010 READ MORE



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Bollywood’s ‘Brokeback Mountain’

India is about to enter taboo test mode as it prepares for the release of “Dunno Y ... Na Jaane Kyun,” a film many are calling India’s “Brokeback Mountain.” It’s hoped that the film’s depiction of a gay relationship between two men will help break down social anxieties toward homosexuality.

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U.S. Department of Defense

General Points Finger at Gays in Bosnian Massacre

Listen to this: John Sheehan, a retired U.S. Marine officer and former NATO supreme commander during the war in Bosnia, has finally found a scapegoat for the estimated 8,000-plus Muslims who died in 1995’s Srebrenica massacre: homosexual Dutch soldiers.

Posted on Mar 20, 2010 READ MORE


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lhc.ca.gov

Calif. State Sen. Ashburn: ‘I Am Gay’

California State Sen. Roy Ashburn is officially out of the closet. However, the Republican lawmaker from Bakersfield has some ’splainin’ to do, starting with his voting record, which has not exactly reflected a supportive stance toward LGBTQ causes.

Posted on Mar 8, 2010 READ MORE



mancrunch.com

Gay Dating Site Wants In on Super Bowl Action (Update: Video)

A commercial for a gay dating website isn’t likely to air during next week’s Super Bowl. The site, ManCrunch.com, submitted an ad that CBS is still “deliberating” on. ManCrunch was told all spots had been sold, but other potential advertisers are being told otherwise.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / A Outra Vouz

Portugal Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

“The large print giveth and the small print taketh away”—T. Waits (1990). So goes the news that Portugal has become the sixth European nation to pass a law allowing same-sex marriage, though parliament rejected proposals to let gay couples adopt children.

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 READ MORE



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Houston Elects Gay Mayor

Thanks to Annise Parker’s victory in a runoff election Saturday, Houston will become the largest U.S. city to have an openly gay mayor. Parker was the target of anti-gay rhetoric but mobilized gay rights groups in her defense.

Posted on Dec 13, 2009 READ MORE


India gay ruling
AP photo / Sucheta Das

Court Overturns India’s Gay Sex Ban

Homosexual relations between consenting adults are no longer considered criminal in India, thanks to a court ruling that overturned a long-standing federal law. The BBC rounded up some reactions from Indian citizens after news of the judgment broke around the country.

Posted on Jul 2, 2009 READ MORE


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Gore Vidal: ‘The Most Interesting Man in the World’

The whip-smart and ever-sly Gore Vidal visited “Real Time” on Friday, giving his historical and sometimes hysterically funny take on the state of the United States. He also revisited a few key moments from his personal history, illustrated by some priceless archival footage found by Bill Maher’s crack research team. Is it too soon to make an Amelia Earhart joke?

Posted on Apr 11, 2009 READ MORE


Warren Is Worth the Headache

By inviting Pastor Rick Warren to give the inaugural invocation, President-elect Barack Obama has alienated some of his friends on the left, but the choice also enrages conservatives who fear the breakup of right-wing dominance in the white evangelical community.

Posted on Dec 23, 2008 READ MORE


Brad Pitt
babble.com

Pitt Pitches In $100K to Battle Gay Marriage Ban

The Nov. 4 election is more than six weeks away, but Brad Pitt has revealed what his vote will be on at least one ballot initiative by donating $100,000 to fight California’s Proposition 8, which aims to overturn the state Supreme Court decision that made same-sex marriage legal last May.

Posted on Sep 18, 2008 READ MORE


Berlin monument
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


Colbert

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


Moral Minority

Those who went to the Values Voter Summit left without a candidate to call their own. But the lack of a golden boy isn’t their only problem: There are signs of ideological rigor mortis among the old guard.

Posted on Oct 24, 2007 READ MORE


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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


Ahmadinejad
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


Ahmadenijad
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Ahmadenijad on Iranian Gays, Jews, Nuclear Program

Addressing harsh criticism from Columbia University President Lee Bollinger, as well as allegations about the treatment of homosexuals in Iran, the status of the Iranian Jewish population, his take on Israel and his country’s nuclear program, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadenijad raised as many questions as he answered during his controversial appearance at Columbia University on Monday.

Posted on Sep 24, 2007 READ MORE


Mike Jones
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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


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


The Moral Authority

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Amaechi Opens Up Online

John Amaechi chatted with fans and readers on washingtonpost.com
today, fielding questions about his NBA experiences, his buzz-magnet memoir, “Man in the Middle,” and his decision to come out after leaving pro basketball. 

Posted on Mar 1, 2007 READ MORE


Snickers anti-gay commercial

Snickers Pulls Anti-Gay Super Bowl Ads

UPDATE: Snickers parent company Mars has pulled the anti-homosexual ads it was hosting on its website—expressing regret and saying it will never air them again.

  • Earlier: Snickers aired an ad during the Super Bowl that featured two men reacting in violent disgust after accidentally kissing while eating a candy bar.

  • AMERICAblog has more details.
  • Salon also ran a story.
  • Tell us what you think in the comments box.

  • Posted on Feb 5, 2007 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart and John Oliver

    Stewart and Oliver Delight in Cheney’s Gay Hypocrisy

    Jon Stewart and “Daily Show” correspondent John Oliver gleefully ridicule the vice president’s outrageous dissembling over his lesbian daughter’s pregnancy.

    Posted on Feb 2, 2007 READ MORE


    Matthews and Perkins

    Christian Conservative: Gays Likelier to Molest Kids

    Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, falsely argued on “Hardball” that homosexual men are likelier to abuse children than heterosexuals.  With comments like this, one might argue conservatives are likelier to abuse gays, not to mention the truth. (Video & Transcript)

    Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Has American Airlines Banned Gay Air-Kissing?

    An interesting confluence of apparent homo- and terror-phobia: A gay couple flying on an JFK-bound AA flight out of Paris were told that their air kissing was impermissible; when the couple inquired further, the captain threatened to divert the plane.

    Posted on Sep 22, 2006 READ MORE


    The U.S. Military Prefers Nazis to Gays

    That’s the only conclusion we at Truthdig can come to when faced with these facts: Recruiters are increasingly admitting neo-Nazis and skinheads into the military, and the number of soldiers kicked out of the military for being gay rose 11% over last year.

  • Also, allegations of harassment and outright crimes committed by military recruiters are up. (story or .pdf report)

  • Posted on Aug 15, 2006 READ MORE


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