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Gays in the Military

A new photo book puts a face to the struggles of homosexual men and women in the U.S. armed forces.

Posted on Jul 4, 2014 READ MORE



Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Homosexuality Is Like Alcoholism

He may have driven over state lines in a Tesla, but Texas Gov. Rick Perry again demonstrated that he is clearly living in another era—one that a vast swath of the country has already left behind—during a speech in San Francisco on Wednesday night at the Commonwealth Club of California.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 READ MORE



Is Scalia Too Bigoted to Serve on the Next Gay Marriage Case?

In a string of judicial opinions and public appearances dating back at least to the mid-1990s, Antonin Scalia has demonstrated that he cannot evaluate questions of gay rights with the temperament and open-mindedness expected of a judge.

Posted on May 22, 2014 READ MORE



Ugandan Anti-Gay Law Sparks Newspaper Exposé, Backlash from U.S. Lawmakers

In the aftermath of the passage of Uganda’s new law sanctioning severe penalties, including life in prison, for homosexual acts, a local newspaper printed a list of the country’s “Top 200 Homosexuals.”

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Michael Sam

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

Posted on Feb 16, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 READ MORE



Scotland Makes Gay Marriage Official

Scotland has joined the growing global ranks of countries that have made gay marriage legal.

Posted on Feb 4, 2014 READ MORE



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

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

Posted on Jan 17, 2014 READ MORE



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Rape in South Africa Aimed at ‘Curing’ Lesbians

Over the past decade or more, South Africa has seen a spate of sex crimes against lesbians that perpetrators sometimes appear to regard as “corrective rape.”

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Aug 16, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Aug 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Pope Says He Won’t ‘Judge’ Gay Priests

Pope Francis on Monday overturned ages of vocal tradition by saying that he would not “judge” gay priests for their sexual orientation. “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Francis said, according to media reports.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 READ MORE



Impoverished Countries Less Accepting of Homosexuality

Studies show nations such as Ghana and El Salvador reject gays far more than their more affluent counterparts; Wisconsin legislators are trampling on investigative journalism; meanwhile, the modern manufacturing industry manages to be both a tremendous economic driver and a tough business in which to get a job. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 7, 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.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Feb 23, 2013 READ MORE


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


Memo to Mitt Romney: Lesbians Make Great Parents

It should come as no surprise to the non-bigoted crowd that the results of a new study show that lesbians make wonderful parents. But it bears repeating because the Republican presidential nominee seems to think otherwise.

Posted on Nov 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Anti-Gay Christian Leader Blames Homosexuality for Hurricane Sandy

John McTernan believes he knows what’s responsible for Hurricane Sandy, and it’s not climate science.

Posted on Oct 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Shame and Sexuality of a Mormon Youth

During periodic interviews in which church elders asked Adam Streeter whether he touched himself, the boy endured the agony of being forbidden to be fully himself.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

Being Gay

Being gay was an expression of nonconformity that had less to do with an urge to proclaim my affection for one type of sex over another than a desire to lodge a formal protest against convention.

Posted on Sep 8, 2012 READ MORE    


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.”

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Turkish Army Humiliates Gays on Their Way Out

While it took a huge cultural shift and immense political pressure to grant gay and lesbian volunteers the right to serve openly in the United States military, gay men in Turkey have to move mountains to get out of an army that does not want them in the first place.

Posted on Mar 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Indiana Lawmaker: Girl Scouts Promote Homosexuality, Communism

Oh, what “a small amount of Web-based research” can do. Indiana state Rep. Bob Morris hopped online recently to read up on an organization he was concerned about, one that imperiled his conservative family and threatened to turn his daughters into pro-abortion communist homosexuals. Yes, we’re talking about the Girl Scouts.

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Washington State Poised to Pass Gay-Marriage Bill

She’s thought it over, and now Washington state Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen has made up her mind in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage, which should give the gay-marriage measure currently under consideration in the Evergreen State enough legislative oomph to push it over the line and become law. Stay tuned.

Posted on Jan 23, 2012 READ MORE



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America’s Gayest Cities, c. 2012

Just how g-a-y is SLC? Well, it’s actually The Advocate’s surprise winner atop this year’s “Gayest Cities in America” list. Clearly, the GLBTQ-targeted mag’s editors were looking to depart a bit from usual suspects such as San Francisco and New York and declared that Utah’s capital “has earned its queer cred.”

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama and Gay Rights: 2012 Edition

To the consternation of many, President Obama has managed to avoid taking a strong position on potentially polarizing issues like same-sex marriage without completely losing the support of the GLBTQ constituency. But will his strategically noncommittal stance work in the next election cycle?

Posted on Dec 30, 2011 READ MORE



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Tennessee Senate: ‘Don’t Say Gay’ in School

The Tennessee Senate has passed legislation that would keep teachers from educating their students about homosexuality, with language in the bill asserting that “some subjects are best explained and discussed at home.”

Posted on May 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Presbyterian Church to Ordain Gay Clergy

After more than 30 years of fighting, advocates of permitting gay people to serve as ministers in the Presbyterian Church have won the day after a majority of its congregations voted in favor of the move.

Posted on May 11, 2011 READ MORE


Obama and Gay Marriage: Currently ‘Grappling’

Is it really that politically risky to state unequivocally that one supports gay marriage if one happens to be the president of the United States? Maybe, or maybe President Obama truly is “grappling” with his own stance on the issue, as fresh-faced new White House ...

Posted on Feb 23, 2011 READ MORE



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Team Obama Takes a Swipe at Defense of Marriage Act

Just in time for campaign season, the Obama administration appears to be picking up the slack, ever so slightly, on the gay rights front by refusing to defend part of the notorious Defense of Marriage Act in court.

Posted on Feb 23, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Mike Strasser

House Passes DADT Repeal

The push to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell” has met with mixed reactions in Congress in recent weeks, but on Wednesday the House of Representatives made a decisive move to promote the cause by passing another measure designed to cancel out the controversial policy.

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 READ MORE



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McCain Doesn’t Budge on ‘DADT’ Repeal

How is it that Sen. John McCain can look at the same Pentagon study about repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” as Defense Secretary Robert Gates and uniformed military leaders did and reach such a strikingly different conclusion about how to proceed?

Posted on Dec 2, 2010 READ MORE



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Study: Zero Child Abuse in Lesbian Households

Someone call Focus on the Family: A newly published set of findings from a long-running study out of UCLA shows a child abuse rate of zero percent in dual-mommy households. A pool of 78 teenage children with lesbian parents was studied.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE



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Team Obama to Appeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Ruling?

This may seem counterintuitive, if not counterproductive, given that President Obama has made noises about opposing discrimination against GLBTQ members of the military, but the Obama administration is apparently preparing ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Mike Strasser

Federal Judge Orders End to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

We might finally see the end of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” as the U.S. military’s controversial policy about homosexuality among its ranks took another big legal hit Tuesday from U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips of California ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 12, 2010 READ MORE


Argentine gay marriage rally
AP / Natacha Pisarenko

Argentina Makes Gay Marriage Official

As of Wednesday, we can add Argentina to the list of nations that has beaten the U.S. to the enlightened punch by sanctioning gay marriage. In so doing, Argentina also gets the prize for being the first country in South America to make it legal.

Posted on Jul 15, 2010 READ MORE


8: The Mormon Proposition
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Mormons and Prop. 8: An Unholy Alliance Explored Onscreen

Those of us who were in California during the election of 2008 (and many who weren’t) remember how quickly the tide seemed to turn when it came to the expected versus real outcome of the Proposition 8 vote ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 21, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / laverrue

Gay Marriage Goes Up for Argument in California

California’s a place that may seem a little kooky, a little crunchy, and definitely more than a little liberal when viewed from some other areas of the nation, but when it comes to the issue of gay marriage, it has yet to catch up with Iowa. Or Spain.

Posted on Jun 16, 2010 READ MORE


Madrid gay pride
Flickr / álvaro jaramillo

Flotilla Fallout Hits Madrid’s Gay Pride Parade

Cultural and international politics collided this week after a contingent of Israeli gays from Tel Aviv was pointedly barred from participating in an upcoming gay pride march because their home city’s officials ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 10, 2010 READ MORE


Gates and Obama
AP / Susan Walsh

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal Could Be Headed for Veto

The good news, for those awaiting the repeal of the military’s oppressive “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, is that the House of Representatives on Friday voted in favor of lifting the policy. However, it’s far from a done deal ... (continued)

Posted on May 28, 2010 READ MORE


Madonna
AP Photo/Joel Ryan

Madonna Lets Malawi Judge Have It for Sentencing Gay Couple

The world may not have been waiting for Madonna’s input, but for the record, she vehemently disapproves of a Malawi judge’s decision, issued Thursday, to sentence a young gay couple to 14 years of hard labor after they openly celebrated their engagement late last year.

Posted on May 21, 2010 READ MORE



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Jailed Gay Couple Ignite Rights Battle

A gay couple in Malawi who made history and controversy when they were wed in a symbolic marriage ceremony in December now face 14 years in prison with hard labor in a country where homosexual acts have been declared illegal.

Posted on May 14, 2010 READ MORE


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Sinead O’Connor Faces Off With Catholic Flack Over Pedophilia, Post-Pubescence

Hey, remember Sinead O’Connor? Remember Sinead O’Connor’s beef with the pope back in the day? Well, now she’s a bit older and has more hair on her head, but she’s still up for a good tussle with the Catholic powers that be, as she demonstrates ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 31, 2010 READ MORE


Yes, Barbara, Ricky Martin Is Gay

Now that Ricky Martin is “a fortunate homosexual man,” it’s time to revisit Barbara Walters’ cringe-inducing 2000 interview with the singer, who then declined—about 20 times—to tell Ms. Walters and her millions of viewers whom he bangs, he bangs.

Posted on Mar 30, 2010 READ MORE


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Larry King to Eric Massa: ‘Are You Gay?’

Larry King got right to the point in his interview with former Congressman Eric Massa on Tuesday’s “Larry King Live,” asking Massa directly if he was gay. This was a question Massa was not about to answer, because, as he informed his confused host, “It insults every gay American ... it somehow classifies people.” Oh.

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 READ MORE



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Maryland to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages (Performed Elsewhere)

The state of Maryland hasn’t worked out legislation to officially validate same-sex marriages that happen within its own borders, but as of Wednesday, Maryland’s Attorney General Douglas Gansler made it possible for GLBTQ partners’ unions to be legally recognized—as long as they were performed somewhere else.

Posted on Feb 25, 2010 READ MORE


Mona Lisa
Wikimedia Commons/Musée du Louvre

Is the Mona Lisa da Vinci in Drag?

There’ve been a number of theories bandied about concerning the famously enigmatic masterpiece we know well as the Mona Lisa, but this latest one about Leonardo da Vinci’s mysterious muse is a doozy, and it definitely wins points for creativity and flair.

Posted on Jan 26, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Ng Han Guan

Chinese Police Cancel ‘Mr. Gay China’ Pageant

Chinese police dashed the hopes of eight contestants who would have vied for the title of Mr. Gay China in Beijing on Friday by shutting down the show right before it was set to start, claiming that event officials hadn’t followed the correct protocol in putting on the pageant.

Posted on Jan 15, 2010 READ MORE


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Gay Marriage Vote Coming Soon in N.J. Senate

The New Jersey Senate has reportedly scheduled Thursday for their vote on whether to legalize gay marriage. Timing will be key in determining the outcome of the issue in the Garden State. Gay marriage advocates have a sympathetic governor in office for only another two weeks.

Posted on Jan 5, 2010 READ MORE


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