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  • Obama Pledges to End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' at Speech to LGBT Community

    At the annual Human Rights Campaign dinner, President Obama promised an end to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", sign a hate crimes bill and urged the repeal of DOMA. Watch his speech in three parts after the fold....
  • House Passes Hate Crimes Bill: GOP Miffed

    Colorado Democrats yesterday cheered the House passage of a bill that would make assaulting people because of their sexual orientation a federal hate crime.But Republicans and those on the religious right say the expansion of hate crimes law would limit f...
  • On the Eve of Big D.C. March, Leaders Argue California Should Be Patient About Same-Sex Marriage

    For more than a generation, efforts to recognize gay people and same-sex couples in the law have been central flash points in California politics. Religious identity and the frequency with which one attends religious services remain key predictors of a vo...
  • "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and the Bomb

    And you thought "don't ask, don't tell" was a U.S. law on gays in the military that Barack Obama has promised to change. As it turns out, the same phrase plays quite a different role in the Middle East, where Obama seems to have no intention of changing i...
  • Obama's Big Gay Speech

    Washington dinner as the cheers coming from inside the ornate ballroom. "The last thing we need is more flowery rhetoric in front of rich, self-effacing gays and lesbians dressed up like penguins," said Andy Thayer of the Gay Liberation Network, who plan...
  • Mary Cheney Baby News Not Received Well By Conservative Base

    The conservative base can usually be counted on to support all things Cheney, especially when we're talking about Dick "The World's Most Interesting Drunk Quail Hunter" Cheney and his birther-loving warblogger-in-waiting daughter Liz. Sadly, that penumbra...
  • Article of Faith: It’s Time for People of Faith to Be Visible at This Weekend’s National Equality March

    Religion has the power to unite or divide; to foster oppression and hatred, or more progressive values, “elevating” us to a new day of justice. Homophobia, in our country’s culture and laws, is undergirded by deeply ingrained religious and moral ass...
  • God Hates Diet Pepsi

    A group that advocates "traditional family values" claims it has the signatures of 500,000 people who have pledged to boycott Pepsi over what it says are the company's activities promoting gay rights. The American Family Association, which boasts "2.5 mil...
  • Obama Will Speak at HRC's Pre-March Dinner. Why Now?

    He's been invited, but Barack Obama doesn't have any firm plans to attend the National Equality March on Oct. 11. But on Oct. 10? At HRC's annual dinner? He'll be there. Say what?  Obama and HRC have a long history together — particularly for a man who...
  • "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Has Become, "Don't Ask"

    This one will further frustrate those pushing for a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell… The White House is refusing to offer comment or clarification on the suggestion yesterday by Obama national security adviser James Jones that Obama may not be able...
  • Virulent Homophobe Behind Palin Memoir

    Sarah Palin's soon-to-be-released memoir was mostly written by Lynn Vincent, a woman blogger Andrew Sullivan calls a "fanatical homophobe." In his blog on TheAtlantic.com, Sullivan pulls quotes from pieces Vincent wrote for Christian publications that dec...
  • Sex And Sin

    Suppose the state made it a crime to masturbate. It is difficult to believe that a nation dedicated to "the pursuit of happiness" and the freedom, autonomy and privacy of the individual could possibly allow such a law.In 1568 Montgomery Highway v. City of...
  • Right-Wing Media Lynch Mob Gay-Baits White House, Facts Be Damned

    For the better part of a week, conservatives in the media have been on a witch hunt for Kevin Jennings, the director of the Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools....
  • Obama’s National Security Adviser Won’t Say When Obama Will Take On Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

    This week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) sent a letter to President Obama urging him to take a stand on repealing the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy which bans gays from openly serving in the military. “As Congress considers legislative act...
  • Progress on Don't Ask, Don't Tell

    MORE PROGRESS ON DADT.... The tide continues to turn. In an unusual show of support for allowing gay men and lesbians to serve openly in the armed forces, an article in an official military journal argues forcefully for repealing the "don't ask, don't te...
  • Come Out, Come Out… …Or Not. Whatevs. It’s Cool.

    We find ourselves and we find our loves in our own unique ways – that’s just how it happens to be. For a whole bunch of us, this means we get caught in a closet (or ten) somewhere along the line. Fortunately, we get to decide for ourselves whether or ...
  • A Lexicon of LGBT Slang

    In our melting pot of a world, it’s not uncommon for individuals to speak more than one language—Spanish, Italian, Chinese…Gay? Yep, like most subcultures, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) community has created its own dialect over the...
  • An Injury to One Is an Injury to All

    On October 11th, 2009, a march billed as the National March for Equality will take place in Washington, DC. The organizers of the march are organizing under a single demand: “Equal protection in all matters governed by civil law in all 50 states.”...
  • Gay Parents Not To Blame

    A recent study shows that gay or straight, sexual orientation doesn’t play a part in the happiness of adopted kids....
  • A Pro Football Player Speaks out for Gay Marriage

    A Baltimore Raven, Pro Bowler Brendan Ayanbadejo, is speaking at events supportive of gay marriage. That sure busts up a stereotype....