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  • Maddow Responds to Bush Sr. - And 9 of 10 Republicans Fear Her

    On Friday, the former President said Maddow and MSNBC host Keith Olbermann were "sick puppies" who dished out "horrible" treatment to their ideological opponents -- and to George W. Bush. "When our son was president, they just hammered him mercilessly and...
  • Lesbian High School Student, Told She Can't Wear Tuxedo In Yearbook

    Everyone at Wesson Attendance Center knows 17-year-old Ceara Sturgis is gay because she's never tried to hide it.  But when Sturgis – an honor student, trumpet player and goalie on the school's soccer team – wanted her senior photograph in a tu...
  • Maddow Calls Out Americans for Prosperity President: ‘Parasite Who Gets Fat On Americans’ Fears’

    In May, the Wonk Room first reported on the sordid history of Republican operative Tim Phillips — who now heads the front group Americans for Prosperity (AFP) — with respect to his long history of orchestrating “grassroots” lobbying efforts for ne...
  • The Barney Frank Story

    When Barney Frank discussed his sexual orientation with the Boston Globe in May 1987, he entered history as the first member of Congress—among dozens of same-sexers in the House and Senate—to voluntarily disclose that he was gay. Frank’s politically...
  • Lt. Choi Won’t Lie for His Country

    Lt. Dan Choi doesn’t want to lie. Choi, an Iraq war veteran and a graduate of West Point, declared last March 19 on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” “I am gay.” Under the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” regulations, those three words are e...
  • Gay Activists Split on Obama

    Many LGBT Americans are furious, or at least deeply frustrated, with Obama's record on gay rights. On four key reforms, the administration's support has been mixed at best. Though he pledged his support for many of the items in the LGBT agenda, the presid...
  • Equality March Shows What Grassroots Can Do

    Without even one cable news outlet promoting the event and even without Glenn Beck--even without corporate lobbyists sending in activists by the thousands, and corporate advertisers publicizing it--the National Equality March on the D.C. mall on October 1...
  • A Marriage Protection Act Gays Can Appreciate

    A new movement is in the works to protect the institution of marriage in the Golden State from the unholy scourge of ... divorce. The drive is on for the 2010 California Marriage Protection Act, and this group—which actually intends to poke fun at the ...
  • LGBT Activists Criticize Obama's Speech for What Wasn't There, But Miss a Very Big Thing That Was

    If you needed evidence that the community of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is not monolithic in its politics, reaction to President Obama's speech to the annual Human Rights Campaign dinner offered plenty....
  • As Hate Bill Passes, One Mother's Work (and Ours) Continues

    The House of Representatives approved of federal legislation, first introduced by Ted Kennedy, that would close loopholes in existing federal hate crime law and expand coverage to also include crimes committed because of the actual or perceived sexual ori...
  • Why Gays Can't Wait - Gay Rights Are Civil Rights

    Gay rights are civil rights. To be clear, President Obama did not exactly use those words. But about five minutes into his roughly 20-minute address, Obama echoed the sentiment at the black-tie, star-studded fundraising event hosted by the Human Rights Ca...
  • The National Equality March in Washington, DC on October 11, 2009

    Watch four inspiring YouTube Videos from the march after the fold....
  • Antonin Scalia: Cross is Symbol of All Religions

    Christians do not get a special claim on the cross as the symbol of Christ having been crucified for our sins, not if Antonin Scalia’s interpretation has any bearing. Scalia claimed in the Supreme Court that the cross is not a special symbol to honor Ch...
  • 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...