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  • Bait and Switch: Using Diversity to Disguise Inequality

    The American elite figured things out a long time ago: you can let people do anything they want, say anything they want, have a wide-open society — as long as no one seriously threatens to upset the golden applecart of power and privilege. ...
  • The Homoerotic Catholic Church

    That’s right:  not homophobic, but homoerotic.  Sure, there is homophobia, especially in the official teaching, but if you peer beneath the surface, scratch the veneer, lift the skirts of the priestly vestments at what lies beneath and within, you fin...
  • What Good is a Morality That Doesn't Encompass All Life on Earth?

    The way we live will lead, inevitably, to the extinction of half of the planet’s biodiversity by century’s end. How can our morality, or our religion, prepare us for this?...
  • Ted Kennedy's Passing: An Inestimable Loss

    Most Americans will never know how many things Ted Kennedy did to make their lives better, how many things he prevented that would have hurt them, and how tenaciously he fought on their behalf....
  • On the ELCA’s Historic Shift to Include Gay Clergy: Reflections of a Self-Exiled Lutheran

    Reflecting with mixed emotions his decision to leave the church of his childhood over its inability to accept gays, the author recalls his own words, that “Scripture calls us to look beyond Scripture, to God and to our neighbor,” and wonders whether h...
  • The Idiocy of Sex Testing

    World-class South African athlete Caster Semenya, age 18, won the 800 meters in the International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships on August 19. But her victory was all the more remarkable in that she was forced to run amid a contr...
  • Atta Boy, Barney

    Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), left, speaks to people as he leaves a senior center in Dartmouth, MA, on August 18, 2009, where he discussed health care reform and financial issues at a town hall-style meeting....
  • Freedom From Fear—And the Second Amendment

    The gun nuts showing up at rallies and town hall meetings should check the order of their amendments: The First guarantees people—whatever their politics—a fundamental right to participate in their democracy without concern for physical retribution. ...
  • Former Reagan/Bush Aide Ted Olson Now Championing Marriage Equality

    Theodore B. Olson's briefcase is filled with arguments he hopes will lead to a Supreme Court decision that could reshape the legal and social landscape along the lines of cases like Brown v. Board of Education and Roe v. Wade: the legalization of same-sex...
  • "We'll Need A Picture Of Your Genitalia": Transwoman's Shocking Violation Of Rights

    Trans woman Kate Lynn Blatt says her former employer requested a photograph of her genitalia as a condition of continued employment, after questions arose about her use of a worksite female locker room....
  • Obama Administration Attempts to Weaken Constitutional Protections for LGBT Americans

    Yesterday, the Obama administration filed a follow-up brief in the Smelt case, effectively saying it would just be too inconvenient for the Federal government to weigh in on homophobia....
  • The Government's New DOMA Brief

    Evidently the protests and criticisms have hit home at the Civil Division of the US Department of Justice.  Today the Division filed a reply brief in the pending Smelt v. U.S. litigation in the US District Court for the Central District of California.  ...
  • American Nuns Under the Vatican Microscope

    The Vatican is investigating US Women religious, concerned that nuns are not in line on issues like same-sex love, women’s priestly ministry, and interreligious dialogue. But this time they've gone too far....
  • Queen For A Day

    How a drag queen awards ceremony changed my 15-year-old daughter's sheltered life. ...
  • IS YOUR MARRIAGE INVISIBLE? Same-Sex Marriage and the 2010 Census

    In spring, same-sex marriage supporters celebrated recent wins in Iowa, Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire after the Proposition 8 letdown in California. ...
  • Federal Judge Says Calling Somebody Gay is Not Necessarily Harmful to Reputation

    U.S. District Judge Denny Chin has ruled in Stern v. Cosby, 2009 WL 2460609 (S.D.N.Y.) that under New York State’s defamation law, the court should not presume that falsely calling somebody gay is damaging to that person’s reputation....
  • Bill Clinton Is Challenged On His Record On Don't Ask, Don't Tell

    While Clinton delivered the opening day's keynote address at the Netroots Nation conference in Pittsburgh, he was interrupted by blogger Lane Hudson, who asked about the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell."...
  • Not A Good Month For The Christian Right

    Focus on the Family’s president and CEO says he’s all about sitting down with a cup of coffee with a political adversary to find the ability to respectfully disagree. ...
  • Key Group to Push Repeal of Prop. 8 in 2012

    In a decision that has sparked anger and frustration among gay rights groups, a San Francisco organization that led unsuccessful efforts last year to defeat the California ban on same-sex marriage said Wednesday it will wait until 2012 to ask voters to re...
  • Straight Up News on Gay Plays

    For twentieth-century gay playwrights -- Thornton Wilder, Tennessee Williams, William Inge, Edward Albee, Emlyn Williams, Terence Rattigan to name several -- the time during which they wrote required circumspection, if not downright shrink-wrapped secrecy...