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Alex Blaze

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Two Studies on Gays Coming Out... or Not

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2011 | 11:25 AM

Two recent studies that have gotten mainstream press attention point out something that gay people have known for decades: coming out isn't a light-switch, it's a process that never finishes. It's good to get that message out there, but it's an incomplete discussion without mentioning rampant anti-gay workplace discrimination.

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Christian Exceptionalism

(4) Comments | Posted March 15, 2011 | 7:11 PM

Michigan's attorney general, who campaigned on not firing that creepy assistant attorney general who was homophobicly/homosexually stalking a gay college student because "when you're not on the government job, you ought to be able to express your opinion," has filed a brief to support a student who's suing...

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Lady Gaga's 'Gay Anthem' to Be Distributed by Target

(24) Comments | Posted February 11, 2011 | 8:47 AM

Bil Browning's been writing about commercial exploitation of gay teen suicide lately, but any discussion of the recent phenomenon isn't complete without talking about the over-hyped single expected from Lady Gaga, in which she co-opts a decades-old gay phrase that's now safe enough for the mainstream pop stars, "Born...

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State Rep. Larry Brown to the HIV-Positive: You Can All Go Rot!

(7) Comments | Posted January 20, 2011 | 2:31 PM

Well, with all the states facing budget crunches and looking for something to cut, someone in this homophobic society was bound to come right and say that people with HIV should just be left to die.

State Rep. Larry Brown said during a discussion of his legislative goals...

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The Justice Department's Anemic Defense of DOMA

(2) Comments | Posted January 14, 2011 | 1:24 PM

The Justice Department has filed for an appeal of the Tauro decisions in Gill vs. OPM and Massachusetts vs. US that struck down provisions of DOMA last year. Chris Geidner sums up Justice's arguments:

1. Congress Could Have Rationally Concluded That DOMA Promotes A Legitimate Interest in Preserving...
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Obama Approves Funding Discriminatory Faith-Based Initiatives

(6) Comments | Posted January 5, 2011 | 4:01 PM

During the 2008 campaigns, then-candidate Obama caused a stir when he said that he'd expand the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, a program that puts federal money into churches hands in order for them to carry out the government's basic jobs, like providing for the poor and homeless. Now Nan Hunter...

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Obama Admits: I Was Born in Morocco

(16) Comments | Posted December 7, 2010 | 12:31 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a press conference this morning, President Barack Obama admitted that he was, in fact, born in Morocco.

"It's half-way between Kenya and the US," Mr. Obama explained, "so in the spirit of bipartisan compromise I'm going to admit that I was born in Morocco. I haven't...

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Anti-Gay Ballot Initiatives Hurt Straight People, Too

(14) Comments | Posted November 5, 2010 | 5:01 PM

The only anti-gay ballot initiative that passed this week that I know of was in El Paso, Texas. Surprise surprise, it was poorly-worded and now everyone's getting benefits cut:

By a margin of 55 percent to 45 percent, voters passed an initiative saying, "The city of El Paso...

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Glee Neuters Rocky: "Tranny" Is OK but "Transsexual" Isn't?

(68) Comments | Posted October 28, 2010 | 1:29 PM

I probably would have just ignored the Rocky Horror episode of Glee the other night, if it weren't for the fact that Ryan Murphy, the creator of Glee, is being asked to direct the remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. While some of the

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Gay Republicans Launch Homophobic Ad Against Barney Frank

(1) Comments | Posted October 25, 2010 | 1:45 PM

Here's GOProud's ad against several Democrats, including Barney Frank. They call him "catty" and a "housewife." Makes me think of those kids who'd join in with the gay bashing extra-hard at school because they were afraid that their sexualities would socially ostracize them.

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LGBT Teachers Still Fear Being Fired for Coming Out

(3) Comments | Posted October 14, 2010 | 7:42 PM

I posted recently about Beaverton, Oregon, when a student asked a teacher why he wasn't married. I wrote:

Stambaugh is just the tip of this iceberg, one of the few teachers willing to do what he did and volunteer himself as a positive role model for...

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LGBT People Need to Take the Fight Back to School

(102) Comments | Posted October 8, 2010 | 10:58 AM

I'm hoping it's just the few people who I see on listserves and the few, better-known gay and pro-gay people out there who think that DADT repeal and same-sex marriage would solve the problem of homophobic bullying in schools. They won't -- gay teen suicides resulting from bullying happen in...

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The War on LGBT Teachers

(24) Comments | Posted October 5, 2010 | 10:38 AM

The solution to LGBT teen suicide, specifically death-by-bullying, should be about the students. There's a lot of attention being paid to gay teen suicide right now, and I hope that it doesn't get misdirected to other projects that people want to push, legislation that would make adults feel better but...

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Media Outlets Fumble With CDC Data on MSM HIV Rates

(2) Comments | Posted September 30, 2010 | 3:08 PM

New HIV infections and diagnoses numbers are out this week from the CDC, and media outlets are fumbling with the numbers. Here's the headline from Time, which was typical:

CDC: 20% of Gay Men Are HIV-Positive, but Nearly Half Don't Know It

Really? How did the CDC even...

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The Sad Lengths Some Go to Avoid Having a Lesbian Daughter

(16) Comments | Posted June 30, 2010 | 11:38 AM

Alice Dreger, on the Hasting Center blog, alerts us to Dr. Maria New, who's been giving the experimental medication dexamethasone (dex) to pregnant women concerned their child might have congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH, an adrenal condition that results sometimes in intersexuality in girls, rarely in death, sometimes...

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ENDA Postmortem: Do Americans Care About Jobs Anymore?

(2) Comments | Posted June 3, 2010 | 2:52 PM

With a semi-compromise set to pass to repeal the gay ban in the military (DADT), we can't expect anything to be done to eliminate job discrimination against LGBT people. Nancy Pelosi recently promised to make DADT a "memory" by Christmas of this year, but declined to give any sort of...

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Is the Malawi Couple Gay?

(5) Comments | Posted May 27, 2010 | 1:14 PM

By now I'm sure you've heard of the Malawi couple that was recently sentenced to 14 years hard labor because they publicly proposed to one another back in December. Personally, I haven't written about it since I know next to nothing about Malawi, but now coverage of the story has...

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Democrats Don't Have the Right to Laugh at Rand Paul

(679) Comments | Posted May 23, 2010 | 4:50 PM

Are we all having fun, Democrats and liberals and assorted leftists? That Rand Paul, what a conservative idiot! Can you believe that he doesn't think the federal government should prohibit discrimination? That's so silly, so racist, so... extreme.

Meanwhile, here's what your party is not doing in Congress:

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YouTube Removes Man's Video for Going Shirtless

(8) Comments | Posted May 12, 2010 | 11:27 AM

Dominic Scaia, who created a minor stir in LGBTQ media earlier this year when he challenged Facebook's policy against transsexual men posting shirtless pictures of themselves, has had a video banned from YouTube for the same reason.

Dominic emailed me recently with a screenshot of...

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