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Entries by Michelangelo Signorile from 01/2013

Why Chuck Hagel's Gay Problem Is Getting Worse

| Posted 01.02.2013 | Gay Voices

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) has a problem if his goal is to quell criticism for his anti-gay past. He scored a zero on the Human Rights Campaign's Senate scorecard between 2001 and 2006 and opposed allowing gays to serve openly in the military. Am I missing something here?

What My Partner and I Did When an Anti-Gay Bigot Called Us 'Disgusting'

| Posted 01.07.2013 | Gay Voices

Contrary to what many may believe -- and contrary to the Associated Press' banning of the word -- homophobia is alive and well, and we may be seeing it expressed more than before in the most "pro-gay" places.

Gregory T. Angelo, Log Cabin Republicans Leader, Talks Chuck Hagel And Newt Gingrich

Posted 01.10.2013 | Gay Voices

The interim executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans (LCR) defended his group’s attacks on the nomination of former Nebraska GOP Senator Chuc...

Chuck Hagel and Rev. Louie Giglio: When Homophobia Comes Back to Haunt

| Posted 01.11.2013 | Gay Voices

The controversies surrounding former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) and Rev. Louie Giglio of Passion City Church underscore two facts of American life in 2013: The LGBT rights movement has advanced at a rapid pace, and anything you said 20 years ago is available in a click for the world to see.

Jodie Foster: What Her Gay Coming Out Means in 2013

| Posted 01.14.2013 | Gay Voices

Whatever you thought of last night, you'd have to agree that it was another indication of how it's becoming harder and harder for anyone in public life to have any real credibility and still be living in the closet.

If Manti Te'o Is Gay

| Posted 01.18.2013 | Gay Voices

If the Notre Dame linebacker at the center of the "girlfriend hoax" story indeed constructed an elaborate cover story for his gay closet, as so many gay men do in worlds that demand they be heterosexual, the emotional jolt of humiliation and embarrassment at being exposed will be overwhelming.

President Obama's History-Making Gay Rights Inaugural Speech

| Posted 01.22.2013 | Gay Voices

By referring to the Stonewall riots in the same sentence as Seneca Falls and Selma, Obama put the LGBT rights struggle within the context of the great civil rights movements in American history. When the first African-American president says that discrimination is discrimination, that is profound.

The Time I Called Pope Benedict 'the Devil' to His Face

| Posted 01.25.2013 | Gay Voices

After seeing Benedict's latest attacks a few weeks ago, calling gay marriage a "threat to the future of humanity," I thought of my upcoming 25th anniversary of calling him out and how it changed my life. Was it wrong to do? Immature? Unproductive? I don't think so.

Chris Culliver: Why the NFL Must Suspend San Francisco 49er for His Anti-Gay Remarks

| Posted 01.31.2013 | Gay Voices

Thanks to players like Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendan Ayanbadejo and their pro-gay advocacy, we're seeing a shift among NFL players, but the leadership needs to take strong stand against Culliver's kind of bigotry if that shift is to continue.

George Takei, 'Star Trek' Star, On Coming Out, LGBT Rights And 'Don't Say Gay' Bill

Posted 01.31.2013 | Gay Voices

George Takei says there’s a not-so-secret mission -- or two -- behind the bitingly funny videos and Facebook updates which the "Star Trek" legend po...