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Ed Coffin
Ed Coffin is a writer and activist in both the animal rights and LGBTQ advocacy movements. When he's not engaging in activism and needs to pay the bills, he is the proud owner of a marketing firm. He is also a registered dietitian and licensed dietitian-nutritionist. He lives in Philadelphia with his adopted pit bull, Fern.

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Entries by Ed Coffin

Why My Friends and Family Slut Shamed Me for Contracting an STI

(2) Comments | Posted January 17, 2015 | 3:02 AM

Until very recently, I had been single and dating for about the past four months. I had been on dates with several men during that time, and while it may seem shocking to some, I had sex with a portion of those men. A few weeks ago I began experiencing...

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The FDA Responds to Criticism of 'Loosening' Ban on Blood Donations From Gay and Bi Men

(12) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 6:52 PM


On Dec. 30 I organized a protest outside the FDA field office in Philadelphia to raise awareness about their ongoing ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. The ban has been in place since 1983 and excludes men who...

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Who Cares About the Price of Almond Milk?

(6) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 2:06 PM

As someone that works within the retail food sector, I am truly quite puzzled by the recent "news" pieces getting circulated regarding the price of almond milk. If you haven't heard, the gist is that some people seem to be outraged that almond milk is cheaper to make yourself, because...

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Ten Things Every Gay Guy Is Sick of Hearing

(2) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 3:39 PM

Sure, many people are well-meaning and just a little curious, but there are some recurring questions from the straights that we are sort of tired of hearing. The following is list of things this gay dude is tired of responding to, so I thought I'd just write down the responses...

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Ten Things Every Vegan Is Sick of Hearing

(78) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 4:11 PM


The hardest part about being vegan is dealing with other people. While some questions and comments are truly genuine, many are not. Anyone who has been vegan for any length of time can probably relate to being annoyed by some of the most...

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Why (People Still Think) Vegan Food Sucks

(34) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 1:11 PM


As the vegan movement gains momentum, a common perception is that veganism is just another fad diet. The thought of food devoid of texture, flavor, and calories is what many people envision. Even with all the huge advances in vegan meats, cheeses, and...

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Canadian Man Raped, Robbed at Gunpoint in Philly During Grindr Encounter

(28) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 3:13 PM

A 34-year-old Canadian man invited a date to his Philadelphia hotel room using the smartphone app Grindr at around 1:30 on Wednesday afternoon. The victim told NBC10 news that when the visitor arrived at his hotel, he held the victim at gunpoint and sexually assaulted him.

It didn't...

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Why We Need to Be 'PC' and Call Out Bigots!

(3) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 10:29 PM

It never fails. Whenever we call out someone for bigoted speech, the comment threads fill up with people who claim we are being "too PC" or say that we should just ignore the bigots and not fuel them. Please! While the whole peace-and-love philosophy works to an extent, there is...

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The Myth of the Thanksgiving Turkey

(49) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 2:05 PM

Many people incorrectly believe that the reason we consume the bodies of slaughtered turkeys on Thanksgiving, along with all the "fixins," is because it's a tradition that originated from the first Thanksgiving feast that the Native Americans and Pilgrims enjoyed together. The idea that turkey was the centerpiece of the...

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Can We Please Stop 'Listening to Our Bodies'?

(461) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 12:25 PM

Sure, there are perfectly legitimate reasons to "listen to our bodies." For example, noticing a sharp chest pain or an allergic reaction (a real, diagnosed one) to food. However, there are many people who make a completely irrational attempt to justify their "need" to consume animal products by using the...

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There's No Health Argument for Veganism

(702) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 4:14 PM

There is certainly a solid body of peer-reviewed scientific evidence to confirm that from a dietary perspective, it benefits human health to consume a primarily plant-based diet. Eating more plant-based foods is beneficial for our health and for the environment. There's no argument about that.

However, we need...

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Why Do Vegans Eat "Fake" Meat?

(87) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 11:34 AM

As veganism grows in popularity and even non-vegans are trending towards a more ethical and compassionate lifestyle, vegan meats have been rapidly growing in popularity. From old favorites such as soy protein and seitan, to trendier packaged products such as Gardein and Beyond Meat,...

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Is Veganism a Personal Choice?

(152) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 11:24 AM

We often hear people say that being vegan, or not being vegan, is a "personal choice." But, is it really? First, we have to break down the two ways in which this response is mainly used. Typically, the assertion that veganism is a mere "personal choice" is used by those...

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Alex Jamieson Is Not the Victim, the Animals Are

(895) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 4:17 PM

This morning, I was featured on CBC's The Current to challenge Alex Jamieson on her decision to no longer be vegan. As a credentialed registered dietitian (RD) and license dietitian-nutritionist (LDN) that relies on science to make evidence-based recommendations, listening to her talk was like nails on a...

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Suze Orman Makes the Case for Marriage Equality (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 10:00 AM

Suze Orman made a pretty epic case for marriage equality during the opening of her show this past weekend. Marriage equality is something she's been talking about a lot recently, but it was even more amazing that she dedicated the first few minutes of her show to the issue. She...

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Why Protesting Horse Meat Makes No Sense

(11) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 4:43 PM

In the past 24 hours, I have received several messages from individuals asking me to help them start a campaign to stop a Philadelphia restaurant from serving horse meat. The restaurant, Monsu, claims to be adding horse to the menu in the near future.

Those who oppose this...

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Bob Grisham, Alabama Public School Teacher and Football Coach, Recorded Calling 'Fat-Butt Michelle Obama' a 'Big, Fat Gorilla,' Blasts 'Queers' (AUDIO)

(39) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 2:04 PM

Bob Grisham, an Alabama public school teacher and football coach, was recorded by a student as he went on a racist, anti-gay rant. After calling Michelle Obama a "big, fat gorilla," the teacher goes on to explain why he doesn't "believe in queers." He says, "What they do is wrong....

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The Knife Releases Gender-Bending Music Video

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 5:16 PM

Swedish electronic duo The Knife released their music video for "Full of Fire" this week. The video clocks in at almost 10 minutes long and features gender-bending and BDSM themes, as well as a reference to the Occupy movement. It was directed by queer Swedish porn...

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Rethinking Gay Marriage

(49) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 1:57 PM

I agree with granting legal marriage equality to same-sex couples. If the government is willing to extend certain rights to some citizens, it should offer those rights to all citizens.

However, though it's perfectly reasonable for two people to want to commit themselves to each other, one can only wonder...

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Joseph Sciambra, Self-Described 'Ex-Gay Porn Star,' Claims Gay Men Anally Give Birth to the Devil (VIDEO)

(573) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 11:37 AM

Self-described "ex-gay porn star" Joseph Sciambra claims that anal sex causes men to give birth to the devil via the anus. He goes on to claim that doing gay porn resulted in having to have his "sphincters almost stitched shut."

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