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August 20, 2014

The Best Way to Change Minds: Come Out, Stay Out and Speak Out

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Last week my friend, Professor Jenny Boylan of Barnard College, penned an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times entitled "Trans Community Can Change Minds by Changing Discourse." She uses the promotion of marriage equality as the gay analogue to what the trans community now needs. With all due respect, I think she's got it backwards.

Gay Marriage Preparations Underway In Virginia

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LOOK: 'God' Launches Billboard Campaign To Thwart Anti-Gay Church's Efforts

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John Lithgow: Playing A Transgender Woman Was 'The Least Acting I've Done In A Movie'

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Newly Out Pop Star Sam Smith Opens Up About Dating, Thoughts On Grindr

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Queer? Moving? Here's a Must-Have App For Your New Life

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Let's Clear Up Some Lies You've Been Told About Vaginas

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Could The Trans Community Change Minds By Changing Discourse?

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Kluwe And Vikings Reach Settlement To Avert Lawsuit Over Anti-Gay Claims

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A Trans Student Who Was Reportedly Banned From Her School Receives Good News

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Alexis Arquette Claims She Slept With Jared Leto.. And She's Not Shy About One Big Detail

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New Noah's Ark Theme Park Reportedly Won't Hire Gay Or Non-Religious Employees

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'I Will Personally Pay For Every Member Of The Westboro Baptist Church To Fly To Iraq Right Now'

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LISTEN: Reality Star Michelle Duggar Records 'Fear-Mongering' Transphobic Robocall

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Here's Why Lesbians Are More Likely To Orgasm Than Straight Women

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This Is, By Far, The Perviest Voter Registration Ad Ever

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How To React If Your Teammate Comes Out To You

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WATCH: These Queer 'Country Boys In The City' Have A Brand New Video

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'Family' Pundit Makes Bizarre And Offensive Link Between Robin Williams' Death And 'Ex-Gay' Therapy

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WATCH: Touching New Music Video Shows Gay Couple Reconnecting After Years

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'Lady Valor' -- A Look At A Transgender Heroine

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Laverne Cox Opens Up About Suicide Attempt, Being Bullied A Child

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When Backing Pro-Gay GOPers Is Actually Something Nefarious

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LGBT History Added To Smithsonian Institution's Collection

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Social Media's New Dark 'Secret'

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Could NYC's Iconic Hotel Come Under Anti-Gay New Ownership?

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The Amazing Way This Woman Reacted When Her Husband Came Out As Gay

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Is Arnold Schwarzenegger's Character In 'Expendables 3' Gay?

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LOOK: Gay Artist's New Series Aims To 'Challenge Conventions Around Masculinity'

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'Anyone With A Brain' Realizes Gay People Shouldn't Be Treated Equally, Activist Claims

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Why I Write As A 'Gay Dad' Rather Than Simply As A 'Dad'

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Author Of Horrifically Transphobic Thought Catalog Essay Put On 'Indefinite Leave'

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Portia Just Gave Ellen The Sweetest Anniversary Surprise

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How A Simple Request Sparked George Takei's 27-Year Love Story

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WATCH: Laverne Cox Reads Powerful Letter From An Incarcerated Trans Woman

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Michael Sam Crushes Critics Of NFL's First Openly Gay Player

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WATCH: This Policeman's Impromptu Dance Performance At Pride Is Everything!

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This Is What The MTV VMAs Looked Like In 2004

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Uzo Aduba Wins For 'Orange Is the New Black' And Here's A List Of All Of The Creative Arts Emmys Winners

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Queer Artists Get Their Time In The Spotlight In New Exhibition

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