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Jamie McGonnigal
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Jamie McGonnigal is the founder of TalkAboutEquality.com and is a contributor to LGBTQNation as well. He has produced and directed more than 200 Broadway concerts and events and can be heard most Saturday mornings as a cartoon voice actor on Pokemon. He now lives in Washington D.C. with his husband, Sean and their dog, Eli. Jamie works as the Community Director at the New Organizing Institute.

Entries by Jamie McGonnigal

Dear Progressives, We're Not Doing It Right

(55) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 1:49 PM

When I was a kid, I fell in love with musicals. All the other boys could quote baseball player stats and football scores all day long, but it wasn't my thing. I, on the other hand, reveled in discovering the breadth of Patti LuPone's career or learning every lyric from...

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Nintendo Erases Gay Relationships From Game, Faces Backlash

(5) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 2:58 PM

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When I was a kid, the idea of seeing a gay couple on TV or even in a magazine ad was nothing more than a fantasy. Every book I read, every movie I saw served as a reminder that there was something "wrong"...

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While You Were Defending the Rights of an Anti-Gay CEO, a Whole Bunch of Gay People Got Fired

(29) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 3:59 PM

Over the past few weeks, you'd have to be living under a rock to have not heard about the plight of Brendan Eich, the Mozilla CEO who resigned following an uproar over his $1000 donation to support California's Proposition 8.

Prop 8 took the right to marry away from California's...

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International Olympic Committee May Join Russia in Punishing Gay Athletes

(355) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 4:45 PM

Between the Stoli boycott and statements from athletes around the world with regard to next year's Winter Olympics and Russia's new, draconian anti-gay laws, most of you know what's been going on. For those who don't, the short version is this: Earlier this year, Russia passed some horrifically anti-gay laws...

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The Very Public, Very Desperate Crumbling of the Anti-gay Right

(490) Comments | Posted July 5, 2013 | 9:15 AM

One week ago, I sat in front of the Supreme Court of the United States among hundred of others anxiously awaiting their decisions on marriage equality.

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(photo by Sarah Baker)


It's strange, because there in the sun, just a few hundred...

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My Big Gay Wedding (PHOTOS)

(12) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 1:49 PM

On Saturday, May 18, I had the pleasure of marrying my best friend. In front of a hundred or so dear friends and family on a beach in Provincetown, Mass., I did something I never, ever imagined I'd be able to do legally in this country.

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Wisconsin Church Allegedly Cancels Appearance by LeRoy Butler, Former NFL Player, After His Tweet of Support for Jason Collins

(24) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 12:40 PM

After NBA player Jason Collins came out this week, there was a flood of support for his courageous move. Everyone from his family members to President Barack Obama and the first lady publicly showed their support.

Of course, there were detractors, as...

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'So... Who's the Bride?'

(42) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 11:50 AM


It's no secret that I'm getting married in a month. The generally frazzled look, the messy hair, the hundreds of wedding-planning Google docs open on my computer... there's really no hiding it.

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I've always heard that the three most stressful...

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Man Arrested for Refusing to Leave Husband's Hospital Bedside

(45) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 12:34 PM

When it comes to marriage, one of the final arguments of the anti-gay movement is "why not civil unions?"

This is why.

This week Roger Gorley was visiting his husband's bedside at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo. When the ill man's family demanded that Roger be...

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Husband Threatens Custody Suit After Ex-wife Befriends 'Known Homosexual'

(718) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 6:16 PM

Here's one for the books. A Roman Catholic father in Maryland has asked his lawyer, Paul C. Sullivan, to pen one of the most horrific pieces of undeniable bigotry that I have seen in recent years.

Ed Taylor and Kelly Robertson were married, had two sons and then divorced (as...

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Will Anti-Gay NOM Be This Band's Yoko Ono?

(18) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 5:16 PM

It's been a rough week for the anti-gay group National Organization for Marriage (NOM) -- actually, a really rough two days, to be specific. Let's review.

In an AP interview on Thursday, NOM chairman John Eastman blasted families with adopted children, specifically the family of Chief Justice John...

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Ender's Game, Superman and Anti-Gay Bigotry

(67) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 5:25 PM

More and more, the sci-fi, comic book, gaming and anime communities are coming out in favor of equality for their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) friends, superheroes and artists. While these communities remain fairly dominated by straight guys, it's rare to see homophobic messages stated, and when they are,...

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No, You Can't Go Back to Chick-fil-A

(178) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 12:26 PM

In a HuffPost blog post published yesterday, Jan. 28, Campus Pride executive director Shane Windmeyer issued a cease and desist on behalf of Chick-fil-A.

Following several meetings with Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy and an invitation to be his personal guest at the Chick-fil-A Bowl, Shane issued the all-clear....

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Why I Am Marrying Sean Carlson

(9) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 12:22 PM

When I was a little boy, I read all the same books every kid read. I watched all the Disney movies everyone else saw. I knew the happily-ever-afters in and out. The prince found the princess and woke her up with a kiss, and they rode off into the sunset.

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Don't Let It Happen Again

(1) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 1:28 PM

As the dust settles on what was a long and happy night for so many of us, I can't help but think of what happened just two short years ago.

I want so much to stay in the present and appreciate the enormous wins for equality and justice, but I...

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Obama Responds to 10-Year-Old's Heartfelt Letter About Her Dads

(1063) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 10:23 AM

Tomorrow, Election Day, we have an extraordinarily important decision to make. Many look at the economy and wish the recovery were happening more rapidly. Some would like to see a larger return on their stocks. And a select few look at their families and hope each day for the same...

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Sophia Bailey Klugh, 10-Year-Old Girl With Gay Dads, Has an Important Question for President Obama

(890) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 4:58 PM

On May 9, 2012, I was visiting New York with my fiancé, who works for the Family Equality Council. I was taking some pictures for them as they rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange. That day, no one knew until a few hours before it was...

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Romney May End Hospital Visitation Rights for Many Gay Couples

(1452) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 7:59 PM

It's known that Romney stands against rights for LGBT people. In August 2011 he signed the National Organization for Marriage's (NOM) pledge to stand against marriage equality, appoint Supreme Court justices who would also oppose marriage equality, and support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would block...

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14 Years Ago Today

(158) Comments | Posted October 7, 2012 | 4:20 PM

On October 7, 1998, Aaron Kreifels was riding his bike through a field in Wyoming. He wasn't expecting that day to be different from any other beautiful sunny afternoon in the vast plains surrounding Laramie, but that day would change many lives.

Aaron spotted what he initially thought was a...

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Broadway Siblings Launch Broadway for Obama

(1) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 5:33 PM

The Broadway community is one that holds a very special place in my heart. For 12 years I lived in New York and had the unique opportunity of working with hundreds of the most talented people who've ever grapevined across a stage.

What always amazed me, though, was that...

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