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Laurence Watts

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'NOH8 on the Hill III' Draws Support From 67 Members of Congress (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 9:05 AM

In a shoot timed to coincide with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on the constitutionality of DOMA and Proposition 8, the NOH8 Campaign today released NOH8 portraits for the 67 Members of Congress who took part in its third NOH8 on The Hill event, which took place in...

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10 Gay Predictions for 2013

(40) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 3:37 PM

It's that time of year again when, bereft of news and possibly nursing a hangover from the office Christmas party, journalists speculate about what might happen in the year ahead. Following last year's crystal-ball gazing, I present my forecasts for 2013. By my reckoning it's going to be...

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My '2012 LGBT Predictions' Scorecard

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 1:01 PM

It's getting close to that time of the year when I write my annual list of 10 predictions for the forthcoming year, in this case for 2013. However, before I can do so, I have to undergo the sometimes-painful job of scoring my predictions for the passing year.

When I...

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Why Straight Bob Filner Will Be Better for San Diego Than Gay Carl DeMaio

(6) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 2:39 PM

The 2012 U.S. election could arguably be described as the most successful ever for America's LGBT community. Not only did the nation reelect Barack Obama, the first U.S. president to come out in favor of same-sex marriage, but gays and lesbians won hard-fought victories across the board: in Maine, Maryland...

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Matthew Mitcham Talks Addiction, Depression and 'Openly Gay' Olympic Gold

(171) Comments | Posted November 25, 2012 | 10:00 AM

At the Beijing Olympics, in the summer of 2008, Matthew Mitcham became the first openly gay man in modern history to win an Olympic gold medal. Gay men and women had medaled before, but they had done so while keeping their sexuality secret, only coming out afterwards. Openly gay athletes...

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NOH8 on the Hill II: 26 More Members of Congress Pose for Marriage Equality (PHOTOS)

(124) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 10:11 AM

To celebrate the 25th National Coming Out Day, the NOH8 campaign, founded by Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley, has today released NOH8 photos for 26 members of Congress who took part in the campaign's second "NOH8 on the Hill" event, held Sept. 13. These representatives join

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Californians: Start Planning Your 2012 Winter Wedding Now

(2) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 7:01 PM

Tuesday's decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, denying Prop 8's proponents an en banc review of its earlier ruling that Prop 8 is unconstitutional, means the issue is now likely heading to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Alliance Defense Fund, whose attorneys are part of the...

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Virgin Billionaire Sir Richard Branson Comes Out4Marriage (VIDEO)

(14) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 8:47 PM

Despite the leaders of all three of Britain's main political parties having stated their support for legalising same-sex marriage, the topic was noticeably absent from the recent Queen's Speech, an event that precedes and details the government's plans for forthcoming legislation.

Two other things occurred on Wednesday, May 9,...

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10 Breathtaking Sights You'll Miss If You Boycott Anti-Gay Countries (PHOTOS)

(69) Comments | Posted April 18, 2012 | 9:33 AM

At the end of March I was shocked to learn that two gay men from an Atlantis Cruise had been arrested in the Caribbean island of Dominica. The local authorities must have known it was a "gay cruise line" before it docked, which led me to question why, having allowed...

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Why Aren't Churches Trying to Ban Jewish Marriage?

(152) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 5:56 PM

Let me be clear from the start: in using the above title, I am not being anti-Semitic. Rather, I am trying to make a point by sounding absurd. Ban Jewish marriage? Why on Earth would anyone want to do that? Well, by the same reasoning, why ban or prevent two...

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Six Months on from DADT Repeal and Nothing's Changed

(51) Comments | Posted March 20, 2012 | 5:07 PM

When "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) was finally repealed exactly six months ago, on Sept. 20, 2011, few could have predicted that the half-year that followed would be so eventless. That is a testament to America's brave men and women in uniform, but also a condemnation of their leadership.

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Gay Men and Women Are Not More Racist

(42) Comments | Posted February 29, 2012 | 2:21 PM

It was with huge dismay and much gnashing of teeth that I read Marten Weber's piece here on The Huffington Post, "Egg, Banana, and Coconut: Are Gays More Racist?" The piece does the LGBT community a great disservice.

Aside from a closing paragraph in which he concedes his...

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NOH8 on the Hill: 10 Members of Congress Pose for Marriage Equality (PHOTOS)

(208) Comments | Posted February 22, 2012 | 9:55 AM

On Feb. 15 Adam Bouska, Jeff Parshley, and I were in Washington, D.C. for "NOH8 on the Hill," the exclusive NOH8 photo session we set up especially for members of Congress. We thought we might be able to persuade a couple of Congressmen to take part. This is an election...

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8 Rules No One Told Sheriff Paul Babeu

(74) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 11:52 AM

You've heard the one about the closeted "tough-on-immigration" sheriff who was running for Congress and got outed by his Mexican ex-lover, right? If not, you should really get to grips with the story of Paul Babeu. A good place to start is the New Times exclusive that broke...

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Why Doug Manchester's Purchase of the San Diego Union-Tribune Is Worrisome

(4) Comments | Posted February 8, 2012 | 11:33 AM

In November 2011 it was reported that a local entrepreneur had agreed to buy San Diego's Union-Tribune newspaper for $110 million. The fact that San Diego's 144-year-old, sole daily newspaper was changing hands would not ordinarily have been newsworthy, but it was in this instance because of who...

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You Say 'Aluminum,' I Say 'Aluminium'

(1) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 10:21 AM

What follows is my account of a conversation between me, my partner, and our friend Jarrod Chlapowski. It's October, and we are three miles into what was meant to be a short walk through the museums and parks of sunny San Diego. My accent has been the source of endless...

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NOH8 on the Hill: A Call to All Congresspeople

(3) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 12:35 PM

I first met NOH8's Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley in July 2011, when I interviewed them for Pink News. Like them, I was in California on the night of Nov. 4, 2008, when Proposition 8 was passed. Like them, I was shocked that such a thing could happen in what...

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Should the Australian Open's Margaret Court Arena Be Renamed?

(11) Comments | Posted January 17, 2012 | 11:58 AM

Tennis is undoubtedly one of the world's most gay-friendly sports. Many former champions, including Martina Navratilova, Conchita Martínez, Gigi Fernández, Lisa Raymond, and Amélie Mauresmo, are openly gay. At the social level, so many gay men and women play tennis that every major city boasts its own gay tennis club....

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Could a Constitutional Amendment Banning Same-Sex Marriage Be Passed?

(24) Comments | Posted January 9, 2012 | 4:25 PM

Last week's Iowa Republican Caucus produced what effectively amounted to a tie. Mitt Romney came in first place with 30,015 votes, while Rick Santorum came in second, just eight votes behind him on 30,007. Both Republicans are on record as saying they favour amending the United States Constitution to define...

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When Jesus Met Santa Claus

(3) Comments | Posted January 2, 2012 | 2:37 PM

I know what you're thinking. It's January, you've New Year's resolutions to break, and you're nervously waiting for your credit card bill to arrive. Why on Earth is someone writing an article about Santa Claus? The short answer is: I've had a revelation.

Two weeks ago I published my...

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