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Lila Shapiro
Lila Shapiro is a staff reporter at The Huffington Post. She is the 2013 and 2014 recipient of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association's Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for the LGBT Journalist of the Year. She previously worked at Talking Points Memo, editing TPMCafe. She lives in New York City and can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @lilapearl.

Entries by Lila Shapiro

Meet The Westboro Member Who Calls HuffPost Gay Voices Editor Her 'Best Friend'

(14) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 5:15 PM

NEW YORK -- Four members of the Westboro Baptist Church stopped in front of The Huffington Post's Greenwich Village offices Wednesday afternoon for a brief protest as part of their "God Hates The Media Tour." While the usual chants of "God hates fags" -- as well as signs thanking God...

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'These Murders Are A Steady Drumbeat': A Year After Trans NYC Murder, Community On Edge

(7) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 10:40 AM

It's been a year since Dolores Nettles rushed to the hospital and listened to her daughter's heart beat for the last time. Since then, she has been waiting for the results of an investigation into her daughter's death. Police say they're on the case, but Nettles is skeptical. "What's taking...

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'Maybe When We're Dead'
Gays In Alabama Don't Expect Change In Their Lifetime — But They're Pushing For It Anyway.

(75) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 7:41 AM

23-year-old queer activist Lauren Jacobs, right, and her girlfriend, Taylor Winfrey, in Birmingham. (Photo by Cary Norton)

Ann Huckstep was in her 40s before she acknowledged to herself that she was gay. It took another eight years for her to get...

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Hobby Lobby Wants To Control Which Bathroom A Transgender Woman Can Use, Too

(2019) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 9:13 AM

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In the days after the Supreme Court handed Hobby Lobby a sweeping victory in its fight to not provide employee health insurance that covers certain kinds of birth control, many customers came into the store in Aurora, Illinois, where Meggan...

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'Do You Know What Fisting Is?' And Other Questions Raised At Premier Anti-Gay Rally

(589) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 1:23 PM

WASHINGTON -- On a sweltering day in the nation's capital, around 1,500 people gathered on the National Mall with homemade signs and American flags to protest the growing momentum for same-sex marriage around the country.

Speakers at the second annual March for Marriage, a rally organized by the conservative National...

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The Gay Tea Party Is In Trouble

(36) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 3:57 PM

Jimmy LaSalvia and Christopher R. Barron, the founders of a gay conservative lobbying group that styled itself after the tea party, have never feared controversy.

They brought attention to their organization, GOProud, by picking fights with fellow gay activists and Republicans. They successfully courted the conservative firebrand Ann Coulter,...

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National Organization For Marriage Broke Campaign Finance Law

(349) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 8:34 AM

The National Organization for Marriage, a leader in the campaign to ban same-sex marriage in the U.S., sustained a blow to its five-year effort to keep campaign donors' names secret on Wednesday.

The Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices ruled that NOM broke the law in 2009 by...

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Michigan Politician Compares Gays To Nazis, Rejecting Anti-Discrimination Bill

(329) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 8:19 AM

The city council in Saginaw, Michigan, spent a few hours this week debating an ordinance that would have banned local businesses from firing or refusing to serve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people because of their sexuality or gender identity.

Supporters argued that the measure would benefit the local economy...

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Georgia Accused Of Sentencing Transgender Woman To 'Torture'

(95) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 2:47 PM

Georgia's prison officials will have to explain themselves in court if they continue to refuse hormone therapy to transgender inmates, warns a letter delivered to the state's Department of Corrections on Tuesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center, an advocacy group based in Alabama.

Starting in 2012, department employees violated...

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This Man Could Be The First Southern Elected Official To Allow Gay Couples To Wed

(34) Comments | Posted May 10, 2014 | 11:44 AM

Editors Note: When this article was reported, a judge in Arkansas had not yet struck down that state's ban on same-sex marriage. On Saturday when this article was published, news that the state had issued licenses had not yet reached our editors. So while it is no longer the case...

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North Carolina's New Gay Marriage Lawsuit Could Turn 'Everything On Its Head'

(448) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 8:03 AM

An unusual lawsuit in North Carolina is shifting the conversation about religious freedom -- and could be driving a wedge between some major opponents of same-sex marriage.

Clergy from the United Church of Christ, a liberal denomination that voted to support gay weddings in its churches in 2005, filed suit...

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Before The Marriage Equality Movement, These Lesbians Were Targeting Children In School Yards

(68) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 9:10 AM

In the past week, debate has raged over who should receive the lion's share of the credit for the recent successes of the gay rights movement: unprecedented public support, prominent conservative endorsements and a wave of friendly rulings from courts across the United States.

A new book by New York...

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Gay Republican Fred Karger Reflects On His 2012 Presidential Campaign, New Documentary

(18) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 9:28 AM

You may not be aware that Fred Karger ran for president in 2012. He was on the ballot in only a handful of states. He wasn't allowed to take part in any televised debates. The slogan on his campaign buttons and flying discs alluded to the central predicament of his...

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Gay Alabama Lawmaker Responds To Controversial Passing Of Anti-Gay Resolution

(73) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 2:41 PM

By the end of the day on Wednesday, the second-to-last day of the legislative session in Alabama, state Rep. Patricia Todd -- Alabama's only openly gay lawmaker -- was feeling unexpectedly hopeful about the prospects for gays and lesbians in her conservative part of the country. But the day hadn't...

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Patricia Todd, Alabama's Openly Gay Lawmaker, Discusses Reelection, GOP Colleagues And Why She'd Never Leave Her State

(37) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 8:51 AM

This winter hasn't been a great one for LGBT rights in the South. Even as public opinion continues to shift toward marriage equality, and as courts around the country -- including those in conservative religious states like Kentucky, Oklahoma and Utah -- have ruled that laws banning same-sex...

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Leading Gay Marriage Opponent On Losing The Battle: 'I Have A Lot More Freedom Now'

(339) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 4:11 PM

Now and again, I like to check in with Maggie Gallagher, a woman who co-founded the National Organization for Marriage, the leading advocacy group opposing same-sex marriage. Gallagher has long served as one of the intellectual pillars of that movement.

She doesn't dispute that the tide...

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The Children Get Their Chance To Speak In Utah Gay Marriage Case

(221) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 4:21 PM

Utah's ban on gay marriage harms the children of gays and lesbians, despite arguments the state has made to the contrary, according to an amicus brief filed Tuesday by a group of national and state gay rights organizations.

The brief includes testimony from some of these children, who talk about...

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Utah Attorney General Makes Gay Adoption Harder

(429) Comments | Posted March 1, 2014 | 4:52 AM

It is more difficult for newly married same-sex couples in Utah to adopt, according to lawyers handling such cases, after the attorney general on Monday began urging judges to reject adoption applications from same-sex couples.

"It feels terrible," said Kathy Harbin, who married her partner of nine years in Salt...

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Utah Says Gay Marriage Will Harm These Kids

(632) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 8:20 AM

Madison Ayoso, a 21-year-old college student in Salt Lake City, should have issues. She should be collecting unemployment, or talking to a therapist about the trauma of being raised by two gay moms. At least that’s what a legal brief recently filed by the state of Utah suggests.


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How Alabama Tried To 'Erase' This Gay Man's Marriage

(425) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 11:01 AM

Paul Hard and Charles David Fancher got married on a Cape Cod beach in May 2011. They wore white suits with boutonnieres made of yellow roses, and drank three times from a cup engraved with a quote from the Song of Solomon: "I am my beloved's and my beloved is...

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