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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 People Trying To Seize The 'Last, Best Opportunity' To Stop Gay Marriage

(236) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 3:55 PM

WASHINGTON -- When asked why they’d come to the National Mall on a recent overcast Saturday, four days before the Supreme Court would hold its latest hearing on same-sex marriage, nearly all of the dozens of people I talked to opened with the same statement, pretty much word for word:...

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Brad Gooch Takes On Love, Loss And Life In New York City In Beautiful Memoir 'Smash Cut'

(29) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 7:35 AM

In the first chapter of writer Brad Gooch’s new book Smash Cut, a vivid and searing memoir of gay bohemian life in New York City in the '70s and '80s, he visits the apartment of his soon-to-be lover, film director Howard Brookner. The year is 1971, the weather is warm,...

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Record Number of Reported LGBT Homicides So Far In 2015

(13) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 1:19 PM

In the last two years, the transgender community has seen some historic gains. A series of legal victories made it easier for transgender people to receive health care and find jobs. A transgender actress made the cover of Time Magazine, paired with an article called “The Transgender Tipping Point.”

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Good Things Are Happening In The Wake Of Indiana's 'Religious Freedom' Law

(214) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 6:55 PM

Apple CEO Tim Cook has called it "dangerous." Ashton Kutcher has tweeted his outrage. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce deemed it "entirely unnecessary." Even as gay rights supporters reel from the passage of an Indiana law that critics argue will allow businesses to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender...

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'Nail Salons Are More Regulated': A Gay Survivor Takes On The 'Troubled Teen' Industry

(70) Comments | Posted March 28, 2015 | 8:17 AM

Nearly a decade ago, in Greeley, Colorado, two strange men woke David Wernsman in the middle of the night and told him he had to leave his parents’ home. When he resisted, confused and terrified, they pulled a belt around his waist and dragged him to a car.

The men...

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'Finally Normal': How A New Medical Landscape Is Changing Life For Trans Youth

(15) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 9:18 AM

Nell Gaither, who grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, didn’t figure out that she was transgender until she was 40.

“It was just not something that you even knew how to put into words, or how to discuss," she told The Huffington Post. "There was not any good language for...

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Maybe When We're Alive: How Life Is Changing For This Gay Man In Alabama

(42) Comments | Posted March 8, 2015 | 9:29 AM

Last March, I spent time in Alabama interviewing gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people of all ages about the future of LGBT rights in their state. Most were optimistic that the wave of change sweeping through the country would eventually make its way to Alabama, a state made...

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Psychology Today Changes Its Position On Conversion Therapy Ads

(20) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 1:46 PM

Therapists who offer the gay “cure” will no longer be allowed to advertise their services in the directory pages of Psychology Today, a magazine and website that includes profiles of tens of thousands of mental health professionals.

The news, announced Wednesday, is something of a turnaround for the company....

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Psychology Today Refuses To Remove Listings For Gay-Conversion Therapists

(32) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 8:14 AM

Psychology Today, a magazine and website that offers listings for therapists, is lending the controversial practice of conversion therapy a “veneer of credibility” and “propping up a fraudulent industry,” according to the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights group.

In recent years, the mainstream health community, from the...

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The Kids Are All Right With Transgender Rights

(72) Comments | Posted February 28, 2015 | 8:49 AM

Last summer, a troubling poll showed that a majority of Americans had a problem with transgender people using bathrooms that correspond with their identity. A poll conducted last week brings some better news.

Young people are far more likely than members of older generations to say that...

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New Report Offers A Look At 'Survival Sex' And The LGBTQ Youth Who Are Turning To It

(104) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 8:22 AM

After his grandmother kicked him out into the cold, someone offered the 19-year-old a warm bed for the weekend. All the guy wanted in exchange for his hospitality was sex. “At first I didn’t want to,” said the homeless teenager. “But I didn’t want to stay in the streets.”

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Anti-Schwulen-Organisation wirbt versehentlich mit dem Bild eines Homosexuellen

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 9:09 AM

Im Dezember erfuhr Kyle Roux, 37, von einem Freund, dass er überraschend zu zweifelhafter Berühmtheit gelangt war: Sein Foto war auf einem umstrittenen Plakat aufgetaucht, das an einem großen Highway in Richmond in Virginia aufgetaucht war. Das Plakat zeigte zwei Bilder von Roux. Auf einem trug er einen...

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This Anti-Gay Group Probably Wishes It Had Used A Different Model For Its Billboard

(566) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 2:19 PM

In December, Kyle Roux, 37, was surprised to hear from a friend that his image had popped up on a controversial billboard overlooking a major highway in Richmond, Virginia. The billboard showed two pictures of Roux. In one, he was wearing a suit; in the other, a T-shirt....

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'Love Is Not A Choice': LGBT Ad Campaign Launches In China For Valentine's Day

(11) Comments | Posted February 14, 2015 | 7:32 AM

This Valentine's Day, a group of gay and lesbian Chinese activists and their American allies are hoping to bring a little more love to a country that has an estimated 60 million LGBT people, most of them still in the closet.

A series of ads appeared on social media...

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These Court Rulings Could Be A Major Blow Against The Practice Of 'Curing' Gay People

(58) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 4:44 PM

Gay rights advocates are celebrating two recent ruling from a New Jersey judge that could be pivotal in the fight to end the controversial practice of using therapy in an attempt to make a gay person straight.

The rulings are part of a first-of-its-kind consumer fraud case that...

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Edie Windsor Takes Another Step To Knock Down Final Barriers To Marriage Equality

(10) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 12:10 PM

The American people have an opportunity to tell the Supreme Court that they support marriage equality before the court takes up a case this spring that could legalize same-sex marriage across the country.

Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in a 2013 Supreme Court case that forced the federal government to...

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Alabama Lawyers Face Off Against Chief Justice In Gay Marriage Fight

(426) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 10:58 AM

In Alabama, which is set to begin allowing same-sex marriages on Monday, two old foes are facing off over the future of gay rights in the state.

A legal group is leading the fight against Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore over his opposition to gay marriage. Last...

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First Ever Law To Protect Gay 'Cure' Proposed In Oklahoma

(518) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 8:15 AM

Gay rights advocates have made significant progress in the fight to discredit and ultimately ban conversion therapy, a practice that claims to "cure" gay people. The mainstream medical community is united in its view that the therapy is both ineffective and potentially harmful. So far, California, New Jersey and Washington,...

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New Poll Shows Rocky Road To White House For Any Anti-Gay Republican

(145) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 2:21 PM

It’s tough being a Republican presidential hopeful these days. The GOP's hard-core conservative base vociferously opposes same-sex marriage, but American voters overall support it. More than one-third think they’d be less likely to vote for a candidate who opposed gay marriage, according to a new poll.

Last week, independent...

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