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Iowa Republicans for Marriage Equality

Posted June 23, 2011 | 16:40:00 (EST)

Perhaps it shouldn't have surprised me, but it did, when former Iowa state Senator Jeff Angelo launched Iowa Republicans for Freedom whose mission is to change the hearts and minds of Iowa's social conservatives who currently oppose marriage equality. Angelo told the Des Moines Register, "I don't think...

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Do We Need to Rethink the 'Homophobic' Label?

Posted May 10, 2011 | 12:42:00 (EST)

While I was working on my book, "Finally Out: Letting Go of Living Straight," I received a very angry email about my being gay from a man named "George." I challenged the things he said about me, responding, "You don't know me."

George wrote back, "Oh, but I...

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Identifying Disconcerting Gaps in LGBT Research and Health Care

Posted April 14, 2011 | 03:56:00 (EST)

On April 1, 2011, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (IOM) released a report called "The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding." The report addresses "health" in a multidimensional way, including physical health, emotional health and...

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In Defense of Marriage: Cake

Posted March 26, 2011 | 20:00:31 (EST)

When my daughter announced to my granddaughter, "Grandpa and Doug are getting married," my granddaughter asked, "Oh? Who are they marrying?" My daughter responded that we were marrying each other. After a beat, my granddaughter said, "That's weird." Then, after another pause, she asked, "Will there be cake?"

I...

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The Pain of Being Gay on Valentine's Day

Posted February 14, 2011 | 14:06:23 (EST)

Even though for most people Valentine's Day is a night for great romance, almost from the time I came out at 40, for me it has been bittersweet. Although for 24 years I have shared many romantic Valentine's Days with Doug, the love of my life to whom I am...

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