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The Other African Genocide - How the American Right Taught Africa to Hate Gays by Example

David Ambroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Ambroz

GLBT people in Africa, with the rare exception of South Africa, do not enjoy the same deepening societal acceptance occurring in the West.

The San Francisco Marriage Case, Part One: Possible Outcomes

Matt Coles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Coles

Several people have asked me questions recently about the marriage case in federal court in San Francisco (the case brought by Ted Olson and David Boi...

Why Gays Can't Wait -- Gay Rights Are Civil Rights (VIDEO)

Jose Antonio Vargas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jose Antonio Vargas

If not now -- with a Democratic Congress in power, with a Democratic president who says "I'm here with you in that fight" -- then when? If not now, right now, then when?

Obama's Big Gay Speech

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Besen

Let it be known that the GLBT community is no longer interested in being pals with the powerful or having the famous tell us we are fabulous -- unless it leads to action.

Out and About: LGBT Legal -- A Message to 38 NY State Senators: Shame On You

Lisa A. Linsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Lisa A. Linsky

What do I tell my daughter about these injustices, and now the actions of the 38 New York State Senators who had no compunction relegating me and my family to something less than other families?

Time to Repeal DOMA

Sen. Arlen Specter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Arlen Specter

Enacted 13 years ago when the idea of same sex marriage was struggling for acceptance, the Defense of Marriage Act is a relic of a more tradition-bound time and culture.

The Nobel Prize Wasn't for Obama -- It Was for the American People. Do We Deserve It?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Kim

That means it's our responsibility to force Obama and other electeds to recognize our priorities and pick up the pace. So call your representative and your senator, and let them know how you feel.

Barack Obama: America's First Gay President?

Timothy Patrick McCarthy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Timothy Patrick McCarthy

Election Day 2008 was one of the greatest days of my life: We finally had an ally in the White House who would fight with and for us. In retrospect, we were foolish to have such hope.

Prop 8 Trial Starts Today - Bumpy Legal Road Ahead for Marriage Equality

Paul Hogarth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Hogarth

All eyes this morning are on San Francisco -- as District Court Judge Vaughn Walker hears Perry vs. Schwarzenegger, the controversial case to overturn Proposition 8 on federal grounds.

Obama and LGBT Rights: A Year Since Election Day

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

Looking back on a year of LGBT rights activism under the Obama umbrella, I wonder just how much we have done to make LGBT rights a priority for Americans. The president himself has done little.

Lady Gaga and Obama for Gay America

Michael Solis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Solis

For America's LGBT community last weekend, seeing both Lady Gaga and Obama teaming up to address the community's struggle for civil rights and equality was a welcome surprise.

Obama's HRC Speech (VIDEO): President Obama Says He Will End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Watch President Obama's address at the Human Rights Campaign's banquet in Washington, D.C., Oct. 10. President Obama pledged to end the ban on homo...

GOP Purity Test: Republican Party's Version of the Longest Suicide Note in History

Kara Vallow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kara Vallow

You can tell the sun is setting on a once-great political party when it starts issuing angry, demonizing mission statements that seem deliberately devised to alienate as many moderate voters as possible.

Homophobia: Healing It From The Inside Out

Jason Mannino | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jason Mannino

We still live in a world where too many LGBT people have unconsciously held onto the poisonous, negative beliefs about sexual orientation that our society, churches, and government still force feed us.

Obama Uses Well-Placed Jokes, Vague Promises To Cool Off The Gays

Julie Farby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julie Farby

On Saturday night, President Barack Obama spoke at the Human Rights Campaign dinner, where he addressed all the ways he's failed to help the one community it's still OK to constitutionally neglect.

The Civil Rights Test of Our Generation

Joe Sestak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Sestak

It's time to end discrimination based on sexual identity or orientation. That's why I'm committed to equal rights for all Americans, and to repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

Obama Won't Push Equal Rights Law in the Right Direction

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

While the Obama administration pretends that the law is a concrete inflexible animal incapable of multiple interpretations, LGBT rights in this country continue to languish. Strong leadership is needed.

Mass. an says Brazilian husband denied US asylum

AP | RUSSELL CONTRERAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BOSTON — A gay Brazilian man has been denied asylum by the Obama administration and won't be reunited with his Massachusetts husband in the U.S....

NBC Reporter: Obama White House Views Gay Rights Protesters As 'Internet Left Fringe' (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The White House believes protesters at Sunday's gay rights march in D.C. are part of the "internet left fringe," according to CNBC's Chief Washington ...

Obama Says He Will End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy

AP | CHRISTINE SIMMONS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama reaffirmed his campaign pledge to end the ban on homosexuals serving openly in the military in a speech Satu...

Gay Married Couples Suing The Government Over DOMA

AP | DENISE LAVOIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BOSTON — Gay married couples suing the government over a federal law that doesn't recognize same-sex unions say there is "no legitimate or plaus...

Marriage Rights Should Not Be Determined By Popular Opinion

Fred Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fred Silberberg

Allowing marriage to become the subject of a popular opinion poll, as has taken place in this country, disturbs the very principles upon which this nation was founded.

Torn Apart By DOMA

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

One can only hope that quick passage of the UAFA will help people like Karla and Stacy have a fair shot at making a loving committed relationship work for the long term.

DOJ Asks Court To Dismiss Another Challenge To Anti-Gay Marriage Law

AP | DENISE LAVOIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BOSTON — The Department of Justice on Friday asked a federal judge in Boston to dismiss a lawsuit that claims a federal law defining marriage as...

Coming Out for DOMA Repeal

Michael J. Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J. Wilson

The notion that marriage is threatened by legally sanctioned relationships because of sexual orientation is patently absurd.