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Let's Hear from the Gay Teens for a Change

Thomas DeLorenzo | Posted 05.26.2011 | Politics
Thomas DeLorenzo

I know we are supposed to prepare them for what lies ahead. But I think we have a responsibility to insure their safety until they are adults.

Mall to Lesbians: No Kissing Allowed. Get Out Now

Steven Petrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Petrow

It's worth remembering that LGBT people (and our allies) exercise our political will not only at the ballot box, but also in the dollars and cents we spend every day.

The Time for Equal Rights for LGBT Americans Is Now!

Fran Drescher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fran Drescher

No group should be singled out by a mob mentality, and no one's rights should ever be compromised. There is no justification for that.

Anti-Gay Bullying is Today's Witch-Hunting

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Irene Monroe

Due to homophobic bullying some of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) children feel like they are looked upon as today's witches.

Re-Introducing Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Women of African Descent

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Irene Monroe

a groundbreaking study in July came out titled "Black Lesbians Matter" examining the unique experiences, perspectives, and priorities of the Black LBT community, and sadly little is known about it.

Christians and Bullying: Standing With Gays and Lesbians

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

There is disagreement within the Christian community when it comes to issues of human sexuality. But, there should be a united front against all who would disrespect anyone created in the image of God.

The messology of Bishop Eddie Long

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Irene Monroe

When preachers pontificate too much from on High about the sins of homosexual sex, the cautionary tale is to be careful of what you say, because your ...

What Is the Democratic Party Base?

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

For many, the Democratic base includes African Americans, Latinos, gays and lesbians, young voters, union members and women. These voters combine for about 70 percent of the electorate, so obviously they are not all the base.

Some Recommended Titles for LGBTQ Young Adults

Sarah McCarry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Sarah McCarry

No longer angst-ridden stories of encountering violent homophobia or coming out to a hateful family, plenty of young adult novels allow their queer characters to be teenagers like any other.

Is There Really a "Fight" for Gay Marriage?

Vanessa Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Vanessa Carmichael

Before we question whether Democrats and Obama are doing enough for the rights of gays and lesbians, we must first ask if gays and lesbians are doing enough for the rights of gays and lesbians.

Should Gays and Lesbians Boycott Target?

Joe Mirabella | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Mirabella

First, I acknowledge boycotts are a legitimate form of civil disobedience that do work in some cases. But will a gay and lesbian boycott on Target have a similar effect? Not likely.

Straight Talk: Is It Okay to Use Slang Like "F*g" and "D*ke"?

Steven Petrow | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Steven Petrow

No matter how LGBT-friendly you are you're better off avoiding those terms. Because these words are still extremely offensive when used as epithets, however, they just don't work out of a straight person's mouth.

A Healthy Proposal: Stop Taxing Domestic Partner Health Benefits

Joe Solmonese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Joe Solmonese

As we all stare down Tax Day, it seems an appropriate time to remind us that there are punitive federal taxes that penalize both corporations and employees who go to work under policies that assert that working families should be treated equally.

The L Word Gets Real

Jamie Wetherbe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jamie Wetherbe

It's slim pickings when it comes to lesbians on reality TV. But come June, Ilene Chaiken, executive producer of The L Word, is making her scripted show a reality.

Same Sex Kissing Is Oh So Cool...For Girls

Erica Kennedy | Posted 08.23.2011 | Entertainment
Erica Kennedy

What does it mean that that Miley's routine will make men happy in, ahem, other ways, but the gay couple on a show that is known for its edginess never kiss because... it might make straight men uncomfortable?

Prom Shocker: Constance McMillan Invited to Fake Prom

Candace Gingrich-Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Candace Gingrich-Jones

We can all learn a lot from Constance McMillan and how she has handled herself -- when we see something that doesn't seem right, it probably isn't. And it is the responsibility of every one of us to take some kind of action on behalf of fairness.

Lesbian Teen Prom Update: Law Fails to Protect Constance From Discrimination Again

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

Today we learn that Constance McMillen -- a lesbian banned from the senior class prom -- was directed to a country club on prom night while the rest of her school partied it up.

New "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Regulations a Positive Step Toward Repeal This Year

Joe Solmonese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Solmonese

These new regulations will have a tangible impact on the thousands of lesbian and gay service members who are currently serving in silence, under threat of being investigated and discharged.

Cracking Open the Transgender Closet Door

Steven Petrow | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Steven Petrow

CNN's gripping documentary, "Her Name Was Steven," was a tour de force that will further open the door to the inequities and discrimination faced by transgender people in this country.

West Hollywood Gets An Openly-Lesbian Sheriff Captain

LAist | Zach Behrens in News on May 14, 2010 10:11 AM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

When Kelley Fraser was announced as the new Sheriff Captain of West Hollywood, there was no mention about her sexual orientation, only her solid backg...

This Week in Bigotry

Katie Halper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Katie Halper

1. In an attempt to "rebrand" Arizona, whose recent immigration law has been called racist, Governor Jan Brewer bans teaching ethnic studies.

School Cancels Prom Because Girl Wants To Bring Her Girlfriend, Wear A Tux

Halle Tecco | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Halle Tecco

Constance McMillen wanted to bring her girlfriend as her date to her prom. And she wanted to wear a tuxedo. Consequently, Itawamba County School District has decided to not host a prom this year.

Why Is the Christian Right Afraid of a "Lesbian Homosexual Elena Kagan"?

Michael Kieschnick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Kieschnick

Clearly I have no idea about Kagan's personal life. I hope that she has a happy one. But I care far more about her views on executive power and whether corporations deserve all the rights of a person.

Gays and Lesbians or Homosexuals?

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

58% of Americans favor allowing "gay men and lesbians" to serve openly in the military, but only 42% favor allowing "homosexuals" to serve openly. Apparently, some 15% of Americans don't know that "gay men and lesbians" are "homosexuals."

"How Do I Celebrate Valentine's Day With My New Beau?"

Steven Petrow | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Steven Petrow

First of all, stop the mind games. Ask yourself how you feel about your new beau. How would you like to express those sentiments? Then follow your intuition.