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Tiny Violin Time -- David Axelrod Warns That GOP Congress Could Be 'More Extreme' Than Bush

Posted September 7, 2010 | 22:17:58 (EST)

Did you read that headline without destroying your keyboard? At this point to sound the alarm that the mid-terms are f*cked up for the Dems, the White House receives only a tiny violin here.

Who couldn't see this coming? If the Republicans regain control...

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Asking for a Brain Drain: Virginia's AG Rescinds Protections for LGBT People on University Campuses

Posted March 5, 2010 | 17:30:21 (EST)

The swing voters in Virginia that placed Bob McDonnell into the Governor's mansion have definitely given the green light to institutionalized homophobia. Now emboldened, even more anti-gay Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II has made a sweeping declaration that all anti-discrimination policies at the Commonwealth's campuses that protect LGBT people...

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Thought Provoking Surprises in Breed-Specific Legislation

Posted January 11, 2010 | 13:46:51 (EST)

Because my wife Kate and I are dog lovers and know how hard the economy has hit local shelters (many people abandon or surrender their dogs for financial reasons) we made several deliveries of toys, towels and food to the Animal Protection Society of Durham last year but...

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David Kaufman's Misguided, Race-Based Rant on LGBT Rights -- and 'Homo-Toms'

Posted December 21, 2009 | 13:33:21 (EST)

"The signing of this bill marks a watershed moment for human rights in the District of Columbia," said Rev. Hardies. "No longer will gay and lesbian couples be denied the fundamental right to marriage in our nation's capital. I and the nearly 200 DC clergy who supported this bill look...
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HRC's Solmonese: Dinner Attendees "More Politically Aware," Have "Better Sense of What's at Stake"

Posted October 13, 2009 | 19:13:58 (EST)

Those are his words, not mine. Joe Solmonese said them to CNN's Don Lemon in an interview on Sunday that hasn't received much play, and there are some interesting nuggets that reveal more about thinking inside the org than he probably meant to share.

It's rare to see...

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Hanging Citizen Journalists Out to Dry: Shield-Law Amendment Excludes Unpaid Bloggers

Posted October 6, 2009 | 16:52:58 (EST)

This may seem like a little inside baseball, but bear with me, because it will directly affect some of your favorite blogs.

At my blog, Pam's House Blend, my contributors and I have inboxes overflowing with emails asking us to cover...

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A Tech-Powered Gay Rights Movement

Posted September 23, 2009 | 09:00:00 (EST)

The LGBT community has always been an early adopter of Internet and the opportunities it presented for personal and professional activism. In fact, it was a necessity for a slice of the American public faced with few legal rights that faced hostility and violence just for being who they were....

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Class and Race Again: Brewskies and Jungle Monkeys

Posted July 30, 2009 | 14:50:08 (EST)

So today the President will sit down with Skip Gates and his arresting officer, Sgt. James Crowley of the Cambridge PD to have a beer. A lot of Internet bandwidth and airwave time have been spent dealing with trivialities, such as...

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The Conundrum of Michael Vick's Reinstatement in the NFL

Posted July 28, 2009 | 10:21:42 (EST)

"There can be few greater thrills for a genuine dog lover than to take a homeless dog off of life's refuse pile, add love and care, and then see that dog, like the Phoenix rising from the ashes, become the great dog...

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New Twist in Bisexual Sailor's Murder -- Victim's Aunt Says Suspect Feared Being Outed

Posted July 17, 2009 | 14:58:02 (EST)

The alleged complications in this case underscore the danger of: 1) the closet, 2) that DADT reinforces the closet and foments fear of being shoved out of it to a deadly level, and 3) the military engages in secrecy because of the homophobia...

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The Face of the LGBT Movement and the Mainstream Media: Tackling the Diversity Problem

Posted June 21, 2009 | 11:45:58 (EST)

I've noticed a familiar trend: nearly all of the on-air talking heads that represent the LGBT community's anger with the Obama administration and Congress have been urban gay white men. I have to wonder if this feeds long-held impressions and biases out there that...

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Workshop: How to Engage on the Topic of Race and LGBT Civil Rights

Posted June 1, 2009 | 19:16:24 (EST)

A reader of my blog named Kevin wrote me the other day to say that he is interested in building bridges with people of color (POC) about race and equality but doesn't know how to engage when the conversation turns tense. I asked if I could post his letter to...

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The Complex Questions About the Marriage Equality Movement and the Olson/Boies Federal Lawsuit

Posted May 28, 2009 | 13:55:50 (EST)

(There are Questions of the Day in this post as well.)

Bush v. Gore adversaries Ted Olson and David Boies appeared on Larry King last night to make their case why it's the right time to pursue a federal decision on marriage equality arguing that Prop 8...

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Black, Gay and Reclaiming 'Civil Rights'

Posted May 27, 2009 | 14:26:45 (EST)

As someone who is black and lesbian, it's tiring and absurd to encounter the argument that the black civil rights movement somehow exclusively owns the ability to use "civil rights." And the result of that is any challenge to this thinking amounts to stepping on the third rail.

There...

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What Will Marriage Equality Supporters Do During the Prop 8 Rallies?

Posted May 26, 2009 | 14:13:42 (EST)

As we await the ruling on the constitutionality of Prop 8 (slated to drop at PM ET), here is a thoughtful piece by Christopher Geidner@ Law Dork. He discusses the forthcoming Prop 8 ruling by the California Supreme Court and the possible reactions in the LGBT and allies...

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Why President Obama Hurts His Own Cause By Not Addressing Homophobia in the Black Community

Posted May 14, 2009 | 15:58:04 (EST)

Over the last few days we have seen the White House struggle to answer questions about the failed discriminatory policy known as Don't Ask, Don't Tell, as well as respond intelligently to the recent positive domino effect of marriage equality...

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Minnesota U.S. Senator Klobuchar Requests $500K Earmark for Christianist Program Tied to Ex-Gay Ministry

Posted December 31, 2008 | 11:35:37 (EST)

Ken Avidor has a diary up at Daily Kos that should send shivers down your spine. Minnesota U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar is requesting a $500,000 earmark for Minnesota Teen Challenge. What is that you say?

MNTC is...

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The Meme That Will Not Die: Blacks Enabled Prop 8 to Pass

Posted December 8, 2008 | 12:45:46 (EST)

It's really time to stop dancing around the fantasy of a post-racial America, particularly with the exposed nerves around Prop 8. Here's another example of jaw-dropping color arousal and unhelpful ruminating, this time in an op-ed by Caitlin Flanagan and Benjamin Schwarz in the New York Times, "Showdown...

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The N-Bomb is Dropped on Black Passersby at Prop 8 Protests

Posted November 10, 2008 | 10:09:48 (EST)

You could see this coming, and this is what I'm talking about when you ignore the elephant in the room. Rod McCullom of Rod 2.0 blogs reports on the escalation of the "blame the blacks" meme that has been swirling about the blogosphere and the MSM.

A number...

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Mormon and Catholic Churches Complain About Being the Target of Prop 8 Protests

Posted November 8, 2008 | 18:37:56 (EST)

Hypocrisy much? The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is unhappy about the fact that the media spotlight is trained on its participation in making Prop 8 happen.

In an official statement on the church's web site, bearing false witness...

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