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Patrick Flanary
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Patrick Flanary, a regular contributor at Rolling Stone and Billboard, belongs to the American Society of Journalists and Authors. His writing on music and politics has also appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Guitar World and ProPublica. He lives in New York City and tweets at @Slow_News_Day.

Blog Entries by Patrick Flanary

Scout's Honor? What Congress Could Learn From the BSA

(2) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 6:11 PM

With each step toward equality this month comes a setback: Days after the 12th state signed marriage equality into law, a gay man was targeted and shot to death in New York. After France legalized same-sex marriage over the weekend, a Georgian mob pelted activists with rocks. And this week,...

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The First 'Gay' Inauguration

(20) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 2:37 PM

Monday, almost 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. revealed his dream for progress on equality, President Obama invoked the word "gay" during his inaugural address, a first for any president.

"Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the...

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Conversations With Commanders: Interviewing General Schwarzkopf and President Bush

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 8:54 AM

As if on command, a round of deafening gunfire silenced H. Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. the moment I asked the retired Army general whether he still considered himself a pacifist, as he had claimed in his 1992 autobiography.

"I'm the last person in the world who wants to go to...

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How the Boy Scouts Banned Brotherhood and the Buddy System

(317) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 9:03 PM

By mid-week at Boy Scout camp, it was usually pretty clear who was skipping showers. After all, it was close quarters in those dank tents. I remember spending a week every summer with hundreds of other prepubescent boys in North Carolina's great outdoors -- where home became a world of...

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