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The Last Police Raid on Gays of Fire Island

Karl Grossman | Posted 09.10.2011 | New York
Karl Grossman

In the 1960s, a Suffolk County custom was the annual police raid on the gay communities of Fire Island, a barrier beach on the Atlantic and a diverse summertime haven for New Yorkers.

LGBT Finally Included In U.S. Health Data

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 01.27.2014 | Healthy Living

For the first time, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations will be included in the National Health Interview Survey -- one of the key sour...

Provincetown's Not Safe for Black Lesbians

Irene Monroe | Posted 08.22.2011 | Travel
Irene Monroe

At the tip of Cape Cod is the LGBTQ-friendly haven, Provincetown, fondly called P-town, and known as the best LGBTQ summer resort on the East Coast. But this doesn't mean there is no sexual and homophobic harassment.

'Am I Seeking the Truth Because I Want to Justify My Sin?'

John Shore | Posted 08.20.2011 | Religion
John Shore

There's Christianity, which is supposed to be founded on the unconditional love of God, breaking and tearing apart a heart. Shredding someone's sense of worth. Devastating her confidence.

Pride Celebrations?... Haven't We Assimilated?

Irene Monroe | Posted 08.09.2011 | Education
Irene Monroe

Driving forth an assimilationist agenda for LGBTQ pride events would nullify the defining gift of our community: that we are diverse.

Marriage Equality Film Comes to Harlem

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.04.2011 | New York
Irene Monroe

African American lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities have always existed in Harlem, residing here since this former Dutch enclave became America's Black Mecca in the 1920s.

Malcolm X Was "Gay-for-Pay," New Book Says

Irene Monroe | Posted 06.07.2011 | Books
Irene Monroe

We need to closely examine the recent revelation that for a period in his life Malcolm X engaged in same-sex relationships.

Andrea Stone

Williams Institute Told Us How Many Gay People There Are In As Data Backed Up Change

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 06.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Census Bureau used its research and sought its help when the Obama administration decided to publicly report same-sex spouses for th...

The Gandhi None of Us Knew

Irene Monroe | Posted 06.01.2011 | Books
Irene Monroe

How did the public get so hoodwinked by the divinity of Gandhi? The deification of Gandhi intentionally eclipsed Gandhi the real man.

The Problem With the Gays: What Happened to Our Style Gene?

Steven Petrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Steven Petrow

Not long ago I was introduced to a few staff members at my publisher's offices as the author of a book on gay and lesbian manners. Without missing a beat, two staffers jumped in: "I thought all gay people have good manners!"

'God, Why Did You Make Me This Way? Why Did You Give Me This Life?'

John Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John Shore

A little while ago someone wrote to ask me why I'm so interested in the "gay issue." I replied that my primary interest isn't in "the gay issue." My primary interest is in the abuse of power.

Queeries: "Spying on My Girlfriend" and "The Bridezilla Mother-in-Law"

Steven Petrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Steven Petrow

"Last week I picked up my girlfriend's cell and read a very intimate text from someone who was no doubt a sexual partner."

Rev. Peter Gomes: The Accidental Gay Advocate

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Irene Monroe

Gomes wrote, "To suggest that Sodom and Gomorrah is about homosexual sex is an analysis of about as much worth as suggesting that the story of Jonah and the whale is a treatise on fishing."

Coming: A Rock Musical of Biblical Proportions

Liz Black | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Liz Black

If you're religious to the point you refuse evolution as a concept, this is not the play for you. But for the rest of the world, Coming is that bitch-slap that will shock you and leave its impression after you leave.

Making the L-Word Real After the Big D

Candace Walsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Candace Walsh

"If only I were a lesbian!" Ever since my teenage years, I remember the refrain. Maybe a female friend got dissed at the junior high dance by the bo...

'Womanist': Saying Who We Are

Irene Monroe | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Irene Monroe

Black History Month is that time of year when the achievements and courage of people of African descent are acknowledged and celebrated.

Creating a Jewish Equality Index

Joe Solmonese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Joe Solmonese

Mirroring the old saying about what's most important in real estate, the three most important themes in the national conversation right now are jobs, ...

When Is It Fair To Call Someone A Homophobe?

Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

Homophobes who continue to spread fear because of their sincere conviction that homosexuality is wrong will soon find themselves in the same historical dustbin as racists and misogynists.

Say What? Lesbian Priests Marrying Each Other!

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Irene Monroe

All couples like to bring the New Year in on a loving note. And what better way for two lesbian priests of the Episcopal Church to demonstrate thei...

Why Gays And Lesbians Should Never Argue Scripture

Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge | Posted 07.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

The reason gays and lesbians should never argue over scripture is because, not only does scripture not condemn homosexuality, arguing over it produces nothing but strife, division and hatred.

Remember Our Homeless Gay Youth this Holiday

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Irene Monroe

The holiday season is a difficult time of year many of us. Our culture's egregious forms of commercialism always bother me -- and its anemic recognit...

Happy Holidays (And How You Can Help)

Jeffrey Fishberger, MD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Fishberger, MD

Even if they are out to their families, an LGBTQ youth still may feel like an outsider, that they don't belong, or that they are somehow wrong for who they are.

Oprah Is Not Gay, Folks!

Irene Monroe | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Irene Monroe

Oprah is known everywhere around the world, and has touched nearly everyone. Her media stardom and public ministry make her omnipresent as well as om...

The Demise of California's Prop. 8? Marriage Equality Fares Well in Appeals Court

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth B. Wydra

After a marathon argument lasting more than two hours on Monday, at least one thing seems clear: Prop. 8 will likely not survive its journey through the federal courts in California.

Sexual Obsession And The Fall Of The Religious Right

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

Americans need a religious teaching that begins with the premise that sexuality is linked to blessing, commandment and God; that focuses on holiness and self-respect; and that sends the message that each of them is a person of irreducible worth.