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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.

The Worst Companies For LGBT Workers (PHOTOS)

Posted 02.09.2010 | Business

The Human Rights Campaign, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lobbying group and political action committee, recently released the findings fr...

In Turnabout, Michael Steele Calls Same-Sex Unions "Incredibly Hot"

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

When asked if his comment meant that the GOP now favored same-sex marriage, Steele clarified: "If we're talking about two hot lesbian girls simulating marriage in a glass case, yes, I am very much into that sort of thing."

I Have a Problem

Bil Browning | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bil Browning

The music teacher found out that I played piano and asked me to play in front of the class. In a panic, I chose the most masculine piece I could think of -- the Marine's Hymn. Apparently, it wasn't butch enough.

I Plan to March for LGBT Equality

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

October 11 will be an historic day -- the day that divides the past from the future. Going forward there will be, "Before the March" and "After the March."

It's Holiday Shopping Time, while the Peace of the Graveyard Marches on

Jane Guskin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jane Guskin

In Colombia there is an expression: la paz del cementerio - the peace of the graveyard. This is the kind of peace that powerful forces enjoy when everyone who resists them is dead and buried.

Colliding Realities in America's Middle Schools

Eliza Byard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eliza Byard

The fact that so many high school LGBT students surveyed had been assaulted at school is harrowing enough--now picture things nearly twice as bad for students even earlier in their lives.

Census: Gay Marriages Number 150,000

AP | HOPE YEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Nearly 150,000 same-sex couples reported being in marriage relationships last year, many more than the number of actual weddings an...

Black Episcopal Congregation Celebrates Lesbian Marriage

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Irene Monroe

On August 30, St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church in Cambridge hosted the marriage and blessed the union of its mayor, E. Denise Simmons, and her lifetime partner, Mattie Hayes.

Introducing The New Gay & Lesbian Manners

Steven Petrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Steven Petrow

The new gay and lesbian manners are confusing. What do you call little Heather's two mommies? How do you word a same-sex wedding invitation? How do you deal with gay bullying or a potential hate crime? What do you do when a condom breaks?

Queeries: Can Boyfriends Make out in Public?

Steven Petrow | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Steven Petrow

Can a gay or lesbian couple kiss in public? On the cheek or on the lips? How about holding hands?

Queeries: "Where Did These Kids Come From?"

Steven Petrow | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Steven Petrow

Although millions of gay and lesbian households with kids now exist, this phenomenon is still, well, a phenomenon and by that I mean something new and remarkable.

Queeries: Going to Get Married in Iowa?

Steven Petrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Steven Petrow

Who pops the question? Among straights, traditionally it's been the guy who asks the girl, but even that's evolved in recent years. For same-sex couples, we're not burdened by any such traditions.

Gay & Lesbian Manners: To Drink or Not to Drink with Your Alcoholic, Lesbian Sister?

Steven Petrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Steven Petrow

Since your sister is only recently sober, she no doubt feels especially vulnerable to relapse. In this light, you may want to abide by her request until more time has passed.

Gay and Lesbian Manners: When Best Friends Have Sex and the Sounds of Silence

Steven Petrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Steven Petrow

Last week I ended up having sex with my best friend, Richard. At least he used to be my best friend -- we haven't talked since. Did I mess up?

Gay & Lesbian Manners: A Lesbian Stereotype That's Not a Subaru

Steven Petrow | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Steven Petrow

Just because you want to invite them all doesn't mean you should. Masked or unmasked bitterness, rage or jealousy can quickly tank the best of parties.

Getting the Times to Catch Up with Ted Kennedy

Joe Solmonese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Solmonese

Senator Kennedy's personal connection was his boundless humanity, and his recognition of ours. Already he is becoming history. Now the job of making history is in our hands.

ReThinking The Times of Harvey Milk: You Earned Your Medal, and a Lot More

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Obama is awarding a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom -- the nation's highest civilian honor -- to Harvey Milk.