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St. Patrick's Day Parades, Black Church Share History Of Being Anti-Gay

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Irene Monroe

St. Patrick's Day has rolled around again, and like previous March 17 celebrations nationwide, its LGBTQ communities are not invited.

The Smith Family Chronicles 3: "You Will Not Take My Daughter From Me!"

John Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John Shore

Luckily for Bob, in this, Episode Three, his wife Betty is unarmed. And yet something tells us, in the end, that the bell has tolled for him.

A Sorry Lot, Indeed

Carol Hoenig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Carol Hoenig

There's an Albert Einstein quote that's making the rounds: "If people are good only because they fear punishment and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed."

Using Social Media to Receive Responses About the Westboro Supreme Court Decision

David Helfenbein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Helfenbein

There he is, sitting on an army jeep in a tiny photograph that my grandmother had asked me to enlarge for her. She now has this picture on her wall. T...

The Smith Family Chronicles 2: Jane And Tracy

John Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John Shore

What does it mean to be a young lesbian woman in a close and loving evangelical family? What do you do with your faith? What do the people who deeply love you do with theirs?

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."

Raiding the Closet

Susan Deily-Swearingen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan Deily-Swearingen

Seems the closet isn't just for homosexuals who fear societal and familial disapproval anymore. It's also for hypocrites who don't want to lose their soap boxes and megaphones.

Queeries: "Desperately Seeking Sex Online" and "Grandma, I'm Bi"

Steven Petrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Steven Petrow

Hooking up online is all about first impressions and that's why you need to pay such close attention to your screen name, profile, and photos that you post.

Catholic College Fires Gay Part-Time Professor

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

PHILADELPHIA — A Catholic college in Philadelphia says it has fired a part-time professor after learning from a post on his blog that he has bee...

Ensign Scandal Reminds Us of the Double Standard Placed on Gays and Lesbians

Rupert Russell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rupert Russell

My issue here is not that we do not prosecute our politicians adequately but the double standard that is placed on heterosexual and homosexual relationships.

The Unconscionable 'Right To Conscience'

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

Medical care is about treatment, not faith, and about prevention, not religion. The ability for physicians to opt out of treating people is not a "right to conscience", it's unconscionable.

The Smith Family Chronicles: Jane Smith Comes Out To Her Evangelical Father (Episode 1)

John Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John Shore

First episode in the video series, The Smith Family Chronicles.

An Ode to All the Homophobes

Lee Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Lee Camp

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A Subtle Misunderstanding In Suicide Prevention: The Relationship Between Sexuality And Religion

Christine A. Scheller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Christine A. Scheller

We who are religious would do well to make sure our houses of worship are safe places for young people grappling with their emerging sexuality.

"Spring Awakening"-- Teen Masturbation, Pregnancy, Incest, Suicide and Rape In A Catchy Musical

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Charles Karel Bouley

Watching the touring company of "Spring Awakening" at their premiere night at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, CA was awkward at times; but then again, so was puberty so that's the point.

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.

Jesus: The King Of Connection

Rev. Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Cindi Love

I believe that fundamentalism makes a mockery of Jesus Christ in that it disconnects us from one another, objectifies and denies the God-given worth and dignity of every human being.

From The Advocate: Can You Forgive Ted Haggard?

The Advocate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

... Haggard isn't out to change anyone's sexual orientation. He thinks gay people can thrive at his church, which he believes has the power to change ...

All Sports Is Political: The Dave Zirin interview

Christian Avard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Christian Avard

They say sports and politics don't mix. One sportswriter disagrees with that. In fact, he would argue that professional sports has always been political and has been a positive force in shaping American society.

Mona Lisa Model Was Male, According To Italian Researchers

Eleanor Ide (AFP) | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

ROME -- Italian researchers who specialise in resolving art mysteries said Wednesday they have discovered the disputed identity of the model for Leona...

Uganda Hangs Over National Prayer Breakfast Once Again

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Cathleen Falsani Religion News Service Last year, for the first time since the National Prayer Breakfast was founded in 1953, angry protesters dem...

Bill McCartney Apologizes For Calling Homosexuality 'An Abomination Against Almighty God'

Boulder Daily Camera | Kyle Ringo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Former University of Colorado coach Bill McCartney apologized Wednesday for comments that drew criticism from those opposed to CU hiring him as the ne...

Overcoming Clergy Gender Norms

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

Archetypes for men and women -- and especially clergy -- press us to conform to the norms dictated by our genders. People want religious leaders to look, sound and seem familiar.

Tila Tequila's Shot at Fame is No Exercise in Bisexual Education

Sheela Lambert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Sheela Lambert

Because A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila has a bi star, some people expect this series to show them what bisexual people are all about. It doesn't.

Ugandan Tragedy, Human Rights, and US Foreign Aid

Serra Sippel | Posted 06.17.2011 | World
Serra Sippel

While the U.S. has condemned egregious examples of rights-violating policies in Uganda, it still funds HIV interventions that are inherently anti-LGBT and anti-woman.