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Free Speech and the Bible Museum

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 07.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

An effort by the pro-LGBT group Truth Wins Out (TWO) to block the opening of a private Bible museum in the Nation's Capital is a misguided assault on constitutional protections that properly protect everyone, including LGBT Americans and their opponents.

Not All (Christians Are) Like That

The Huffington Post | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 09.04.2013 | Religion

Dan Savage got so sick of people coming up to him after talks and TV appearances informing him that not all Christians were bigots and against full eq...

Exodus Is Gone, But the 'Ex-Gay' Message Stubbornly Persists

Wayne Besen | Posted 08.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Wayne Besen

Although this was a monumental victory, the fight is not over. Just as the election of Barack Obama did not eradicate racism, the death of Exodus is not the death of homophobia.

'Ex-Gay' Group Shuts Down, But Movement Is Re-Branding

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 08.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

It's terrific news that Exodus International, the largest and most known group that promoted "reparative therapy," is shutting down. But don't be fooled into thinking this is anything more than a re-branding for the "pray-away-the-gay" movement. It's certainly not a surrender.

Sorry Sen. Feinstein, Petraeus Affair Was None of Your Business

Wayne Besen | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Wayne Besen

The chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, is in a huff because she was kept in the dark about CIA Director David Pet...

Election 2012: A Silver Cloud With A Gold Lining As History Is Made

Wayne Besen | Posted 01.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Wayne Besen

In a sweeping election victory, barriers were broken, glass ceilings shattered and dreams realized, and the upstream struggle for LGBT equality suddenly felt like a fantastic flume ride at the amusement park. Against all odds, we won four referenda on marriage equality.

Will Chick-fil-A Dig In Or Dig Out Of The Hole?

Wayne Besen | Posted 11.05.2012 | Gay Voices
Wayne Besen

This company is simply not going to be able to control its image as long as it remains a rallying cry of hate groups and homophobes. I suppose that Chick-fil-A could defiantly stand firm and remain the right's anti-gay Alamo, but I'm sure they are well aware of that fort's fate.

No Easy Answers for Obama on Gay Marriage

Wayne Besen | Posted 07.08.2012 | Gay Voices
Wayne Besen

The activist side of me wants him to embrace marriage equality today. Nevertheless, the pragmatic part of me wonders whether Obama embracing gay marriage will harm his chances in the nine swing states that will decide this election.

KONY 2012 Effort a Ministry in Antigay Evangelical Barnabas Group, Reports LGBT Rights Nonprofit

Bruce Wilson | Posted 06.10.2012 | Politics
Bruce Wilson

Mounting suspicions about the evangelical nature of the Invisible Children nonprofit, which released the blockbuster KONY 2012 viral video hit in early March, have now been confirmed.

Bachmann Drops Activist's 'Ex-Gay' Therapy Bill

Posted 12.16.2011 | Gay Voices

A dispute between Marcus Bachmann and a prominent LGBT activist over unpaid charges for counseling sessions has been resolved. A voice message, le...

Daniel Avila: The Catholic Culture Warrior Who Went Too Far

Wayne Besen | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics
Wayne Besen

Unfortunately, for the church, one of its lead cultural warriors took it a bit too far when he ventured from co-belligerence to flat out belligerence.

Herman Cain's Implausible Spin

Wayne Besen | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics
Wayne Besen

Let me put it in simplistic branding language that Cain might comprehend: Don't bill yourself as a pepperoni pizza if you are actually a submarine sandwich.

Attention Mainstream Christians: Be Fruitful And Amplify

Wayne Besen | Posted 12.07.2011 | Religion
Wayne Besen

Clearly, the loving and inclusive rhetoric of some mainstream Christians is fruitful. The million-dollar question is how do we get such voices to multiply and amplify?

Mainstream Christians Must Stand Up To The Religious Right

Wayne Besen | Posted 11.22.2011 | Religion
Wayne Besen

What truly bothers me, however, was the lack of mainstream Christians standing up and speaking out against such fanatical behavior.

Leading GOP Candidates Run Away From the Gay

Wayne Besen | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics
Wayne Besen

Attacking LGBT people is not yet a third rail of politics. But it is clear that it is no longer the Holy Grail for electing Republicans that it once was in the not too distant past.

Clinics Owned By Michele Bachmann's Husband Practice Ex-Gay Therapy

The Nation | Mariah Blake | Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics

In the summer of 2004, Andrew Ramirez, who was just about to enter his senior year of high school, worked up the nerve to tell his family he was gay. ...

More Than 14,500 Rally Online to Fight "Gay Cure" Therapy in Hong Kong

Joe Mirabella | Posted 08.31.2011 | World
Joe Mirabella

A petition calling on the Hong Kong government to drop "gay cure" therapist Hong Kwai-wah has reached more than 14,500 signatures in the last 48 hours.

Time for the Southern Baptist Convention to Apologize to Gay People

Wayne Besen | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics
Wayne Besen

The SBC likes to portray its position on homosexuality as an unchangeable moral absolute. The facts, however, show that the SBC has changed its positions on minorities before.

Gay Group Smart to Endorse Obama Early

Wayne Besen | Posted 07.27.2011 | Politics
Wayne Besen

While far from perfect, Obama did work to repeal Don't Ask/Don't Tell and used his bully pulpit effectively, even making an "It Get's Better" video. Whatever his shortcomings, he is light years ahead of his Republican counterparts.

Mitch Daniels and the Family Values Trap

Wayne Besen | Posted 07.23.2011 | Politics
Wayne Besen

It is tragic that an intelligent, qualified politician felt he had to choose between his family and his desire to be president. However, Mitch Daniels has no one to blame but his own party, which has become a bastion of intolerant "family values" scolds.

Dumbstruck That Michele Bachmann Is Star-Struck Over Glee

Wayne Besen | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics
Wayne Besen

Maybe Bachmann is confused and thinks there are different kinds of gays -- the bad ones who sodomize and the goody-goody Glee type that harmonize.

Why I Support J. Crew's Controversial Pink Toenail Ad

Wayne Besen | Posted 06.13.2011 | Style
Wayne Besen

Anti-gay activists are exploiting J. Crew's ad to portray gay people as confused heterosexuals who are different because their parents let them play with the wrong toys as children. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Apple Should Dump 'Ex-Gay' iPhone App

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Wayne Besen

Apple doesn't allow racist or anti-Semitic apps in its app store, yet it gives the green light to an app written by an anti-gay extremist group that condones violence against LGBT people.

Forbidden Sex and Chicken Sandwiches

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Wayne Besen

It was mid-afternoon and I was driving into Stillwater to speak at Oklahoma State University. Hungry, I saw a gleaming red Chick-fil-A restaurant in t...

Offensive Catholic iPhone App Controversy Continues

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Wayne Besen

Last week, Truth Wins Out caused an international uproar by criticizing a new Catholic iPhone confession app that asks users, "Have I been guilty of a...