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Zinnia Jones is an atheist activist, writer, and video blogger focusing on secularism, feminism, and LGBT rights. Since 2008 her videos have been viewed over 8 million times, and her articles have been featured in Autostraddle, Thought Catalog, The New Civil Rights Movement, and The Fight magazine in L.A. Originally from Chicago, she's now living in Florida with her partner Heather and their two children. She is still insufferably Midwestern. Her pleasures include picking apart everyone's arguments, rationality, philosophy, transhumanism, and pet rats. You can reach her at on Twitter @ZJemptv, and her YouTube channel is at www.zinniajones.com.

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100-Plus Trans Women Stand Against Calpernia Addams and Andrea James: An Open Letter

(44) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 4:12 PM

We, the undersigned trans women and trans-feminine individuals, are appalled at recent attacks on trans woman journalist Parker Marie Molloy published by Calpernia Addams and Andrea James on The Huffington Post and Boing Boing, respectively. Addams' and James' hit pieces exhibit a pervasive hostility to young,...

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The Salvation Army's History of Anti-LGBT Discrimination

(682) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 8:02 AM

In recent years, the Salvation Army has come under fire for its lengthy history of anti-LGBT political maneuvering and other incidents. The church has publicly articulated its belief that homosexuality is unacceptable, stating:

Scripture opposes homosexual practices by direct comment and also by clearly implied disapproval. The Bible treats...
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The Humanity of Private Manning: My Experience As a Defense Witness

(125) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 1:39 PM

It's been weeks since I testified at the court-martial of Private Bradley Manning, and I still don't know how to explain to anyone what that experience was like. I don't even know how to feel about what I saw there.

Everything seemed simple before, and now it's really not. It...

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Manning Trial: Being Transgender Doesn't Mean You're Unstable

(139) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 12:03 PM

I've usually avoided talking about the trial of Private Bradley Manning, given that I've been directly involved with this situation before and probably will be in the future. But I feel that certain recent developments in the case deserve to be addressed.

Private Manning has been charged with various...

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Sometimes ADHD Is Real

(92) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 4:20 PM

A lot of people seem to have the idea that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is something less than a real condition. Many have claimed that the diagnosis of ADHD pathologizes what's actually normal childhood behavior, or that it's presented as a problem in order to sell a solution in the...

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Is This Really Just 'Mainstream Christian Advocacy'?

(135) Comments | Posted August 24, 2012 | 11:54 AM

Following the deplorable shooting of a security guard at the anti-gay Family Research Council, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank called it "reckless" for the Human Rights Campaign and the Southern Poverty Law Center to say the FRC is a "hate group." He further suggested that calling the FRC "hateful"...

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Bristol Palin's Perversion of Tolerance

(86) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 1:28 PM

When people feel the need to state explicitly how "tolerant" they are, it's usually a sign that something is amiss. Such is the case with Bristol Palin's recent blog post, where she declares that she would have no problem with a gay dance partner but laments that others are...

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After the Regnerus Debacle, Where Are the Apologies?

(65) Comments | Posted August 1, 2012 | 6:29 PM

Now that an internal audit at Social Science Research has confirmed that Mark Regnerus' "gay parenting" study was indeed so badly flawed that it never should have survived peer review, it's safe to say that we can move past examining the specifics of how it went wrong and start...

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The Boy Scouts' Futile Isolationism

(9) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 12:50 PM

No one should be especially surprised that the Boy Scouts of America recently announced they would maintain their policy of excluding gay people from membership. There's little indication that they ever seriously considered revising their position that "homosexual conduct is inconsistent with the requirement in the...

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Why Do We Wait to Come Out?

(16) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 11:19 AM

In a letter that he allowed blogger Andrew Sullivan to publish yesterday, CNN reporter Anderson Cooper came out as gay:

The fact is, I'm gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn't be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.

I have always been...
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How a New Study Misrepresents Same-Sex Parents

(15) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 2:21 PM

A recently published study by sociology professor Mark Regnerus purports to show that children of same-sex parents experience a significant degree of negative outcomes, contrary to numerous earlier studies on LGBT parenting. Most notably, the new study alleges that the children of lesbian mothers...

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Gov. Bryant, There Is No 'Non-Denominational' School Prayer

(269) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 7:15 PM

Last week, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant spoke to a group of high school students at an American Legion Boys State program in Hattiesburg. After telling them that he believed his experience with school-sponsored prayer was beneficial, he explained to the media:

I know it's difficult when you...

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What Peter LaBarbera Will Never Understand

(6) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 5:35 PM

In a recent post on his website Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera criticizes so-called "pro-family leaders" for focusing on issues such as gay marriage while neglecting to oppose homosexuality itself. Citing the need to emphasize "WHY homosexual and transgender behaviors are always wrong," "how...

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Bristol Palin, You're Not a Victim, Just Acting Like One

(130) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 12:36 PM

I hate to keep revisiting Bristol Palin's remarks about gay marriage and same-sex parents, but she actually did take notice of my last article about this, and I feel she deserves a response. In her latest post she claims that she was not "playing 'the victim...

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Bristol Palin the Victim? I'm Not Buying It

(101) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 7:20 PM

It wasn't hard to tell what direction things would take after Bristol Palin's recent statements about President Obama and his newfound support for gay marriage. Where the Palins are involved, the sequence of events is firmly established and completely predictable: One of them will say something ridiculous, everyone else...

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Is Jay Michaelson Ignoring the Bible, Too?

(16) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 9:04 PM

In his now-infamous remarks at the National High School Journalism Conference, Dan Savage made two crucial points: that the Bible says some terrible things, and that we can choose to ignore these things because they are terrible. Though the resulting firestorm of controversy focused as much on his...

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