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GOP’s “Duck Dynasty” problem: Why Phil Robertson was a hugely important political story – Salon.com

Posted by , Friday, January 3, 2014

Yay! IRS Extends Marriage Benefits to Same-Sex Couples

Following fast on the SCOTUS decision, the Treasury Dept. says it will provide same-sex married couples the same tax benefits as straight couples. And it's about time!
Posted by , Thursday, August 29, 2013

Steven W. Thrasher: Haaay to the Chief – The Military-Industrial Complex Conquers the Homos

Thrasher in Gawker ..
Imagine, for a minute, that you are the Military-Industrial Complex. You’d be very happy that a bunch of homosexuals at SF Pride named as the 2009 Grand Marshal Lt. Dan Choi, who broke the law repeatedly while trying to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. In honoring Lt. Choi, the homosexuals at SF Pride were furthering the status quo in militarizing a larger percentage of the American population. Now imagine how happy you’d be that the very same homosexuals denounced their own choice of Private Manning as Grand Marshal because—wait for it—he broke the law! (Alas, he did so to ends that made people question, not expand, the concept of American militarization.) Then marvel as the same fairies go to the parade and pass out flyers from Pride corporate sponsors like AT&T and Verizon, who cooperated with illegal eavesdropping
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Posted by , Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Jason Collins: I’m a 34-year-old NBA center, I’m black, and I’m gay

Collins in Sports Illustrated ..
No one wants to live in fear. I've always been scared of saying the wrong thing. I don't sleep well. I never have. But each time I tell another person, I feel stronger and sleep a little more soundly. It takes an enormous amount of energy to guard such a big secret. I've endured years of misery and gone to enormous lengths to live a lie. I was certain that my world would fall apart if anyone knew. And yet when I acknowledged my sexuality I felt whole for the first time. I still had the same sense of humor, I still had the same mannerisms and my friends still had my back
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Posted by , Tuesday, April 30, 2013

FOCUS | The Morality Brigade | Robert Reich

Posted by , Thursday, March 28, 2013

Markos Moulitsas: The dominoes are falling

Kos ..
“The dominoes are falling,” said [bigot] Dr. Bob Borger. “They’re falling faster than I ever thought they could.” [...] In 2003, Alaska, Hawaii, Nebraska and Nevada all had constitutional bans on same-sex marriages. In the 10 years after, 28 states followed[] as Republicans cynically used the issue to rally conservatives to the polls during George W. Bush's reelection campaign, including swing states Oregon, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio. Republicans attempted the same in 2008, putting a constitutional ban on equality in Florida, among other states. Yet here we are now, enjoying a flood of popular support, with Republicans terrified of speaking out on the issue
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Posted by , Thursday, March 28, 2013

Democracy Now: “Edie & Thea – A Very Long Engagement” – Film Portrays Lesbian Couple Behind Defense of Marriage Case


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Posted by , Thursday, March 28, 2013

Margaret Cho: Michelle Shocked Me

Cho in Huff Post ..
Well, Michelle Shocked, I am actually totally shocked. What the hell? It's freaky to me, the whole business of going from a queer icon to someone who would actually say that God hates us. When the shock wore off, I found that people were super angry, but I just got scared. I think that as a queer person of color, I have been scared my entire life. I get over it bit by bit, enough to get by and live, but then something like this happens, and it's like getting gay bashed all over again. When people say that God hates fags, there's this idea that it's OK to kill us, that it doesn't matter if we die, because if God -- the supposedly loving force in the world, the one who is supposed to love everyone and everything, the one, the only, whatever, whenever -- hates us, then how are we to exist? But if he hates us, why did he make so many of us? When someone like Michelle Shocked, formerly a beloved, alt queer muse and maker of the '90s, decides that it is OK to hate us and lets us know that God does too, I am truly sickened, as she of all people should know what this means .. And the effect of someone saying "God hates fags" can never be underestimated either. It's a license to kill. It's a death sentence. It's not funny. It's not OK. It's not something I can let go easily, because I know what it truly means
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Posted by , Saturday, March 23, 2013

One NFL Player Explains Gay Marriage To The Politician Who Is Offended By Another NFL Player Supporting It

this is Vikings punter Chris Kluwe via Deadspin ..
How does gay marriage, in any way shape or form, affect your life? If gay marriage becomes legal, are you worried that all of a sudden you'll start thinking about penis? "Oh shit. Gay marriage just passed. Gotta get me some of that hot dong action!" Will all of your friends suddenly turn gay and refuse to come to your Sunday Ticket grill-outs? (Unlikely, since gay people enjoy watching football too.) I can assure you that gay people getting married will have zero effect on your life. They won't come into your house and steal your children. They won't magically turn you into a lustful cockmonster.
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Posted by , Saturday, September 8, 2012

Truthdig – Truthdigger of the Week: Anderson Cooper

Posted by , Tuesday, July 10, 2012

AlterNet: Stephen Colbert on \”Gay Oreos\” and the Hidden Homosexual Agenda of Twinkies, Mounds, and Animal Crackers

Posted by , Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Defense of Marriage Act, Exposed – NYTimes.com

Posted by , Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Truthdig – The War on Gays – Chris Hedges

Posted by , Tuesday, May 29, 2012

AlterNet: There Is a Way! Beyond the Big, Bad Corporation

Posted by , Sunday, May 27, 2012

Welcome End of a Pseudotheory – NYTimes.com

Posted by , Friday, May 25, 2012

AlterNet: The 5 Most Offensive Sexist and Homophobic Moves by Conservatives: This Month Alone

Posted by , Monday, May 21, 2012

Washington Post – Five myths about gay marriage

Posted by , Monday, May 14, 2012

Glenn Greenwald: Obama’s historic affirmation of same-sex marriage

Glenzilla weighs in at The Guardian ..
To understand the significance of Obama's action, a bit of historical context is required. In 1996, the British writer Andrew Sullivan published a book, Virtually Normal, which advocated legal recognition of the marriages of same-sex couples. So radical was that idea back then – a mere 16 years ago – that very few gay citizens, and almost no gay groups, endorsed it. Instead, Sullivan told me, "I was actually picketed at book stores" by one gay group, which "had placards with my face on them and cross-hairs placed in between my eyes." And, he recalled, the Human Rights Campaign Fund (the nation's largest LGBT advocacy group) "refused to use the word marriage until the new millennium."
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Posted by , Sunday, May 13, 2012

Was Jesus Gay? Probably

Posted by , Monday, April 23, 2012

AlterNet: Bisexual in a Small Town: How My Family Helped Me Deal

Posted by , Friday, April 13, 2012

What We Saw at the San Francisco Marijuana Rally

On April 2, federal agents raided Oaksterdam University as well as the home of Richard Lee, Oaksterdam founder and the main supporter of Prop 19, California's 2010 initiative to legalize marijuana that received 46% of the vote. On April 3, several hundred people gathered at a rally at the San Francisco City Hall to protest the federal government's crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries. On the City Hall steps, six of the eleven San Francisco Supervisors spoke out against the federal crackdown, as did representatives of the city council, the city attorney's office and the California State Legislature. Later in the day, protestors marched to the Federal Building a few blocks away and chanted "DEA go away" to a line of federal officers guarding the entrance. Approximately 2 minutes. Produced by Paul Feine and Alex Manning. Sent by Bill Altmiller
Posted by , Thursday, April 12, 2012

RACISM AND “HATE CRIME” IN THE U.S.: The Ku Klux Klan Still “Kill At Will”

Posted by , Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Bullying case calls for smarter sentence than 10 years in prison – Charles Kaiser – CNN.com

Posted by , Monday, March 26, 2012

Bullying case calls for smarter sentence than 10 years in prison – CNN.com

Posted by , Sunday, March 25, 2012

NYT (10): National News

Gay marriage survives New Hampshire repeal; SCOTUS (i) expands rights of accused re plea bargains, (ii) questions First Amendment claim of man who accosted Cheney, (iii) allows eminent domain claim against EPA; With even some Republicans maligning House GOP budget plan, Dems see wedge; Students in AR band together to create PAC to protect Dems; Study shows how House members benefit personally; Super-tight race for NYS Senate seat; White teenager who drove over and killed black MS man gets life sentence; NY Jets get Tim Tebow.
Posted by , Thursday, March 22, 2012