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Ireland Sends a Message to the World

IN A NATIONAL REFERENDUM on May 22, Ireland became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, not by judicial or legislative action, but by a popular vote. How did a country long assumed to be a conservative Catholic stronghold, which only decriminalized homosexuality in 1993, become the first to take this course […]

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Therapists: Declare ‘Ex-Gay Therapy’ Unethical

  Last December, Leelah Alcorn, a seventeen-year-old transgender girl, committed suicide by walking in front of a tractor-trailer in Ohio. Before her death, she blogged that she would rather die than be forced to continue “conversion therapy.” Her suicide moved hundreds of thousands of people to sign on-line petitions against conversion therapy, also known as […]

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It Shouldn’t Be So Hard to Be a Queer Atheist

THERE IS A LINE between encouraging religions to reform and become more progressive, something in which I deeply believe, and leaving non-religious people behind, which has become a problem in Western queer spaces in recent years.          It’s not that I think that religious LGBT people shouldn’t be included in queer spaces. The problem is that […]

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Wider PrEP Use Could Reduce HIV Infections

  LAST MAY, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) took a major step toward transforming HIV prevention in the U.S. by recommending that healthcare providers consider prescribing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to uninfected patients who are at substantial risk of becoming infected. The CDC issued new clinical guidelines that could lead to a significant […]

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Hobby Lobby Ruling Torpedoes ENDA Bill

  A deeply divided Supreme Court ruled late last June in the “Hobby Lobby” case that companies can deny coverage of certain birth control methods if the company’s owners oppose them on religious grounds. While the ruling seemed quite narrow, many seasoned observers of the Court cautioned that the “religious exemption” could be extended to […]

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Why Russia’s Anti-Gay Backlash Will Backfire

  MOST READERS of this magazine are fully aware of what’s going on now in Russia, and far be it from me to preach to the choir. That the law prohibiting “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors” is odious need scarcely be argued. Under the guise of protecting the young from being indoctrinated, the […]

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How U.S. Evangelicals Sowed Hatred in Uganda

The following is adapted from a piece that appeared on the website of The Guardian of London, UK, on March 20, 2014 (theguardian.com). GROWING UP in Uganda, homosexuality was not something we talked much about. I knew I was gay from a young age, and I came out to those close to me when I […]

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Mandela Eulogies Ignored His GLBT Activism

  IN THE EARLY MORNING of December 11, my taxi sped down Massachusetts Avenue from Dupont Circle to Washington National Cathedral, a route popularly known as Embassy Row, I saw visual evidence the world mourned for South African President Nelson Mandela. Virtually every embassy had its flag at half mast in honor of the late […]

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The Shame of Atlanta Pride

  SINCE coming out in the ‘80s, I’ve partied at Pride functions across America. In the conservative South, you sometimes cope with uninvited guests—protestors. I never imagined I’d be among them. Regrettably, at Atlanta Pride’s October 11th gay bash at the Georgia Aquarium, I found myself chanting, not cheering.          PETA—People for the Ethical Treatment […]

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After DOMA: The Case for Full Marriage Equality

  THE NEXT GAY CASE that the Supreme Court hears is likely to address the constitutional adequacy of civil unions, which provide separate-but-equal accommodations to gay couples. Nevada and Hawaii are the two states where constitutional challenges to traditional marital laws are currently most advanced in the federal courts. Both states have civil union arrangements […]

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